Sunday, September 30, 2007

Alumni update: Ouch! Oh, that “sports hernia”

Ten year NHL veteran and Islanders’ fan favorite Shawn Bates can only watch his teammates prepare for the upcoming NHL season. Rather than practice, the former Terrier speedster is rehabbing a groin injury that first occurred last season. He underwent sports hernia surgery followed by months of rehab, but the problem lingers. A Newsday blog article reports that “no comeback will be attempted until he is 100 percent healthy.” Bates is one of three ex-BU players on the Islanders, The others are “Battling” Rick DiPietro and All-American defenseman Freddy Meyer.

A similar injury, finally diagnosed as a sports hernia cost former BU forward Dave VanderGulik half of his senior season in 2005-06. Returning to the lineup on Dec. 20, 2006 against Merrimack, he played all the remaining 25 games, registering 11 goals and 11 assists as BU won the Hockey East title and reached the second round of the NCAAs.

Vandy’s first pro season, with Calgary’s Omaha Knights AHL affiliate was a successful one and now he’s earned some additional recognition. He was named the AHL recipient of the Ironman Award, presented annually by the Professional Hockey Players Association to the player “who has participated in all of his respective Club’s regular season games and has contributed both offensively and defensively throughout that campaign.”

Credit USCHO poster BUDevil for spotting and posting this item:

Brad Zancanaro has been at the Hershey Bears (AHL) training camp albeit having signed a contract extension with Florida of the ECHL during the summer.The Caps offered this anecdote about Zanc and one of his former teammates-- "Chris Bourque, who is still in training camp with the Caps, wore uniform number 17 in Hershey the last two years and at 5'7" towers two inches over the 5'5" Zancanaro, who wore number 17 last night..."

Everblades are based in Estero Florida, which hosts the annual Florida College Classic holiday tournament for Division 1 teams.

Joe DiPenta, who became the sixth Terrier to raise the Stanley Cup when the Ducks won last Spring’s playoffs, helped the NHL launch its 2007-09 season this past weekend “across the pond” in London. The Ducks split a pair with the Los Angeles Kings and DiPenta got on the board with his first assist of the year.

Since his days at Winchester High School, defenseman Dan Spang has been labeled a two-way defenseman, combining crunching hits with ability to step up into plays and fire a heavy shot. Now in his second season with the Sharks' AHL affiliate in Worcester, the former All-American is adding more versatility. He's become a spokesperson for the organization, serving as the face of the Shark's "Be A Leader" program. Spang has been speaking before community groups and has even filmed some TV commercials for the program. On the ice, he's been solid but due to a few injuries and San Jose's depth on the blueline, Spang is still waiting for a call-up.

No comments:

Site Meter