Saturday, August 29, 2009

2009-10 Stars Player Profiles

With the first exhibition game only three weeks away, I thought it would be an appropriate time to start learning about the players who will start this season in Lincoln. I've compiled whatever I could find about each player on Google. If anything is incorrect, or if you have knowledge of something that is not listed, PLEASE feel free to email me at There are 26 players on this list. At least one of these will not be playing at the Fall Classic, and at least three of these players will not be on the Stars' final roster. Please comment if you know anything about some of these players. Go Stars! -Nate


Andrew Ammon
DOB: May 2, 1990
Hometown: Deerfield, Mass.
Previous team: Deerfield Academy
Ht: 5-11 Wt: 171
2008-09 Stats: 17 goals, 11 assists in 24 games

William Brockett

DOB: Oct. 15, 1990
Hometown: Shaker Heights, Ohio
Previous team: Cleveland Barons (Tier 1 Elite)
Ht: 5-9 Wt: 172
2008-09 Stats: 25 goals, 56 assists in 44 games

Brett Chartier
DOB: June 28, 1991
Hometown: Winnipeg, Manitoba
Previous team: Lincoln Stars
Ht: 5-9 Wt: 175
2008-09 Stats: 12 goals, 20 assists in 51 games

David Gerths
DOB: Sept. 27, 1990
Hometown: Ankeny, Iowa
Previous team: Lincoln Stars
Ht: 6-0 Wt: 195
2008-09 Stats: 13 goals, 24 assists in 59 games

Kyle Gibbons
DOB: April 27, 1991
Hometown: Westlake, Ohio
Previous team: Cleveland Barons (Tier 1 Elite)
Ht: 6-1 Wt: 182
2008-09 Stats: 33 goals, 48 assists in 46 games, 64 PIM

Jared Hanson
DOB: 1993
Previous team: Alaska All Stars
Ht: 5-11 Wt: 175
2008-09 Stats: 3 goals, 8 assists in 17 games, 23 PIM

John McCarron
DOB: April 16, 1992
Hometown: Macomb, Mich.
Previous team: Lincoln Stars
Ht: 6-3 Wt: 215
2008-09 Stats: 2 goals, 2 assists in 26 games.

Jarrod Mermis
DOB: Feb. 15, 1990
Hometown: Alton, Ill.
Previous team: Sioux City Musketeers
Ht: 5-7 Wt: 155
2008-09 Stats: 12 goals, 9 assists in 43 games

James McNulty
DOB: May 2, 1991
Hometown: Fenton, Mich.
Previous team: Victory Honda (Tier 1 Elite)
Ht: 6-4 Wt: 210
2008-09 Stats: 2 goals, 11 assists in 40 games, 106 PIM

Garrett Peterson
DOB: Sept. 13, 1991
Hometown: Manhattan, Ill.
Previous team: Lincoln Stars
Ht: 5-11 Wt: 185
2008-09 Stats: 8 goals, 15 assists in 55 games.

Brodie Reid
DOB: Aug. 25, 1989
Hometown: Delta, British Columbia
Previous team: Penticton Vees (BCHL)
Ht: 6-1 Wt: 191
2008-09 Stats: 17 goals, 22 assists in 40 games

Dominick Shine
DOB: April 18, 1993
Previous team: Detroit Compuware (Tier 1 Elite)
Ht: 5-11 Wt: 160
2008-09 Stats: 17 goals, 15 assists in 36 games, 68 PIM

Jimmy Siers
DOB: Feb. 27, 1989
Hometown: Mount Prospect, Ill.
Previous team: Lincoln Stars
Ht: 6-1 Wt: 190
2008-09 Stats: 4 goals, 7 assists in 57 games

Brent Tate
DOB: Nov. 5, 1991
Hometown: Canton, Mich.
Previous team: Little Caesars (Tier 1 Elite)
Ht: 6-1 Wt: 165
2008-09 Stats: 5 goals, 10 assists in 37 games, 55 PIM

Matt White

DOB: Oct. 21, 1991
Hometown: McMurray, Penn.
Previous team: Des Moines Buccaneers
Ht: 6-2 Wt: 195
2008-09 Stats: 10 goals, 9 assists in 53 games

Tyler Underhill
DOB: Aug. 5, 1991
Hometown: East Aurora, N.Y.
Previous team: Jamestown Jets
Ht: 6-2 Wt: 190
2008-09 Stats: 53 goals, 49 assists in 48 games


Nate Baumbick
DOB: May 1, 1991
Hometown: Avon Lake, Ohio
Previous team: Pittsburgh Hornets (Tier 1 Elite)
Ht: 6-4 Wt: 210
2008-09 Stats: 4 goals, 4 assists in 23 games, 69 PIM

Matt Bruneteau
DOB: April 26, 1990
Hometown: Omaha, Neb.
Previous team: Lincoln Stars
Ht: 5-11 Wt: 195
2008-09 Stats: 1 goal, 6 assists in 42 games, +8 +/-, 48 PIM

Cory Hibbeler
DOB: June 6, 1989
Hometown: St. Charles, Mo.
Previous team: Lincoln Stars
Ht: 6-0 Wt: 190
2008-09 Stats: 2 goals, 11 assists in 53 games, -3 +/-, 49 PIM

