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Having a bit of an issue with my Alumni Stat Pack workbook, so we’ll have to go another week without a stat update on your favourite former Kings. HOWEVER, this week has been a busy week for articles written on former Powell River players. Here’s some light reading to get you through another week.

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From the Regina Leader Post, talking about former captain JJ Coleshaw and his offensive touch. It was a side to his game that JJ showed in Powell River, particularly his efficiency in front of the goal. It’s a great look at his freshman season in the CIS.

J.J. Coleshaw has caught a few people off-guard during the Canada West men’s hockey season.

That includes his head coach.

“He has surprised me the most out of all our rookies, just with the offensive skill he has,” University of Regina Cougars bench boss Todd Johnson said before Thursday’s 6-2 loss to the University of Manitoba Bisons at the Co-operators Centre.

“I knew he could play on both sides of the puck, but I wasn’t aware of how offensively gifted he was in front of the net. He touches pucks like crazy.”

Coleshaw, a 21-year-old product of Clavet, joined the Cougars this season after three campaigns with the BCHL’s Powell River Kings.

Read more: http://leaderpost.com/sports/hockey/university-of-regina-cougars-j-j-coleshaw-learning-the-ropes-in-canada-west

Penn State's Derian Hamilton (10) against AIC on Oct. 24, 2015. The Nittany Lions won 5-3. Photo/Craig Houtz

Penn State’s Derian Hamilton (10) against AIC on Oct. 24, 2015. The Nittany Lions won 5-3. Photo/Craig Houtz

Stick tap to Kings trainer Brady Lake for forwarding this one to me. Former Comox Valley Glacier King and Powell River affiliate Derian Hamilton is with Penn State as a freshman this season. The defenceman was perhaps the best King on the blue line in the playoffs on most nights, scoring against Nanaimo in that decisive game 7 in the Island Division final.

Freshman defenseman Derian Hamilton has stood tall during his first few months in a Penn State sweater. Hamilton has played in eight contests and has secured two assists for the Nittany Lions.

Hamilton previously played in the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League, splitting his time between three teams during the 2012-15 seasons. Notably, Hamilton was captain of the Comox Valley Glacier Kings in 2014-15.

While the rest of the freshman class hails from the United States, Hamilton finds himself the lone Canadian player in the class of 2019.

Read more: http://www.gopsusports.com/blog/2015/12/freshman-feature-hamilton-from-small-town-to-big-time.html

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Finally, former King Daniel Carr recently earned a call up to the Montreal Canadiens. Carr is spending much of his time starring for the St. John’s Ice Caps in the American Hockey League after a season in the Canadiens system last year in Hamilton. Carr is wearing number 43 with the Habs.

Former Union star Daniel Carr is getting his first chance in the NHL.

The Montreal Canadiens recalled the forward from their American Hockey League affiliate, the St. John’s IceCaps, on Sunday.

Carr will be at Canadiens practice today, and he could make his NHL debut as early as Tuesday when Montreal hosts Columbus.

The second-year pro was off to a solid start with the IceCaps. He’s fourth on the team in scoring with eight goals and nine assists in 21 games.

Read more: http://garnethockeyreport.blogspot.ca/2015/11/canadiens-recall-ex-union-star-carr.html

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  • Matt Garbowsky got recalled in October from ECHL Elmira and is now skating with the AHL’s Rochester Americans. Here is an article on that move. Below is an interview Garbowsky did in October, talking about the move to pro hockey after 4 years at RIT.

  • Jamie Phillips continues to move from strength to strength. He stopped all 22 shots on Friday night in a 2-0 Michigan Tech win over Bowling Green. The shutout, Phillips’ 1st of the season was big as it set a new school record for most shutouts by a single goaltender at 8. Here’s an article on that.
  • Staying with goalie records, Brett Magnus (Sacred Heart) broke their school’s record for saves in a game with 62. Unfortunately, Magnus’ heroics went unrewarded as his team lost 3-2 against Penn State. An article on that game is here.
  • Jarid Lukosevicius had his first multi-goal collegiate game with a pair (including the game winner) on the weekend, helping Denver blank Minnesota-Duluth 3-0. Here’s a recap of that game.

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With a mid-week game, we’ll bump the Alumni Stat Pack up a day or so and give you fresh look at former Kings across North America. Added this week are Carter Shinkaruk, who had his Senior season begin at Elmira, and Stephen Hiff who is at the University of Guelph.

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  • Of note this week, a nice rip from the slot by Drew Dorantes to give Ferris State an early goal.

Check back through the week as we’ll add some news and notes as things like Players of the Week are announced by the respective leagues and college conferences.

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Edition 3 of the Stat Pack includes more stats from the pro ranks, plus another few former Kings who have had their seasons start in the NCAA Div 3 ranks and CIS.

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Of note this week in the news is that Senior goaltender Michael Garteig (Quinnipiac) was named ECAC Goaltender of the Month, while Junior forward Ryan Scarfo (Union) was a runner up for Player of the Month. The news release from the ECAC is here.

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Edition 2 of the Stat Pack features some more former Kings playing pro and an update on all the Kings currently playing NCAA or CIS hockey in the United States and Canada.

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 Of interest for those looking for a little bit more alumni news is the following:

  • From @GarnetHockey on Twitter who tagged the Kings in this fantastic GIF of Daniel Carr scoring his 1st goal of the season for St. John’s. Check it out here.
  • Here’s a CBC Recap of the same game.
  • Not to be out done, Chad Niddery had a beauty playing in Germany this past weekend.

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I have been thinking for a while to bring back what was a popular feature on the blog, of a pure stat pack for King alumni so that fans could see how they’re faring at the next level. As relevant articles crop up, I’ll add them as well for some interesting reading along the way. In future editions, I will include former Kings in the pro ranks

For now, here’s edition 1 (all college edition) of the Kings Alumni Stat Pack:

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With the NHL season inching closer and closer, teams are currently involved in their own training camps, a few of which involve former Powell River Kings. Here’s a quick look at who is where:

Mat Bodie – New York Rangers
Daniel Carr – Montreal Canadiens
Matt Garbowsky – Buffalo Sabres

Several other King alumni were involved at rookie camps earlier in the off-season including players like Jamie Phillips and Craig Dalrymple in Winnipeg.

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