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Randy's Ramblings - 8/21/2013

Tuesday, 08.20.2013 / 6:27 PM
By Randy Hahn - Sharks TV, Play-by-Play Broadcaster / The Daily Chomp
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Randy\'s Ramblings - 8\/21\/2013

10 things you might not know about Sharks forward Tommy Wingels:
  1. He’s a member of the Advisory Board of the You Can Play Project, an organization created in the memory of Brendan Burke who was the student-manager on Wingels’ Miami University of Ohio team. Burke, who announced to the team he was gay, was killed in an auto accident in February of 2010. You can Play is dedicated to ensuring equality, respect and safety for all athletes, without regard to sexual orientation

  2. Burke would regularly hang out on football Sunday’s with Tommy and his college roommate Justin Vaive, son of former NHL All-Star winger Rick Vaive.

  3. Wingels was part of a very interesting 2008 NHL Entry Draft for the Sharks. He was selected in the 6th round (177th overall) hardly a shoo-in spot to crack an NHL lineup. Sharks defenseman Jason Demers and goaltending prospect Harri Sateri were also picked in 2008.

  4. He drew the penalty on Vancouver’s Daniel Sedin in overtime of Game 4 of the first round playoff series this past spring. Patrick Marleau would score on the ensuing power play to clinch the series and a four game sweep.
  1. Tommy is one of 5 former Miami Redhawks who are currently playing in the NHL. Alec Martinez (LA), Ryan Jones (Edmonton), Andy Greene (New Jersey) and the Sharks own Dan Boyle are the others. Boyle was the first ever Miami player to go on to win the Stanley Cup (Tampa, 2004).

  2. Wingels played one season at Miami with Jones. On a memorable night in Edmonton last March both Wingels and Jones scored goals in a 4-3 shootout win by the Sharks.

  3. He’s engaged to be married to a girl he met in college. They’re planning a Summer 2014 wedding in Florida.

  4. His first NHL game was against the Columbus Blue Jackets in Stockholm, Sweden in 2010. He scored his first NHL goal on January 15th, 2012 in front of friends and family at the United Center in Chicago. His first NHL fight was in February, 2012 against Nashville Predators forwardBrandon Yip.

  5. Named the CCHA’s Best Defensive Forward for the 2009-2010 season, Wingels left the Miami University program after his third year to turn pro. However he returned to get his degree in accounting and hopes to someday be a CPA. In anticipation of a possible international job in the future, Wingels speaks Chinese and French. His father Bob is a retired partner at a major Chicago area accounting firm.

  6. Tommy first put on skates at the age of 5 in the Chicago suburb of Wilmette, where he grew up. His big jump to AAA hockey came with Team Illinois in 2005. Wingels joins former Blackhawk great and now NBC broadcaster Ed Olcyzk as graduates of Team Illinois who have made it to the NHL.

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WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - ANA 82 54 20 8 266 209 116
2 y - COL 82 52 22 8 250 220 112
3 x - STL 82 52 23 7 248 191 111
4 x - SJS 82 51 22 9 249 200 111
5 x - CHI 82 46 21 15 267 220 107
6 x - LAK 82 46 28 8 206 174 100
7 x - MIN 82 43 27 12 207 206 98
8 x - DAL 82 40 31 11 235 228 91
9 PHX 82 37 30 15 216 231 89
10 NSH 82 38 32 12 216 242 88
11 WPG 82 37 35 10 227 237 84
12 VAN 82 36 35 11 196 223 83
13 CGY 82 35 40 7 209 241 77
14 EDM 82 29 44 9 203 270 67

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Pavelski 82 41 38 23 79
J. Thornton 82 11 65 20 76
P. Marleau 82 33 37 0 70
L. Couture 65 23 31 21 54
B. Burns 69 22 26 26 48
T. Wingels 77 16 22 11 38
D. Boyle 75 12 24 -8 36
J. Demers 75 5 29 14 34
T. Hertl 37 15 10 11 25
M. Nieto 66 10 14 -4 24
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Stalock 12 5 2 .932 1.87
A. Niemi 39 17 7 .913 2.39
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