Beechey’s return burns the ICE

by Jeff Bromley

Beechey’s return burns the ICE

All good things must come to an end. Great movies, summer vacations and yes, even unbeaten streaks. It had to be somebody, even worse, it had to be the Calgary Hitmen and as returning player stories don’t often go, it was a familiar friend leading the charge against his former teammates.

Tyler Beechey made his triumphant return to the town he called home during hockey season for the past four years and potted two goals including the game-winner in a 5-3 defeat of the Kootenay ICE by their arch-rival, the Calgary Hitmen.

Beechey, a twenty-yr-old who was traded on September 28th to the Hitmen in exchange for nineteen-yr-old Shaun Norrie in order for the ICE to pare down their roster to the league-mandated allotment of three overage players, opened the scoring just minutes into the contest on a bullet slap-shot that went five-hole on ICE rookie netminder Bryan Bridges. And just in case anybody had forgotten how the Edmonton product can produce clutch goals as he had done so many times in an ICE uniform, Beechey lifted a rebound over a sprawling Bryan Bridges on the power-play at the 13:40 of the third frame for what turned out the eventual game-winner.

For Beechey the two goal performance and the win were a little bittersweet. “I was a little nervous coming in,” said Beechey. “Mo (former ICE teammate Lance Morrison who also returned with the Hitmen) and I talked on the bus and we were both pretty nervous but we knew after the first couple of shifts that it would turn into a normal game.”

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Canadiens’ Weekly Prospects Update

by Chris Boucher

Andrei Markov -D (Drafted-98(6/162))

Markov continued his strong play with 3 assists through 1 game this week. His 3 assists came during a 4-3 overtime loss to Wilkes Barre. He’s 6th in league scoring and 2nd in goals among defensemen. Overall, the Russian defenseman has played 11 games. He has 10 points (4-6-11), and is a league leading +11 with 7 minutes in penalties. One of his goals was scored on the powerplay.

Ron Hainsey -D (Drafted-00(1/13))

Hainsey remains unable to play. He suffered a wrist injury on October 24th, and could return to action in 2 weeks. Overall, the 6’3″, 200-lbs defenseman has played 7 games. He has 6 points (3-3-6), and is +3 with 6 minutes in penalties. At the time of his injury, and in fact even 3 games into his time off Hainsey still led the team with 25 shots on goal.

Michael Ryder -W (Drafted-98(8/216))

Ryder registered 1 assist through 1 game since our last update. He’s playing a strong 2-way game and is among the team’s top defensive forwards. Overall, the 6’1″, 195-lbs winger has played 8 games. He has 4 points (2-2-4), and is +5 with 7 shots on goal. He has been a healthy scratch for 3 games this season.

Eric Chouinard -F (Drafted-98(1/16))

Chouinard has found a happy home on a line with Aaron Asham and Craig Darby. He scored 1 goal and added 1 assist through 1 game this week. Overall, the 6’3″, 207-lbs forward has played 9 games. He has 12 points (4-8-12), and is +6 with 2 minutes in penalties. He also has 26 shots on goal.

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Kings Organizational Roster, 11-5-01

by Harry Ouzounian


Owners: Philip F. Anschutz and Edward P. Roski Jr.

President / Governor: Tim Leiweke

Executive Vice President / Chief Financial Officer: Dan Beckerman

Executive Vice President / General Counsel: Ted Fikre

Vice President / Sales & Marketing: Kurt J. Schwartzkopf

Vice President / Human Recources: Kevin McDowell

Assistant to President: Rogatien Vachon

General Manager: Dave Taylor

Assistant General Manager: Kevin Gilmore

Assistant to the General Manager: John Wolf

Director of Player Personnel: Bill O’Flaherty

Director of Professional Scouting:

Director of Amateur Scouting: Al Murray

Professional Scout / Director of European Evaluation: Rob Laird

Amateur Scouts:Greg Dreschel, Parry Shockey, John Stanton, Michel Boucher, Glenn Williamson, Brian Putnam

European Scouts: Vaclav Nedomansky, Ari Vuori, Victor Tjumenev

Media Relations / Team Services: Mike Altieri

Trainer: Peter Demers

Speed-Strength / Conditioning Coach: Joseph Horrigan

Equipment Manager: Peter Millar

Assistant Equipment Manager: Rick Garcia

TV Commentators: Bob Miller and Jim Fox

Radio Commentators: Nick Nickson and Daryl Evans

Affiliates: Manchester [AHL] Reading [ECHL]

Head Coach: Andy Murray

Assistant Coaches: Dave Tippett, Mark Hardy, Ray Bennett

Goaltending Consultant: Andy Nowicki

Video Coordinator: Bill Gurney

Captain: Mattias Norstrom

Alternates: Kelly Buchberger, Ian Laperriere, Bryan Smolinski, Mathieu Schneider

Arena: STAPLES Center

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