In case you missed it, New Rochelle native Kevin Shattenkirk was called up by the Colorado Avalanche yesterday and got 21 minutes of ice time in a 3-1 loss to Vancouver.
He was drafted 14th overall by Colorado in 2007 after captaining Boston University and playing for Team USA. The defenseman is considered the organization’s top prospect, but was a late cut at camp. Shattenkirk, 21, was scoreless in 10 games with the Lake Erie Monsters of the AHL.
“We talked to the coaches down there and they felt he deserved the call-up, that he’s been their best defenseman lately,” Avalanche coach Joe Sacco told the Denver Post. “It’s a good opportunity for him.
Shattenkirk played at the Brunswick School in Greenwich before joining the National Team Development program.
This is a big deal for local hockey players with aspirations of playing under the brightest lights, especially if he continues to come home and touch base with the next generation. It works in basketball where Elton Brand and Ben Gordon continue to energize the kids in their communities. It works in football where Ray Rice and Ryan Grant do the same.