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Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Pats acquire Williams, Release Cooper

Regina, Saskatchewan – The Regina Pats Hockey Club has acquired over-age forward Brian Williams from the Tri-City Americans.
Brian Williams (5’8”, 178lbs) has played nearly 300 games in his WHL career, all for the Americans.  The over-ager scored a career high 36 goals in the 2013-14 season.  This season, Williams has 20 points (7G, 13A) in 31 games.  Hailing from Claremont, California, Williams was an eighth round pick, 173rd overall, by the Americans in the 2010 WHL Bantam Draft.  In 290 games, Williams has 177 points (88G, 89A) to go with 148 penalty minutes.  He also brings to the Pats 29 games of playoff experience where he registered 13 points (5G, 8A).
“Brian is a good, exciting offensive player,” said Regina Pats Head Coach and GM John Paddock.  “We look forward to him contributing to our team when he is ready to join the lineup.”
As a result of adding Williams, the Regina Pats have released over-age forward Taylor Cooper.  The Sherwood Park, AB native suited up for 54 games with the Pats, totaling 48 points (19G, 29A).  Overall, Cooper played in 221 games through his WHL career with Brandon, Lethbridge and Regina while amassing 125 points (52G, 73A).  The Pats thank Taylor Cooper for his contributions to the organization and community.
The Pats open a six game road trip in Cranbrook against the Kootenay Ice on Friday.  Tune in to Bennett Dunlop Ford Pats Hockey on 620 CKRM starting at 7:35 p.m. CST for the 8 p.m. puck drop
Daniel Fink
Director Media and Communications
Regina Pats Hockey Club



9 comments:

chuck said...

phil what did they give up for Williams ??

Phil Andrews said...

He was their 4th overager. It's basically like picking him up on waivers.

chuck said...

thanks phil

Anonymous said...

This one's a head scratcher. Over the last two seasons Coopers stats are better than Williams. He's 5 inches taller and is better defensively. An upgrade is one thing but………

Anholt must be laughing all the way the bank.

Anonymous said...

You need to open your eyes. Cooper has been the worst player on the team this year.

Anonymous said...

Now time to get rid of a defenseman. Hilsendager or Knyzov and let the chips fall as they may. Any word on Brown?

Anonymous said...

There is lots of competition for worst player. Williams is a smaller injured forward with lesser stats. I wonder who you'll be calling the worst player in a months time? Calling Cooper the worst player on the team is a really stupid comment. It might be helpful to read some stats.

Anonymous said...

Maybe the coaches feel Williams will play better with Steel. In my opinion Steel has struggled since he's been playing with Cooper. I was surprised to see how small Williams is but that doesn't necessarily mean a bad thing. Weal was small too.

Maybe Cooper lacked the leadership they wanted from him.

Good luck on the road trip Pats!
LC

Anonymous said...

Watch a game..... Cooper played soft, especially for a 20 year old. I am sure he's a great kid but he played with no heart or intensity, it was painful to watch.