Jared Nightingale part of a talented hockey family

by Derek Berry
on

He’ll hit you. He’ll crunch you. He’ll make you see double. It
shouldn’t be any surprise that Soo Indians defenseman Jared
Nightingale’s favorite player is St. Louis Blues hulking icon Chris
Pronger. It’s precisely who he models his game after.

Not that he needs to anyway. You see, he’s from a talented family of
hockey brothers who have big aspirations – possibly one of the most
talented and toughest trio of hockey-playing brothers to come out of
Michigan since Lansing’s Kelly, Kevin and Kip Miller.

Jared is prepping himself in the North American Hockey League (NAHL)
right now, while brothers Adam and Jason (both of whom also played for
the Soo Indians) currently play in the college ranks at Lake Superior
State University.

Born and raised in Cheboygan, the three brothers were raised in a good,
wholesome, deeply religious family, which has molded them into a group
of fine young men.

Soo Indians head coach Joe Shawhan has seen and coached all three boys
and would love to coach more of them.

“There was definitely a solid, growth environment in their family,” says
Shawhan. “I give their parents so much credit for allowing their kids
to chase their dreams of playing hockey.”

While Jason and Adam have taken their games to the next level, Jared
aspires to do the same.

“My goal is to play Division I hockey,” says the 18-year-old Jared.
“God’s been good to us, especially in the ways our parents raised us,
and it’s leading us all in positive directions.”

Jared says it was an indoor rink in Cheboygan that he playe Read more»

NAHL helped propel current CCHA stars

by Derek Berry
on

Great players come and go in the world of junior and college hockey.
But, sometimes good and gifted players become even better at higher
levels (i.e. college and pro hockey) because of leagues like the North
American Hockey League (NAHL).

Two players who have come through the NAHL only to shine in their first
seasons of college hockey – Ryan Miller of Michigan State and Chris
Gobert of Northern Michigan- also played for the same junior team, the
Soo Indians of the NAHL under General Manager and head coach Joe
Shawhan. And it’s no secret that both were named to the All-CCHA Rookie
Team for ’99-’00 either.

Shawhan raves about players just like Miller and Gobert that he is now
developing, with hopes of similar results for the future.

“With Ryan Miller, we knew right away he was special,” said Shawhan.
“He had to strengthen up a bit because he had a growth spurt (from 5′ 6″
to 6′ 1″) in a short time.”

Shawhan says Miller probably had it in his bloodlines too, being
related to that infamous arsenal of Lansing area Millers – Kelly, Kevin,
and Kip.

“He (Ryan) always talked about making money at the game someday and I
know he will,” says Shawhan. “He’s that talented.”

Nobody knows about that talent more than MSU head coach Ron Mason, who
has coached all of the Millers – and now Ryan, whom he has watched play
since he was 5-years-old.

“I’ve watched him for a long time, watched him mature, grow like a
weed,” says Mason. “He has the mentality to succeed i Read more»

Logjam between the pipes freed as Labbe traded

by Evan Andriopoulos
on
J.F.Labbe was a fan favorite in Hartford and won his 2nd Calder Cup. Labbe has been descibed as a fringe AHL goalie almost too good for the AHL but without a home in the NHL. Labbe appeared in one game with New York last season posting a 0-1-0 3.00gaa record. In 8 games in Hartford he posted a 4-2-1 record with a 3.04 goals against. Erstwhile Vitaly Yeremeyev will join Hartford to back-up Johan Holmqvist. Yeremeyev was in Charlotte (ECHL) and posted a 2-2-0 record.

Coming to New York, atleast on paper is Swedish defender Bert Robertsson who appeared in 52 games with Edmonton last season recording 4 assists and 34 penalty minutes. Robertsson is currently in Houston of IHL and will remain there for the time being. Robertsson is a nice skating 26 year old defender out of Sodertalje, Sweden and carries 6-2 210 very well. The Rangers are his 3rd club (previously Vancouver and Edmonton) and he brings 121 NHL games of experience to the new log jam at defense in the Rangers minor league system. With Kim Johnsson on the shelf for 2 weeks or so, Robertsson may just be in New York if the ship Rangers starts to sink.

Rangers Update: Stats For Prospects

by Brandon LeBourveau
on
Player         Team    League  GP   G   A   P  PIM  +/-
Pavel Brendl  Calgary   WHL    15  18  15  33   8   16

Last Game: 11/11 Calgary vs. Prince Albert; 5 G, O A, 5 P, 0 PIM

Comments:
Brendl finally broke out of his slump last night, netting 5 goals in an 8-2
win over the Prince Albert Raiders. Brendl was scoreless in his previous 5
games, and last time he scored before that it was against the Raiders also,
as he scored twice en route to a 12-4 win. Brendl is currently tied for 8th
in WHL scoring with Konstantin Panov of the Kamloops Blazers with 33 points,
and is 3rd in goals with 18, as Mike Comrie of Kootenay (32 goals) and Layne
Ulmer of Swift Current (22 goals) are ahead of him. Lets hope Brendl doesn’t
go back into another slump and that he can continue to dominate this league.

Player           Team    League  GP   G   A   P  PIM  +/-
Jamie Lundmark  Seattle   WHL     7   7   4  11   9    0

Last Game: 11/11 Seattle vs. Brandon; 2 G, O A, 2 P, 0 PIM

Comments:
Lundmark is just starting to get comfortable with his new team and is
starting to put up big numbers. The Thunderbirds were slaughtered last night
9-3 by the Brandon Wheat Kings, but the bright spot for Seattle was Lundmark
who scored 2 goals in the loss. He currently has 11 points in 7 games on the
season (7 goals, 4 assists) and we should expect him to continue producing
and leading Seattle’s dangerous offense which also boasts top prospects Shane
Endicott, David Morisset and Barret Heisten.

Player         Te Read more»