Thursday, March 29, 2007

Flags announce playoff ticket prices

With playoffs buzz at an all time high, the Port Huron Flags have announced the release of their post-season ticket packages for the initial best-of-seven round scheduled to begin on April 11.

In a unique move from other clubs in the United Hockey League, the Flags have lowered the cost of tickets for the playoffs through the generosity of long-time sponsor Cawood Auto. Flags fans may enjoy a substantial discount on advance purchases, with premium seats at $12 and all other locations at $10. Children, 12 and under, will receive their tickets at half-price in the respective sections. Game day sales will return to the original season rate of $12, $14 and $16.

Season ticket holders will have until next Friday to secure the same seats for the playoffs, while the remaining open sections will go on sale immediately. Starting next Saturday, all unreserved seats will be open to the general public for purchase.

The year 2007 marks the first time in three years that a professional Port Huron hockey team has appeared in the post-season.

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Grand Rapids adds Parse, Ritola, Kinley

The Grand Rapids Griffins on Tuesday signed three players to amateur tryouts, including 2007 Hobey Baker Award finalist Scott Parse, 2005 Detroit Red Wings draft pick Mattias Ritola and defenseman Cleve Kinley.

Parse, 22, was one of the top collegiate players throughout his four years as a forward at the University of Nebraska-Omaha. The Portage native was named to the CCHA’s All-Conference Team each of the last three seasons following his All-Rookie Team selection in 2004, and he was recently named a Hobey Baker Award finalist for the second consecutive year. The 10 finalists for college hockey’s top honor will be pared to three on March 28, with the winner announced on April 6 during the Frozen Four in St. Louis.

Parse (pictured) scored a career-high 24 goals this season and led Nebraska-Omaha in scoring for the fourth straight year, finishing with 52 points (24-28—52). He departs as the Mavericks’ all-time leader with 79 goals, 118 assists, 197 points and 159 games played, having missed only two games during his college career. In 2005-06, Parse was named CCHA Player of the Year after ranking first in the conference and second in the nation with a school-record 61 points (20-41—61). Also chosen as a First Team All-American, he led the Mavericks to their first NCAA Tournament appearance.

Ritola, a 20-year-old center, was chosen by the Red Wings with their fourth pick in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. He made his pro debut in 2005-06 in the Swedish Elite League at the age of 18, contributing three assists in 30 games with Leksands IF.

Kinley, 23, was originally signed by the Griffins on March 12 and made his pro debut in their 3-2 shootout loss to Manitoba on March 16. Released on March 21, the former UMass-Lowell captain recorded two assists and a plus-five rating in three games with the UHL’s Muskegon Fury last weekend.

All three players will be available on Wednesday, when the Griffins host the Milwaukee Admirals at 7 p.m. at Van Andel Arena.

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Michigan UHL teams - News & Notes

In an exciting week of United League Hockey action, the Quad City Mallards and the Flint Generals clinched playoff berths while other teams fought for postseason positioning.

With a 5-2 win over the Mallards coupled with a loss by the Elmira Jackals, the Generals clinched a spot in the playoffs on Saturday night. Flint finished the week with a 2-0-0 record and have 69 points on the season. They lead the Port Huron Flags by six points in the Eastern Conference standings. With seven games remaining, the Flags need five points to clinch a spot in the postseason.

FANTASTIC FURY – The Muskegon Fury were the first team to reach the 100-point plateau this season. It is the fourth-consecutive year that Muskegon has reached 100 points. The Fury hold a six-point advantage over the Fort Wayne Komets in the race for the Tarry Cup, awarded each year to the team that finishes the regular season with the best overall record, as determined by points earned in the standings. Muskegon can clinch the best record in the UHL with seven points in their final six games.

Flint Generals - (2-0-0) – The Generals have clinched a playoff berth for the first time in the last three seasons…Right wing Mike Kinnie is on a nine-game point streak (5g, 6a), equaling the longest streak of the season for Flint…Four other Generals have current point-scoring streaks of three games or more: left wing Bobby Reynolds (7 games), right wing Jan Jas (4 games), defenseman Gerard Miller (3 games) and defenseman Martin Ondrej (3 games)…Flint will play road games this week at Fort Wayne and Port Huron. The Generals are 15-16-4 on the road this season.

