Dartmouth NHL and Pro Hockey Alumni Update: December 2013
No other ECAC Hockey team has more former players skating in the National Hockey League (NHL) this season as the Big Green’s six. Cornell has matched Dartmouth as it has also produced six former student-athletes who have suited up this season for an NHL club.
As of Dec. 18, Dartmouth’s former players have played in 141 NHL games this season, the best mark of any ECAC Hockey program.
Ben Lovejoy ’06 – Anaheim Ducks
After a trade early in the lockout shortened 2013 campaign, Ben Lovejoy has not only settled into the Ducks’ roster, but has also become one of the team’s top defensemen in 2013-14. Appearing in 35 games so far this year, the one-time Big Green d-man has amassed six points on one goal and five assists with a +7 rating and just 10 PIM. Lovejoy’s play in the defensive end has helped the Ducks become one of the league’s top teams with 53 points and a 24-7-5 record with the sixth-best goal differential mark in the league (+25). He scored his first goal as a member of Anaheim on Nov. 30 at San Jose.
Tanner Glass ’07 – Pittsburgh Penguins
Tanner Glass, a former Dartmouth captain, is in his second season with the Penguins after previous stints with Winnipeg, Vancouver and Florida. In 24 contests this year, Glass has posted six points on two goals and four assists, all of which are better than the output of his first season in Pittsburgh in half the number of games. One of the league’s grittiest players, the winger leads the Pens in PIMs (38) and hits (99) to this point in the season. Currently, Glass is on the team’s injured reserve as he recovers from a broken hand.
Lee Stempniak ’05 – Calgary Flames
One of the best players in Dartmouth history, Lee Stempniak is now in his third campaign playing in Calgary. The program’s all-time leader in NHL games played, Stempniak’s 27 appearances to date this season bring his career total to 591. So far in 2013-14, the former two-time All-American has six goals and seven assists for 13 points while playing mostly on the Flames’ top line. After scoring just one shorthanded goal in his first 569 career games, Stempniak netted two 15 games apart to start this year. Stempniak has also battled injury this season, missing seven games in November due to a broken foot.
David Jones ’08 – Calgary Flames
Dartmouth’s lone Hobey Baker Finalist and a 2007 All-American is having a resurgent season in Calgary after being traded to the Flames this past summer from Colorado. After picking up just nine points (3g/6a) in 33 games last winter with the Avs, David Jones has already surpassed that total with 12 points (6g/6a) in 29 games during his first go-around in Calgary. The 6-foot-2 winger got off to a great start with his new team, scoring the Flames’ first goal of the year on Oct. 3 as he made his debut wearing the Flaming ‘C’.
TJ Galiardi ’10 – Calgary Flames
The third member of the Flames to once wear the Green and White is making his homecoming in 2013-14. The Calgary native was traded to the Flames from San Jose during the offseason, fulfilling a boyhood dream to play in front of his friends and family with his hometown team. Appearing in 23 games thus far, the winger has compiled one goal and five assists for six points. Galiardi needs just seven more points to become the fourth Dartmouth player to reach 100 in an NHL career, joining only Carey Wilson ’83 (427), Stempniak (320) and Jones (138).
Nick Johnson ’08 – Boston Bruins
After signing with the Bruins in the offseason and despite a solid training camp, Nick Johnson spent much of the start of 2013-14 in the American Hockey League (AHL) with the Providence Bruins. While in Providence, Johnson played 23 games and posted 11 goals and nine assists for 20 points to rank amongst the top offensive players on the team. He would get the call-up to the big club for a Dec. 10 game in his hometown of Calgary, allowing family and friends to see him make his Boston debut. In four games played, Johnson has yet to record a point, but has seen time on the penalty-killing unit and has twice squared-off against several former Dartmouth teammates as the Bruins have played the Flames twice in that time.
Others Former Dartmouth Players in Pro Hockey in 2013-14:
Matt Lindblad ’14 — Providence Bruins
J.T. Wyman ’08 — Lake Erie Monsters
Mike Keenan ’13 — Bridgeport Sound Tigers
Connor Goggin ’12 — Orlando Solar Bears
Joe Stejskal ’11 — Florida Everblades
Scott Fleming ’11 — Fort Wayne Komets
Hugh Jessiman ’06 — Zagreb Medvescak KHL
Mike Ouellette ’06 — Vienna
Matt Reber ’11 — Fife Flyers (EIHL)
Dan Nycholat ’12 — Braehead Clan (EIHL)
Grant Lewis ’07 — Munich EHC (DEL)
Adam Estoclet ’11 — Milan (Italy-A)