IHL News

By Andrew Bourgeois



Wendell Young is the only player with championships in the NHL, AHL, IHL
and major junior, the 36-year-old Young added another IHL ring this season
when his Chicago Wolves defeated the Grand Rapids Griffins 3-1 in Grand
Rapids, Mich., for the Turner Cup.

Young won his Memorial Cup with Kitchener (1981), his Calder Cup with
Hershey (1988) and his two Stanley Cups with Pittsburgh (1991, 1992).
“I’ve always said I’ve been blessed to play on great teams. A lot of great
athletes never get the chance to play for a championship. When I sit back I
realize how fortunate I’ve been.”

Young, healthy all year, shared time throughout the season with ex-NHLer
Andrei Trefilov. Young had a 32-12-4 record in the regular season with a 2.77 goals-against
average. He was 5-3 in the playoffs with a 3.32 average. He said sharing time with Trefilov, his close friend, was a huge plus as the
Wolves kept running into tired goalies in the post-season.

Young played 187 NHL games over 10 NHL seasons with Vancouver, Philadelphia,
Pittsburgh and Tampa Bay. He’s played the last six years with the Wolves and his time with the club
dates back to opening night in franchise history.

The Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto wanted to take a picture of Young with
his four major trophies after the 1998 victory.
“But ironically enough we couldn’t get the Turner Cup in there because there
were two airlines on strike at the time,” he said. “We were in Toronto
waiting for the Turner Cup to come in cause we had the other three there.
It’s a possibility we may be doing it this summer, getting all the cups

He admits to developing a dislike for pro hockey three or four years ago
and, with a succession of injuries, was more than ready to pack it in.
He didn’t. A new coaching staff and management in Chicago a few seasons back
reawakened his interest and kept him coming back.
He’ll use the off-season to decide whether to go out a champion or play one
more season.
“When you win a championship when you are young you think there are more
coming. At this point in my career you savor it because chances are it is
your last one.”

Young, a minority owner of Halifax and Sherbrooke in the QMJHL, has
completed a Canadian securities course and figures to be a financial planner
when he puts the pads in the basement for keeps.
“The end is near. I’ve got to sit down with my family, the owners and
management and figure out what I’m going to do. But I still enjoy going to
the rink.”
If he does come back, it will be with Chicago. He has no interest to play
anywhere else.


When the 1945-46 IHL season ended the Windsor Spitfires set an IHL record for
fewest points in a season when they recorded 4 points on 1 win 12 losses and
2 ties in the 15 game season.


Cincinnati Cyclones: The city of Cincinnati enjoyed 5 straight years of
winning the Turner Cup when the Cincinnati Mohawks
captured the Turner Cup from 1952-1958.


July 1, 1991 the Toronto Maple Leafs hire Cliff Fletcher as President and
General Manager.


The only goalie to play in 502 consecutive complete regular season games was
Glenn Hall. The streak began at the beginning at the 1955-56 season and
ended on November 7, 1962 against the Boston Bruins at the 10:21 mark of the
first period when Hall pulled himself because of a pinched nerve in his
back. If you count the playoff the streak lasted 552 games and 33 135
minutes. During the streak Hall played for Detroit from 1955 through 1957
and with the Chicago Black Hawks from 1957 to 1962.


None to report.