• Former Tiger Rapuzzi is ECHL Rookie of the Year

    Mon, April 14, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    Rapuzzi ActionFormer Colorado College captain William Rapuzzi is the ECHL Rookie of the Year.

    The Idaho Steelheads forward led ECHL rookies with 42 assists and was tied for second with 58 points. He also led all first-year players with 15 power-play assists and 21 power-play points and was tied for fifth among rookies with four-game winning goals.

    Prior to turning pro, he played four seasons at Colorado College where he tallied 87 points (48 assists) in 151 games.

    The No. 4 seed Steelheads host the Colorado Eagles, which include Colorado Springs native Luke Fulghum and former Tiger Arthur Bidwill, in the first round of the ECHL’s Western Conference playoffs. Games 1-2 are Friday and Saturday in Boise and Games 3-4 in Loveland Tuesday and Thursday. All games are at 7:05 p.m.

  • Rapuzzi named to ECHL all-rookie team

    Wed, April 9, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    Rapuzzi ActionFormer Colorado College captain and forward William Rapuzzi is one of six players to be selected to the ECHL’s 2014 All-Rookie Team.

    The players were selected based on a vote of the league’s coaches, broadcasters and media.

    RapuzziThe Anchorage, Alaska native leads all ECHL rookies with 41 assists, 57 points, 15 power-play assists and 21 power-play points.  His 57 points are also good for tops among all Idaho Steelheads players.

    Rapuzzi is the fifth Idaho and second former CC player to earn All-Rookie honors, joining Kael Mouillerat (2011), Evan Barlow (2010), Richard Bachman (2010) and Frank Doyle (2005).

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

    G – Laurent Brossoit, Bakersfield Condors (36 gp, 24-9-2, 2.05 GAA, .924 save pct.)

    D – Michal Cajkovsky, Reading Royals (63 gp, 13g, 22a, 35 pts., +5)

    D – Brad Richard, Alaska Aces (59 gp, 6g, 24a, 30 pts., +21)

    F – Matt Caria, Kalamazoo Wings (63 gp, 24g, 30a, 54 pts., Even)

    F Jeremy Langlois, Stockton Thunder (53 gp, 17g, 39a, 56 pts., +3)

    F – William Rapuzzi, Idaho Steelheads (58 gp, 16g, 41a, 57 pts., +1)

    The Steelheads wrap up the regular season with a pair of games at Utah on Friday and Saturday.   Idaho returns home on April 18- 19 for Games 1 and 2 of the opening round of the ECHL’s Western Conference playoffs against an opponent yet to be determined.

  • McDermott signs with ECHL Idaho

    Wed, March 19, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    McDermott2013-14Colorado College senior captain and defenseman Eamonn McDermott signed to play for the rest of the season for the ECHL’s Idaho Steelheads. He is scheduled to make his pro debut Saturday in Boise against the Colorado Eagles.

    “I think this is a real good opportunity for me to show off my skills,” said McDermott who finished with 52 points (45 assists) in 149 games with the Tigers.

    He joins former teammate and CC captain William Rapuzzi (53 points, 37 assists, 52 games), who signed with Idaho this past offseason.

    “He was good to talk to about this organization and explained why I would want to play here,” said McDermott, who hopes to garner an invite to an American Hockey League training camp this summer.

    He is the first of the six Tiger seniors to sign a pro contract.

  • In the pros: Hillen, Howe, M. Stuart

    Mon, March 3, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    stuart picFormer Tiger Jack Hillen is in Hershey for conditioning and was part of a “controversial” coach ejection.

    Joe Howe is 11-3-1 since joining ECHL Cincinnati at midseason.

    Here is an appraisal of what Mark Stuart means to the Winnipeg Jets as the NHL trade deadline looms.

  • Former Tiger Howe earns ECHL award

    Tue, February 4, 2014 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    Howe CyclonesFormer Colorado College goaltender Joe Howe was named the ECHL Rookie of the Month for January.

    Howe, a 23-year-old Plymouth, Mich. native posted a 6-1-0 record with a 1.70 goals-against average and a .944 saves percentage in seven appearances in January for the Cincinnati Cyclones, an affiliate of the Florida Panthers and Nashville Predators.

    He opened the month on a four-game winning streak, and made at least 26 saves in six of his eight starts while allowing two goals or less in all but one appearance.

    Overall, the rookie is 9-2-1 with a 2.43 GAA after joining the team over the holiday break. Last Friday in Toledo, he posted a career-high 40 saves in a 3-1 win over the Toledo Walleye to help the Cycl;ones go 8-3 in January.

    It’s the first time this season that a Cyclone has garnered this league award.

