Category Archives: Dan Boyle

Where have you been for 2 weeks?

We hope you had a Happy Thanksgiving with your families and didn’t miss us and the Miami RedHawks too much. You guys should have been asking “where are you guys” because we’ve been MIA for a bit. We’re sorry for leaving you hanging, and we’re back at it this week as Miami is already en route to Alaska for a 2 game set in The Last Frontier. For now, here’s what you’ve (we’ve?) missed in the last 2 weeks.

First of all, and most importantly, Miami took 5 more points against the Spartans way back on the 16th and 17th of November. On Friday night, Miami held a 2-0 lead and let MSU tie the game before taking the shootout. It was Miami’s 2nd shootout win in a row and 3rd of the season (Providence, NMU, MSU). In the three shootouts, Miami still has not allowed even one goal, as Ryan McKay has stopped the 2 shots he has seen and Jay Williams has stopped all 4 shootout attempts in his 2 wins. John Doherty played in his first game for Miami, Alex Wideman scored to continue his point streak and Alex Gacek scored his 2nd of the year.

In Saturday’s game, Miami again went up 2-0, but this time played some outstanding defense and Williams posted the shutout. Miami held MSU to 13 shots on the night, with 9 of them coming from 2 players. Freshman Taylor Richart recorded his first career point as he helped Wideman continue his blazing hot scoring streak in the third period. McKenzie recorded his 3rd goal of the season and Jay Williams got his first career shutout.

For the effort on the weekend, Williams took home the CCHA Rookie of the Week award – his first such honor. Jay is the second Miami freshman to win the award (Riley Barber has won it twice), and it’s the 4th weekly award for Miami.  He stopped 19 shots and 2 shootout attempts on Friday as well as all 13 shots on Saturday. The wins ran his season record to 6-2-2, while allowing 2.18 goals against and a save percentage of .915. Get to know Jay a little better by reading muredhawks.com’s “In the Crease with Jay Williams.”

Even though Miami didn’t play this past weekend, the top of the CCHA standings is still in the hands of the RedHawks at 16 points. Notre Dame had a weekend series against North Dakota (and split). For now, Miami holds a 1 point lead on the Irish, Ferris State and Ohio State. Alaska is just 2 points behind at 14 and Lake Superior State is in 6th at 12 points. The next 3 weekends have Miami playing three of those teams (at Alaska, Lake State, at Ohio State), so to say they will be an important 3 weeks is an understatement.

Alex Wideman missed three weeks of play with mono, and since his return has been lights out. He now has 4 goals and 3 assists on the season – good enough for 3rd best on the team. He has also scored the shootout clinching goals in each of Miami’s 2 CCHA shootout wins and is looking better and better on the ice every night out.

After the MSU weekend, Miami dropped a spot from #4 to #5 in the polls. We’ll reserve judgement, but Really, that’s stooooopid. The voters made up for their poor choices last week to bump Miami up 1 spot in this week’s (November 26th) polls, but Denver, who lost AT HOME to Yale and New Hampshire, dropped just 3 spots to #5 behind the Hawks. The PairWise is the important ranking, and we’re still a few weeks away from knowing where Miami really stands compared to the rest of the NCAA.

In addition, Miami’s All-1990’s CCHA team was announced. In the decade where Miami earned its first ever CCHA Championship in the 1992-93 season and gained momentum throughout, this team looks fantastic. Some guys named Kevyn Adams, Brian Savage, Enrico Blasi, Dan Boyle, Bobby Marshall and Mark Michaud made the first team. The second team has forwards Chris Bergeron, Randy Robitaille and Ken House, defensemen Joe Cook and Steve Wilson and goaltender Richard Shulmistra. The only thing I’d change is putting Shulmistra on the first team and Michaud on the second. You can vote for the all-2000s team on muredhawks.com.

And finally, but certainly not least important, Steven Spinell was named a Senior CLASS Award Candidate.

Stay tuned for our Weekend Preview before Miami takes on Alaska at 11:00pm Eastern time on Friday and Saturday nights!

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>Boyle Scores in All-Star Game!

>Just a quick note here, as Miami alum Dan Boyle has scored the 4th Western Conference goal in the NHL All-Star game. Assists went to Shane Doan (Phoenix Coyotes) and Brian Campbell (Chicago).

