Maine hockey has numerous alumni excelling in various hockey leagues around the world. The Black Bears are rolling out a new feature "Black Bears in the Pros", taking a regular update at these players. Here is the fifth edition of "Black Bears in the Pros."
National Hockey League
Ben Bishop – Bishop has won the starting job for the Tampa Bay Lightning in goal. He is 15-5-1 with a 1.98 goals against average and a .934 save percentage. His 15 wins are tied for third in the NHL.
Brian Flynn – Flynn has played in all 28 of 30 games for the Buffalo Sabres. He has two goals and one assist for three points on the season.
Jimmy Howard – Howard has started 20 games for the Detroit Red Wings this season. He is 6-8-6 with a 2.70 goals against average and a .909 save percentage. He has two shutouts.
Gustav Nyquist – Nyquist has seen action in nine games for the Detroit Red Wings. He scored two goals in his season debut, including a goal 17 seconds into the game. He also had the game-winning goal. He has four goals and three assist for seven points.
Dustin Penner – Penner is playing for the Anaheim Ducks. In 25 games, he ranks third on the team in scoring with nine goals and 14 assists for 23 points. He is second in the NHL in +/- with a +18
Teddy Purcell – Purcell ranks tied for fourth on the Tampa Bay Lightning in scoring with seven goals and nine assists for 16 points in 29 games.
Jack Capuano – Capuano is head coach of the New York Islanders. The team has a record of 8-17-5.
Mike Dunham – Dunham is the goaltending coach for the New York Islanders.
Dave Nonis – General Manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs. The team is 16-12-3 on the season.
Garth Snow – Snow is serving as the General Manager of the New York Islanders.
John Tortorella Tortorella is head coach of the Vancouver Canucks. The team has a record of 17-10-5 on the season.
AMERICAN HOCKEY LEAGUE
Spencer Abbott – Made his NHL debut against Ottawa on Oct. 5. The rest of his action this season has come with the Toronto Marlies. He is second on the team in scoring with three goals and 19 assists for 22 points in 21 games.
Mike Cornell – The Bridgeport Sound Tigers recently called up Cornell. He has two assists in nine games. Earlier this year he played for the Florida Everblades. He saw action in 12 games and has a goal and five assists.
Scott Darling – Darling has played in six games for the Milwaukee Admirals. He is 3-0-0 with a 2.04 goals against average and a .930 save percentage. He has one shutout.
Joey Diamond – Diamond has three goals and one assist for four points with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers in 15 games.
Matt Mangene - Mangene is playing for the Adirondack Phantoms. He has two goals and two assists for four points in 22 games.
Will O'Neill – O'Neill has played in 19 games for the St. John's Ice Caps and has a goal and five assists for six points.
Scott Pellerin – Pellerin is head coach of the Bridgeport Sound Tigers of the AHL.
EAST COAST HOCKEY LEAGUE
Mike Banwell – Banwell played a pair of games with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. He played in 13 games for the Reading Royals and dished out a pair of assists.
Rob Bellamy – Bellamy has played in 19 games for the Elmira Jackals and has five goals and three assists for eight points.
Simon Danis-Pepin – Has four assists in 14 games with the Ft. Wayne Komets.
David deKastrozza – Has six assists in 20 games for the Idaho Steelheads.
Ryan Hegarty – Hegarty has played in 10 games for the Greenville Road Warriors.
Mark Nemec – Nemec has played in 22 games for the Colorado Eagles. He has a goal and three assists for four points. Nemec is tied for the team lead in +/- with a +12.
CENTRAL HOCKEY LEAGUE
Matt Duffy – Duffy is playing for the Quad City Mallards. He has three and six assists for nine points in 17 games.
EUROPEAN / CANADIAN/ ASIA LEAGUE
Derek Damon – Damon is playing for HC Thurgau in Switzerland. In 24 games he has 10 goals and 16 assists for 26 points.
Robby Dee – Dee is playing for Riessersee SC, a professional team in Germany. He has four goals and six assists for 10 points in 23 games.
Jeff Dimmen – Dimmen is playing for Anyang of the Asia Hockey League. He has three goals and 23 assists for 26 points in 26 games.
Frank Doyle – Playing for the Sheffield Steelers in the Elite Ice Hockey League in England. In 28 games he has a record of 16-11-0 with a 2.69 GAA and a .903 save percentage.
Greg Moore – Moore is playing for the EHC Wolfsburg Grizzly Adams in Germany. Has played in two games this season and is recovering from an injury.
Michel Léveillé – Leveille is playing for the Cool FM 103,5 de Saint-Georges of the Ligue Nord-Américaine de Hockey. He has 11 goals and 10 assists for 21 points in 16 games to lead the team in scoring.
Mike Lundin – Lundin is playing for Barys Astana of the Kontinental Hockey League in Russia. He has two goals and 13 assists for 15 points in 34 games .
Alfie Michaud – Michaud is playing for SonderjyskE in the top Danish league. In 14 games he has a 2.22 goals against average and a .911 save percentage.
Josh Soares – Soares is playing for IK Oskarshamn in Sweden. He has three goals and six assists for nine points in 20 games.
Colin Shields – Shields is playing in the UK Elite League in Belfast. He has eight goals and 14 assists for 22 points in 25 games.
Travis Ramsey – Ramsey is playing for the Ritten-Renon in the Italian Elite A. He has eight assists in 19 games this season.
Our goal is to include all former University of Maine men's ice hockey players currently playing. If there is anyone that this list is missing, please email who and what team they are playing for to firstname.lastname@example.org