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06-09-2006, 02:57 PM
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Bits o' Checkers Business

The Checkers signed their first two players for the upcoming season. First, the Checkers agreed to terms with defenseman Kenton Smith. Smith was named Checkers' captain last season after Ryan Cuthbert's season-ending injury and had his best pro season with 10G and 27A in 72 games.

The 2nd signee is a newcomer to Charlotte and the ECHL, forward Daymen Bencharski-Roycroft. Roycroft, a 2nd year pro, suited up for the Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees in the CHL last season and notched 25G and 30A in 59 games. Beofre turning pro, Roycroft played at Ohio State with Nate Geunin. (Although if there's any connection that's relevant to this signing, it's that Rio Grande's coach is the brother of Checkers' AC Alan Egeland.)

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06-27-2006, 02:10 PM
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Checkers signed their 3rd player, Brandon Cullen. His Rangers' contract is up, but the Checkers like him enough to sign him to an ECHL contract. Hopefully, he can stay healthy.


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The Checkers have been sold to Charlotte businessman Michael Kahn. Details. The Checkers were 4th in the ECHL in attendance and averaged about 5,600 in their new downtown digs (more than the WolfPack). However, I've heard that the team lost about half a million last season becuase of much higher rent.

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The Checkers have been sold to Charlotte businessman Michael Kahn. Details. The Checkers were 4th in the ECHL in attendance and averaged about 5,600 in their new downtown digs (more than the WolfPack). However, I've heard that the team lost about half a million last season becuase of much higher rent.
Isn't it "Uptown"?

Are you in Charlotte, dude? I just moved here in February and absolutely love it. We should catch a Checkers game if you are.

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Checkers sign their 4th player for the upcoming season, veteran defenseman Kirk DeWaele. DeWaele started his pro career in the ECHL, before moving on to the WCHL and then going to the U.K. to play for the Cardiff Devils the last few seasons.


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Checkers signed their 3rd player, Brandon Cullen. His Rangers' contract is up, but the Checkers like him enough to sign him to an ECHL contract. Hopefully, he can stay healthy.
Any relation?

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07-16-2006, 06:52 AM
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Last week the Checkers did make QO's to six players

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The players who were extended offers by the July 1 deadline include forwards Blake Bellefeuille (veteran), Nathan Gillies, and Dusty Jamieson, defensemen Neil Petruic and Bryan Rodney, and goaltender Trevor Cunning
http://www.gocheckers.com/fullstory.php?id=465

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Multiple annoncements by the Checkers yesterday. Read detailshere

1) GM/Coach Derek Wilkinson announce that the Checkers have renewed their affiliation agreement with the Rangers and WolfPack.

2) The Checkers announced their new practice/training facility, the brand spanking new (not open to public yet) Extreme Ice Center in Indian Trail, NC. The Center has 2 NHL-regulation rinks (plus a smaller ice sheet) and a top-of-the-line gym-fitness center.

3) The Checkers announced the signings of their 5th and 6th players for the upcoming season:

*Blake Bellefeuille is returning for another turn with the Checkers. Last year, the 28 year-old center tallied 7 goals and 10 assists in 25 games for the Checkers. He actually played more games in the AHL for the Phantoms (22 games) and the WolfPack (5 games), but he shouldn't be abandoning Charlotte this season, as he has been named player/assistant coach.

*Jan Vodrazka, a 29 year-old defensive defenseman was signed to solidlify the blueline. The Czech native played last year for the Greenville Grrrowl, scoring a career-high 25 points (4G21A) while also getting a 3 game callup to AHL Omaha. He also had 200 PIM and was named team captain. Vodrazka is very happy to sign with Charlotte, citing it as a first-class stable franchise. (Jan's played for 5 franchises that folded under him in the last 6 seasons: ECHL Greenville, ECHL Pee Dee, AHL Saint John, AHL Kentucky, and IHL Kansas City).

These sginings mean that the Checkers have filled their 4 veteran skater slots that the ECHL allows. (Veteran goalies are exempt from this rule.)

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The Checkers have announced the signing of their 7th player for the upcoming season. 24 year-old defenseman Ren Fauci. The New Jersey native graduated after his senior season for Lake Superior State (CCHA) and will be a rookie pro for the Checkers (Note: ECHL rooie salary is $325 a week).

In the press release at gocheckers.com, Checkers GM/Coach Derek Wilkinson noted that Fauci will be competing for an AHL spot in the fall, whcich indicates to me that Fauci will likely be attending WolfPack camp.


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The Checkers have announced the signing of their 7th player for the upcoming season. 24 year-old Ren Fauci. The New Jersey native graduated after his senior season for Lake Superior State (CCHA) and will be a rookie pro for the Checkers (Note: ECHL rooie salary is $325 a week).

