The National Hockey League (NHL) is preparing for the 2014-15 season and teams are getting set for their respective training camps. This season, 11 former UMass Lowell River Hawks will be attendance on nine different teams.
Ron Hainsey and Ben Holmstrom will join the Carolina Hurricanes camp this season. Hainsey re-signed with the Canes this offseason to a three-year extension and Holmstrom inked a one-year deal with the Hurricanes after spending a number of years in the Philadelphia Flyers organization.
Joseph Pendenza was invited to join Carter Hutton at the Nashville Predators training camp. Hutton signed an extension with the Predators this offseason, while Pendenza signed an American Hockey League (AHL) deal with the Milwaukee Admirals after spending the end of the 2013-14 season on an ATO with the team.
Christian Folin was extended an invitation to Minnesota Wild camp after signing a two-year deal following the 2013-14 Hockey East season. The former River Hawks skated in a single game for the Wild at the end last season, notching his first point on an assist. Folin hopes to make the opening night roster in Minnesota.
The Winnipeg Jets have invited former standout River Hawk goaltender Connor Hellebuyck to their camp this season. Hellebuyck opted to leave UMass Lowell and sign a three-year deal with the Jets following last season.
The last of the three early departures from the River Hawks 2013-14 team will join the Pittsburgh Penguins camp. Scott Wilson signed a three-year deal with the Penguins organization this offseason and skated in a single games of their AHL affiliate Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins at the end of the season last year.
Chad Ruhwedel will once again join the Buffalo Sabres camp and fight for a spot on the big club. Ruhwedel completed his rookie contract last season and re-signed with the team this offseason. Ruhwedel split last season between the Sabres and the AHL’s Rochester Americans.
The Calgary Flames have extended a training camp invitation to their newest goaltender. Doug Carr will be 1-of-7 goaltender in attendance at Flames camp and will likely be between the pipes for the new Adirondack Flames in the AHL this coming season.
Riley Wetmore will join the Columbus Blue Jackets camp after they invited him to join the team in Columbus. Wetmore signed a one-year deal with the AHL’s Springfield Falcons this offseason and is hoping to make a name for himself.
Finally, the Boston Bruins have once again invited Bobby Robins to join their training camp this season. Robins was one of the final cuts of the 2013-14 team and has a strong chance to make the Bruins opening night roster this season with the departure of enforcer Shawn Thornton this offseason.
Most NHL training camps will have physicals take on Thursday, September 18 and first ice action getting underway on Friday, September 19.