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Canisius hockey's Williams signs with Manchester of ECHL

Former Canisius goaltender Charles Williams signed a standard player contract with the Manchester Monarchs, the East Coast Hockey League affiliate of the Los Angeles Kings, the team announced Tuesday.

Williams, 25, is a finalist for the Hobey Baker Award, given to the best player in college hockey, and a semifinalist for the Mike Richter Award, given to the best goaltender in college hockey, after completing his lone season with the Golden Griffins.

The Canton, Mich., native was named the Atlantic Hockey Conference's Player of the Year and Goaltender of the Year after leading Canisius to its first regular season title. He posted a 21-7-5 record, a 1.82 goals against average, a 0.943 save percentage and six shutouts in 34 games played. He's currently ranked No. 1 nationally in save percentage and shutouts and third in goals against average.

Williams, who spent three seasons at Ferris State University, becomes the 34th player to sign a professional contract during Dave Smith’s tenure as head coach.

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