Category Archives: NHL

Miami’s Next In Line For the NHL

Twenty-seven former Miami players have logged at least one game in the NHL, and several more could be in line to join that list in 2016-17.

BoB takes a look at the RedHawks’ pipeline to the world’s top hockey league, and the players that could be the Next In Line.

Center Pat Cannone (photo by Cathy Lachmann).

Center Pat Cannone (photo by Cathy Lachmann).

C Pat Cannone, Minnesota Wild – Cannone was an iron man while at Miami (2007-11), as he recorded 133 points (45-88-133) and 83 PIM in 166 games while not missing a game his entire collegiate career. The captain of the AHL Chicago Wolves tallied a career high in points (55) and goals (20) last season. The 30 year old should anticipate a call-up to the Wild this season considering Minnesota will likely be in need a fourth line center. Cannone signed with Minnesota in the off-season and would play for AHL Iowa if he doesn’t make the big club.

Defenseman Vincent LoVerde (photo by Cathy Lachmann).

Defenseman Vincent LoVerde (photo by Cathy Lachmann).

D Vincent LoVerde, Los Angeles Kings – LoVerde lit the lamp 11 times last season as captain of the AHL Ontario Reign, while also dishing out 21 assists for a career best 32 points in just 56 games. LoVerde won the Calder Cup two years ago, while adding AHL All-Star to his list of achievements in last year’s campaign. The Kings have an experienced winner in the minors in LoVerde if they want to add him to their top six. Worst case: he’ll Reign in Ontario again as captain.

Right wing Riley Barber (photo by Cathy Lachmann).

Right wing Riley Barber (photo by Cathy Lachmann).

RW Riley Barber, Washington Capitals – The Hersey Bears rode the success of Barber’s first year with the team, finishing runner-up to champion Lake Erie in the Calder Cup. The 22-year-old was fourth in the AHL in goals (26) and was in the top 20 in points. The Pittsburgh native can rack up points by beating goaltenders in creative ways, whether it be full strength, on the power-play, or even shorthanded.

Center Austin Czarnik (photo by Cathy Lachmann).

Center Austin Czarnik (photo by Cathy Lachmann).

C Austin Czarnik, Boston Bruins – In Czarnik’s four seasons at Miami, he totaled 169 points, fifth most in school history, but he didn’t stop there. In his rookie season in the pros, Czarnik ranked seventh in the AHL in total points (61) with the Providence Bruins, one point behind former Miami star Andy Miele in seven fewer games. The American centerman was plus-17 in his 2015-16 season, but might have to wait to crack the top 12 forwards considering Boston signed free agents C’s David Backes and Riley Nash.

Jeff Zatkoff Notches First Career Win as Penguins Blank Blue Jackets

Jeff Zatkoff makes one of his 19 saves to earn his first career NHL victory. (Zanesville Times Recorder)

It was only fitting that former Miami goaltender, Jeff Zatkoff, notch his NHL first win in a town where he and the RedHawks have been so successful over the years.

The 26 year old Miami alum from Detroit, Mich. made 19 saves to record his first career win shutting out the Columbus Blue Jackets 3-0 behind goals from Derek Engelland, Jussi Jokinen and former Ferris State Bulldog, Chris Kunitz. The win moves Zatkoff’s season record to 1-2 with a 3.35 GAA and .865 save percentage as he has largely seen the pine behind Penguins starter Marc-Andre Fleury. Fleury, who is 10-2 and has played 12 of Pittsburgh’s first 15 games, collected the victory on Friday as the Penguins swept a home-and-home series from their new division-mates.

With the loss, the bumbling Blue Jackets slip to 5-8 and have started what was supposed to be a breakout season very slowly.

Congratulations, Jeff, and Love and Honor! Here’s to many more victories in the future!

Capitals eliminate Bruins

Miami’s own John Walton with the call of Joel Ward’s overtime winner in game seven that sent the Washington Capitals past the defending Stanley Cup Champion Boston Bruins. What a shame. Boston sucks.

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Oh, and I know I need to give a little love to Miami’s “other” radio play-by-play man, Chris Kerber, who has been with the St. Louis Blues for 11 years. Chris, no offense intended, I just happened to grow up with John. I’ll grab some of your calls during the second round where Los Angeles Kings’ defenseman, and former Miami standout, Alec Martinez provides the opposition.

Go Caps, Blues and Kings!

Stars TV on the playoffs and Reilly Smith

Here’s a well-crafted production by the Dallas Stars after yesterday’s morning skate in which former Miami forward Reilly Smith participated for the first time as a professional hockey player. Good luck to Reilly and the Stars down the stretch.

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Camper nets first career NHL goal

It wasn’t a pretty wrister that we saw time after time at Miami, but rather, former RedHawk captain Carter Camper went to the hard area of the ice and capitalized on a rebound while fighting off an Ottawa defenseman to net his first career goal in just his second NHL game, a 5-3 Boston winner. Camper was the Bruins’ best faceoff man in his first outing, a 4-2 win over the Blues, and got his first goal in last night’s win over the Senators despite going 0-for-4 on draws.

Congratulations, Carter!

Palmer Likely to Debut Tonight for Wild

Former Miami RedHawk Jarod Palmer is likely to make his NHL debut tonight when the Minnesota Wild host the New York Islanders in St. Paul.

