Almeida back for second season with Railers

WORCESTER, Mass. – The Worcester Railers Hockey Club, ECHL affiliate of the New York Islanders, announced that the club has signed forward Barry Almeida to a contract for the 2018-19 season.

The 29-year-old returns to Worcester after leading the club offensively last season with 22 goals, 39 assists and 61 points in 68 games. He added four points (3g-1a) in six playoff contests.

The Springfield, Massachusetts native is entering his seventh professional season. Almeida was a member of the 2013 Reading Royals Kelly Cup championship team and appeared in 15 playoff games, recording six points (4g-2a). He has a career total of 254 games played in the ECHL with 199 points (89g-110a), including a career-high of 29 goals with the Utah Grizzlies in 2015-16.

Before turning pro, Almeida played four seasons with the Boston College Eagles, winning two national championships in 2010 and 2012. He was a USHL Clark Cup champion with the Omaha Lancers in 2008.