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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 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 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)

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. 

Jr. Blues Alumni Breakdown

Springfield, Illinois – The Springfield Jr. Blues have a long list of alumni who have played collegiate and professional hockey. We’ve highlighted a few of the spectacular performances for this week’s Alumni Roundup.

Dryden McKay (Minnesota St. Mankato) has been named an Honorable Mention for the WCHA’s Goalie and Rookie of the Week after stopping 45 of 48 shots in the Mavericks’ sweep of Michigan Tech over the weekend. McKay has a 9-4-1 record in his first season with Mankato with a .917 save percentage and a 2.13 GAA.

McKay’s teammate in Springfield, Grant Meyer, had quite the weekend as well. Meyer, in his second season at Canisius College, helped the Golden Griffins sweep the University of North Dakota with a goal in both games. In 16 games played this season, Meyer now has 4 goals and 12 assists which is 3rd best on the team.

Tommy Nappier has continued his stellar season at Ohio State with an impressive 29 save shutout of Michigan State on Saturday. With the victory, Nappier’s record improves to 7-1-2 on the season with a 1.54 GAA and a .947 save percentage. He has three shutouts on the season and ranks second in the nation in both GAA and save percentage.

Not to be outdone by his predecessor, Mike Robinson nabbed Hockey East Top Performer for his efforts this past weekend. Robinson recorded 24 saves in a 2-1 OT victory Merrimack, and stopped 13 of 14 in 40 minutes of work against Yale. He has a 5-5-5 record this season with a 2.10 GAA and a .926 save percentage and has one shutout this season.

It’s been the year of the goalie as far as Jr. Blues alumni go, as five former netminders rank in the top 30 in save percentage with three sitting in the top ten. But that’s not to say that forwards and defenseman haven’t been contributing as well.

  • Tim Santopaolo has scored 18 goals and 12 assists in 14 games for Svegs IK of Sweden’s Division 2 league
  • Nicholas Belger has 15 goals and 14 assists in 18 games for Stony Brook University in the ACHA
  • Josh Norman has 13 goals and 15 assists in 36 games for the Rockland Nationals of the CCHL
  • Kevin Loppatto has 16 goals and 8 assists in 23 games for Vannas HC in Sweden’s Division 1 league
  • Josh Bell has 11 goals and 13 assists in 15 games for Missouri State University in the ACHA.

Jr. Blues Alumni Report #10

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.