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Jr. Blues Alumni Shine in the NCAA

Springfield, Illinois – The Springfield Jr. Blues have over 100 alumni playing in other junior leagues, college, and professional leagues. In what has proven to be a phenomenal year for our alumni, goaltenders have stood out from the rest.

For his play this past weekend, Dryden McKay was named an Honorable Mention for WCHA Goaltender of the Week. McKay helped propel the Minnesota State – Mankato Mavericks to a sweep of Northern Michigan, going 2-0-0 with a 2.00 GAA and a .931 save percentage. In 21 games played this season McKay is 14-5-1 with a 2.04 GAA and a .919 save percentage.

But McKay wasn’t the only alumni goaltender to play well this past weekend.

Mike Robinson was named a Hockey East Top Performer as he went 1-0-2 for the University of New Hampshire. Robinson recorded a 1.90 GAA and a .937 save percentage in the three games, including a career-best 36 saves in a 6-0 shutout against UCONN. The shutout is Robinson’s third shutout of the season, and he sports a 8-6-7 record with a 2.20 GAA and a .923 save percentage.


Not to be forgotten, Stefanos Lekkas was also named a Hockey East Top Performer for driving the University of Vermont Catamounts to a two-game sweep of Merrimack. Turning in a 1.94 GAA and a .923 save percentage, Lekkas allowed one goal on Friday and kicked aside 28 shots in a 4-3 overtime victory on Saturday.

Goaltending excellence aside, our alumni forwards have pitched in lately as well. Brady Tomlak scored a goal and an assist in Air Force’s 3-1 victory on Saturday against Robert Morris to finish a two game sweep. Tomlak now has 5 goals and 6 assists in his junior season for the Falcons.

Josh Lammon once again makes our list of alumni outstanding performances after he scored one goal and added one assist for Mercyhurst in a weekend split with AIC. The senior captain of the Lakers has 9 goals and 10 assists in 28 games this season.

Here is a recap of other alumni around the world:

  • Zachary Tyson (F) – 5 G, 16 A in 21 games for Hobart College (NCAA D3)
  • Michael Davies (F) – 10 G, 11 A in 29 games for EHC Linz (EBEL)
  • Radim Matus (F) – 7 G, 13 A in 42 games for Orli Znojmo (EBEL)
  • Patrick Curry (F) – 7 G, 8 A in 23 games for Boston Univ. (NCAA D1)
  • Chris Brown (D) – 7 G, 12 A in 35 games for Missouri State Univ. (ACHA)
  • Lester Lancaster (D) – 3 G, 3 A in 19 games for Univ. of Denver (NCAA D1)

Springfield Jr. Blues Alumni Report #4

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.

Eric McKenna (2005-06) – Kowloon Warriors, CIHL HK

Eric McKenna (Antigonish, NS, CAN) played for the Jr. Blues in the mid-2000’s and has made his way across the world playing hockey. McKenna played college hockey in Nova Scotia before heading to Sydney, Australia to play for the Ice Dogs. From Australia, McKenna headed to China where he has played for the Kowloon Warriors for the last five years. This season he has one goal and three assists through three games.

Patrick Smyth (2016-17; 2017-18) – Dubuque Fighting Saints, USHL

Patrick Smyth (Toledo, OH) played the last two seasons in Springfield, but this year he has been playing for the Dubuque Fighting Saints of the USHL. Over the weekend Smyth picked up his second goal of the season for the Saints against the USA U18 team in a 8-3 loss. Through 11 games this season Smyth has two goals and two assists. 

Lester Lancaster (2013-14; 2014-15) – Univ. of Denver, NCAA

Lester Lancaster (Ypsilanti, MI) is currently playing for the University of Denver Pioneers in the NCAA with fellow Jr. Blues Alumni, Devin Cooley. Lancaster played the last three seasons at Mercyhurst University before transferring to Denver. In four games this season, Lancaster has two goals for the Pioneers including the game tying goal in Denver’s 3-3 tie with Alaska-Fairbanks on 10/20.