Jon Merrill selected by Vegas Golden Knights in NHL expansion draft

Jon Merrill selected by Vegas Golden Knights in NHL expansion draft

Submitted by CalJr3000 on June 21st, 2017 at 9:15 PM

Wolverine alum Jon Merrill is heading to the @GoldenKnights! #ProBluepic.twitter.com/3brZCx3V3P

— Michigan Hockey (@umichhockey) June 22, 2017

Former Michigan D Jon Merrill (2010-11 through 2012-13) was selected by Las Vegas from New Jersey in tonight's NHL expansion draft.  Merrill was New Jersey's second-rounder (#38 overall) in 2010.  Vegas could keep him or decide to flip him at some point as they build their roster from scratch.

Michigan Hockey Alums With a Strong Start

Michigan Hockey Alums With a Strong Start

Submitted by ProfMurdoc on October 25th, 2015 at 5:11 AM

Checking the leaderboard at NHL.com after the first handful of games, one finds a (not too meaningful) cool thing: multiple familiar names.

 

Pacioretty accounts for a lot of the pop, in the top 4 for goals, points, and +/- , but Cammalleri, and Larkin both put in good showings. As does Al Montoya for both his save % and GAA. 

 

Go Blue.

Aaron Ward retires from NHL

Aaron Ward retires from NHL

Submitted by CalJr3000 on August 24th, 2010 at 9:26 PM

Aaron Ward has retired from the NHL.

Ward was an excellent defenseman for Michigan from 1990-93 and was drafted 5th overall by the former Winnepeg Jets in 1991 but traded to Detroit in 1993 (for Paul Ysebaert, anyone remember him?).  He won Cups with the Wings in '97 and '98, then was traded to Carolina in 2001, with whom he won a Cup in 2006.  He then went on to play for the Rangers, Bruins, Hurricaines again, then Anaheim for a few games last season.  He had a 44-107-151 line in 839 NHL games (Wikipedia).  Ward was yet another of the many players Michigan sent to the NHL who enjoyed long, productive careers, and one of a few who went on to play for the Red Wings.  Congratulations to him on a great career and his retirement--may it include many an alumni game appearance.

Happy trails to D Mike Van Ryn

Happy trails to D Mike Van Ryn

Submitted by CalJr3000 on July 27th, 2010 at 10:11 PM

Happy trails to former Michigan star defenseman Mike Van Ryn, who's retired from the NHL due to mounting injuries and will begin a new career as an assistant coach in the OHL (Niagara IceDogs)

Van Ryn was drafted in the first round, 26th overall by the Devils, but signed with St. Louis as a loophole free agent after a good, but short, UM career.  He was traded to Florida, then Toronto, where a knee injury ultimately cut his career short.

A sad end to the pro career of a popular hockey alum, but hopefully the beginning of something greater as a coach.

Naurato on Walleye

Naurato on Walleye

Submitted by Wolverine In Exile on September 8th, 2009 at 7:40 AM

Been following the news on the new ECHL team down in Toledo-- the Toledo Walleye (mostly b/c I think the logo, team name, and colors are fairly unique and cool-looking).

Anyway, Brandon Naurato seems to have caught on (OMG- forgive the pun) with the Walleye. Yeah hockey alums-- even if it is an ECHL team! Wonder if they're going to try and get more UM/MSU alums on the team to draw interest. Looks like the initial roster is CCHA / local college team heavy.

http://www.toledowalleye.com/team/roster/player.asp?id=7