Thursday, November 30, 2006

Flint signs Kinnie, drops two forwards

The Flint Generals have signed forward Mike Kinnie for his third stint with the UHL club.

Kinnie, 24, played the 2004-05 season with the Generals, his first season of professional hockey, and registered 81 points on 37 goals and 44 assists in 72 games and finished second in the voting for UHL Rookie of the Year.

Last season, Kinnie played about half the year with Flint. In just 36 games for the Generals, he totaled 47 points on 24 goals and 23 assists.

Before beginning his professional career, the Shelby Township native played three seasons at Ferris State University. In 103 games with Ferris State, Kinnie scored 60 points on 29 goals and 31 assists.

"Mike is a very dangerous offensive player," stated Generals' GM Al Sims. "He should make an impact with our club immediately. We were looking for some help offensively and with Kinnie and the recent additions of Tony Tuzzolino and Terry Marchant, we feel we have one of the better scoring lineups in the UHL."

In other recent transactions, the Generals waived forwards Justin Kinnunen and Marc Norrington.

Photo by Don Adams, Jr.

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Michigan UHL teams - News & Notes

Several United Hockey League clubs have benefited this season from players with game experience in the National Hockey League.

The Flint Generals and the Muskegon Fury lead the way with a trio of players on each of their current rosters that have spent time at the highest level of hockey.

Flint signed center Tony Tuzzolino last week, who has played nine games in the NHL with three different clubs. Tuzzolino quickly made a big impact for the Generals when he scored the game-winning goal in Friday’s 3-1 victory vs. Bloomington. He has four points (1g, 3a) in his first two games with the club. The Generals also are relying this season on winger Bobby Reynolds (7 NHL games) who has nine points (3g, 6a) in 12 games. The most significant NHL experience comes from goaltender Jason Muzzatti who has appeared in 64 games with four different NHL clubs.

The Kalamazoo Wings also have a goaltender with NHL games under his belt. Tom Askey played seven games plus a Stanley Cup Playoff game with the Anaheim Mighty Ducks. Askey currently ranks third in the UHL in both save percentage (.925) and goals against average (2.27). K-Wings defenseman Chris McAllister is the most experienced at the NHL level as he has totaled 301 games with five different clubs.

Muskegon left wing Mike Watt tallied 41 points (15g, 26a) in 157 career NHL games. He currently ranks third in UHL scoring with 28 points (15g, 13a). Fury defenseman Dave Van Drunen appeared in one NHL game during the 1999-2000 season. He currently leads the UHL with a plus-24 rating. Muskegon winger Ryan Barnes appeared in two games with the Detroit Red Wings. He has seen limited action this season for the Fury due to injury.

Fort Wayne defenseman Mario Larocque, a former Detroit Viper, suited up with the Tampa Bay Lightning for five games. He leads his club in scoring and currently ranks sixth in the UHL. Komets winger Daniel Goneau, another ex-Viper, played 53 NHL games for the New York Rangers. He is tied for 11th in UHL scoring.

Chicago Hounds center Kris Vernarsky spent 17 games with the Boston Bruins. The Warren native five points (2g, 3a) and a plus-1 rating in nine games with the Hounds this season.

APPROACHING 600 GOALS – Quad City forward Don Parsons is just six goals shy of 600 for his professional career. He will become just the third United States born player to reach 600 goals at any level of professional hockey. The last U.S. born player to reach that mark was Joe Burton, who accomplished this feat two seasons ago while playing in the UHL for the Motor City Mechanics.

BACK-TO-BACK SHUTOUTSPort Huron goaltender Dustin Traylen recorded his second consecutive shutout when he made 28 saves in the 4-0 win vs. Kalamazoo on Wednesday. He blanked the Bloomington PrairieThunder in his previous start. Traylen’s shutout streak ended just 51 seconds into Friday’s game with Kalamazoo. Over four games, his streak without allowing a goal was 157:49 of playing time.

Flint Generals - (2-1-0) – 12 of the first 19 games for the Generals have been decided by two goals or less… Seven of the first ten home games have been decided by two goals or less…Winger Bobby Reynolds is six points shy of 500 for his UHL career. He currently ranks 19th on the UHL all-time list…Flint handed Muskegon their first home loss of the season in Thursday’s 3-2 win…The Generals have scored more than three goals in a game just twice this season…Defenseman Gerard Miller has six points (2g, 4a) over his last six games.

