Oct. 7, 2013
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Fifteen former University of Michigan ice hockey players will don National Hockey League sweaters to begin the 2013-14 campaign.
The lone goaltender of the bunch, Al Montoya (2003-05), is back in Winnipeg, where he played seven games last season for the Jets. A Wolverine last season, defenseman Jacob Trouba (2013) earned a spot on the Jets squad and tallied a goal and assist in his first career game.
A trio of former Wolverines -- forwards Chris Brown (2010-12) and David Moss (2002-05) and rearguard Chris Summers (2007-10) -- will play together for the Phoenix Coyotes. Brown got a cup of coffee with the big club last season, playing five games, while Moss is in his second season after posting 20 points (5-15-20) in 45 games in 2013, and Summers has seen brief action with Phoenix, playing 29 games over three seasons.
Mike Cammalleri (2000-02), who tied for the team lead in points (13-19-32, 44 GP) in Calgary last season, returns for the final year of his contract with the Flames but is nursing a hand injury that has kept him out of action as of late. Another leading scorer for a Canadian squad, winger Max Pacioretty (2008), enters his sixth season in Montreal, where he has amassed 104 points in 123 games over the past two campaigns, including 15 goals and 24 assists in 2013.
Right winger Mike Brown (2004-05) is also set for action in the Great White North as a member of the Edmonton Oilers. Brown notched 53 penalty minutes in 27 games in 2013.
Michigan's most-recent Hobey Baker Award winner, center Kevin Porter (2005-08), is in his second season with the Buffalo Sabres, while his former Wolverine teammate, defenseman Jack Johnson (2006-07), begins his second full season with the Columbus Blue Jackets. Another teammate of theirs, Matt Hunwick (2004-07), will once again be a part of the Colorado Avalanche defense corps.
Remaining with their 2013 teams, Andrew Cogliano (2006-07) will play out West with the Anaheim Ducks, and Carl Hagelin (2008-11) returns for the New York Rangers.
Eric Nystrom (2002-05) will now call Nashville home after signing a four-year contract with the Predators. Meanwhile, after skating his whole career in Canada, Mike Komisarek (2001-02) inked a deal with the Carolina Hurricanes.
Despite AHL and ECHL rosters not being settled, 10 former Wolverines are already set for play in those leagues.
N O T E S*
Cammalleri has played the eighth-most (606) games among former Wolverines in the NHL and has scored the third-most goals (210) as well as the fifth-most assists (247) and fourth-most points (457).
Cogliano (83), Pacioretty (68) and Moss (66) have netted the eighth-, ninth- and 10th-most NHL markers among former Michigan players.
Johnson holds ninth (118), and Cogliano is 10th (112) on U-M's NHL career assists list.
Cogliano (195) and Pacioretty (153) are ninth and 10th, respectively, in points among former U-M icers in the NHL.
Komisarek (665) and Brown (572) are fourth and 10th, respectively, on the all-time PIM list for former Michigan Wolverines in the NHL.
*All stats entering the 2013-14 season