Yo, Cowbell Crew, you no doubt remember defenseman Benn Olson from the 11 games he played last season for the Alaska Aces, and for the 46 penalty minutes he earned.
Well, he's playing for the Coventry Blaze in Great Britain's Elite Ice Hockey League this season, and making his presence felt.
His 124 penalty minutes in 11 games not only leads the circuit, but is more than twice as many sin-bin residency minutes as the next most frequent customer -- that dude checks in with a mere 57 minutes, so he doesn't even get his name online here.
In any event, Big Benn (6-4, 216 according to eliteprospects.com) racked 99 of those PIMs in the first five games, when he delivered two instigator penalties, three fighting majors, a high-sticking major, a roughing major, a misconduct and two game misconducts -- by the way, a game misconduct is worth 20 minutes in the EIHL. (Hey, he's only a spearing major away from a full set of majors!). Oh, and one of those instigators came against -- wait for it -- former Aces defenseman Tyson Marsh. Olson does have one goal and one assist also.
Anyhow, Marsh is off to a nice start for the Cardiff Devils, with 2-7--9 totals in 12 matches to rank fourth in the league for points by a defenseman. One of his teammates is former UAA defenseman Mark Smith (1-0--1 in 12 games).
Here are some other Alaska-connected dudes in the EIHL:
Braehead Clan -- Former UAA forward Jade Galbraith (8-2--10 in 6 games); former UAA defenseman Matt Hanson (0-7--7 in 11 games); and former UAF forward Ryan Campbell, no doubt nicknamed "Soupy'' (0-0--0 in 5 games).
Dundee Stars -- Bill Bagron of Eagle River (1-5--6 in 10 games).
Edinburgh Capitals -- Former UAA winger Jade Portwood, a rookie pro (1-8--9 in 10 games).
Hull Stingrays -- Former Aces defenseman Jeff Smith (0-5--5 in 12 games) and former UAA defenseman Shane Lovdahl of Anchorage (0-3--3 in 9 games).
Sheffield Steelers -- Former UAA and Aces goaltender John DeCaro (7-4-1, 2.94, .893).