It's time for another season of professional hockey, at least for everyone but the National Hockey League. At the time of this posting the NHL players were considering the most recent offer from management to end the lockout.
A lot has happened since the last Pro Hockey Notes, some good things, some tragic.
First, the good. Former Golden Knight Willie Mitchell became the third member of Clarkson's 1997 recruiting class to win a Stanley Cup championship, joining classmates Erik Cole, who won one with the Carolina Hurricanes, and Kent Huskins, who won one with the Anaheim Ducks.
Mitchell was the first player on the Los Angeles Kings to be handed the Cup after captain Dustin Brown accepted it from commissioner Gary Bettman.
Mitchell takes the Stanley Cup to his hometown
There also was sadness in the Clarkson community in June when former Golden Knight Bryan Rufenach, who was a teammate of some current members of the squad, died in an accident while on a trip to Switzerland. Rufenach, who was only 23, was electrocuted.
As the current season begins the goal this week is merely to inform where former Clarkson players are playing this season. Starting next week I will begin tracking stats for each league in a cycle. The order will be NHL (if and when it begins), AHL, Europe plus (which includes ECHL and every other pro hockey league) and Future Watch (which looks at how Clarkson's recruits are doing).
So here is the current status of the former Golden Knights in pro hockey as the 2012-13 season begins:
Erik Cole, Montreal Canadiens
Willie Mitchell, Los Angeles Kings
Grant Clitsome, Winnipeg Jets
Kent Huskins, no team
Randy Jones, no team
Steve Zalewski, Albany
David Leggio, Rochester
Mark Borowiecki, Binghamton
Brandon DeFazio, Bridgeport
Shawn Weller, South Carolina
Matt Beca, Florida
Paul Karpowich, Evansville
Nick Tremblay, Greenville
Corey Tamblyn, Idaho
Jake Morley, Idaho
Julien Cayer, Reading
Scott Freeman, Ljlbljana Olimpija HK, Austria
Chris D'Alvise, Ljlbljana Olimpija HK, Austria
Phil Paquet, Frederikshaun, Denmark
Chris Blight, Cardiff Devils, Wales
Mac Faulkner, Cardiff Devils, Wales
Shea Guthrie, Coventry Blaze, England
David Cayer, Strasbourg, France
Rob McFeeters, China Dragon
Dave Reid, Hannover Indians, Germany
Jay Latulippe, Chamonix, France
Louke Oakley, Kaufbeuren, Germany
*NOTE: If you know of any players missing from this list contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Lauri Tuohimaa recently retired from the Finnish league and has become an agent.