If the Toledo Walleye don’t play better Friday night against the Stingrays, can we expect another bag skate from head coach Nick Vitucci.
Props to Joey Z for covering it via Twitter last night.
Must have been something to see. A 60-minute bag skate after a 7-0 loss to the Stingrays.
Anyway, I’m sure most of you saw this, but Stingrays forward Jordan Owens was called up to the American Hockey League’s Hamilton Bulldogs.
No real shock there. He’s certainly earned this call up. The problem for Owens is that he’s a veteran and the AHL, like the ECHL, limits to number of veterans a team can have on its roster. It’ll be a numbers game for Owens all season, who’s been nothing less than a consummate professional since joining the Rays.
No doubt, he’ll be missed.
Plays every shift hard, has great ice vision and he’s versatile.
Not many of those guys around.
Here are some particulars as provided by Joey Z.
Owens, 27, is second on the Stingrays and tied for 11 in the ECHL with 17 points (7 goals, 10 assists) in 17 contests this season. The Toronto, Ontario, native attended training camp with the Bulldogs before joining the Stingrays. Last season, Owens recorded 13 goals and 18 assists for 31 points in 31 games with Soenderjyske in Denmark and helped the team capture the league championship with nine points (6 goals, 3 assists) in 16 postseason contests. Currently in his seventh professional season, Owens skated in 311 American Hockey League contests from 2007-12 with the Hartford Wolf Pack, Grand Rapids Griffins and Connecticut Whale totaling 111 points (37 goals, 74 assists) and 347 penalty minutes.
Prior to turning pro, the 6-foot, 180-pound forward played three seasons of junior hockey with the Mississauga IceDogs of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) acquiring 153 points (69 goals, 84 assists) in 192 games.
Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving.