Congratulations to former Rampage players Nathan Horton and Greg Campbell and the Boston Bruins as winners of the 2011 Stanley Cup!
Sarampage.com tracked former Rampage players throughout the Stanley Cup race. Check out how they fared this postseason:
Gregory Campbell – appeared in 146 career games with the Rampage totaling 25 goals and 32 assists during the 2003-04 and 2004-05 seasons. He has appeared in 24 playoff games with Boston this season recording one goal and two assists on 21 shots. He scored his first playoff goal of 2011 with the Bruins’ seventh goal in Game 1 against the Flyers.
Nathan Horton – skated in 21 games with the Rampage in during the 2004-05 season collecting five goals and four assists. He has skated in 21 playoff games with the Bruins this season and is second on the team in playoff points with eight goals and nine assists on 52 shots. He recorded the game-winning goal in double overtime in Game 5 and the overtime game winner in Game 7 to send Boston past Montreal and on to the next round of playoffs. His goal and two assists in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals propelled him to the top of the Bruins leader board. He scored the lone goal and game-winning goal in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals to send the Bruins to the Stanley Cup Finals to compete against the Vancouver Canucks. Horton suffered an injury in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Finals and will miss the remainder of the series.
Lee Sweatt – competed in 11 games with the Rampage during the 2006-07 season posting one assist. He is currently listed on the Canucks injured reserve list.
Matt Beleskey – competed in 12 games with the Rampage last season posting one goal and four assists. He skated in six playoff games with the Ducks this season posting a goal on eight shots.
Jeff Taffe – skated in 92 career games with the Rampage posting 25 goals and 26 assists during the 2005-06 and 2006-07 seasons.
Alex Auld – goaltended two games with the Rampage during the 2007-08 season posting a 1-1-0 record including one shutout.
Daniel Carcillo – appeared in five games with the Rampage during the 2007-08 season collecting two goals and one assist and 16 penalty minutes. He appeared in 11 playoff games with the Flyers this season scoring two goals and adding an assist on 14 shots and had a plus-2 rating.
Brian Boucher – goaltended six games with the Rampage during the 2005-06 season posting a 2-3-0 record with a shutout, 1.39 GAA and a .950 save percentage. He played in nine playoff games this season recording a 4-4 record allowing 22 goals on 229 shots for a .904 save percentage and a 3.13 goals against average.
San Jose Sharks
Kent Huskins – played in 79 games with the Rampage during the 2003-04 season collecting five goals and 14 assists. He played in five playoff games with the Sharks after coming off IR collecting one assist on two shots.
The Phoenix Coyotes, NHL affiliate of the San Antonio Rampage, made their second consecutive postseason appearance against the Detroit Red Wings in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs. Unfortunately the Coyotes were eliminated in a four-game series but it proved to be a valuable experience for many former Rampage players.
#3 Detroit Red Wings (4-0) vs. #6 Phoenix Coyotes (0-4)
Wednesday, April 13: Detroit 4, Phoenix 2 Recap
Saturday, April 16: Detroit 4, Phoenix 3 Recap
Monday, April 18: Detroit 4, Phoenix 2 Recap
Wednesday, April 20: Detroit 6, Phoenix 3 Recap
The Coyotes made their second consecutive postseason appearance and faced the Red Wings for the second year in a row in the first round. Last season the Coyotes extended the series to seven games before falling 6-1 in Game 7. The Red Wings continue to the second round after eliminating the Coyotes in four games.
Keith Yandle – spent two seasons with the Rampage (2006-07, 2007-08) recording seven goals and 42 assists in 99 San Antonio games. He also represented San Antonio at the 2007 AHL All-Star game and skated in five AHL playoff games in 2007-08 with the Rampage accumulating eight penalty minutes. With Phoenix this season, the defenseman posted 11 goals and 48 assists in 82 regular season NHL games ranking him second on the team, one point short of Coyotes team captain Shane Doan Yandle also represented Phoenix at the NHL All-Star festivities this season. Yandle appeared in four playoff games this year tallying five assists and finished with a minus-5 rating with nine shots.
David Schlemko –the defenseman has played in 127 career Rampage games (2007-08, 2008-09, 2009-10and 2010-11) posting 12 goals and 48 assists. This year he spent three games with the Rampage on a conditioning assignment. With Phoenix this season, he appeared in 43 regular season NHL games and tallied four goals and 10 assists with a plus-8. He skated in four postseason games this year with one goal on four shots and minus-3. He scored in the second period of Game 3 with help from fellow former Rampage players Mikkel Boedker and Kyle Turris.
