Watters Returns Returns to the Flames
The Flames leading goal getter from 2019-2020, Ian Watters, will make his return to Spectrum when the club gets back to activity after the pandemic delay. The 29-year-old had 50 points and topped the club with 32 goals during 2019-2020 and was the only squad member to reach 30+ strikes. Since joining Flames to start the 2017-2018 set, Watters has iced in 188 games while recording 102 goals and 85 assists.
“Very excited to get back to Guildford, get the season started up, and hopefully play in front of our great Flames fans again,” said Watters.
The 5’11”, 200lb winger joined the side after 5 minor pro seasons in North America; the last 4 with Reading Royals. In 223 ECHL starts, including his opening year split with Orlando Solar Bears and Idaho Steelheads, Watters had 27 goals and 95 points to go with 228 penalty minutes. He also added 7 points in 25 playoff outings.
Prior to his jump to the professional ranks, the native of Pickering, Ontario spent 3 full seasons with Brampton Battalion in Canada’s Major Junior Ontario Hockey League where he amassed 45 goals and 97 points in 161 starts. His best season was 2011-2012 when he was nearly a point a game skater over a 42-game stretch that saw him capture 18 goals and 17 assists during the regular schedule and the playoffs, while also taking his team’s player of the year honours.
The former alternate captain for Battalion and Royals led the latter in shots on goal in 2015-2016 and was named his club’s defensive player of the year in the same season.
“Ian was slated to be back with us for the 20-21 season that never happened, and once we announced in January that we were definitely not proceeding he opted not to go anywhere else,” explained Head Coach Paul Dixon.
“He has kept himself in good condition and is really excited to have the chance to come back. We don’t have a great deal of continuity from the last roster we had to now so keeping a high quality character who does so much on the ice and who is so well liked by his teammates is a great outcome for us. We are thrilled to have Ian back for his 4th season with us.”