By John Lachmann
Eight former Miamians are currently in the NHL and nine more are playing in the second-best league in the world, the AHL.
Overall, 29 ex-RedHawks are playing professional hockey around the world.
NHL: Just 15 games into the season, San Jose Sharks forward Tommy Wingels is approaching career highs in goals, assists and points.
This is Wingels’ fourth season in the NHL, and he has four goals and seven assists in 15 games. His apex in all three was achieved in lockout-shortened 2012-13, when he posted five goals and eight assists for 13 points.
Wingels is currently riding a five-game point streak, including a 1-1-2 effort in Ottawa on Oct. 27 in which he recorded the game-winning goal in a 5-2 win.
Forward Reilly Smith picked up a goal and an assist in the Boston Bruins’ 4-1 win over Florida on Nov. 7. He has two goals and eight helpers on the season, including assists in three straight games.
He earned third star of the game Nov. 7 for assisting on former conference-mate Torrey Krug’s goal midway through the third period and scoring an unassisted goal to seal it with 1:47 left.
Phoenix forward Andy Miele earned his first two NHL points in the same game, a 3-1 win vs. Los Angeles on Oct. 29.
Miele picked up helpers on the Coyotes’ first and third goals.
AHL: Texas forward Curtis McKenzie is off to a great start, recording nine points in his first 11 games.
He picked up a goal and two assists in a 9-3 win over Abbotsford on Oct. 20.
Binghamton defenseman Chris Wideman is also off to a fast start, having notched a goal and six assists in nine games for the Senators.
Wideman had a three-assist game on Oct. 18, a 6-2 win at Syracuse.
ECHL: South Carolina forward Marc Hagel scored twice, including the game winner, in the Stingrays’ 4-2 win at Greenville on Nov. 7.
Hagel is tied for second on the team in goals and is tied for the Stingrays’ lead in plus-minus at plus-7.
His goals did not come against Connor Knapp, who was the Road Warriors’ back-up for that game.
Knapp has a 2.01 goals-against average and a .941 save percentage, allowing more than two goals just once in a 45-save effort against Wheeling in a 5-3 loss on Nov. 2.
Europe: After three seasons away from major professional hockey, forward Evan Cheverie has joined forward Randy Robitaille on Belfast of the EIHL.
Both Cheverie and Robitaille have 16 points, tied for 28th in the league.
Cheverie racked up a goal and two assists in a 5-2 win at Braehead on Oct. 26.
F Tommy Wingels, SJ, 15 GP, 4-7—11
F Reilly Smith, BOS 15 GP, 2-8—10
D Dan Boyle, SJ 8 GP, 2-2—4
F Ryan Jones, EDM, 9 GP, 2-1—3
D Andy Greene, NJ, 14 GP, 1-2—3
F Andy Miele, PHX, 3 GP, 0-2—2
D Alec Martinez, LA, 5 GP, 0-0—0
G Jeff Zatkoff, PIT, 3 GP, 1-2, 3.35 GAA, .865 Sv%
F Curtis McKenzie, TEX, 11 GP, 3-6—9
F Andy Miele, POR, 6 GP, 5-3—8*
D Chris Wideman, BNG, 9 GP, 1-6—7
F Carter Camper, PRO, 10 GP, 0-4—4
F Pat Cannone, CHI, 10 GP, 1-2—3
F Ryan Jones, OKC, 4 GP, 2-0—2*
D Vincent LoVerde, MNC, 12 GP, 0-2—2
F Tyler Biggs, TOR, 10 GP, 1-0—1
D Will Weber, SPR, 9 GP, 1-0—1
F Trent Vogelhuber, SPR, 4 GP, 0-1—1
D Cameron Schilling, HER, 9 GP, 0-1—1
F Marc Hagel, S.C., 8 GP, 5-1—6
F Gary Steffes, BAK, 7 GP, 1-2—3
F Alden Hirschfeld, TOL, 7 GP, 0-3—3
D Steve Spinell, S.C., 8 GP, 1-1—2
F Justin Mercier, IDA, 6 GP, 0-1—1
D Joe Hartman, FW, 6 GP, 0-0—0
G Connor Knapp, GRE, 4 GP, 2-2, 2.01 GAA, .942 Sv%
G Cody Reichard, FW, 2 GP, 3.39 GAA, .896 Sv%
F Dustin Whitecotton, Belfast, EIHL (Britain), 16 GP, 3-13—16
F Evan Cheverie, Belfast, EIHL (Britain), 16 GP, 2-14—16
F Randy Robitaille, Donbass, KHL (Russia), 20 GP, 4-9—13
F Pat Leahy, Linz, EBEL (Austria) 14 GP, 4-5—9
F/D Matt Tomassoni, Bolzano, EBEL (Austria), 19 GP, 1-5—6
*-not currently with team