Ryan Garbutt ’09 Makes NHL Debut

Garbutt holding up a game puck from his first ever NHL game.

Last night, another former Bear skated out onto NHL ice — Ryan Garbutt ’09 made his career debut for the Dallas Stars as they took on the Phoenix Coyotes in a 2-1 overtime loss. Pressed into service by injuries, Garbutt was only on the ice for a little under six minutes. But in that short time, he made his presence known firing three shots on goal and registering three hits.

The 26-year old Garbutt was called up to the big club from Dallas’ AHL affiliate, the Texas Stars, where he put up 33 points in 50 games. His journey to the NHL has brought him all over North America, from his home in Winnipeg to Providence to three minor leagues and finally to Dallas. At Brown, Garbutt double concentrated in economics and sociology.

Garbutt joins Aaron Volpatti ’10 of the Vancouver Canucks and Harry Zolnierczyk ’11 of the Philadelphia Flyers as Brown alums to play in the NHL this season. Volpatti played in the Canucks’ first 23 games of the season, but a torn labrum injury required surgery that has left him shelved for the remainder of the year.

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Alums who do cool things: Colin Cloherty ’09 Scores TD for Jaguars

Two years ago today, Colin Cloherty ’09 was probably spending his Sunday like the rest of us during reading period–holed up in the stacks wondering how that 12-15 page paper was going to write itself in the next 18 hours. Fast forward two years, and the former history concentrator has traded in neocolonialism for an NFL touchdown.

After only being activated by the Jacksonville Jaguars on Thursday, Cloherty scored his first career NFL touchdown Sunday when he scooped up a fumbled Tampa Bay punt and ran it 8 yards into the end zone. At the time, the Jags were trailing 14-0, and Cloherty’s score was a game-changer. Continue Reading

This week in Brown Alumni News: Scandal Edition

It’s been a rough news week for a few choice Brown alums. We’re barely past hump day, and we’ve already got two unfortunate (but still juicy) scandals to report:

Alums Who Do Not-So-Cool Things
It’s over, ladies and gentlemen — Penn State head football coach Joe Paterno ’50 was fired Wednesday night in the wake of the sexual abuse scandal that went public earlier this month. For you Ashton Kutchers who are out of the loop on this one, Paterno reportedly turned a blind eye to former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky’s repeated sexual molestation of young boys in the Penn State football facilities.

Alums Who Report Not-So-Cool Things
This week’s other unfortunate Brown-related scandal saw an alum on the reverse side of things. In an update on the Herman Cain sexual harassment case, Karen Kraushaar ’78 was identified as one of the women with whom Cain settled. Despite having paid the settlement, Cain still maintains that none of this went down. Cain allegedly harassed, Rick Perry stumbled  and Mitt Romney shattered … it’s looking like a good year for Ron Paul!

Baseball Captain Matt Colantonio ’11 Selected in MLB Draft

Catcher Matt Colantonio is turning in the rainy days of Providence for the sunshine of San Diego, as the baseball squad’s senior captain was selected by the Padres in the 21st round of the 2011 MLB draft. Of course, though, it won’t be a direct flight. Colantonio is set to report first to mini-camp in Phoenix before heading up the West Coast to Eugene, Oregon to join the Padres’ Single-A affiliate and enter the farm system. Here, the real journey will begin for Colantonio in his attempt to navigate the minor leagues and break through into the big show.

Colantonio will look to join a slew of Ivy Leaguers who have left a mark on baseball’s modern game. At his own position, recently retired Dartmouth alum Brad Ausmus won three Gold Gloves and was once named an All Star. Former Princeton pitchers Ross Ohlendorf (Pirates) and Chris Young (Mets) have proven themselves as reliable starting pitchers. Yale alum and Athletics relief pitcher Craig Breslow has been dubbed “the smartest man in baseball.” And while no Bear has made a huge impact on the game since Lee Richmond 1880 threw baseball’s first perfect game in 1880, Brown is not unfamiliar with seeing its players drafted. Colantonio’s predecessor at backstop, Devin Thomas, was drafted by the Tigers in 2007 along with teammate Jeff Dietz (Diamondbacks), and in 2009, shortstop Matt Nuzzo was taken by the Blue Jays.

For Colantonio, who started all four years and led the Bears in seven offensive categories in 2011, the journey is just beginning, and the future looks bright.

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