Kalamazoo Wings - (2-2-0) – Kalamazoo scored a combined 11 goals in their two victories this week, but just one total in their two losses…Winger Justin Cross had four goals in three games this weekend. Five of his eight goals this season have come against Port Huron…Wednesday’s 4-0 loss to Port Huron was the first shutout of Kalamazoo in 142 games (12/26/04)…The K-Wings snapped a 0-for-32 power play drought when they started Friday’s game 3-for-3 on the power play…The squad leads the league on the penalty kill (91.9%).

Muskegon Fury - (2-1-0) – The Fury have won their last six road games...In the month of November over the past two seasons, Muskegon has compiled a 22-3-0 record…In the first two periods combined this season, the Fury have outscored the opposition 68-27…Nine of the team’s 30 power play goals have come in three games vs. Quad City…Rookie left wing Kelly Thomson scored his first professional goal in Saturday’s 7-2 win vs. Quad City… Rookie center Elias Godoy league high 12-game point streak was snapped in Friday’s 2-1 win vs. Fort Wayne.

Port Huron Flags - (1-2-0) – Wednesday’s 4-0 victory vs. Kalamazoo was the first time that Port Huron has won consecutive games this season...Defenseman Chris Bogas had three assists in the win. He had just one point in his previous six games with the team…Center Jeremy Tucker has four points (2g, 2a) in his last three games. He had scored four points in the previous 17 games…Rookie center T.J. Sakaluk scored his first professional goal in Wednesday’s victory…Defenseman Josh Elzinga netted his first goal of the season in Saturday’s 3-1 loss.

Taken from the official UHL website.

Oilers recall Syvret from Grand Rapids

The Edmonton Oilers on Monday recalled defenseman Danny Syvret from the Grand Rapids Griffins.

In addition, the Griffins today released defenseman Gerry Burke from his professional tryout.

Syvret, 21, leads all Grand Rapids blueliners with three goals and nine points in 21 games. The Oilers’ third choice (81st overall) in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, he made his NHL debut with Edmonton last season, going scoreless with six penalty minutes in 10 games.

Syvret will be available to play for Edmonton tonight when the Anaheim Ducks visit Rexall Place at 9 p.m. EST. Should he make an appearance, he will become the 82nd Griffins alumnus to play in the NHL.

The 24-year-old Burke returns to the ECHL’s Toledo Storm after making his Griffins debut in two games over the weekend.

Friday, November 24, 2006

Red Wings lock up Kronwall through 2012

The Detroit Red Wings announced today that they have signed defenseman Niklas Kronwall to a five-year contract extension through the 2011-12 season.

Additional terms of the deal are not available.

Kronwall, 25, is currently in his second full NHL season. In 16 games this season, he has three assists to go along with a plus-two rating.

A first-round (29th overall) draft pick of the Red Wings in 2000, Kronwall has played in 63 games and scored two goals with 15 assists.

The native of Stockholm, Sweden, has experienced success at every level of hockey. He won the Eddie Shore Award as the American Hockey League's best defenseman in 2004-05 while with the Grand Rapids Griffins.

In international competition, Kronwall was named to the All-Star team at the 2005 World Championships and won a gold medal with Sweden at the 2006 Olympics in Torino, Italy.

Monday, November 20, 2006

K-Wings add scoring touch in Detulleo

The Kalamazoo Wings have acquired forward Glenn Detulleo from the Quad City Mallards for forward Brett Pilkington and defenseman Mathieu Wathier.

An iron man for the Quad City Mallards during the 2005-06 season, Detulleo will bring dependability and a scoring touch to the K-Wings lineup. A six-year pro, Detulleo set a career high last season in both assists (53) and points (70).

“He (Detulleo) has the ability to create scoring opportunities for everyone around him,” said Kalamazoo GM Paul Pickard. “Defensively, we have been sound all season and given Glenn’s heart and intensity for the game will provide us with even more of an offensive arsenal.”

This season, the native of Timmins, Ontario, has been the Mallards' second most productive offensive weapon (13 points) and was leading the team with 11 assists. Detulleo started the year on a high note, tallying a point in six straight games, including scoring the game-winner for Quad City’s first victory of the season against Bloomington on Oct. 26.

Detulleo will make his K-Wings debut this Wednesday night as Kalamazoo starts a home-and-home series against the Port Huron Flags.

