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Sinclair College pitcher John Shutrump named OCCAC weekly honors for 3rd time this season


Shutrump POTWBy Nicholas Huenefeld/OCCAC Sports Information

Dayton, OhioJustine Barnes (Lakeland), Racquel Ward (Cuyahoga), John Shutrump (Sinclair) and Matt Starcovic (Cuyahoga) comprise the group of four student-athletes who earned player and pitcher of the week recognition in the OCCAC for baseball and softball the week of April 10-16.

OCCAC Baseball Pitcher of the Week
John Shutrump (SO/RHP – Mason H.S.), Sinclair C.C.

Shutrump, a sophomore pitcher for Sinclair Community College, went 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA over 6.1 innings in his team’s 7-1 win over Lakeland last week. He allowed seven hits and struck out two while walking none.

Shutrump is now 7-1 overall this year with a 2.79 ERA and three complete games. In 48.1 innings, he has struck out 24 while allowing 56 hits and walking eight. His team is 29-8 overall and 10-2 in OCCAC play. They will host Vincennes University this afternoon.

This is his third OCCAC Pitcher of the Week award this season after back-to-back honors.

Sinclair is 29-8 overall this year and currently ranked 5th in NJCAA Division II. The Pride will travel to Kalamazoo Valley CC this weekend for a 3 game Region XII series starting Saturday.




NHL Morning Skate for Wednesday, April 19, 2017: Stanley Cup Playoffs edition

Home Team in Caps
NY RANGERS 2, Montreal 1 – series tied 2-2
COLUMBUS 5, Pittsburgh 4 – PIT leads 3-1
SAN JOSE 7, Edmonton 0 – series tied 2-2

The Sharks rebounded from consecutive shutout losses with a 7-0 victory to even their series with the Oilers.

* San Jose matched a franchise record with seven goals in a playoff game, achieved in Game 4 of the 1999 Conference Quarterfinals at COL (7-3 W) and Game 2 of the 2014 First Round vs. LAK (7-2 W). The Sharks also established a franchise record with four power-play goals in a playoff game.

* Elias notes that the Sharks became the first team to win a postseason game by a seven-goal margin since the Penguins in Game 4 of the 2012 Conference Quarterfinals at PHI (10-3 W). Elias adds that the Sharks became the first team to do so in a playoff shutout since the Rangers in Game 3 of the 2007 Conference Quarterfinals vs. ATL (7-0 W).

Joe Pavelski (2-1—3) opened the scoring 15 seconds into the contest to establish a franchise record for the fastest goal to begin a playoff game, eclipsing the mark set by Dany Heatley in Game 1 of the 2011 Conference Quarterfinals vs. LAK (0:28).

Brent Burns (0-3—3) matched a playoff career high with three assists (also Game 5 of 2016 FR at LAK).

Martin Jones (23 saves) recorded his fourth career postseason shutout (all w/ SJS); only Evgeni Nabokov has registered more in franchise playoff history (7).

Rick Nash scored the go-ahead goal at 4:28 of the second period and Henrik Lundqvist made 23 saves to record the win as the Rangers evened their series with the Canadiens.

* The Rangers have won six of their last eight postseason contests when trailing in a series dating back to Game 5 of the 2015 Second Round vs. WSH.

* Lundqvist earned his 57th career playoff win (all w/ NYR) to extend his franchise record for most by a goaltender and move within three of tying Turk Broda (60) for 15th place in Stanley Cup Playoffs history. Lundqvist also made his 120th career playoff appearance to pass Tom Barrasso and Dominik Hasek (119) for 10th on the all-time list among goaltenders.

Elias notes that when teams are tied 2-2 in a best-of-seven Stanley Cup Playoffs series, the winner of Game 5 holds an all-time series record of 193-54 (78.1%).

Five different skaters scored to help the Blue Jackets stave off elimination and force Game 5 in their First Round series against the Penguins. Columbus earned its first-ever postseason victory in regulation and won a playoff game in which it faced elimination for the first time in franchise history.

Markus Nutivaara (1-1—2) registered a goal and an assist in his first career playoff game while Boone Jenner (1-1—2), William Karlsson (1-1—2) and Brandon Saad (0-2—2) also recorded multi-point efforts.

Penguins rookie Jake Guentzel (1-0—1) leads all skaters with five goals in the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs (5-1—6 in 4 GP). Elias notes that Guentzel became the first player to score five goals in his first four career postseason games since Maurice Richard in 1944 (w/ MTL) . . . Penguins forward Evgeni Malkin (0-2—2) leads all skaters with 2-6—8 in the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs (4 GP) . . . Sharks forward Patrick Marleau (1-1—2) scored his 66th career playoff goal to tie Joe Nieuwendyk and Denis Savard for 18th on the all-time list. Only Jaromir Jagr (78) has scored more postseason goals among active players . . . T-Mobile Arena will host the 2017 NHL Awards and NHL Expansion Draft on June 21 in Las Vegas.



