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Posted: April 1st, 2014

Ds Nick Jones and Randy Cure, who recently completed their hockey careers at Mercyhurst, have joined the professional ranks. Jones has signed a contract with the AHL’s Worcester Sharks, while Cure has played 3 games with the ECHL’s Elmira Jackals.

Posted: October 29th, 2013

Check out this story on former Mercyhurst goaltender Max Strang

Posted: October 7th, 2013

Erie native Justin Mercier, 26, has signed with the Idaho Steelheads, the ECHL affiliate of the NHL’s Dallas Stars. He joins the Steelheads, which began training camp Monday, after spending the 2012-13 season playing in Germany with the Wolfsburg Grizzly Adams (2 goals, 5 points and 49 PIM) in 35 games. The Miami (Ohio) University alumnus began his professional career in the 2009-10 season, where he played 64 games for the AHL’s Lake Erie Monsters (13 goals, 10 assists, 23 points) and 9 more with the NHL’s Colorado Avalanche (1 goal, 2 points). He had 26 goals and 53 points in 156 games with the Monsters from 2010-12.

Posted: September 6th, 2013

Erie Otters G Oscar Dansk earned a win in net today at the NHL Prospects Tournament in Traverse City, Mich., despite having a rough outing. He allowed five goals on 18 shots for Columbus in a 7-5 victory against Carolina (1-1-0) at Center Ice Arena. The Blue Jackets (1-1-0) scored three goals in the final 8 1/2 minutes of the third period to erase a 5-4 deficit.
D Troy Donnay had no points and a minus-1 rating for the New York Rangers in a 6-5 overtime loss to Buffalo. Former Otters F Andrew Yogan, who split time between the AHL and ECHL a season ago, had no points on four shots, a minus-2 and two penalty minutes for the Rangers (0-1-1). Former Otters D Brady Austin, now with Belleville, had no points and a minus-1 for the Sabres (2-0-0).
F Dane Fox had no points on one shot and four penalty minutes for St. Louis (1-1-0) in a 3-2 overtime win against Minnesota (0-1-1). Teams take Saturday off before returning to game action Sunday. Dansk and the Blue Jackets face Donnay and the Rangers at 6:30 p.m., followed by Fox and the Blues against Detroit at 7 p.m. RW Connor Brown, former Otters Greg McKegg and David Broll and the Toronto Maple Leafs face the Pittsburgh Penguins Saturday at the Toronto Maple Leafs Rookie Tournament at Budweiser Gardens in London, Ontario.

Posted: August 21st, 2013

Erie native Ryan Zapolski, a Cathedral Prep alumnus and former standout goaltender for the Mercyhurst University men’s hockey team, will play for Raumann Lukko of Finland’s SM-liiga in the 2013-14 season. He signed with the club this past spring.
Zapolski, 26, turned a run to the ECHL’s most valuable player award with the South Carolina Stingrays a season ago into a chance to play overseas. He posted a 27-11-2 record and a league-best 1.64 goals-against average, .942 save percentage and eight shutouts on the way to being the second goaltender in the league’s 25-year history to earn top rookie, top goaltender and MVP honors in the same season. He set the ECHL record for goals-against average, tied the mark for shutouts and tied for the second-best save percentage in league history.
Spencer Carbery, Stingrays head coach and director of hockey operations, called it “one of the greatest years for a goaltender that I’ve ever seen with my own eyes.” Zapolski spent the past two seasons in the ECHL. He also had short stints in the American Hockey League with the Milwaukee Admirals and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins a season ago. He completed his four-year career as starter at Mercyhurst in 2011.

Posted: August 20th, 2013

Former Mercyhurst University men’s hockey player Paul Chiasson has signed with the San Francisco Bulls, the ECHL affiliate of the National Hockey League’s San Jose Sharks.
“Paul is a very fast and tenacious right winger,” Bulls president and head coach Pat Curcio said in a prepared statement. “He shoots the puck well in stride and has always scored a lot of goals.”
Chiasson, a native of Toronto, Ontario, who graduated this past spring with a degree in business management, finished his four-year career with 109 points (55 goals, 54 assists) in 151 games. The forward ranks 10th on the school’s career NCAA Division I scoring list and tied for fifth in career goals. He’s one of 15 players in school history to reach the 100-point mark. He had 15 goals and 27 points a senior a season ago.

Posted: July 24th, 2013

Erie native Kyle Rogers has re-signed with the ECHL’s Toledo Walleye. Read more by clicking the link

Posted: April 16th, 2013

Erie native Ryan Zapolski has signed a professional tryout agreement with the AHL’s Milwaukee Admirals, The Post and Courier of Charleston (S.C.) reported Monday.
Zapolski, 26, a Cathedral Prep and Mercyhurst University alumnus, earned the opportunity with the Nashville Predators’ AHL affiliate after completing a record-setting season with the ECHL’s South Carolina Stingrays last week.
Zapolski was the second player in league history to capture top rookie, top goaltender and most valuable player honors in the same season, as well as the third goaltender to ever claim the MVP award. He also set the league record with a 1.64 goals-against average, tied the mark for shutouts (8) and tied for the second-best save percentage (.942). He led the league in all three categories this season and finished tied for second with 27 wins.
Zapolski had a week-long stint with the AHL’s Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, the Pittsburgh Penguins’ affiliate, this past December. But he didn’t play in any games. He joins an Admirals club that includes former Erie Otters winger Michael Liambas. They are tied for ninth with the Chicago Wolves in the Western Conference, two points behind the Rockford IceHogs for the final playoff spot with four games left in the regular season. The Admirals play Chicago tonight.
In other Lakers’ news, fifth-year senior goaltender Max Strang signed an amateur tryout contract with the ECHL’s Reading Royals last Friday. Strang, who completed his Mercyhurst career last month, said he has replaced an injured goaltender on the Royals’ roster.

Posted: April 5th, 2013

Erie native Ryan Zapolski continues to garner honors from the ECHL.
Zapolski, a former Mercyhurst University goaltender who plays for the South Carolina Stingrays, was named the league’s most valuable player Friday, a few days after being named the league’s top rookie. He also was named recently to the ECHL’s all-rookie and first teams. Zapolski, 26, set the league’s single-season record with a 1.64 goals-against average and tied the record of eight shutouts. He also led with a .942 save percentage, which was tied for the second-best mark in league history. Zapolski finished tied for second with 27 wins and fifth with 2,378 minutes played.

Posted: April 1st, 2013

Erie native Ryan Zapolski, 26, who played in college for Mercyhurst, has been awarded the John A. Daley Memorial Trophy as the ECHL’s rookie of the year. Zapolski, a goaltender with the South Carolina Stingrays, set the league’s single-season record with a 1.64 goals-against average and tied the record of eight shutouts. He also led with a .942 save percentage, which was tied for the second-best mark in league history. Zapolski, who finished tied for second with 27 wins and fifth with 2,378 minutes played, added top rookie honors to his spots on the league’s all-rookie team and first team.