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Jr. Blues Represented at Seven NHL Development Camps

Springfield, Illinois – The Springfield Jr. Blues have six players, current or alumni, on NHL development camp rosters. Development camps are not tryout camps, but rather are an opportunity for players to showcase their talents to that respective team. Draft picks from this year and previous years will be in attendance as well as invitees who have not been drafted yet. 

Henry Graham, a Manhattan, NY native, will be participating in the Columbus Blue Jackets’ development camp this week in Ohio. Henry played in two regular season games for the Jr. Blues at the end of the 2018-19 NAHL season and finished with a 1-0-0 GAA and .907 SV % after playing for Honeybaked U18 previously. Graham is one of eight players to have signed a tender with Springfield for the 2019-20 season. 

Tommy Nappier, the Big Ten Goaltender of the Year, is in Pittsburgh to showcase his skills for the Penguins. The Ohio State goalie played for the Jr. Blues during the 2015-16 season before playing in the USHL for the Chicago Steel and the Omaha Lancers. The St. Louis, MO native just wrapped up his sophomore season for the Buckeyes, leading them to a regular season title behind a 12-4-3 record with a 1.86 GAA and .934 SV%. 

Kelly Klima, who played for the Jr. Blues with his brother Kevin during the 2014-15 season, will be at the Arizona Coyotes camp for the second year. The Tampa, FL native split this past season between the Norfolk Admirals (ECHL) and the Tucson Roadrunners (AHL). In 27 ECHL games Klima put up 14 goals and 14 assists while adding 1 assist in 10 games in the AHL. 

Mike Robinson, a Bedford, NH native, will be in San Jose for the Sharks development camp. The 2015 3rd Round pick of the Sharks spent the last two seasons at the University of New Hampshire after playing for the Jr. Blues during the 2016-17 season. In 31 games for UNH this past season Robinson posted a 2.48 GAA and .915 SV%. It will be the fourth appearance for Robinson at the Sharks development camp. 

Devin Cooley, a goaltender at the University of Denver, will be participating in the Toronto Maple Leafs camp this month. The Los Gatos, CA native played here in Springfield during the 2016-17 season with fellow alumnus Mike Robinson. Devin had a solid season for the Pioneers this past season, compiling a 11-6-2 record with a 1.85 GAA and .934 SV%. 

Patrick Curry, who will be entering his senior season at Boston University, is currently participating at the St. Louis Blues development camp. The Schaumburg, IL native played for the Jr. Blues during the 2013-14 season before playing for Bloomington in the USHL for two seasons. This past season Curry put up 13 goals and 13 assists in 38 games for the Terriers.

The final Jr. Blues alumnus on an NHL development camp roster is University of Vermont goaltender Stefanos Lekkas , who is attending the Florida Panthers camp. The Elburn, IL native just finished up his third season with the Catamounts, posting a 2.27 GAA and .930 SV%. Lekkas played for the Jr. Blues during the 2013-14 season before joining the Sioux Falls Stampede of the USHL. 

In addition to Jr. Blues alumni there are three players who played in the NAHL this past season who are also on development camp rosters. Jake Veri (Lone Star Brahmas), Trevor Smith (Northeast Generals), and Pavel Rotenberg (Brookings Blizzard) will also be attending camps this summer. Six NHL teams have yet to release development camp rosters, while the majority of league will be hosting their camps this week.

Jr. Blues Alumni Recap – March 27, 2019

Springfield, Illinois – The Springfield Jr. Blues have many alumni playing at the collegiate and professional levels. However, many of those college seasons have run their course, and professional seasons are beginning to wind down. But that doesn’t mean we don’t have highlights to deliver to you, here is our weekly Alumni Recap.

The best freshman goaltender in NCAA Division 1 hockey this season has been Dryden McKay. Despite allowing two goals to Bowling Green during the WCHA Championship game this past weekend, the Minnesota State-Mankato Mavericks rallied to win 3-2 in overtime. McKay’s record now sits at 24-6-2 with a 1.66 GAA, a .931 SV%, and 4 shutouts. The Downers Grove, IL native was named a Semi-Finalist for the Mike Richter Award handed out annually to the most outstanding goaltender in Division 1 hockey, McKay was the only freshman nominated.

