Worcester Railers HC sign forwards Dylan Willick and Maurizio Colella

Worcester Railers HC sign forwards Dylan Willick and Maurizio Colella

Rookie forwards expected to make professional debut with Railers

WORCESTER, MA – The Worcester Railers Hockey Club (@RailersHC), proud ECHL (@ECHL) affiliate of the New York Islanders (@NYIslanders), and Railers HC General Manager and Head Coach Jamie Russell (@JamieRussell18) officially announced today that the club has signed forward Dylan Willick (@DylanWillick) to an ECHL contract and forward Maurizio Colella (@MoColella27) to an ATO.

Dylan Willick joins the Worcester Railers HC after spending five seasons with the University of New Brunswick, where he skated in 138 games and amassed a total of 28 goals and 30 assists for a total of 58 points, and a plus-45 rating.

The five-foot-ten, 195lb Prince George, BC native captained the Varsity Reds in 2017-18 and led the team to the Atlantic University Sport championship and bronze medal at U Sports championship (University Cup). Willick’s 138th game tied him for most all-time among skaters in school history. The four time Academic All-Canadian is on track to be named for a fifth time, and won the University Cup twice with the Varsity Reds in 2016 and 2017.

Before joining the Varsity Reds, Willick played 266 games with the Kamloops Blazers of the WHL, recording 80 goals, 77 assists, for 157 total points and a plus-9 rating. Dylan served as captain in his 2012-13 season.

Willick is expected to make his professional debut with the Railers and will wear number 42.

Maurizio Colella joins the Worcester Railers HC after spending the last five seasons in the OHL, where he played in 278 games, putting up 52 goals, and 78 assists, for a total of 130 points with four different clubs.

Most recently, the six-foot, 187lb Tottenham, ON native put together his best season in the OHL with the Flint Firebirds playing in 67 games, tallying 23 goals, and 38 assists for 61 points.

Colella is expected to make his professional debut with the Railers and will wear number 15.

What’s on tap? – Railers continue to battle for a playoff spot!

On Friday, March 30 the Railers host the Brampton Beast on BEACH NIGHT presented by MidState Auto Group on a 2-3-4 Friday at 7:05pm.   The first 1,500 fans will receive a Railers HC beach towel presented by MidState Auto Group.  Pat Patriot, Patriots cheerleaders, and the Patriots street team will be on hand in the Harvard Pilgrim Healthcare Pavilion before the game! Enjoy reduced concessions at the DCU Center with $2 popcorn, $3 hot dogs, and $4 Bud Lights inside the Bud Light Lounge and fans are encouraged to wear their “Patriots gear” to the game.

On Saturday, March 31 the Railers host the Brampton Beast at 7:05pm on a BIG GAME SATURDAY on YOUTH HOCKEY NIGHT.  Boston Garden Legend Rene Rancourt will perform both anthems before the game and sign autographs through the first period.  Over 1,000 youth hockey players throughout central Massachusetts are expected to attend with a special Parade of Champions taking place before the game.  In addition, fans are encouraged to bring canned goods to the game to benefit the Worcester County Food Bank for a chance to win Railers prizes presented by Price Chopper.

The Railers Tavern, located behind the DCU Center provides hockey fans with a great pregame and postgame atmosphere all season long. Watch all road games broadcast live at Railers Tavern or watch on ECHLTV.com for a small fee. Listen to all Railers games live on 98.9 Nash ICON with coverage beginning 30 minutes before puck drop with Eric Lindquist and Tom Matthews. Full season memberships, mini plans, and group tickets are on sale now by calling the Railers front office at 508-365-1750 or by visiting www.RailersHC.com