CHAD WOOLLARD ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT
VETERAN TO PLAY FINAL PRO GAME FRIDAY
FORT WORTH, Texas (February 11) – The Fort Worth Brahmas’ franchise-leading scorer Chad Woollard announced his retirement from professional hockey Monday afternoon to pursue another opportunity unrelated to hockey. After 14 seasons, eight of which he played for the Brahmas, the veteran winger will play his last game Friday, February 15 versus the Allen Americans at the NYTEX Sports Centre.
Woollard is the Brahmas all-time leader in every major offensive category, including games played (452), goals (218), assists (225), points (443), penalty minutes (858), power-play goals (59), game-winning goals (29) and hat tricks (7).
The Durham, Ontario native also stands among the top Central Hockey League players in the league’s 21-year history. Woollard ranks fifth in goals (295), 15th in points (575) and tied for 14th in games played (569), just one game shy of Jamie Hearn for 13th.
“Chad has had a great career and is one of the best scorers this league has ever seen,” Brahmas Head Coach Dan Wildfong said Monday. “He has meant a lot to this organization over the years and I am happy for him and his family.”
Woollard spent his first five full seasons in Fort Worth before making stops with the Quad City Mallards (UHL), Mississippi Riverkings (CHL), Muskegon Lumberjacks (IHL) and Corpus Christi Ice Rayz (CHL). He then returned to the Brahmas in 2010 to have his most productive statistical season as a pro. In 65 games during the 2010-11 campaign, Woollard scored a career-high and league-best 46 goals, assisted on 46 more, and finished tied for fifth in the CHL with 92 points.
Woollard led the Brahmas in scoring again in 2011-12, netting 60 points (26 goals, 34 assists) in 62 games played.
In 35 games this season, the 6-foot-3, 210-pound forward has notched 27 points (14 goals, 13 assists) and racked up 41 penalty minutes. The Brahmas are 13-2-1 in games when Woollard records a point.