Mikkel Boedker – skated in 100 career games with the Rampage collecting 23 goals and 49 assists. In 34 regular season games with the Coyotes this season, the left wing totaled four goals and 10 assists. He appeared in four postseason games posting one assist on three shots, playing on the same line as former Rampage players Kyle Turris and Andrew Ebbett. Boedker teamed up with fellow former Rampage line mate Kyle Turris to assist on Schlemko’s goal in Game 3.
Kyle Turris – has appeared in 86 career Rampage games (2008-09, 2009-10 and 2010-11) accumulating 28 goals and 43 assists. He scored the Coyotes first postseason goal in Game 1 against Detroit. He skated in four games tallying one goal and two assists on eight shots. He played on the same line as former Rampage players Mikkel Boedker and Andrew Ebbett and spent some time on the first line alongside Shane Doan and Ray Whitney.
Andrew Ebbett – tallied 38 points in 37 games with the Rampage at the beginning of this season totaling 11 goals and 27 assists. He skated in 33 games with the Coyotes this season collecting two goals and three assists. He appeared in three postseason games with three shots, playing on the same line as former Rampage players Mikkel Boedker and Kyle Turris.
Brett MacLean – owns several all-time records for the Rampage including games played (201), points (155), goals (74), power-play goals (31) and assists (81). He also is the only Rampage player to have scored 20+ goals in at least three seasons. He produced his first professional hat trick with the Rampage on Feb. 18. He was recalled to the Coyotes on Dec. 29 and scored his first NHL goal on his first shot in his NHL debut. He finished the regular season with the Coyotes playing in 13 games with two goals and one assist.
Oliver Ekman-Larsson – skated in 15 games with the Rampage this season collecting three goals and seven assists. He appeared in 48 regular season contests for the Coyotes this season totaling one goal and 10 assists.
Nolan Yonkman – served as the Rampage team captain this season playing in 56 games with one goal and four assists. He also played in 16 regular season games with the Coyotes tallying one assist and was plus-5.
Matt Climie – played in 55 games in net with the Rampage this season posting a 26-22-3 record with a .913 save percentage and a 2.64 goals against average including three shutouts. He appeared in one regular season game with the Coyotes this year allowing one goal on 16 shots.
The “Black Aces” serves as a support system for the Coyotes and are immediately available in an event of an injury to a member of the playoff squad. The team practices in Glendale after the playoff squad and is led by Rampage coaches Ray Edwards, Jeff Truitt and Brian Pellerin.
Viktor Tikhonov – appeared in 60 games with the Rampage this season with 10 goals and 23 assists. He appeared in 61 games with the Coyotes during the 2008-09 season posting eight goals and eight assists.
Alexandre Picard - recorded 24 goals and 22 assists in 59 regular season games including a team-leading 11 power-play goals.
Mathieu Beaudoin – led the Rampage in points with 51 in 63 games on 21 goals and 30 assists. He was nominated for the Fred T. Hunt Memorial Award this season which goes to the AHL player who best exemplifies the qualities of sportsmanship, determination and dedication to hockey. This is his first career “Black Aces” experience.
Maxim Goncharov – played in 61 games with the Rampage this season collecting six goals and nine assists which led all Rampage rookies. This is his first career “Black Aces” experience.
Bracken Kearns – totaled 20 goals on 23 assists in 72 games played with the Rampage this season. He was nominated for the Fred T. Hunt Memorial Award this season which goes to the AHL player who best exemplifies the qualities of sportsmanship, determination and dedication to hockey. This is his first career “Black Aces” experience.
Chris Summers – suited up for 75 Rampage games this season and tallied one goal and nine assists. He played in two games with the Coyotes this season. This is his first career “Black Aces” experience.
Brandon Gormley – joined the Rampage for four games scoring one goal after a playoff run with his junior team in Moncton. This is his first career “Black Aces” experience.
Dane Byers – acquired at the trade deadline, he skated in 21 games with the Rampage this season collecting three goals and nine assists and set a new AHL record for most games played in a season (85).
Garrett Stafford – appeared in 65 games with the Rampage this season collecting 14 goals and 32 assists, including a team-high 29 power-play points. He skated in two regular season games with the Coyotes this season.