Rampage Profile: Casey Wellman
In just a couple weeks the AT&T Center will be packed with hockey fans cheering on their hometown team. Most of the players have already started their journey back to San Antonio and will have a few days to rendezvous before getting back to the grind. Training camp is slated to open next weekend across the American Hockey League. Over the next few weeks I’ll be breaking down the roster a bit and highlighting a few players each post, but today I’ll be doing one last summer player profile.
Although the Rampage lost some big name players this off season, they got a few new players like Jon Rheault and Casey Wellman who both have a good number of AHL games under their belts. Wellman, a native of Brentwood, California, joined the Panthers organization after being traded by the New York Rangers for a 5th round pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. Read the rest of this entry
A Note To Our Readers From Panther Parkway
As we settle into the closing hours of day one of the NHL lockout, I wanted to take a brief moment to write to you our readers. While both sides are hopefully able to find a quick resolution to this situation, we here at Panther Parkway will continue on with business as usual.
Our coverage of the Florida Panthers, their affiliates such as the San Antonio Rampage, will continue daily. In addition we will bring you updates on the CBA negotiations, and all other NHL news that we feel is vital. Don’t be surprised to see some alternative items of interest as well just to shake things up, and keep you coming back. I know for a fact a couple of our writers have some interesting things planned as do I.
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Nolan Yonkman Rocks the Rink
At the start of last season, San Antonio Rampage fans were faced with the challenge of getting to know an entire new team—with the exception of one player. Nolan Yonkman signed a two year contract with the Florida Panthers on the opening day of free agency in 2011, allowing him to remain with the Rampage.
The defenseman from Punnichy, Saskatchewan made his Junior hockey debut in 1996 with the Kelowna Rockets of the Western Hockey League (WHL). After picking up 22 points and 337 penalty minutes in over 200 games with the Rockets, Yonkman spent the majority of the 2000-01 season with the Brandon Wheat Kings. While with Brandon, he netted 6 goals and 10 assists in addition to racking up 94 penalty minutes during the 51 games he played for the gold, black and white.
When the puck dropped at the start of the 2001-02 season, Nolan was skating in his first American Hockey League (AHL) game. He spent the majority of the next four seasons with the Portland Pirates, but on several occasions the 1999 2nd Round (36th overall) Washington Capitals’ draft pick was called up to the NHL. In 119 total games with the Pirates, Yonkman had 15 points and 235 penalty minutes. The following season, the Hershey Bears became the AHL affiliate of the Capitals and Yonkman spent time with the Bears when he wasn’t playing in the NHL. Nolan logged 50 games, 8 points, and 90 penalty minutes over a span of 3 seasons during his time in a Capitals uniform. In 2006, Yonkman signed with the Nashville Predators and spent the next 4 seasons with their AHL affiliate, the Milwaukee Admirals where he captained the team. For 283 games he rocked the “C” on his jersey picking up 39 points and 436 penalty minutes along the way, but he also rocked the mic one night as he took the stage with country star Blake Shelton. Read the rest of this entry