Knowing next-to-nothing about the Cincinnati Cyclones beyond that they are obviously a very fine hockey club -- hey, non one just stumbles their way into the ECHL's Kelly Cup Finals -- The Blog endeavors to gather some info and share it.
So, let's drop some knowledge about Cyclones rookie right wing Zach Budish. We picked Zach because he played college pucks for Minnesota, which used to be in the WCHA with UAA, and he's played many games in Sullivan Arena, where the Cyclones tonight open the Finals in Game 1 of the best-of-7 series.
First things first -- Budish owns 6-3--9 totals in 18 playoff games for Cincy this season.
In his college career against UAA, he racked 6-6--12 totals and a +6 rating in 12 games. In six games at Sullivan, he went 3-5--8 and +4. (Minnesota went 10-1-1 against UAA in games Budish played, and 4-1-1 at Sullivan in games Budish played). Budish dropped a 1-3--4 game on the Seawolves at Sullivan as a freshman in the 2009-10 season. In 129 college games, he racked 35-59--94 totals.
Our man Budish, a second-round draft pick of the Nashville Predators, missed his senior season of hockey at Edina High in Minnesota because he tore the ACL in his left knee in high school football. Apparently, he was a pretty bad-ass middle linebacker. (Edina is a pretty sweet suburb. Once heard that it stands for Every Day I Need Attention, but The Blog is certain Budish is a grounded dude. Not that The Blog has met him, but we're gonna bet he's good people).
Budish was recruited to the Gophers by John Hill, the former UAA coach and a long-time friend of The Blog. We went to high school together at Bartlett. John was a year ahead of The Blog and we gathered around many of the same kegs. Somehow, the school granted us both diplomas. It remains a mystery.
In any event, Budish suffered another ACL injury early in his junior season at Minnesota (2010-11), injuring his right knee in a moped accident and again undergoing surgery. Budish captained the Gophers.
Budish this season played 41 games for Milwaukee in the AHL, with 3-6--9 totals.
And now you know everything The Blog knows about Zach Budish. Use the knowledge wisely.
By DOYLE WOODY, adn.com