Reading, Pa. – The Reading Royals, ECHL affiliate of the Washington Capitals of the National Hockey League and the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League, today announced that defenseman Patrick Wellar has been assigned from the Bears to the Royals.
Wellar, a ninth year pro from Carrot River, Saskatchewan, has played one game for the Bears this season, registering seven penalty minutes, in Hershey’s home opener last Saturday against the Rochester Americans. Wellar has played all—or substantial portions—of the previous four seasons in Hershey, racking up 196 total games with the Bears, during which he has recorded 40 points (6g-34a) and 407 penalty minutes. Over that time period, Wellar, third round pick of the Washington Capitals in 2002, has played to a cumulative +19 with Hershey.
This will mark the second season that Wellar has appeared in a Royals uniform. In 2008-09, he recorded eight points (1g-7a) and 47 penalty minutes in 25 games with Reading. In his last game as a Royal, on Feb. 7, 2009, Wellar exploded for a four point night that included scoring the overtime game winner in a 6-5 victory over the Trenton Devils. Shortly thereafter, he was re-called to Hershey and, on March 7, 2009, Wellar’s ECHL rights were traded from Reading to the South Carolina Stingrays. Wellar was then re-assigned from Hershey to South Carolina, where he would go on—along with another former Royal, goaltender James Reimer—to win the 2009 ECHL Kelly Cup Championship. That was actually Wellar’s second championship season in the ECHL, as he was an integral member of the 2006 Kelly Cup Champion Alaska Aces. Wellar, who’s played 514 pro games—242 in the AHL, won his third pro championship when the 2010 Hershey Bears captured the Calder Cup.