Nov 4, 2015

With the hockey season beginning to get into full swing both in North America and around the globe, it's time to take a look at some of the many former Jr. Blues making their name in other leagues, from the NHL to the NAHL and beyond.


Paul Stastny (St. Louis Blues, NHL): Arguably the most notable Jr. Blues alumnus, Stastny scored one goal and added four assists in five games played before suffering a broken foot on October 16 at Vancouver. He is currently on injured reserve and will be re-evaluated later this month.

Chris Butler (Chicago Wolves, AHL/St. Louis Blues, NHL): The defenseman has bounced back and forth between Rosemount and the Blues this year: he has played one game with the Wolves (getting an assist), and two games for the Blues (where he got on the stat sheet with two penalty minutes).

Joe Vitale (Arizona Coyotes, NHL): Part of a surprising Yotes club, Vitale has only played one game this year, where he broke his orbital bone fighting Kevan Miller of Boston. He is expected to be out for four to six weeks.

Brandon Bollig (Calgary Flames, NHL): The only former Jr. Blue with a Stanley Cup ring, Bollig has played in 11 games and scored one goal while notching 35 penalty minutes.

Travis Turnbull (Düsseldorfer EG, DEL-Bundesliga): Turnbull continues to make waves with one of Germany's best-supported hockey clubs, scoring one goal and four assists in 16 games.

Mike Davies (Hamburg Freezers, DEL-Bundesliga): Staying in Germany, Turnbull's former teammate (both with the Jr. Blues and in the Bundesliga) Davies moved from the Rhineland to Hamburg in the offseason, and has settled in nicely with his new club–in 16 games played, he has one goal and five assists.

Cal Heeter (KHL Medvescak Zagreb, KHL/Hamburg Freezers, DEL-Bundesliga): A change of scenery has done the former Ohio State goalkeeper good: after compiling a 0-2-2 record with a 3.23 goals-against and .856 save percentage with the only Croatian club in the KHL, Heeter moved to join Davies at the Freezers and has found the Bundesliga much more to his liking: in three games, he has a 2-0-0 record with a 2.24 GAA and .925 SV% with his new club.

Nick Saracino (Providence College, NCAA DI): The defending NCAA champion continues to impress in his senior year for the Friars: in seven games, he has three goals and five assists, all while not taking a single penalty minute.

Ryan McGrath (UMass-Lowell, NCAA DI): Playing in his senior season for the #5-ranked River Hawks, McGrath has two goals in six games.

Johnny Mueller (American International College, NCAA DI): In his freshman year with the Yellow Jackets, Mueller has one goal and two assists in eight games played.

Kerry McGlynn (Hamline College, NCAA DIII): Part of a Pipers team that won the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletics Conference title last season, McGlynn's season has only just started, but in two games he has already recorded one assist.

Cody Guidorzi (Lake Forest College, NCAA DIII): In his first year of college hockey, Guidorzi has played only one game, but already has scored one goal.

Trey Dodd (Dubuque Fighting Saints, USHL): In his final year of junior hockey before heading off to Brown of the ECAC, Dodd has three goals and three assists in 11 games.

Adam Roeder (Janesville Jets, NAHL): Roeder has three goals and one assist in 11 games played in Wisconsin.

Kyle Meeh (Springfield Jr. Blues, NAHL): Also in his final year of juniors, Meeh has scored four goals and added two assists in 15 games played for Springfield.

Chris Brown (Springfield Jr. Blues, NAHL): A blue-line partner of Meeh at multiple levels, Brown has recorded one assist in 11 games in the Springfield lineup.

Andy McGlynn (Corpus Christi IceRays, NAHL): With 16 games played in South Texas, McGlynn has three goals and six assists.

Tommy Heinzman/Lukas Daniels/Alex Carlsson/Jake Wynd/Mike Lozano (Lindenwood University, ACHA DI): No less than five former Jr. Blues are members of the #3 ranked club hockey program in America, including Daniels, the team's captain.