This afternoon the Hershey Bears signed to an AHL contract Jared DeMichiel. If you’re a college hockey fan you’ll recognize the name from the RIT Tigers which he helped during this last season’s cinderella playoff run, which was ended in the semifinals against the Wisconsin Badgers, (hope there are no hard feelings towards the two UW alum on the Bears.)
Jared is a six-foot one inch goalie from Avon, Connecticut. The RIT Athletics website says
Business major … attended Avon Old Farms Prep School … born April 16, 1985 in Torrington, Conn. … son of Gregory and Cheryl DeMichiel … has one sister, Megan … favorite NHL player is Ryan Miller of the Buffalo Sabres … favorite hockey team is the Hartford Whalers … favorite sports moment was Kevin Dineen’s game-winning goal in the Hartford Whalers last ever home game on April 13, 1997 … professional communication for business is his favorite class at RIT … favorite food is fettucine alfredo … would like to be a successful businessman in 10 years … favorite TV show is Sportscenter … historic figure he would most like to meet is John F. Kennedy.
Well he sounds like good kid; I like his favorite sports moment in particular. Here are his career stats so far according to the USCHO.com:
And, now the goalie situation in Hershey gets interesting. It looks like it will be Holtby, Sabourin, and DeMicheal, a three pair tandem like much of this last season with Holtby, Cash and Neuvirth? Grubauer will be in South Carolina (or can he/is willing to stay in the CHL?) Is Dunn staying in the NCAA? How about the invitees Nauris Enkuzens and Taylor Nelson? Does this make them have even less of a chance of being offered a contract?
I suppose time will tell. Hershey, however looks to be in good shape for the up coming season with these acquisitions.
Update: Apparently DeMichiel will be invited to Rookie Camp and will perhaps even play with the Stingrays.