Dwyer, Patrick (ice hockey) Patrick "Pat" Dwyer (born June 22, 1983 in Spokane, Washington and raised in Great Falls, Montana) is a former professional ice hockey right winger with the Carolina Hurricanes of the National Hockey League. He has also played for the New York Rangers, Toronto Maple Leafs, and Boston Bruins in addition to his work with the United States national team. Dwyer was drafted by the Hurricanes in the first round, 14th overall at the 2001 NHL Entry Draft. He has won two Stanley Cup championships with the Hurricanes in 2006 and 2017.
He attended Great Falls High School before moving on to play college hockey at the University of Maine where he earned All-America honors as a senior in 2005-06. The following season, he helped lead the Black Bears to their first NCAA tournament appearance before losing to Minnesota in the opening round. After completing his four year career at UMaine, Dwyer signed with the Hurricanes as a free agent on July 1, 2006. He made his debut against the New York Islanders that same month and went on to score his first goal against the Buffalo Sabres on October 24, 2006. In 2007-08, he led all rookies with 59 points while helping the Hurricanes reach the playoffs for the first time since 2003.
In 2008-09, Dwyer improved upon his rookie season by scoring 62 goals and adding 102 assists for 154 points in just 158 games.
Brett Connolly (born May 2, 1992) is a Canadian professional ice hockey player who currently plays for the National Hockey League's Florida Panthers (NHL). He was selected by the Panthers with their first-round pick (10th overall) in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.
Connolly is known for his offensive skills and has been praised for his ability to create opportunities for himself while playing on the power play. He has also been noted for his physical style of play which includes throwing punches and hitting opponents.
Connolly made an immediate impact in the NHL when he scored two goals in his debut game against the New York Rangers on October 11, 2010. The young Panther went on to score 13 more goals that season. In 2011-12, he increased his goal total to 20 as well as adding 10 assists while averaging over 17 minutes per game played.
He won the Frank J. Selke Trophy as the best defensive forward in the league in 2012-13. The following year, he became only the second Panther after Ed Lynch to win the award twice, doing so again this past season despite missing ten games.
On April 19, 2015, the Panthers signed Connolly to a seven-year, $35 million contract extension. He will make $4.5 million annually.
Brett Connolly (born May 2, 1992) is a Canadian professional ice hockey player who currently plays for the National Hockey League's Chicago Blackhawks (NHL). He was named Western Hockey League (WHL) and Canadian Hockey League (CHL) Rookie of the Year for the 2008-09 season while playing with the Prince George Cougars. In 2009-10, he led all WHL rookies in scoring with 103 points.
Connolly was selected by the Blackhawks with their first pick, fifth overall, at the 2010 NHL Entry Draft. The Blackhawks traded away their second round pick to the Boston Bruins in exchange for Joe Colborne.
He has since played two seasons with the University of Wisconsin–Madison Badgers, where he is now an assistant captain. In his two years with the team, he has been awarded First Team All-American and CHLA Player of the Year twice each. He also won the Hobey Baker Award as the best player in college hockey.
After being drafted by the Blackhawks, many people expected him to be chosen by the Toronto Maple Leafs at number one. However, the Vancouver Giants took defenceman Morgan Rielly instead.
Connolly made his NHL debut on October 4, 2011, against the Minnesota Wild. He scored his first career goal the following game against the Anaheim Ducks. He ended the season with 15 goals and 26 assists for 41 points in 46 games.
Eaves, Patrick Patrick Campbell Eaves (born May 1, 1984) is a Canadian-born American professional ice hockey forward presently under contract with the National Hockey League's Anaheim Ducks (NHL). He has played in the NHL for the Vancouver Canucks, Winnipeg Jets, and Ducks.
He began his career with the University of Maine Black Bears before turning pro with the Alaska Anchorage Seawolves of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA). After one season with Alaska Anchorage, Eaves signed as a free agent with the Vancouver Canucks. He has since played three seasons with the team, winning the Stanley Cup in 2011. In 2013, he joined the Winnipeg Jets as an unrestricted free agent. He has since won the Jack Adams Award as the best defenseman in the league that year.
Eaves was born in Portland, Maine but grew up in Toronto, Ontario. He developed an interest in hockey at a young age after watching Wayne Gretzky play during minor hockey tournaments. The sport would go on to become his career. Eaves graduated from St. Michael's College School in 2001. That same year, he participated in the World Junior Ice Hockey Championships with Canada. The following year, he helped lead Canada to a gold medal at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City.
Cedric Paquette (born August 13, 1993) is a Canadian professional ice hockey player who currently plays for the National Hockey League's Carolina Hurricanes (NHL). The Tampa Bay Lightning picked Paquette in the fourth round (101st overall) at the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.
He previously played with Halifax Mooseheads of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL). Paquette was drafted by the Lightning after playing two seasons with Halifax. He also played one season with the University of Maine Black Bears before turning pro.
Paquette made his NHL debut on October 4, 2015, against the New York Rangers. He scored his first career goal five days later against Matt Murray of the Pittsburgh Penguins. As of 2018-19 season, he has 9 goals and 12 assists for 21 points in 51 games.
Paquette was born in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec but grew up in Shawville, Quebec. He has three siblings: Émile, Élisabeth, and Marie. His older brother, Émile, is a former NHL player who played for the Montreal Canadiens and Ottawa Senators. His other brother, Élisabeth, is a retired tennis player who won the silver medal at the 2001 World Youth Championships. His sister, Marie, is a former volleyball player who has represented Canada at the youth level.