Gone to the Hogs

Just days after leading his team to the NCAA Division III Championships, senior Cadets forward William Pelletier ’17 signed with the American Hockey League’s Rockford (Ill.) IceHogs, primary affiliate of the NHL Chicago Blackhawks. In only his second game wearing #15 in a red, black, and white uniform, Pelletier scored two goals and two assists in a 4-1 win over the Grand Rapids Griffins.

William Pelletier ’17 has been an instant impact player for the AHL Rockford IceHogs, scoring two goals and two assists in only his second game with the Chicago Blackhawks affiliate. (Todd Reicher/Rockford IceHogs;.)

William Pelletier ’17 has been an instant impact player for the AHL Rockford IceHogs, scoring two goals and two assists in only his second game with the Chicago Blackhawks affiliate. (Todd Reicher/Rockford IceHogs;.)

The second-smallest player on the Cadets roster at 5’7″ and 173 lbs., Pelletier was never hampered by his stature. Named the Most Outstanding Player of the 2017 NCAA Division III Men’s Ice Hockey Championship, the right-hander scored 18 goals and notched 28 assists to rank first in points in the New England Hockey Conference and fourth in NCAA Division III. The St. Jean Chrysostome, Québec native is a two-time American Hockey Coaches Association All-American selection, won four straight Northfield Savings Bank Holiday Tournament MVP awards, and was a two-time NEHC All-Conference selection.

Pelletier finished his Norwich career with 54 goals and 75 assists for 129 points in 84 career games, ranking him 22nd all-time in program history. Not since 1984, when Frank Simonetti ’84 signed with the Providence Bruins, has a Norwich player made the jump straight from college to the AHL.

 

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