NAHL Alumni Update
November 28, 2014
It was a huge week for NAHL alumni across the professional and NCAA landscape.
Here is a look at those that were recognized:
The American Hockey League (AHL) announced that St. John’s IceCaps goaltender Connor Hellebuyck has been selected as the CCM/AHL Player of the Week for the period ending Nov. 23, 2014. Hellebuyck made four starts last week and won them all (4-0-0), allowing just three goals on 119 shots (0.74, .975) and recording two shutouts. Hellebuyck began the week on Tuesday night by registering the first shutout of his professional career, a 23-save effort in the IceCaps’ 2-0 win over Toronto. He faced the Marlies again on Wednesday and turned aside 28 of 30 shots to help St. John’s to a 3-2 victory, then made 32 saves as the IceCaps began a five-game road trip with a 2-1 overtime win at Lehigh Valley on Saturday. Hellebuyck capped the week with another shutout, stopping all 33 shots in a 2-0 win at Hershey on Sunday evening.
A fifth-round pick by Winnipeg in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, Hellebuyck is 8-4-2 with a 2.42 goals-against average, a .927 save percentage and two shutouts in 14 appearances with St. John’s, ranking second in the AHL in wins, shutouts, minutes played (818:00) and saves (416). The 21-year-old rookie from Commerce, Mich., played two seasons at the University of Massachusetts-Lowell, and won the Mike Richter Award as the top goaltender in college hockey in 2013-14. He was the Co-Rookie and Co-Goaltender of the Year in the NAHL for the Odessa Jackalopes during the 2011-12 season.
ECAC Player of the Week - Jordan Boucher, Clarkson University
Boucher was one of several standouts for the Knights as they picked up four ECAC Hockey points in the weekend sweep at Cheel Arena. He tallied the game-winning goal while on the power-play in Friday's 2-1 victory over 14th-ranked Quinnipiac and scored another power-play marker and one assist in Saturday's 4-0 shutout over Princeton. Boucher is an alum of both the NAHL and the NAPHL. He played in the NAHL for the New Mexico Mustangs during the 2011-12 season and played for the Omaha AAA 16U team in the NAPHL during the 2010-11 season.
ECAC Rookie of the Week - Hayden Stewart, Cornell University
Stewart registered a shutout in his first-career ECAC Hockey start, turning away 26 shots in last Saturday's league victory over Brown. He became the first Cornell freshman to record a shutout since Ben Scrivens on Dec. 2, 2006 against Union (also his first-career league start). Stewart played in the NAHL for the Corpus Christi IceRays during the 2012-13 season
ECAC Goalie of the Week - Steve Perry, Clarkson University
Perry backstopped the Knights to their first four-point weekend of the season in league play, allowing only one goal on 40 shots. He anchored Clarkson's one-goal victory (2-1) over 14th-ranked Quinnipiac with 16 saves Friday and posted first shutout of the season and fifth career whitewash with 23 saves in Saturday's 4-0 win over Princeton. Perry is a veteran of three NAHL seasons, all with the Fairbanks Ice Dogs from 2010-13.
WCHA Offensive Player of the Week - Chad McDonald, Ferris State University
The former Kalamazoo Jr. K-Wings (2011-12) and NAHL player, McDonald had a pair of goals and four points this weekend, while tying for tops in the WCHA with a +4 rating, as Ferris State earned a home split against Alabama Huntsville. The sophomore from Battle Creek, Mich. produced an assist in Friday's close 3-2 setback, before notching three points on two goals and an assist in Saturday's 5-2 win. He scored both a short-handed goal and the game-winner in the victory, and is now tied for third nationally with three game-winning strikes this season. McDonald previously earned WCHA Offensive Player of the Week accolades following the first weekend of the season.
Big 10 First Star - Max Shuart, University of Michigan
Shuart tallied one goal and four total points as Michigan earned a conference series split against Penn State. He recorded a career-high three points, all assists, in Saturday's 8-1 victory. He has notched seven points (three goals, four assists) in his last five games. Shuart played in the NAHL for the Texas Tornado during the 2012-13 season.