Following a successful junior career that saw the 21-year-old Dryden, ON. product suit up in both the Manitoba Junior Hockey League and the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League, Williams agreed to a deal with Lakehead University for the upcoming 2019-20 hockey season.
Williams skated for two seasons with the Dryden Icedogs of the SIJHL from 2014-16, compiling 29 goals, 72 points and 130 penalty minutes 105 regular season contests, before adding another two goals and 14 points in 24 postseason games. Despite being chosen in the 11th round of the 2014 OHL Priority Selection Draft, Williams got his start in Junior A with the Steinbach Pistons of the MJHL.
After moving out to Saskatchewan to play for both the Flin Flon Bombers and Melville Millionaires of the SJHL in 2016, the 5-foot-11, 195-pound blueliner found himself back in the MJHL with the Portage Terriers for the majority of the 2017-18 season. An offseason trade saw Williams dealt back to Steinbach for the 2018-19 season, where he finished the year fourth in defencemen scoring with eight goals and 44 points in 54 regular season games.
“Troy was regarded as a top defenceman in the MJHL and he played big minutes in all situations,” said Thunderwolves’ Head Coach Andrew Wilkins in a team-issued press release. “He will add poise and puck-moving ability to our defensive unit. We look forward to getting the most out of him and seeing his game develop.”
In 157 combined MJHL and SJHL regular season games, Williams has 24 goals, 106 points and 142 penalty minutes. He will join a Thunderwolves team looking for a berth in the OUA West Division playoffs in 2019-20. Lakehead finished the past season 12-15-1, being outscored by 20 goals through their 28 regular season games.