Former College Hockey players in pro playoffs

Former Northern Michigan University captain Justin Florek has been recalled by the Boston Bruins. Florek has played in four games for Boston this season.

He made his NHL debut on Jan. 4 against Winnipeg. ‘Flo’ recorded is first career NHL point, an assist on Jan. 7 against the Anaheim Ducks. Florek scored his first career goal two days later, on Jan. 9 against he Los Angeles Kings. With the Bruins AHL affiliate, the Providence Bruins, Florek has 19 goals and 19 assists this season, with a plus, minus of +17.

The Boston Bruins begin the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs on Friday at home vs. Detroit.

Two former U.P. college hockey alums will battle for the East Coast Hockey League’s Kelly Cup. Former Northern Michigan University forward Stephan Vigier and former Michigan Tech Goaltender Phoenix Copley both made the South Carolina Stingrays 20–man postseason roster.

Both Vigier and Copley joined the Stingrays a few weeks ago. In eight games with South Carolina, Vigier has lit the red lamp five times and notched one assist for six points.

Copley has appeared in three games for the Stingrays. He  has a two and one record, with a 3.26 goals against average has a save percentage of 906.

Copley is one of two goaltenders on the Stingrays playoff roster. Another former NMU player, Andrew Cherniwchan, is on the Stingrays playoff eligible list.

The Stingrays open up their playoff series against the Wheeling Nailers on Friday.