Kalamazoo Wings – (3-0-0) – For the third time this season, the K-Wings are on a season-high five-game winning streak…Goaltender Ryan Nie recorded his league-leading seventh shutout of the season in a 2-0 win against Port Huron on Sunday. In his last 13 starts, he has a 10-3-0 record with six shutouts…Center Kory Karlander (41 goals) is two scores shy of tying the K-Wings UHL franchise single-season goals record. He also is on a four-game point streak (5g, 4a)…Right wing Justin Cross is tied for the UHL lead among rookie skaters with 25 goals.

Muskegon Fury - (2-1-1) – With 48 total victories, the Fury stand two wins away from their third consecutive 50-victory season…Muskegon needs five points to clinch the Eastern Conference title…In their last five home games, the Fury is 3-0-2 and has outscored its opponents 16-10…Right wing Ryan Menei scored his first professional goal in a 3-1 win over Fort Wayne on Saturday…Center Todd Robinson set a Fury record with his ninth short-handed goal of the season on Friday…Robinson’s 121 points rank as the 26th-best single-season point total in UHL history.

Port Huron Flags - (1-2-1) – The Flags are five points away from making the postseason for the first time since the 2003-04 season…With his third multiple-goal game of the year on Friday, left wing Colt King recorded his 20th goal of the season…On Saturday, defenseman Phil Angell tallied the first goal of his professional career in a 4-3 win over Bloomington…The win against the PrairieThunder was Port Huron’s 10th road victory of the season…Since joining the Flags at the beginning of March, left wing Scott Wray has tallied 18 points (10g, 8a) in 14 games.

Taken from the official UHL website.

Friday, March 23, 2007

USA Hockey to honor Chelios on Monday

USA Hockey, in cooperation with the National Hockey League and the Detroit Red Wings, will honor four-time Olympian Chris Chelios prior to the opening faceoff of Monday’s NHL contest between the Red Wings and Anaheim Ducks at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit.

Chelios became the NHL’s all-time games played leader among American-born players back on Nov. 24 when he competed in his 1496th career game to surpass Phil Housley.

Ron DeGregorio, president of USA Hockey, will make the special presentation to Chelios in honor of his record-breaking accomplishment.

“We’re pleased to honor Chris, undoubtedly one of the greatest American players of all time,” said DeGregorio. “He’s competed at the highest level for an extraordinary number of years and continues to be an extremely effective player.”

Through games of March 22, Chelios, who is in his 23rd NHL season, had played in 1540 career regular-season games with 936 points on 182 goals and 754 assists.

Thursday, March 22, 2007

Bertuzzi to make Wings' debut tonight

Todd Bertuzzi will make his Detroit Red Wings debut tonight when the Wings host the Columbus Blue Jackets at Joe Louis Arena.

He will be on a line with Pavel Datsyuk and Tomas Holmstrom.

Bertuzzi, who had lower back surgery in November, has played in only seven games this season.

The 32-year-old forward was acquired by the Red Wings from the Florida Panthers just before the NHL trade deadline on Feb. 27. He had seven points (goal, six assists) with the Panthers after being acquired from Vancouver last summer.

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Generals owner not happy, cans GM Sims

Flint Generals general manager Al Sims has been fired by the team with just eight games remaining and the Generals on the brink of a playoff berth.

The Flint Journal has the scoop HERE.

Michigan UHL teams - News & Notes

In the Eastern Conference, the Flint Generals remained five points ahead of the Port Huron Flags for the third seed in the East because both teams posted 2-2-0 records last week. Despite being five points behind, the Flags have the advantage of having 11 games remaining to play whereas the Generals only have eight more contests on the schedule. However, both clubs distanced themselves from the Elmira Jackals who went 0-3-0 last week and sit 10 points behind the Generals. With eight games remaining, the Jackals will need to get hot in order to catch Port Huron and Flint.

THE TEN SPOT – For the second time this season, a UHL team scored double-digit goals in one game. On Saturday, the Kalamazoo Wings defeated the Port Huron Flags 10-2. The other game this season when a team hit double-digit scoring was on Feb. 3 when the Rockford IceHogs lit the lamp 10 times against the Muskegon Fury.

Flint Generals - (2-2-0) – The Generals’ streak of five consecutive games ending in a shootout was snapped with a regulation loss to Bloomington on Friday…Flint is tied with Quad City for the most shootout losses this season with nine…Left wing Bobby Reynolds is on a five-game point streak (3g, 5a)…Defenseman Tyson Turgeon had five-game point streak snapped Sunday. During the span he tallied 11 points (1g, 10a) almost equaling his season point total prior to the start of the streak (15 points)…The Generals lead the league with 88 power-play goals.

