Here is another thing that is fun about having a North American Hockey League team in Aberdeen.
You get to track the progress of former players. A while back, I asked the Wings for a list of alumni who are continuing their careers in college. The Aberdeen team only keeps track players who finished their NAHL careers as part of the Wings.
Ward: The 5-foot-10, 190-pound freshman forward from Las Vegas has played in 24 games for Bemidji State this season with five goals and three assists. The Beavers are 5-14-5 overall and 4-10-4 in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association.
Richart: The 5-foot-9, 172-pound freshman defenseman from Blaine, Minn., has played in 24 games for Miami of Ohio this season with three assists. The RedHawks are 15-6-5 overall and 10-4-4 in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association.
Ferguson: The 6-foot-2, 205-pound freshman defenseman from Hanwell, New Brunswick, has played in 20 games for Dartmouth this season with three assists. The Big Green are 11-7-2 overall and 7-5-1 in the Eastern College Athletic Conference.
The other former Wings playing NCAA Division III hockey:
Paul Prescott: The 5-foot-8, 170-pound freshman forward from Oakdale, Minn., has played in 19 games for Nichols College this season with five goals and nine assists. The Bison are 12-7-1 overall and 5-3-1 in Eastern College Athletic Conference Northeast Hockey play.
Mike Malady: The 6-foot-1, 195-pound sophomore defenseman from Media, Penn., has played in three games for Hobart College this season. The Statesmen are 16-2-2 overall and 8-1-1 in Eastern College Athletic Conference West Hockey play.
Louie Educate: The 6-foot-2, 210-pound sophomore forward from Chicago has played in 19 games for Utica College this season with 14 goals and 17 assists. He is his team’s leading scorer. The Pioneers are 16-3-0 overall and 7-2-0 in Eastern College Athletic Conference West Hockey play.
Ryan Wagner: The 5-foot-10, 180-pound freshman defenseman from Buffalo, N.Y., has played in 17 games for Cortland University this season with seven assists. The Red Dragons are 6-12-2 and 2-8-1 in the Three State University of New York Athletic Conference.
Lane Mahoney: The 5-foot-8, 165-pound freshman defenseman from Spokane Valley, Wash., has played in 16 games for Hamline University this season with two assists. The Pipers are 1-15-5 overall and 1-8-3 in the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.
Mack Ohnsted: The 5-foot-9, 175-pound freshman forward from Vernon Hills, Ill., has played in 19 games for Augsburg College this season with two goals and five assists. The Auggies are 5-11-3 overall and 3-5-2 in the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.
Tim Tuscher: The 5-foot-9, 175-pound sophomore forward from Lemont, Ill., has played in 17 games for St. Olaf College this season with one goal and three assists. The Oles are 9-8-2 overall and 8-2-0 in the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.
Wings this weekend
The Aberdeen Wings will try to snap its 18-game losing streak this weekend at the Odde Ice Center in Aberdeen with a pair of weekend games against Coulee Region at 7:15 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
The Wings have been extremely competitive under new coach Travis Winter. After four games with Winter at the helm, the Wings lost 2-1 in overtime and 3-2 to Bismarck last weekend and dropped two 4-3 decisions (one in a shootout) at Minot the weekend before.
The Wings have 20 games left in the regular season.
I have covered lots of losing streaks in my 30-plus years in this business. They are the worst.
You feel bad for the hard-working players and coaches. You just want the team mired in the streak to win and for everyone else to move on.
John Papendick is the managing news-sports editor for the American News: jpapendick@ aberdeennews.com.