IHL NEWS: Young Has them All

By Andrew Bourgeois
He’s the only player who’s captured the Calder Cup, taken the Turner Cup, manhandled the Memorial Cup and sipped from the Stanley Cup.

In his seven years in Chicago as a member of the Chicago Wolves, Young has achieved a comfortable level of celebrity.

And as a member of Wolves, league champions last season and in 1998, he gets to experience perks the rest of us can only write and read about.

“I got to throw out the first pitch at a Cubs game,” said Young.

“Last year, four of us sang Take Me Out to the Ball Game during the seventh-inning stretch.

“Before the game, we were behind home plate with the Turner Cup. They introduced all of us, gave a bit of a bio and the place was going crazy. It’s amazing the amount of people that knew us.

“Stuff like that makes it pretty cool.”

Besides his two Turner Cups, Young has won two Stanley Cups with the Pittsburgh Penguins, a Calder Cup American Hockey League championship with the Hershey Bears in 1988, and a Memorial Cup major junior title with the Kitchener Rangers in 1982.

Young is the only player in hockey history to win all four titles.

“The guys that are really good hockey players will never get a chance to do it, because they’ll never play in the minors,” said Young.

“I was bad enough to play in the minors, good enough to play in the NHL, then bad enough to play in the minors again.

“Overall, how lucky was I to be on so many teams? … Whatever my talent level is, you could have that and not be on a championship team.”

“If this isn’t my last year, next year will probably be — definitely,” said Young.

“I’m in no rush to retire, but I’m in no rush to keep going either.”


Orlando Solar Bears     4
Cincinnati Cyclones     2
Orlando leads Eastern Conference Semi-Final 2 games to 1 game.
Herbert Vasiljevs and Jarrod Skalde scored power-play goals 22 seconds apart in the third period as the Orlando Solar Bears defeated the Cincinnati Cyclones, 4-2, to take a 2-1 lead in their best-of-seven conference semifinal. Vasiljevs, who assisted on Wes Mason’s goal which game Orlando a 1-0, first-period lead, broke a 2-2 tie with his fourth goal and seventh point of the series at 6:37 of the third period. Skalde provided an insurance tally, his second of the playoffs, at 6:59, as Orlando limited Cincinnati to only eight shots in the final stanza. Dan Snyder also scored for the Solar Bears, who will remain in Cincinnati for Game’s 4 and 5. Norm Maracle turned aside 25 shots to pick up the win. Byron Ritchie scored a pair of goals in the second period to erase a 2-0 deficit for the Cyclones, but Jean-Marc Pelletier surrendered two goals on six shots in the third period to prevent Cincinnati from taking a lead in the series.

Chicago Wolves          2
Milwaukee Admirals      3
Chicago leads Western Conference Semi Final 2 games to 1 game.
Jason Goulet had a goal and an assist in the third period as the Milwaukee Admirals edged the Chicago Wolves, 3-2, and trail their best-of-seven first-round playoff series two games to one. Goulet broke a 1-1 tie with 4:24 remaining in the third to give Milwaukee a 2-1 lead and Jeremy Stevenson followed with an empty netter with 48 seconds left. Ville Peltonen tallied earlier in the third frame and Chris Mason stopped 22 shots to pick up the win for the Admirals, who posted a 4-2-2 record against Chicago during the regular season. Aris Brimanis and Rob Brown tallied for the Wolves, who won the Western Conference during the regular season. Richard Shulmistra suffered the loss after allowing two goals on 21 shots.


During the 1986-87 season Kevin Admas set and IHL record for the most PIM in one season with 648 PIM.


April 14, 1960: Fort Wayne and the Saint Paul Saints play four overtimes to decide a Turner Cup Finals game. Saint Paul’s Elliott Chorley scores the deciding goal at 1:25 a.m. for a 5-4 victory in a contest which consisted of 118 minutes, 29 seconds of playing time.


Wednesday April 25, 2001
Grand Rapids Griffins at Cleveland Lumberjacks 7:00pm
Grand Rapids leads Eastern Conference Semi-final 3 games to 0 games.