April 14, 2011

By Josh Reeher

OXFORD, Ohio - Two Miami hockey alumni will lace up their skates and take the ice for the 2011 Stanley Cup Playoffs beginning Thursday night, and neither will have to look far to find each other as both will be in the same building for the first round. Dan Boyle and the Pacific Division-winning San Jose Sharks face Alec Martinez and the Los Angeles Kings at San Jose's HP Pavilion for game one of their best-of-seven series.

Boyle (1994-98) was a two-time First-Team All-American defenseman for the RedHawks. This year will mark his seventh career Stanley Cup Playoffs, which includes hoisting a Stanley Cup with the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2004. Boyle, who has appeared in 66 career NHL playoff games, is coming off of a career-best Stanley Cup Playoff performance last year with a 2-12-14 scoring line in 15 games, as he guided the Sharks to the Western Conference finals. During the 2010-11 season, he led all San Jose defenseman with 50 points on nine goals and 41 assists.

Martinez (2005-08) was also an All-American defenseman for the RedHawks in 2008. Coming off of his first full season with the Kings, during which he tallied 16 points on five goals and 11 assists in 60 regular-season games, Martinez will look to excel in his first Stanley Cup Playoffs. In 2009-10, he helped the Manchester Monarchs of the AHL to a deep playoff run recording three assists.

Former RedHawk forward Tommy Wingels (2007-10), who is under contract with San Jose, appeared sparingly for the Sharks in his rookie season, playing in five games. Last year's captain for Miami spent the majority of his year with San Jose's AHL affiliate, the Worcester Sharks, racking up 33 points (17-16-33) in 69 games. Worcester did not make the AHL playoffs, however.

Miami's first Hobey Baker Award winner in school history, Andy Miele (2007-11), is also under contract with an NHL playoff team in the Phoenix Coyotes after signing April 2. The sixth-seeded Coyotes dropped game one of their series to Detroit Wednesday. Miele is not eligible for the playoffs however, because he signed after the trade deadline.

Game one between the second-seeded Sharks and seventh-seeded Kings is set for a 10 p.m. ET (7 p.m. local) puck drop and will be televised on Versus.

--MURedHawks.com--