IHL Living up to its Name

By Andrew Bourgeois
The IHL better known as the International Hockey League is living up to its International moniker.

A recent league analysis put the Canadian content, 145 of 250 players, in the IHL at 58%, down from last year’s 63.3%. As recently as 1995-96 it was 70.9% from our home and native land.

The American brigade make up 24%, just up from last year’s 23.8%, while there are 18% from outside North America, up from 14.4% in 1999-2000. In 1997, only 9.7% were non-North Americans.

All 11 teams have at least one foreigner, although Chicago is the only team with just one. Milwaukee has 10 from overseas, 10 Americans and just four Canadians. Appropriately enough, the Kansas City Blades, since they’re Vancouver’s farm club, have the most Canucks with 19.

The Manitoba Moose makeup consists of 15 Canadians, three Americans (D Brett Hauer, LW Rusty Fitzgerald and RW Scott Thomas) and two Europeans, Russian F Dmitri Leonov and Swedish G Johan Hedberg.

IHL FASTFACTS

On November 26, 2000 Wendall Young of the Chicago Wolves recored his franchise record 16th career shutout with a 3-0 win over the Utah Grizzlies.

TODAY IN HOCKEY

December 9, 1989 Ray Ferraro of the Hartford Whalers nets 5 points in one period with 3 goals and 2 assists against the New Jersey Devils.

DID YOU KNOW

Eddie Shore played one season with the Edmonton Eskimos before joining the Boston Bruins.

TONIGHT IN THE IHL


Saturday December 9, 2000
Cincinnati Cyclones at Clelveland Lumberjacks
Utah Grizzlies at Manitoba Moose
Milwaukee Admirals at Kansas City Blades