Steelheads’ Wathier A Winner

By DallasStars.com

After injuries hampered much of his 2005-06 season, left wing Francis Wathier rebounded to have an outstanding campaign this year, highlighted by his recent contributions toward a Kelly Cup championship with the ECHL Idaho Steelheads.

Dallas’ sixth-round pick (No. 185 overall) in the 2003 Draft, Wathier spent much of the 2006-07 campaign with the AHL Iowa Stars, where he notched 14 goals in 57 games. He was tied for first on the club in game-winning goals (5), and was selected by Iowa Stars fans as the Fan Favorite for this season.

The native of St. Isidore, Ontario, skated in 17 games with Idaho during the regular season, recording 13 points (4 goals, 9 assists) and being selected to the 2007 Rbk ECHL All-Star Game. Upon completion of Iowa’s run in the Calder Cup Playoffs, where he recorded four assists in 12 contests, Wathier joined his Boise mates for their ECHL playoff push.

A two-time Quebec Major Junior Hockey League champion with the Hull Olympiques and the 2006 American Specialty/AHL Man of the Year, Wathier notched a goal and an assist in seven playoff games for Idaho as the Stars’ ECHL affiliate topped the Dayton Bombers to clinch the 2007 Kelly Cup championship.

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