IHL News

By Andrew Bourgeois

IHL NEWS

MOOSE AQUIRE 3 ICE DOGS

Doug Ast was one of the three players picked up by the Manitoba Moose
along
with right-winger Dmitri Leonov and defenceman Dion Darling for future
considerations. The Ice Dogs left the IHL last month to begin play in
the
West Coast Hockey League so they put up their I-calibre players up for
sale
at the NHL draft in Calgary.

“It was hard for them to survive in the IHL,” said Ast of the Dogs’
average
attendance of less than 4,000. “Basically it was a business decision. It
made sense.”
Ast knew he could end up almost anywhere on the continent in the IHL or
AHL,
but figured it would be either independent Houston or Manitoba.
“Manitoba’s my favorite rink to play in. I grew up out here watching the
Jets play and they’ve always got good ice. I’m looking forward to
playing in
front of Canadian hockey fans,” said Ast. “The weather is something
we’re
going to have to adjust to.”

Ast, 27, scored 22 goals and 48 points in 79 games for the Ice Dogs last
season and has played 211 games for Long Beach over three seasons.
“He can perform a number of roles and has a history of putting up second
line-type numbers,” said Moose GM/head coach Randy Carlyle.
Leonov, 25, notched 17 goals and 38 points while collecting 165 penalty
minutes last season. The 5-foot-11, 190-pound native of Chelyabinsk,
Russia,
is a former Spokane Chief. “He plays a North American-type game,” said
Carlyle.
Darling, 25, is a 6-foot-3, 222-pound blueliner who had three assists in
41
games for Long Beach.

IHL FASTFACTS

The Milwaukee Admirals were formed in 1970, playing as an independent
amateur team. One of the owners at the time, Erwin Merar, owned an
appliance
dealership and decided to name the hockey team after his top-selling
line,
which happened to carry the brand name of Admiral.

IHL TEAMS PLACE IN IHL HISTORY


Milwaukee Admirals: The Bradley Centre home of the Milwaukee Admirals
has hosted over 10 crowds in excess of 17 400 for
Milwaukee Admirals hockey.

TODAY IN HOCKEY

July 5, 1974 Chicago Black Hawks Steve Sullivan is born.

DID YOU KNOW

Louis and Grace Sutter are the only parents to have 6 sons play in the
NHL.
Brent Sutter made his NHL debut in the 1980-81 season, then Rich and Ron
in
1982-83 who were active until 1993-94. Brian played from 1976-77 to
1987-88,
Duane fron 1979-80 until 1989-90 and Darryl from 1979-80 until 1986-87.
For
5 seasons (1982-83 to 1986-87) all 6 Sutter boys were in the league at
the
same time.

IHL TRANSACTIONS


Manitoba Moose: Aquire Dmitri Leonov, Doug Ast and Dion Darling from
the Long Beach Ice Dogs for future considerations.