The 2018 calendar year was also a fruitful and eventful one for Kings’ alumni playing professional and collegiate hockey across North America and Europe. Kings colour announcer Zach Evans tracks alumni achievements all year and highlighted the following storylines from the last 365 days.
There were a number of champions crowned from the 2017/2018 campaign. Matt Garbowsky captained his Colorado Eagles to a second consecutive Kelly Cup Championship in the ECHL. It was Garbowsky’s first championship as captain, but he was a key member of both winning teams. He was not alone, as Paul Crowder also raised a trophy in 2018 with his Cardiff Devils winning the EIHL Championship in England.
Several former Kings signed pro deals in 2018. Ryan Scarfo turned pro after a four-year career at Union College. He signed in the off-season with Belleville Bulls of the AHL and has been floating between that league and the ECHL. Scarfo was recently traded to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, the AHL affiliate of Pittsburgh Penguins.
Daniel Carr had an eventful July, leaving Montreal Canadians and signing with Vegas Golden Knights on July 1. Carr has spent the bulk of his 2018/2019 season in the AHL with Vegas affiliate, Chicago Wolves, and is second in league scoring. He had one stint in the NHL this season, scoring a goal and playing in his 100th career NHL game.
In a game of firsts, a former netminder secured a long-sought-after win at the AHL level. Michael Garteig earned his first AHL win in November after signing with Toronto Marlies. It was Garteig’s first success at the AHL level in nine tries after an earlier stint with Utica several seasons prior.
Kings fans can follow the team’s alumni all season long, with updates posted midweek on powellriverkings.com.