Andy Sutton, Edmonton Oilers

Happy New Year and sorry for the delay. The big news is Michigan Tech’s scrimmage in Calumet this weekend; for all other Huskies-related items, here is this week’s Linkorama.


Jujhar Khaira followed up the four assist effort in the Prince George Spruce Kings’ (BCHL) first game of the second half with a second star for 1 goal and 2 assists in a 5–2 win over the Trail Smoke Eaters. Those two performances were enough to get Khaira recognized as the first BCHL Player of the Week for 2012.

Walker Hyland scored the game-winning goal for the Alberni Valley Bulldogs (BCHL) in their 2–1 win over the Victoria Grizzlies. The goal came on the power play early in the third period.

Joel L’Esperance scored three goals in three games for Detroit Compuware (HPHL) on December 29 and 30 including two goals in a 5–0 win over Team Illinois and Jake Kauppila.

Jake Kauppila also played in three games this weekend for Team Illinois (HPHL). Stats for his games are not available at this time.


Andy Sutton is back in action with the Edmonton Oilers (NHL) after serving his eight-game suspension. So far in four games, he has three points including a goal in the Oilers’ 4–3 win over the Chicago Blackhawks and John Scott.

In other news, John Scott was in a commercial:

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Chris Conner came off injured reserve from his hand injury and was sent down to Grand Rapids only long enough to practice with the Griffins (AHL). He was officially recalled by the Detroit Red Wings (NHL) on Wednesday.

Clay Wilson was named a 2012 AHL All-Star but before he could enjoy that, the Calgary Flames called him up to the NHL. He hasn’t played yet, but he’s up with the Flames for the first time after stints with the Florida Panthers and Atlanta Thrashers in previous seasons.

Rob Nolan was traded from the Chicago Express (ECHL) to the Toledo Walleye last week. The trade comes after Nolan’s return to Chicago from a short stint in the AHL with the Houston Aeros.

Riley Nelson scored a goal as the Colorado Eagles (ECHL) lost in a shootout to the Alaska Aces.

Tyler Shelast was traded from the Trenton Titans (ECHL) and will join former teammate Deron Cousens with the Florida Everblades.

Malcolm Gwilliam scored a goal to give the Evansville IceMen (CHL) a lead 3:41 into the third period versus the Wichita Thunder, but it wasn’t enough as the Thunder scored two goals to win by one. Gwilliam also scored a goal the night before versus the Fort Wayne Komets in a losing effort.

Other Items

Here is a direct link to the January 2 edition of the Mel Pearson Show on Mix 93 (broadcast live every Monday at 8:30 AM on 93.5FM WKMJ and rebroadcast every Monday at 5:30PM on 920AM WMPL).

Stephen Anderson (@steander), Michigan Tech hockey beat writer for The Daily Mining Gazette, published his weekly column on Tuesday titled Huskies Still on the Brink of Success.  It discusses the razor thin difference between success and failure and the fact that Michigan Tech has been playing well but coming up short.

Brett Mutis wrote an article in the BCHL 50 Anniversary Edition of Smart Hockey Magazine on Rob Polman-Tuin (pages 54 through 57), a former Michigan Tech goaltender who played with Mel Pearson for two seasons. Its a great read if you have the time.

Tim is a 2004 graduate of Michigan Tech. He is a co-founder of both Mitch’s Misfits and Tech Hockey Guide. With recent additions to the staff, Tim is again able to focus on his passion, recruiting. He currently works as an environmental engineer and resides in the Minneapolis/St. Paul Area.