Clarkson Products Playing All Over Top Levels of Hockey
Like many sports in North America, Hockey has had it's challenges getting up and running across many states and crossing over the Canadian border. While the NHL finished it's season in two bubble cities for the playoffs, it had to go back to playing at each teams respective locations (except for the San Jose Sharks, which are playing some games in Arizona).
Former Clarkson Defenseman, Mark Borowiecki, tested the free agent market this summer and found the results in his favor when the Nashville Predators signed him to a 2 year deal. Entering his 10th season in the NHL, Boro has played in all 7 games for the Preds, who are 4-3 on the season.
Nico Sturm has played in 6 of the Minnesota Wild's 8 games this season. The Wild, who re-signed Sturm this summer to a 2 year deal, are 4-3 on the season so far.
The Carolina Hurricanes called up Sheldon Rempal from the Chicago Wolves earlier in the week and Sheldon was in the line up Thursday night as the Canes defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning 1-0, Sheldon had 1 shot on goal in the game.
The American Hockey League (AHL) is the next level down from the NHL, with most teams having an official NHL affiliation. The AHL is set to start it's regular season Feb. 5th and is in the midst of training camp. Several former Golden Knights are included on these AHL Training Camp rosters.
The Iowa Wild, signed Jarrett Burton this summer to a 1 year deal. A member of the class of 2014, Burton enters his 6th AHL season. The Wild released their training camp roster and will open the season on Feb. 5th vs the Texas Stars.
Sam Vigneault signed a deal this summer with Laval, the Canadians affiliate. Training Camp opened at the Bell Centre in Montreal, but the team is still waiting for a schedule. Like the NHL, the AHL, will have a Canadian division, but is waiting for some teams to make the decision on returning to play.
Josh Dickinson will start training camp with the Colorado Eagles, who open their season on Feb 5th against the Stockton Heat. Josh played 14 games with the Eagles last year posting a goal and 4 assists.
Jake Kielly finished last season in the bubble with Vancouver during their playoff stretch. This year, Jake is starting camp in Utica with the Comets. They will open the season on Feb. 5th against the Rochester Amerks. Jake is not the only Golden Knight with the Comets, Adam Pawlick is the teams Vice President of Operations.
The Comets won't be the only team with a Clarkson combo. Devin Brosseau will be with the Bakersfield Condors for the start of their camp. Devin will be coached by JF Houle who is entering his 6th season as the Assistant Coach of the Condors. The team will open their season on Feb. 5th at the San Diego Gulls.
Last seasons ECAC Goalie of the Year and Clarkson Hockey's 40th All American, Frank Marotte signed with the NY Islanders and will start the season in camp with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. They will open the season on Feb. 5th against the Providence Bruins.
Greg Moro will start this season in camp with the Calgary Flames AHL affiliate, the Stockton Heat. The Flames announced on Jan 28th, that due to the complications of getting their prospects across the boarder (Stockton is in California) they will move the Heats operations to Calgary for the season. The Heat will play in a division expected to be comprised of Belleville (Ottawa), Laval (Montreal), Manitoba (Winnipeg), and Toronto (Toronto).
In the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL) games have begun and several former Knights are playing. Former Clarkson Captain, Nic Pierog, is with the Indy Fuel, where he has 7 goals, 3 assists in 11 games this season. The Wheeling Nailers feature former Dmen, Shane Kuzmeski and Aaron Thow. Shane has appeared in 6 games with a goal and 3 assists, while Thow has 2 assists in 7 games.