Boguniecki, Hemingway Accept Blues Offers

ST. LOUIS – The St. Louis Blues announced that former Dayton forward Eric Boguniecki and former Peoria forward Colin Hemingway have accepted qualifying offers.

Selected by St. Louis in the eighth round (193rd overall) in the 1993 NHL Entry Draft, the 30-year-old Boguniecki had 25 points (14g-11a) in 30 games with Worcester of the American Hockey League and eight points (5g-3a) in 10 games with Langenthal in Switzerland in 2004-05.

In his first professional season in 1997-98, Boguniecki scored 37 points (19g-18a) in 26 games with Dayton before being called up to Fort Wayne of the International Hockey League. He scored 12 points (4g-8a) in 35 regular season games and three points (1g-2a) in four postseason games with Fort Wayne.

Selected in the eighth round (221st overall) by St. Louis in the 1999 NHL Entry Draft, the 24-year-old Hemingway had 19 points (8g-10a) in 20 games with Peoria and seven points (5g-2a) in 24 games with Worcester of the AHL in 2004-05.

In his first professional season in 2003-04, the 6-0 and 195-pound Hemingway played with Peoria, scoring 44 points (20g-24a) in 36 regular season games and playing in two Kelly Cup Playoff games, and Worcester, scoring two goals in 13 games.

The 30-year-old Boguniecki scored 10 points (6g-4a) in 27 games for St. Louis in 2003-04, missing 53 games due to injury. In his first full season in the NHL in 2002-03, the 5-8 and 192-pound Boguniecki posted career highs in points (49), goals (22), assists (27) and penalty minutes (38). He finished fifth on the team in goals and was tied for second with a plus/minus rating of +22.

In 2001-02, Boguniecki became the third ECHL player to be named Most Valuable Player of the American Hockey League. Former Charlotte goaltender Jason LaBarbera was named as the AHL MVP in 2003-04 becoming the fourth ECHL player to earn the honor joining Martin Brochu in 1999-2000, and Brad Smyth in 1995-96 and Boguniecki.

In 120 career NHL regular season games, Boguniecki has 28 goals, 32 assists, and 64 penalty minutes.