Duluth, Minn. -- Back in May the American Hockey League announced that it would not complete the remainder of the season… leaving players like Duluth-native Andy Welinski without a chance to complete his first season with the Lehigh Phantom.
Now it looks like the UMD alum will get a shot to play with the Philadelphia Flyers as the NHL club makes a playoff run in the Return to Play postseason.
The former Duluth East standout has certainly dealt with the rollercoaster that is being a professional athlete, especially over the past year… he was traded cross-country from the Anaheim Ducks to the Philadelphia Flyers at this time last year…
A bump in the road then came in the form of injuries as the defenseman was preparing to make his debut.
Fast-forward to now, he's getting another shot with the NHL-club.
"I had a bit of a frustrating year injury-wise but obviously in this situation, it’s tough to plan for. I think the biggest part was that I was close throughout the year," said Welinski. Knowing they were going to call some guys back especially since the Flyers did so well toward the end of the season, earning the first seed in the conference. So it was in the back of my mind but the toughest part was not knowing. It was kind of a week by week type of thing. Now it’s July and hopefully things are getting started back up."