Kalamazoo Wings – (2-1-0) – The 10 goals scored on Saturday during the Annual Green Ice Game were the highest total by the K-Wings in the game’s 26 year history. Kalamazoo’s first sellout crowd of the year witnessed the 10-2 win over Port Huron…Center Kory Karlander recorded his 200th career goal in the game...Left wing Nick Bootland broke the record for game-winning goals in a K-Wing’s UHL career (13) with his tally on Friday against Rockford...Kalamazoo snapped Rockford’s 11-game home winning streak on Friday with a 4-2 victory.

Muskegon Fury - (2-2-0) – With two victories over Elmira last week, the Fury captured the season series with an 8-1-0 record…With one more road win, Muskegon will tie the club record for most road wins in a season with 24…The Fury are five points away from their fourth consecutive 100-point season…Muskegon had an eight-game streak of allowing two goals or less snapped on Sunday in a 5-1 loss at Fort Wayne…In his pro debut, center Mark Nebus scored a goal and recorded a plus-3 rating…Center Todd Robinson (39g, 77a) is six points away from tying the single-season club record.

Port Huron Flags - (2-2-0) – With his hat trick on Sunday night, left wing Scott Wray became the third Flag to record a three-goal game this season…Center Steve Hildenbrand is on a three-game goal streak…With a 2-1 win over Muskegon on Wednesday, Port Huron has now won four of its last five meetings with the Fury. The win also marked just the fifth time this season that the Flags won when trailing after the second period…Center Greg Bullock has recorded a point in eight of his last 10 games…Bullock ranks fifth in the UHL in power play assists with 25.

Taken from the official UHL website

Red Wings re-up Kopecky for two years

The Detroit Red Wings announced yesterday that they have re-signed forward Tomas Kopecky to a two-year contract.

In keeping with club policy, additional terms of the contract are not available.

Kopecky appeared in 26 of Detroit’s first 30 games this season before suffering a broken clavical on Dec. 14 at Chicago. Kopecky, who would have been an unrestricted free agent in July, was averaging 7:15 of ice time prior to the injury.

Kopecky was Detroit’s second-round draft pick (38th overall) in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft.

“Tomas is a good young player who improved throughout his time in Grand Rapids and was becoming a solid NHL player,” said Detroit GM Ken Holland. “He suffered a setback with the injury this year, but we’re confident he will return and continue to improve.”

Monday, March 19, 2007

K-Wings raise over $32,000 for charity

The Kalamazoo Wings raised and donated $32,375 from the 26th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Green Ice Jersey Auction last weekend.

A fair share of Saturday’s sellout crowd of 5,413 stayed after the game to bid on the K-Wings special St. Patrick’s Day jerseys. At night’s end, the three highest bids were for the jerseys worn by Tyler Willis, Kory Karlander and Ryan Nie. Willis's jersey received the high bid of $4,600. Just missing the highest bid was Karlander, whose jersey went for $4,500, while Nie’s went for $4,100.

“Once again our fans have shown how generous they are,” said Kalamazoo GM Paul Pickard. “The jersey auction was a great way to cap off an excellent night.”

The money raised will go to the American Heart Association, March of Dimes, Susan G. Komean Foundation, Domestic Violence Coalition and Community Advocates.

On Saturday, April 7, the K-Wings will host one more jersey auction this season, as fans will be able to bid on the teams Outdoor Services Warm-Up Jerseys. Also at the auction, the K-Wings will auction off a 2005-06 Colonial Cup ring. The fan with the winning bid will have his or her name placed on the ring and sized to their specification.

Friday, March 16, 2007

Mechanics not coming back after all has the story HERE.

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Port Huron players to bartend at the HAC

Members of the Port Huron Flags will extend their talents beyond the ice tonight, when they invade the Huron Athletic Club, following their game against Muskegon, to dole out special drinks to fans and customers.

Captain Greg Bullock, along with defensemen BJ Adams, John Doherty, Josh Vanderbreggen and Shayne Tomlinson will mind the rail at the HAC from 10 to 11 p.m. Special drink prices will be offered, including $2 domestic draft beers and $1 shots of Pucker. The first 100 takers will receive a commemorative Flags shot glass as a souvenir of the evening.

