Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Lincoln Stars Alumni News

Just a couple of recent stories that popped up this week in regards to former Lincoln Stars players.  Thought I'd share with all of you.

The first bit of news is about former Stars forward Jimmy Hayes, who was recently called up by the NHL Chicago Blackhawks from the American Hockey League (AHL) Rockford IceHogs.  In just his second NHL game, Hayes scored his first NHL goal.  Click here to read more about it from the website.  I've posted the video of his goal below, so click play to check it out.

An excerpt from the article I linked above:

"The native of Dorchester, Massachusetts played 21 games in the USHL during the 2007-08 season for the Lincoln Stars and put up 15 points (4g, 11a) and a plus-nine rating. Following his lone season in the USHL, he was selected by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the second round (60th overall) in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft."

Hayes was later traded by the Toronto Maple Leafs to the Chicago Blackhawks in July of 2010. Jimmy's little brother Kevin Hayes, is a first-round draft pick (2010) of the same Chicago Blackhawks. Nice to see another former Stars player make it to the big show! Congrats to Jimmy.

Also, Jimmy's teammate in Rockford was former Stars fan favorite Brandon Bollig. It would be nice to see the Blackhawks call up Brandon at some point in this season also.

Lastly, former Stars forward Carter Camper was named to the 2012 American Hockey League All-Star Game roster. Click here and here to read more about that.  Camper, who was a free-agent signing of the NHL Boston Bruins in April of 2011, currently plays for the AHL Providence Bruins, which is the AHL affiliate team for the Boston Bruins.

An excerpt from the Providence Bruins article linked above:

"Camper is a four-year product of Miami University Ohio, where as co-captain in 2010-11 he set collegiate career-highs in assists (38) and points (57). His 38 assists ranked him third nationally among college hockey players. A Hobey Baker Award finalist in 2010-11, Camper was named CCHA Scholar-Athlete of the Year and helped guide Miami to a 23-10-6 record and an NCAA Tournament appearance."

"In 156 career collegiate games, Camper had 69+114=183 totals. The 5'9", 173-pound native of Rocky River, Ohio finished his career second on Miami's all-time points list and assists list. In his four years at Miami, the RedHawks made four NCAA Tournament appearances, two trips to the Frozen Four (2009 and 2010) and lost to Boston University in the 2009 National Championship. Before Miami, he played for the Lincoln Stars of the USHL." 

Congrats to Carter!  Another Stars alumni on his way to the NHL.  I'm not sure about you guys, but it seems just like yesterday that I was watching both Hayes and Camper at the IceBox.  It's always great to see our former Stars go on to bigger and better things.  Congrats again to both.

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