New Canaan native Max Pacioretty currently leads the Montreal Canadiens in points with 58 (30g, 28a). This season, Pacioretty became the first American-born player to score 30 goals for Montreal. If he finishes the year as the team’s top point-getter, that will mark the first time since the 1935-1936 season that an American has led the Canadiens in scoring for a season. (That year, Leroy Goldsworthy of Two Harbors, MN led the Habs in scoring with a 15-11-26 line.)
The Danbury Whalers begin their Commissioner’s Cup final match-up against the New Jersey Outlaws this Saturday, 3/24/12.
Former Danbury Whaler Nick Niedert saw his first game action for the Wheeling Nailers (ECHL) this past Saturday in a 4-3 OTL against the Reading Royals.
Great article on West Haven native Eric Boguniecki, who’s currently serving as an assistant coach for the Bridgeport Sound Tigers.
Several college players with ties to the nutmeg state have also recently signed on with professional hockey teams:
- Sacred Heart University forward Matt Gingera (Winnipeg, MB) signed with the Chicago Express (ECHL).
- Quinnipiac goaltender Dan Clarke (Belleville, ON) signed with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers (AHL)
- Quinnipiac forward Scott Zurevinski (Saskatoon, SK) signed with the St. John’s IceCaps (AHL)
- Yale forward Brian O’Neill (Yardley, PA) signed with the Los Angeles Kings, reporting to their AHL affiliate, the Manchester Monarchs. O’Neill has 2 points in 2 games played so far.
- UConn forward Cole Schneider signed a two-way deal with the Ottawa Senators. Schneider will report to Ottawa’s AHL affiliate, the Binghamton Senators.