This will mark the second pro coaching experience for MacDonald (31), who hails from Victoria, British Columbia. In 2013-14, he served as an assistant coach at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York.
As a pro player, MacDonald recorded 217 points (96g-121) and 358 penalty minutes in 406 games over seven-plus seasons. 272 of those games were played with four different teams in the AHL, where he registered 106 points (45g-61a) and 210 penalty minutes. MacDonald also played twenty-four post-season games in the AHL. In the ECHL, MacDonald had two stints with the Royals and one was during the 2012-13 Championship season. MacDonald racked up thirty-eight points (16g-22a) and 57 penalty minutes in forty-seven regular season games with the Royals in 2012-2013. MacDonald played all twenty-two playoff games for the Royals in that year’s playoff run, recording twelve points (4g-8a) and thirty penalty minutes. Two of MacDonald’s goals came while the Royals were playing short-handed, one of which proved to be the game winning goal in the decisive Game Five of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Cincinnati Cyclones.
Prior to turning pro, MacDonald had a stellar four season and five year career at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. After leading R.P.I. in goals (16) and points (36)—and being selected the team’s MVP—in his junior season (2004-05), MacDonald was diagnosed with testicular cancer, which kept him out of action the following year. In 2006-07, MacDonald returned for his senior season, leading the team in goals (12) and tied for the team lead in points (27). For his efforts, MacDonald, who served as the team captain that season, was voted as R.P.I.’s Most Inspirational Player. That year, MacDonald received the Livingston W. Houston Citizenship Award at RPI honoring the ‘First Citizen of the College,” for character, leadership, scholarship and athletic ability and was also a finalist for the Hockey Humanitarian Award, which is awarded to college hockey’s finest citizen.
Patrick Wellar (33), who hails from Carrot River, Saskatchewan, rejoined the Royals on June 13, 2017, after serving as an assistant coach last season for the Cincinnati Cyclones where he and Head Coach Matt MacDonald led the Cyclones to a record of 36-29-6-1 = 79 and a fifth place finish in the South Division of the ECHL’s Eastern Conference.
Wellar began his coaching career with the Cyclones after completing a twelve year professional playing career during which he was a member of four championship teams, including the 2013 Royals when he and Reading Head Coach Kirk MacDonald were integral members of the Royals’ Kelly Cup championship team. A third round pick of the Washington Capitals in 2002, Wellar logged almost 750 regular season pro games, which included over 300 in the American Hockey League. Wellar played in six separate seasons with the Hershey Bears, where he logged thirty-six post-season games including twenty-one in 2010 when the Bears captured the AHL’s Calder Cup.
Wellar also played 441 regular season games in the ECHL, which included two stints with the Royals. One of only three players in ECHL league history to claim the Kelly Cup Championship three times, Wellar won his first championship in 2006 with the Alaska Aces. In 2008-09, Wellar began the year with the Royals playing twenty-five games with Reading (1g-7a=8pts, 47 pims) before getting recalled to Hershey and ultimately reassigned to the South Carolina Stingrays, who went on to claim the 2009 ECHL championship. Wellar returned to Reading for the 2012-13 season when he played thirty-seven regular season games (2g-13a=15pts, 45 pims) before being recalled once again to Hershey. However, this time after completing the year with the Bears, Wellar returned to the Royals just in time for Game Four of the Eastern Conference Semifinals against the Cincinnati Cyclones. Wellar and his teammates were able to not only knock off the Cyclones in that series in five games, but did the same to the Stockton Thunder in the 2013 Kelly Cup Finals.
PATRICK WELLAR’S PLAYING CAREER
Selected by Washington Capitals, Third Round (#77 Overall), NHL Entry Draft (2002)
Selected, Team Captain, Calgary Hitmen, Western Hockey League (2003-04)
Selected to Represent Peoria Rivermen, ECHL All-Star Game, Reading, PA (2005)
Member, Kelly Cup Championship Team, Alaska Aces, ECHL (2006)
Led Team, Scoring by a Defenseman (8g-20a=28pts), Columbia Inferno, ECHL (2007-08)
Member, Kelly Cup Championship Team, South Carolina Stingrays, ECHL (2009)
Member, Calder Cup Championship Team, Hershey Bears, AHL (2010)
Third on Team, Penalty Minutes (120), Hershey Bears, AHL (2010-11)
Member, Kelly Cup Championship Team, Reading Royals (2013)