Nov. 15, 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 19 games thus far for San Jose, helping the Sharks to a 12-2-5 record ... Recorded an assist in a 5-4 shootout loss to the Winnipeg Jets (11/10) ... Registered a +2 rating in a 3-2 overtime victory over the Calgary Flames (11/12) ... Boasts a +13 rating, highest total on the Sharks and fifth highest in the NHL ... Upcoming games: 11/15 (Fri.) at Edmonton, 11/17 (Sun.) at Chicago.
Matt Irwin (San Jose Sharks, NHL)
- Reinserted into the Sharks lineup in place of Brad Stuart for the game against the Winnipeg Jets (11/10) ... Currently ranks sixth on the team and first among defenseman with 40 shots on goal in only 14 games ... Upcoming games: 11/15 (Fri.) at Edmonton, 11/17 (Sun.) at Chicago.
Jon Quick (L.A. Kings, NHL)
- Saved 25 of 26 shots with a .962 save percentage in 5-1 win over the Vancouver Canucks (11/9) ... Win total ranks fouth in the NHL ... Helped Kings into overtime vs. the Buffalo Sabres, but left the game with apparent lower-body injury with 1:20 left to play in overtime (11/12) ... Upcoming games: 11/15 (Fri.) at New Jersey, 11/17 (Sun.) at New York Rangers.
Casey Wellman (Hershey Bears, AHL)
Rocco Carzo (Florida Everblades, ECHL)
- Has recorded power-play goals in three consecutive games ... Notched an assist and a shootout goal during the 3-2 shootout win over the Bridgeport Sound Tigers (11/9) ... Scored first power-play goal of the season in the 5-4 shootout loss to the Binghamton Senators (11/10) ... Recorded a goal and assist and was rewarded with the second star of the game during the 5-3 win over the Charlotte Checkers (11/13) ... Logged a hat trick and was +3 in 8-1 win over Charlotte Checkers (11/14) ... Upcoming games: 11/16 (Sat.) at Wilkes-Barre, 11/23 (Sat.) at Binghamton.
- Registered an assist in the 5-2 victory over the Elmira Jackals (and former Minuteman Danny Hobbs
) (11/6) ... Scored a goal during the 4-3 overtime loss to the Toledo Walleye (11/9) ... Logged an assist in 5-4 loss to Gwinnett Gladiators (11/14) ... The Florida Everblades are currently in second place in the Eastern Conference ... Upcoming games:
11/15 (Fri.) at Gwinnett, 11/16 (Sat.) at South Carolina.
Danny Hobbs (Elmira Jackals, ECHL)
- Picked up an assist on the lone goal for the Jackals in 4-1 loss to the Orlando Solar Bears (11/7) ... Recorded two assists and scored two goals, including the game winning goal, for four points during the 6-5 victory over the Florida Everblades (and former Minuteman Rocco Carzo) (11/8)... Currently ranks third in points (7) and second in assists (5) for the Jackals ... Upcoming games: 11/15 (Fri.) vs. Wheeling, 11/16 (Sat.) at Wheeling.
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.