Oct. 25, 2013
AMHERST, Mass. -
UMass hockey has 21 alumni currently playing professionally around the globe in nine different countries including four former Minutemen in the NHL, two in the AHL and four in the ECHL. Here are a few highlights of recent performances by UMass hockey alumns:
Justin Braun (San Jose Sharks, NHL)
- Has played in all 10 games thus far for San Jose, helping the Sharks to an 8-1-1 record and first place in the Pacific Division ... Boasts a +9 rating, good for third in the NHL ... Upcoming games: 10/26 (Sat.) at Montreal, 10/27 (Sun.) at Ottawa, 10/30 (Wed.) at Los Angeles (and former Minuteman Jonathan Quick).
Matt Irwin (San Jose Sharks, NHL)
- Registered an assist during 6-3 win over the Calgary Flames (10/19) ... Marked third assist in 10 games this season ... Upcoming games: 10/26 (Sat.) at Montreal, 10/27 (Sun.) at Ottawa, 10/30 (Wed.) at Los Angeles (and former Minuteman Jonathan Quick).
Michael Kostka (Chicago Blackhawks, NHL)
- Scored first career NHL goal against former team, the Toronto Maple Leafs (10/20) ... Tally gave the Blackhawks a 2-1 lead and was the game winner in the contest as Chicago defeated Toronto, 3-1 ... Upcoming games: Kostka will be sidelined the next 4-6 weeks with a lower body injury, sustained at practice Tuesday.
Jon Quick (L.A. Kings, NHL)
Casey Wellman (Hershey Bears, AHL)
- Picked up sixth win of the season in a 7-4 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes (10/24) ... Win total ranks third in the NHL ... Stopped 27 shots in 5-2 win over the Dallas Stars (10/19) ... Upcoming games: 10/27 (Sun.) vs. Edmonton, 10/29 (Tue.) at Phoenix, 10/30 (Wed.) vs. Sharks (and former Minutemen Justin Braun and Matt Irwin).
- Scored first goal of the season against the St. Johns IceCaps (10/19) ... Upcoming games:
10/26 (Sat.) vs. Hartford (and former Minuteman Conor Allen
), 10/27 (Sun.) vs. Norfolk.
T.J. Syner (Reading Royals, ECHL)
- Notched the team's first goal of the season on a power play against the South Carolina Stingrays (10/19) on the night of Reading's championship banner raising ... Scored the final shootout goal to win the game 3-2 ... Upcoming games: 10/25 (Fri.) at Elmira (and former Minuteman Danny Hobbs) ... 10/26 (Sat.) vs. Elmira ... 10/30 vs. Greenville (and former Minuteman Michael Marcou).
For current season and career statistics for these and other former Minutemen who are active in the professional ranks visit the Massachusetts Hockey In The Pros page.