LAFAYETTE, La. — Campos and Harding go into uncharted waters for the 44th episode of our trying-really-hard Inside the SPHL Podcast! On this special episode, recorded on Sunday, March 5th, we go across the Atlantic Ocean to catch up with a pair of former SPHL players.
If you’re a fan of the Mississippi Surge, the Louisiana IceGators, or the Peoria Rivermen; the name Adam Stuart should ring some bells. The fan favorite spent six years in the SPHL, scoring 109 goals and 155 assists along with 497 penalty minutes. After last season, Stuart made the move overseas to France, a popular destination for SPHL ex-pats.
Joining Stuart on today’s show was a goaltender who spent only two years in the SPHL, but made them count. Jordan Ruby won a Presidents Cup with the Macon Mayhem last year (coincidentally defeating Stuart’s Rivermen) and earned MVP honors for last year’s postseason.
This season, the two are teammates with des Albatros de Brest, a team playing in the FFHG Division 1 league, the second-highest of the four-tier system of pro hockey in France. Stuart and Ruby play in a league peppered with familiar names, such as teammate Cullen Bradshaw (Mississippi RiverKings). SPHL-ers also spending time with Brest this season including Christian Weidauer, Jeff Jones, Nick McParland, Kyle Shapiro, and Tayler Thompson.
Des Albatros won 20 of their 26 games during the regular season with a 15-5-0-6 record, and are currently gearing up for their first playoff series against former SPHL-ers Mark Corbett, Justin Hoomaian, and Corey Hale with La-Roche-sur-Yon. Ruby finished the season leading all Division 1 netminders in every major statistical category with a 20-6 record, four by way of shutout, a 2.16 GAA, a .907 SV%, and 553 total saves. Stuart was the third-highest scorer in Brest with 34 points (10G/24A), third in plus/minus at +24, while leading the team in penalty minutes with 42.
On Sunday’s show, Campos and Harding catch up with Stuart and Ruby, covering a variety of topics including:
- The differences between playing hockey in France and the SPHL.
- Why France is such a popular destination for SPHL players.
- How American players deal with the language barrier when playing in France.
- Catching up on the current state of affairs in the SPHL.
- Memories and some great stories from their days playing in the SPHL.
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