Former-Philadelphia Flyers forward Eric Wellwood announced his retirement from hockey due to a serious Achilles tendon injury. Wellwood will step in as an assistant coach with the Oshawa Generals of the Ontario Hockey League, the team Flyers 2012 first-round pick Scott Laughton played for the last two seasons.
Wellwood, 24, showed potential with the Flyers thanks in large part to his tremendous speed on the ice. On April 8, 2013 while playing with the Adirondack Phantoms, Wellwood caught a skate (possibly his own) to his Achilles tendon slicing the tendon and the surrounding veins. Teammate Danny Syvret tweeted this graphic picture of Wellwood's bloody skate following the game. He never played again for the Flyers organization.
In 31 games over parts of three seasons with the Flyers, Wellwood scored five goals and added five assists for 10 points. He also played in 11 playoff games for the Flyers in 2012 without registering any points and averaging 11:42 TOI.
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