San Diego’s Williams decides on UMass-Amherst
San Diego native Brian Williams has committed to attend and play his Division I hockey at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst following his junior career.
“It feels amazing to commit; a dream come true,” said Williams, a former LA Select and San Diego Jr. Gull. “I chose the University of Massachusetts-Amherst because it’s amazing, both athletically and academically, with a great atmosphere.”
In his third season with the United States Hockey League’s Omaha Lancers, Williams was named alternate captain this season and has six goals for 11 points through 23 games.
Williams’ 140 career games played for Lancers is just 60 shy of tying the all-time record of 200, currently held by Chris Hepp.
“Omaha has been so supportive in helping me get to where I am today – from the coaching staff, to my teammates, athletic trainer and everyone working in the front office,” said Williams. “They’ve made it easy to want to come to the rink every day with a smile on my face and motivation to get better.”
Prior to joining the Lancers during the 2013-14 season, Williams spent one season with the Wenatchee Wild of the North American Hockey League where he tallied five goals and 14 assists in 39 games. During the playoffs, Williams notched two goals in 10 contests.
“Since coming to Omaha, Brian has been one of the hardest-workers and a fan-favorite,” said Lancers head coach Brian Kaufman. “That makes the Minutemen a great fit for his collegiate career.”
This season, the Minutemen hold a 6-8-4 overall record and are 2-4-4 in Hockey East where they sit in seventh place.
“Nothing would have been possible without everyone’s help in Omaha,” Williams added. “I’m very thankful for that.”
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