Worcester Railers HC Announce Protected Player List

Worcester Railers HC Announce Protected Player List
Nine forwards, seven defensemen, and two goalies named to list

Worcester, MA– The Worcester Railers Hockey Club (@RailersHC), proud ECHL (@ECHL) affiliate of the New York Islanders (@NYIslanders) and General Manager/ Head Coach Jamie Russell announced today the club’s protected list for the 2019-20 season.

The Worcester Railers protected 18 players which included:

Defense (7)
Connor Doherty
Ivan Chukarov
Kyle McKenzie
Patrick McNally
Tommy Panico
Robert Powers
Alexis Vanier

Forwards (9)
Barry Almeida
Tyler Barnes
Bo Brauer
Drew Callin
Tommy Kelley
Ross Olsson
Matt Schmalz
Nick Sorkin
Dylan Willick

Goalies (2)
Evan Buitenhuis
Blake Wojtala

Per ECHL: Teams are allowed to protect as many players as they wish provided the players protected meet the guidelines as defined in the Collective Bargaining Agreement between the ECHL and the Professional Hockey Players’ Association which state that teams shall retain the rights to each player that:

1. Signed an SPC in 2018-19 with the Member, and has not been traded or released, OR

2. Signed an SPC in 2018-19, and was recalled to the NHL/AHL or IIHF team, and has not been traded or released, OR

3. Had received a Qualifying Offer last summer for the current Season, DID NOT sign an SPC, and has not been traded or released, OR

4. Has been suspended by the Member or League, and has not been traded or released, OR

5. Signed an SPC on or after the first day of the 2018-19 Regular Season, then subsequently signed an NHL/AHL contract, and has not been traded or released, OR

6. Has executed the ECHL Retirement Form, and has not been traded or released.
Protected lists may exceed 20 players.

The ECHL also announced that teams must complete all Future Consideration trades by 3 p.m. ET on June 13 and that teams must submit their Season-Ending Roster by 3 p.m. ET on June 15.

Season-ending rosters may include up to 20 players and cannot include any players who did not sign an ECHL contract in 2018-19.

The Railers 2019-20 home opener at the DCU Center is Saturday, October 12 vs. the Adirondack Thunder. The only way to secure your spot to opening night is by purchasing a season membership starting as low as $11.25 per ticket by contacting the Railers HC front office at 508-365-1750 or by visiting http://www.railershc.com/.

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