McKay and eight other alumni will be competing in the NCAA Tournament set to start this weekend. Tommy Nappier will look to show that Ohio State’s loss in the Big Ten tournament was a fluke as they play the University of Denver. Nappier’s 12-3-3 record with a 1.91 GAA and .934 SV % helped him nab the Big Ten Goaltender of the Year Award as well as being named a Semi-Finalist for the Mike Richter Award.

On the opposing bench will be a number of Jr. Blues alumni as Denver has four players who spent time here in Springfield, IL. Devin Cooley, Les Lancaster, Erich Fear, and Michael Corson are all current players on the Pioneers roster with Lancaster and Fear both having played the most out of the group this season.

Quinnipiac is set to take on Arizona State in the Sun Devils NCAA Tournament debut, and two Jr. Blues alumni will be there. TJ Friedmann and Matthew Cassidy both are currently on the Quinnipiac roster; Friedmann has 3 goals and 4 assists on the season while Cassidy has yet to find the scoresheet.

Bowling Green hero Sam Craggs will look to lead the Falcons past Minnesota Duluth in their opening round matchup. Craggs has 8 goals on the season including a double overtime game-winning goal against Northern Michigan to send Bowling Green to the WCHA Championship game. And moving full circle, McKay and the Mavericks will play the Providence Friars to start the tournament.

As we switch to professional we take a look at the ECHL. Alex Jaeckle notched his first professional point with an assist in the Norfolk Admirals 5-3 win over the Jacksonville Icemen last friday. Jaeckle is now the 8th alumni to score his first professional point this season, (Olsson, Crowley, Hovanec, Lammon, Kalter, and the Klima brothers).

Jr. Blues Alumni Report – March 19th, 2019

Springfield, Illinois – The Springfield Jr. Blues have a history of moving players onto collegiate and professional leagues around the world. This season alone we have seen 6 players sign professional contracts once their college season ended, bringing the total count of alumni currently playing professionally to 32. We also had 39 alumni on NCAA Division I rosters and 36 on Division III rosters. Here is a recap of just a few of our alumni.

We will begin this week’s alumni report with news on players turning pro. Josh Lammon began his professional career with the Florida Everblades this past weekend. Lammon recently concluded a four-year career with Mercyhurst University, where he played 144 career games and tabbed 74 points (35g-39a). The Jackson, Michigan, native missed only six games in his NCAA Division I career with the Lakers and played in every game over his final two seasons. He helped guide Mercyhurst to the Atlantic Hockey Association regular-season championship in his junior season in 2017-18. Since joining the Everblades, Lammon has appeared in 3 games and notched his first career professional point, an assist.

Not to be outdone by his alumni counterpart, Max Kalter joined the professional ranks when he signed with the Kansas City Mavericks this past weekend. Kalter joins the Mavericks who are affiliated with the NHL’s Calgary Flames and the AHL’s Stockton Heat.  Kalter ended his UConn career having played in 135 career games with 19 goals and 41 assists. Much like Lammon, Kalter scored his first professional point (an assist) and has appeared in 2 games for the Mavericks.

Forwards get all the glory, but defenseman need the spotlight from time to time as well. Alex Jaeckle signed a professional contract with the Norfolk Admirals this past week, the defenseman from Canisius College has played in two games for the Admirals and has yet to record a point. A native of St. Clair Shores, Mich., Jaeckle appeared in 113 games during his four-year career with the Golden Griffins, recording six goals and 22 assists for 28 points.

We switch from college careers ending, to college careers still rising. Dryden McKay earned the WCHA Goaltender of the Week award after he went 2-0-0 with a 0.50 goals against average and a .981 save percentage as Minnesota State swept its WCHA Semifinal series vs. No. 20 Lake Superior State. McKay stopped 51-of-52 shots and helped keep the visiting Lakers off the scoreboard in all eight power play situations for the weekend. He had 20 saves in Friday’s 2-1 victory, and put up 31 saves in Saturday’s series-clinching 2-0 win. For the year, the Downers Grove, Ill., native’s record stands at 23-6-2 with a 1.65 GAA, .932 sv% and 4 shutouts. This is McKay’s fourth Goaltender of the Week award in 2018-19. He also earned Rookie of the Week honors on Oct. 15.

