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Langley's Williams joining Thunderbirds

After a stellar junior career, which wrapped up with the Spokane Chiefs of the Western Hockey League, Langley
After a stellar junior career, which wrapped up with the Spokane Chiefs of the Western Hockey League, Langley's Eric Williams is set to play goal for the UBC Thunderbirds.
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After wrapping up a stellar Western Hockey League career, goaltender Eric Williams is set to suit up for the UBC Thunderbirds.

"I think UBC will be a great fit for me both on the ice and academically," said Williams.

"(And) I'm thrilled to be playing to be playing near my hometown in front of friends and family, who have always been my biggest supporters.

"Having the chance to pursue a top level education while playing in a great hockey program is what drew me to UBC, making it a perfect fit."

Williams, a product of the Langley Minor Hockey Association, went 25-32-5 over the parts of two seasons with the Prince Albert Raiders, before being traded to the Spokane Chiefs.

Over the next two and a half seasons, Williams was 73-44-9 in the regular season.

Last season was the best for the 21-year-old as he went 33-19-2 with four shutouts, a 2.67 goals against average and a .906 save percentage.

"Upon meeting Eric, I was very impressed with him as a person and feel that he is a great fit for our program moving forward," said UBC coach Tyler Kuntz.

"Eric comes from a great program in Spokane and we are looking forward to his contributions both on and off the ice."

Williams did suit up in one game in the East Hockey League with the Colorado Eagles following the end of his junior career.

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