This promotion is part of the Fury Frenzy, a package that offers fans a half-price ticket to next week’s Wednesday match-up against the Fury, with the purchase of a ticket for tonight’s contest at regular price. Flags members will be back in the bartending action after the game on Mar. 21, as well.

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Michigan UHL teams - News & Notes

EXTRA ROUNDS – This past week, there were seven games that were decided by a shootout, the most of any week this season in the UHL. In addition, the shootout that went 13 rounds in Saturday’s match between the Rockford IceHogs and the Kalamazoo Wings was the longest shootout in the UHL this season. It eclipsed two eight-round shootouts earlier in the year - Jan. 5 between the Quad City Mallards and the Elmira Jackals and Jan. 20 featuring the Fort Wayne Komets and the Port Huron Flags.

ON GREEN ICE – The Kalamazoo Wings will host their 26th Annual Green Ice Game on Saturday against the Port Huron Flags. The K-Wings are 16-6-3 all-time on Green Ice, including a record of 3-2-1 since joining the UHL.

Flint Generals - (1-0-3) – The Generals last four games have gone to a shootout, the longest streak of consecutive shootout games in the league this season…Center Shawn Snider has taken the team lead in scoring with 49 points on 16 goals and 33 assists…Left wing Jeff Zehr leads the UHL in shooting percentage at 23.4 percent, scoring 22 goals on 94 shots…Right wing Mike Kinnie is on a four-game point streak…The Generals snapped an 0-for-59 slump on the power play on Sunday…Flint will play four road games this week, and the Generals have posted a 13-14-4 road record this season.

Kalamazoo Wings – (1-1-1) – On Wednesday with a 2-0 win, the K-Wings became the first team to shut out Muskegon this season…Goaltender Ryan Nie’s last five victories have all come via shutout. He leads the UHL with a 2.10 GAA and a .928 SPCT…Right wing Brent Cullaton played in his 700th career game on Friday against Bloomington…Kalamazoo is 19-4-4 when defenseman Chris McAllister is in the lineup…Center Kory Karlander is four goals shy of 200 in his career…The K-Wings are the league’s top-scoring 3rd-period team with 89 goals.

Muskegon Fury - (1-1-1) – In their last four games, the Fury have only surrendered six goals for a 1.50 GAA…Goaltender Ryan Cyr has been in goal for each of Muskegon’s last six victories…Center Todd Robinson tied the UHL record for game winning goals in a season (11) against Rockford on Friday…When the Fury surrender three goals or less, their record is 39-6-2…Muskegon needs six more victories to attain 50 in a season for the third consecutive year…The Fury have a 2-2-2 record in March and a 12-10-2 mark since the All-Star break.

Port Huron Flags - (2-1-0) – The Flags claimed two shootout victories this week, giving them a 7-6 record in extra play…Goaltender Dustin Traylen leads the UHL with six shootout wins. He has picked up victories in eight of his last nine starts in goal…Left wing Scott Wray ranks second in the UHL with 304 shots…Center Greg Bullock has recorded a point in eight of his last nine games (3g, 9a)…Port Huron’s two consecutive home wins are currently the second longest streak in the league…With three home games this week, the Flags are 16-11-3 this season at home.

Taken from the official UHL website

Grand Rapids signs Kinley to tryout

The Grand Rapids Griffins on Monday signed defenseman Cleve Kinley to an amateur tryout.

A native of Powell River, British Columbia, Kinley recently finished his senior season as a co-captain at the University of Massachusetts-Lowell, where he tallied nine points (3-6—9) in 31 games.

Kinley, 23, played four seasons as a River Hawk and was named to the Hockey East All-Rookie Team in 2003-04.

He will be available to make his professional debut on Wednesday when the Griffins host the Iowa Stars at 7 p.m.

Thursday, March 08, 2007

Michigan UHL teams - News & Notes

With 20 players changing hands, eight United Hockey League teams made at least one deal before the trading deadline on Friday, March 2. The Muskegon Fury and Rockford IceHogs did not make moves while everyone else in the league tweaked their roster in hopes of success during the playoff run.

The Port Huron Flags made one trade, to acquire left wing Scott Wray from Elmira, and he scored twice and tallied two assists during the Flags 2-1-0 week. He scored the game-winner against his previous team in a 5-2 victory on Sunday. Also helping Port Huron this past week was incumbent goaltender Dustin Traylen who recorded all three decisions in net while posting a 1.67 goals-against average, a .944 save percentage and a shutout.