Sam Craggs had an eventful last few days both on and off the ice. On Saturday night Craggs scored the game-winning goal in double overtime to give Bowling Green a series sweep of Northern Michigan and propel the Falcons into the WCHA Tournament Finals. The goal gives the sophomore from Elmhurst, IL 8 goals on the season and 11 in his NCAA career. But that wasn’t the end to Craggs accomplishments this week. Craggs was listed as one of 84 athletes to receive the WCHA Scholar Athlete Award. To be eligible for the award the student must have a 3.5 GPA and have completed one year of residency at their current institution.

While Devin Cooley, Erich Fear, and Les Lancaster didn’t score in overtime, they did help the University of Denver advance to the NCHC Frozen Faceoff in other ways. Cooley has a 10-6-2 record this season for the Pioneers with a 1.89 GAA,  a .933 SV%, and 4 shutouts despite missing a substantial amount of time to injury. Fear has played in 33 games this season and has 1 goal, 1 assist, and is a +2. Lancaster, who transferred from Mercyhurst, has played in 32 games and has 4 goals, 4 assists, and is a +3.

We wrap up our alumni report with hockey in the northeast. Patrick Curry had a goal in Boston University’s 3-0 victory over UMass-Lowell, a goal and an assist in their 6-4 loss on Saturday, and an assist in the series clinching 4-1 win on Sunday. The Terriers will now face off against the #3 seed Northeastern this Friday. The winner of that game will face the winner of Boston College vs. Massachusetts for the Hockey East championship game on Saturday. Curry is in his junior season at Boston University and has 13 goals and 12 assists in 37 games played.

Jr. Blues Alumni Report – Feb. 20th

Springfield, Illinois – The Springfield Jr. Blues are proud to have moved over 100 players onto NCAA and professional hockey during our tenure in the North American Hockey League (NAHL). Here are a few whose play this past week has turned heads around the hockey world.

In what has become the ‘weekly alumni goaltender recap’, we once again start off with a goalie who is grabbing the spotlight. Devin Cooley, a soph. at Denver, was named the NCHC Goaltender of the Week after leading the Pioneers to a 1-0 victory over then-No. 4 Minnesota Duluth. The win was Cooley’s first game back from injury and illness and was his 9th win of the season. The Los Gatos, California native earned his third shutout of the season and now has a 1.93 GAA and a .929 save percentage on the season.

This week we’ll dive into how our forwards and defensemen have been performing lately in all levels of college and professional hockey. Kelly Klima, who is currently playing for the ECHL’s Norfolk Admirals, has 4 goals and 2 assists in his last four games. The rookie forward now has 12 goals and 11 assists in 24 games this season after participating in training camp with the Arizona Coyotes.

Coale Norris, a soph. at Ferris State University, had the game-winning goal on Friday and an assist on Saturday against Alaska Anchorage. In 32 games this season Norris has 7 goals and 9 assists for the Bulldogs.

Sam Craggs had 2 goals and 1 assist in a blowout win for Bowling Green over Alaska-Fairbanks. He now has 6 goals and 5 assists on the season. Patrick Curry scored a goal against both Harvard and UCONN for Boston University last week. Curry, a junior, now has 11 goals and 8 assists for the Terriers in 29 games.

It’s important to take time to recognize our alumni in Division III and in the ACHA as well.

  • Patrick Flynn, F: 2 G vs. Skidmore; 4 game goal streak. (Babson College, NCAA D3)
  • Bryan Hovanec, F: 2 G, 3 A vs. Chatham & Stevenson. (Lebanon Valley Co., NCAA D3)
  • Nicholas Belger, F: 3 G vs. Syracuse; 9 points (3 G, 6 A) in last 4 games (Stony Brook, ACHA D1)
  • Josh Bell, F: 3 G in two games vs. Arkansas; 5 goals in last three games. (Missouri St., ACHA D1)
  • Joey Lupo, F: 2 G, 1 A vs. Middlebury. (Amherst, NCAA D3)
  • Chase Mickelson, F: 1 G, 1 A in two games vs. Finlandia. (St. Norbert, NCAA D3)

Jr. Blues Alumni Breakdown

Springfield, Illinois – The Springfield Jr. Blues have advanced over 100 players onto college and professional hockey in the last 25 years. We’ve picked out a handful of alumni who have been excelling this season on and off the ice for this week’s Jr. Blues Alumni Breakdown.

