The Elmira Jackals continue to grow their roster as they re-sign Patch Alber to a standard player contract. Last season with the Elmira Jackals in his first professional season the defense man scored six goals and added eighteen assists in 65 games played.
Prior to his rookie campaign with the Jackals, Patch Alber, the Clifton Park, NY neighbor had an impressive collegiate career with the Boston College Eagles.
Alber stood on the blue line for the Eagles, and despite only contributing four goals and 29 points in four years (113 games played) was a part of four conference championships and two national championships.
The Boston College Eagles were Hockey East Champions in 2010,2011, and 2012 and won the National Championship in 2010 and 2012 with Patch Alber on the team.
Patch Alber never thought a National Championship would be in his cards, settling for a division three college career before Boston College called on his services. He was a walk on player that earned himself a scholarship for his play.
Alber moved himself on the the BC Eagles roster by paying his dues. As a walk on recruit, to spending time in the bottom pair – to taking advantage of opportunities when injuries depleted the blue line corp of the Eagles.
The Elmira Jackals are happy to have that type of leadership and dedication on their team, as they look to return to the ECHL playoffs. The Jackals did not make the playoffs last year, the only time in franchise history since joining the ECHL. Even when they make the playoffs, they can’t get out of the second round – and that is something the organization would like to change.
Can Patch Alber continue his impressive career and work his way up the professional ranks? He is a smaller hockey player, but with a rebuilding Buffalo Sabres affiliated with the Elmira Jackals – could he get a tryout contract for the Amerks if injuries deplete the Buffalo Sabres depth charts again?
The odds aren’t in the favor of Patch Alber – but you never know with the kids work ethic.