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Boston College Hockey: Eagles in the NHL, Part 4

Christian: Well, after a week off of posting, I’m back for more hockey alumni goodness. (In case you missed it, here are installments 1, 2, and 3). Enjoy!

 

Jeff Giuliano LW (1998-2002), Los Angeles Kings

Itallian ICE! Have a taste!!! (Ok.. maybe, like, 5 people would get that joke) Jeff has been playing with the Kings and their affiliates since they signed him as an unrestricted free agent in 2005. He made his NHL debut during the 05-06 campaign, but was sent back down to Manchester until this season. Since being called up on December 10, 2007, he has played in 44 games this season, but has yet to find the back of the net. He does have 5 assists this season, though, giving him a career total of 3 G and 9 A. Despite having a permanent spot on the Kings roster right now, there's currently a nice article about Jeff on the front page of the Monarch's website.

Scott Clemmensen G (1997-2001), Toronto Marlies

If there's one thing I will probably remember about Scott Clemmensen, it won't be that he was the goalie for the 2001 National Championship or that he once the school's regular-season record for most consecutive shutout minutes with 254:23, not to mention other NCAA Championship records such as career tournament wins (10) and career tournament saves (356). Well, OK, I'll remember him for that. But one other thing I'll always remember is how he was the backup to one of the all-time greatest (and durable) NHL goalies: Martin Brodeur. While getting drafted by a team like the Devils is usually a great thing, for Clemmensen, it would mean he would spend a lot of time on the bench since Brodeur seemingly never sits. But that isn't always a bad thing: he spent his first few years playing for the Albany River Rats of the AHL, and when he became the full-time backup for Marty, one can only assume he learned a trick or two from the future Hall-of-Famer. In 2007, Scott signed a 1-year contract with the Maple Leafs, and has since been called up from their AHL team, the Toronto Marlies, a couple of times, posting a 1-1 record for the Leafs this season. Unfortunately he's once again in the backup role, but this time he's behind both Andrew Raycroft and Vesa Toskala.

Matti Kaltiainen G (2001-2005), Kiekko-Vantaa (FIN)

This beloved Eagle goalie started his career with Eagles strong, winning numerous Hockey East Rookie of the Week honors in 2001-2002. Drafted by the Bruins in 2001, Matti unfortunately was not signed when he graduated in 2005. The Bruins had many young goalies coming up in their system at the time, and Matti was just not in their plans. Following this, he went back to his hometown of Espoo, Finland to play for the Blues (the non-NHL Blues, that is). He played the 2005-2006 season with them as their backup, posting a record of 3-2-5. He has since bounced around Finland's hockey league, playing the next season on Assat Pori and now finding himself on Kiekko-Vantaa in the Mestis league.

Krystofer Kolanos C (1999-2001), Quad City Flames

Despite only staying with the Eagles for 2 years before leaving for the NHL, Krys Kolanos' overtime goal in the 2001 National Championship game against North Dakota forever etched him into the memories of Boston College fans everywhere. His early exit led him right to the Phoenix Coyotes, the team that drafted him 19th overall in 2000. He played just over three injury-plagued seasons with the Coyotes until 2005 when he was claimed off waivers by Edmonton. Not able to get back to his true form after some serious injuries, he bounced around the AHL, going from the Oilers to the Red Wings and eventually signing a deal with his hometown Calagary Flames' affiliate, the Quad City Flames, in 2007. While he didn't initially report to training camp, he soon started playing with the AHL Flames in November of 2007. He's currently tied for the team lead in goals with 27 and second in points with 57. If he keeps this up, he'll be back in the NHL in no time.

 

Alright, so I'm going to stop at 4 players for this week, but in place of the fifth player I usually do, I'm going to briefly go through a bunch of recent Eagles and give you a quick update. Some of the players you may remember (if you've been following the team for the past 8 years like I have), others you may not.

  • Ben Lovejoy D (2002-2003) - Only played a year for BC before transferring to Dartmouth for his final 3 years, currently playing for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins.
  • Cory Schneider G (2004-2007) - Left BC after 3 years. Drafted 26th overall in 2004 by the Canucks, currently in his first year with their AHL Manitoba Moose squad.
  • AJ Walker F (1999-2003) - Played in 3 ECHL games for the Charlotte Checkers from 2003-2005.
  • Bill Cass D (1999-2003) - Split the 2003-2004 ECHL season playing for both the Trenton Titans and then the Greenville Grrrowl, scoring 5 G and 12 A.
  • Anthony D'Arpino (D, 1999-2003) - Played the 2003-2004 season with the CHL's Tulsa Oilers, scoring 4 G and 13 A.
  • Ales Dolinar F (1998-2002) - Played 23 games with the Columbus Cottonmouths of the ECHL, attaining 4 A.