November 30, 2012

UMaine Hockey: One rough Diamond

Maine's Joey Diamond plays with a rambunctious style that has put him in the record book – for penalty minutes.

By Glenn Jordan gjordan@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

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Joey Diamond, right, is never lacking for hard-nosed hustle when he’s on the ice – a style he’s had since Pee Wee hockey growing up in Long Island, N.Y. “Pound for pound, without a doubt, he’s the toughest player I’ve ever coached,” said Maine Coach Tim Whitehead.

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VERMONT (2-7-2, 2-5-2 Hockey East) at MAINE (2-9-1, 1-5-1)

WHEN: 8 p.m. Friday

TELEVISION: CBS Sports Network

RADIO: 96.3 FM/1310 AM

WHEN: 7 p.m. Saturday

RADIO: 96.3 FM/1310 AM

WHERE: Alfond Arena, Orono

MAINE OUTLOOK: Sophomore Connor Leen is the only player to score more than once. He has three goals. Freshman Devin Shore leads the team with five assists and classmate Ben Hutton has four. Junior Martin Ouellette (1-3-1) sports a 2.59 goals-against average and .904 save percentage. Maine is 1-0-1 following a seven-game losing streak and looking for its first victory in its seventh game at Alfond.

VERMONT OUTLOOK: The Catamounts are coming off a pair of home losses to No. 3 Minnesota last weekend. Chris McCarthy leads UVM with four goals and four assists. Brody Hoffman has played all 11 games in goal and sports a 2.95 goals-against average and .906 save percentage. 

-- Glenn Jordan 

THINKING INSIDE THE BOX

Career penalty minute leaders at Maine, with year on the team in parentheses. 

1. Joey Diamond (09-13) 361

2. Prestin Ryan (01-04) 355

3. Scott Smith (82-86) 287

4. Scott Pellerin (88-92) 276

5. Brent Shepheard (03-07) 257

6. John Tortorella (78-81) 218

7. Bob Corkum (85-89) 205

8. Shawn Wansborough (94-98) 201

9. Dan Shermerhorn (93-97) 200

9. Peter Metcalf (98-02) 200

The Maine roster lists Diamond at 5-foot-8 and 175 pounds. That weight is probably on the generous side, but neither measurement hints at the size of Diamond's heart.

"Pound for pound, without a doubt, he's the toughest player I've ever coached," Whitehead said. "He's one of the few players we have who gets to the net and plays with the courage you need to win loose pucks on a consistent basis. We don't want to disarm him completely, because he won't be an effective player."

So the whistles will keep coming, Diamond will continue to push the limits, do whatever he can to help his team, and if that lands him in the box, so be it.

"It's not something you really want, but it's something that happened," he said. "As for being the career penalty minutes leader at Maine, that's probably something that, down the line, I'll look back on as something that's pretty cool to have." 

NOTES: Friday is Whiteout Night at Alfond, with the first 2,000 fans receiving free white-out T-shirts courtesy of W.S. Emerson's and University Credit Union. Fans are also asked to bring stuffed animals for a Teddy Bear Toss on the ice during the first intermission. The animals will be collected and given to children in need.

CBS Sports Network, which is televising Friday's game, is available in Cumberland County on channel 467 (572 for high definition) for Time Warner customers who subscribe to the Sports Pass tier. 

Staff Writer Glenn Jordan can be contacted at 791-6425 or at:

gjordan@pressherald.com

Twitter: GlennJordanPPH

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