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Jr. Blues Alumni Report: Sep. 25th, 2019

Springfield, Illinois – The Springfield Jr. Blues have been a mainstay in the North American Hockey League (NAHL) for the last 26 seasons, and will look to continue their success in moving players on to NCAA and professional hockey here in our 27th season. With over 350+ alumni having played in the NCAA and over 140+ players seeing time in professional hockey, our weekly Alumni Report has a lot of ground to cover. 

Here is our first rundown of where our Alumni are at, and who is making waves early in the 2019-20 season. 

We start by taking a look at the Air Force Academy and specifically Trevor Stone and Brady Tomlak. Each player is entering their senior season for the Falcons, and it was announced yesterday that they will both serve as Assistant Captains this season. 

Stone, a native of Pleasant Plains, IL, currently has 36 career points in 99 games played for Air Force including 9 goals and 2 assists last season. Tomlak, who hails from Oakland, MI, currently has 53 points in 109 games with 8 goals and 10 assists last season. Stone, Tomlak, and the Air Force Falcons will start their season on October 6th against Trinity Western University.

From the confines of the Air Force Academy, we shift our attention to Europe for our next pair of alumni. Michael Davies, who played for the Jr. Blues during the 2004-05 season, is continuing his professional career this year by playing for the Sheffield Steelers of the EIHL. So far in the 2019-20 season Davies has 1 goal and 2 assists in 3 games played. Davies has spent time playing in the ECHL, AHL, DEL (Germany), and EBEL (Austria) in his professional career. 

Max Kalter finished up his tenure at the University of Connecticut last spring before joining the Kansas City Mavericks at the end of the ECHL season. This year Kalter has signed on to play for Cergy in the France2 Hockey League. In 2 games played, Max has 1 goal and 1 assist. Kalter played parts of two seasons with the Jr. Blues and one season with the Sioux City Musketeers before attending UCONN. 

Our final highlight this week will be on sophomore goaltender Dryden McKay, whose breakout freshman campaign turned heads around the NCAA. McKay went 24-7-2 for the Minnesota State Mavericks last season with a 1.76 GAA and .927 SV%, good enough to earn him a place on the Preseason All-WCHA Team in both the coaches and media polls. Last season McKay earned CHN’s National Rookie of the Year Award, as well as being named to the All-WCHA Rookie Team and the All-WCHA Second Team. He earned Goaltender of the Week recognition five times, Rookie of the Week once, and Goaltender of the Month once. 

In addition to these players that we have highlighted, here are a few others to keep an eye on:

  • Tommy Nappier: Ohio State; 2018-19 BIG Ten Goaltender of the Year
  • Radim Matus: Orli Znojmo (EBEL); 3 GP, 2 A
  • Fabio Hollenstein: HC Thurgau (NBL); 5 GP, 1 G, 14 PIM
  • Patrick Smyth: Will be attending West Point and playing for the Army Black Knights. 
  • Casey Dion: Will play for the Peoria Rivermen of the SPHL. 
  • Nikolai Knyzhov: Signed contract with SJ Sharks, will play for San Jose Barracudas (AHL)

Jr. Blues Alumni Report – March 13th, 2019

Springfield, Illinois – The Springfield Jr. Blues are proud of the accomplishments that our alumni have made this season. With many seasons having already ended, or will be ending soon, we take a look at the performances of this past week from the NCAA and beyond.

We begin this week’s alumni rundown with our eyes set on the ECHL. Ross Olsson signed his first professional contract last week for the Worcester Railers and made his debut this past Saturday against the Norfolk Admirals. In a 6-1 victory for the Railers, Olsson scored his first professional goal and got in his first professional fight. Olsson recently graduated from Endicott College where he put record numbers offensively. 

The NCAA is entering the final stretch as conferences are in the midst of their playoff tournaments. Continuing his superb season, Dryden McKay helped Minnesota State to a Quarterfinal sweep of Alabama Huntsville in the WCHA playoffs this past weekend. McKay earned an Honorable Mention for both the WCHA Goaltender and Rookie of the Week honors after allowing just two goals on 32 shots. McKay has a stellar 21-6-2 record with a 1.72 GAA and a .928 SV% on the season. He leads all freshman goaltenders in wins, GAA, SV%, and shutouts, and ranks 2nd among all goaltenders in GAA and 7th in SV%.  

The UCONN Huskies upset the #2 ranked Massachusetts Minutemen on Saturday night, 4-3. Brian Rigali scored his 5th goal of the season and added his 6th assist in the programs first ever victory over a team ranked that high (previous highest ranked team was #3). Max Kalter would join his fellow Jr. Blues alum on the scoresheet with his 10th assist of the year in the season finale for UCONN, who did not make the playoffs.

While Stefanos Lekkas didn’t lead his team to victory in their season finale, he did lead them to a 2-2 tie against UMass-Lowell. Lekkas stopped 28 of 30 shots to earn his 3rd tie of the season, he currently holds a 12-19-3 record with a strong 2.27 GAA and a .930 SV%. The junior from Elburn, IL is ranked 5th in the nation in SV% and in the top 20 in GAA.  

Our final highlight of the weekend goes to Ryan Leibold, a freshman at Holy Cross. On Saturday, Leibold scored his 4th goal of the season in a 3-2 loss to Robert Morris. In 33 games this season Leibold has 4 goals and 5 assists.

Here is a recap of other alumni around the hockey world:

  • Tim Santopaolo, F: 6 G, 6 A in 14 GP (Watertown Wolves, FHL)
  • Nicholas Belger, F: 21 G, 31 A in 32 GP (Stony Brook Univ., ACHA)
  • Josh Bell, F: 19 G, 16 A in 27 GP (Missouri St., ACHA)
  • Michael Davies, F: 16 G, 14 A in 39 GP (EHC Linz, EBEL)
  • Zachary Tyson, F: 6 G, 20 A in 29 GP (Hobart College, NCAA DIII)
  • Joey Lupo, F: 11 G, 13 A in 25 GP (Amherst College, NCAA DIII)
  • Luke Radetic, F: 14 G, 9 A in 26 GP (Univ. of St. Thomas, NCAA DIII)
  • Joey Sardina, F: 10 G, 10 A in 28 GP (Lake Forest, NCAA DIII)

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)