Dax Lauwers

DOB: Sept. 27, 1991
Hometown: Anchorage, Alaska
Previous team: Alaska All Stars
Ht: 6-1 Wt: 185
2008-09 Stats: 10 goals, 26 assists in 37 games, 84 PIM

Dakota Mermis

DOB: Jan 5, 1994
Hometown: Alton, Ill.
Previous team: Affton American Bantams
Ht: 5-11 Wt: 180
2008-09 Stats: 16 goals, 9 assists

Will Rayner

DOB: Jan. 19, 1990
Hometown: Needham, Mass.
Previous team: South Kent HS
Ht: 6-2 Wt: 195
2008-09 Stats: 6 goals, 22 assists in 32 games

Dan Weissenhofer
DOB: Aug. 20, 1991
Previous team: Team Illinois (Tier 1 Elite)
Ht: 6-2 Wt: 190
2008-09 Stats: 3 goals, 17 assists in 45 games, 90 PIM

Steve West
DOB: Feb. 23, 1990
Hometown: Milford, Mich.
Previous team: Ohio State
Ht: 6-0 Wt: 187
2008-09 Stats: 0 goals, 1 assists in 7 games


Jared Coreau
DOB: Nov. 5, 1991
Hometown: Perth, Ontario
Previous team: Peterborough Stars (OJHL)
Ht: 6-4 Wt: 195
2008-09 Stats: 8-1 record, 2.16 GAA, 0.93 S%

Steven Racine
DOB: Aug. 28, 1991
Hometown: Buffalo, N.Y.
Previous team: Taft Prep
Ht: 6-2 Wt: 175
2008-09 Stats: 13 games played, 3.07 GAA, 0.901 S%

Friday, August 28, 2009

New Blogger

I just wanted to take a moment and welcome "BellTolls" to the Black and Blue Blog. BellTolls is a friend and a hockey buddy of mine, and he will be contributing to the blog as an author. I appreciate the help from him, and I know my readers will enjoy his contributions. His insight and assistance is much appreciated by me. With the Stars season starting up very soon, BellTolls will be a familiar face posting articles and such.

Less than a month before the exhibition game on September 20th! Hockey can't come soon enough. Go Stars.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Roster update and other notes

I've been pretty busy as of late, so I am going to catch up on a lot of things in my inbox. We're currently in the heart of Summer, but in just 7 short weeks, the Stars will be playing hockey at the Fall Classic in Sioux City, Iowa. It's not that far away, folks. We'll soon have our hockey fix. Keep the faith. :)

The Lincoln Stars Blueline Booster Club held their monthly meeting last night, and assistant Coach Nick Fouts was on hand to speak to the members. A friend of mine was in attendance and was nice enough to give me a brief synopsis.

- Corey Chakeen will be playing for a team in the BCHL next season, and not with the Stars. It is unknown right now which BCHL team he will be playing for next season.

-The Stars are interested in a WHL player named Ryan Letts (pictured above). Letts has played the past four seasons in the WHL, first with the Calgary Hitmen, and most recently with the Spokane Chiefs. Last season with the Chiefs, Letts had 20 points in 60 games with 97 penalty minutues. Letts is an overager ('89) from Newport Beach, CA, and is 6'2", 215 pounds.

Ryan sounds like the grinder type of forward that Coach McGroarty loves. He did score 20 points last season in the WHL, which is considered a very point stingy league. In comparison, former Star Kirt Hill played in the WHL, and scored 29 points in his last season before coming to Lincoln.

Edit: I have since read quite a bit more about Letts, specifically on, and the kid certainly has a reputation has a player who plays on the edge. Some have called him "dirty." He certainly isn't afraid to drop the mitts, that's for sure. I hate to pigeon-hole someone, but from what I've read, he certainly fits the "enforcer" mold.

-There is still a possibility that defenseman Dakota Mermis ('94) could play for the Stars next season, despite being so young. Apparently his parents have yet to come to an agreement in regards whether or not Dakota will be allowed to play with his brother (Jarrod) in Lincoln next season.

-Dubque, Iowa might be soon re-entering a team in the USHL.

Other unrelated notes:

-Stars vs. Sioux City Date Change

The Stars' October 1st game against the Musketeers in Sioux City has been rescheduled for Saturday, October 3rd. The Stars will now open the regular season on Friday, October 2nd at the Fargo Force. Great news for Lincoln fans who might want to drive up to SC Saturday night to cheer for the Stars.

-The Lincoln Stars have announced that ESPN 1480 will be the Stars' radio home for the 2009-10 season. Read article here.

I recently received an email from someone associated with the Lincoln Journal Star online newspaper, in regards to the "Blueline Blog" that Brent Wagner runs. Here is the information I was given. I hope it helps.

Blue Line Blog – main page:
Can be found here.

Blue Line Blog RSS Feed:
Can be found here.

Hockey news:
Can be found here.

Hockey news RSS:
Can be found here. (there are no stories in there now but there will be when the season starts or whenever we have news)

We’ve also got a forum for Lincoln Stars fans that can be found here.