This season, Boyle has 13 goals and 25 assists with the San Jose Sharks and leads the NHL in scoring by defenseman, with 38 points. For Dan, the All-Star game is the first of his career.
The San Jose Mercury News has a nice article on Boyle’s All-Star selection here. For going undrafted, Boyle has had one heck of a career.
Congratulations Dan!

>Boyle An NHL All-Star

>No surprise here, as former Redskin and current San Jose Sharks defenseman Dan Boyle was named today, to the 2009 Western Conference All-Star roster.

This is Boyle’s first all-star selection. He is currently tied for the lead among NHL defensemen for both goals (12) and points (32). He also has 20 assists.

Congratulations on a well deserved all-star selection, Dan!

>Zatkoff, Robitaille, & More

>– Jeff Zatkoff made 19 saves for the Manchester Monarchs in his first AHL game, however, it was in a losing effort as the Manitoba Moose beat the Monarchs, 3-2 on Wednesday night. Alec Martinez also added an assist on the first Manchester
goal.

– Foxsports.com has compiled a list of the top ten NHL trades of the past year. Featured on the list is Sharks’ defenseman Dan Boyle, who comes in at number two on the list, after being acquired from the Tampa Bay Lightning in July.

Check it out here.

– Randy Robitaille has been selected to play for Team Canada’s Spengler Cup team. The Spengler is the second oldest international tournament in the world and is held in Davos, Switzerland. The first winners of the Cup were the Oxford University Ice Team, in 1923.

You can read the rest of the article and check out the rest of the rosters by clicking here.

>Wednesday Tidbits

>– NHL.com has a nice feature on Sharks’ defenseman Dan Boyle, who is off to a fantastic start this season. The article mentions this tidbit, which I found interesting:

Boyle actually wears jersey No. 22 in honor of his favorite Flyer — Rick Tocchet, now the Tampa Bay Lightning coach. The Lightning were Boyle’s former team.

Check it out by clicking here.

– Ryan Jones scored yet another goal on Wednesday night, as the Milwaukee Admirals defeated Quad City, 5-3. Jonesy now has 6 goals and 3 assists in 8 games with the Ads. Can a brotha’ get a call up?

– After a weekend sweep of lowly Western Michigan, the RedHawks have moved up one spot, to number three, in the latest USCHO.com Division I Poll. Miami trails Notre Dame and Minnesota at 1 and 2, respectively.

– Former RedHawk captain Andy Greene participated in the New Jersey Devils optional morning skate today and should be close to returning to the lineup after breaking his right hand on October 29. Greene says that he isn’t sure exactly when he’ll be back in the Devils’ lineup, but says he does expect to practice tomorrow.

UPDATE: Devils Coach Brent Sutter said before Wednesday’s game that Andy will not play until at least next week. Source.

– The United Way of Oxford is partnering with the Miami hockey program to help those less fortunate this holiday season, by offering two “hockey themed” packages, to raise money charity organization. Here’s a link to each of the packages, listed on eBay:

Package One (Click Here): Fans can bid to be the “Guest Coach” for the RedHawks and join Coach Blasi on the bench as Miami hosts Bowling Green Falcons on January 30. Bidding ends on December 14 at 5:30pm.

Package Two (Click Here): Up for grabs here, are four tickets to the Miami/Northern Michigan game on February 20. However, these aren’t just any tickets. The lucky winner of this auction will get to enjoy this CCHA match up from Coach Blasi’s box suite at Cady Arena. This auction also ends at 5:30pm on December 14.

Be sure and have the checkbook ready if you plan to bid. Both packages are already quite pricey, but it’s for a great cause. For more information on the United Way of Oxford, check out UWOxford.org.

– Ryan Jones scored yet another goal Wednesday night, as the Milwaukee Admirals defeated Quad City, 5-3. Jonesy now has 6 goals and 3 assists in 8 games with the Ads. Can a brotha’ get a call up?

– And finally, the RedHawks take on the RPI Engineers this weekend. Once again, it’s a Saturday/Sunday series. Saturday’s game will be broadcast live on ONN with Dave Allen (play-by-play) and Kevin Ackley (color commentary).

