Written by Stuart Miller-Davis, Carleton Sports Information
Photo by Marc Lafleur
WINNIPEG, MB — Carleton Ravens men’s hockey captain Brett Welychka (London, ON) will get a chance to showcase his game at the next level following the closure of his university career. The Manitoba Moose of the American Hockey League (AHL) are giving Welychka an opportunity on an amateur tryout contract.
This is the third straight season that a Raven will get an AHL look. Last season, former team captain Mike McNamee, now with EC Bad Nauheim in the DEL2 in Germany, got a tryout with the Syracuse Crunch, and two years ago, standout goaltender Patrick Killeen, who is currently wrapping up a very successful second season with Ritten Sport in Italy, had an opportunity with the Stockton Heat.
Welychka put up 98 career points with the Ravens, 36 goals and 62 assists, in 72 U SPORTS games. His point total put him sixth all-time in Ravens scoring despite playing in only three seasons.
Welychka won the Clare Drake Award as U SPORTS hockey’s rookie of the year in the 2015-16 season finishing second in scoring in the country with 46 points in 27 games and earning a spot on the all-rookie team.
In his rookie year, the Ravens earned a national berth with an OUA bronze medal win over the Guelph Gryphons. They fell in Halifax in the quarterfinals in quadruple overtime to the Saskatchewan Huskies. Welychka had a goal and assist while firing 10 shots on goal in the losing effort.
Prior to his university career, the London native played for his hometown team the London Knights in the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) for three full seasons before a trade sent him to the Belleville Bulls. He was a two-time OHL champion while playing for the Knights.
Welychka also had the opportunity to represent Canada at the Universiade games and play in the exhibition U SPORTS All-Star series against the Canadian Under 20 world junior team the past two years.
Welychka gets another chance to prove that he can play at the professional level with the Winnipeg Jets affiliate after having already attended National Hockey League camps with the Tampa Bay Lightning and Chicago Blackhawks.
Welychka joins a familiar face, former Carleton Ravens head coach, Marty Johnston, in Manitoba after he joined the club as an assistant coach in the summer.
In 2016 a Tampa Bay scout said he’s the type of player that can produce well enough in the AHL to warrant an NHL call-up and a tryout with the Moose is a chance to prove that scout right.