Michigan UHL teams - News & Notes

The Muskegon Fury continue to stay on top of the United Hockey League standings as they are in the midst of their second eight-game winning streak of the season. The Fury captured back-to-back victories over the defending Colonial Cup champion Kalamazoo Wings, and then capped the weekend with one-goal victories vs. Quad City and Flint.

Muskegon has scored four or more goals in 15 of their 17 games this season. The other two games were both this week and were both victories in which the Fury scored three goals.

The club currently has six more wins that any other UHL team, but the success has not been because of scoring alone. Goaltender Clayton Pool is off to an 11-0-0 record this season and leads all UHL netminders with a 1.91 goals against average (GAA) and a .936 save percentage (SPCT). His 11 consecutive wins set a new team record.

POSITIVE CONTRIBUTIONS – Members of the Fury occupy the top ten spots among UHL leaders in plus/minus rating. Defenseman Dave Van Drunen leads the league with a plus-22 rating. Every skater on the squad has an even or better rating for a cumulative plus-170 rating as a team.

Flint Generals - (2-2-0) – The Generals snapped a four-game winless streak with a 2-1 win vs. Port Huron on Wednesday. It was their first home win of the season. They then won consecutive games for the first time this season when they beat Port Huron 3-1 on Friday…Goaltender Jason Muzzatti had a 1.68 GAA and a .940 SPCT in three appearances during the week…Forward Mike Zbriger ranks second among UHL rookies with nine goals…Gerard Miller ranks sixth among UHL defensemen in scoring with 11 points (5g, 6a).

Kalamazoo Wings - (1-3-0) – Winger Tyler Willis surpassed 1,000 penalty minutes in his UHL career. He ranks 23rd on the all-time list…Kalamazoo is 0 for their last 27 power play opportunities…After missing nine games due to injury, defenseman Nick Toneys has three points (3a) in three games…Kalamazoo is the only team in the UHL to receive a point from every skater on their active roster...The K-Wings have not been shutout in a span of 142 games, the longest current UHL streak…Rookie B.J. Radovich ranks third in the UHL in shooting percentage (.375).

Muskegon Fury - (4-0-0) – Rookie center Elias Godoy is riding a league season high 11-game point streak...Center Todd Robinson has five of the team’s seven shorthanded goals this season. That number leads the UHL… Defenseman Jon Insana is one point shy of 100 for his pro career…Center Scott Barnes has scored his eight goals this season on just 16 shots for a league-leading .500 shooting percentage…With their 6-5 victory vs. Quad City on Saturday, the Fury are now 6-0-0 vs. Western Conference opponents this season.

Port Huron Flags - (1-2-0) – Center Ryan Markham scored his fourth shorthanded goal of the season on Friday. That number ranks second in the league…Markham and center Mark Cadotte both had six-game point streaks snapped on Saturday…Defenseman Pat Sutton has seven points (3g, 4a) in seven games with the club this season…Three of the four games with Flint this season have had the final score of 2-1. The fourth had a 3-1 final score…Center Steve Hildenbrand has an even or better plus/minus rating in his last seven games.

Courtesy official UHL website

Friday, November 17, 2006

Wings recall three, Griffins sign two

The Detroit Red Wings have recalled goaltender Stefan Liv and forwards Darryl Bootland and Evan McGrath from the Grand Rapids Griffins.

As a result, the Griffins today signed goaltender Ryan Cyr and left wing Mike Watt to professional tryouts.

Liv has appeared in six games with the Griffins during his North American debut, showing a 1-4-1 record with a 3.22 goals against average and a .894 save percentage. Bootland has contributed five points (2-3—5) and 37 penalty minutes in 14 games, while McGrath has begun his pro career with four points (1-3—4) in 14 appearances.

Cyr, 22, is in his second pro season and first with the UHL’s Muskegon Fury. He has played in five games this season, posting a 4-1-0 record with a 3.41 GAA and a .885 save percentage.

Watt, a former Michigan State Spartan, has totaled 21 points (10-11—21) in 14 games with the Fury this season, ranking third in the UHL scoring race and tying for second in goals. Selected 32nd overall by Edmonton in the 1994 NHL Entry Draft, he has played 157 NHL games during his 10-year career, totaling 41 points (15-26—41) for Edmonton, the New York Islanders, Nashville and Carolina.

