Watling heads to university hockey

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He spent three seasons playing professional hockey in the AHL and ECHL from 2014-2017, but now he’s heading to university hockey.

Former Soo Greyhounds forward and Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario native Patrick Watling will be playing hockey at the University of New Brunswick beginning this fall.

The 24 year old played with the Guelph Storm from 2010-2013, before coming over to the Hounds for the 2013-2014 season.

During the 2013-2014 season with his hometown Hounds, Watling set career highs in goals (18), assists (36), points (54) and penalty minues (39) in 65 regular season games.

He also had the best plus/minus on the Hounds that season at plus-35.

Following the 2013-2014 season, Watling became the first and only player in Soo Greyhounds history to win the Roger Neilson Memorial Award as the top academic post-secondary school player in the OHL.

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Matt Stefano
Matt had graduated from Sault College in the General Arts and Sciences program in 2011 and has been working in the sports field ever since. The Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario native has worked as an Athletics Assistant in the Sault College Athletics Department during his final year of school in 2011. After graduating, Stefano worked for two years at the George Leach Centre from 2011-2013 for the Algoma University Thunderbirds Varsity Basketball Games as an Athletics Assistant. From 2013 on, Stefano has been working as the Soo Thunderbirds communications person and has also been volunteering with Shaw TV Sault Ste. Marie since 2014, doing Soo Thunderbirds TV Segments.