Flyers send seven back to CHL

By Al Alven

The Philadelphia Flyers made their first roster moves of the 2003-04 preseason yesterday, returning seven junior players to their respective Canadian Hockey League teams.

Reassigned were forwards Colin Fraser (Red Deer Rebels, WHL), Rick Kozak (Brandon Wheat Kings, WHL) and Stephan Ruzicka (Owen Sound Attack, OHL), defensemen Nikita Korovkin (Kamloops Blazers, WHL) and Alexandre Picard (Halifax Mooseheads, QMJHL) and goaltenders Rejean Beauchemin (Prince Albert Raiders, WHL) and David Tremblay (Gatineau Olympiques, QMJHL).

The team also released forward Karl Gagne (no relation to Simon), who was attending camp on a try-out basis.

Remaining in camp

The only junior-eligible players remaining with the team are centers Jeff Carter (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds, OHL) and Mike Richards (Kitchener Rangers, OHL) and defenseman Rosario Ruggeri (Chicoutimi Sagueneens, QMJHL). All three are expected to see action in at least one preseason game before being returned to their CHL teams.

With Karl Gagne now out of the picture, two free agent try-outs remain on the Flyers’ camp roster. Forwards Les Borsheim and Robert Snowball – both “enforcer” types – are essentially battling each other for a spot with the organization.

The Flyers’ training camp roster now stands at 52 players:

Forwards (32)
Tony Amonte, Les Borsheim, Donald Brashear, Mathieu Brunelle, Jeff Carter, Eric Chouinard, Nick Deschenes, Todd Fedoruk, Simon Gagne, Michal Handzus, Sami Kapanen, Boyd Kane, Claude Lapointe, Kirby Law, John LeClair, Ian MacNeil, Mark Murphy, Mike Peluso, Keith Primeau, Mark Recchi, Mike Richards, Jeremy Roenick, Andre Savage, Patrick Sharp, Mike Siklenka, Jeff Smith, Robert Snowball, Radovan Somik, Ben Stafford, Pete Vandermeer, Peter White, Justin Williams

Defensemen (16)
Eric Desjardins, Joey Hope, Kim Johnsson, Randy Jones, James Laux, Freddy Meyer, Joni Pitkanen, Marcus Ragnarsson, Rosario Ruggeri, Dennis Seidenberg, Wade Skolney, John Slaney, Chris Therien, Jim Vandermeer, Eric Weinrich, Jeff Woywitka

Goaltenders (4)
Robert Esche, Jeff Hackett, Neil Little, Antero Niittymaki

Preseason Schedules


September 19 – vs. New Jersey Devils (7 p.m @ Wachovia Center)
September 20 – at Washington Capitals (7 p.m. @ London, Ontario)
September 23 – at New Jersey Devils (7 p.m. @ Trenton, NJ)
September 26 – vs. New Jersey Devils (7 p.m. @ Wachovia Center)
September 27 – at New Jersey Devils (7:30 p.m. @ East Rutherford, NJ)
September 30 – vs. New York Islanders (7 p.m. @ Wachovia Center)
October 1 – at Washington Capitals (7 p.m. @ Washington, D.C.)
October 2 – at New York Islanders (7:30 p.m. @ Hershey, PA)
October 3 – at Philadelphia Phantoms (7 p.m. @ Wachovia Spectrum)


September 19 – vs. Albany River Rats (1 p.m. @ Skate Zone, Voorhees, NJ)
September 24 – at Albany River Rats (2 p.m. @ East Rutherford, NJ)
September 27 – vs. Bridgeport Sound Tigers (4 p.m. @ Skate Zone, NE Philadelphia)
October 3 – vs. Philadelphia Flyers (7 p.m. @ Wachovia Spectrum)