ProHawks: 2 reach NHL milestones
Oct. 11 was a memorable night for Miami hockey alumni.
On that date, a pair of former RedHawks reached NHL career milestones, as Las Vegas forward Reilly Smith scored career goal No. 100 and Los Angeles defenseman Alec Martinez dressed for his 500th game.
Smith found the net in the third period of a 4-2 loss in Pittsburgh. It was his second goal in as many games and he is currently third on the Golden Knights in points with four.
Martinez entered the season with 496 games played, and in his fourth contest of 2018-19, he picked up an assist and went plus-3 in the Kings’ 3-0 win over Montréal.
BoB takes a look at past Miamians’ noteworthy achievements in the pro ranks early this season:
NHL: A torn hamstring ended Ottawa defenseman Chris Wideman’s 2017-18 season after just 16 games, but he scored twice including the game winner in a 5-1 win over Los Angeles on Oct. 13.
Wideman gave the Senators a 2-0 lead midway through the first period of that win, and he also sealed it by netting Ottawa’s final goal of the game with eight minutes remaining.
Kiefer Sherwood made the Anaheim Ducks out of training camp and has recorded a goal and two assists in his first six games. Sherwood left Miami this spring following his junior year and entered this season with just 11 games of AHL experience with San Diego late last season.
His first NHL goal came late in Dallas on Oct. 13. His tally made it 2-0 late in the first period but Anaheim would eventually lose, 5-3.
Forwards and former classmates Austin Czarnik and Blake Coleman are off to hot starts.
Czarnik has three points in five games for Calgary after spending the majority of 2017-18 in the AHL and playing just 10 games for Boston.
Coleman has racked up a pair of markers in four games with New Jersey. He finished with 13 goals and 12 assists last season.
AHL: Despite a monster playoff season that saw him record 20 postseason points on Texas’ Calder Cup finalist team, Curtis McKenzie did not make the Vegas Golden Knights’ roster to open this season.
But he is tearing up the AHL.
Playing for Chicago, McKenzie is tied for 10th-best in the league in points (7) and fifth in helpers (6) while playing just four games.
When McKenzie is called up, he will join former Reilly Smith, his Miami roommate and fellow Dallas Stars draftee.
Toronto defenseman Vincent LoVerde tallied his 100th AHL assist on Oct. 6. He picked up the helper on the Marlies’ fifth goal in the third period of a 7-5 loss at Binghamton as Toronto’s comeback attempt fell short.
LoVerde has played in 369 AHL games – not counting 65 playoff contests – scoring 42 goals and picking up 142 points.
Carter Camper is Miami’s reigning AHL ironman, as he has played 447 games in that league with eight different teams.
He already has a goal and an assist with Grand Rapids this season.
ECHL: Justin Vaive scored in his first game of the season with Cincinnati. Alex Wideman also made the Cyclones but did not dress for the opener.
Taylor Richart opened his third season with Utah by picking up an assist after going 17-24-41 with the Grizzlies in 2017-18.
Jimmy Mullin also returns to Kalamazoo for his second pro campaign. He scored 21 goals and set up 24 more in his rookie season with the K-Wings.
Europe: Matthew Caito is enjoying Europe so far, as he has notched seven goals and five assists in nine games with Graz of the Austrian League.
Several other former Miamians have jumped the pond to play in Europe, including Pat Cannone, Chris Joyaux, Kevin Morris, Colin Sullivan and Jeff Zatkoff.
Cannone is 1-6-7 with Inglestadt of the German League DEL. Zatkoff is also in the DEL, tending net with Straubing where he’s 7-2.
Joyaux and Morris are teammates with EIHL (English League) Coventry while Tyler Biggs is playing for league rival Nottingham.
Sullivan joined Chamonix-Morzine of the French League.
Will Weber (Fischtown – DEL) and Tommy Wingels (Geneva – Swiss A) also jumped the Atlantic this off-season and are rookies with their new European teams.
Andy Miele joined the Russian KHL this season, and he is already 5-5-10 in 16 contests.
Here are the current statistics for former RedHawks playing round around the world, and you can check them on our site at any time at this link: https://blogofbrotherhood.com/redhawks-in-the-pros/stats-for-miamians-in-the-pros/.
|Reilly Smith||Vegas Golden Knights||F||7||2||2||4||3||0|
|Austin Czarnik||Calgary Flames||F||5||1||2||3||2||0|
|Kiefer Sherwood||Anaheim Ducks||F||6||1||2||3||4||0|
|Chris Wideman||Ottawa Senators||D||6||2||0||2||-2||4|
|Blake Coleman||New Jersey Devils||F||4||2||0||2||5||0|
|Sean Kuraly||Boston Bruins||F||5||1||1||2||2||9|
|Alec Martinez||Los Angeles Kings||D||6||0||2||2||0||2|
|Jack Roslovic||Winnipeg Jets||F||6||0||1||1||1||0|
|Andy Greene||New Jersey Devils||D||4||0||1||1||4||2|
|Carter Camper||Grand Rapids||F||4||1||1||2||-2||0|
|Trevor Hamilton||Grand Rapids||F||4||0||0||0||-4||4|
|Matthew Caito||Graz (EBEL)||D||9||7||5||12||4||4|
|Andy Miele||Nizhny Novgorod (KHL)||F||16||5||5||10||-4||36|
|Pat Cannone||Inglestadt (DEL)||F||11||1||6||7||1||2|
|Marc Hagel||Esbjerg (Denmark)||F||9||2||4||6||-4||4|
|Tyler Biggs||Nottingham (EIHL)||F||11||2||3||5||-5||28|
|Kevin Morris||Coventry (EIHL)||F||8||1||4||5||3||20|
|Will Weber||Fischtown (DEL)||D||9||1||3||4||0||36||Chris Joyaux||Coventry (EIHL)||D||8||1||2||3||1||4|
|Colin Sullivan||Chamonix-Morzine (France)||D||8||0||2||2||7||8|
|Cody Murphy||Bjorkloven (Allsvenskan)||F||8||0||1||1||-3||8|
|Ryan Jones||Cologne (DEL)||F||10||0||0||0||1||2|
|Matt Tomassoni||Bolzano (EBEL)||F||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Tommy Wingels||Geneva (Swiss-A)||F||1||0||0||0||0||0|
|Jeff Zatkoff||Straubing (DEL)||9||540||7||2||2.00||.900||1|