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From the New York Post:

Maybe there’s a little more to the battle for the depth-defenseman spot on the Rangers than most first thought.

Because arguably the best blueliner on the ice for the Blueshirts on Tuesday night in Philadelphia was 25-year-old Mat Bodie, the undrafted kid from Manitoba who played his college hockey at Union in upstate New York and spent all of last season with AHL Hartford.

With two goals on eight attempted shots over 21:29 of ice time, Bodie showed a flair for offense that wasn’t exactly his calling card in his first professional season with the Wolf Pack. But in a competition that was supposed to be between veteran Raphael Diaz and the big and physical Dylan McIlrath, Bodie has at least inserted his name into the conversation.

Read the full article here.


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Former Powell River King Craig Dalrymple has been named one of three captains for this year’s Ohio State University Men’s Hockey program.

“Dally”, who is entering his senior year, will join fellow senior Anthony Greco along with Junior Nick Schilkey as the program’s leadership group for this season. Dalrymple said of the honour in an OSU press release, “I am honored yet humbled to be named one of the captains for this upcoming season. I am excited to see what will be brought out of us every day at the rink, in the classroom and as people. I’m looking forward to seeing what this upcoming year has in store for us as a program.”

In two seasons in Powell River, the Kippen Ontario product was a force on the blue line. His towering 6’5 frame helped him dominate opposition, along the way totalling 31 goals and 67 assists in 144 career regular season and playoff contests. Through three seasons with the Buckeyes, Dalrymple has 5 goals and 25 assists in 82 games.

The Kings want to congratulate Craig on this wonderful achievement.

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It’s semi-final day for Brian Rideout, Luke Nogard and their University of Nebraska Omaha team mates in Boston as the NCAA’s Frozen Four gets set this weekend. A sold out TD Garden (home of the Bruins) is guaranteed for UNO’s first trip to the National Championship tournament in program history.

UNO have been taking in the atmosphere since earlier in the week, and a handful of buses have made the long trek from campus to Boston featuring the school’s band, mascot and other students ready to cheer their school on.

As mention, former Kings Brian Rideout and Luke Nogard feature as freshmen on the team. I’ve been talking on and off with them over the last few weeks and Luke was kind enough to send through the above photo of he and Brian at the legendary Fenway. He commented “It (the Frozen Four) is an amazing opportunity, a dream come true. We’ve had police escorts to and from the rink, being treated like celebrities and playing in a sold out NHL building.”

The game will be broadcast live on TSN2 in Canada beginning at 2:00pm Pacific time (5:00pm eastern). I imagine it’s also available on ESPN down in the states for our out of town readers. To get you there, here’s a few bits of light reading. First, Sean Leahy from Puck Daddy has profiled the school’s run this season. Also, all four schools (U. North Dakota, Boston University and UNO’s opponent Providence) took part in practice earlier this week in Boston, that photo gallery is here. Finally, Hockey’s Future has a preview of the game.

Good luck Rides and Nogie!

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This from the BCHL, released this morning:


The quest to the Frozen Four begins today and 16 teams – featuring 72 BCHL alumni – will hit the ice at locations all over the NCAA map.

Of the 16 teams in the tournament, 15 of them have at least one BCHL graduate. Michigan Tech has the most with 12. The University of Miami-Ohio is lone school without a league alum. All 16 BCHL teams are represented with alumni in the NCAA tournament.

The No. 1 overall seed in the tournament, Minnesota State, has eight BCHL alums. They will face the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) and their nine BCHL alums on Saturday.

NCAA Tournament Bracket

Prospects wise, 28 NHL teams have at least one draft pick in the tournament and 107 drafted players are include on the 16 rosters. Of those, nine are BCHL grads.

The complete list of BCHL players in the NCAA tournament is as follows (Notes if drafted in brackets):

Minnesota State
Nick Buchanan
Bryce Gervais
Sean Flanagan
Brad McClure
Jaden Schmeisser
Brett Knowles
Jon Jutzi
Cole Huggins

Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT)
Brad McGowan
Matt Garbowsky
Brad Reid
Myles Powell
Garrett McMullen
Dan Schuler
Josh Mitchell
Alex Perron-Fontaine
Brandon Thompson

University of Nebraska-Omaha
Brock Crosswaite
Brian Rideout
James Polk
Kyle Mountain
David Pope – (Detroit, 2013)
Luke Nogard
Kirk Thompson

Kevin Guiltinan
Luke Esposito
Brayden Jaw
Alexander Kerfoot – (New Jersey, 2012)
Seb Lloyd