Cyr and Watt will be available to make their Griffins debuts tonight when the Peoria Rivermen visit Van Andel Arena. The Red Wings play in Calgary tonight.

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Wings recall Langfeld from Grand Rapids

From today's Detroit News:

The Detroit Red Wings recalled forward Josh Langfeld, a former Michigan Wolverine, from the Grand Rapids Griffins on Monday when defenseman Brad Norton was sent down.

Jason Williams (concussion) is not available until Friday and Tomas Holmstrom (groin) was held out of Monday's practice, meaning Langfeld could play tonight in Vancouver.

Defenseman Niklas Kronwall (groin) and goalie Chris Osgood (hand) are also questionable for tonight.

In 108 NHL games with Boston, San Jose and Ottawa, Langfeld has nine goals and 21 assists.

This year with the Griffins, Langfeld is second in team scoring with six goals and 12 points in 15 games. He was among the Red Wings' final cuts during training camp.

Monday, November 13, 2006

Griffins to host matinee game tomorrow

More than 6,000 high school, middle school and elementary students from 60 schools across West Michigan will be in attendance Tuesday when the Grand Rapids Griffins host the Milwaukee Admirals in their sixth annual matinee game, presented by Lake Michigan Credit Union.

Faceoff is set for noon.

The unprecedented student attendance will comprise the majority of a record matinee crowd that is expected to approach 9,000 fans, including downtown workers and business people.

Since 2001, when the Griffins became the first team in AHL history to host a non-holiday weekday matinee, the largest crowd for the event was 7,344 in 2002, with an average of 6,552 over the first five installments at Van Andel Arena. Students from as far away as Vestaburg, Lake Odessa and South Haven will participate in pre-game presentations and forums centered around the theme of "Building Your Future."

Starting at 10 a.m., middle and high school students will take part in a career forum in the arena banquet rooms with representatives from LMCU and Pioneer Construction. While focusing on its money matters program for high school students, LMCU will also have a licensed mortgage broker and home retailer on hand to explain the process of buying and selling a home and talk about their career fields. Representatives from Pioneer Construction will conclude the forum by discussing construction careers and giving insight into what is fueling downtown Grand Rapids’ latest building boom.

Meanwhile, elementary students will be on the arena concourse rotating among tables staffed by experts from the construction industry, each of whom will give five-minute presentations on a given topic. Presenters include The Home Depot (using everyday math in building projects), LMCU (What is a mortgage?), Lakeshore Habitat for Humanity (building a playhouse), Home Repair Services (fixing a leaky faucet), I.B.E.W. Local 275 (electricity), Grapids Irrigation (water conservation), Kent Career Technical Center, JW Marriott, ITT Technical Institute (CAD programs), and Wolverine Building Group (safety).

Michigan UHL teams - News & Notes

The Kalamazoo Wings have played the early part of the 2006-07 United Hockey League season with a target on their backs as the defending league champions, but continue to post victories and currently have an 8-2-0 record.

The K-Wings are riding a three-game winning streak have claimed victory in five of their last six contests. They also remain as the only undefeated road team (4-0-0) in the UHL. Much of their success on the road has been the play of their special teams. Kalamazoo has not allowed a power play goal on the road, successfully turning away all 33 attempts by their opponents. The club leads the league in overall penalty killing percentage (94.0%).

Kalamazoo has used balance on offense as 19 of the 21 skaters to hit the ice for the team this season have registered a point. 2006 Colonial Cup Playoff MVP Nick Bootland (5g, 5a) along with Kory Karlander (5g, 6a) have returned from last season’s championship team and lead the team in scoring.

Goaltending continues to be a strong point as Tom Askey currently ranks second among UHL goaltenders with a 2.15 goals against average. Rookie Ryan Nie has helped solidify the tandem registering a 2-0-0 record, a 1.58 GAA, and a .953 save percentage in his three appearances this season.

The K-Wings will face a tough challenge with two games this week vs. the league leading Muskegon Fury (12-1-0). The Fury earned a 4-3 victory in the first meeting between the two clubs this season.

Flint Generals - (0-3-0) – Forward David Frawley has scored all seven of his points this season on the road...The Generals are 0-4-1 at home this season. The only UHL club without a home victory…Eight of the next ten games for Flint is on home ice…The Generals power play ranks third in the UHL (17.3%)…Center Terry Marchant netted his first goal on Sunday since joining the team earlier in the week…Flint ranks first in the league in shots allowed per game (28.75). The only team holding their opponents under 30 shots per game.

