Dec. 6, 2013
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)
- Recorded an assist and was named the third star of the game during the 6-3 win over the St. Louis Blues (11/29) ... Earned a +2 rating in the 4-3 shootout win over the Anaheim Ducks (11/30) ... Has played in all 27 games thus far for San Jose, helping the Sharks to a 19-3-5 record and a six game win streak ... Leads the NHL with a +19 rating... Upcoming games: 12/6 (Fri.) at Carolina.
Casey Wellman (Hershey Bears, AHL)
- Scored the first goal of the game in the 5-2 victory over the Binghamton Senators (11/23) ... Assisted the lone goal for the Bears during the 5-1 loss to the Binghamton Senators (11/24) ... Registered two assists and was named the third star of the game in the 3-2 win over Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (11/30) ... Earned an assist and participated in the shootout during the 3-2 shootout loss to the Providence Bruins (12/1) ... Upcoming games: 12/6 (Fri.) at Binghamton, 12/7 (Sat.) at Bridgeport.
Matt Anderson (Moscow Spartak, KHL)
- Registered two assists and a goal in the 4-2 victory over Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk (11/22) ... Scored a goal in the 2-1 win over Admiral Vladivostok (12/2) ... Leads the team with 10 goals on the season ... Upcoming games: 12/6 (Fri.) at Sibir, 12/8 (Sun.) at Metallurg.
Rocco Carzo (Florida Everblades, ECHL)
T.J. Syner (Reading Royals, ECHL)
- Scored a goal, had two assists and was named second star of the game in the 6-0 win over the Orlando Solar Bears (11/23) ... Recorded two assists in the 5-2 win over the Kalamazoo Wings (11/27) ... Has logged 14 points in 19 games for the Everblades ... Florida is currently ranked second place in the Eastern Conference ... Upcoming games: 12/6 (Fri.) vs. Colorado, 12/7 (Sat.) vs. Colorado.
- Recorded a goal, an assist, had the game winning shootout goal and was named the first star of the game during the 4-3 shootout victory over the Elmira Jackals (and former Minuteman Danny Hobbs
) (11/27) ... Upcoming games:
12/6 (Fri.) at Wheeling, 12/7 (Sat.) vs. Fort Wayne.
Danny Hobbs (Elmira Jackals, ECHL)
- Picked up the team's first goal in the 6-5 shootout loss to the Kalamazoo Wings (11/22) ... Currently ranked third on the Jackals in points and shots on goal with 9 and 51, respectively ... Upcoming games: 12/6 (Fri.) vs. Fort Wayne, 12/8 (Sun.) vs. Fort Wayne.
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.