Former UMass Lowell River Hawks’ captain and four-year (2009-2013) player Riley Wetmore has been signed to an Amateur Tryout contract with his parent organization, the New York Islanders.
The former River Hawk will join Mike Dalhuisen, Mike Keenan, Greg Miller and former Boston College goaltender Parker Milner who all signed Amateur Tryout Contracts with the Islanders this week. Additionally, the Islanders signed Dallas Jackson and Ken Reiter to Professional Tryout Contracts.
Wetmore signed professionally with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers following the end of the 2012-13 River Hawks’ season. The forward manage to tally his first professional goal in the final three games of the Sound Tigers’ season.
The Swanson, VT native finished up his career at UMass Lowell following the 2012-13 season. In his four years with the River Hawks, Wetmore tallied 111 points on 50 goals and 61 assists over 152 games. During his final season in Lowell, the forward tallied a career high in goals (16) and was named to the Hockey East Second All-Star Team on his way to the school’s first ever Hockey East regular season and Tournament titles.
Wetmore was a two-time captain of the River Hawks and was also the team’s assistant captain in his sophomore year.
Prior to joining the River Hawks, Wetmore played for the Green Mountain Glades of the Eastern Junior Hockey League (EJHL) where he amassed 165 points (63 goals, 102 assists) in 139 games over four years.
Wetmore’s success at the professional level will have a great deal to do with his ability to be a leader and a role model. In all likelihood the 24-year-old will spend most, if not all, of the 2013-14 season with the Sound Tigers, but its nice to see the Islanders giving him a shot.