Category Archives: Charlie Effinger

>Monday Update



The Miami RedHawks are the number one team in the country. Well…at least in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Men’s College Hockey Poll. Miami finished two points ahead of Denver and grabbed four first place votes to nab the top spot. The rest of the top five is as follows:

1. Miami (457)
2. Denver (455)
3. Boston University (438)
4. University of Michigan (384)
5. Notre Dame (370)
I’ve been told by a credible source that former RedHawk Nino Musitelli will be joining the Allen Americans of the CHL this season, instead of the Elmira Jackals. Musitelli was recently cut from the Binghamton Senators camp. According to the source, Charlie Effinger may also be on his way to the Allen squad.
Former Miami defenseman Alec Martinez has earned a spot on the Los Angeles Kings opening night roster. According to most, Tino is currently the 7th or 8th defenseman within the organization and will likely be featured on the top pairing with second year star Drew Doughty. I personally believe that he could use some more seasoning in the AHL, but if the organization has enough confidence in him, then I’m okay with that. Best of luck to him. Kings’ veteran defenseman Sean O’Donnell is suspended for the first two games of the season.
Beginning in the 2009-2010 season, three points will be on the line for a conference game, as regulation and overtime winners will now be worth three points in the standings. A shootout win will see two points awarded and a shootout loss will give the losing team one point. Losses in regulation or overtime still result in no points in the conference standings. To recap:
Regulation Win: 3 points
Regulation Loss: 0 points
Shootout Win: 2 points
Shootout Loss: 1 point
Overtime Win: 3 points
Overtime Loss: 0 points
I say: GET RID OF THE SHOOTOUT! That’s another story for another day, however.

>ECHL News

>– Some minor news today: Former Redhawk goaltender Charlie Effinger was traded from the Gwinnett Gladiators to the Trenton Devils today. Effinger was 0-2 with a 5.50 GAA with the Gladiators.

>Miamians New Mugs…

>As the ECHL begins to update their 20008-2009 rosters, I just thought I’d share some of our Miamians photos:

For those that don’t know…here are the players:

(Top Left) Marty Guerin, F, Charlotte Checkers

(Top Right) Charlie Effinger, G, Gwinnett Gladiators

(Side) Nino Musitelli, F, Dayton Bombers

I’ll also be doing a “Who Plays Where” post for the upcoming season in a few days, once final cuts are made.

>Around the Minors

> Not much to note from Miami alumni in the AHL tonight.

– Nathan Davis saw a decent amount of ice time, competing in his first game with the Rockford IceHogs as they took on Quad City. No points however, for the Rocky River, Ohio native.

– Mike Glumac scored an empty-net goal to lift the Hamilton Bulldogs past the Manitoba Moose, 3-1.

In the ECHL…

– In pre-season action, Gwinnett Goaltender Charlie Effinger backstopped the Gladiators to a 5-2 win over the Augusta Lynx, turning away 17 of 19 shots.

– Also in pre-season action, former RedHawk forward Ernie Hartlieb scored a goal and added two assists as the Florida Everblades rolled the Phoenix Roadrunners, 7-0.

>Effinger Signs With Gladiators

>The Gwinnett Gladiators of the ECHL have announced, today, the signing of goaltender Charlie Effinger. You can view the press release here.

Charlie becomes the first goaltender signed by the Gladiators for the upcoming season. The 6-foot-1, 195-pound netminder posted a perfect 6-0-0 record during his senior season with the RedHawks. He finished the season with a 2.16 GAA and a .912 save percentage in 6 games while posting a 4-0-0 record during CCHA conference play.

Effinger had a career year during his sophomore season appearing in 19 games and ranking first in the CCHA in both goals-against average (1.83) and save percentage (.931). He was also ranked second nationally in both categories. During his sophomore season in 2005-06, Effinger was named the CCHA’s best goaltender and was named to the All-CCHA Second Team while he was honored as Miami’s Scholar-Athlete of the Year. Effinger became the first RedHawks netminder to earn all-CCHA honors since the 1996-97 season when Trevor Prior, who played for Gwinnett during the 2003-04 season, earned all-CCHA honors.

During his four-year collegiate career, Effinger appeared in 53 games with the RedHawks while posting a 32-12-4 record. He finished with a .912 save percentage and a 2.35 goals against average and two shutouts.

