• In the pros feature: DeBoer a step ahead

    Wed, March 31, 2010 by admin with no comments

    It seems Addison DeBoer has always embodied the concept of getting ahead in life.
    With a college thesis still to write, the 21-year-old Colorado College senior is ahead of the academic schedule and done with classes. Working ahead has allowed him to satisfy another passion in life — the dream of playing professional hockey.
    Last week, the Spring Lake Park, Minn. native got a jump on his pro hockey career with the Quad City Mallards. He replaced left wing Nick DeCroo, whose plans of completing the remainder of his Hobert College courses online fell through, forcing him to return abruptly.

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  • In the pros feature: Petiot nears AHL team record

    Wed, March 31, 2010 by admin with no comments

    From the Rockford (Ill.) Register Star …

    ROCKFORD – If Richard Petiot maintains his plus/minus rating of plus-19, he’ll set a Rockford IceHogs’ AHL single-season record.
    Considering Danny Groulx established the mark of plus-18 last season, Petiot doesn’t have much wiggle room.
    All of Petiot’s numbers are considerably improved this season. With seven goals, 28 assists and 35 points, Petiot has smashed his previous top totals.

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  • Hobey finalists down to three

    Wed, March 31, 2010 by admin with no comments

    Wisconsin’s Blake Geoffrion, Maine’s Gustav Nyquist, and New Hampshire’s Bobby Butler were named the Hobey Hat Trick for 2010, it was announced today.

    The “Hobey Hat Trick” is comprised of the top three vote getters by the Hobey Baker Award selection committee, in voting from amongst the 10 finalists. The committee’s vote is what chooses the Hobey Baker Award winner, so, in essence, the winner is already known by the voting tabulation firm — but the top three vote getters are invited to the Frozen Four, where the winner is officially unveiled.

    This year, the ceremony will be at 6 p.m. Mountain on Friday, April 9 at Ford Field in Detroit.

    Among the other finalists were Denver goalie Marc Cheverie, who today was named College Hockey News Player of the Year. The other six were Cornell goalie Ben Scrivens, Wisconsin defenseman Brendan Smith, Miami goalie Cody Reichard, RPI forward Chase Polacek, Northern Michigan forward Mark Olver, and Denver forward Rhett Rakhshani.

  • In the pros: Bachman makes ECHL all-rookie team

    Wed, March 31, 2010 by admin with no comments

    From the Idaho Steelheads …

    Goaltender Richard Bachman and forward Evan Barlow have each been named to the six-member ECHL All-Rookie team, announced Thursday by the ECHL league office.

    “Very deserving,” Steelheads head coach Derek Laxdal said of the announcement. “They’ve both worked their tails off this season.”

    Barlow, 24, is tops among ECHL rookies in plus/minus at plus-28.  He’s second among ECHL rookies in points with 72 (behind fellow All-Rookie honoree Justin Donati’s 96) and also second in the entire ECHL with 14 power-play goals, only trailing teammate Mark Derlago’s 18.  The Cornell product is second on the Idaho roster in goals (32), assists (40), and points (72).  He was also named the MVP of the ECHL All Star Game in January.

    Bachman, under contract with the NHL’s Dallas Stars, leads the ECHL in goals-against average (2.26) and is tied for the league lead in shutouts (4) after blanking the Alaska Aces late Tuesday night.  The 22-year-old carries a 22-7-3 record between the pipes for Idaho in his first season out of Colorado College and, like Barlow, participated in the ECHL All Star Game.

    The All-Rookie team was determined by a vote of ECHL coaches, who were asked to vote for a goaltender, two defensemen, and three forwards.  A rookie is defined as a player who had played in fewer than 25 games prior to the start of the current season.

    The All-Rookie team, as announced Thursday by the ECHL:

    F – Evan Barlow, Idaho Steelheads (55 gp, 32g, 40a, 72 pts, +28)

    F – Justin Donati, Elmira Jackals (62 gp, 38g, 58a, 96 pts, +13)

    F – Maxime Tanguay, Toledo Walleye (63 gp, 25g, 43a, 68 pts, +3)

    D – Drew Paris, Gwinnett Gladiators (68 gp, 12g, 32a, 44 pts, -18)

    D – Sam Roberts, Gwinnett Gladiators (67 gp, 10g, 30a, 40 pts, -15)

    G – Richard Bachman, Idaho Steelheads (34 gp, 22-7-3, 2.26 GAA, .909 Save Pct.)

  • In the pros: McElhinney to start tonight against Avs

    Wed, March 31, 2010 by admin with no comments

    From the Orange County Register …

    Jonas Hiller will not make the trip to Colorado as the team will let him rest from back spasms that forced him to miss Monday’s start against Dallas.

    The Ducks recalled Jean-Philippe Levasseur, who will presumably back up Curtis McElhinney on Wednesday. Levasseur has gone 8-16-1 with a 3.59 goals-against average with Springfield of the AHL this season and 2-3 with a 3.63 GAA with Bakersfield of the ECHL.

  • In the pros update: Bachman, DeBoer, Patrosso

    Wed, March 31, 2010 by admin with no comments

    From the ECHL …

    Dave Caruso of the Trenton Devils is the Reebok Hockey ECHL Goaltender of the Week for March 22-28.
    He was also named ECHL Goaltender of the Month for February.
    Runners Up: Richard Bachman, Idaho (1-1-0, 1.00 GAA, .962 save pct.) and Matt Dalton, Reading (2-0-1, 1.95 GAA, .949 save pct.).

