Andy Williams chooses Arkansas

The Razorback Hockey team is pleased to announce that F-Andy Williams has committed to Arkansas. The 6’0” 185 lbs. left-shooting forward recently completed two collegiate seasons playing for Williston State College.

Williams, a native of Ft. Worth, Texas, joins the Razorbacks after a junior college career that spanned two years. During his most recent 2017-18 campaign with the Tetons, Williams served as Assistant Captain and scored 27 goals in 32 games while notching 16 assists. For his efforts, Williams was named team MVP. In 21 games during the 2016-17 season, Williams accrued 31 points (14 goals, 17 assists).

Prior to his arrival at Williston State, Williams played three seasons of junior hockey. In 46 games for the Dells Ducks of the USPHL in 2015-16, Williams had a stellar 51-point season (25 goals, 26 assists). The year before, he scored 18 goals in the NOJHL playing for the Mattawa Blackhawks in 2014-15. In his first year of junior hockey, Williams averaged nearly two points per game playing in the NPHL for the West Sound Warriors. That year, in 2013-14, Williams had 79 total points and scored 40 goals.

Williams, who plans to study mechanical engineering, commented, “I love the speed, the power and the finesse of hockey but also I love the physical and mental toughness of the game.” Regarding his commitment to the University of Arkansas more specifically, Williams said, I believe that the Department of Mechanical Engineering under the guidance and expertise of the University of Arkansas professors and curriculum will allow me to become a well-rounded and knowledgeable engineer capable to meet the demands of my profession.” He added, “I am also very excited about the structural changes for the hockey program this upcoming season. It will be an honor to be a trailblazer in our move to be the first member of ‘Club Sports Advance’ and to become an advocate of our hockey program.”

The University of Arkansas fields two hockey teams.  The Division I team just released its 2018-19 schedule (view here). It has, since 2015, competed in the Western Collegiate Hockey Conference (learn more here).   The Division III team will in 2018-19 begin its twelfth season competing in the Southeastern Collegiate Hockey Conference (learn more here).  All home games are played at The Jones Center for Families in Springdale.