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    Northern Michigan Alumni

    The who and where of former Wildcats still playing professional hockey.

    NHL - The Big Show
    Philadelphia Flyers: Erik Gustafsson
    Vancouver Canucks: Mike Santorelli

    AHL - American Hockey League
    Lake Erie Monsters: Mark Olver
    Grand Rapids Griffins: Jared Coreau
    Providence Bruins: Andrew Cherniwchan, Justin Florek
    Worcester Sharks: Tyler Gron

    ECHL - East Coast Hockey League
    Gwinnett Gladiators: Dirk Southern
    Bakersfield Condors: Kyle Follmer, Scott Macaulay, Matt Thurber
    Kalamazoo Wings: Kory Kaunisto, Ray Kaunisto, Nick Sirota
    Las Vegas Wranglers: Brian Nugent
    Greenville Road Warriors: Greger Hanson
    San Francisco Bulls: Tyler Gron
    South Carolina Stingrays: Andrew Cherniwchan
    Toledo Walleye: Jared Coreau

    CHL - Central Hockey League
    Allen Americans: Phil Fox, Greger Hanson
    Brampton Beast: Erik Spady
    Rapid City Rush: Jared Brown
    Tulsa Oilers: Scott Macaulay

    KHL - Kontinental Hockey League
    HC Lev Praha: Nathan Oystrick
    Medvescak Zagreb: Geoff Waugh

    Assorted Euro Leagues
    Troja-Ljungby: Zach Tarkir (Allsvenskan)
    Nikko Icebucks: Dave Bonk (Asia League)
    Székesfehérvár: Andrew Sarauer (Austria)
    Eisbären Berlin: Darin Olver (DEL)
    EV Landshut: Brian Stewart (DEL2)
    Västerviks IK: Reid Ellingson (Division 1)
    Fife Flyers: Andy Contois (EIHL)
    Nottingham Panthers: Craig Kowalski (EIHL)
    Fife Flyers: Tim Hartung (EIHL)
    Eisbären Berlin: Darin Olver (ET)
    Ritten/Renon: Matt Siddall (Italy)
    JYP: Tuomas Tarkki (Liiga)
    Ajoie: Bernie Sigrist (NLB)
    Rosenborg IHK Elite: Jamie Milam (Norway)
    Frisk Asker: Nick Sirota (Norway)


    Coaching/Front Office
    National Hockey League
    Chicago Blackhawks Amateur Scout: Rick Comley
    Tampa Bay Lightning Head Amateur Scout: Darryl Plandowski
    Edmonton Oilers Scout: Morey Gare
    Toronto Maple Leafs Scout: Dave Shyiak
    Pittsburgh Penguins Scout / USA National Scout: Don Waddell
    Evansville Icemen (ECHL) Head Coach: Jeff Pyle

    Canadian Hockey League
    WHL: Tri-City Americans: Jim Hiller (Head Coach), Scott Beattie (Associate Coach)

    NCAA
    Northern Michigan University: Andrew Fernandez (Strength and Conditioning), John Kyle (Asst. Coach), Walt Kyle (Head Coach), Rob Lehtinen (Hockey Operations Supervisor)


    Marquette Senior High School: Doug Garrow (Head Coach), Dusty Collins (Assistant Coach)
    Marquette Electricians: Jim Jackson (Head Coach)
    Sudbury Nickel Capitals Wolves: Peter Michelutti (Head Coach)
    Wisconsin Dells Ducks: Bill Zaniboni (Head Coach)

    Euro Leagues
    Germany - EC-Hannover Indians: Joe West (Co-Trainer)
    France - Villard de Lans: Rich Metro (Head Coach / GM)
    Swiss - EHC Olten: Scott Beattie (Head Coach)

    Player Agent/Representative: Tom Laidlaw, Ed Ward
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    Re: Northern Michigan Alumni

    Mike Santorelli recently signed anew 2 year deal with florida, there was also a video of him talking greatly about NMU.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cx84D...el_video_title
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    Very cool thread! I had no idea that there are so many NMU alumni currently playing professional hockey. I would say that this is a great testament to the quality of the NMU program. Thank you very much for the updated list, I will check from time to time to see if there are any further updates. I am wondering if anyone knows anything about chickasaw culture? I have been really interested in learning all I can, please let me know if you know of any good resources. Thank you.
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    Jeff Pyle is now the head coach of the AHL Texas Stars. Rich Metro has left LSSU to Head Coach/ GM in France for Villard de Lans in Ligue Magnus. Ray Kaunisto has been sent down to Manchester (AHL) by the Kings.
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    Geoff Waugh is playing for the KHL Medveščak. (Its a Croatian Hockey league)

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    Quote Originally Posted by NMUPete View Post
    Geoff Waugh is playing for the KHL Medveščak. (Its a Croatian Hockey league)
    Yikes. The AHL of the KHL?


