As the post-season just wrapped up for Wildcats forward James Phelan he did not have much down time time before finding out some exciting news regarding where he will be next year. Yesterday James officially signed a one way, one year contract with the Texas Stars of the American Hockey League, the affiliate of the Dallas Stars! “Signing my first professional contract is the greatest feeling in the world,” said Phelan. “I’m really excited for the opportunity to play at a professional level next year for a great organization like the Texas Stars.”
During his five years in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, James laced up for three teams; Shawinigan, Victoriaville and Moncton. After joining the Wildcats at the end of Christmas trade period he made an immediate impact. Since his arrival James notched more than a point per game in the regular season with 35 points in 27 games played, and was outstanding in playoffs, adding another 13 points in 12 games (9 goals, 4 assists). His 200 ft game, face-off ability and work ethic both on and off the ice made him a key piece of the Wildcats success this post-season.
“My five years in the QMJHL have been the a blast. Going through a few up’s and downs during that time I truly cant thank the Moncton Wildcats enough for believing in me during this second half. Playing for the City of Moncton was something ill never forget. I want to thank the players, coaching staff and my billets (Debbie, Wayne and Nick Walker) for making these last couple months so memorable. With that being said I cannot wait to get started in Dallas!”
On behalf of the entire Wildcats organization we would like to send our congratulations to James! To see a player who decided on the CHL, spent five years developing, and now having an opportunity to play at the next level is what this league is all about.