35 Erie Otter Alumni Active in Professional Hockey

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erie otters logoThis is last post in our focus over the past four days on the Erie Otters. The team moved from Niagara Falls, where they were known as the Thunder. The Otters first season in the Ontario Hockey League was 1996-97 and at the time were the 2nd team in the league located outside of Ontario.

To date, the team’s best season by far was 2001-02. The Otters won the OHL championship and went on to make a respectable appearance at the Memorial Cup. There are currently 35 Erie alumni playing professional hockey throughout the world, including 11 in the NHL.

The 35 current pros are:


Player Team League
Alexeev, Nikita Kazan Ak-Bars KHL
Beech, Kevin Corpus Christi Icerays CHL
Berti, Adam Gwinnett Gladiators ECHL
Blunden, Mike Syracuse Crunch AHL
Bonello, Brad Fassa HC Italy
Boyes, Brad St. Louis Blues NHL
Campoli, Chris Ottawa Senators NHL
Colaiacovo, Carlo St. Louis Blues NHL
Connolly, Tim Buffalo Sabres NHL
Coultice, Noel Bloomington PrairieThunder IHL
Gazdic, Luke Texas Stars AHL
Greene, Chris Mississippi Surge SPHL
Guenther, Joe Amarillo Gorillas CHL
Hisey, Rob Springfield Falcons AHL
Hodgman, Justin Toronto Marlies AHL
Janus, Jaroslav Norfolk Admirals AHL
Kidd, Josh Manchester Monarchs AHL
Lee, Brian Coventry Blaze EIHL
Liambas, Michael Bloomington PrairieThunder IHL
MacLean, Brett San Antonio Rampage AHL
McMillan, Darren Klostersee EHC GerObl
Merlini, Derek Tulsa Oilers CHL
Montador, Steve Buffalo Sabres NHL
Munro, Adam Novosibirsk Siber KHL
O’Connor, Sean Fort Wayne Komets IHL
O’Marra, Ryan Springfield Falcons AHL
O’Reilly, Ryan Colorado Avalanche NHL
Palmieri, Nick Lowell Devils AHL
Peluso, Anthony Peoria Rivermen AHL
Perras, J.F. Arizona Sundogs CHL
Regan, Eric Bakersfield Condors ECHL
Rekis, Arvid Wolfsburg Grizzly Adams DEL
Robinson, Jason Coventry Blaze EIHL
Rupp, Michael Pittsburgh Penguins NHL
Valiquette, Steve New York Rangers NHL

To check out the other recent posts on Erie Otters alumni, click on the following links:

Michael Liambas now with the IHL’s Bloomington Prairie Thunder.

Otter alumni with Coventry Blaze of Great Britain’s EIHL.

Otter alumni with the St. Louis Blues of the NHL.

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