Norfolk, Va — Norfolk Admirals Professional Hockey Club, proud affiliates of the Carolina Hurricanes and Chicago Wolves, announced on Tuesday afternoon that defenseman Eric Williams has signed a contract with the club for the 2022-23 season.
Williams, 27, enters his fourth full season as a professional in 2022-23 and his second straight stint with the Admirals.
The Newmarket, ONT native played in 36 games with Norfolk last season, registering 11 points (2g, 9a). He started the season with a point in seven straight games. Williams also received a call-up to the AHL's Chicago Wolves on two occasions during the season. He played 24 games with the Wolves, posting 6 points (all of them assists) and a +7 rating.
"We are very excited that Eric is coming back to be part of our defensive core," said Admirals General Manager and Head Coach Rod Taylor. "Offensively, he has a great ability to put himself into very good scoring opportunities. He is also very good at making decisions on getting out of our zone and joining the rush. I think we are going to see big things from him this year."
Williams signed with the Admirals for the 2020-21 campaign. But Norfolk ultimately opted out of the season due to the COVID-19 policy. He would spend the season playing with the Greenville Swamp Rabbits and Indy Fuel.
The 2019-20 season was Williams’ strongest season as a professional. He suited up for the Utah Grizzlies and was second on the team amongst defensemen in points with 23 (7g, 16a). Before turning pro, the six-foot one-inch, 200-pound defenseman won two conference championships with Northeastern University (NCAA) and played in 156 career games with 57 points (18g, 39a).
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Norfolk Admirals Professional Hockey is a member of the ECHL, the premier Double-A hockey league, and brings affordable, family entertainment to Hampton Roads and play its home games at Scope Arena in Norfolk, striving to contribute to Norfolk’s rich regional impact of entertainment, culture, and the arts. The Admirals are affiliated with the National Hockey League’s (NHL) Carolina Hurricanes and American Hockey League’s (AHL) Chicago Wolves. The Admirals have won three Kelly Cups (1991, 1992, 1998). The club transitioned to the AHL in 2000 and won the Calder Cup in 2012 while capturing 28 consecutive wins—still the record for the longest active streak in AHL history. The team rejoined the ECHL in 2015. Blake Cullen founded the Hampton Roads Admirals in 1989. Visit www.norfolkadmirals.com for more information.
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