Eskimos sign Virginian “D”

IROQUOIS FALLS – the Abitibi Eskimos are pleased to announce that Will Wickersham has agreed to sign for the upcoming season. The 20-year-old, 5’ 10”, 190 lbs. defenseman was a standout last season with the Richmond Generals of the MJHL (Metropolitan Junior Hockey League).

The MJHL is the oldest Junior hockey league in the United States, founded in 1966 by NY Rangers GM, Emil “the Cat” Frances.

Will appeared in 95 games with the Generals, over two seasons, and is highly touted by his former coach R. C. Lyke:

“Will is an excellent defensive defenseman. He is a very strong, physical, tough defenseman that is excellent in his own zone defensively. He is an excellent penalty killer and plays great against shutting down the oppositions best players. You cannot have enough Dman like Will on your team and in Abitibi next year I have no doubt he will be one of the top defensive defenseman in the league again as well.”

The southern USA hockey product had this to say on his move to “the great white north”:

“The reason I wanted to come to the Abitibi Eskimos to play is to become a part of an organization with a town and fan base that lives and breathes hockey! I chose the Eskis because I believe they will provide the best development in my last year of junior hockey, not only as a hockey player but as an individual as well. With a year in the Canadian Junior hockey world, I can attend Nichols College in the fall of 2014 prepared to be an impact player at the next level.”

Wickersham will join his new teammates when camp opens August 6 in Timmins at the Whitney Arena.

CLICK HERE to view Richmond Generals press release.