Friday, September 16, 2005

Whalers and Spirit OHL Notebook

Former Plymouth captain Tim Sestito
(Photo courtesy of the Edmonton Oilers)

The Plymouth Whalers and Saginaw Spirit have been in the news recently. Here's the nuts and bolts of their headlines:

Saginaw, having already released veteran forward Daniel Borges two weeks ago, cut forwards Rick Caughell and Kevin Tuckey this week...Assistant coach Ian Herbers was promoted to associate coach and extended his contract through the 2006-2007 season...Third-year forward Tom Pyatt excelled at the New York Rangers' rookie camp and was invited to New York's main camp this week...Potential overage candidate Marek Kvapil had a great showing at Tampa Bay's rookie camp in Traverse City and should play in the Lightning organization this year. The only OA's on Saginaw's roster right now are newly-acquired goalie Francois Thuot, defensemen Erik Lundmark and Tyson Gimblett and forward Jesse Gimblett. OHL teams can dress three per game until the January trade deadline when only three may be kept on the active roster.

The Whalers, in Erie this weekend along with Saginaw and Toronto for a four-team mini-tournament, will be without forward Gino Pisellini for the first two regular-season games as he was assessed a league-imposed two-game suspension for allegedly spitting at the Sarnia bench after missing in the shootout last Saturday in Plymouth...Andrew Fournier wore the 'C' during the game last Saturday. No captains have officially been named as all four from last year (co-captains John Mitchell and Tim Sestito and Jonas Fiedler and Mike Knight) have moved on...Speaking of Sestito, he made it to the Edmonton Oilers' main camp after a rookie camp tryout, but was assigned to their AHL affiliate in Hamilton yesterday.

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