IHL Rookie – Jeff Heerema

By Andrew Bourgeois


Player:   Jeff Heerema
Birthday: January 17, 1980
Hometown: Thunder Bay, Ontario
Height:   6' 1"
Weight:   190 lbs
Shoots:   Right
Position: Right Wing

Season   Team          Lge  GP  G   A  Pts  PIM
1997-98  Sarnia Sting  OHL  63  32  40  72   88
1998-99  Sarnia Sting  OHL  62  31  39  70   113
1999-00  Sarnia Sting  OHL  67  36  41  77   62
2000-01  Cincinnati    IHL  34  7    7  14   24
Jeff was selected by the Carolina Hurricanes in the 1st round (11th overall) in the 1998 NHL Entry Draft. Jeff is an excellent skater who has a great shot and the ability to put the puck in the net. Has a sense where his teamates are at all time. Reads plays and sees the ice well. Jeff must learn that in the pro leagues, consistency and playing without the puck are essential. Maybe a season or two away from making the big team but when he does Hurricane management think Jeff can make a big contribution to the team.


Cleveland Lumberjacks  3
Utah Grizzlies         4

John Purves scored the game-winning goal early in the third period to rally the Utah Grizzlies past the Cleveland Lumberjacks, 4-3. Purves’ goal 6:20 into the third period broke a 3-3 tie and was the fourth unanswered goal scored by Utah after Cleveland took a 3-0 lead midway through the second frame. Ryan Christie scored Utah’s first goal with 4:56 remaining in the second period and Steve Gainey scored just 28 seconds later to make the score 3-2. Pat Neaton tied the game at 3-3 5:11 into the third stanza as the Grizzlies improved to 19-18-2 with the victory. Mike Bales stopped 28 shots for the win and has collected 110 saves in his last three games. Christian Matte scored his league-leading 28th goal of the season and extended his point streak to nine games for the Lumberjacks. Brett McLean and Pascal Dupuis also scored as Cleveland has lost four of its last five. Zac Bierk stopped 25 shots in a losing effort and fell to 11-9-3.

Detroit Vipers         2
Cincinnati Cyclones    3

Jean-Marc Pelletier turned away 32 shots and Jeremiah McCarthy netted his fourth goal of the season as the Cincinnati Cyclones won their seventh straight contest, a 3-2 victory over the Detroit Vipers. Pelletier had 24 saves over the final two periods to raise his record to 7-4-0. McCarthy supplied Cincinnati with a 3-0 lead on a goal with 1:50 into second period. Nikos Tselios and Stefan Ustorf both had a first-period goal for the Cyclones, who improved to a perfect 6-0-0 versus Detroit this season. Dmitri Afanasenkov and Thomas Ziegler both had a second-period score for the Vipers, who are winless in their last seven (0-5-2). Ryan Hoople, who fell to 2-1-1, stopped 28 shots in the loss.


Cleveland Lumberjacks goalie Zac Bierk leads the IHL with 5 shutouts.


January 9, 1965 Bobby Hull of the Chicago Black Hawks scores 2 goals in a Chicago victory over the Detroit Red Wings, becoming the Black Hawks all time goal scoring leader with 259 goals.


In 1956 the IHL All-Stars tied the NHL’s Detroit Red Wings 2-2. The Following year Detroit won by a score of 11-3. In 1958 the IHL All-Stars defeated the Eastern Hockey League All-Stars by a score of 5-4.


Chicago Wolves: Defence Michel Petit released.
Detroit Vipers: Announce goalie Dieter Kochan has been
                recalled by the Tampa Bay Lightning.
                Announce goalie Ryan Hoople has been
                emergency recalled from Birmingham of
Grand Rapids Griffins: Announce defenceman Josh Harold
                       is out with a long term injury.
Houston Aeros: Announce defenceman Mike Gaffney and
               goalie Bryan McMullen have been recalled
               from Austin of the WPHL.


Wednesday January 10, 2001
Chicago Wolves      at Manitoba Moose         7:30pm
Cincinnati Cyclones at Grand Rapids Griffins  7:00pm
Milwaukee Admirals  at Houston Aeros          7:00pm
Utah Grizzlies      at Kansas City Blades     7:30pm