Maine hockey has numerous alumni excelling in various hockey leagues around the world. "Black Bears in the Pros", is taking a regular update at these players. This week we will highlights Maine players in the Olympics.
Maine Alumni Playing in the Olympics
Jimmy Howard is one of three goalies on the United States Olympic Roster. Team USA opens against Slovakia on Thursday at 7 AM. Gustav Nyquist is playing for Team Sweden. The Swedish team opens play on Wednesday at 12 noon against Czech Republic. Matthias Trattnig is playing for Austria. Austria opens play against Finland on Thursday, Feb 13 at 3 AM. (all times eastern).
Spencer Abbott who is playing in the AHL All-Star game, which will be held tonight in St. John's Newfoundland.
National Hockey League
Ben Bishop – Bishop has won the starting job for the Tampa Bay Lightning in goal and continues his impressive season for the Lightning. He is 28-8-4. He has a 1.98 goals against average and a .933 save percentage. He ranks tied for second in the NHL in shutouts (4), second in save percentage (.933), tied for third in wins (28) and fourth in goals against average (1.98).
Brian Flynn – Flynn has played in 55 of 57 games for the Buffalo Sabres. He has four goals and four assist for eight points on the season. Only three Sabres have played more games than Flynn this season.
Jimmy Howard – Howard has started 33 games in goal for the Detroit Red Wings. He is 12-13-9 with a 2.65 goals against average and a .914 save percentage. He is one of three goalies named to the US Olympic Team.
Gustav Nyquist – Nyquist has played in 33 games for the Detroit Red Wings and has 14 goals and 10 assists for 24 points. He had his first career hat trick on Feb. 2 at Washington in a game televised nationally. Nyquist also had an assist in the game to finish with four points. He has 14 points in his last 11 games.
Dustin Penner – Penner is playing for the Anaheim Ducks, the top team in the west. The Ducks have a record of 41-14-5 overall, 22-5-2 at home. In 47 games, he ranks tied for sixth on the team in scoring with 13 goals and 17 assists for 30 points.
Teddy Purcell – Purcell ranks sixth on the Tampa Bay Lightning in scoring with 10 goals and 23 assists for 33 points in 58 games.
Jack Capuano – Capuano is head coach of the New York Islanders. The team has a record of 22-30-8.
Mike Dunham – Dunham is the goaltending coach for the New York Islanders.
Dave Nonis – General Manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs. The team is 32-22-6 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 27-24-9 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 12 goals and 38 assists for 50 points. He is tied for second on the team in +/- with a +9.
Mike Cornell – Cornell is playing with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. Cornell has four goals and six assists for 10 points in 33 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 15 games for the Milwaukee Admirals. He is 8-3-0 with a 2.18 goals against average and a .930 save percentage. He has three shutouts.
Joey Diamond – Diamond has six goals and three assist for nine points with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers in 29 games.
Matt Mangene - Mangene is playing for the Adirondack Phantoms. He has two goals and three assists for five points in 43 games.
Will O'Neill – O'Neill has played in 42 games for the St. John's Ice Caps and has six goals and 15 assists for 21 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 has played in 39 games for the Reading Royals and has one goal and 11 assists for 12 points.
Rob Bellamy – Bellamy has played in 45 games for the Elmira Jackals and ranks third on the team in scoring with 12 goals and 15 assists for 27 points.
Simon Danis-Pepin – Has three goal and 11 assists for 14 points in 34 games for the Ft. Wayne Komets.
David deKastrozza – Has seven goals and 14 assists for 21 points in 42 games for the Idaho Steelheads.
Ryan Hegarty – Hegarty has played in 35 games for the Greenville Road Warriors and has two goals and 10 assists for 12 points.
Mark Nemec – Nemec has played in 45 games for the Colorado Eagles. He has two goals and seven assists for nine points. He leads the team in +/- with a +29
CENTRAL HOCKEY LEAGUE
Matt Duffy – Duffy is playing for the Quad City Mallards. He has nine goals and nine assists for 18 points in 40 games.
EUROPEAN / CANADIAN/ ASIA LEAGUE
Derek Damon – Damon is playing for HC Thurgau in Switzerland. In 43 games he has 22 goals and 35 assists for 57 points. He has been on load to Rapperswil.
Robby Dee – Dee played for Riessersee SC, a professional team in Germany. He had four goals and six assists for 10 points in 23 games. He is now playing for Stjernen in Norway. He has played in six games and has two and four assists for six points.
Jeff Dimmen – Dimmen is playing for Anyang of the Asia Hockey League. He has nine goals and 38 assists for 47 points in 39 games.
Frank Doyle – Playing for the Sheffield Steelers in the Elite Ice Hockey League in England. In 49 games he has a record of 29-18-0 with a 2.70 GAA abd a .904 save percentage. He has a pair of shutouts.
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 13 goals and 14 assists for 27 points in 21 games.
Mike Lundin – Lundin is playing for Barys Astana of the Kontinental Hockey League in Russia. He has five goals and 19 assists for 24 points in 49 games.
Alfie Michaud – Michaud is playing for SonderjyskE in the top Danish league. In 25 games he has a 2.03 goals against average and a .917 save percentage.
Josh Soares – Soares was playing for IK Oskarshamn in Sweden. He has three goals and seven assists for 10 points in 26 games. He is now playing for the Graz 99ers in Austria. He has three goals and two assists for five points in eight games.
Colin Shields – Shields is playing in the UK Elite League in Belfast. He has 17 goals and 31 assists for 48 points in 45 games.
Travis Ramsey – Ramsey is playing for the Ritten-Renon in the Italian Elite A where he is serving as a captain. He has one goal and nine assists in 34 games this season.
Jean-Yves Roy, who played for the Black Bears and saw some time in the NHL in the late 1990's, is currently a Division I official.
Todd Bjorkstrand, who played in the mid 1980's, is coach and general manager of a Danish professional team.
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