As the hockey season gets into its tough middle, it’s time to take a look at former St. Louis Jr. Blues players making their impact in other leagues. Here’s just a few alumni and what they’ve been up to:
Paul Stastny (Jr. Blues 2001; St. Louis Blues, NHL): Playing a top-six role on one of the NHL’s biggest success stories of the year, Stastny has seven goals and 16 assists in 31 games played.
Brandon Bollig (Jr. Blues 2005; San Jose Barracuda, AHL): Picked up by the San Jose organization after several years with Calgary, the former Stanley Cup champion has three goals and one assist in 19 games.
Nick Saracino (Jr. Blues 2008-10; Worcester Railers HC, ECHL): Moving to an expansion club after two seasons with the Iowa Wild, Saracino has two goals and five assists in 11 games. He also got the chance to play with his older brother Chris (Jr. Blues 2007) during the club’s home opening weekend, as Chris was signed to a PTO.
Ryan McGrath (Jr. Blues 2008-10; Quad City Mallards, ECHL): After a great season in the German lower leagues, the former UMass-Lowell star returned Stateside this year and has made a quality start, with three goals and five assists in 18 games.
Mike Davies (Jr. Blues 2004; Augsburger Panther, DEL-Bundesliga): Formerly a standout at Wisconsin, Davies has spent the past four years in the German top division and this is his second year at the Bavarian club. This year he has eight goals and nine assists in 28 games.
Travis Turnbull (Jr. Blues 2003; Iserlohn Roosters, DEL-Bundesliga): Like Davies (who was his former teammate at Düsseldorfer EG), Turnbull has made his home in Europe for the past five years. Joining a new club this year and as the Roosters’ assistant captain, he has three goals and 12 assists in 30 games.
Ryan Trenz (Jr. Blues 2008-10; Manchester Storm, British Elite League): Formerly of the Alaska Aces in the ECHL, Trenz moved to England after the Aces wound up operations. This year in Lancashire he has two goals and seven assists in 18 games, plus four assists in the Elite League’s knockout cup competition.
Adam Roeder (Jr. Blues 2014; Northern Michigan, NCAA DI-WCHA): In his freshman campaign in the Upper Peninsula, the former Janesville Jets star defenseman has one goal and one assist in 15 contests.
Trey Dodd (Jr. Blues 2013; Brown, NCAA DI-ECAC): The sophomore for the Bears has one goal and two assists in nine matches.
Trevor Wilhelm (Jr. Blues 2016; Corpus Christi, NAHL): In his first full season in the NAHL (he was promoted to the IceRays midway through last year), the defenseman has three goals and five assists in 28 games.
Andy McGlynn (Jr. Blues 2013-15; Coulee Region, NAHL): Last year’s leading scorer for the Chill has 16 points (4G, 12A) in 24 games.
Kyle Meeh (Jr. Blues 2012-14; St. Mary’s, NCAA DIII-MIAC): Named to the all-MIAC freshman team last year, the defenseman’s sophomore season for the Cardinals has started well with two goals in 13 games.
Sam Maddox (Jr. Blues 2013-17; Buffalo State, NCAA DIII-SUNYAC): The freshman forward has made an instant impact for the Bengals, with eight points (5G, 3A) in just 12 matches.
Cody Guidorzi (Jr. Blues 2013; Lake Forest, NCAA DIII-NCHA): A junior forward for the Foresters, Guidorzi has four goals and as many assists in 10 games.