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bmoak 10-18-2004 12:50 PM

Charlotte/ECHL Update
+CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The Charlotte Checkers have agreed to terms with defenseman Chris Belanger.

Selected in the ninth round (185th overall) by the Hartford Whalers in the 1991 NHL Entry Draft, the 32-year-old Belanger has played the past four seasons in Switzerland, scoring 189 points in 152 games.

+JOHNSTOWN, Pa. – The Johnstown Chiefs announced that the team has agreed to terms with rookie forward Joe Tallari.

The 24-year-old Tallari played the last four years at Niagara University, finishing as the fifth-leading scorer in school history. In 2003-04, the 6-0 and 180-pound Tallari scored 33 points (16g-17a) in 38 games.

Add Kelly Guard, G assigned by Binghamton (AHL)

bmoak 10-18-2004 02:11 PM

A bit surprised by these moves since I thought the Checkers roster would be set except for the remaining players to be sent down from Hartford, but they make sense when I think about them.

Belanger is a good veteran offensive d-man, something the team lacks.

I thought that Checkers goaltending would be set with the rookie Ayers and the veteran Westlund (an upgrade from last year). Then Petruk showws up and now this. Someone mentioned on the Checkerboard that Petruk is packing up to move to Bakersfield and play for the Condors. No confirmation on that though.

Kelly Guard is a pretty good goalie, one of the best in Juniors last year. I know the Sens have no room for in Binghamton with Emery and Thompson, but I didn't think Charlotte would take a loaner from another organization with the way they are set in goal.

I think probably the Chekcers needed to drop a a veteran from the roster to sign Belanger (ECHL has strict rules about the number of veterans on a team)

bmoak 10-18-2004 02:13 PM

Also, Rangers assistant coach Mike Pelino will be down at the Cherckers training camp working with the players.

bmoak 10-20-2004 07:15 PM

Chekcers Cut 4

CHARLOTTE, NC – The Charlotte Checkers announced today the release of defenseman Clay Plume, left-winger Tyler Lawson, and right-wingers Justin Dziama and Cody Loughlean. The announcement was made by Checkers Head Coach Derek Wilkinson.

The move drops the Checkers roster down to 22. The ECHL roster is due by 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 20th, at which time the Checkers must only have a crew of 20.


2 more players to go....

bmoak 10-20-2004 07:28 PM


CHARLOTTE, NC – The Charlotte Checkers announced today that they have signed an affiliation agreement with the Ottawa Senators of the National Hockey League and their AHL affiliate, the Binghamton Senators of Albany, NY. The Checkers are also affiliated with the NHL’s New York Rangers and the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack.

Senators General Manager John Muckler, Checkers President Jeff Longo and Checkers Head Coach Derek Wilkinson agreed upon the affiliation, which will certainly see Charlotte landing some top prospects who will sharpen their game in the Queen City.

One such prospect is goalie Kelly Guard, who is the first player to be assigned to Charlotte by Ottawa for the 2004-05 season. Guard, a native of Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, had great success in the crease for the Kelowna Rockets of the WHL. From 2002-04, the 6’1”, 203-pound netminder played in 115 games, coming away with 83 victories. Last season alone, Guard posted a WHL leading 1.56 goals-against average along with a WHL record 13 shutouts. He also appeared in 17 post-season games, winning 11 of them with a 1.78 GAA.

“The Checkers are a team with strong leadership and a clear sense of direction,” said Ottawa General Manager John Muckler. “Under the daily guidance of Coach Wilkinson, we feel confident that our young talent is being nurtured for future success in our organization.”

“The opportunity to work with Ottawa is a thrill for us here in Charlotte,” said Coach Wilkinson. “The fact that we have the ability to work with five-time Stanley Cup winner John Muckler and his organization will be a great compliment to our Rangers affiliation.”

This is the first affiliation between Charlotte, Ottawa, and Binghamton.

bmoak 10-20-2004 07:43 PM

And Mike Wirll just got busted for DUI down in Charlotte.

bmoak 10-22-2004 12:20 AM

And Mike Wirll has recalled to Hartford.

and an old Rangers hand returns to the fold...

Checkers Agree To Terms
With Former NHL Player Dawe

October 21, 2004

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The Charlotte Checkers have announced that veteran right wing Jason Dawe has agreed to terms.

Selected in the second round (35th overall) by the Buffalo Sabres in the 1991 NHL Entry Draft, the 5-10 and 189-pound Dawe has played parts of eight seasons in the NHL with Buffalo, Montreal, the New York Rangers and the New York Islanders, scoring 176 points (86g-90a) in 366 regular season NHL games and seven points (4g-3a) in 22 Stanley Cup Playoff games.

In 2003-04, the 31-year-old Dawe played in the American Hockey League with Rochester, scoring 29 points (9g-20a) 41 regular season games, and in Finland with Karpat, registering one assist in 15 games.
Probably have to release a vet to a make room, though.

in the hall 10-22-2004 12:24 AM

i think Renney said there will be a lot of players shuttling between hartford and charlotte, both assistant coaches will be there as well working with the teams

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