Player of the Week

Willows named Sher-Wood Hockey/ECHL Player of the Week

Matt Willows of the Reading Royals is the Sher-Wood Hockey ECHL Player of the Week for Nov. 27-Dec. 3. It is the second time in his career that he has received the weekly honor.


Willows scored one goal and assisted on five others for six points in three games last week.


The 26-year-old notched two assists in a 4-3 loss at Cincinnati on Wednesday, had a goal and an assist in a 4-3 win at Wheeling on Friday and added a pair of assists in a 5-4 overtime loss to the Nailers on Saturday.


A native of Congers, N.Y., Willows leads the Royals with 20 points (7g-13a) in 20 games this season.


Willows has tallied 147 points (52g-95a) in 154 career ECHL games with Reading, Allen and Florida. He was named ECHL Rookie of the Year with Florida in 2015-16 after posting 66 points (23g-43a) in 71 games. Willows has also seen action in 12 career American Hockey League games with Worcester and San Jose, adding five points (3g-2a).


Prior to turning pro, Willows recorded 90 points (45g-45a) in 130 career games at the University of New Hampshire.


On behalf of Matt Willows, a case of pucks will be donated to a Reading youth hockey organization by Sher-Wood Hockey, the exclusive puck supplier of the ECHL. Since beginning its sponsorship of the award in 2000-01, Sher-Wood Hockey has donated more than 37,000 pucks to youth hockey organizations in ECHL cities.


Runners Up: Bryan Moore, Allen (2 gp, 3g, 2a, 5 pts.) and Michael Kirkpatrick, Florida (3 gp, 2g, 3a, 5 pts.).


Also Nominated: Shawn Szydlowski (Fort Wayne), Ryan Rupert (Indy), Darik Angeli (Norfolk), Jamie Tardif (Quad City), Patrick McCarron (Toledo), Evan Richardson (Tulsa), Ryan Walters (Utah), Hunter Fejes (Wheeling) and Ralph Cuddemi (Wichita).


Dec. 5, 2017Matt WillowsReading Royals
Nov. 28, 2017Stephen MacAulayFlorida Everblades
Nov. 21, 2017Caleb HerbertGreenville Swamp Rabbits
Nov. 14, 2017Phil LaneAtlanta Gladiators
Nov. 7, 2017Allan McPhersonGreenville Swamp Rabbits
Oct. 31, 2017Thomas FrazeeAtlanta Gladiators
Oct. 24, 2017Kyle PlatzerWichita Thunder
Oct. 17, 2017Garrett MeursWheeling Nailers
Apr. 11, 2017Dane WaltersToledo Walleye
Apr. 4, 2017Brendan O'DonnellFlorida Everblades
Mar. 28, 2017Josh PittKalamazoo Wings
Mar. 21, 2017Kenton MillerElmira Jackals
Mar. 14, 2017Angelo MiceliGreenville Swamp Rabbits
Mar. 7, 2017Eric FailleOrlando Solar Bears
Feb. 28, 2017Trevor CheekFort Wayne Komets
Feb. 21, 2017Jackson HouckColorado Eagles
Feb. 14, 2017Simon DenisToledo Walleye
Feb. 7, 2017Matt WillowsReading Royals
Jan. 31, 2017Carter VerhaegheMissouri Mavericks
Jan. 24, 2017Justin TaylorKalamazoo Wings