I have to admit that I don’t follow the progress of non-NHL players the way I did in the past. There was a time when there wasn’t a player who entered the league whose name I didn’t at least hear along the way.
BRIDGEPORT — On his 26th birthday Monday morning, Mitch Gillam stepped onto the ice at Webster Bank Arena for Bridgeport Sound Tigers training camp with a pretty solid first pro season behind him since his 25th birthday.
The Rookie Round-Up gives ECHL fans the chance to get to know a rookie who has signed with an ECHL team for the 2018-19 season. This week, the ECHL spoke with Alex Rauter of the Wheeling Nailers. Rauter appeared in three games for the Atlanta Gladiators at the end of the 2017-18 season after completing his college career with Cornell, but looks forward to getting his first full professional season underway in Wheeling.
As the bulk of Columbus Blue Jackets fans were in panic mode this summer over the potential movement of Artemi Panarin, Jarmo Kekalainen worked some quiet magic by signing center Riley Nash. Without carrying the flash and fanfare of a Tavares-like free agency, Nash’s value at his price tag could turn out to be one of the best bang-for-buck deals in the NHL.
ORLANDO, Fla. – The Orlando Solar Bears have agreed to terms with rookie forward Jared Fiegl for the 2018-19 season. Fiegl (FEE-guhl), 22, will begin his first professional season with Orlando after completing his senior season of college hockey during the 2017-18 campaign with Cornell University. The forward made a move to the wing after playing much of his collegiate career at center, and enjoyed his best season offensively, posting eight points (4g-4a) and 12 penalty minutes in 28 games, while also serving as an alternate captain.
COLUMBUS -- Riley Nash is OK with being the "other Nash" in the minds of some Columbus Blue Jackets fans.
Nash, 29, signed a three-year, $8.25 million contract with the Blue Jackets on July 1 after setting NHL career highs in goals (15), assists (26) and points (41) for the Boston Bruins last season. He has 139 points (53 goals, 86 assists) in 399 NHL games with Boston and the Carolina Hurricanes.
LEHIGH VALLEY — With a goal and two assists for three points as well as a plus-three rating in two games this past weekend, Lehigh Valley Phantoms defenseman Reece Willcox has been named the PSECU Player of the Week.
Worcester, MA – The Worcester Railers Hockey Club (@RailersHC), proud ECHL (@ECHL) affiliate of the New York Islanders (@NYIslanders), and Railers HC General Manager and Head Coach Jamie Russell (@JamieRussell18) officially announced today that goaltender Mitch Gillam (@gillyg00se32) has been named to the 2017-18 ECHL All-Rookie Team.
Nine coaches who have enjoyed on-ice success in 2017-18 have been named finalists for the Spencer Penrose Award, given annually to the CCM/AHCA Division I Men's Ice Hockey Coach of the Year. Voting will be conducted prior to this year's Frozen Four in Chicago, and the winner will be announced on Wednesday, April 4.
It was just before 7 a.m. in Frankfurt when Ben Scrivens, the former Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender, sent a text to say he was ready to chat. He is playing for a KHL team based in Ufa, Russia, but was in Germany to spend time with his wife before leaving for South Korea, where he will represent Canada at the Pyeongchang Olympics.
ITHACA, N.Y. – Hockey Canada announced Thursday that Ben Scrivens '10 has been selected as one of the three goaltenders to compete with Team Canada at the upcoming 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
BRIGHTON, Mass – Riley Nash has carved out a niche for himself as a reliable bottom-6 forward at the NHL. He plays the 200-foot game, is versatile enough to play all of the positions up front and puts up enough offense to realistically hold onto a spot as a mainstay on the third or fourth line for most NHL teams.