WMU News

Former hockey Broncos getting "Cup Crazy"

May 5, 1999

KALAMAZOO -- The Western Michigan University hockey program has four alumni either taking part, or having recently completed play, in the first round of the 1999 National Hockey League Stanley Cup playoffs.

Rookie Jamal Mayers and eight-year veteran Mike Eastwood will lead the St. Louis Blues into a game seven showdown against the Phoenix Coyotes tonight in Arizona.

Mayers, a Bronco letterwinner from 1993-96, is averaging 14 shifts per game at center and has doled out a team-high 14 hits in the series. He is pointless in five games after accumulating four goals in 34 regular season contests.

Mayers is skating on the same line as Eastwood (1988-91), who ranks 29th among NHL players in faceoff percentage (54.7%). Eastwood has an assist and plus three rating in six games and is averaging 25 shifts per game.

Keith Jones (1989-92), a right wing for the Philadelphia Flyers, saw his team eliminated in six games by the Toronto Maple Leafs on Sunday (May 2). Jones finished third in team scoring, compiling three points (1-2) and a plus four rating in six games.

In the backup role for the Maple Leafs is goaltender Glenn Healy (1982-85), who has yet to make an appearance in his eighth playoff campaign. Healy is one of only two Toronto players with a Stanley Cup ring (earned with the New York Rangers in 1994). The 14-year pro appeared in his 400th regular season NHL contest in March.

Media contact: Daniel Jankowski, 616 387-4138; daniel.jankowski@wmich.edu

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