Thursday, January 05, 2006

CSHL promoting players to next level

Several players with Michigan connections from the CSHL were in the news recently as the calendar changed from 2005 to 2006.

Greg Curtiss of the Flint Jr. Generals was called up to the Helena Bighorns of the NAHL. Curtiss, a veteran of the CSHL, spent time playing for the Metro Jets and Peoria Mustangs before heading home to play for the Jr. Generals this year.

In 23 games this year, Curtiss has scored seven goals added to 18 assists for 25 points from the blue line. He was also named the CSHL's Defensive Player of the Month for November.

"The Helena Bighorns called and told Greg they could really use him," Joe Schippono, team manager for Flint, said. "What do you do? We are in the middle of what could be a very good season for our club. To lose a player like Greg hurts, but we are here to promote our players to the next level. No matter what, that's our goal. As a club we wish Curtiss the best. Maybe some people will realize Junior B hockey is a great stepping stone for these kids to get to college or Junior A."

The Peoria Mustangs found out over the weekend that their captain would not be returning to Peoria, unless it's for a visit, for the rest of the season. Brett Englebright was called up before the holiday break by the Traverse City North Stars of the NAHL. Peoria head coach Kevin Lune has been told that Englebright is there to stay.

"Brett has been a pleasure to coach," Lune said. "Brett has worked so hard this year. We are happy for him."

Steve Popp of the Motor City Chiefs became the third player, and first Chief, to be tendered for the 2006-07 season as the Bighorns have signed the 1987-born Popp for next season. He has notched an impressive 15 goals and 15 assists for 30 points in 28 games for the Chiefs this year.

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