Cleveland Lumberjacks Fold While Houston Teams Up With The Minnesota Wild

by Andrew Bourgeois
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IHL NEWS

The International Hockey League announced that they would cease operations of the Cleveland Lumberjacks.
The league took control of the team when previous owner Hank Kassigkeit threatened to fold the team in February. The league had been looking for a buyer since that time.
“At this time, IHL ownership believes it is in the best interests of the league to cease operations of the Lumberjacks franchise,” IHL president Douglas Moss said in a release.

The Lumberjacks had been the primary development team of the NHL’s Minnesota Wild. The Wild announced Monday they would be affiliating with the Houston Aeros of the IHL next season.

The Minnesota Wild have reached an agreement with the International Hockey League’s Houston Aeros to become their primary minor-league development affiliate.

It’s the first time the Aeros franchise has been affiliated with an NHL team.
Houston has made the IHL playoffs in six of the last seven years. Three Wild players — goalie Manny Fernandez, defenseman Flip Kuba and forward Cam Stewart — spent time with the Aeros.

Todd McLellan, who coached the Wild’s IHL affiliate Cleveland Lumberjacks last season, will coach the Aeros.

IHL FASTFACTS

On November 29, 1997 A IHL-record crowd of 20,804 pack The Palace of Auburn Hills in Detroit to see the Grand Rapids Griffins spoil the evening with a 4-1 win over the Detroit Vipers.

DID YOU KNOW

Last year the IHL lead all minor leagues in attendance for the 11th straight year.

WBS Only Two Wins Short Of The Dream Season

by Richard A. Plisco
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The AHL’s Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (affectionately referred to as
the Baby Pens) fell two victories shy of the league championship and the
Calder Cup trophy this Spring. However, along the way several Pittsburgh
Penguin prospects demonstrated enormous potential and will no doubt
challenge NHL veterans for starting jobs at training camp for the
2001-02 season.

Citing individual season stats in both the AHL and NHL (wherever
appropriate), I will list the Penguins current crop of candidates and on
what roster they can be expected to appear next season.


NOTE – Playoff
stats are the second line


MARIO’S MEN -

These are the players that most likely will crack the Pen’s NHL ranks
and have either demonstrated success in the pros or have attributes that
fill the parent team’s current weaknesses.

C Milan Kraft 6'3" 200lbs. Showed brilliant scoring touch in AHL.
AHL 40gp 21g 23a 44p	NHL 42gp 7g 7a 14p
AHL 14gp 12g   7a 19p	NHL   8gp 0g 0a   0p

C Toby Peterson 5'10" 193lbs. Very effective when called up to the big
club.
AHL 73gp 26g 41a 67p	NHL 12gp 2g 6a 8p
AHL 21gp   7g   6a 13p	NHL   0gp

L Greg Crozier 6'0" 185lbs. Has power forward potential.
AHL 77gp 24g 36a 60p	NHL 1gp 0g 0a 0p
AHL 21gp   6g   5a 11p	NHL 0gp

R Billy Tibbetts 6'2" 215lbs. Gritty and not bad around the net.
AHL 38gp 14g 24a 38p 185pim	NHL 29gp 1g 2a 3p 131pim
AHL 12gp   4g   6a 10p   55pim	NHL  0gp

G Rich Parent 6'3" 215lbs. Was huge factor in AHL championship.
AHL 35gp 17w 12l  Read more»

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