The 2020-21 Season may not feature the RoughRiders, but our alumni have taken the spotlight. Three Former RoughRiders have been named Hockey East Forward of the Week in D1 NCAA College Hockey. Liam Walsh, Aidan McDonough, and Marc McLaughlin have all had standout performances in recent weeks.
Liam Walsh, who served as the RoughRiders Captain in 2018-19, now plays his college hockey in North Andover, Massachusetts for Merrimack College. Liam has had a standout Sophomore season so far as he’s tallied 10 points in 15 games for the Warriors. Walsh was named Hockey East Co-Player of the Week on February 8th after scoring the game-winner against #16 Providence on February 7th as well as 6 goals total over that weekend.
Aidan McDonough, who was a teammate of Walsh in Cedar Rapids in 2018-19, is now skating for Northeastern University in Boston. McDonough was named Hockey East Co-Player of the Week on February 15th after scoring 5 goals in two games the previous weekend against UNH. McDonough scored a hattrick on February 12th, scored the game-winning goal the following night, and finished the weekend with 6 points in total. McDonough is a Vancouver Canucks draft pick from 2019 and has scored 15 points in 17 games this season for the Huskies.
Marc McLaughlin, another former RoughRiders Captain from 2017-18, also plays his college hockey in Massachusetts for Boston College. McLaughlin serves as the Eagles Captain as a Junior and has scored 22 points in 19 games so far this season. McLaughlin was named Hockey East Player of the Week on February 22nd after a 4-point weekend against Maine.
Head Coach Mark Carlson loves to see his former player succeed as much as anyone. “It’s fun to see our guys do well. It’s very special to see Cedar Rapids RoughRiders Liam, Aidan, and Marc earn the Hockey East player of the week 3 weeks in a row.”
While the USHL RoughRiders are taking a backseat in the 2020-21 season, the alumni have been skating well and representing Cedar Rapids in a great way.