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NHL Hockey Players from Western Pennsylvania

Wednesday, 05.26.2010 / 10:45 PM / Features
By Jason Seidling
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NHL Hockey Players from Western Pennsylvania
BOB BEERS
   Bob Beers saw action along the blue line for the Boston Bruins, Tampa Bay Lightning, Edmonton Oilers and New York Islanders from 1989-96, posting 28 goals and 79 assists in 258 career games. Beers, who currently provides radio commentary for the Bruins, suited up for Boston during their run of three straight conference finals appearances between 1990-92.
 
NATE GUENIN
Defenseman Nate Guenin has seen action with both the Philadelphia Flyers and Penguins following a successful four-year career at Ohio State University. The Sewickley, Pa. native played two games with the Penguins during the 2009-10 season and also spent time with their top minor-league affiliate in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. He finished the ’09-10 season with the St. Louis Blues’ top affiliate, the Peoria Rivermen.
 
GRANT LEWIS
Upper St. Clair native Grant Lewis was drafted by the Atlanta Thrashers in the second round (40th overall) of the 2004 NHL Entry Draft following a four-year college career at Dartmouth. Lewis, who is currently playing for the Hershey Bears in the AHL Calder Cup Final, made his NHL debut with the Thrashers during the 2008-09 season.
 
RYAN MALONE
Upper St. Clair native Ryan Malone became the first Pittsburgh born and trained player to reach the NHL when he debuted with the Penguins in 2003. Arguably the heart and soul of the Penguins’ run to the 2008 Stanley Cup Final, Malone tallied 87 goals and 82 assists in 299 regular-season games with the Penguins between ‘03-08. He added 16 points (6G-10A) in 25 postseason contests. Malone won a silver medal with Team USA at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.
 
GERRY O'FLAHERTY
Gerry O’Flaherty spent eight years in the National Hockey League skating for the Toronto Maple Leafs, Vancouver Canucks and Atlanta Flames. O’Flaherty was born in Pittsburgh while his father, John, skated for the Pittsburgh Hornets of the American Hockey League during the 1950s. O’Flaherty had three straight 20-goal seasons between 1973-76.
 
GEORGE PARROS
George Parros has forged out a nice career for himself as an enforcer for the Los Angeles Kings, Colorado Avalanche and Anaheim Ducks since the 2005-06 campaign. Parros, who hails from Washington, Pa., won a Stanley Cup with the Ducks in 2006. He has posted over 100 penalty minutes in each of his five full NHL seasons.
 
DYLAN REESE
The third Upper St. Clair native on this list, Reese made his NHL debut during the 2009-10 campaign, registering four points (2G-2A) in 19 games with the New York Islanders. The 6-foot, 195-pound blueliner dressed for the Islanders on April 8 against the Penguins in the final regular-season contest at Mellon Arena. Reese played for the Pittsburgh Hornets and Pittsburgh Forge as an amateur.
 
BILL THOMAS
Fox Chapel’s Bill Thomas is one of three players from the Tri-State region to suit up for the Penguins. Thomas appeared in 16 games with Pittsburgh during the 2008-09 season, picking up three points (2G-1A) in 16 games. In 56 career games with the Penguins and Phoenix Coyotes, Thomas has 11 goals and 20 points in 56 games.
 
R.J. UMBERGER
Former Plum Mustang R.J. Umberger became the highest-drafted Western Pennsylvanian when he was selected 16th overall in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft by the Vancouver Canucks. In five NHL seasons the big center has reached the 20-goal mark three times and twice surpassed 50 points, including a career-high 55 (23G-22A) in 2009-10 with the Columbus Blue Jackets. Umberger has 14 career postseason goals in 26 games with the Blue Jackets and Philadelphia Flyers.
MIKE WEBER
Defenseman Mike Weber spent his youth playing for the Pittsburgh Junior B Penguins before embarking on a four-year career in the Ontario Hockey League with Windsor and Barrie. Weber was drafted in the second round (57th overall) of the 2006 NHL Entry Draft by the Buffalo Sabres. He has three assists in 23 career NHL games.
JOHN ZEILER
Former Pittsburgh Hornet John Zeiler, who grew up in Jefferson Hills, Pa., has appeared in 86-career NHL games as a member of the Los Angeles Kings organization. He was originally drafted by the Phoenix Coyotes in the fifth round (132nd overall) of the 2002 NHL Entry Draft.

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