Langley puckstopper joins UBC Thunderbirds

The UBC Thunderbirds men’s hockey program has announced its latest recruiting class, and Langley goaltender Eric Williams is on the list.

Williams is among the four players (two goaltenders and two forwards, all from B.C.), who will be joining a UBC team that finished with an 11-15-2 regular season record last year.

The 6’ tall Williams comes to UBC after four years in the Western Hockey League and a short stint in the East Coast Hockey League.

He went 25-32-5 over parts of two seasons with the Prince Albert Raiders before being traded to the Spokane Chiefs.

Over the course of two-and-a-half years with Spokane, Williams posted a 73-44-9 regular season record.

He was 11-11-3 in 28 playoff outings with both the Chiefs and Raiders.

At the conclusion of his junior career last season, Williams played a game for the Colorado Eagles of the ECHL.

“I’m really excited to be continuing my hockey career as a UBC Thunderbird,” said Williams, who will be an Arts student. “I think UBC will be a great fit for me both on the ice and academically. I’m thrilled to be playing near my hometown in front of friends and family, who have always been my biggest supporters."

Williams believes playing with the Thunderbirds will give him a great opportunity to succeed and help build on the traditions of UBC hockey.

“Having the chance to pursue a top level education while playing in a great hockey program is what drew me to UBC making it a perfect fit for,” Williams said. “I’m looking forward to the start of the season and a great year at UBC.”

“Eric has been a solid performer in the WHL for the Spokane Chiefs for the past three seasons and especially in the past two where he posted 65 wins,” said UBC head coach Tyler Kuntz. “Upon meeting Eric, I was very impressed with him as a person and feel that he is a great fit for our program moving forward. Eric comes from a great program in Spokane and we are looking forward to his contributions both on and off the ice.”

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