Sharks Scout Graeme Townshend was recently inducted into the Black Hockey And Sports Hall Of Fame under the category of “Ice Hockey.”
The first NHL player born in Jamaica, Townshend played four years at RPI in the East Collegiate Athletic Conference. After scoring 22 points as a senior for the Engineers in 1988-89, he was signed as a free agent by the Boston Bruins.
“Anytime you’re inducted into any Hall of Fame it’s a great honor,” said Townshend. “To be singled out as someone who is worthy of such an honor is flattering. Words escape me right now for how grateful I am. It’s a great accomplishment for me and for everyone who inspired me to persevere and get into the NHL.”
Townshend, in his second year as a scout with the Sharks, appeared in 45 NHL games during his career with the Bruins, New York Islanders and Ottawa Senators, registering 10 points (three goals, seven assists) and 28 penalty minutes.
After retiring from hockey in 1999, the former right winger coached for three years, two with the Macon Whoopee of the Central Hockey League and one with the Greensborough Generals of the East Coast Hockey League.
Townshend was named the International Hockey League’s “Man of the Year” in 1995-96 while playing for the Houston Aeros and the World Professional Hockey League’s “Man of the Year” in 1998-99 while playing for the Lake Charles Ice-Pirates.
Other notable honorees awarded at the first annual event in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia were the NHL’s first black player, Willie O’Ree, goaltender Grant Fuhr and current players Anson Carter from the Columbus Blue Jackets and Jarome Iginla from the Calgary Flames.
OHL PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Prospect Jamie McGinn (2nd round in 2006) has been named the OHL’s player of the week.
The Fergus, Ontario native scored four goals and added five assists for nine points in three games this past weekend. He also finished the week with a plus/minus rating of plus-seven.
INSIDE COLLEGE HOCKEY PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Sharks prospect Torrey Mitchell
(3rd round in 2004) was named Inside College Hockey’s NCAA player of the week for the first week of December.
ZALEWSKI AT THE MID-TERM
Steven Zalewski (5th round in 2004) was named an ECAC first-teamer by Inside College Hockey at the mid-term.
The junior forward has found his scoring touch and is a threat to finish plays from anywhere in the offensive zone. His 12 goals and 20 points leads the way for a high-scoring, balanced, Clarkson Golden Knights team.
FROZEN FOUR SKILLS CHALLENGE
The NCAA has announced the 89 finalists for the 2007 NCAA Frozen Four Skills Challenge and Sharks prospect Mike Morris is among the hopefuls.
The finalists were pared down from an original list of 181 student-athletes, nominated by their head coaches.
From this list, the selection committee, consisting of NCAA staff members, members of the NCAA Division I Men's Ice Hockey Committee, representatives from the American Hockey Coaches Association, Nike Bauer Hockey and the six Division I men's ice hockey conferences, will select the 32 players who will compete in the event.