CEDAR RAPIDS — Eight former Cedar Rapids RoughRiders begin the 2017-18 season in the National Hockey League.
The list includes five defensemen: Matt Tennyson (Buffalo Sabres), Alec Martinez (Los Angeles Kings), Anthony DeAngelo (New York Rangers), Chris Wideman (Ottawa Senators) and Ivan Provorov (Philadelphia Flyers). This will be the ninth NHL season for Martinez, who played in Cedar Rapids in the 2004-05 season, and has 419 NHL games under his belt.
Goaltender Alex Stalock is with the Minnesota Wild. Forwards Justin Abdelkader (Detroit Red Wings) and Tommy Wingels (Chicago Blackhawks) also are on opening-night NHL rosters.
Stalock, Abdelkader and Martinez played together on C.R.’s 2004-05 Clark Cup championship team.
All 31 NHL teams have at least one USHL graduate. In all, 128 former USHL players are on NHL rosters.
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