Men's Ice Hockey

DU Alumni Report, May 25

May 25, 2015

Samantha Rogan (@SamanthaRogan) takes a look at how misc. former Pios are doing in North America's top three pro leagues this season:



NHL

Beau Bennett (Pittsburgh Penguins)

The Pittsburgh Penguins (43-27-12) had 98 points and ended the regular season in fourth place in the Metropolitan Division. The Penguins lost to the New York Rangers in five games in the first round of the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs, ending their season. Right wing Beau Bennett (DU: 2010-2012) had 12 points (four goals, eight assists) in 49 games this season. He appeared in two playoff games for the Pens.

Tyler Bozak (Toronto Maple Leafs)

The Toronto Maple Leafs (30-44-8) had 68 points and finished seventh in the Atlantic Division. Center Tyler Bozak (DU: 2007-2009) finished with 49 points (23 goals, 26 assists) after playing in all 82 games for the Leafs this season.

Chris Butler (St. Louis Blues)

The St. Louis Blues (51-24-7) had 109 points and clinched first place in the Central Division. The Blues lost to the Minnesota Wild in six games in the first round of the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs, ultimately ending their season. Defenseman Chris Butler (DU: 2005-2008) had nine points (three goals, six assists) and a plus-8 rating in 33 games this season.

Matt Carle (Tampa Bay Lightning)

The Tampa Bay Lightning (50-24-8) had 108 points and finished in second place in the Atlantic Division. The Lightning defeated the Detroit Red Wings in seven games in its first-round playoff series, followed by a 4-2 series win over the Montreal Canadiens in its second-round series. Tampa Bay currently holds a 3-2 advantage over the New York Rangers in the Eastern Conference Final. Game six is scheduled for Tuesday, May 26. Matt Carle (DU: 2003-2006) had 18 points (four goals, 14 assists) and a plus-12 rating in 59 games during the regular season. He has two assists in 17 playoff games thus far.

Joe Colborne (Calgary Flames)

The Calgary Flames (45-30-7) finished with 97 points, good for third place in the Pacific Division. The Flames defeated the Vancouver Canucks in six games in the first round of the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs, before falling to the Anaheim Ducks in five games in the second round. Center Joe Colborne (DU: 2008-2010) had 28 points (eight goals, 20 assists) and a plus-7 rating in 64 games this season. He had three points (one goal, two assists) in 11 playoff contests.

Matt Donovan (New York Islanders)

The New York Islanders (47-28-7) had 101 points and finished in third place in the Metropolitan Division. The Islanders fell 4-3 to the Washington Capitals in their first-round playoff series. Defenseman Matt Donovan (DU: 2009-2011) appeared in 12 games for the Islanders this season, recording three assists and a plus-4 rating. He also played in two postseason contests.

Drew Shore (Calgary Flames)

The Calgary Flames (45-30-7) had 97 points and finished in third place in the Pacific Division. The Flames defeated the Vancouver Canucks in six games in the first round of the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs, before falling to the Anaheim Ducks in five games in the second round. Center Drew Shore (DU: 2009-2012) was recalled on March 9 and has three points (one goal, two assists) in 11 games with Calgary this season. He scored his first goal as a Flame on March 13 in a 6-3 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs. Shore appeared in one playoff game for the Flames.

Paul Stastny (St. Louis Blues)

The St. Louis Blues (51-24-7) had 109 points and finished in first place in the Central Division. The Blues fells to the Minnesota Wild in six games in the first round of the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs, ending their season. Center Paul Stastny (DU: 2004-2006) had 46 points (16 goals, 30 assists) and a plus-5 rating in 74 games during the regular season. He scored one goal in six playoff contests.

Patrick Wiercioch (Ottawa Senators)

The Ottawa Senators (43-26-13) finished in fourth place in the Atlantic Division with 99 points and clinched a playoff spot on the final day of the regular season. The Senators fell to the Montreal Canadiens in six games in the first round of the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs. Defenseman Patrick Wiercioch (2008-2010) appeared in 56 games during the regular season, posting 13 points (three goals, 10 assists) and a plus-3 rating. He played in all six postseason games for the Sens and was tied for first on the team in playoff scoring with four points (two goals, two assists). Wiercioch won a gold medal with Team Canada on May 17 at the 2015 IIHF World Championship in Prague, Czech Republic.

Jason Zucker (Minnesota Wild)

The Minnesota Wild (46-28-8) had 100 points and finished in fourth place in the Central Division. The Wild defeated the St. Louis Blues in the first round of the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs, winning its series 4-2. Minnesota lost to the Chicago Blackhawks in the second-round, ending its season. Left wing Jason Zucker (DU: 2010-2012) had 23 points (18 goals, five assists) in 48 games before being placed on injured reserve with a broken collarbone on Feb. 10th. He returned to the lineup on April 7 and tallied three goals in the final three games of the regular season. He had three points (two goals, one assist) in 10 playoff games.

AHL

Sam Brittain (San Antonio Rampage)

Goaltender Sam Brittain (DU: 2010-2014) Brittain made his first career AHL start on March 28 and went 4-2-1 with an impressive 1.76 goals-against average and a .943 save percentage during the regular season. He recorded his first professional shutout on April 10 after helping the Rampage defeat the Grand Rapids Griffins 2-0. San Antonio fell 3-0 in its best-of-five, first-round playoff series against the Oklahoma City Barons.

