Sunday September 15, 2019

Liam HeelisNew signing Liam Heelis first started playing hockey at just 4 years of age back in his hometown of Georgetown, Ontario after he and his father had begun watching hockey together.

During his junior years Heelis iced with the Mississauga Senators playing in 63 games and scoring 28 goals and 42 assists before moving up to the Ontario Junior A Hockey League with Mississauga Chargers in 2006, going on to ice in 42 games, scoring 18 goals and 22 assists.

In 2007, Heelis was picked up by the Peterborough Petes in the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) priority selection. The OHL is one of the three major junior ice hockey leagues which constitute the Canadian Hockey League. The league is for players aged 16–21.

In his first season with Peterborough, Liam iced in 36 games and scored 4 goals and 3 assists in the reguar season, plus going on to play in an additional 3 post-season games. Liam's captain in his debut season in the OHL was Sheffield Steeler's John Armstrong. Another teammate who Liam iced with with during his 3 years in the OHL with Peterborough was Edmonton Oiler's winger Zack Kassian.

During his second OHL season, Heelis featured more for Peterborough Petes, going on to ice in a total of 64 games as awell as increasing his point production to 8 goals and 8 assists.

In his 3rd season in Peterborough Liam continued to increase his productivity on the ice, Heelis iced in all but 1 of the Petes league games scoring 18 goals and 33 assists in 67 games.Liam Heelis

For the 2010/11 season, Liam was traded to Owen Sound Attack in exchange for a 4th round pick in the 2012 OHL priority selection. That season Heelis was part of a side that topped the Western Conference and went on to be crowned OHL Champions, defeating the Mississauga Majors in a dramatic game 7 overtime series win, the franchise's first championship since 1989. That season Heelis played in 68 regular season games sccoring 20 goals and 33 assist plus 22 play-off games, tallying 5 goals and 8 assists.

"Being apart of the Owen Sound Attack 2011 championship was a very special experience for me. We had a team with strong talent, but our success came from the exceptional character we had in our dressing room. Character that our management and head coach Mark Reeds had brought out in us through creation of team culture.

"I was very fortunate to play with some incredible talents that season, however I would say that character of these individuals (i.e., Andrew Shaw, Garrett Wilson, Mike Halmo, Joey Hishon) was the most impressive thing.

"Our coach really taught us to live like professionals in our daily activity, actions, and behaviour, and I think I speak for all of us when I say that we owe a lot of our success both as a team and individually in our development as athletes to Mark."

Following his 4 years in the OHL, Heelis attended Acadia University where he was part of the Acadia Axemen Hockey team in the Canadian Interuniversity Sports league.

"The CIS is a fiercely competitive league with a strong balance of speed, skill, and grit. With small conferences and plenty of games the rivalries that grow between players and teams create an intense and electric atmosphere for fans and communities to enjoy. Furthermore, from the CIS development background, players build a strong sense of community through their athletics department, school, and location, thus the players take a lot of pride in their respective teams and communities."

During his 4 years with Acadia, Heelis iced in 134 games on the way to scoring 61 goals and 79 assists. In 2013 Heelis was appointed captain and went on to have a memorable season that year. Liam was named in the CIS All-star first team, CIS Most Valuable Player, CIS top goal scorer (24 goals), CIS player of the year and was part of the Team Canada squad that won gold at the World University Championships.

That same year he was named a finalist for the prestigious Borden Ladner Gervais award. The BLG award honours the top university athlete in Canadian Interuniversity Sport, and Heelis was one of eight national finalists.

Liam Heelis playing for McGill RedmenIn 2015 Heelis attended McGill University where he started a 2 year Masters Degree in Sports Psychology and iced with the McGill Redmen hockey team playing in 26 games, scoring 11 goals and 25 assists.

Under CIS regulations, Heelis was not eligble to ice last season having already played for 5 seasons, however Liam took up a graduate assistant coach role last season with McGill

"Last year, having used up all of my Canadian university playing eligibility, I decided that I would finish my masters degree at McGill University before pursuing professional hockey, as I have been taught if I start something it is best to finish it before moving forward. However, since I was a child my goal has always been to play pro hockey.

"After completing the requirements of my degree in June, I began to focus on my next journey. In particular, Jeff Hutchins heard about my plans to play professional hockey and reached out to me.

"After reaching out to former Flyers players (i.e., Bryan Pitton) and doing a little research of my own about team and the community, I felt this organisation was the best fit for me and my interests. I am very grateful that Jeff reached out and for the opportunity that he has provided me here to dawn a Flyers jersey.

"My vision here is to help contribute to the Fife Flyers both on and off the ice towards earning a championship and also gain insight about the European game from our excellent coaches.

"I am very familiar with a several players who have played in the Elite League. As a researcher, I made sure to done my homework on the league and Fife.

"The reviews I received about Fife in particular were incredible, hearing about the fans and community behind this team really drew my attention.

"In fact, hearing about Fife even caught me a little off guard as the stories I heard about the support from fans and community really reminded me of my Canadian university experience where I was able to be apart of something bigger than myself and about more than just hockey but also community.

"I have been informed about the rich hockey history in Fife and that is something that really excites me. I really enjoy chatting and listening to people who have a real passion for the game.

"Additionally, I have heard that welcoming people and the scenic landscapes are the real beauty of what Fife is comprised of and I couldn't be more excited to get to know the area and people who make this area special."

Liam HeelisLast week Flyers confirmed they will host German DEL 2 side EC Kassel Huskies and Denmark's Herlev Eagles in pre-season challenge matches. When Heelis takes to the ice against Herlev he will do so coming up against 2 former Acadia teammates, forward Brett Thompson and netmider Evan Mosher, something he is looking forward too.

"I have not had the opportunity to reach out to 'Thomps' or 'Moshe' yet, however when that time comes closer I will definitely be getting in touch with them.

"As a competitor, it will be very nice to see them after the game and catch up. They are close friends of mine and we accomplished a lot together as a group at Acadia culminating in an AUS championship."


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