Dryden McKay nabbed his fourth WCHA Goaltender of the Week award after going 1-0-1 for the MSU-Mankato Mavericks against the Michigan Tech Huskies. McKay, a freshman, stopped 57 of 60 shot in two games started and ended with a .950 save percentage and 1.38 goals against average. McKay turned aside 24 shots in Friday’s contest, and an additional four shooters in the shootout victory. On Saturday the Downers Grove, IL native made 33 saves in a 3-2 overtime win. He is now 17-5-2 over all with a 1.87 GAA and a .923 save percentage this season. McKay currently leads all freshmen goaltenders in minutes played (1477:55), wins, goals against average, and shutouts (3).

Stefanos Lekkas, to his own credit, has been playing equally as well for the University of Vermont Catamounts as of late. After going 1-1-0 against University of New Hampshire he was named the Hockey East Co-Defensive Player of the Week. Lekkas, who is from Elburn, IL, stopped 57 of 59 shots he faced over the weekend. He denied 26 shots in a 1-0 defeat on Friday before making 31 saves in a 4-1 victory on Saturday. On the season Lekkas is 12-14-2 with a 2.26 GAA and a .931 save percentage.

Facing off with Lekkas was a fellow Jr. Blues alum in Mike Robinson. Robinson led the UNH Wildcats to a 1-0 victory on Friday behind a 29 save shutout, his fourth of the season. In Saturday’s 4-1 defeat Robinson turned aside 37 of 41 shots. In 25 games played this season he is 10-8-7 with a 2.25 GAA and a .923 save percentage.

Not to be outdone or forgotten, Tommy Nappier is continuing to win for the Ohio State Buckeyes. The St. Louis, MO native is 11-1-2 with a 1.60 GAA and a .946 save percentage for the #2 team in the nation. Over the weekend Nappier kept 29 of 30 shots out of the net in a 4-1 victory over Wisconsin.

McKay, Lekkas, Robinson, Nappier, and Devin Cooley have not only been topping our alumni list each week, but they’ve also been ranking at the top or near the top of statistical categories for all goalies in the NCAA. Nappier has the highest winning percentage in Division 1 Men’s Ice Hockey (.857), while McKay sits at sixth (.750) and Cooley is 15h (.654).

All five are in the top 20 for goal against average: Nappier is second (1.60), McKay is seventh (1.87), Cooley is 14th (2.08), Robinson is 19th (2.25), and Lekkas is 20th (2.26). Nappier is also second in the nation in save percentage (.946), while Lekkas is fifth (.931), Cooley is 8th (.929), McKay is 15th (.923), and Robinson is 16th (.923).

Here is a quick recap of a few more of our alumni:

  • Max Kalter had 2 assists for UCONN (NCAA); he now has 6 goals and 7 assists in 28 games played.
  • Brian Rigali had 1 goal and 1 assist for UCONN (NCAA); he now has 4 goals and 5 assists in 23 games played.
  • T.J. Friedmann scored his first NCAA goal for Quinnipiac on Feb. 2nd against Clarkson University. He has four assists in 23 games as well.
  • Kelly Klima has four points in his last five games (2 goals, 2 assists) and has at least one point in 13 of his 20 games played this season (8 goals, 9 assists) for the Norfolk Admirals (ECHL).
  • Kevin Loppatto is currently on loan to IF Bjorkloven in HockeyAllsvenskan (Second League) in Sweden. He has 1 goal in three games played with the team. Loppatto had put up 16 goals and 13 assists in 33 games for Vannas HC in Sweden’s Division 1 League (Hockeyettan, Tier Three).
  • Evan Fear was traded to the Waterloo Black Hawks of the USHL by the Green Bay Gamblers. In 24 appearances this season, Fear is 10-9-4-0 with a 3.33 GAA and a .899 save percentage. He has three USHL Goaltender of the Week awards this season (10/22/18, 12/10/18, and 12/31/18).
  • Mike McKenna is now on his second AHL team this season (Belleville Senators, Lehigh Valley Phantoms) and his 14th AHL team overall (Norfolk, Milwaukee, Omaha, Portland, Lowell, Albany, Binghamton, Peoria, Springfield, Syracuse, and Texas). McKenna has played in 470 AHL games and holds a career line of: 228-176-25 with 27 shutouts, a 2.71 GAA, and a .913 save percentage. He has appeared in two Calder Cup Finals (Syracuse Crunch and the Texas Stars).
  • Luke Radetic has 13 goals and 9 assists for University of St. Thomas (NCAA D3) in 23 games.
  • Bradley Marek has 6 goals and 4 assists in 41 games for the Central Illinois Flying Aces (USHL).

