“I’ll bet his dad’s walking on air right now,” laughs Red Kelly, a characteristic Irish twinkle in his voice. “I think that’s great.
“I know he’s proud. We all are.
“Mark came over a few times to the house with his mom and dad when they were in town. Big boy even then but I bet he’s put on some weight and is much stronger now.
“My son” – Conn, who operates a hockey school in Newport Beach, R.I., a 45-minute drive from Providence, where Mark Jankowski played collegiate hockey – “saw him play many times and thought he was a heckuva player. So we’d hear periodically what was happening.
“I heard about his first goal for the Flames the other night. Didn’t see it, unfortunately. But I sure did hear about it.
“And two goals Monday, you say? Good for him.
“Talking to Lou Lamoriello of the Leafs, I know he’s pretty high on the young man, too.”
Yes, Mark Jankowski’s trending in all sorts of hockey circles, a very hot commodity right at the moment.
Over and above the size, the appetite to achieve and obvious skill, this is someone whose hockey roots run deep and strong.
Kelly, of course, hoisted the Stanley Cup aloft on eight different occasions (four each with Detroit and Toronto), was a four-time First Team All-Star, a four-time Lady Byng Trophy winner and honoured in the NHL’s Top-100 All-Time Players list during the league’s centenary celebrations.
Jankowski’s grandfather, the late Lou Jankowski, split 130 NHL games between Chicago and Detroit as well as spending five seasons in Calgary, 1958 through ’63, as a centre-winger for the Western Hockey League Stampeders.
He also worked as a scout for St. Louis, Washington, the NY Rangers and the NHL’s Central Scouting Bureau while based here in the city.
Dad Len played three seasons on the wing for the ECAC’s Cornell Big Red, only a couple of years before a certain Joe Nieuwendyk arrived on campus. And uncle Ryan has worked as assistant GM for the NY Islanders, a scout for the Montreal Canadiens, in the Hockey Canada program and now serves as the Buffalo Sabres’ Director of Amateur Scouting.
Quite the lineage.
“It’s pretty cool, having the bloodlines I do,” agrees the Flames’ freshman centre. “Those Calgary ties from the days my grandpa played for the Stampeders are really special to me. And obviously, my great-uncle Red.
“My dad, my mom (Rosemary), all those people you mentioned, they’re the reason I’m here right now. My parents, I owe them so much. Just their belief in me, that I could play at this level someday, meant so much to actually achieving that dream.
“The support of my whole family, the calming presence, the patience … such a big part of everything I do.”
Pacific (15-13, 10-7 WCC) will celebrate seniors -- Katrin Gotterba, Maycie LaBass, and Janie Feldsher prior to game time.
Tigers face No. 19 Pomona-Pitzer on Sat., Nov. 25 at Chris Kjeldsen Pool
Stockton, Calif. – The Heat remained perfect against their rival, the Bakersfield Condors, improving their record to 5-0-0-0 with a 5-2 win at Stockton Arena on Saturday night. Garnet Hathaway became the first Heat skater to reach the 10-goal plateau, scoring just 1:27 into the game, and while the Condors responded, the Heat would get it back at the tail end of the first with Ryan Lomberg’s first goal of the season, off Tanner Glass’ first point with the Heat. Colby Robak would put the Heat up a pair of goals off a terrific one-time blast in the second period, but the Condors would cut the deficit to one with a goal toward the end of the second. Despite Bakersfield’s onslaught of shots in the third, the Heat would record a power-play goal thanks to Andrew Mangiapane, restoring their two-goal advantage and Morgan Klimchuk sealed the win with the empty net goal. Fans can catch the Heat on AHL Live as the team hits the road for a six-game road trip starting on Wednesday with the team visiting Citizens Business Bank Arena to take on the Ontario Reign at 7:00 p.m. Following the game, the Heat travel to Tucson, Arizona for a pair of games beginning on Friday against the Tucson Roadrunners at 6:05 p.m. Get your holiday shopping done right now and purchase a Heat Holiday Pack, featuring Lombo’s Naughty List, Klimmer’s Holiday Hat Trick, Mangiapane’s Gingerbread Special, and a New Year’s Eve Pack. Order yours today by visiting stocktonheat.com/holidays or call the Heat Front Office at 209.373.1500.
HEAT GOAL: F Garnet Hathaway (10) scramble for the puck in front of the net pops the puck out to the slot, which is wristed past the right post and in (Mangiapane, Findlay assists), 1:27
Bakersfield Goal: F Brian Ferlin (1) shot from left circle goes off goaltender and knocked into the net on the rebound (Rattie, Downing assists), 11:11
HEAT GOAL: F Ryan Lomberg (1) battle near the blueline is won by the Heat and thrown toward the net, picked up by forward and wristed over the goalie’s glove hand (Glass, Andersson assists), 14:58
Shots: STK – 14 | BAK – 8
HEAT GOAL: D Colby Robak (1) three-on-one rush finds defenseman jumping into right circle and blasting the one-timer past the netminder’s outstretched glove (Poirier, Hrivik assists), 10:36
Bakersfield Goal: F Josh Currie (3) puck bounces around in the high slot before a turnaround shot from is put on net, which glances off goaltender and in (O’Brien, Mantha assists), (PP) 18:40
Shots: STK – 5 | BAK – 13
HEAT GOAL: F Andrew Mangiapane (8) shot from point is deflected past goaltender underneath blocker hand (Goloubef, Findlay assists), (PP), 11:08
HEAT GOAL: F Morgan Klimchuk (7) skates puck from center ice to the goal mouth before easing puck in empty net (Poirier, Wotherspoon assists), (EN) 17:37
Shots: STK – 5 | BAK – 16
W: Jon Gillies (37 shots, 35 saves)
L: Nick Ellis (23 shots, 19 saves)
Three Stars: 1- Andrew Mangiapane (1 goal, 1 assist) 2- Jon Gillies (35 saves) 3- Colby Robak (Game Winning Goal)
Final Shots: STK – 24 | BAK – 37
Power Plays: STK – 1/5 | BAK – 1/3
Garnet Hathaway (1 goal) has points in three-straight games (3-2-5) and is the first Heat skater to reach 10 goals on the season
Hathaway’s 10 goals are now tied for se
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