BRUINS ALUMNI REPORT: Smith Recalled to Buffalo, Awards and Nominations to Kielly, Wilkins

Feb 4, 2019

NHL: From Rochester of the AHL to the Buffalo of the NHL, CJ Smith (Bruins ’11-13) was recalled on Monday for the second time this season. In his first stint which lasted four games, Smith found the back of the net for the first time in the NHL.

NCAA DI:  Your ECAC goaltender of the month for January 2019 is former Bruin Jake Kielly (Bruins ’14-15). Kielly posted a record of 6-1 in January with a  .942 save percentage and a very low 1.55 goals-against average. Kielly leads all NCAA goaltenders in career shutouts with 16.  This is the second goaltender of the month award that Kielly has earned this season after being awarded the honor back in October as well.

Another former Bruin making a huge impact on the college hockey world is Providence Friars forward, Josh Wilkins (Bruins ’14-15). The Raleigh, NC, born has been nominated for the 67th Annual Walter Brown award which is awarded yearly by the Gridiron Club of Greater Boston. The Walter Brown Award recognizes the best American-born player from a New England college.  Through 26 games, Wilkins has logged 28 total points and is on pace to break his season-high total of 31 which he recorded in both his freshman and sophomore years.

Austin Rueschhoff (Bruins ’15-16) is coming off a strong week with the Western Michigan Broncos.  On January 26, Rueschhoff earned an assist which was his 18th point of the season, topping his freshman year total of 17. On Saturday, Rueschhoff continued with the momentum, scoring his seventh goal of the year, and his 19th overall point in a 6-3 loss against Travis Kothenbeutel and the University of Nebraska-Omaha