in attempt to pacify the shakes, a byproduct from hockey withdrawals, ive been conducting mildly-to-meduim extensive research on select Colorado Avalanche prospects and started paying very much attention to the Lake Erie Monsters as well as the upstart local CHL team. the story of Denver Cutthroats defenseman Sean Zimmerman, i found particularly intriguing. having never played a single game in the NHL, he has been a member of six different big league organizations, and has been traded among those six teams SIX TIMES IN JUST TWO YEARS. in his nine year professional career, he has played for nine different minor league teams in four different leagues.
he is the only Denver native on the team and took the longest possible route throughout his career to end up right back where he got started in the bigger journey we call life. lets take the trip with Sean and examine his transaction timeline;
*FOR THE PARTY ANIMALS!* drink everytime the kid gets traded, signed or reassigned...
2003: SPOKANE CHIEFS - Sean took the major junior path in his bid for the pros. he got it started in the WHL with Spokane and played in 210 games before being drafted to the NHL.
2005: NEW JERSEY DEVILS - New Jersey would take Zimmerman with the 170th overall selection in the sixth round of 2005 NHL entry draft.
2005: ALBANY RIVER RATS - the Devils assigned Sean to their top farm club, Albany of the AHL. the 18 year old Zimmerman would only see six games at the triple-A level before being reassigned to his junior team.
2006: SPOKANE CHIEFS - Sean gained 60 more games worth of experience at the WHL level before his play earned him his second call up to the AHL.
2006: LOWELL DEVILS - new club, same parent affiliate. Zimmerman found his next home in Massachusetts playing for the Devils' new AHL partner for parts of the next couple of seasons, defending his team for 67 games.
2007: TRENTON DEVILS - BONUS HISTORY LESSON!! in 2007, the New Jersey Devils purchased the Philadelphia Flyers longtime ECHL affiliate the Trenton Titans and renamed them the Trenton Devils. Zimmerman found himself being reassigned to Trenton that year, and added a sweet rare hockey jersey to his private collection, playing in eight games for the short lived crest. note: under new ownership in 2011, the Titans restored both its original name and original affiliation with Philly.
2008: SAN ANTONIO RAMPAGE - Phoenix reassigns Zimmerman to their top minor affiliate San Antonio. Sean continued his development in the AHL in Texas, playing in 36 games for the Rampage before being reassigned, yet again.
2008: ARIZONA SUNDOGS - Zimmerman gets his first taste of CHL brand hockey, playing 20 games for the double-A Pheonix affiliate.
2009: SAN ANTONIO RAMPAGE - Zimmerman was fortunate enough to play his entire 2009-10 season with one club in San Antonio. Sean recorded 72 games, 9 pts, and 105 PIMs for the Rampage.
2009: VANCOUVER CANUCKS - at the trade deadline of 2009, Phoenix traded Sean and a 2010 6th round pick to the dastardly Vancouver Canucks in return for Mathieu Scheinder. He resigned with with the Canuckle-biters in the offseason.
2010: FLORIDA PANTHERS - shortly into the season and before ever playing a game for the organization, stinky Vancouver trades Zimmerman to Florida for Nathan Paetsch.
2010: ROCHESTER AMERICANS - the Panthers reassigned Zimmerman to the Amerks where he played 7 games.
2010: PROVIDENCE BRUINS - the Bruins reassign Sean to their top affiliate, Providence of the AHL. He played 23 games for the organization before being traded for a third time in one season for the second consecutive season in his young career.
2010: SYRACUSE CRUNCH - Anaheim reassigned Zimmerman to their top affiliate Syracuse where he played 21 games. Sean split the 2010-11 AHL season between three teams, defending 51 games for the Americans, the Bruins and the Crunch. He played 42 more games for Syracuse next season, before moving on...
2012: DENVER CUTTHROATS - Sean Zimmerman signs with the upstart Denver Cutthroats of the CHL and returns to his native land with a stick in his hand and more than a few baggage claim tickets stuck to his luggage. Sean opts to make Denver hockey history and become a member of the inaugural club of a brand new franchise and become a local home town hero for the first time in his career. October 19th. ten bucks? hell yea. ill be there to watch it happen for sure.
theres no place like home, theres no place like home, theres no place like, et cetera...
the point of the story is, Sean Zimmerman is still a very young player. hes only 25 years old and more traveled than most pros. will this most recent relocation be where he finally drops anchor and builds on something a bit more permanent? or is this just the next blip on an ever growing timeline? the CHL isnt as good as the AHL obviously, but he really could make a satisfying living here as a fan favorite and native son in a genuine hockey town. besides, not every CHL team is so closely tied to a major league club. he has a foot in the door many CHLers would bend over frontwards to have. Zimmerman is just one of many elements that will make the Fish fun to watch this season.
thank you for your accompanying me on this minorly interesting journey into a minor-league journey-man's journey through life. now that we're all caught up, im sure itll be more interesting to watch it unfold from here on out.
you dont even have to say thank you. youre welcome in advance.