The Regina Pats will be without Captain Colby Williams indefinitely. The 20 year-old defencemen is scheduled to undergo surgery to aid in the healing of an arm injury sustained over the summer and is expected to return to the lineup later in the season.
Williams originally missed the first 16 games of the season due to his injury. The Pats captain made his 2015-16 regular season debut November 13, recording one goal and an assist. Williams has 11 points (5G, 6A) and is a +3 plus/minus rating in 16 games this season.
“Losing a player of Colby’s calibre is never easy,” said Pats Head Coach and GM John Paddock. “However, we’ve consulted with a team of surgeons who work with the Edmonton Oilers and this surgery is what is in the best interest of Colby the individual as well as the hockey player.”
Williams enjoyed a career season in 2014-15. The Regina native was named a WHL Eastern Conference Second Team All-Star as well as the Regina Pats’ MVP and Top Defenceman. He recorded 41 points (11G, 30A) and was second in the league in plus/minus with a +45 rating. He was drafted by the Washington Capitals in the fifth round, 173rd overall, of the 2015 NHL Entry Draft.