It was a long trip for the parents of Andy Williams to Grande Prairie from their home in Yellowknife, NWT to watch their son play last season.
If they want to watch him play goal over the next few years they’re going to have to travel a lot further.
Williams has committed to the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology Trojans of the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference starting in the fall of 2011-2012.
“We are very excited to have Andy as a member of our 2011-2012 SAIT Trojans team,” said Trojan coach Ken Babey. “He is a quality goaltender and should be an excellent addition to our program.”
Williams, who stands 6-foot-2 and weighs 180 pounds, joined the Storm partway through last season after being acquired from the Alberta Junior Hockey League’s Drumheller Dragons.
In 33 games with the Storm Williams had 17 wins, 12 losses and three ties, a goals-against average of 2.41 and a save percentage of .924.
“Andy had an amazing season with us last season and has had a very solid junior career,” said Storm coach/general manager Blaine Bablitz.
“Andy did a great job representing the Storm last season and is very deserving of this opportunity. I and the whole Storm organization would like to wish Andy and his family all the best as he takes the next step in his hockey career.”
Over his AJHL career Williams played in 74 games with 25 wins and 30 losses along with seven ties and had a career goals-against average of 3.05 and a save percentage of .889.
The Trojans have one of the strongest college hockey programs in all of Canada.
They have won the Canadian championship six times and the ACAC championship 11 times.
Former Storm defenceman Clayton Goodall has played with the Trojans the last two seasons.