-Attends Union College as a student
-Attends most (if not all) games
-Knows the game of hockey inside and out
-Has average or above writing ability
|Mat Bodie: All-American|
Welsh said he was approached not only by guys you might expect, like director of hockey ops Ron Francis and assistant GM Jason Karmanos, but also coaches Kirk Muller and Rod Brind'Amour, who made it clear that he'd get a very legitimate shot in the organization.He also reports that the Bruins and Blackhawks were courting Jeremy; we had heard that Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman was on hand in Bridgeport (along with a plethora of scouts).
But the reason these appearances are important is that it now appears as though we have two burgeoning national powers on our hand [Ferris State and Union]. This was Union's second straight 26-win season (in college hockey, 20 is considered a good year, and 22 is usually enough to get you into the tournament). In fact, Union has now won 92 games in the past four seasons. So it's unlikely that they lapse back into the perennial 12-to-16-win team they were five or six years ago.Jeremy Welsh was also named an All-American, along with Troy Grosenick and Mat Bodie. Congratulations to the three of them--the honors are well deserved.
Of all of the college free agents available, we identified Jeremy as the one who most fit our organizational needs. He provides another big body for us down the middle, and is a player who has shown character and leadership at the college level, in addition to scoring ability.But eschew the sad, be happy, and most of all, be proud of Jeremy Welsh and the Dutchmen. After all, #27 will always be a Dutchmen. When his bio is displayed on TV on Saturday, all should be proud to see "Union College" under his name. We'll have more on this later, but once again: congratulations to Jeremy Welsh and the Union Dutchmen. For more, check out Mike's interview with Jeremy from last month.
|Local businesses in on the fun|
|Seal of Union College in Schenectady, New York, United States (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
|G.R.O.S.E.N.I.C.K System In Action|
|Heavy lifting at Fenway|
|Forever pensive: Mat Bodie|
|Mat and Troy, pre-hug|
Like Andy Dufresne chipping away at a stone wall in Shawshank for decades, Union got where it is today amid numerous obstacles and tireless work of a series of individuals.
|Max Novak will stop at nothing to get his Rookie of the Month Award|
While many people don't know much about this team, they know what they do best and don't stray from a winning game plan.