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Welychka joins Flames
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Canadian forward Brett Welychka will join the Flames when the new campaign gets underway.  The 30 year old iced last term at German DEL2 side Bietigheim Steelers where he had 15 goals and 24 points in 25 starts before adding 2 goals and 4 assists in the playoffs.  The 5’10”, 180lb skater spent the bulk of the season prior at Nottingham Panthers, icing 45 times while recording 25 goals and 14 assists before a late season transfer to German outfit Dresdner Eislöwen where he kept up a near point a game clip. 

The native of London, Ontario began his pro career straight out of university in 2018 when he closed the season with 8 AHL games at Manitoba Moose.  He added 18 more the following season with Rockford IceHogs before skating the bulk of the campaign with ECHL Indy Fuel where he posted 25 points in 34 starts.  He moved on to back to back terms in 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 at Danish posts Esbjerg Energy and Rødovre Mighty Bulls, respectively.  Across 80 games, Welychka registered 52 points from 14 goals and 38 assists.  He added 27 more points with Slovak side HC Presov the following year before making his EIHL debut at Panthers.

Welychka preceded his pro circuit with 3 seasons at USports Carleton University.  In 72 collegiate games, he bagged 36 goals and 98 points. His individual honours include 2015-2016 selections to the Conference All-Rookie team, First All-Star team, and Rookie of the year while also tacking on a national All-Rookie team nod. He finished his career with a Conference Second All-Star selection a couple of seasons after that. Internationally, in 2016-2017, he iced for Canada at the World University games, helping his team to a bronze medal with 5 goals and 3 assists in 6 tournament games.

Ahead of his university residence, Welychka spent 5 seasons in Jr. Hockey in the OHL, mostly with London Knights ahead of a short stay at Belleville Bulls. He tallied 64 goals and 84 assists in 242 appearances while helping Knights to a pair of league titles over his stay. 

“We remember Brett when he played against us with Panthers and he is definitely a top end skilled forward,” said Paul Dixon.

“Scoring last year did not come easy for us and we are working to address that this summer with some of the players we are going after and Brett will definitely be a boost to our offensive prowess.”

“He is obviously already familiar with EIHL so it won’t be a completely new adjustment for him and it won’t take him long to show the skills that have us so excited that he will be in our lineup.”

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