Eric Wellwood back in Memorial Cup as coach

Updated: May 29, 2015 at 4:53 pm by Sean Cobourn

Kevin McGran of The Star in Toronto wrote a good feature yesterday on former Flyers player Eric Wellwood (25).

Wellwood hasn’t played hockey since his left skate severed two tendons in his right ankle and tore a third opening up blood vessels, where he could have bled to death. He fell awkwardly into the boards on April 7, 2013 with the then Adirondack Phantoms.

Eric Wellwood left a strong impression the previous season in 2011-2012, with nine points (5 G, 4 A, +12) in 24 games wearing the Flyers logo. Peter Laviolette dressed him for all 11 games during the postseason, but he registered no points.

Wellwood was hired as an assistant coach for the 2014-2015 season with the OHL’s Oshawa Generals. McGran notes he’s the youngest coach in the Memorial Cup.

2014 5th overall pick Michael Dal Colle: “He’s an awesome coach. Me being an offensive guy, he’s worked with me all year in practice. He’s been great for my development.

He’s not as hands on as [DJ Smith (head coach).] He’s the happy guy on the bench. He’ll tell you if you do something right. We have a bit of both on the bench. D.J.’s not afraid to rip you if you made a mistake. Welly’s always there and has your back.”

Eric Wellwood won the Memorial Cup in 2009 and 2010 with a stacked Windsor Spitfires team: Taylor Hall, Adam Henrique, Cam Fowler, Ryan Ellis etc.

DJ Smith was an assistant coach with those teams, hence the connection with Wellwood.

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