KALAMAZOO 200Kalamazoo left wing Nick Bootland is three assists from 200 in his career while right wing Brent Cullaton needs four assists for 200 in his career.

Flint Generals - (1-2-0) – On Saturday in a 5-4 win over Elmira, right wing Jason Selleke became the second General to reach 20 goals this season…Left wing Jeff Zehr leads the team with 22 goals…Defensemen Martin Ondrej and Sean Kotary are the only players to appear in all 60 games for Flint this season…Newly acquired Bogdan Rudenko and Ryan Jorde each tallied an assist in their first game with the Generals on Saturday…Flint leads the league with 80 power play goals…The Generals haven’t won consecutive games since winning six in a row from Jan. 14-27.

Kalamazoo Wings – (3-1-0) – Kalamazoo has won eight of their last 10 games and is on a four-game home winning streak…Head coach Mark Reeds coached his 800th career game on Sunday against Muskegon…Left wing Nick Bootland is on an 11-game point streak. He ranks fourth in the UHL with 69 points (34g, 35a)…The K-Wings held Muskegon to just 16 shots on Friday. That shot total was the fewest allowed by Kalamazoo this season…The K-Wings have won three of their last five meetings against Muskegon. The two teams will face off again on Wednesday.

Muskegon Fury - (1-1-1) – The Fury snapped its longest winless streak of the season (0-3-1) on Sunday with a 4-1 victory over Kalamazoo…Goaltender Ryan Cyr is 5-1-0 in his last six decisions, and he has a 1.50 GAA and a .949 SPCT during the stretch…When Muskegon scores four or more goals, the Fury have a 31-2-0 record…Right wing Rustyn Dolyny’s empty net goal on Sunday moved him into third place on the Fury all-time goal list with 142…Muskegon needs three more road wins to tie the franchise record of 24 they set last year. The Fury have one road game this week.

Port Huron Flags - (2-1-0) – Port Huron’s 22nd win of the season, a 4-0 win at Fort Wayne, gave the team its 50th point of the season, setting a franchise record…Saturday’s shutout marked the first time in club history that the Flags have shut out the same team in consecutive contests. They previously blanked the Komets on Feb. 23…Defenseman Chris Bogas was on the ice for all four of the Flags tallies on Saturday for a perfect plus-4 rating…Goaltender Dustin Traylen is tied for second in the UHL with four shutouts, and he ranks fifth in GAA (2.55).

Taken from the official UHL website.

Tuesday, March 06, 2007

The newest member of the Griffins

Red Wings stocking up with Griffins

Grand Rapids Griffins right wing Darryl Bootland was recalled by the Detroit Red Wings on Monday.

Bootland, 25, ranks among the Griffins’ leaders this season with 17 goals (3rd), 29 points (5th), a plus-seven rating (3rd), 185 penalty minutes (1st) and six game-winning goals (1st). He made his NHL debut with the Red Wings in 2003-04, recording two points (1-1—2) and 74 PIM in 22 games, but has not played for Detroit since a 1-0 loss at Nashville on Dec. 20, 2003.

Bootland’s recall brings the number of 2006-07 Griffins players who are currently with the injury-ravaged Red Wings to six, as he joins goaltender Jimmy Howard and fellow forwards Matt Ellis, Valtteri Filppula, Matt Hussey and Josh Langfeld. The transaction also increases the number of players from this year’s squad currently in the NHL to seven, including Edmonton defenseman Danny Syvret. As a result, only one of the Griffins’ top five point producers, leading scorer Kip Miller, remains on Grand Rapids’ roster heading into Tuesday’s home game against the Peoria Rivermen.

The Griffins’ all-time leader with 1,127 PIMs, Bootland will be available to make his return to Detroit’s lineup tonight, when the Red Wings host Nashville at 7:30 p.m.

Friday, March 02, 2007

Kindle to get UHL homecoming tonight

Tyler Kindle is coming home as the Kalamazoo Wings signed the 29-year-old defenseman today.

Whether as a collegiate or now as a professional, the Portage native has felt at home on the blue line. A four-year pro, Kindle will have a homecoming Friday night, as he joins the K-Wings when they host the Muskegon Fury for a 7:30 p.m. faceoff at Wings Stadium.

Kindle comes to Kalamazoo after dividing this season between the Fresno Falcons and Reading Royals (ECHL). Tyler’s entire four-year career has been spent in the ECHL, where he averaged 31.5 points a season at the point.

