Springfield, Illinois – The Springfield Jr. Blues have over 90 alumni playing in higher junior hockey leagues, college hockey, or professional hockey. Here is a recap of some of our alumni.
Mike Robinson (2016-17); Univ. of New Hampshire, NCAA
Mike Robinson (Bedford, NH) was drafted #86 overall in the 3rd round of the 2015 NHL Draft by the San Jose Sharks. The east coast native played for the Boston Jr. Rangers and the Boston Jr. Bruins before making the transition to USHL to start the 2016-17 season. After two games played in Dubuque, Robinson joined the Jr. Blues where he would play 25 games and post a 2.99 GAA and a .916 save percentage. Robinson is currently playing in his second season for the University of New Hampshire and has a 2.16 GAA and a .929 save percentage, as well as a 3-5-4 record in 12 games played
Joey Lupo (2013-2016); Amherst College, NCAA D3
Joey Lupo (St. Louis, MO) played for the Jr. Blues in parts of three seasons from 2013-14 to 2015-16. In 125 NAHL games played, Lupo scored 13 goals and added 22 helpers for a total of 35 points. Now in his third seasons at Amherst College, Lupo currently has 2 goals in 7 games played this season. Last year he ranked top five on the team in points after scoring 8 goals and 7 assists in 25 games played.
Radim Matus (2011-12); Orli Znojmo, EBEL
Radim Matus (Trinec, Czech Republic) came to Springfield during the 2011-12 season after playing exclusively in the Czech Republic for his hometown HC Trinec U18 & U20 teams. In 23 games played for Springfield, Matus scored 6 goals and added 9 assists in what proved to be his only North American hockey games. From 2012-13 to 2016-17, Matus played in his home country before joining the Orli Znojmo of the EBEL (Austria). Through 28 games this season Matus has 5 goals and 8 assists.