Brotherhood alumni update: NHL edition
Not Your Average Joe
Published: Tuesday, October 22, 2013
Updated: Tuesday, October 22, 2013 02:10
Smith was a big part of the RedHawks’ success the past few years, including a Frozen Four run in 2010. He put up 66 goals and 56 assists in his three years at Miami, averaging just over a point per game. He played his rookie year for the Dallas Stars in 2012-13, totaling nine points in 37 games. After being involved in a blockbuster July trade that involved seven players, Smith moved to the Boston Bruins organization and currently has five points through seven contests this year. His older brother, Brendan Smith, is a part of the Detroit Red Wings organization.
Those who aren’t devoted hockey fans might not know Dan Boyle, the alternate captain and seasoned veteran for the San Jose Sharks. A 1998 graduate of Miami University, Boyle has enjoyed a lucrative career on NHL bluelines for the Florida Panthers, the Tampa Bay Lightning, and since 2008, the Sharks. Last Tuesday, Boyle was checked into the boards illegally by St. Louis Blues forward Maxim Lapierre and was carried off the ice on a stretcher, adding to the increasing debates on physicality and vicious hits in the NHL. He was released from the hospital the next night and hopes the recovery will be speedy. Boyle has accumulated 528 points in 879 games in the NHL.
The most recent Stanley Cup winner to have skated on Goggin’s ice (‘06-’08), Martinez is one of the more notable RedHawk alumni of recent years. Martinez accumulated 67 points in 113 games with Miami, and has netted 12 goals in 142 NHL games. He won a Stanley Cup with the Los Angeles Kings during the 2011-2012 season. He has appeared in You Can Play videos, a campaign dedicated to combating homophobia in sports.
A three-year Miami University starter and captain of the 2009-10 RedHawk squad, Wingels was a star in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association and netted 42 goals in 44 games of his senior campaign. He’s the third line right-winger for the San Jose Sharks, a team many have picked to win the Stanley Cup this year. Wingels has netted 22 points in 80 regular season games with the Sharks, and has contributed three points in 16 playoff games. His little brother, Johnny, made his first career collegiate appearance for the RedHawks this past Saturday against the Univeristy of North Dakota.
A Hobey Baker finalist and All-American in his days as a RedHawk, Jones became a go-to third and fourth liner for the injury-riddled Edmonton Oilers. He has notched 94 goals in 284 appearances since graduating from Miami in 2008. Though he has only appeared in two games this season and hasn’t found a spot on the regular roster, “Jonesy” has developed a reputation around the league as being one of the premier Twitter users, which is why it’s sad that he discontinued his feed at the end of this summer. Bring back the blue bird messages, Ryan!