Kalamazoo Wings - (3-0-0) – Rookie right wing Justin Cross is on a six-game point streak...Winger Tyler Willis dished out his 200th career assist in Sunday’s victory vs. Quad City…Left wing Nick Bootland had the game-winning goal in two of the three victories during the week…Goaltender Ryan Nie made 40 saves in Sunday’s victory… Kalamazoo killed off all 21 opponent power plays during the week…After scoring one point in his first three games, forward Brett Pilkington has four points (3g, 1a) in his last two games, including the game-winning goal on Saturday.

Muskegon Fury - (3-0-0) – The Fury currently have an identical record after 13 games (12-1-0) as a season ago... Center Todd Robinson has scored a hat trick in two consecutive games vs. Port Huron…During the week, Muskegon outscored their opponents 9-1 in the third period…Center Elias Godoy is riding a seven-game point streak…The Fury have scored four or more goals in each game this season…After trailing 3-1 on Sunday, Muskegon scored the next four goals to beat Port Huron 5-3. They are 10-0-3 in their last 13 games vs. the Flags.

Port Huron Flags - (1-2-0) – The Flags snapped a four-game losing streak with a 6-3 win vs. Rockford on Friday… After being held scoreless in the previous six games, left wing Brad Bonello tallied four points (1g, 3a) in Friday’s win…The Flags netted two shorthanded goals on the same Muskegon power play on Sunday…Center Mark Cadotte has an assist in four straight games. He leads the Flags with 12 points (1g, 11a)…Center Ryan Markham has a goal in three straight games and ranks fourth in UHL rookie scoring.

Text and Kalamazoo photo courtesy the official UHL website

Flags finalize Bloomington trade, sign Price

The Port Huron Flags traded left wing Brad Bonello to Bloomington this morning, completing a 3-for-3 player transaction that began last week.

Former captain Ryan Gillis and defenseman Jeff Cameron were traded to the PrairieThunder in exchange for defensemen Sam Webber and Chris Bogas and left wing Garett Cameron. Bonello's release is the final movement in this trade.

In 11 games, Bonello recorded two goals, three assists, 33 penalty minutes and a -3 rating for the Flags. Although Webber did not dress this weekend, Bogas and Cameron both saw time on the ice. Cameron posted a goal and Bogas had an assist in Saturday's loss to the Quad City Mallards.

Additionally, the Flags signed Jason Price (pictured), a left wing who played in the North American Hockey League last year as a member of the Texarkana Bandits.

Thursday, November 09, 2006

Bullock named new Port Huron captain

Port Huron Flags' center Greg Bullock has been named the new team captain following Ryan Gillis' trade to Bloomington earlier this week.

Head coach Stan Drulia selected Bullock for the position based on his work ethic in practice, as well as his commitment to the team's success.

"It was a very easy decision to make," said Drulia. "Every day on the ice, Greg is a leader and I think the whole team would agree that it was a no-brainer."

Bullock is thrilled with his new role.

"Anytime you're selected as a captain, it's obviously a great honor because it shows how much confidence people have in you, as well as your experience in knowing what to do and say in certain situations," he said. "In accepting the responsibility, I'm hoping to help the team turn things around for the fans and everyone involved."

Steve Hildenbrand and Ryan Markham will maintain the roles of assistant captains.

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Flags shake up roster, deal captain

The Port Huron Flags traded captain Ryan Gillis and defenseman Jeff Cameron to the Bloomington PrairieThunder yesterday in exchange for left wing Garett Cameron and defensemen Chris Bogas and Sam Webber.

Gillis posted no goals or assists and 14 penalty minutes during the first part of the season, while Jeff Cameron had one goal, four assists and 46 penalty minutes.

Garrett Cameron picked up four goals and two assists in seven games with the PrairieThunder. Bogas (pictured left) has played nine games this season and scored once. He was a 1996 draft pick of the Toronto Maple Leafs, played collegiately at Michigan State and last season with the Motor City Mechanics. Webber is a rookie defenseman who played just three games in Bloomington.

Additionally, center Chris Pittman was placed on waivers this afternoon. In 11 games, Pittman recorded no goals, two assists and six penalty minutes.

