Danville Wings Defenseman Commits to Miami of Ohio

by Ron Valerino
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Danville Wings first year defenseman Chris Busby will suit up in a Redhawk
jersey this fall. The 6’0″ 180 lb (4/11/82 dob) defenseman verbally
committed to Miami of Ohio for 2002-2003 season. Busby came to the Wings
from Brown University to join Wings head coach Chico Adrahtas who was his
former coach when Busby played for midget powerhouse Team Illinois. Head
coach Adrahtas comments, “Chris’s decision to go to Miami is like a perfect
marriage. He’ll fit very well in there as an athlete and he fits a great
need for Miami. I think Miami is the type of school that Chris will thrive
in and I know that it is the type of hockey program that he will thrive in.
I think that Miami got a future all-CCHA defenseman when they got Chris to
commit to them.”

Busby will be joining former Wings players, Todd Grant (freshman) and Derek
Edwardson (soph). Miami players Pavel Nejezchleb, Ken Marsh and Jake
Ortmeyer are also Wings alumni who are seniors and will be graduating this
spring. Busby’s current stats are 2 (G) 21(A) 23 (Pts) 71 (PIM) for 32
games. Busby is the third Wings player to commit college this season
joining Marek Dora (Michigan Tech) and Matt Collar (University of
Massachusetts-Lowell).

Loose Pucks

by Ron Valerino
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Interview with Brian Sutherby

by Robert Neuhauser
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One of the top Canadian players at the WJC in the Czech Republic was Moose Jaw Warriors forward
Brian Sutherby. The Washington Capitals prospect had a taste of the NHL at the very beginning
of this season. After that he was sent to the Moose Jaw Warriors again but is still a player
to count on in the Capitals future.

When did you start playing hockey?

This was when I was about four years old. I started skating and soon after that also
play hockey.

Where did you start playing the game?

I was born in Edmonton and this was the place where I started playing.

Who brought you to the game?

My dad, he loves the game very much even if he didn’t play. He taught me skating and gave
me the first tips.

Your favorite NHL team?

Before I was drafted by the Washington Capitals it was the Edmonton Oilers team. As an Edmonton
native I was a big Oilers fan, but now definitely a Washington Capitals fan.

What is your biggest success in hockey so far?

Playing the first NHL game was an unbelievable feeling, something I never forget. Definitely
my biggest success, it’s a dream coming true. The second thing would be making the
Canadian WJC team and the silver medal we won in the Czech Republic.

But how did you feel when you were sent to the Moose Jaw Warriors after the first NHL
games?

It was very tough for me, I wanted to stay for the whole season, of course. But now I have
a clear goal, to get back as soon as I can. I just have to keep working, things will work
out then.

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Albany Week in Review

by Mike Buskus
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Third-year defenseman, Andre Lakos, is now with the Utah Grizzlies. In exchange, the Devils obtained veteran forward, Vareri Kamensky from the Dallas Stars. Since the Devils have had goal-scoring problems, the acquisition of the forward who bagged 38 goals (1995-96) and wears a Stanley Cup ring (same year with Colorado), might bolster the New Jersey offense. (Cynics would point to his less-than-stellar record with the New York Rangers, but optimists would point out that Kamensky had injuries the last few years.)

Lakos, a big (6’6″, 240#) defenseman, has NHL potential. In his first two years in Albany, a shoulder injury diminished some of his effectiveness. Generally steady on the blue line and good at reading plays, Lakos has been reliable on defense. Last season, he won the plus/minus award in the league for one month (at +13).

The one element of Lakos’ game which never quite developed, and which might eventually surface, is physical play. For a big and strong kid, he hesitated to hammer opposing forwards into the boards. Checks were more like bumps into other passengers on the subway instead of “get out of my way, bozo” that, for example, Colin White says to opponents with his shoulder.

Shortly after the Lakos trade (in which the Devils also agreed to give Dallas the ill-defined “future considerations”), New Jersey inked former Hartford Wolf*Pack defenseman Benjamin Carpentier (then on a professional tryout contract) to a season-long deal in Albany.

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