Mini-galleries of some New York Islanders before they went pro. You can find more images by plugging your favorite’s name into the search box. Most images are available for purchase as prints or high resolution downloads. Sale ending today (May 7) that gives you 10% off with coupon code SAVE.
Calvin de Haan
And while this isn’t from his amateur days, had to include Coach Mike Dunham in a Maine sweater:
Good luck to Colgate captain Jeremy Price who signed an ATO with the Chicago Wolves.
Very sorry to see the John Buccigross tweet that Blake Geoffrion has retired from hockey. On November 9, 2012 during the owner’s lockout, he suffered a skull fracture in a game for the Hamilton Bulldogs. So glad he got to play for the Habs the previous season. Hope that he is able to recover from that injury (which combined with past concussions) to fully enjoy life and that he finds something else he enjoys as much as hockey.
At Lake Placid camps, he’d regularly get a teammate to pose with him and smile for the camera, but as soon as I’d take the shot, he’d go deadpan so teammate was left grinning by himself.
NOTE: Apparently the Buccigross tweet was incorrect, at least at this time. Per this tweet, Danny Geoffrion (Blake’s father) said that the decision had not been made and that the Habs were merely informed that Blake was considering retirement.
From Buccigross article following Danny Geoffrion’s denial:
“I love the game of hockey more than anything and this decision tears me up inside,” Geoffrion had told ESPN.com, “but we are talking about my brain. Not a knee or a shoulder. I want to have a family, have kids, play with them and a strong quality of life for another 60 or 70 years. These last three months of recovery have been hell. For two months I would sit in the shower for an hour with no lights on. My head was throbbing. The plate in my head is still sensitive. I’ve tried to put a hockey helmet on four or five times and I can’t even put that on yet.”
Hockey East announced its remaining awards at its banquet on March 8. See previously announced awards/galleries here.
Boston College swept the 3 “of the Year” awards with Coach of the Year Katie King Crowley, Rookie of the Year Haley Skarupa and Player of the Year Alex Carpenter.
2013 WHEA First-Team All-Stars
Roxanne Douville, Vermont (Jr., Beloeil, Que.)
Blake Bolden, Boston College * (Sr., Stow, Ohio)
Shannon Doyle, Boston University (Jr., Baldwin, Ont.)
Alex Carpenter, Boston College * (So., North Reading, Mass.) – see above
Kendall Coyne, Northeastern * (So., Palos Heights, Ill.)
Marie-Philip Poulin, Boston University * (Jr., Beauceville, Que.)
2013 WHEA Second-Team All-Stars
Corinne Boyles, Boston College (Sr., Wheaton, Ill.)
Alexis Crossley, New Hampshire (Fr., Cole Harbour, N.S.)
Emily Pfalzer, Boston College (So., Getzville, N.Y.)
Jenelle Kohanchuk, Boston University (Sr., Winnipeg, Man.)
Casey Pickett, Northeastern (Sr., Wilmington, Mass.)
Haley Skarupa, Boston College (Fr., Rockville, Md.) – see above
2013 WHEA Honorable Mention All-Stars
Chloe Desjardins, Northeastern (So., Saint-Prosper, Beauce, Que.)
Jenn Gilligan, New Hampshire (So., Maple Ridge, B.C.)
Maggie DiMasi, Northeastern (So., Burlington, Vt.)
Caitlin Hewes, Connecticut (So., Stillwater, Minn.)
Rebecca Morse, Providence College (Jr., Westfield, N.J.)
Emily Field, Boston College (So., Littleton, Mass.)
Isabel Menard, Boston University (Sr., Ottawa, Ont.)
Brittany Dougherty, Maine (Sr., Chesterfield, Mich.)
Player of the Year
Andrew Miller, Yale (Sr., F – Bloomfield Hills, Mich.)
Rookie of the Year
Jimmy Vesey, Harvard (Fr., F – North Reading, Mass.)
First Team All-Ivy
Matt Lorito, Brown (So., F – Oakville, Ontario, Canada)
Greg Miller, Cornell (Sr., F – Toronto, Ontario, Canada)
Tyler Sikura, Dartmouth (So., F – Aurora, Ontario, Canada)
Andrew Calof, Princeton (Jr., F – Nepean, Ontario, Canada)
Andrew Miller, Yale (Sr., F – Bloomfield Hills, Mich.) – see above
Dennis Robertson, Brown (Jr., D – Fort St. John, British Columbia, Canada)
Mike Keenan, Dartmouth (Sr., D – South Weymouth, Mass.)
Michael Sdao, Princeton (Sr., D – Niwot, Colo.)
Anthony Borelli, Brown (Sr., G – Grand Island, N.Y.)
Second Team All-Ivy
Matt Lindblad, Dartmouth (Jr., F – Winnetka, Ill.)
Kenny Agostino, Yale (Jr., F – Flanders, N.J.)
Antoine Laganiere, Yale (Sr., F – Ile Cadieux, Quebec, Canada)
Joakim Ryan, Cornell (So., D – Rumson, N.J.)
Danny Biega, Harvard (Sr., D – Montreal, Quebec, Canada)
Mike Condon, Princeton (Sr., G – Needham, Mass.)
Jeff Malcolm, Yale (Sr., G – Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada)