Jr. Blues Alumni Report: The 2019-20 Hockey East Season

Springfield, Illinois – Our journey through the NCAA Division 1 landscape saw us recap the WCHA, NCHC, and Big Ten conferences last week. We continue this afternoon by looking into the seasons that our alumni compiled in HockeyEast. Here is today’s Alumni Report!

We start this afternoon by first recapping the senior campaign of Boston University forward Patrick Curry. Curry, a native of Schaumburg, IL, appeared in 34 games this season for the Terriers and recorded 19 goals, 13 assists, and a +10 rating. The Captain finishes his NCAA career with 141 games played, 39 goals, and 40 assists. Curry won the 2019-20 Hockey East ‘47 Best Defensive Forward Award and was a four-time Hockey East Top Performer. Curry recently signed his first professional contract with the Grand Rapid Griffins of the AHL, the primary affiliate of the NHL’s Detroit Red Wings. 

Speaking of seniors wrapping up their NCAA careers, we next take a look at Vermont goaltender Stefanos Lekkas. Lekkas’ record was bleak this season at just 5-21-6, but he put up respectable numbers (2.76 GAA, .916 SV%, 4 SO) for a Catamount team in rebuild mode. The Hockey East All-Time Saves Leader finished his career with a 45-69-20 record, 3913 saves, a UVM career record .918 SV%, a 2.61 GAA, and 7 shutouts in 134 games for Vermont. 

Lekkas, a native of Elburn, IL, earned 15 Hockey East weekly awards (12- Defensive, 2- Player, 1- Rookie) and two Hockey East Goaltender of the Month awards in his NCAA career. Additionally, Lekkas posted nine games of 40 or more saves for the Catamounts and earned a 2018-19 Hockey East 2nd Team All-Stars selection. Lekkas turned pro on March 7th when he signed with the Fort Wayne Komets of the ECHL. He made his professional debut on March 11th against the Wichita Thunder, a game in which he stopped 32 of 34 shots to earn his first professional win. 

Our next spotlight is on another goaltender: University of New Hampshire junior Mike Robinson. Robinson, a native of Bedford, NH, finished up his third season for the Wildcats with a 9-13-4 record, 2.56 GAA, .899 SV%, and two shutouts. The 2015 San Jose Shark draft pick has now appeared in 64 NCAA games in his career and boasts a 20-27-12 record, 2.56 GAA, .907 SV%, and 7 shutouts. He is a two-time Hockey East Defensive Player of the Week and has earned Player of the Week honors once. 

The last spotlight for this afternoon is on University of Connecticut forward Brian Rigali. The junior from Libertyville, IL played in all 34 games this season for the Huskies, scoring 5 goals and 5 assists along the way. Rigali has now played in 98 career NCAA games and has compiled 13 goals and 16 assists for his resume. 

We want to congratulate all of our alumni who played in the Hockey East Conference for their hard work this past season. You represented the Jr. Blues and the city of Springfield well and we wish the best of luck to all of you moving forward!