Jr. Blues Alumni Rewind

Springfield, Illinois – The Springfield Jr. Blues announced this week that current goaltender Jack Williams was ranked #9 on the NHL Central Scouting List for North American goaltenders. Williams, a Michigan State University commit, is continuing the tradition of excellent play by current and former Jr. Blues players. Here is a recap of some of those players.

Mike Robinson posted his second shutout of the year in a 5-0 win for the University of New Hampshire against Merrimack on Friday night, making 25 saves. On the year, he has .920 save percentage and 2.26 goals against average. He’s helped the Wildcats to a 6-1-1 mark in their last eight games. Robinson was named the Hockey East Co-Defensive Player of the Week.

Trevor Stone is continuing to stay hot for the Air Force Academy. On Saturday, Stone scored both goals in a 2-2 tie with Sacred Heart. Stone has 3 goals in his last four games, and has 7 goals and 2 assists on the season.

Tommy Nappier is having perhaps one of the most underrated seasons in the NCAA. In 13 games played, Nappier has a 9-1-2 record with a 1.78 GAA and a .940 save percentage. Nappier helped the Buckeyes defeat Penn State this past weekend stopping 24 of 28 shots.

Let’s take a look at other alumni from around the world of hockey:

Josh Lammon (F): Mercyhurst Univ. Captain; 8 goals, 9 assists in 26 games played

Joey Sardina (F): Lake Forest College; 7 goals, 9 assists in 19 games played

Mike Crowley (F): SUNY-Cortland Assistant Captain; 2 goals, 13 assists in 18 games played

Bradley Marek (F): Central Illinois Flying Aces; 6 goals, 4 assists in 35 games played

Erich Fear (D): Univ. of Denver; 1 goal, 1 assist in 18 games played

Devin Cooley (G): Univ. of Denver; 8-4-1, 2.08 GAA, .929 SVS%

Off the Ice:

Kyle Jennings played for the Jr. Blues during the 1997-98 and 1998-99 seasons. He amassed 4 goals, 6 assists, and 46 penalty minutes in 44 games played. After leaving hockey due to a string of concussions, Jennings turned to a different career path: music. Jennings released his debut album “Shine” in 2004, and has released two more albums since then, “Long Black Cadillac” in 2008 and “American Vinyl” in 2016. 

Springfield Jr. Blues Alumni Report #7

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.

Nick Niedert (2002-03); Reading Royals, ECHL

Nick Niedert (Hudson, IA) played for the Jr. Blues in the early 2000’s and has since played for numerous teams in his 14-year professional career. While mainly backstopping teams in lower minor hockey leagues, Niedert has broken into the ECHL ranks in the past. But it was his performance on Saturday night that took the hockey world by surprise. Neidert, 36, stopped an ECHL high 38 shots to beat the Adirondack Thunder 2-1. It was Niedert’s first ECHL win in 1,032 days, and his 5th ECHL win overall.

Nicholas Belger (2013-14); Stony Brook University, ACHA

Nicholas Belger (Yorktown, NY) played in Springfield during the 2013-14 campaign and played 18 games in total for the Jr. Blues. Belger played two seasons at SUNY-Plattsburgh before transferring to Stony Brook University this season. In 14 games for the Seawolves Belger has 13 goals and 10 assists, which lead the team.

Devin Cooley (2016-17); University of Denver, NCAA

Devin Cooley (Los Gatos, CA) played for the Jr. Blues in the 2016-17 season posting a 3.05 GAA and a .909 save percentage in 10 games played. Cooley split that season in Wenatchee of the BCHL before moving onto the University of Denver in the NCAA. Now in his second season with the Pioneers, Cooley has put up outstanding numbers. In 11 games Cooley has a 2.08 GAA and a .933 save percentage for #7 Denver. Of goalies who have played at least 500 minutes so far this season, Cooley has the 7th best GAA and 11th best save percentage.