“His integrity, team commitment and ability will make us better down the stretch,” said Wings' GM Paul Pickard. “He gives us a quarterback for our power play, which is something we have lacked this year.”

Kindle split his rookie season in 2003-04 with the Cincinnati Cyclones, Trenton Titans and Pensacola IcePilots. In 2004-05, Kindle spent the entire season with the Pee Dee Pride, leading the team with a +9 rating, and finishing tied for 17th among ECHL defensemen in scoring.

Remaining in state for college, Kindle played collegiate hockey at Wayne State University, missing only one game in his four-year career and graduated as the school’s all-time leader among defensemen in goals (29), assists (69) and points (98).

K-Wings make big deals at trade deadline

The Kalamazoo Wings announced the completion of two trades this afternoon.

Kalamazoo added to their offensive arsenal by finalizing a deal with the Elmira Jackals. The K-Wings will receive all-star right-winger Brent Cullaton from the Jackals in return for forwards Glenn Detulleo, Andrew Leach and defenseman Joe Markusen.

Cullaton, who was the Jackals leading scorer with 57 points, turned heads at this year’s UHL All-Star Classic by recording four points en route to receiving the game’s MVP honors. Earlier in the night, Cullaton was dubbed the league’s fastest skater during the skills competition.

“We (K-Wings) want guys who want and know how to win championships,” said Kalamazoo GM Paul Pickard. “He (Cullaton) has had success everywhere he has played and we feel he will adapt quickly to our team philosophy.”

An 11-year pro, Cullaton brings recent championship experience to Kalamazoo, as the forward has hoisted the Miron Presidents Cup (CHL) two-times with the Laredo Bucks (2003-04, 2005-06).

In a separate trade, the K-Wings completed a deal with the Bloomington PraireThunder. During the off-season, Kalamazoo and Bloomington made a trade that sent defenseman Jeff Brown and a player to be named later to the K-Wings for forward Tyler Rennette. To complete the agreement, Kalamazoo will receive veteran defenseman Ryan Gillis. The K-Wings will also send defenseman Casey Handrahan and cash considerations to the PrairieThunder.

“To receive a player the caliber of Gillis this late in the season will be a huge catalyst for our playoff push,” said Pickard. “Besides being a solid defenseman, he brings leadership and championship experience to our locker room.”

Gillis is an 11-year pro that has played in some of the most elite leagues in hockey, including the International Hockey League and American Hockey League. The addition of Gillis brings the veteran back to one of the cities he started his career. During the 1996-97 season, Gillis spilt time between the Dayton Bombers (ECHL) and the Michigan K-Wings and played for the IHL K-Wings for three seasons (1996-99).

The native of Moncton , New Brunswick was drafted in the 7th round (176th overall) by the Calgary Flames during the 1995 NHL Entry Draft. Before turning pro, Gillis played four seasons of Junior A hockey in the Ontario Hockey League with the North Bay Centennials, where he was a member of their 1994 OHL Championship team.

Generals trade Marchant for toughness

On the eve of the UHL trade deadline, the Flint Generals dealt forward Terry Marchant to the Fort Wayne Komets for defenseman Ryan Jorde and forward Bogdan Rudenko.

Marchant led the Generals in scoring this season with 18 goals and 47 points in 48 games.

More from the Flint Journal here.

Griffins announce Clear Day roster

The Grand Rapids Griffins have released their 2006-07 Clear Day roster.

According to AHL by-laws, only those players listed on a team’s Clear Day roster are eligible to compete in the remainder of the AHL regular season and in the 2007 Calder Cup Playoffs, unless emergency conditions arise as a result of recall, injury or suspension. Teams may also add signed junior players or players on amateur tryout contracts after Clear Day, but only once their respective junior or college seasons are complete.

The Griffins’ Clear Day roster consists of:

Goaltenders - Jimmy Howard and Stefan Liv

Defensemen - Jonathan Ericsson, Tom Galvin, Derek Meech, Brad Norton, Kyle Quincey, Dan Smith and Danny Syvret

Forwards - Darryl Bootland, Jeff Campbell, Matt Ellis, Valtteri Filppula, Eric Himelfarb, Matt Hussey, Jonas Johansson, Adam Keefe, Evan McGrath, Kip Miller, Ryan Oulahen, Ben Simon and Tony Voce.

Defenseman Jon Insana and forward Jamie Tardif are currently in residence.