IHL Notebook

By Andrew Bourgeois


Utah Grizzlies 3
Detroit Vipers 2 (shootout)

Cincinnati Cyclones 2
Michigan K-Wings 3


Cincinnati’s Steve Bancrofts next point will be his 400th point of his pro career.

Detroit Vipers are the highest penalized team in the IHL with 1138 PIM.

David Ling is the IHL’s top goal scorer with 21 goals in 34 games.


Manitoba Moose: Reassign centre Cory Cyrenne to Flint of the UHL


Friday January 7:
Milwaukee at Michigan 7:30 pm Midwest Sports Channel

Utah at Cleveland 7:30pm FSN (Ohio)

Long Beach at Houston 7:30pm Aeros TV


When you walk into the Manitoba Mooses dressing room its nothing spectacular like you would see at the Molson Centre with the Montreal Canadiens
or at the ACC with the Toronto Maple Leafs. Once you open the big blue door leading inside the dressing room, your first glimpse inside you cannot help but to
notice the pictures around the room of past Moose players. Everything is placed in the stalls nice and neat courtsey of equipment manager Dale
Coulthard who puts in countless of hours seeing that all aspects of the equpiment is ready to go. To your left is the gatorade machine and the coaches
chalk board that has the visiting teams starting lineup and potential line matches and any other thing that the coaching staff may want to add. The first
and last player in the dressing room is centreman Eric Veilleux who always has a hello for everyone that walks in the room in between his chaws on his
tobacco. While looking around you cannot help notice the big black box in the far left corner. When it is on you think your at a rock concert as The
Offspring pounds through the dressing room for everyone in a 5 mile radius to hear. Walk around some more and you see the goal pads of Jason Elliot
and Manny Legace placed neatly in front of the stalls. As you walk by the goalies stall and look right you see the team trainers room of Ross
Hodgkinson whos primary responsibilty is to make sure no injuries occur and when they do to get the player back in game shape asap. Then you see
the shower stalls and sinks with tooth brushes, razor blades , shaving gel and countless bottles of hair gel. The far back room is where the players
hang their suits, where they can relax on the big couches and watch tv on the big screen and get their minds off hockey if just for a few minutes.
The room may be nothing spectacular to the average person but for the players its a second home, a place where they can forget about everday life
even if its just for a few hours.

Tomorrow look for the players perspective on life in a IHL Dressing Room.


Thursday January 6:
Kansas City Blades at Orlando Solar Bears