It's playoff time around the world of the hockey and so on the heels of my favorite Mike Peluso moment let's take a look at whats happening with the Seawolf alums out there (and 2 current Seawolves playing for their National Teams). Unfortunately, with Calgary and Glencross out, for now no former Seawolves are in the Stanley Cup playoffs (with an injury or two Jay Beagle could be playing for the Caps but beyond that I don't see anybody else that could get a call up).
In the AHL the Calder Cup playoffs are underway with a couple of Seawolf vs Seawolf match ups. Jay Beagle and the Hershey Bears have a 3 games to 1 lead over Nathan Lawson and the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. Beagle has played in all 4 games but has 0 points and 0 PIMs, Lawson made the start in Game 2, making 30 saves to keep the game 2-2 but went off injured before the game winning goal. Kevin Clark's Mantoba Moose are down 2 games to 0 to Chad Anderson's Hamilton Bulldogs, Kevin has yet to play a game in the playoffs while Chad has 1 assist and 2 PIMs in his two games played. Luke Beaverson and the Rochester Americans are tied at a game each with the Abbotsford Heat. Luke has yet to make a playoff appearance.
In the ECHL, Trevor Hunt and the Stockon Thunder are the only team left with a former Seawolf in the ECHL playoffs, with the Aces (Lee Green, Justin Johnson, Merit Waldrop, Nils Backstrom, and Jon Olthuis) , Victoria (Walsky, 1G - 4A), and South Carolina (Carbury 0G - 0A) all out (Bryce Christiansen was released by Stockton on 4/12). Trevor is currently listed as inactive.
Finally, at the IIHF World Championships, Division I Group B Luka Vidmar and Slovenia are 2 - 0, beating Poland 3 - 2 and Croatia 10 - 1. Luka has played in both games with no points, 2 PIMs, and 6 SOG. Next game for Slovenia is Tuesday against Great Britain. Meanwhile today, Mitch Brujistan and The Netherlands play their first game in Group A against Japan at 8:30pm Central European Time (or 10:30am Alaska), the IIHF has live stats on their website.
And finally, it yet another blow to Forrest Karr and TAFKAF's never ending quest to be the Alaska Nanooks, Luka Vidmar is listed on the Slovenian roster as from the... University of Alaska.
Edit: I added the Luka picture below since folks were having difficulties accessing it at the IIHF site. Man ... someone crushed him. From the damage, I'd say he got hit head high from his left side which would account for the ding on his cheek and black eye; while his right shoulder must have been driven into the boards. With it slinged I'd assume at minimum some sort of shoulder separation which is common in that sort of hit.