Bolts Send players to the Motor City as Vipers Prepare

By Andrew Bourgeois
While there is still no guarantee as to who will be with the Detroit Vipers Come October 6, but all ready the Vipers coaching staff has an idea who will be at training camp as their parent club the Tampa Bay Lightning cut 17 players from their camp.

Familiar faces from last year’s team heading back to the motor city include defencemen Kyle Kos, Mikko Kuparinen, and Mark Thompson, right wingers Dale Rominski, Samuel St. Pierre, and Jan Sulc.

In his first season of professional play, Kos, split his time last season between the Vipers and the Utah Grizzlies playing a total of 66 IHL-games, netting four points (1G-3A) with 101 penalty minutes.

Kuparinen played the majority of last season (28 games) in Finland for the
HIFK Helsinki team during which he posted a pair of assists with 29 penalty minutes. Kuparinen played 9 ganes in the IHL with Detroit and Long Beach.

The four-year University of Michigan star Dale Rominski had a good breakout year playing in his first professional season. In 78 games with Detroit and 3 with the Lightning, Rominski recorded 14 goals and 16 assists while only being assessed 70 penalty minutes.

Samuel St. Pierre will look to get back on the scoring track as he enters his second professional season. In 47 games with Detroit in 1999-2000, the St. Pierre had 15 points (11G-4A) and 25 PIM.

Playing most of his rookie season with the ECHL Toledo Storm (51 games, 10G-11A), Jan Sulc is looking to prove he deserves to play at a higher level. In 21 games with the Vipers, Sulc registered 3 assists.

Like Sulc, centreman Martin Cibak enters his rookie year coming off a 45-point (16G-29A) junior “A” season with the Medicine Hat Tigers of the WHL.

LW Mike Kiesman heads to Detroit after closing his final junior “A” season playing 9 regular-season games for the IHL’s Michigan K-Wings and 7
playoff-contests for the UHL’s Muskegon Fury; RW Maxim Potapov comes from the 1999-2000 Sherbrooke Beavers of the QMJHL where he scored 76 points (30G-46A) in 51 games played.

The Detroit Vipers Camp opens with meetings and team physicals on Monday, September 18.
Players will begin strength tests and on-ice practices staring September 19.


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