Connecticut Pro Hockey Round-Up: 3/23/2012

Former New Canaan/Taft standout Max Pacioretty - Photo by Andy Devlin/NHLI via Getty Images

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: