Former University of Maine men’s ice hockey standout Gustav Nyquist scored his 100th career NHL goal on Sunday, Dec. 31 against the Pittsburgh Penguins. Nyquist has 12 goals and eight assists for 20 points in 39 games this season for the Detroit Red Wings. During his career, Nyquist has played in 376 NHL games with 100 goals and 126 assists for 226 points.
In 2010, Nyquist was a finalist for the Hobey Baker Award along with New Hampshire’s Bobby Butler and Wisconsin’s Blake Geoffrion. Geoffrion edged out both Nyquist and Butler for the Hobey that season, but Nyquist has had the best NHL career by far. Butler has played in 130 NHL games with 20 goals, while Geoffrion, who saw his career cut short by injury, played in just 55 NHL games and scored eight goals.
This year, NHL players will not play in the Winter Olympics. It ends a run of five consecutive Winter Olympics that NHL players have played in. The NHL teams were opposed to disrupting the 2017-18 season with a 17-day break in the middle of February. Nyquist won a Silver Medal in 2014 with Team Sweden.
Bobby Butler was recently named to the 2018 U.S. Olympic team that will play in PyeonyChang. There is a video of Butler telling his father that he had made the Olympic team that went viral last week. The video currently has over 902,000 views.
Others with Hockey East connections named to the team include Chris Bourque (BU), Brian Gionta (BC), Matt Gilroy (BU), Jordan Greenway (BU), Ryan Gunderson (Vermont), and John McCarthy (BU). A few other names which also might be familiar to New England hockey fans are Ryan Donato and Noah Welch of Harvard.
Also of note Brian Kelley, a native of Lincoln, Maine, who is the Assistant Athletic Director for Communications at Boston University, will be serving as one of two media relations contacts for the team.
Go Team USA!