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Washington Capitals prospect Patrick Wey
is living a dream in more ways than one.
The defenseman and fourth round selection (115th overall) by the Caps in the 2010 Entry Draft is a part of Team USA at the IIHL Under-20 World Junior Championships being played in Buffalo, N.Y., and is a sophomore with defending NCAA champion Boston College.
At the World Juniors, Wey played in each of the first four games, helping Team USA earn a bye into the semifinals with four consecutive victories in the preliminary round.
“It’s been great—a once in a lifetime thing for me,” said Wey about the tournament. “It’s been really fun, I’ve enjoyed the city, the whole environment and we have a great group of guys too.”
Listed as the seventh defenseman, but seeing an average of 3-4 shifts per period most games in a defensive defenseman role, Wey registered three shots on goal total but was still seeking his first point of the tournament heading into the medal round.
Though seeing fewer minutes than he is used to with Boston College, at 6’2” and 205 pounds, Wey is a key cog on his team’s penalty killing unit, which killed off all five opposition power plays against during the first four games.
“I still try to stay active on the bench trying to talk and keep my head in it helps,” said Wey. “To be honest the environment is great so it isn’t that hard to stay in the game. I’m just happy to contribute to the team however I can. It doesn’t bother me too much—I’m just happy to do whatever they want me to do.”
“They need me to just keep things simple. I thought the first game I played solid, but I wasn’t happy with the (second and third). And I’m helping out on the penalty kill, but not very often since we haven’t been taking many penalties through the early games.”
Wey struggled last season with a shoulder injury and a fight with mononucleosis, but is back to full strength this season. He played 27 games and missed 15 his freshman campaign, including the last four during the championship run.
This year he played in the first 16 games before departing to join Team USA. He scored his collegiate goal at Merrimack Thanksgiving weekend. He has three assists total with the goal and two of his assists coming in his last four games before the junior tournament.
“Finally—it seems like last year was just one thing after another, but I’m feeling real good with nothing more than a few bumps and bruises this year.
A native of Pennsylvania, Wey is another part of the growing junior hockey development throughout the state.
“When I was growing up, it was (Mario) Lemieux and (Sydney) Crosby now that people are getting excited about, but hockey in general is big with the games all packed now. All my friends are hockey fans and I think the quality of players who have come to Penguins helped create a culture of youth hockey that has produced some good players.”
Prior to joining Boston College, Wey played two seasons in the United State Hockey League with the Waterloo Black Hawks. He was +22 in the final season there and had 34 points while being voted by his teammates for the Unsung Hero Award.
As for his choice of playing college hockey at Boston College, ranked in the top in the nation as of the first of the year, that is dream number two for the soon-to-be 20 year old (March 21).
“My mom has a sheet of paper from third grade about what you wanted to grow up and I wrote that I wanted to play hockey at BC,” he said. “It was just a dream of mine and they offered me a spot. It’s been a great combination of school and hockey.”