Cubs 3B Kris Bryant has MLB’s most popular player jersey

Kris Bryant at plate 2015 By MBDChicago on Flick, CC BY 2.0, https

Bryant’s jersey also most popular since entering Majors in April ’15.

Press Release | April 21st, 2017

MLB Most Popular Player Jerseys

Based on sales from of Majestic jerseys since Culmination of 2016 World Series


1.    Kris Bryant, Chicago Cubs 11.  Yadier Molina, St. Louis Cardinals
2.    Anthony Rizzo, Chicago Cubs 12.  Madison Bumgarner, San Francisco Giants
3.    Clayton Kershaw, Los Angeles Dodgers 13.  Yoenis Céspedes, New York Mets
4.    Javier Báez, Chicago Cubs 14.  Mookie Betts, Boston Red Sox
5.    Kyle Schwarber, Chicago Cubs 15.  Bryce Harper, Washington Nationals
6.    Noah Syndergaard, New York Mets 16.  Francisco Lindor, Cleveland Indians
7.    Corey Seager, Los Angeles Dodgers 17.  Freddie Freeman, Atlanta Braves
8.    Buster Posey, San Francisco Giants 18.  Dustin Pedroia, Boston Red Sox
9.    Gary Sánchez, New York Yankees 19.  Jose Altuve, Houston Astros
10.  Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels 20.  Josh Donaldson, Toronto Blue Jays


Chicago Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant, coming off the historic 2016 World Series championship, possesses the most popular player jersey in MLB. In addition, the reigning NL MVP has the most popular jersey since the start of the 2015 season, his rookie year. The list is based on sales of Majestic jerseys from, the official online shop of Major League Baseball, since the end of the 2016 World Series.

Following Bryant on the list, released jointly today by Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association, is his Cubs teammate, first baseman Anthony Rizzo. The World Series champions also round out the top five with infielder Javier Báez at no. 4 and left fielder Kyle Schwarber at no. 5. Clayton Kershaw, the Los Angeles Dodgers perennial All-Star pitcher, ranks third.

The average age of players on this list is 26-and-a-half – more than 1.5 years younger than any previous list’s mean age. Bryant, Báez and Schwarber are three of 10 players who made this list aged 25 years or younger, while Báez and Schwarber are two of six new faces cracking the top 20. Also making their debuts on the most popular player jersey list are Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager (#7), New York Yankees catcher Gary Sánchez (#9), Boston Red Sox right fielder Mookie Betts (#14) and Cleveland Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor (#16).

Five-time All-Star Mike Trout (#10) of the Los Angeles Angels has now appeared in every one of these rankings since his professional debut. Players representing 14 different Clubs make up the top 20 most popular player jerseys, which includes nine infielders, five outfielders, three catchers and three pitchers.




Denver Pioneers defenseman Will Butcher wins 2017 Hobey Baker Award

For Immediate Release
April 7, 2017
Chicago, Ill. 

The Hobey Baker Memorial Award announced today the 2017 recipient of college hockey’s top individual prize is Will Butcher from the University of Denver. The announcement came during the NCAA Frozen Four championship in a live ceremony held at the Aon Grand Ballroom at Navy Pier in Chicago, Illinois and aired nationally on NHL Network.

As team captain in his senior season, Butcher has helped guide his Denver Pioneers to the Frozen Four national championship game as the number one ranked team in the nation. Butcher’s stellar performance as the premiere defenseman in the nation led to a host of post season awards including: the NCHC Player of the Year, Offensive Defenseman of the Year and for the second straight season, First Team all-conference. Earlier today, he was also honored by the American Hockey Coaches Association as a First Team All-American in the west.

Butcher becomes just the sixth defenseman in the 37 year history of the Hobey to be named a winner. He was the first blue-liner to be nominated as one of three Hobey hat trick finalists in eight years, last achieved when Matt Gilroy of Boston University won the award in 2009. Will joins fellow University of Denver defenseman Matt Carle (2006) to win the Hobey, becoming just the second Pioneer to be named college hockey’s top player.

Will Butcher (courtesy U of Denver)

Entering the national championship game, Butcher has scored seven goals, dished out 30 assists and his 37 points are second in the nation by a defenseman. The two-time All-American is equally efficient at both ends of the rink. His plus-minus of plus 27 is tied for sixth overall in the nation.

Hobey Baker was the legendary Princeton (1914) hockey player known as America’s greatest amateur athlete one hundred years ago. He redefined how the game was played with his coast-to-coast dashes in an era when hockey was contested with seven players and no forward passes. Baker, a member of the U.S. Army’s Air Corp, died testing a repaired aircraft at the end of World War I after he had completed his military service. The Hobey Baker Award criteria includes: displaying outstanding skills in all phases of the game, strength of character on and off the ice, sportsmanship and scholastic achievements. Butcher was selected from a group of ten finalists by a 27-member selection committee and online fan balloting.