Monday, November 06, 2006

Michigan UHL teams - News & Notes

Flint Generals - (1-0-1) – Rookie forward Mike Zbriger scored a goal in his first game with the team on Saturday. He was acquired in a trade with Chicago a day earlier…Forward David Frawley has scored his four goals this season on just eight shots to lead the UHL in shooting percentage (.500)…The Generals scored the first six goals of the game in Saturday’s 7-4 win vs. Kalamazoo…Flint is out-shooting the opposition 113-78 in the third period this season…Forward Jan Eriksson had two goals in a span of 1:28 during the second period on Sunday.

Kalamazoo Wings - (1-1-0) – Rookie right wing Justin Cross is on a three-game goal streak...Kalamazoo is one of two UHL teams (Elmira) that are undefeated on the road…All seven games this season for the K-Wings have been vs. Eastern Conference opponents…Kalamazoo’s six-game streak of scoring the first goal of the game was ended by Flint on Saturday…20 of the 33 goals scored by Kory Karlander during his time in a K-Wings uniform have been scored on the power play…Center Shawn Snider had his six-game point streak snapped on Saturday.

Muskegon Fury - (2-1-0) – The Fury have scored four or more goals in each of their ten games this season. They have allowed three or less goals in all but one game…Muskegon has a power play goal in each game this year… Goaltender Clayton Pool is 6-0-0 this season. He has won all five road games for the team…The club currently has the top five scorers in the UHL…Center Todd Robinson leads the league in scoring. He has been held without a point in just one game this season and has eight multi-point games.

Port Huron Flags - (0-3-0) – The Flags where shutout in back-to-back games during the week and are in the midst of a four-game winless streak... Dustin Traylen currently leads all UHL goaltenders in minutes played (423:33)… Center Jeremy Tucker ranks fourth among UHL rookies in shots on goal (19)…Jeff Cameron is tied for first among UHL defensemen in shots on goal (37). Ryan Gillis ranks fifth (29) in that category…The Flags lead the league with 122 minor penalties.

Courtesy official UHL website

Muskegon gets win No. 600

The Muskegon Fury earned their 600th UHL win on Friday night with a 4-2 victory against the Elmira Jackals in Elmira, New York.

The Fury have the most wins in league history.

Muskegon seemed to be well on their way to win 600 when Elias Godoy scored a goal at 3:34 into the first period. Godoy was named UHL Rookie of the Month last Wednesday.

Adam Smyth gave the Fury a 2-0 lead heading into the first intermission when he scored an unassisted goal late in the period. The Jackals would not let Muskegon get win 600 that easy, however, as they stormed back with two power-play goals in the second period to even the score at 2-2 heading into the third period. Jon Insana scored on the power play midway through the final period to give the Fury the lead once again. Smyth scored his second goal of the evening with just over a minute left to seal the win.

Goaltender Clayton Pool made 34 saves to earn the victory. Pool has won all four of Muskegon's road games.

Elmira then beat the Fury, 7-4, Saturday night to end Muskegon's eight-game unbeaten streak this season.

Thursday, November 02, 2006

Reynolds returns to Generals to resume career

The Flint Generals have signed a familiar face in forward Bobby Reynolds.

Reynolds retired from playing after the 2004-05 season and was the head coach for Flint last year. During his only season as a head coach, he led the Generals to a 31-35-10 record. While with the Generals, Reynolds played 338 games and scored 485 points on 127 goals and 313 assists. He ended his career with back-to-back 100 point seasons, scoring 103 points his final year on 31 goals and 72 assists.

"Bobby is a great offensive player and offense is something we need more of right now," stated Flint GM Al Sims. "He still has a desire to play and wants to help the Generals organization be a success both on and off the ice. Bringing in Reynolds with his experience and skill should help the team achieve the goals we have set for the season."

Reynolds began his professional playing career during the 1989-90 season playing for the Newmarket Saints of the AHL and the Toronto Maple Leafs of the NHL. The last four years he played were in a Generals uniform and he played parts of two other seasons in Flint. The majority of his career was played in the AHL, IHL and in Europe. In 960 career games, he had scored 1,134 points on 477 goals and 657 assists.

Before beginning his professional career he played four years at Michigan State University where he was a teammate of current Generals goalie Jason Muzzatti for two seasons.

The 39-year-old Reynolds is expected to play his first game of the season in Chicago on Friday.