By John Lachmann
Twenty-five former Miamians are currently on professional rosters, including nine players from the 2011-12 RedHawks team.
Ten former RedHawks are currently playing on American Hockey League teams and four players who would be in the NHL (D Dan Boyle, D Andy Greene, F Tommy Wingels, F Ryan Jones) are sitting out the current season.
RedHawkey will regularly track the progress of ex-Miami players currently pursuing their professional hockey dreams in leagues around the world.
AHL: Portland forward Andy Miele opened the season with a pair of two-point games.
Miele picked up the primary assist on an Oliver Ekman-Larsson goal that gave the Pirates a 2-1 lead over Adirondack and notched an unassisted goal to put Portland up 3-2 before it surrendered four unanswered goals in a 6-3 loss on Oct. 13.
Miele earned the primary assist on the goal that put the Pirates up for good, 4-3 in a 7-4 win over Worcester on Oct. 19. He also scored Portland’s final goal on the power play late in the third period.
While defenseman Cameron Schilling did score twice in the playoffs for Hershey last season, he notched his first regular-season for the Bears on Oct. 19 and he was credited with the game winner.
Schilling scored an even-strength goal five minutes into the third period to give Hershey a 3-0 lead over Binghamton, and the Bears held off a late attack for a 3-2 win.
ECHL: Defenseman Vincent LoVerde, known more for his stellar defense and shot-blocking ability in Oxford, scored three goals in the first games of Ontario’s season.
LoVerde netted the first goal in the Reign’s 2-1 win at Stockton on Oct. 12, had the game-tying goal with 1:10 left in Ontario’s 5-4 shootout win on Oct. 17 and scored the game-winning goal in a 4-2 win over Gwinnett on Oct. 19.
South Carolina forward Alden Hirschfeld scored the first two goals of his professional career in a 5-2 loss to Greenville on Oct. 19.
Hirschfeld gave the Stingrays the early lead with 14:18 left in the first period and after four unanswered Greenville goals his cut the deficit to two with a power play goal midway through the third period.
Elmira defenseman Chris Wideman picked up his first pro assist in his second game with the Jackals, and he notched three helpers in a 5-0 win over Wheeling on Oct. 20.
Wideman earned a primary assist by setting up Elmira’s second goal with 16:40 left in the second period vs. Greenville.
Wideman notched a secondary assist on the Jackals’ first goal against Wheeling less than five minutes into the game, and he added helpers on a pair of power play goals in the second period.
CHL: Tulsa forward Gary Steffes picked up his first two points of the season in a 4-3 win over Wichita on Oct. 19.
Steffes helped the Oilers take the lead by setting up a goal by Michel Beausoleil early in the first period, and he netted his first goal of the season with 1:55 left in the opening stanza.
OHL: Forward Tyler Biggs scored a pair of unassisted goals in Oshawa’s 4-3 win at Ottawa on Oct. 24.
Biggs gave the Generals a 2-1 lead with 16:09 remaining in the second period, and he tied the score at three with 10:39 left in regulation, ultimately forcing the shootout.
Biggs has eight goals and five assists in 14 games this season.
Europe: Linz forward Pat Leahy recorded his 250th career point with the Black WIngs in a four-point game in their 6-3 win over first-place Villach on Oct. 21.
Leahy scored a goal and picked up three helpers, and his tally with 6:50 left in regulation gave Leahy his milestone and Linz a 5-3 lead which it would not relinquish.
Forward Derek Edwardson is with his third Serie A team in four years in the Italian league, but he is putting up points at his best pace since moving overseas.
Edwardson, playing for Cortina this season, has a six-game point streak, including a six-point game in an 8-1 win over Pontebba on Oct. 11.
Edwardson earned an assist in the first period of that game, and he notched two goals and three assists during Cortina’s six-goal second period.
Forward Randy Robitaille is in his second season playing for Novokuznetsk of the KHL, and he has recorded 15 points in 21 games.
Matt Tomassoni recorded his first professional goal in the Iserlohn’s first game on Sept. 14.
Tomassoni scored shorthanded 1:35 into the second period to give the Roosters a 2-1 lead in a game Iserlohn eventually won, 5-3 over Dusseldorf. Tomassoni also assisted on the final goal with 6:55 remaining in the third period.
Here are this season’s statistics for former RedHawks currently playing in leagues around the world:
F Andy Miele, POR, 5 GP, 3-3—6
F Carter Camper, PRO, 4 GP, 0-3—3
D Cameron Schilling, HER, 4 GP, 1-1—2
F Reilly Smith, TEX, 6 GP, 0-2—2
F Pat Cannone, BNG, 5 GP, 1-0—1
F Jarod Palmer, HOU, 4 GP, 0-1—1
F Justin Vaive, SA, 4 GP, 0-0—0
D Will Weber, SPR, 0 GP, 0-0—0