    From the IHL …

    The Mallards signed forward Addison DeBoer out of Colorado College last week. DeBoer made his professional debut last Saturday night in Muskegon and also played against Dayton on Sunday.

    Snapped Streak: Derek Patrosso had his 11-game point streak snapped when he was held scoreless in Dayton Friday night. During the streak, Patrosso tallied five goals and ten assists. Patrosso did score on Saturday and Sunday, and at 65 points (28g, 37a) he is just one point behind Mickael Bedard for the Icehawks points lead. Patrosso leads Port Huron with 1.05 points per game.

  • In the pros: M. Cullen comes back with a vengeance; McElhinney wins

    Wed, March 31, 2010 by admin with no comments

    From the AHL …

    Center Mark Cullen returned to the ice on Friday after missing 18 games with an upper body injury.  The veteran pivot made an immediate impact with three assists in the game to move him back into the top spot on the team in points.  It was his fourth three-point game and 14th multi-point contest of the season.  Cullen has recorded 17 goals and 31 assists for 48 points in 57 games for Rockford in 2009-10.

    From the LA Times and The Sports Network …

    Dallas broke through to make the score 3-1 at 14:48 when Loui Eriksson scored his 28th, beating Curtis McElhinney, who started in goal for the Ducks because Jonas Hiller had back spasms during warmups. It was McElhinney’s second NHL win in a row as a Duck. In the last two games, McElhinney has stopped 64-of-67 shots for a .955 save percentage and 1.50 goals against average (three goals in 60 minutes).

    McElhinney made 30 saves in place of Hiller, who sat out due to back spasms, while Nick Bonino and Kyle Chipchura each scored during Anaheim’s three-goal second period, helping the Ducks to their sixth win in their last eight games.

    “[McElhinney] continues to prove that he’s a quality goaltender,” Ducks head coach Randy Carlyle said.

    McElhinney made 14 saves in the third to maintain the two-goal lead en route to the win.

    “In the third period we had a lot of chances to score two goals. Their goalie played really well in the third and that was the difference maker,” Lehtonen said.

  • Cheverie named CHN’s Player of the Year

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    From College Hockey News …

    PRINCETON, N.J. — In perhaps the closest call in College Hockey News’
    five years, Denver goaltender Marc Cheverie has been named CHN Player
    of the Year.

    Cheverie has been considered a Hobey Baker Award favorite for a large
    part of the year, but with his team losing its last three games, his
    status has been thrown into question.

    Two other players still playing — Wisconsin’s Blake Geoffrion and
    Brendan Smith — have seen their stars rise, particularly with
    Geoffrion now up to 27 goals coming off his West Regional Most
    Outstanding Player award last weekend.

    But Cheverie was stellar the entire season for Denver, leading it to a
    MacNaughton Cup as WCHA regular-season champions. His overall numbers
    were 24-6-3 with a 2.08 goals against average and .932 save percentage
    in 35 games.

  • Colborne signs with Bruins

    Wed, March 31, 2010 by admin with no comments

    From DU sports information …

    DENVER – University of Denver sophomore forward Joe Colborne (Calgary, Alberta) has decided to forgo his final two years of eligibility after signing a professional contract with the Boston Bruins of the National Hockey League, Bruins President and General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced today. Terms of Colborne’s three-year entry level contract were not disclosed.

    Colborne will be play for the Providence Bruins of the American Hockey League Friday night against Worcester.

    “Joe did a great job representing the Denver hockey program on the ice and in the classroom,” DU head coach George Gwozdecky said. “He developed into an All-WCHA forward this season and played a major role in our team success the past two seasons. We are certainly proud of Joe and wish him and his family all the best.”

    Colborne, who was drafted 16th overall in the first round by Boston in 2008, finished his DU career with 72 points on 32 goals and 40 assists in 79 games. He was named to the All-WCHA third team this season after posting 41 points on 22 goals and 19 assists for the WCHA regular-season champion Pioneers (27-10-4). Colborne is tied for the NCAA lead with eight game-winning goals and added a team-leading 11 power-play goals. He earned All-WCHA rookie team honors last season after tallying 31 points on 10 assists and 21 assists. The Pioneers made back-to-back NCAA tournament appearances during Colborne’s two-year tenure.

    He is the second-highest NHL draft selection in the 60-year history of the DU hockey program. Craig Redmond was selected sixth overall by the Los Angeles Kings in the 1984 NHL Entry Draft.

    Colborne joins Tyler Bozak (2009), Chris Butler (2008), Brock Trotter (2008), Geoff Paukovich (2007), Ryan Dingle (2007), Paul Stastny (2006), Matt Carle (2006) and Brett Skinner (2005) as Pioneers who left early to turn pro since 2005. Bozak, Butler, Carle and Stastny are currently playing in the NHL.

  • In the pros: NHL.com features Testwuide

    Tue, March 30, 2010 by admin with no comments

    Boasting an impressive combination of size, speed, and intelligence, Mike Testwuide emerged this season as one of the top undrafted seniors in college hockey.

    As such, he received contract offers from several NHL teams after his Colorado College Tigers were eliminated from postseason contention in mid-March. In the end, it was the Flyers who landed the 6’3″, 220-pound right winger, inking him to a deal that will begin in 2010-11.

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