William "Will" Petschenig (born February 3, 1995) is a Canadian-Swiss professional ice hockey defenseman who is currently playing with the Fort Wayne Komets in the ECHL. He previously played with EHC Biel of the National League (NL) and with HC La Chaux-de-Fonds of the Swiss League (SL).
February 3, 1995|
Manotick, Ontario, Canada
|Height||6 ft 2 in (188 cm)|
|Weight||194 lb (88 kg; 13 st 12 lb)|
Fort Wayne Komets|
Petschenig was born in Manotick, Ontario. After representing the Upper Canada Cyclones and after a short stint with the Nepean Raiders, Petschenig joined the Cornwall Colts of the Central Canada Hockey League for the 2011-12 season. From 2012 to 2015, he spent time with the Oshawa Generals of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) and helped win the J. Ross Robertson Cup in 2015. A broken arm forced him to sit out, when his team captured the Memorial Cup the same year. After the season, he was traded to the Saginaw Spirit, where he spent his final OHL season.
Petschenig signed his first professional contract on May 19, 2016, putting pen to paper on a two-year deal with Genève-Servette HC of the Swiss top-flight National League A (NLA).
On October 16, 2018, Petschenig was loaned to HC La Chaux-de-Fonds of the Swiss League after displaying poor performances in Geneva. On December 7, 2018, Petschenig, who failed to establish himself as a National League regular over three seasons, was traded by Geneva to EHC Biel for Mauro Dufner. He was mostly a healthy scratch for the remainder of the season in Biel, appearing in 19 regular season games and 2 playoffs contests. Petschenig was released at the conclusion of the 2019 playoffs.
On August 26, 2019, Petschenig signed his first professional contract in North America, agreeing to a deal with the Fort Wayne Komets of the ECHL for the 2019–20 season.
He received the All Weather Windows Humanitarian of the Year Award and the Dan Snyder Memorial Trophy for OHL Humanitarian of the Year in May 2016. Petschenig had created the programme "A Heart Like Mine" for kids who have lost a parent in memory of his father Dan, a former football player for the Toronto Argonauts who died in 2013.
|2018–19||HC La Chaux-de-Fonds||SL||7||0||2||2||0||—||—||—||—||—|
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