McIlvane Named Head Coach of EC Red Bull Salzburg
Matt McIlvane, who skated for the Buckeyes from 2005-08, was recently named head coach for EC Red Bull Salzburg in the EBEL. He was an assistant coach with the team for one season (2013-14) before moving to EHC Red Bull Munich. In Munich, McIlvane was an assistant coach and part of three straight DEL titles. He also was part of the German staff at the 2018 Olympic Games that led the squad to the silver medal in Pyeongchang. Overall, 2019-20 will be his seventh year coaching in Europe.
— EC Red Bull Salzburg (@ecrbs) April 29, 2019
— EHC Red Bull München (@RedBullMuenchen) April 29, 2019
Bales Joins Sabres Staff
Mike Bales, who was a Buckeye goalie from 1990-92, was named an assistant coach for the Buffalo Sabres. Bales was part of the staff for two Stanley Cup championships with the Pittsburgh Penguins and spent the last two years with the Carolina Hurricanes, serving as the goalie coach for both organizations.
"You're seeing that this is going to be a priority for Ralph Krueger and his staff, to have a voice from the goaltender's side into what's going on, especially in the defensive zone.”@martybiron43 discusses the hiring of Mike Bales: https://t.co/zSgM8VVEqO pic.twitter.com/KxED5hayDk
— Buffalo Sabres (@BuffaloSabres) June 14, 2019
Bartkowski Re-Signs with Wild
Matt Bartkowski, a Buckeye defenseman from 2009-10, re-signed with the Minnesota Wild, agreeing to a one-year, two-way contract. In 2018-19, Bartkowski skated in 70 games with the AHL Iowa Wild, with 19 points on four goals and 15 assists. He played one game with the Minnesota Wild last year, scoring a goal.
To be continued next season. #BARTS
— Iowa Wild (@IAWild) June 12, 2019
Fritz Returning to NYI
Tanner Fritz agreed to a two-year contract with the New York Islanders. A Buckeye from 2012-15, he played in 57 AHL games with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers and eight NHL games with the Islanders in 2018-19. He had a 12-25-37 line for the Sound Tigers last year. He has been with the Islanders organization the last four seasons and has played in 42 NHL contests.
— New York Islanders (@NYIslanders) May 31, 2019
Schilkey Celebrates Calder Cup
Nick Schilkey, a Buckeye from 2014-17, won the AHL Calder Cup with the Charlotte Checkers this spring.
Watch an interview with Schilkey after the Calder Cup victory: HERE
Blue Jackets Recognize New Ohio State Hall of Famer
RJ Umberger, who played for the Buckeyes from 2001-03 and skated for the NHL Columbus Blue Jackets from 2009-14, is part of the Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2019 and will be inducted this fall.
— Columbus Blue Jackets (@BlueJacketsNHL) June 6, 2019
Thank you @ohiostatemhky & @ohiostathletics for this amazing honor! Sincere thanks to everyone for the texts, calls, & posts! I am extremely honored to be part of an amazing group of athletes. I loved being a member of OSU hockey team & love being a Buckeye for life! Go Bucks!! https://t.co/XxA9YHbbL5
— RJ Umberger (@Umby18) June 7, 2019