SIOUX CITY | The latest National Hockey League accomplishment for former Sioux City Musketeers forward Max Pacioretty?
He scored the NHL’s first goal of the current season, a red-lighter that came at the 4:42 mark of the first period in the Montreal Canadiens’ 4-3 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Pacioretty, who has career totals of 112 goals and 110 assists in 5 1/2 seasons, is one of three former Musketeers in the NHL this season. Defenseman Danny DeKeyser (Detroit Red Wings) and forward Sam Gagner (Arizona Coyotes) also are among 18 Musketeers who are NHL alumni.
Forward Ruslan Fedotenko and goaltender John Grahame were teammates for the 2004 Stanley Cup champion Tampa Bay Lightning.
Fedotenko scored both goals in a 2-1 Game 7 win over the Calgary Flames. Then, on Aug. 14 of that year, Fedotenko (also a Stanley Cup winner with the 2008-09 Pittsburgh Penguins) brought the silver, 3-foot, 35-pound cup to the Tyson Events Center, where 3,000 fans were in attendance.
Defenseman Rostislav Klesla had the distinction of being the expansion Columbus Blue Jackets’ first-ever draft choice in 2000. Gagner was the NHL’s youngest player when he made his debut with the Edmonton Oilers in 2007-08.
Three members of the Musketeers’ team that lost to Cedar Rapids in the 2005 Clark Cup Finals played in the NHL: defenseman Chris Butler (Buffalo, Calgary, St. Louis), forward Tim Kennedy (Buffalo, Florida, San Jose, Phoenix, Washington) and Steven Kampfer (Boston, New York Rangers, Florida).
The Musketeers’ list of former NHL players includes forwards Billy Tibbetts (Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, New York Rangers), John Zeiler (Los Angeles), Corey Elkins (Los Angeles), Stephane Da Costa (Ottawa), Patrick Davis (New Jersey) and Travis Turnbull (Buffalo). Defensemen David Hale (New Jersey, Calgary, Phoenix, Tampa Bay, Ottawa) and Sean Collins (Washington) also experienced NHL action along with goaltender Dieter Kochan (Tampa Bay, Minnesota).