Second year defenseman Tyler Williams is heading for Division III College Hockey next season! The 5’11 and’96 birth year, and Rome, NY native is staying in his home state and has committed to SUNY Brockport. Williams has been with the JRFlyers for two seasons and he has grown each year. Currently he is the Assistant Captain of the team, showing he is well respected and is a great leader to his teammates. Due to an unfortunate injury, his season was cut short but in 21 games the blue liner had 11 points. He keeps a great attitude about it as he gets ready to move forward, but also has enjoyed his time here. “It’s been a lot of fun. There are a lot of good guys in that locker room and for the most part it has been a great ride. I learned a lot about movement, moving guys to shoot, be faster across the blue line, the faster the better.”
Brockport is the next stop, while attending there he will be pursuing a degree in exercise science. He has seen an abundance of hockey with the JRFlyers and has one big goal set for next year. ”I want to get in the lineup, going in as a freshman you usually don’t get much playing time. I want to work hard and put myself in position for solid playing time.”
In his time here with the JRFlyers he has been one of the top defensemen on the roster and he wanted to leave a final message to those who helped along the way. “I want to thank my parents for supporting me, and thank my teammates and coaching staff as well. To the guys in the locker room, keep going and don’t stop working.”
Head Coach Jerry Domish is very excited for Williams and his future and he gave us his thoughts. “He’s what you would call a born leader. Even though he wasn’t a captain in his first year he just has that demeanor, and from day one he stepped in and did whatever was asked of him. The learning curve was small because he was well taught, and it’s going to be sad to see him leave, and sad to see his season end due to injury. He is a great kid to be around and to watch play. I see him playing quite a bit, he is a steady defenseman. He has offensive skill and defensive skill, he plays within the game and he doesn’t try to go outside the box. I wouldn’t say he's high risk, he is more high reward. I wish him the best!”
Congratulations Tyler on your Junior Hockey career. Thank you for all of your hard work and dedication. We are thankful that you have been and always will be part of the JRFlyers family. Good luck in all your future endeavors!
By: Joe Sindoni
Play By Play Announcer