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Ice Alum Makes His Way to NHL

03/18/2014, 8:00am CDT
By bwerger

It was a memorable night last Wednesday when Paul Carey took the ice for the first time in the NHL when he suited up for the Colorado Avalanche.

He logged 5:59 of ice time for the Avalanche during their 3-2 win over the Chicago Blackhawks.  Carey finished the night with a plus-one rating, had one shot on goal, and dished out one hit.  The 25-year-old was called up earlier in the week from the AHL affiliate of the Avalanche, the Lake Erie Monsters, where he has recorded 21 points (8g, 13a) in 54 games this season. 

Carey spent the 2007-08 season in the USHL with the Indiana Ice and finished fifth in the League with 66 points (34g, 32) in 60 regular season contests.  His 34 goals were the second most in the USHL and he was tops in the League with 16 power play tallies.  He opened his USHL career with points in each of his first nine contests (11g, 5a), including goals in eight of those games.  The Weymouth, Massachusetts native went on to be selected to the All-USHL Second Team and USHL All-Rookie Team.

Carey was selected by the Colorado Avalanche in the fifth round (135th overall) of the 2007 NHL Draft prior to continuing his development in the USHL.  He then went on to a four-year collegiate career at Boston College where he racked up 86 points (45g, 41a) in 147 games at the school and was part of two NCAA Championships (2010, 2012). 

The forward signed with the Avalanche following his senior season and make his professional debut with Lake Erie in 2012.  During his first full pro season in 2012-13, he registered 41 points (19g, 22a) in 72 games to finish fourth on the team in scoring.

USHL stats – Paul Carey


Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, the USHL celebrates its 12th season as the nation's only Tier I junior hockey league in 2013-14.  A record 32 players were chosen in the 2013 NHL Draft and more than 300 players on team rosters last season have committed to NCAA Division I schools, further establishing the USHL as the world’s foremost producer of junior hockey talent.  For more information, visit us on the web at or visit the League’s social media platforms, including Facebook (, twitter (, and YouTube (  Fans can also watch USHL action all season long, live or on-demand via FASTHockey (

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