Josiah Didier (Hamilton Bulldogs)

The Hamilton Bulldogs (34-29-13), American Hockey League affiliate of the Montreal Canadiens, had 81 points and finished in third place in the North Division. The Bulldogs fell six points short of a playoff spot. Defenseman Josiah Didier (DU: 2011-2015) signed a professional tryout contract with Hamilton on March 31 after finishing his senior season with the Pioneers. He made his professional debut with the Bulldogs on April 2 and played in the team's last eight games of the season. Didier tallied his first professional point (one assist) and a plus-1 rating in Hamilton's 5-3 win over Oklahoma City on April 14.

 

Daniel Doremus (Worcester Sharks)

The Worcester Sharks (41-29-6), American Hockey League affiliate of the San Jose Sharks, had 88 points and finished the regular season in third place in the Atlantic Division. Center Daniel Doremus (DU: 2011-2015) signed an AHL contract with Worcester on April 1 after completing his senior season at DU. He made his professional debut on April 6 and played in the Sharks' final eight games. Worcester lost 3-1 in its best-of-five, first-round playoff series against the Hershey Bears.

 

Joey LaLeggia (Oklahoma City Barons)

The Oklahoma City Barons (41-27-8), American Hockey League affiliate of the Edmonton Oilers, had 90 points and finished in third place in the West Division. Defenseman Joey LaLeggia (DU: 2011-2015) signed a two-year entry-level contract with Edmonton on March 31 after finishing his senior season with the Pioneers. He made his professional debut with the Barons on April 7 and tallied his first professional point (one assist) in OKC's 5-0 win over the Chicago Wolves on April 11. The Barons defeated the San Antonio Rampage 3-0 in the first round of the Calder Cup playoffs, before falling in seven games to the Utica Comets in their second-round series.

 

Ty Loney (Norfolk Admirals)

The Norfolk Admirals (27-39-10), American Hockey League affiliate of the Anaheim Ducks, had 64 points and finished in fifth place in the East Division. Right wing Ty Loney (DU: 2011-2015) signed an amateur tryout contract with Norfolk on April 4 after completing his senior season at DU. He tallied three points (one goal, two assists) in his professional debut on April 7 in the Admirals' 7-4 win over the Binghamton Senators. Loney registered four points (two goals, two assists) and a plus-4 rating in the Admirals last five games of the season.

 

Peter Mannino (Binghamton Senators)

The Binghamton Senators (34-34-8), American Hockey League affiliate of the Ottawa Senators, had 76 points, finishing in fourth place in the East Division. Goaltender Peter Mannino (DU: 2004-2008) finished the year with a 6-10-4 record in 20 games with the B-Sens, posting a 3.99 goals-against average and a .891 save percentage.

Scott Mayfield (Bridgeport Sound Tigers)

The Bridgeport Sound Tigers (28-40-8), American Hockey League affiliate of the New York Islanders, had 64 points and finished fifth in the Northeast Division. Defenseman Scott Mayfield (DU: 2011-2013) had 14 points (one goal, 13 assists) and 173 penalty minutes in 69 games this season.

Patrick Mullen (Binghamton Senators)

The Binghamton Senators (34-34-8), American Hockey League affiliate of the Ottawa Senators, had 76 points and finished in fourth place in the East Division. Defenseman Patrick Mullen (DU: 2005-2009) had 29 points (five goals, 24 assists) in 54 games this season.

Nick Shore (Los Angeles Kings)

Shore had 42 points (20 goals, 22 assists) and an impressive plus-23 rating with the Manchester Monarchs of the American Hockey League before his NHL call-up in early January. He was reassigned to Manchester on April 19 to play in the Monarch's first-round playoff series against Portland, which the Monarchs won 3-2 in the best-of-five format. Manchester then defeated the Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins in five games in its second-round series. The Monarchs moved on to the third round and currently hold a 2-0 series lead over the Hartford Wolf Pack. Game three is set for Tuesday, May 26. Shore has nine points (two goal, seven assists) in 12 playoff games thus far.

ECHL

Chris Knowlton (Colorado Eagles)

The Colorado Eagles (41-23-8) had 90 points and finished in third place in the Pacific Division. Forward Chris Knowlton (DU: 2009-2013) had 27 points (14 goals, 13 assists) in 70 games during the regular season. The Eagles fell 4-3 to the Ontario Reign in their first-round playoff series, ending their season.

David Makowski (Wheeling Nailers)

The Wheeling Nailers (37-33-2) had 76 points and finished in fourth place in the North Division. Defenseman David Makowski (DU: 2010-2014) had 19 points (eight goals, 11 assists) and a plus-16 rating in 44 games during the regular season. Wheeling lost in seven games to the Toledo Walleye in its first-round series of the ECHL Kelly Cup playoffs.

 

Jussi Olkinuora (Ontario Reign)

The Ontario Reign (43-19-10) had 96 points and finished the regular season in second place in the East Coast Hockey League's Pacific Division. Goaltender Jussi Olkinuora (DU: 2011-2013) went 27-9-6 in 42 games with the Reign during the regular season, posting a 2.41 goals-against average and a .916 save percentage. The Reign defeated the Colorado Eagles 4-3 in its first-round playoff series, before beating the Utah Grizzlies in five games in the ECHL Pacific Division Final. Ontario advanced to the Western Conference Finals for the first time in franchise history and currently hold a 3-2 series lead over the Allen Americans. Olkinuora has a 2.31 goals-against average and a .907 save percentage in 12 playoff contests thus far.

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