Palmer, who was signed following the completion of the 2010 season as an undrafted free agent has spent parts of the last two seasons playing for the Wild’s AHL affiliate, the Houston Aeros, where he has registered 13-25-38 and an impressive +20 in 91 career games.

This is tremendous news because obviously Palmer holds a special place in the hearts of RedHawk fans as he was so instrumental in leading Miami to back-to-back appearances in the NCAA Frozen Four in 2009 and 2010.

In his Miami career, Palmer never missed a game recording 137 points (47-90=137) in 169 outings for the Red and White and was an integral part of Miami’s incredibly successful penalty killing unit that dominated opponents. I fondly remember he and Andy Miele working the first PK unit together and literally maintaining possession in the offensive zone, sometimes throughout the kill.

Congratulations Jarod!

Miele, Camper Lauded at NHL Rookie Camps

Hobey Baker Award winner Andy Miele and former Miami captain Carter Camper are getting plenty of attention at their first NHL training camps. Miele, who signed with the Phoenix Coyotes just after the end of Miami’s season, has been mentioned as a gifted playmaker and hard worker by many observers. Camper, who signed with Boston, notched 183 career points in 156 games with the RedHawks and has been equally impressive demonstrating the same skill that helped him become the second highest scorer in Miami hockey history at Bruins rookie camp.

Here are several links to the coverage.

Miele –

Tucson Citizen

Phoenix Coyotes Website

USA Today

Camper –

The Bruins Blog

Boston Herald

Kirk’s Call (blog)

>Student Design Contest Winner Named

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Miami’s Alternate Jersey for 2011-12 Unveiled


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February 15, 2011

Oxford, Ohio – Yesterday, Miami University sophomore Chris Pratt, was named the winner of the 2011 RedHawks Hockey Jersey Design Contest. The white sweater, to be worn mainly for home games, features the return of the RedHawk logo as the centerpiece of the design for the first time since 2004. Additionally, the new alternate uniform includes red stripe patterns and white numerals reminiscent of Miami jerseys of the past few years and a lace-up collar.

“I looked at a bunch of different jerseys to try and get an idea for what I wanted to do and combined various elements of the jerseys I liked. The jersey got the most influence from the 1927 Toronto Maple Leafs’ jerseys, which I loosely based the stripes off of,” said Pratt, a mechanical engineering major. “I wanted to keep the design similar to our other jerseys; I didn’t want them to be completely different. I chose the RedHawk logo because I haven’t seen a jersey with that logo yet.” (source: MURedHawks.com)

While I do like the new design, I’m still looking for something a little more classic and a little less busy. I like the use of the RedHawk on the chest, but I’d prefer the “Miami RedHawks” text be removed. The logo is known well enough that it can stand on its own. I’d love to see a “script Miami” similar to what the Minnesota Wild did with their alternates a couple years ago and the classic Maine sweaters they wear currently.

Regardless, I think it’s a nice design. What do you think?

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>Jarod Palmer signs with Wild

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Miami’s Palmer signs free agent deal with Minnesota

A few weeks ago, Blue Jackets GM Scott Howson mentioned that he was looking at one college free agent as a potential signee. I was hoping it was going to be Miami’s Jarod Palmer who had 18-27-45 this year for the RedHawks. Aside from possessing blistering speed, Palmer has everything you’d want. Decent size, great hands, a penchant for penalty-killing. Sound like someone the Jackets could use? You betcha. Plus, he’s 24 years old and would have the maturity the team sometimes lacks.

Alas, the Wild scooped up the Minnesota native and signed him to a 1-year, $700,000 deal.

Here’s the Star Tribune’s coverage.

And, perhaps the Wild were swayed by THIS from last year’s developmental camp. Nasty.

Best of luck to Jarod in the future. He was a great player at Miami for four years.

>RIP Brendan Burke

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Tragedy strikes “The Brotherhood”

Oxford, Ohio (Feb. 9) – As reported earlier, Miami student hockey manager, Brendan Burke, son of Toronto Maple Leafs GM Brian Burke, died Friday afternoon when the 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee he was driving slid into an oncoming truck. The 21-year old Burke and another man, 18-year old Mark Reedy, were killed at the scene. Brendan’s much publicized story of coming out was broken by John Buccigross of espn.com back in late November making the news of his death all the more ironic.

Today, the entire Miami RedHawks team traveled to Brendan’s funeral in Canton, Mass. where they were joined by members of hockey’s elite including most, if not all, current members of the Toronto Maple Leafs, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman, former NHL’ers Mark Messier and Brendan Shanahan and current NHL GM’s and coaches Pat Quinn, Darryl Sutter, John Tortorella, Peter Chiarelli and Glen Sather, among others.

Wearing their red away Miami sweaters freshly adorned with a black shamrock and the letters “BB,” the team comprised 25 of over 600 people who came to support the entire Burke family in their time of need and pay their respects to a remarkable young man. Head coach Enrico Blasi served as one of the pall bearers.

Brendan was a 4.0 student at Miami who would have graduated this spring. Before the accident occurred, he was returning from a visit to Michigan State University Law School where he was considering applying upon completing his work in Oxford. It’s clear by the outpouring of support that Brendan would have gone on to greatness. He will be missed.

Here are links to a very detailed story from the Toronto Star and one by the Toronto Sun which has several moving photographs.