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.
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 29-10-4. He has a 2.04 goals against average and a .932 save percentage. He ranks third in the NHL in save percentage (.932), tied for third in wins (29) and shutouts (4) and fourth in goals against average (2.05).
Brian Flynn – Flynn has played in 58 games this season for the Buffalo Sabres. He has six goals and five assists for 11 points. He had a goal and an assist last Wednesday against the Boston Bruins and followed that up with a goal against San Jose on Friday.
Jimmy Howard – Howard has started 34 games in goal for the Detroit Red Wings. He is 13-13-9 with a 2.60 goals against average and a .914 save percentage. He has a pair of shutouts on the season.
Gustav Nyquist – Nyquist has played in 35 games for the Detroit Red Wings and has 15 goals and 12 assists for 27 points, which ranks sixth on the team in scoring He had his first career hat trick on Feb. 2 at Washington in a game televised nationally. In the first game back from the Olympic break, Nyquist scored in overtime to beat Montreal. He won a silver medal with Team Sweden at the 2014 Sochi Olympics.
Dustin Penner – Penner is playing for the Anaheim Ducks, the top team in the west. The Ducks have a record of 43-14-5 overall, 24-5-2 at home. In 49 games, he ranks tied for sixth on the team in scoring with 13 goals and 19 assists for 32 points.
Teddy Purcell – Purcell ranks sixth on the Tampa Bay Lightning in scoring with 10 goals and 25 assists for 35 points in 61 games.
Jack Capuano – Capuano is head coach of the New York Islanders. The team has a record of 23-32-8.
Mike Dunham – Dunham is the goaltending coach for the New York Islanders.
Dave Nonis – General Manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs. The team is 32-22-8 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 28-25-10 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. Abbott leads the Marlies in scoring with 12 goals and 46 assists for 58 points. He is a +13. Abbott ranks fourth in the AHL in scoring this season.
Mike Cornell – Cornell is playing with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. Cornell has four goals and six assists for 10 points in 35 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 18 games for the Milwaukee Admirals. He is 8-4-1 with a 2.10 goals against average and a .931 save percentage. He has four shutouts.
Joey Diamond – Diamond has seven goals and five assist for 12 points with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers in 34 games.
Matt Mangene - Mangene is playing for the Adirondack Phantoms. He has three goals and three assists for six points in 51 games.
Will O'Neill – O'Neill has played in 51 games for the St. John's Ice Caps and has seven goals and 18 assists for 25 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 49 games for the Reading Royals and has two goal and 12 assists for 14 points.
Rob Bellamy – Bellamy has played in 53 games for the Elmira Jackals and ranks tied for fourth on the team in scoring with 14 goals and 16 assists for 30 points.
Simon Danis-Pepin – Has four goal and 12 assists for 16 points in 43 games for the Ft. Wayne Komets.
David deKastrozza – Has 11 goals and 18 assists for 29 points in 43 games for the Idaho Steelheads.
Ryan Hegarty – Hegarty has played in 44 games for the Greenville Road Warriors and has two goals and 15 assists for 17 points.
Mark Nemec – Nemec has played in 53 games for the Colorado Eagles. He has three goals and 10 assists for 13 points. He leads the team in +/- with a +32
CENTRAL HOCKEY LEAGUE
Matt Duffy – Duffy is playing for the Quad City Mallards. He has nine goals and 12 assists for 21 points in 50 games.
EUROPEAN / CANADIAN/ ASIA LEAGUE
Derek Damon – Damon is playing for HC Thurgau in Switzerland. In 45 games he has 22 goals and 38 assists for 60 points.
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 11 goals and 40 assists for 51 points in 42 games.
Frank Doyle – Playing for the Sheffield Steelers in the Elite Ice Hockey League in England. In 57 games he has a record of 33-21-0 with a 2.71 GAA abd a .902 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 15 goals and 17 assists for 32 points in 26 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 52 games.
Alfie Michaud – Michaud is playing for SonderjyskE in the top Danish league. He has a 2.03 goals against average and a .913 save percentage.
Josh Soares – Soares was playing for IK Oskarshamn in Sweden. He had three goals and seven assists for 10 points in 26 games. He is now playing for the Graz 99ers in Austria. He has five goals and six assists for 11 points in 12 games.
Colin Shields – Shields is playing in the UK Elite League in Belfast. He has 18 goals and 35 assists for 53 points in 50 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.
John Ronan is an assistant coach at Union College. The Dutchmen are ranked third in both national polls with a record of 24-6-4.
Travis Wight is an assistant coach with the Wichita Thunder of the Central Hockey League.
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