Once his college career comes to a close, Will won’t have far to travel for his next stop – he is a draft pick of the Colorado Avalanche (5th round, 2013). Will has already completed his Bachelor’s degree in Business, and is an all-academic performer in the classroom. He was a finalist for the nationally recognized senior CLASS award. Butcher, a native of Sun Prairie, Wisconsin and an avid muskie fisherman, spends volunteer time with Hockey Saves, assisting military personal in learning and playing the game of hockey.

NOTE: Butcher will be honored at the Hobey Baker Award Banquet on May 25, 2017 at 317 On Rice Park in Saint Paul, Minn. Visit for more information on the Hobey Baker Memorial Award or to access images of the Hobey logo and trophy.


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2017 Hobey Baker Finalists announced

Hobey Baker Logo
March 30, 2017
Saint Paul, Minn.


Hobey Hat Trick Announced
The Hobey Baker Memorial Award is pleased to announce the three Hobey Hat Trick finalists for the 2017 Hobey Baker Memorial Award, honoring college hockey’s top player. Alphabetically, they are: Zach Aston-Reese, senior forward from Northeastern University, Will Butcher, senior defenseman from the University of Denver, and Mike Vecchione, senior forward from Union College.

The three finalists were selected from the initial list of Top Ten candidates by the 27-member Selection Committee and an additional round of online fan balloting to determine this year’s Hobey Baker winner. Criteria for the award includes: displaying outstanding skills in all phases of the game, strength of character on and off the ice, sportsmanship and scholastic achievements.

This year’s Hobey Baker Award winner will be announced Friday, April 7, 2017 from the Aon Grand Ballroom at Navy Pier in Chicago, Ill. during the NCAA Frozen Four. The 37th annual announcement will be televised live on the NHL Network at 6 p.m. ET, and at the Hobey website, Here is more on this year’s three finalists:

Zach Aston-Reese – Northeastern University – Senior, Forward, Staten Island, New York
Whether its special teams play or five-on-five, Aston-Reese has been a consistent and dominant performer this season. The Hockey East Player of the Year and First Team all-conference sniper is part of a three-way tie for most points in the nation while topping all skaters in the country with 31 goals. The assistant captain for the Huskies recently signed a pro contract and is skating with Wilkes-Barre in the AHL.

  • Finished with 31 goals, 32 assists for 63 points in 38 games – had 19 multiple point games – tied for first in nation averaging 1.66 points per game – Graphic Design major
  • His 13 power play goals are tied third in nation and 4 short-handed goals are tied second
  • Works with elementary schools in Boston area by reading to classes

Will Butcher – University of Denver – Senior, Defense, Sun Prairie, Wisconsin
The NCHC Player of the Year becomes the first defenseman since Hobey winner Matt Gilroy (2009) to become a hat trick finalist. Butcher is a complete player, equally efficient at both ends of the ice. His 36 points places him second in the nation in points by a defenseman, while his plus/minus of +25 is ninth overall in the nation. His outstanding season garnered honors as Offensive Defenseman of the Year in the NCHC and First Team all-conference for the second straight year.

  • Has 7 goals, 29 assists for 36 points in 41 games – Colorado draft (5th round)
  • As captain of the Pioneers, Denver were regular season champs; are ranked #1 nationally
  • Business major – Hockey Saves volunteer assisting military personal playing hockey

Mike Vecchione – Union College – Senior, Forward, Saugus, Massachusetts
Sitting tied at the top of the nation in scoring with his fellow hat trick finalist, Vecchione (VECK-ee-oh-nee) is the ECAC Player of the Year and was a finalist for the Best Defensive Forward, proving his value as a 200 foot player. Also named First Team all-conference, he was second in the nation in goal scoring and tied for second with four short-handed goals. He culminated his Dutchmen career as the program’s all time points and assist leader.

  • Finished with 29 goals, 34 assists for 63 points in 38 games – won 61.8% of faceoffs, 4th in nation – led nation with 21 multiple point games and 7 game-winning goals
  • Points per game average of 1.66 is tied for first in the nation – History major
  • Active in many events; spearheaded effort to serve Thanksgiving meals at local YMCA

For more information on the Hobey Baker Memorial Award or to access the Hobey logo, visit The website has additional bio info, statistics and video of all top ten finalists. Check us out on Facebook at:

The Hobey Baker Award announcement, at the Aon Grand Ballroom at Navy Pier is a free event and open to the public. Festivities will begin at 3:30 p.m. CT with an autograph signing featuring the two teams in the national championship game. At 4:10 p.m., the Hockey Humanitarian Award presentation will take place followed by the Hockey Coaches Association announcement of their All American teams and other national awards. The Hobey Baker Award announcement will begin at 5 p.m. CT. Credentialed media by the NCAA may use their NCAA pass for access to the media area – other media covering the Hobey Baker Award event only, will be seated in the media section.Get readers excited about your newsletter with a quick introduction that highlights your main topic, and let the rest of the email cover the details.



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