WILKES-BARRE/SCRANTON, PA -- Bryan Whelan, a forward for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights, has committed to Framingham State for the Fall of 2018. The '97 forward began the season with the New York Bobcats Royals, and tallied 23 points in 29 games. Whelan then joined the Knights in mid-January and produced 13 points in the final 16 games of the regular season.
“Bryan has been a welcome addition to our Knights family,” said Knights head coach Josh Fusco. “He has progressed in his time here and I’m very proud of the strides he has made. He came here on mission to make the playoffs in his last year of junior hockey and to prepare himself for college hockey. He wanted to be a Knight and we made it happen. He’s another kid that wants to be here and another kid for us to help. It couldn’t be any better than that.”
Whelan and the Knights are heading into a do-or-die game #3 tomorrow afternoon, as the puck drops at 2:00pm with the New York Applecore. The native of New York had an assist in last night's win, and regardless of if his team advances, Whelan has achieved his main goal. The forward took some time to reflect and give thanks.
“Being a Knight has been a very fun experience,” said Whelan. “They are a top-class organization, and I enjoy playing for them. Getting here, and now heading into college, I would like to thank my parents who have traveled this path with me since I was six years old, driving me to 6:00am practices all over the US. I thank my brothers, for pushing me every day to be the best I can be and telling me to never give up and follow my dreams. This isn’t possible without them. I would also like to thank the Royals coach Ken Hoey, for always believing in me since my first junior year in 2015. I want to also thank Coach Fusco and the staff I’m with now for taking me in halfway through the season and believing in me to go out there and play my game of hockey. Finally, I would like to thank all of my teammates since I have first started playing hockey as a little kid. They have helped me grow as a player and as a person of the ice and have bettered me in every which way possible.”
Learn more about the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights on the team's official website, and check out the full list of 2018 NCAA Commitments.