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Alex Velischek returns to Providence

In December, Providence defenseman Alex Velischek, a Pittsburgh Penguins draft choice, left the Friars’ program to join Sioux City of the USHL.

Yesterday, according to a report, he is headed back to the Providence program under new head coach Nate Leaman.

He’s the son of Randy Velischek, a 10-year NHL defenseman who also played at Providence.

Alex Velischek had one goal and 11 assists for Providence two seasons ago. This past year, Velischek played just nine games for the Friars while struggling with a high ankle sprain.

After his decision to leave, former PC player and current assistant GM with the Penguins, Tom Fitzgerald, spoke with the Providence Journal.

“I went to Providence,” he said. “I know Tim Army. It came down to the family’s decision on where Alex was in his development, where they felt he probably was going in his development. At the end of the day, it was a family decision. They felt that maybe it was time for him to move on, in order for him to continue to grow.

“Agree or disagree, it’s a family decision and the Pittsburgh Penguins organization, even with my ties to Providence College, you have to support the family. You can’t tell a kid what to do. You really can’t. So you stay neutral, and you support the family.’’

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