Jr Pens Select Final Roster, Demote Veterans

By Erik Johnson

Pens set roster for opening night on Thursday at home against the Philadelphia Phantoms; send 6 to Wheeling

Among the cuts were veteran forwards Boris Protsenko and Alexei Kolkunov and goalie Craig Hiller. Others demoted were defensemen Mark Moore, Chris Newans, and Doug Schmidt.

Neither Protsenko or Kolkunov were impressive in camp and were demoted in favor of tryout candidates Jim Leger and Steve Parsons. Hillier had an impressive performance in his only appearance during the exhibition season, but is still paying for his dismal performance last year.

The Pens roster now stands at 22, which includes injured forward Martin Sonnenberg and injured defenseman Trent Cull.


Greg Crozier, Dylan Gyori, Tom Kostopoulos, Jim Leger,
Jason MacDonald, Alexandre Mathieu, Eric Meloche, Steve Parsons, Toby
Petersen, Martin Sonnenberg, Bill Tibbetts, Darcy Verot,

Alexander Zevakhin


Brendan Buckley, Sven Butenschon, Trent Cull, Andrew Ference, Chris Kelleher, John Slaney, JP Soucy


Joel Laing, Mark Scally

– Goalie Joel Laing was named the starting goalie for Thursday night’s opener.

– Scally, Soucy, Leger, and Parsons were signed to 25 game contracts