Providence College
Brandon Tanev
Josh Monk

Denver University
Danton Heinen – (Boston, 2014)
Joey LaLeggia – (Edmonton, 2012)
Adam Plant

Boston College
Destry Straight

Boston University
Connor LaCouvee
Sean Maguire (Currently injured)

Dan O’Keefe
Charles Orzetti
Patrick Spano

Derik Johnson

Mike Reilly – (Columbus, 2011)
Ryan Reilly
Connor Reilly

North Dakota
Troy Stretcher
Wade Murphy – (Nashville, 2013)
Mark MacMillan – (Montreal, 2010)
Brendan O’Donnell – (Tampa Bay, 2010)

Brayden Sherbinin
Devon Toews
Canon Pieper
Bo Pieper
Jonah Renouf
Nathan Renouf
Landon Smith
Travis St. Davis
Michal Garteig

Michigan Tech
Dane Birks – (Pittsburgh, 2013)
Reid Sturos
Alex Gillies
Malcolm Gould
Mason Blacklock
Riley Sweeney
Shana Hanna
Alex Petan
Evan Anderson
Brent Baltus
Walker Hyland
Devin Kero
Jamie Phillips

St. Cloud State
Joey Benik
David Morley
Garrett Milan
Tim Daly

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Powell River’s weekly newspaper, the Powell River Peak has done a story on former Kings goaltender Sean Maguire who suffered an injury setback with Boston University, putting the (temporary) breaks on a glittering Junior and Collegiate career.

After a serious setback, Sean Maguire, NHL prospect and Boston University goalie, is back on his feet and feeling very optimistic about his future. In preparation for a game against Notre Dame March 3, 2014, Maguire was injured in a fluke accident with Mike Moran, one of his best friends on his team. “I knew I was going to start that first playoff game against Notre Dame which was a nice confidence booster,” he recalled of his coaches decision, “but I got hit in the head in practice.

“There was a three on two coming toward me and the guy with the puck was on the wall. I was focused on him when he passed to the front of the net, but [Moran] who was driving the net fell. His knee hit me in the head, shook my brain around and I didn’t remember anything until I was in the dressing room.” In his first year with the Terriers Maguire had posted a solid 2.54 GAA and .926 save percentage and his sophomore year was in line with those numbers as well, but the concussion gave him reason to pause.

Click here to read the full story.

The article covers on a few aspects that I also covered with Sean in a video interview that I conducted with Sean before he returned to Boston. The interview aired during a broadcast in January.

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Former Kings Matt Garbowsky (RIT) and Jamie Phillips (Michigan Tech) are both under consideration for the Hobey Baker Award as college hockey’s top player.

Garbowsky is currently a senior with the Rochester Institute of Technology Tigers and spent two years with the Kings between 2009 and 2011, scoring 87 goals and 85 assists in 146 regular season and playoff games. His performance helped the Kings to a pair of Coastal Conference Championships. In his final year of college hockey, Garbowsky is currently in 12th in scoring NCAA-wide and to date through 106 games for RIT, he has scored 36 goals and 47 assists.

Phillips spent just half a season with the Kings, forming a formidable tandem with Sean Maguire during the first part of the 2011/2012 campaign and posting a 16-6-1 record in 26 appearences with a 2.01 GAA, .921 save percentage and 5 shutouts. As a Junior with the Huskies, Phillips has been one of the country’s top goaltenders. He has a 15-5-0 record (2 shutouts), with a 1.67 GAA and .939 save percentage.

The fan vote for the Hobey Baker is currently underway with both players polling well. To vote for either Matt or Jamie, you can click here. Fans can vote once every 24 hours.

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Here’s an article from Powell River Living featuring former King Matt Joyaux. But it’s not a typical recap of his time in Powell River and an update on his schooling with Miami-Ohio, it’s a focus on the Joyaux family and a business connection that Matt and his parents have made with the community. Enjoy:

unnamedIn 2012, Chicago hockey player Matt Joyaux was drafted to Powell River to play for the Kings. Matt had played hockey in the biggest junior league in the United States – the USHL. The coach at Miami (Ontario-born Enrico Blasi) always spoke highly of the Powell River Kings coach, said Matt’s father Chris Joyaux, in a telephone interview from Chicago.

“It just worked out that Matt got to go to the British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL),” said Chris. When Matt and his family boarded the plane for Powell River, they were flying into the unknown. “I remember looking at the beautiful scenery out of the plane window and then we landed at this little airport and I wondered where we were. Coach Kent (Lewis) pulled up in his pickup truck, and I thought, ‘What did we get ourselves into?’ But that decision was the best decision I could have made,” he said.

To read the rest of the article, click here.

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