Thursday, March 13, 2014

Texas Fans Reminisce Over Original Star Francis Wathier

(Credit: Clint Trahan/Abbotsford Heat)
With the departure of Francis Wathier to the Milwaukee Admirals, the Texas Stars now have just three players remaining from their inaugural season. I asked on the 100 Degree Hockey Facebook page for fans to share their favorite memories of Wathier's time with the Texas Stars. The outpouring was enormous.

Ross Bonander remembers him for a few on ice moments:


Ross is of course referring to Game 3 of the Calder Cup Finals against Hershey, which got a lot of likes, and the Stars' Januaury 29th 2010 game against the Abbotsford Heat. I wrote at the time:
"In arguably the best moment of the night, Luke Gazdic came out to congratulate Wathier on the fight as he exited the ice and entered the players' tunnel."
Ross also recalled his OT goal against Toronto on November 3rd, 2011.


Here's a shot of that moment, courtesy of Judy True.


Bob Elliot waxed poetic on Wathier's constant energy. Fans agreed. His comment was the top liked comment in the thread.


So many others in the thread remembered Wathier for the little things that he did around the ice and off the ice in the community.



Al Hamilton seems to sum things up pretty well overall.


Clearly he will be missed.

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