This time, Carson Meyer with the blue jacket is not a “play time” event as a possible event.
Mayer made his name in the squad against the Boston Bruins after entering the locker room on Monday at the National Wide Arena, a day after being called up by the Cleveland Monsters. It was the culmination of a journey that took Mayer, 24, from Powell to the NHL through the AAA Blue Jackets, Ohio State University, Ohio State, and the Cleveland Hockey League.
“You will be happy no matter where your first game is, but on the racetrack where I grew up I used to come and cheer for the blue vests,” Meyer said after skating with the team ‘s fourth line. . ” In morning skating, I came here to play a lot of games with my father, and now my father is by my side … I do not even know how many family members are going to try and come. “They will all watch me tonight and it is hard to put into words.”
Ohio GA President Ed Ginger will also be watching.
Ginger coached Mir with six other NHL-enabled students, including blue jersey strikers Sean Coralie and Jack Roslovich. Mayer is also the fourth AAA blue jersey graduate to play for the blue jersey, joining former Columbus striker Roslovich, Coralie and Cole Sherwood.
“I think it’s incredible that we are now three members of a youth organization on the same team in the NHL, and I think that’s just a testament to what Ed Ginger has done with this program,” Meyer said. “I hope he’s on the glass so he can see us in the warm-up. I think we’re trying to take pictures of all three of us before the game, because I’m not sure it will happen again. … It’s very special.”
Mir spent most of the season in Cleveland, scoring 16 goals, 11 assists, 27 points and 63 minutes in 57 games. His only previous NHL experience was in pre-season games plus an emergency call by the Blues on February 9 in Buffalo, when Patrick Lane suffered a hand / wrist injury. Line ended in a 4-3 win over Sabers in overtime, so Mayer returned to Cleveland after pre-match training at the Key Bank headquarters.
This time, when he got a call at noon on Sunday, he and his family were a little more prepared. His mother, Holly, did not miss a second call after losing her initial call in February.
“He now picks up the first ring every time,” Meyer said with a laugh. “Obviously I was really excited about it. I called my mom as usual and this morning when I got on the pitch, when the lineup was posted, I knew I was going to play. So, before I got on the ice, “I sent a text message to my family and I have not checked my phone yet, so I’m excited to see what they all have to say.”
It was a memorable reward for a challenging process.
As a sophomore in Miami, Meyer had a bad fight with a tapeworm, moved to Ohio for the final two seasons of college, and signed an AHL contract with the Monsters last year – despite being drafted by the Blues in 2017. Was taken – and won. The NHL’s first contract last season as an AHL rookie.
“I just try to play simple, play hard, finish my checks, compete as much as I can and just try to enjoy every moment of it, because I never knew if I would really succeed,” Meyer said. “Or not. We are here and here.”
He takes back Larsen and Wrensky’s blue jacket. Loss of Chinkhoff, Vincent
Mayer’s first appearance in the NHL was not the only blue jacket update released on morning skating.
Others include coach Brad Larsen, who has recovered from a Covid-19 infection, assistant coach Pascal Vincent started Covid protocols on Monday – after Larsen’s replacement – Zack Wornski, who has recovered from a serious injury, and rookie forward Yegor Chinhoff. He did not play because of his upper body. Body damage
Wrenski and Larsen each lost three games, Vincent must be sidelined for at least five days, and Chinkhoff’s injury is considered “day-to-day”.
Assistant coach Steve McCarthy remains isolated under Covid protocol, and rookie defender Jake Christensen, who remembers Mayer on Sunday, was expected to play alongside Adam Bookwist in the second-half double.
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