  • Midweek reading: Jaden, Mandi Schwartz; Joe Howe; Denver; national polls; NCHC honors

    Tue, December 17, 2013 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    Mandi SchwartzHere is a good feature on Jaden Schwartz from last week.

    His older sister Mandi Schwartz continues to motivate hockey players: A “Heroic Inspirations” card featuring the Wilcox product – who died April 3, 2011 at age 23 after battling acute myeloid leukemia for more than two years – is scheduled to appear in the 2013-14 NHL Upper Deck Series One.

    Former Tiger goalie Joe Howe, who had a 3-2-1 record and 2.52 goals-against average as a backup, has left the CHL’s Missouri Mavericks to join the ECHL’s Cincinnati Cyclones.

    No. 17 Denver plays at UMass at 5 MT tonight.

    Minnesota is the clear No. 1 in both national polls: USCHO and USA Today/USA Hockey. WCHA leader Ferris State is No. 2 ahead of Michigan and No. 4 St. Cloud State.

    The NCHC announced its players of the week. Junior defenseman Aaron Harstad was CC’s nominee after recording 12 blocked shots on the weekend (seven Saturday) at Wisconsin.

  • In the pros: William Rapuzzi, Richard Bachman, Joey Crabb, Kris Fredheim, Cody Lampl, Rylan Schwartz, Colin Stuart

    Tue, October 22, 2013 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    CC William RapuzziFormer Tiger captain William Rapuzzi recorded two assists in a season-opening loss for the Idaho Steelheads, tying him for second in points among ECHL rookies.

    “It’s been fun,” Rapuzzi said on Saturday. “I am on the top line and Boise is a good town to be in.”

    Rapuzzi made the AHL Texas Stars in training camp and was sent down to Boise for playing time.

    Goalie Richard Bachman is 2-3-1 with a 1.99 goals against mark and a .934 saves percentage for AHL Oklahoma City. Defenseman Brian Connelly has three assists in four games for the Iowa Wild while center Chad Rau has two assists in four contests.

    Joey Crabb has an assist in four games with San Antonio after starting the season with the NHL’s Florida Panthers.

    Kris Fredheim and Cody Lampl both made the St. John’s IceCaps. Fredheim has yet to appear while Lampl has played in all five AHL games (no points) so far.

    Rylan Schwartz has one assist in three AHL games for the Worcester Sharks. Colin Stuart has a goal in three games for the Utica Comets.

    Colorado Springs native Ben Holmstrom has two goals and an assist in three games for AHL Adirondack.




  • In the pros: Arthur Bidwill, John Ryder make ECHL Colorado, face Joe Marciano in opener

    Thu, October 17, 2013 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    Marciano bakersfield jerseyThe Colorado Eagles announced their season-opening roster, which includes former Tigers defenseman Arthur Bidwill and former Denver Pioneer John Ryder of Colorado Springs, as they prepare to open their 11th season Friday night at  the Bakersfield Condors, which includes former Tiger Joe Marciano, pictured.

    Here is the Eagles which has a few former Pioneers in the mix.

    Forwards (* = reserve, # = 21-day IR): A.J. Hau#, Kevin Ulanski, Luke Fulghum, Trent Daavettila, Greg Gardner, Alex Hudson, Dylan Hood, Teegan Moore, Riley Nelson, Kyle Ostrow, Jesse Mychan

    Defensemen (* = reserve): Jason Beatty*, Arthur Bidwill, Mark Nemec, Daniel Johnston, Paul Phillips, John Ryder, Isaac Smeltzer, Kevin Young

    Goaltenders (*=reserve, # = 21-day IR): Adam Brown, Marc Cheverie*, Dustin Butler#

  • In the pros: Rapuzzi inks contract with ECHL Idaho

    Tue, September 10, 2013 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    William Rapuzzi Photo #6Former Tiger captain William Rapuzzi signed a one-year deal with the ECHL’s Idaho Steelheads for the 2013-14 season.

    The Steelheads are an affiliate of the NHL’s Dallas Stars and the Texas Stars of the American Hockey League.

    The 23-year-old Rapuzzi comes to Idaho after a four-year college career at Colorado College.

    As a senior, Rapuzzi finished third on the team in scoring (career-high 35 points) and assists (20) and earned team awards for dedication (Steve Ebert Award) and sportsmanship (Rodman Award), despite a shoulder injury sustained in the preseason.

  • In the pros: Tyler Johnson, Stephen Schultz playing in Europe

    Thu, August 8, 2013 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    150px-ESV_Kaufbeuren_Logo.svgFormer Tiger forward Tyler Johnson signed with Vasteras of Sweden’s Division I league earlier this summer.

    Stephen Schultz is in camp for Kaufbeuren (logo at right) of the German Division 1 league. He signed in late July.