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Posted: April 15th, 2014

Five former Erie Otters are set to play in the Stanley Cup playoffs, which begin tonight…
(includes position, age, current NHL club, total NHL games played and years played) 

Michael Blunden

RW Mike Blunden (27), Montreal – 102 games (2006-08, 2009-14)
* Spent most of the season with Hamilton (AHL), where he scored a career-high 18 goals and had 36 points, one shy of his career high (37 with Rockford, 2007-08) … had no points and five penalty minutes in seven games with the Canadiens … hasn’t recorded a point in the NHL since the 2011-12 season (two goals, four points in a career-high 39 games)

D Carlo Colaiacovo (31), St. Louis – 401 games

Carlo Colaiacovo

(2002-04, 2005-14)
* Played in 25 games, and was a healthy scratch numerous times … has one goal, four points, a minus-4 rating and 18 penalty minutes this season … has played in 31 games the past two seasons after topping the 60-game mark every year from 2008-12 … has 20 games of playoff experience, including nine with Detroit a season ago

Jordan Nolan

C Jordan Nolan (24), Los Angeles – 134 games (2011-14)
* Set career highs with six goals, 10 points, 54 penalty minutes and 64 games in his first full season with the Kings … made his playoff debut a season ago (no points, no penalty minutes in seven games) … played in his 100th career game Dec. 21 against Colorado … son of Buffalo Sabres head coach Ted Nolan

F Ryan O’Reilly (23), Colorado – 345 games

Ryan O'Reilly

* Led the Avalanche with 28 goals, third with 64 points and fourth with 36 assists … set career highs in goals and points, and was one assist shy of matching his season best (37 in 2011-12) … nearly became the first player in NHL history to finish a season without any penalty minutes … had two PIMs this season and eight in the past three seasons

Michael Rupp

LW Mike Rupp (34), Minnesota – 610 games (2002-04, 2005-14)
* Played in only 13 games this season, partly because he was recovering from offseason knee injury … has to serve the final three games of a four-game suspension for a hit to St. Louis center T.J. Oshie’s head last week … has played in 58 NHL games the past two seasons after playing in 60 or more every year from 2006-12
Note: Detroit C Riley Sheahan, 22, was the Otters’ fourth-round pick in the 2007 OHL Priority Selection, but never signed with the club. 
Posted: April 11th, 2014

Minnesota Wild winger and former Erie Otter Michael Rupp has been suspended four games without pay for a hit to the head of St. Louis Blues winger T.J. Oshie on Thursday night, the NHL’s Department of Player Safety announced Friday.

Rupp was given a match penalty for intent to injure. Rupp, who has one point and 23 penalty minutes in 13 games of an injury-plagued season, begins serving his suspension in Sunday’s regular-season finale against Nashville, and continues with the Wild’s first three Stanley Cup playoff games. Rupp also will forfeit $7,692.31 from his salary, which will be added to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund, according to the league’s collective bargaining agreement.

Check out video of the hit, more about this story and the league’s explanation for the ruling here

Posted: February 4th, 2013

Former Erie Otters Michael Rupp and Nick Palmieri were involved in a trade between the NHL’s New York Rangers and Minnesota Wild.
According to reports Monday, the Rangers sent Rupp, 33, to the Wild for Palmieri, 23, and fellow forward Darroll Powe. Rupp had four goals, five points and 109 points in 68 games since joining the Rangers a season ago. He has 53 goals, 95 points and 765 penalty minutes in 565 games with the Rangers, Pittsburgh Penguins, New Jersey Devils, Columbus Blue Jackets and Phoenix Coyotes from 2002-13.
Rupp, a Cleveland native, had 51 goals, 110 points and 293 penalty minutes in 137 games with the Otters from 1997-2000. Palmieri totaled 65 goals and 114 points in 174 games for the Otters from 2005-08 before being traded to Belleville. He was playing for the Houston Aeros, the Wild’s AHL affiliate, this season. He had 10 goals and 21 points in 40 games. He has 13 goals and 25 points in 87 career NHL games with New Jersey (2009-11) and Minnesota (2011-12). He reportedly will play with the Connecticut Whale, the Rangers’ AHL affiliate.

Posted: April 11th, 2012

Five players with ties to Erie will play in the Stanley Cup playoffs:
* D Carlo Colaiacovo, St. Louis – a key member of the Blues’ league-best defense, had 19 points and a plus-7 in 64 games in the regular season; played on the Otters’ 2002 OHL championship team, had 43 goals, 136 points in 209 games from 1997-2003.
* D Steve Montador, Chicago – totaled five goals, 14 points and 45 penalty minutes in 52 games during his first season with the Blackhawks; had 12 goals, 62 points and 149 penalty minutes with the Otters from 1997-99.
* C Jordan Nolan, Los Angeles – had two goals, four points and 28 penalty minutes in 26 games since being recalled by the Kings from Manchester (AHL) in February; had three goals and seven points in 33 games for the Otters in the 2005-06 season.
* C Michael Rupp, N.Y. Rangers – scored the Stanley Cup-clinching goal as a rookie for New Jersey in Game 7 of the 2003 finals against Anaheim; had 61 goals, 110 points and 293 penalty minutes in 147 games with the Otters from 1997-2000.
* Riley Sheahan, Detroit – signed with the Red Wings on Thursday, had no points and four penalty minutes in his NHL debut Saturday against Chicago; drafted by the Otters in the fourth of the 2007 OHL Priority Selection, but played at Notre Dame for three seasons.
Note: New Jersey RW David Clarkson‘s brother, Doug, had three goals and six points in 19 games for the Otters in the 2007-08 season.

Posted: February 11th, 2011

Check out this story on Pittsburgh Penguins forward Michael Rupp, a former Erie Otter.

Posted: January 5th, 2011

Check out this story on Pittsburgh Penguins winger Michael Rupp, a former Erie Otter.

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