Monday, July 30, 2012


Ray Tremblay is an alumnus of Brockport who had a fine career with the program, showing excellent playmaking skills for the Golden Eagles.

As the Bleacher Report says, he's been doing well in the pros and will try it again with his current team...

The Danville Dashers made their first roster moves for the upcoming season on Friday, signing forwards Ryan Stern, Ray Tremblay, Paul Weisser and Andrew Owsiak to professional try-out (PTO) agreements.

Stern and Tremblay are two of the longest-tenured Danville players—logging 69 games between them in the Dashers' inaugural season—on a team that dealt with a great deal of roster turnover, which saw at least fifty-five different skaters put on the Dasher black and gold. The duo also ranked second and third in team scoring respectively, combining for 62 points.

Tremblay, 26, will begin his second professional season after three years at SUNY Brockport. The British Columbia native was second on the Dashers with 15 goals to complement 13 assists in a team-high 41 games played.

The 5'10" winger wasn't as much of a goal scorer in college, totaling 15 goals and 35 assists in his three seasons as a Golden Eagle, but he certainly found a scoring touch in Danville and will be a key part of Rob Schweyer's offense in 2012-13.



Friday, July 20, 2012


The Mississippi RiverKings' (SPHL) announced yesterday that Brockport alumnus Ian Finnerty, who had an amazing senior season -- and  brilliant Brockport career --  has signed with them for the 2012-13 season. Terms were not released.

"We're excited about having a player of Finnerty's ability added to our roster," said Head Coach Derek Landmesser. "He has good vision and is a strong two-way player."

After playing four years at the college level, the challenge of professional hockey excites Finnerty.

"I'm looking forward to get to the next level and see what it's all about," said Finnerty. "After speaking with Coach Landmesser, I'm in the right place to go after a championship."

Finnerty led the Golden Eagles with 36 points (11G, 25A) in 25 games last season.



If you'd like to share your thoughts and condolences with Jay Meloff, his Twitter account can be found at



The previous post mentioned young Jay Meloff, who played for Brockport in the first semester of last season.

It's saddening to report that Jay's girlfriend was among those murdered in last night's shooting in Aurora, Colorado.

Here's the report from The Daily News....

An aspiring sportscaster who cheated death at a Toronto shopping mall shooting last month is one of the 12 dead in the Colorado movie massacre.

Jessica Ghawi was watching “The Dark Knight Rises” with a long-time friend when a gunman opened fire minutes into the the midnight premiere.

“MOVIE DOESN’T START FOR 20 MINUTES,” she wrote in her last Twitter post to a hockey writer pal.

Ghawi, who wrote under the name Jessica Redfield, worked for sports website Busted Coverage and her chilling final post on her personal blog describes her near miss at the Eaton Center mall shooting in Toronto June 2 where seven were injured and one died.

“I can’t get this odd feeling out of my chest. This empty, almost sickening feeling won’t go away,” Ghawi wrote. “I noticed this feeling when I was in the Eaton Center in Toronto just seconds before someone opened fire in the food court.

“An odd feeling which led me to go outside and unknowingly out of harm’s way. It’s hard for me to wrap my mind around how a weird feeling saved me from being in the middle of a deadly shooting.”

Ghawi grew up in San Antonio, Texas, but recently moved to Denver, her family told KENS 5 News.

Her firefighter brother, Jordan Ghawi, said he was woken by a call from his mother in the early hours of Friday who was “hysterical, and almost unintelligible,” according to a post on his website.

“I was able to contact the man that was with my sister, mutual friend Brent Lowak, who states that they were in the theater when an incendiary device was fired into the crowds and that shots rang out immediately afterwards,” Jordan Ghawi wrote.

“Brent further stated that he took two rounds and that my my sister took one round followed by an additional round which appeared to strike her in the head.”

Jordan Ghawi jumped on a flight from San Antonio and touched down in Denver Friday morning.

“Well this could easily be the worst night of my life,” he wrote on Twitter before taking off.

“It appears that my sister has been fatally wounded in a mass shooting at a movie premiere in Denver, CO."




Jay Meloff played a few games with the Golden Eagles last year and is now preparing for the Denver Cutthroat's free agent camp.

His on-ice travels are profiled in a story for SB Nation.

The article notes why he left campus...

Jay decided to try his hand at the college level, choosing to play for Brockport State in New York because of the strong reputation of its hockey program. But policies on financial aid for Canadian athletes changed, and he found himself having to foot an $11,000 tuition bill for each semester. It forced him to make a hard choice: stay and exhaust his entire life savings or move on to another league. He chose to move on.


Finding teams that would take him on a student visa was difficult. It’s an expensive process to change that status, and many organizations simply won’t deal with it. Because of his skill level and dedication, though, teams began expressing interest. Jay chose to skate with the Danbury Whalers for the remainder of the 2011-2012 season as he felt the team would offer him the best chance to bring him closer to his goals of playing in AHL and, after that, the NHL. He finished strong in Danbury, scoring three goals and five assists in 17 games.

Read the entire article online, where you can learn about his history and his hockey plans:


Wednesday, July 18, 2012


Standout Brockport goaltender Oliver Wren, coming off graduation and a second semester that was one of the best stretches of big-game goaltending that we've seen, is now playing in the land down under where he's making a name for himself as reported by Hewitt Sports....

Despite being on the wrong side of a 2-1 decision against the Bears, Oliver Wren is thankful for the chance he’s been given.

Fresh off a disappointing season with SUNY Brockport where his side went 9-13-3, Wren is happy to be back on the ice, even if it wasn’t where he originally planned.

Wren was back at home working out and contemplating joining the professional ranks in America and Europe when the call came from the Mustangs.

While he has only made four appearances for the men in Orange and Black he has been able to spot some differences in the league compared to NCAA despite the play being of a similar standard .

“It’s more of a free flowing game down here, NCAA is very much about the Power Play and the Penalty Kill.”

With Wren in the box seat to lead the Mustangs from the back for the rest of the campaign, he hopes to impart some of his wisdom on Fraser Carson and Michael James.

“They’re two great young goalies who are both willing to learn and hopefully when I leave they are going to be able to make me look good.”

If the form he showed on Sunday is anything to go by, Wren will end the season as one of the most respected net-minders in the league, with several of his heroic saves drawing admiration from the small, yet passionate crowd.

While he would love to be seen as one of the leaders oof the team he knows that he has a long road to reach that point.

“As an older guy you hope to be able to lead, but as a goaltender I need to worry about stopping the puck before I think about telling people what to do.”

That task starts next weekend when the Mustangs will place the leaders of their respective conferences the Ice and the North Stars, with the weekend a great opportunity for the side to influence who will be in Newcastle in the first week of September.

“They’re two great young goalies who are both willing to learn and hopefully when I leave they are going to be able to make me look good.”