In a desperate attempt to find Saint John Sea Dogs connections in this year's Calder Cup Final, here's something many may not remember/realize: Jared Coreau was an 11th-round pick of the Dogs in the 2009 QMJHL Entry Draft.
I've mentioned this to a few people over the past week and have gotten the same response each time: who in the world is Jared Coreau?
Well, Coreau is a professional goaltender in the sport of ice hockey. He's put up phenomenal numbers this AHL post-season, registering a 13-2 record to go along with a 2.48 goals against average and a .920 save percentage. He's one of the reasons why his Grand Rapids Griffins lead the Syracuse Crunch 2-0 in the league final heading into tonight's Game 3.
The Griffins are looking for the first Calder Cup title since 2013, a team that Tomas Jurco was apart of.
If you're interested, the AHL is streaming the Calder Cup Final free of charge. From MLive.com:
To watch, go to ahllive.com via a desktop computer, log in or create a new account and select the "Finals All-Access Pass" and enter the promo code "FINALS17."
Coreau is noteworthy for another reason, having made his NHL debut this year with the Detroit Red Wings. In 14 games with the Wings, Coreau recorded a 5-4 record to go along with a 3.46 GAA and .887 SV%.
The 25-year-old spent most of the 2016-17 season with Grand Rapids, going 19-11 with a 2.33 GAA and .917 SV% in the regular season.
Coreau never played for the Sea Dogs, obviously. He played the 2009-10 season with the USHL's Lincoln Stars before spending the next three at Northern Michigan University.
Other Sea Dogs draft picks to play in the NHL but never Saint John include Chris Kreider, Michael Paliotta, Connor Brickley and, of course, Jack Eichel.
Of note, Sea Dogs forward Mathieu Joseph is part of the Crunch's "Black Aces" group for the Calder Cup Final.