Gwinnett is the ECHL affiliate of the NHL’s Atlanta Thrashers.

Best of luck to Charlie!

>Jones, Effinger, Honored With Athlete of the Year Honors

>Former RedHawks Ryan Jones and Charlie Effinger have both been presented with Athlete of the Year Honors. Jones was awarded “Male Athlete of the Year” and Effinger, the “Male Scholar Athlete of the Year.”

Here is the writeup, from on Jones:

(Chatham, Ontario) was one of three 2008 Hobey Baker finalists and earned 2008 ACHA West All-America First Team honors. A three-time all-CCHA honoree, Jones earned first-team accolades in 2007-08. He captained the RedHawks to a school-record 33 victories during the 2007-08 campaign as Miami spent 10 weeks ranked No. 1. Jones finished the 2007-08 season with 31 goals, giving him 90 for his career and placing him second on the school’s all-time scoring list. His 31 goals ranked third nationally and was the first 30-goal season for a Miami player since 1992-93. Jones finished his collegiate career with 21 game-winning goals, tying him with two other players for the second-most game-winners in Division I history. Setting the program record for games played (161), Jones played in every game during his four-year Miami career and propelled the RedHawks to three NCAA Tournament appearances, a No. 1 regional seeding in the 2008 NCAA Tournament and a regular-season CCHA title in 2005-06. Additionally, Jones was named a National Strength and Conditioning All-American in 2008. He is currently signed with the National Hockey League’s Nashville Predators.

And Effinger:

(Belleville, Ill.), who boasted a 3.51 GPA and majored in American studies and political science, was a part of three NCAA Tournament appearances, a No. 1 regional seeding in the 2008 NCAA Tournament and a regular-season CCHA title in 2005-06. In 2007-08, the RedHawks spent 10 weeks ranked No. 1 in the country and compiled a school-record 33 wins. Effinger–who was considered the consummate team player–was a 2008 Spirit of Miami Award recipient, presented to the male and female senior student-athletes whose playing time did not deter their enthusiastic commitment to their team. In 2007-08, Effinger appeared in eight games and amassed a perfect 6-0 record and finished his career with an impressive mark of 32-12-4. As a sophomore, Effinger was named the CCHA’s Best Goaltender and was a second-team all-CCHA selection, ranking first in the league and second nationally in goals-against average and save percentage.

Congrats to both! Another example of how Miami University excels on the ice, in the classroom and in the community.

>Effinger at St. Louis Blues Development Camp

>Charlie Effinger @ Blues Camp
A nice writeup on former RedHawk goaltender Charlie Effinger can be found here. The Article talks about his expierience at the Blues development camp. It’s worth checking out!

>RedHawks Go to Camp

>As NHL development camps continue to open and close in the next week, the rosters are being released and yes, a few RedHawks, or in some cases, former RedHakws, are included. Even if camps have already been completed, I’ll keep updating the list of names as I come across more of the rosters. Enjoy!

Chicago Blackhawks
(F) Nathan Davis-, 6’1, 193, Rocky River, Ohio (2005 Draft, 113th Overall)

Colorado Avalanche
(F) Justin Mercier- 5’11, 190, Erie, Pennsylvania (2005 Draft, 168th Overall)

Columbus Blue Jackets
(D) Will Weber- 6’4, 205, Gaylord, Michigan (2007 Draft, 53rd Overall)

Los Angeles Kings
(D) Alec Martinez- 6’0, 188, Rochester Hills, Michigan (2007 Draft, 95th Overall)
(G) Jeff Zatkoff- 6’1, 180, Chesterfield, Michigan (2006 Draft, 74th Overall)

Minnesota Wild
(F) Brian Kaufman- 6’4, 205, Shoreview, Minnesota (Invitee)

Ottawa Senators
(D) Mitch Ganzak- 5’11, 205, Redford, Michigan (Invitee)

St. Louis Blues
(G) Charlie Effinger- 6’1, 190, Belleville, Illinois (Invitee)

>Effinger to attend Blues development camp


Former RedHawks goaltender Charlie Effinger (Class of ’08) has been invited to the St. Louis Blues development camp this week at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis. Effinger finished his Miami career with a record of 33-14-4. His best season came during the 2005-2006 campaign, when Effinger finished with a 12-4-3 record and a 1.83 GAA/.983 save percentage, good for second best nationally.