Will Petschenig

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).

Will Petschenig
Born (1995-02-03) February 3, 1995
Manotick, Ontario, Canada
Height 6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight 194 lb (88 kg; 13 st 12 lb)
Position Defense
Shoots Left
ECHL team
Former teams
Fort Wayne Komets
Genève-Servette HC
EHC Biel
NHL Draft Undrafted
Playing career 2016present

Playing career

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.[1] 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.[2]

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).[3]

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.[4]

Personal

He received the All Weather Windows Humanitarian of the Year Award[5] and the Dan Snyder Memorial Trophy for OHL Humanitarian of the Year in May 2016.[6] 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[7] who died in 2013.[8]

Career statistics

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2011–12 Cornwall Colts CCHL 53 2 3 5 64 15 1 0 1 8
2012–13 Oshawa Generals OHL 52 1 6 7 25 1 0 0 0 0
2013–14 Oshawa Generals OHL 68 2 15 17 56 12 0 1 1 12
2014–15 Oshawa Generals OHL 45 3 10 13 43 15 0 2 2 6
2015–16 Saginaw Spirit OHL 68 5 17 22 108 4 0 1 1 8
2016–17 Genève-Servette HC NLA 50 2 4 6 22 4 0 0 0 12
2017–18 Genève-Servette HC NL 42 2 1 3 8 5 0 1 1 4
2018–19 Genève-Servette HC NL 7 0 0 0 12
2018–19 HC La Chaux-de-Fonds SL 7 0 2 2 0
2018–19 EHC Biel NL 19 0 2 2 2 2 0 0 0 0
NL totals 118 4 7 11 44 11 0 1 1 26

Awards and honours

Award Year
OHL
Dan Snyder Memorial Trophy 2016 [6]
CHL Humanitarian of the Year 2016

References

  1. "Trophées de la OHL - Ligue Junior Ontario de Hockey | Marqueur.com". www.marqueur.com. Retrieved 2016-05-21.
  2. "Will Petschenig's parting is sweet sorrow for Saginaw Spirit, community". MLive.com. Retrieved 2016-05-21.
  3. Club, www.gshc.ch, GSHC - Site officiel du Genève-Servette Hockey. "Will Petschenig devient Grenat - Genève-Servette Hockey Club". www.gshc.ch. Retrieved 2016-05-21.
  4. "Komets add pair to preseason roster". Fort Wayne Komets. August 26, 2019. Retrieved August 26, 2019.
  5. "CHL announces 2015-16 Award winners". CHL Network. Retrieved 2016-05-30.
  6. "Spirit's Will Petschenig named OHL Humanitarian of the Year". MiHockey - MiHockeyNow & MiHockeyMag. Retrieved 2016-05-21.
  7. "Spirit's Will Petschenig giving back in honour of father - Sportsnet.ca". Sportsnet.ca. Retrieved 2016-05-21.
  8. "A Heart Like Mine – Saginaw Spirit". saginawspirit.com. Retrieved 2016-05-21.
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