The game of hockey can take a player a lot of places, and for Washington native Shawn Pauly, that couldn’t be more true. While his junior career allowed him to stay close to home, his career after juniors took him to the other side of the country, and now, the other side of the Atlantic Ocean as he skates professionally with the Coventry Blaze of the EIHL in England.
Pauly’s first foray into the world of junior hockey was with the Seattle Totems of the NPHL, a team that dominated in the regular season with a 41-7-0 record, with Pauly finishing as the third leading scorer with 67 points in 47 games. He joined the Wenatchee Wild the following season and began a stellar three-year run, serving as an alternate captain in his final season. He aged out as the leading scorer in Wild history with 123 points, and still ranks second all-time.
He went on to play Division I college hockey at the University of Connecticut and played four solid seasons, again serving as an alternate captain in his senior season. He averaged over 20 points each season as a UConn Husky.
From one end of the country to the other, Pauly split the difference when he went pro, landing in the Heartland with the Missouri Mavericks of the ECHL for the 2016-17 season, then stayed on for a second season as the team rebranded as the Kansas City Mavericks. For the 2018-19 season, he headed across the “pond” to play for the Coventry Blaze who compete in the British Elite Ice Hockey League where he ranked fourth on his team in scoring. The opportunity to experience Europe and do it as a pro hockey player was irresistible. Additionally, as part of his contract he is able to further his education to a Masters in Business Administration, another key piece to the puzzle.