Monthly Archives: April 2009
>INCH has already released a list of ten potentional Hobey Baker Candidates for the 2009-2010 season. Included on this list, is Miami junior to be Carter Camper.
There’s no question Camper can put up Hobey-caliber numbers – he scored 42 points this season after tallying 41 points as a freshman – and he’s the RedHawks’ most dynamic player. He should approach the 50-point plateau this coming season, but Camper’s candidacy may be hindered by a balanced Miami lineup. Nine skaters scored more than 20 points for the RedHawks’ in 2008-09; all but two of them return next season.
To see the rest of the list, click here.
>Just a news article to pass along today, on former Miami captain Andy Greene. An injury to Devils’ defenseman Bryce Salvador has thrust Greene into the lineup for tonight’s game 5 matchup against the Carolina Hurricanes. Here is an article from NHL.com about Greene getting his first taste of the 2009 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
New Jersey and Carolina are currently tied at two games apiece in the best of seven series.
>He’s the first player to ink a pro deal from Miami this season. Former RedHawk captain Brian Kaufman has signed a one-year contract with the Houston Aeros, of the American Hockey League.
The contract is good for the 2009-2010 season. Houston is the minor-league affiliate of the NHL’s Minnesota Wild. You may recall that Kaufman had previously attended a development camp with Minnesota last summer.
Here is a link to an article from that developmental camp that I had previously posted.
>While I wasn’t able to attend the end of season banquet at the Shriver Center last night, I did receive several e-mails from people that did attend, so thanks for those. Here are a few notes from last night’s festivities, including which RedHawks took home which awards:
Blue Line Club Award: Gary Steffes
Rookie of the Year: Connor Knapp and Cody Reichard
Outstanding Offensive Player: Carter Camper
Outstanding Defensive Player: Kevin Roeder
Steve Cady Most Improved Player Award: Brandon Smith
Scholar Athlete Award: Michael Findorff, Bill Loupee, Alex Lacombe, Justin Mercier, Brian Kaufman, Kevin Roeder
Berry Family Outstanding Senior Award: Brian Kaufman
Jim Grant “7th Man” Award: MU Assistant Athletic Director Josh Fenton
Gary DeLonge Most Valuable Player Award: Carter Camper
– A banner raising ceremony looks to be in the works at the beginning of next season to honor the team’s accomplishments and participation in the Frozen Four.
– Former RedHawk defenseman Alec Martinez was said to be in attendance at last night’s banquet.
Thanks again to all who e-mailed with a recap!
>Just a friendly reminder that the hockey awards banquet will be held this Saturday at 6 p.m. Sponsored annually by the Blue Line Club, the banquet features a dinner, awards presentation, silent auction, and speeches by the RedHawk seniors.
Voice of the RedHawks “Diamond” Dave Allen will be the entertainment for the evening, serving as the Master of Ceremonies. Also in attendance will be Miami Athletic Director Brad Bates and Oxford mayor Prue Dana.
The event will emanate from the Shiver Center on the Miami University campus. For more information, visit MURedHawks.com, or the Miami Blue Line Club, at miamiblc.org.
If anyone would like to provide a recap or photos for the blog, please let me know! I’m unable to attend, much to my dismay.
>One current RedHawk and two future RedHawks have found themselves on the NHL Central Scouting’s final rankings list. Freshman goaltender Connor Knapp was ranked number 19 on the list of 31 North American goalies that are draft eligible. In his freshman campaign, Knapp posted a 13-5-3 record and a 2.09 goals against average.
Also on the list were “RedHawks to be” Curtis McKenzie and Reilly Smith. McKenzie, set to join The Brotherhood in the fall, checked in at number 89 on the list of 210 skaters. He led the Penticton Vees in scoring this season, with 33 goals and 41 assists.
Smith, a 2010 commit, was further down on the list, at number 158.
> With the Nashville Predators missing the 2009 NHL playoffs, rookie forward Ryan Jones was returned to the Milwaukee Admirals and will join the team as they face the Rockford IceHogs and Miami classmate Nathan Davis in the first round of the AHL playoffs.
In his rookie season, Jones played 46 games on the Predators’ roster, scoring 7 goals and 10 assists, while compiling 22 penalty minutes.
>Rest easy Blue Jacket fans, it won’t be your Steve Mason won’t be playing for the RedHawks (not that he would be allowed/want to anyway.) Nanaimo Clippers forward Steve Mason has committed to Miami and will be joining the team this fall, in 2009.
Mason, 21, is from The Netherlands, making him the first Netherlander in the program’s history; the Tilburg native is 5’11, 172. He had 22 goals and 22 assists in 63 games with the Clippers of the BCHL this season, including 9 on the power play.
>Miami sophomore forward Carter Camper has been named to the 2008-2009 Reebok/ACHA Division I All-American squad. Selected as a member of the West Second Team, Camper scored 42 points this season for the RedHawks, with 20 goals and 22 assists.
The Rocky River, Ohio native now has 83 points thus far in his Miami career and is well on his way to joining the 100-point club, with two years of eligibility remaining.
>…and another season of Miami hockey comes to a close. First and foremost, a big congratulations goes out to everyone involved with the hockey program. The coaches, equipment/training staff, media relations, off-ice officials, Cady Arena personnel, everyone…and especially…the players for being a part of something very, very special.
Going into this season, most expected and considered this a “rebuilding year.” With a great first half of the season, the team had a rough start to the second half and eventually missed a trip to post-season action at the Joe. They had the second best power-play and the best penalty kill in the CCHA. Considering the team had a young blueline, two freshman goaltenders, and a lot to replace offensively, making the NCAA tournament was a great reward for the squad and gave the younger players some great “big game” experience. The Frozen Four weekend was something very special to be a part of and although the end result was so heartbreaking, I for one am extremely proud of this team’s effort. They gave Boston a run for their money and it says a lot about where the program stands. Although the last minute of regulation will be fresh in the minds of many for quite some time, the underclassmen will build off of this experience and be even more hungry for a national title in the seasons to come.
It was hard, personally for me, to see our senior class go out the way they did. They should be proud to be a part of the winningest class in Miami hockey history, with 106 wins. This senior class was exceptional. They were the first class to be ranked number one in any sport, the first class to win an NCAA tournament game, the first to 30 wins in a season, the first to 100 total wins, the first to advance to the tournament all four years…and most importantly, the first class to ever reach the Frozen Four.
Without further adieu, here are the RedHawk seniors and their career stats:
Thank you, seniors. Your contributions have helped pave the way to make Miami hockey one of the nation’s top programs. Some careers will continue in hockey, others, will not. Regardless, we wish you the best of luck in life. Miami will not forget your hard work and devotion to The Brotherhood.
**In a final tournament note, Kevin Roeder and Tommy Wingels were named to the All-Tournament Team.**