A pair of former Michigan Wolverines have been in the news as of late - one in a positive light and one in a somewhat scary light.
Goaltender Noah Ruden (2002-2006) signed with the Port Huron Flags of the United Hockey League yesterday, while former Michigan captain Jed Ortmeyer (1999-2003) will be on the shelf for a spell with the New York Rangers after suffering a pulmonary embolism.
Ruden, a Bloomfield Hills native, will vie for time in net with former Clarkson goalie Dustin Traylen for the Flags.
"Noah had a solid senior season in Michigan," said Port Huron head coach Stan Drulia. "He will create a nice, competitive balance in the goal for us. At this level, you need two goalies that can seal games during the season. We feel very fortunate to have both Traylen and Ruden signed and ready to go."
Ortmeyer is set to undergo further testing this week and will be out of action indefinitely. He appeared in 78 games this past season with the Rangers, registering five goals and two assists, along with 38 penalty minutes. He ranked first among team forwards and seventh among all NHL forwards with 75 blocked shots.
A pulmonary embolism is a blood clot in the lungs and causes severe dysfunction in respiratory functions. It can be fatal.
Ortmeyer photo courtesy New York Rangers