Last Tuesday night I was listening to the Dallas Stars game against the Florida Panthers. I had not had the game on the internet 15 minutes when the announcers began talking about University of Maine goalies. Having worked with all three of Maine’s goalies that are currently in the NHL, my ears instinctively perked up.
The announcers said that Maine currently has three starting goalies on NHL teams in Jimmy Howard, Ben Bishop and Scott Darling. They said that they were sure that it had to be the most of any college hockey program in the country. It’s true as I researched it. Maine is the only school with three goalies currently listed on NHL rosters. In fact, UMass Lowell is the only other school with more than one goalie currently listed on a NHL roster.
After talking about Maine’s three goalies currently in the NHL, they then went on to mention the tradition that Maine has had with outstanding goaltenders dating all the way back to Garth Snow and Mike Dunham during the 1992-93 season.
As the NHL season nears the quarter mark, I thought I’d give a little update of former Maine players in the NHL. Jimmy Howard is 8-5-0 with a 2.39 goals against average and a .931 save percentage in Detroit. Gustav Nyquist has six goals and three assists for nine points for the Red Wings team that is 10-8-2.
Ben Hutton has played in all 20 games for the Vancouver Canucks and has three assists. He is tied for second on the team in +/- ranking. The team had a big come-from-behind win over Los Angeles last week.
Ben Bishop is 8-6-0 for a Dallas team that is 10-9-1. Bishop has posted a 2.78 goals against average and a .904 save percentage with one shutout. Devin Shore has played in all 20 games for the Stars and has one goal and seven assists.
Scott Darling has started 14 games for the Carolina Hurricanes and is 6-4-0. He’s been involved in four overtime games this season as well. He has 2.46 goals against average and a .909 save percentage.
Will O’Neill made his NHL debut earlier this year with the Philadelphia Flyers, but has since been sent back down to the AHL.
With so many former Black Bears in the NHL, it is easy to find a game involving at least one of them pretty much every night. It’s just an added bonus when they play each other.
Wishing everyone a Happy Thanksgiving!!
*stats headed into play last Sunday.