Player: Karel Betik
Date of Birth: October 10, 1978
Birthplace: Ostrava, Czech Republic
Acquired: Tampa Bay’s 5th Choice. 112 overall
in the 1997 NHL Entry Draft
Regular Season Playoffs
Year Team Lge GP G A PTS PIM GP G A PTS PIM
96-97 Kelowna WHL 56 3 10 13 76 6 1 1 2 2
97-98 Kelowna WHL 61 5 25 30 121 7 1 2 3 8
98-99 Cleveland IHL 60 5 9 14 91
98-99 Tampa Bay NHL 3 0 2 2 2
Karel is entering his first year of professional hockey after being drafted by the Tampa Bay Lightning in 1997 (5th choice 112th overall). Karel scored his first professional goal new years eve in Fort Wayne against the Fort Wayne Komets. Karel was called up by the lightning on January 5 but a visa problem kept him from joining the team, but once the visa problemn was cleared up Karel was recalled to the team and made his NHL debut on Feb 15 against the New York Islanders. Karel had a good game assisting on 2 goals which helped the lightning tie the Isles 3-3. On feb 19 Karel was returned to Cleveland. Though Karel is only a rookie his style of play does not dictate that at all. He came into the Lumberjacks camp as one of the biggest defenceman and one of the most experienced ones. Though he only is a rookie it does not show at all. Karel see’s alot of ice time which is unusuall for a rookie entering in the pro ranks. He is used on the power play and when killing penalties, shifts normally reserved for the vetrans on the team. Karel is a stay at home defenceman who moves the puck well, but he must work on his physical play. A great player to watch and by watching him play you can tell he enjoys playing the game of hockey and soon you will see him up on the NHL blulines.
Yesterday (March 25) was the final trade deadline for IHL teams. Here are all the final trades from yesterday.
DETROIT VIPERS: Trade D Mike Gaffney and D Luch Nasato to Las Vegas for C Stefan Ustorf. Aquired D Chris Luongo on loan from the Ottawa Senators and D Stewart Malgunas on loan from the Washington Capitals
GRAND RAPIDS GRIFFINS: Acquire LW Alexei Lojkin and D Marc Hussey on assignment from Fredricton of the AHL. Assigned D Aris Brimanis to Fredricton of the AHL.
HOUSTON AEROES: Acquire D Jim Paek and LW Jason Huff from Cleveland for future considerations
KANSAS CITY BLADES: Assigned D Rocky Welsing to Charlotte of the ECHL
LAS VEGAS THUNDER: Acquired RW Phil Crowe on loan from the Ottawa Senators.
MANITOBA MOOSE: Acquire G Mike Rosati on loan from Washington as G Rich Shulmistra was recalled by New Jersey Devils.
ORLANDO SOLAR BEARS: Acquired RW Rob Pearson from Cleveland for future considerations. Traded RW Kirby Law to Adirondack of the AHL for D Barry Dreger. Traded G Frederic Deschened to Portland of the AHL for future considerations
TODAYS IHL TRANSACTIONS FOR FRIDAY MARCH 26,1999
Indianapolis Ice assign D Brian Fogerty to Baton Rouge of the ECHL
FRIDAY MARCH 26 IHL GAME RECAP
Mark Beaufait scored 2 and added an assist as Orlando downed the Vipers 4-2. Terry hollinger added his 7th goal in 11 games and 3 assists for the Solar Bears who improved to 5-2-2 against the Vipers. Curtis Murphy added the other Orlando goal and added an assist. Detroit newcomer Stefan Ustorf and Steve Walker replied for Detroit, who lost for the third time in their last 12 games (8-3-1)
Steve maltais and Brent Gretzky each got a goal and 2 assists as the Wolves were all over Cleveland tonite. Maltais leads the league with 48 goals this year. 6 different Wolves replied tonite- Chris Marinucci, Guy Larosse each had a goal and an assist and Scott Pearson netted his 17th. Wolves goalie Pat Jablonski improved to 18-6-6 this year. Steve Kelly had a goal and an assist for Cleveland who blew a 2-1 lead and is 1-6-2 in their last 9 games Unfortunately the recap for the rest of tonites games were not available. I will have them for you tomorrow. Here are the scores from tonites remaining games played. I apologize to all our IHL fans.
Indianapolis 2 overtime
Ft. Wayne 2
Grand Rapids 4
Houston 3 overtime
Kansas City 4
Long Beach 3
Las Vegas 5
Again I apologize to our IHL fans. Recaps and stats for the remaining games will be made availble to see tomorrow
IHL FAST FACTS
Brian Wiseman is on pace to collect 100 assists this season. That would rank him third all-time. The record is 113 set by Rob Brown in 1993-94 with the Kalamazoo Wings.