Canucks sign free agent forward Eric Walsky
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03-20-2009, 01:45 PM
Join Date: Dec 2002
Location: Kitimat, BC
I'm at work so can't copy and paste links, but I googled him and found an article from when he decided to transfer from UAA. He wasn't the only player to do so as another player transferred to the University of South Dakota. He sighted philisophical differences with the coach and neither of them expressed hard feelings, as the coach said he had a future in hockey. I took the last bit of the article to quote here as it goes into a bit of detail on what he's like as a player:
Walsky's numbers last season as a sophomore weren't particularly eye-popping -- three goals, 12 assists and 15 points in 35 games -- but he
led the team in assists and tied for the team lead in points.
On a team that produced just 1.89 goals per game, the second fewest in Division I,
Walsky was clearly the team's most dangerous player in the postseason, when UAA was swept out of the first round of the WCHA playoffs by Minnesota. Walsky registered two assists in UAA's 7-4 loss in Game 1 and scored one goal in the Seawolves' 6-2 loss in Game 2.
Walsky was UAA's best stick-handler, even after a 2005 surgery that left him with two screws and limited range of motion in his right wrist, and he literally played keep-away with the Gophers in that series.
Walsky, a former state player of the year at East High and a standout with the Alaska All Stars competition program,
was a prized recruit when he came to UAA in the fall of 2004.
But a high ankle sprain suffered on the first day of practice caused him to miss the opening 12 games of the season. He later sat out a two-game series at Denver with asthma. And after playing just 16 games, he suffered a broken and dislocated wrist against North Dakota and required surgery.
Between his freshman and sophomore seasons, Walsky underwent surgery to have his tonsils and adenoids removed and his septum straightened. Post-surgery complications caused him to lose 50 of his 195 pounds and landed him in the hospital for two days.
Walsky, who last weekend returned from traveling in Europe, said the physical travails of 2004 and 2005 might actually help him emotionally while sitting out a transfer season.
"I think I'm more prepared with all my injuries,'' he said. "I know what it takes, how depressing it can be. I'm going to force myself to be optimistic.''
Walsky said his decision to transfer involved mixed emotions, but ultimately he thinks it is his best recourse.
"It's tough in some ways, and not in other ways,'' he said. "It's tough to leave my team and my teammates, and I got along with them really well. And it's tough to leave the hockey community, because it's been supportive of me and supportive of this hockey program.
"But I need to do what's best for me and best for my career.''
Sure had his share of injury troubles at UAA, but it seems the move to Colorado College sure did him some good.
edit: here's your link:
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