In the press release at gocheckers.com, Checkers GM/Coach Derek Wilkinson noted that Fauci will be competing for an AHL spot in the fall, whcich indicates to me that Fauci will likely be attending WolfPack camp.
I doubt he makes the pack. The pack is already stacked.

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I seriously doubt it, too. However, almost all young Checker players get invited to Pack camp, where bodies are needed in the early days while most of the Rangers' prospects are in Rangers camp.

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. The Charlotte Checkers announced today that Dusty Jamieson has agreed to terms for the upcoming season. Jamieson has led the Checkers in goals each of the previous four seasons and recorded a career-best 61 points last season (30g, 31a)
http://www.gocheckers.com/fullstory.php?id=474

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Getting Dusty back is big news for the Checkers.


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I doubt he makes the pack. The pack is already stacked.
last year the checkers signed jay latulippe and at the time of the signing his coach at clarkson raved about him and the claim was made that latulippe would not only play in the AHL but be hartford's #1 center...then he didn't even make charlotte in camp and was dealt...

but what are they supposed to say in a press release?? are they supposed to say "this kid sucks and has no potential" of course they are gonna talk the kid up

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First, the guy boosting up Jay LaTulippe's Hartford chances wasn't his coach at Clarkson, but his AGENT, who made it seem like Jay had been signed by the Rangers and was not a Chekcers' signee with an inivitation to Pack camp.

Second, what Wilkinson said isn't really mindless boosterism. Fauci will (apparently) attend WolfPack camp (like most rookie Checkers), and will therefore be competing for an AHL position along with about 40 other guys. It doesn't mean his chances will be good though.

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The Checkers have anounced signing their 9th and 10th players for the upcoming season. Story ishere.

26 year-old forward Adam Nightingale is a 2nd year pro who suited up for the folded Greenville Grrrowl last season, scoring 4G and 7A in 27 games. Before that, Adam played college for hockey for Lake Superior State and Michigan State.

23-year old forward http://Dan Murphy is a rookie pro who just graduated from Harvard. Last season, Murphy totaled 18G and 9A in 35 games and was the Crimson's leading goal scorer. He also played in 4 games for the Lowell LockMonsters after his college season ended.

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The Checkers have anounced signing their 9th and 10th players for the upcoming season. Story ishere.

26 year-old forward Adam Nightingale is a 2nd year pro who suited up for the folded Greenville Grrrowl last season, scoring 4G and 7A in 27 games. Before that, Adam played college for hockey for Lake Superior State and Michigan State.

23-year old forward http://Dan Murphy is a rookie pro who just graduated from Harvard. Last season, Murphy totaled 18G and 9A in 35 games and was the Crimson's leading goal scorer. He also played in 4 games for the Lowell LockMonsters after his college season ended.

its not like they will ever make the rangers.

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Will Steve MacIntyre be in Charlotte this year?

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its not like they will ever make the rangers.
So? This board is also about prospects in the organization--some of whom will play with these players this season.

It's also very nice that bmoak is willing to share the imformation about the Checkers he gleans from various sources with us. I, for one, am grateful for the information.

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its not like they will ever make the rangers.
It's not like most of the passed over prospects you think the Rangers should sign will ever make the NHL either. Anyone pick up that hidden gem Pat Bateman yet?

I just list all the Checkers signings, period. At least you won't be surprised by these names when they show up at WolfPack camp, or Rangers prospects end up on a line with them in Charlotte.


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its not like they will ever make the rangers.
at least there is a point to this thread and bmoak's posts which is more than i can say for your proposals to acquire players that will never play for this team


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Will Steve MacIntyre be in Charlotte this year?
Nope. His Rangers contract is up. And this year Big Mac has enough pro games under his belt to qulaify as a vet under ECHL rules. ECHL teams are only allowed 4 vet skaters, and the Checkers have already signed their four: Smith, Bellefeuille, Vodrazka, and DeWaele.

I've heard that Mac is talking to the B-Sens.

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Nope. His Rangers contract is up. And this year Big Mac has enough pro games under his belt to qulaify as a vet under ECHL rules. ECHL teams are only allowed 4 vet skaters, and the Checkers have already signed their four: Smith, Bellefeuille, Vodrazka, and DeWaele.

I've heard that Mac is talking to the B-Sens.
did Bellefeuille play with the Jackets a few years ago??? Anyone think he will make the NHL in the future???

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The Checkers have announced the signing of their 7th player for the upcoming season. 24 year-old defenseman Ren Fauci. The New Jersey native graduated after his senior season for Lake Superior State (CCHA) and will be a rookie pro for the Checkers (Note: ECHL rooie salary is $325 a week).

In the press release at gocheckers.com, Checkers GM/Coach Derek Wilkinson noted that Fauci will be competing for an AHL spot in the fall, whcich indicates to me that Fauci will likely be attending WolfPack camp.
I think this guy was at my hockey practice the other, I didn't catch his name but I do think he went to Lake Superior State. I'll have to ask my coach tomorrow.

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