Here are the game notes, courtesy of the RPI Athletic Department. (For those wondering, RPI’s record is 3-11-1. They’ve only beaten Harvard, Brown, and Robert Morris.)

>Quick Update

>Quick update here just before I head off to bed.

Dan Boyle chipped in a goal as the San Jose Sharks denied the Philadelphia Flyers their first win of the season. San Jose won, in a shootout, 7-6.

Nice find by laxmom here, as the Newark Star-Ledger has a nice article about Andy Greene and his “perfect record” in the Devil’s lineup. (You’ll have to read the article, if you don’t know what the “prefect record” is.) Greene now has one goal and two assists so far this season.

Ryan Jones has updated his blog with the Nashville Predators. The blog is linked on the upper right side of this page. Jones is also featured in the video below, reading to some elementary school children. What a guy.

http://predators.nhl.tv/team/embed.jsp?catid=741&id=23287

>Boyle at Sharks Camp Update

>Ryan Garner over at HockeyBuzz has a nice recap of the San Jose Sharks Teal-White Game. In it, he has a brief observation of former RedHawk defenseman Dan Boyle, in his first season with the San Jose Sharks:

“Dan Boyle and Joe Pavelski were the best players on the ice. Boyle went through the entire team a couple times (no spin-o-rama required) and was really strong at the point on the power play, holding the puck in and controlling it.”

No surprise here, as we all know Boyle has been a standout defenseman in the NHL for the past several years.

>Updated: Miami Alumni In Training Camps

>As training camps begin to open for many leagues, here is a running list of former RedHawks who’ll be involved. Obviously, some of the names won’t be a shock, as there are a few “established NHL-ers” here. If you find a name I’ve missed, please contact me.

Binghamton Senators:
Mitch Ganzak, Defenseman
(Link to Official Release)

Chicago Blackhawks:
41- Nathan Davis, Center
(Blackhawks Team A Camp Roster)

17- Kevyn Adams, Center
**Adams was a free agent invitee**
(Blackhawks Team C Camp Roster)

Los Angeles Kings:
53- Alec Martinez, Defenseman
36- Jeff Zatkoff, Goaltender
(Kings Training Camp Roster)

Montreal Canadiens:
98- Mike Glumac, Forward
(Canadiens Training Camp Roster)

Nashville Predators:
28- Ryan Jones, Left Wing
(Predators Training Camp Roster)

New Jersey Devils:
6- Andy Greene, Defenseman

San Jose Sharks:
22- Dan Boyle, Defenseman
(Sharks Training Camp Roster)

Toronto Maple Leafs:
*Joe Cooper, Forward
(Maple Leafs Rookie Training Camp Roster)

Wilkes Barre/Scranton Penguins:
Nino Musitelli, Forward
(WB/Scranton Training Camp Roster)

*Denotes rookie camp attendee

>Boyle Ranked Top Fantasy Defenseman

>For you fantasy hockey guru’s out there, Dan Boyle has been ranked the top defenseman to select on fantasy draft day. Here is the assessment of the former RedHawk blue liner:

What’s this? Brian Campbell is leaving for big money in Chicago? No problem! GM Doug Wilson brought in somebody even better. Personally, I can’t wait to watch this stud offensive defenseman light up the West in teal and black. A freak wrist injury marred his 2007-08, one season after he scored 20 goals for the first time and had career-highs in assists (43) and points (63). Since 2005-06, Boyle is tied for sixth among all defensemen in goals (39), 18 of those on the power play.

2007-08: 37 games, 4-21-25 (9-47-56 prorated for 82 games; with Tampa Bay) 2008-09 projection: 23-52-75

To see the rest of the defensemen, ranked 2-75, click click here.

>Boyle Now A Shark

>Former RedHawk defenseman Dan Boyle (Class of ’98) has been acquired by the San Jose Sharks of the National Hockey League. Boyle, who spent 6 years of his professional career on the Tampa Bay blueline, was sent to San Jose, along with Lightning teammate Brad Lukowich in exchange for Matt Carle, Ty Wishart, a first round 2009 draft pick and a fourth round draft pick in the 2010 draft. In his 4 years at Miami, Boyle netted 40 goals and 107 assists for a total of 147 points and was a 1997 & 1998 First Team West All-American selection.

Here is the official announcement