Duggan Chosen for University of Wisconsin Hall of Fame

Meghan Duggan, the newly hired Devils’ Manager of Player Development, will be entering the University of Wisconsin’s Athletic Hall of Fame. She will enter in the Contemporary category for 2021, Amanda Stein reports.

In her blog post, Stein listed Duggan’s collegiate accomplishments. During Duggan’s time with the Badgers, they won three NCAA championships – Stein notes that she was captain of the 2011 champs; she is second in assists (130) and third in total points (238) as well as third in plus/minus rating (+164) in Badgers’ history. In addition, Stein notes that she was the 2011 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award winner – given to the top women’s player in the NCAA – in 2011, the year she captained the national champions.

Stein also notes her Olympic accomplishments: three medals (which includes the gold medal team that she captained at the 2018 Winter Olympics).

Congratulations to Meghan Duggan on this great accolade!

In other news around the NHL, Reuters reported five days ago that “(t)he Canadian government has approved a travel exemption for the National Hockey League on Sunday [June 6] that will allow teams to cross the Canada-U.S. border for the Stanley Cup playoffs without the mandatory 14-day quarantine.”

This will only affect the Vegas Golden Knights-Montreal Canadiens series as of now.

The statement put out by the Canadian government said that “[t]his decision was made in conjunction with the Public Health Agency of Canada, with the approval of provincial and municipal public health officials, including Ontario, Quebec, Manitoba and Alberta.” The provinces included in the decision were the ones with teams participating in the playoffs.

The statement continued that “[t]he NHL’s COVID Playoff Protocol will permit cross-border travel that is safeguarded by strict quarantining, a bubble, daily testing and a comprehensive protocol that will apply to all travelling NHL players and personnel.”

Teams will only be able to travel from country to country in private planes and, once in “Canada players will live in a modified bubble that will be limited to the team hotel and arena, and there will be no contact with the public.” In addition, “[p]layers will be tested daily as well as before they board planes and when they land.”

This was done so that the Canadiens, the eventual playoff winner of the North Division over the Winnipeg Jets, would be able to participate in a series with the eventual West Division winners without needed to relocate temporarily. This exemption will continue should the Canadiens reach the Stanley Cup Final.

The Vegas-Montreal third round series gets underway on Monday, June 14 in Las Vegas. The series will shift to Montreal for game three on Friday, June 18.

Schmid Named USHL’s Outstanding Goalie

Amanda Stein is reporting on the Devils’ official blog that goalie Akira Schmid, who recently signed his Entry Level Contract with the Devils, has been named the United States Hockey League’s Goaltender of the Year.

He played 2020-21 with the Sioux City Musketeers and had a record of “22 wins, 13 losses, and one overtime loss in 36 games.” He finished the season with a 2.01 goals against average and a .921 save percentage. Stein also said that “his three shutouts tied him as the league leader.”

In the playoffs, he went 2-2-0 in the Clark Cup Playoffs, but he Musketeers were eliminated in the first round of the postseason by the Omaha Lancers – his former USHL team who traded him to Sioux City in the 2019-20 season. He finished the playoffs with a .920 save percentage and a 2.28 goals against average.

Stein mentioned that the Bern, Switzerland-native played three seasons in the USHL, appearing “in 86 games with a .918 save percentage. He has a record of 43-33-4 and six career shutouts.”

He inked his ELC with New Jersey on May 17, 2021. Stein said that he was taken “in the fifth round, of the 2018 NHL Entry Draft by” the Devils.