Monday, February 22, 2010

Heidinger breaks Canisius record

Congratulations to my good friend Josh Heidinger on setting the all time scoring record in hockey at Canisius College. I know Josh from my days of working at the Old 1st Ward Community Center. Heidinger left Western New York after high school to play in Montana. He came back to the area and became a four year star for Canisius. Every time I see him, Josh always takes the time to say hello and joke about old times.

Heidinger was the youngest bar employee I ever seen. When he was twelve, he worked at his father's bar (Leahy's) on O'Connell St. I'm sure playing hockey with Canisius, Montana, and the Buffalo Regals was tough but not as tough as playing in the Old 1st Ward Floor Hockey League. Often times, the rule book was considered optional. In fact, Heidinger says the toughest player he ever faced was 10 time OFW all star goaltender Michael Parker.

Heidinger sets Griffs mark

Senior Josh Heidinger became Canisius College’s all-time leading scorer in the Division I era in his final regular- season home game Sunday.
Heidinger set a Canisius single-game record with four assists to lead the Golden Griffins to a 5-3 win over American International (5-22-3, 5-18-3) in an Atlantic Hockey Association game at the Buffalo State Ice Arena. The Bishop Timon- St. Jude graduate now has 123 career points, four more than the total amassed by David Deeves (1998-2002).
“It was a good way to say goodbye to our fans, family and friends. It’s nice to go out with a win as well,” said Heidinger, who holds the Canisius record for career assists with 89 and also has 34 goals.

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