Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Cam Severson from the Calgary Flames for defenseman Cale Hulse.

The Columbus Blue Jackets got a little bit tougher Tuesday, acquiring center Cam Severson from the Calgary Flames for defenseman Cale Hulse.
The 28-year-old Severson has 101 points and 889 penalty minutes in 319 career American Hockey League games, including 13 goals, seven assists and 146 penalty minutes in 54 games for the Omaha Ak-Sar Ben Knights this season.
Severson has three goals and 58 penalty minutes in 33 career NHL games. He last played in the league with the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim in the 2003-04 season.
"Cam is a big, physical forward who plays with a lot of grit and will add some size and toughness to our group of forwards," Blue Jackets president and general manager Doug MacLean said.

Monday, February 27, 2006

Fighting in hockey

From this fan's perspective, fighting is part of what makes a hockey game such a thrilling event to watch. More importantly, any hockey veteran will tell you that fighting is central to the sport.
Dartmouth standouts Tanner Glass '07 and Grant Lewis '07 explain that fighting is ultimately about accountability on the ice. "It allows the players to police the game themselves," Glass said. "A chippy player skating around throwing sticks and elbows will get the crap beat out of him, so it creates consequences for stupid play."
I've heard plenty of people in the stands complain about hockey games getting "ruined" by fights, but Glass and Lewis help put its necessity in perspective. Hockey is a vigilante sport where the players keep each other accountable for every move on the ice. Unlike football or basketball where that burden lies on the referee, the players are ultimately responsible for maintaining the balance.
Considering our safety-conscious culture, I imagine plenty would disagree with the fact that hockey needs fighting. Personally, I love the idea that hockey exists as a renegade sport, resisting the forces that would like to see players clean up their image and place more importance on a good haircut than missing teeth.

Friday, February 24, 2006

Marc Denis trade or not

The Capitals’ Olaf Kolzig and the Blue Jackets’ Marc Denis are both likely staying put, and Jose Theodore’s broken heel has effectively taken him off the Canadiens’ trade block as well. St. Louis’ Patrick Lalime could be had for cheap if any team was interested, the Thrashers have a bunch of second- and third-tier goalies knocking around in the minor leagues, and Chicago wouldn’t likely hold up any deal for expensive and injured Nikolai Khabibulin.

Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Platt and other quick juniors

While some despaired over the doom and gloom of last season NHL lockout, Platt, albeit in hindsight, could have not have benefited better thanks to all the rule changes that came along with the league return. Before the new rules this season Platt was not a desirable player. He was too small, light, not very physical and wasn't playing for a winning team. But now, those that passed on Platt find that the speedy Crunch center with the quick shot is just what they were searching for and Platt finds himself in the right place, at the right time. The game changed, said Agnew. debunkingsemen can't get a stick on these speedy guys and slow them down. Thats why Platt and other quick juniors have found a home this year and are in such a high demand to fill out teams rosters. As a player and a person I felt I was ready to take that step to the professional ranks, Platt said. I really turned down money to play professional this year with the school package that was offered. I needed to take the step because I felt I wouldn't develop and progress as a player any further in juniors. I don't regret one decision I have made this year.

Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Columbus Blue Jackets

The Columbus Blue Jackets have actually played well of late.

This was fairly predictable. The Blue Jackets got Rick Nash back from his injury woes, and Sergei Fedorov has started to fit in with his new team. Plus, the Columbus brass acted decisively to publicly buy into the plan by signing Doug MacLean to a contract extension, giving further credence to the notion that the team believes it is headed in the right direction. The Jackets' terrible start to the season has scuttled their chances to make the playoffs this year, but if they can build fan interest in the team the rest of the year, and have some momentum going into the off season, they'll be a playoff contender next season.

Columbus Blue Jackets winger Rick Nash

Gretzky is calling on his veterans to "calm the waters," but also for his young stars to lift the veterans, just as Jarome Iginla, Eric Brewer, Ed Jovanovski lit a spark in 2002.

Rick Nash gets it.