    List should be updated so far. Missing a lot of the guys headed to the ECHL, AHL, and those in Europe.
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    Former Cat coach Rick Comley is working as a college scout for the Chicago Blackhawks. Brian Stewart has been sent to Binghamton (AHL) by the Ottawa Senators. Phil Fox and Eric Spady will be with the Texas Brahmas (CHL).
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    According to Hockeydb.com

    Darin Olver is playing for the Berlin Polar Bears in Delaware.
    Dirk Southern is playing for Vipiteno in Italy
    Craig Kowalski is playing for Nottingham Panthers in the EIHL
    Tuomas Tarkki is playing for the Nizhnekamsk Neftekhimik in the KHL

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    Quote Originally Posted by NMUPete View Post
    According to Hockeydb.com

    Darin Olver is playing for the Berlin Polar Bears in Delaware.
    Dirk Southern is playing for Vipiteno in Italy
    Craig Kowalski is playing for Nottingham Panthers in the EIHL
    Tuomas Tarkki is playing for the Nizhnekamsk Neftekhimik in the KHL
    the Berlin Polar Bears are a team in Berlin, Germany playing in the D.E.L. or Deutsch Eishockey Liga (German Hockey League). It has traditionally been one of the top pro leagues outside North America. Former Cat Mark Beaufait had a long career over there.
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    G Brian Stewart has been assigned to the ECHL Elmira (NY) Jackals by the AHL Binghamton Senators

    http://www.binghamtonsenators.com/ne...rticle_id=1128

    D Erik Gustafsson will start the season in the AHL with the Adirondack Phantoms
    D Nathan Oystrick was waived by the Phoenix Coyotes and, if he clears waivers, will be assigned to their AHL team, the Portand Pirates.
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    Mike Santorelli is currently on IR with a shoulder injury while Mark Olver is still on the Avs roster due to being placed on the IR with a head injury. In regards to Olver nothing has been published in regards to what the head injury is. So as of opening weekend the Cats have no players on an active roster in the NHL.
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    Rough start to the season for Wildcat alumni. Along with both NHL'ers only staying on the rosters due to injuries, and only three in the AHL, Greger Hanson was released by the Florida Everblades today. Not looking good this season for alums.

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    Jared Brown is with the CHL Quad City Mallards.
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    Sid Vicious has been named assistant coach of the Fife Flyers.

    http://fifeflyers.co.uk/index.php/ne...ssistant-coach

    Yep. Matt Siddall. Assistant Coach. Raise your hand if you saw that one coming.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dankthetank View Post
    In regards to Olver nothing has been published in regards to what the head injury is. So as of opening weekend the Cats have no players on an active roster in the NHL.
    Someone talked with his dad a month ago and he said Mark got hurt in practice, taking a skate to the head. I guess it was a pretty serious laceration, so Colorado is playing it safe.

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    Yikes! All that was listed was "head" for the injury, so I just assumed it was a concussion. (Once you get the first one, you're more easily susceptible to getting concussions again)
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    Oystie had 2 goals tonight in Portland's 5-3 win over Manchester. Also playing in the game was Ray Kaunisto for Manchester. He had 2 mins for Cross Checking and was pretty much a non factor. Oystie's two goals came on the Powerplay, which he looked really strong on.
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    Quote Originally Posted by aparch View Post
    Yikes! All that was listed was "head" for the injury, so I just assumed it was a concussion. (Once you get the first one, you're more easily susceptible to getting concussions again)
    That could have been the ultimate factor. The info I got was from a while ago (right about after it happened), and a concussion is seeming more likely since some sites have him listed as "Out Indefinitely"

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    Quote Originally Posted by NMUPete View Post
    That could have been the ultimate factor. The info I got was from a while ago (right about after it happened), and a concussion is seeming more likely since some sites have him listed as "Out Indefinitely"
    Oh great. Hopefully the NMU alum didn't study too well and set the baseline for his concussion test too high...

    Saw that happen in Chicago (AHL) with a Harvard hockey d-man last season. Set his baseline test too high and couldn't pass it for six weeks even though he was symptom free and cleared by the doctors to play.
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    With Pronger out for another couple weeks the Philadelphia Flyers have called up Erik Gustafsson.

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