Hat Tricks Re-Sign Goalie Brian Wilson

by Jim Cerny

DANBURY, CT. -- The Danbury Hat Tricks of the Federal Prospects Hockey League announced the signing of goalie Brian Wilson.

The 25-year-old was 11-5-0 with a 3.10 goals-against average, .894 save percentage and one shutout as a rookie with the Hat Tricks last season. He made 23 saves in a 5-0 shutout against the Delaware Thunder in his Hat Tricks debut Dec. 3.

Wilson won his first six starts with Danbury, allowing one goal or fewer in five of them. He made 30 or more saves four times last season.

The Mississauga, Ontario native started Game 1 of the Commissioner’s Cup semifinals and made 30 saves on 35 shots in a loss to the Columbus River Dragons.

“We are happy to have ‘Willy’ back this season,” Hat Tricks general manager and coach Billy McCreary said. “He had a nice run here as a rookie and we firmly believe his best days are ahead of him. We’re confident he’s going to make that next step in his development this season.”

Wilson gained valuable experience at higher levels of professional hockey last season. He was loaned to Springfield of the American Hockey League, Cincinnati and Worcester of the ECHL and Evansville, Vermillion County and Birmingham in the Southern Professional Hockey League in 2021-22.

Before turning pro, Wilson played four seasons at Niagara University. As a sophomore in 2018-19, he was 15-14-5 with a 2.76 GAA, .910 save percentage and two shutouts.

Wilson is the second goalie signed by the Hat Tricks for the 2022-23 season. Frankie McClendon re-signed with Danbury after playing for them last season.