April 15, 2014
Wolverines in the NHL: Weekly Updates
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan ice hockey team was represented by 19 alumni in the NHL during the 2013-14 season and was one of a record 49 colleges to have had a player in the NHL this year. A record 303 former U.S. college players appeared in an NHL game this season, with Michigan's 19 alumni in the NHL trailing only Boston College (25) and Wisconsin (21). Six former Michigan players are on NHL rosters for the Stanley Cup Playoffs -- Mike Brown (San Jose Sharks), Andrew Cogliano (Anaheim Ducks), Luke Glendening (Detroit Red Wings), Carl Hagelin (New York Rangers), Jack Johnson (Columbus Blue Jackets) and Max Pacioretty (Montreal Canadiens).
San Jose Sharks forward Mike Brown (2003-05) was traded midseason by the Edmonton Oilers to the Sharks and recorded two goals, three assists and 94 penalty minutes in 56 games combined with the two clubs. Brown helped the Sharks to a second-place finish in the Pacific Division of the Western Conference. San Jose will open postseason play with a series against the Los Angeles Kings in round one.
Anaheim Ducks forward Andrew Cogliano (2005-07) enjoyed a career year this season, notching 42 points, including a career-best 22 goals this season in 82 games. Cogliano helped the Ducks earn the top seed in the Western Conference with 116 points (54-20-8), including a four-game winning streak to end the season. Anaheim will play a first-round series in the playoffs against the Dallas Stars.
Detroit Red Wings forward Luke Glendening (2008-12) completed his storybook journey from walk-on at Michigan to the NHL, making his debut with the Red Wings on Oct. 12, 2013. Glendening solidified his role with the club in a season that included a start in the Winter Classic at the Big House on Jan. 1, 2014, and his first career NHL goal at Montreal on April 5, 2014. The Red Wings earned the final wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference and will take on top-seed Boston in round one of the postseason.
New York Rangers forward Carl Hagelin (2007-11) recorded 33 points (17 goals, 16 assists) in 72 games. His season included a trip to Sochi and a silver medal with Team Sweden in the 2014 Winter Olympics. The Rangers finished second in the Metropolitan Division of the Eastern Conference and will take on the Philadelphia Flyers in the first round of the playoffs.
Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Jack Johnson (2005-07) captained the team to its first trip to the postseason since the 2008-09 season. Johnson recorded 33 points (five goals, 28 assists) in 82 games played, his best offensive season since 2010-11. The Blue Jackets earned the first wild-card spot and will take on the Pittsburgh Penguins in an opening-round series.
Canadiens forward Max Pacioretty (2007-08) led Montreal with 60 points (39 goals, 21 assists) in 73 games played and led the NHL with 11 game-winning goals on the season. Pacioretty's goal total matched a record for goals in a single season by a Michigan alum set by Mike Cammalleri, who scored 39 goals in 2008-09. Pacioretty's season included a trip to Sochi with Team USA at the Winter Olympics. Montreal will take on Tampa Bay in the first round of the playoffs.
NHL playoff action begins Wednesday (April 16) with a trio of series commencing (Montreal/Tampa Bay, Columbus/Pittsburgh, Dallas/Anaheim).
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