May 1, 2013
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -
With the National Hockey League (NHL) season reaching the playoffs, here is a rundown of the former Friars who played in the NHL this past season.
Colin McDonald ’07 had a breakout season with the New York Islanders, playing in 45 games while scoring seven goals and adding 10 assists for 17 points. McDonald and the Islanders finished eighth in the Eastern Conference and will face top-seeded Pittsburgh in their best-of-seven opening round series (begins May 1).
Jon Rheault ’08 made his NHL debut this season, appearing in five games for the Florida Panthers. At the American Hockey League (AHL) level, Rheault has racked up 48 points on 20 goals and 28 assists this season playing for Panthers’ affiliate San Antonio Rampage.
Veteran Hal Gill ’97 battled through a mid-season injury and played 32 games for the Nashville Predators. Gill reached the 1,100 games played plateau at the end of the year, which was his 16th season in the NHL. He has totaled 1,102 games played and scored 36 goals and 148 assists for 184 career points.
Mark Fayne ’10 finished his third season with the New Jersey Devils, playing in 31 games while scoring a goal and adding five assists for six points.
Matt Taormina '09 played in two games for the Tampa Bay Lightning. After playing parts of the 2010-11 and 2011-12 seasons with the New Jersey Devis, it marked Taormina's first two games with Tampa Bay.
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