"We're not finishing," said Nash, the young Columbus Blue Jackets winger who performed brilliantly for Canada at the world championships last years.
Nash was probably lumping Dany Heatley and Joe Thornton in with him as frustrated snipers. No Canadian scorer has more than three points in four games. Heatley, Shane Doan and Jarome Iginla have two goals each, all scored against Italy and Germany.
At Monday's practice, Heatley was playing on a line with Brad Richards and Kris Draper, an indication Quinn has given up on the Vincent Lecavalier-Heatley duo.
Nash and Todd Bertuzzi were flanking Thornton, Joe Sakic centered Simon Gagne and Iginla and Lecavalier was with Ryan Smyth and Martin St. Louis.
"That's our job to finish and score some goals," Nash said. "Once we do that, it takes the pressure off everybody."
In the mixed zone of Palasport Olympico, as reporters awaited Gretzky's pass through, an American writer joked that things were so bad with Gretzky's hockey team, he might now only want to accept gambling questions.

Monday, February 20, 2006

Rick Nash says he's fine

NASH IS OK: Rick Nash says he's fine. A high ankle sprain kept him out earlier this season but the Columbus Blue Jackets winger reminded a reporter he hasn't been too bad since he returned.

"I don't think it's an issue," said Nash. "I came back and I scored 17 goals in 30 games. I feel comfortable. I'm sure if I wasn't at the top of my game (physically) then I wouldn't be playing here."

Friday, February 17, 2006

unrestricted free agents Luke Richardson, Cale Hulse and Jan Hrdina

The Blue Jackets have been a very good team of late, and everything on deadline day depends on their spot in the standings. If the Jackets are active, reports say unrestricted free agents Luke Richardson, Cale Hulse and Jan Hrdina - who combine for more than $4 million US in salary could be shipped off for a top-six forward. Forget the Marc Denis trade rumours, as GM Doug MacLean has already said the netminder won't be traded.

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Brampton's Rick Nash and Jason Spezza

The roster, which includes Brampton's Rick Nash and Jason Spezza, (as a reserve), gathered Monday at Mississauga Iceland Arena for its first practice before flying to Italy later that night. Nash, a third-year player with the Columbus Blue Jackets, is representing Canada for the fourth time in international competition and says despite the pressure that Canadians face it is always something special. "There's so many great players out there it's just a privilege and an honour to be part of it,'' he said. Nash described going to the Olympics as a "dream come true''. At the 2005 World Championships, Nash was named to the all-star team as he helped Canada to a silver medal. At the tournament he played on a line with Simon Gagne and Joe Thornton and Team Canada head coach Pat Quinn had that trio working together during the opening workout. Although Quinn said no final decisions had been made on lines, Nash said he would not mind if that line remained intact. "We have some chemistry together,'' said Nash.

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Wade Redden paired with Adam Foote

Pronger's defence partner with Canada, Rob Blake of the Colorado Avalanche, also endured a recent health scare. But Blake, who tweaked a groin against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Friday, also declared himself fit.
"I played (Sunday night) in Detroit and had no problems whatsoever," Blake said.
The losses of Pronger and Blake would have been close to disastrous for Canada, given the absences of Scott Niedermayer and Ed Jovanovski, who are injured. There might be good depth for Canada, but Bryan McCabe and Jay Bouwmeester, the replacements for Niedermayer and Jovanovski, are not equally as good.
At practice yesterday, coach Pat Quinn also had Wade Redden paired with Adam Foote, and Bouwmeester with Robyn Regehr. McCabe was with taxi-squad member Dan Boyle and will be the seventh defenceman, but Quinn said he plans on using all seven.

Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Bluejackets winning streak over

Todd Bertuzzi, Anson Carter, Markus Naslund, Mattias Ohlund and Daniel Sedin each had a goal and an assist in Vancouver's 7-4 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets at GM Place. Sedin and Naslund scored on the power play less than three minutes apart in the third period to thwart a Columbus comeback. Josh Green and Todd Linden also scored for the Canucks, who tied a season-high with five power-play goals, on the way to their sixth consecutive home win. Henrik Sedin and Kevin Bieksa each had two assists, while Alex Auld stopped 29 shots for the Canucks. Rick Nash scored twice but was denied on a penalty shot attempt for Columbus, which had its franchise-record five-game winning streak broken. Rostislav Klesla had a goal and an assist, and David Vyborny had three assists for the Blue Jackets.

Sunday, February 05, 2006

MacLean is in a position to do with the roster

MacLean is in a position to do with the roster as much, or as little, as he wishes. He has seven potential unrestricted free agents and the salary cap is expected to rise. This gives him flexibility.
MacLean has indicated that, of the seven potential unrestricteds, four are a priority — defenseman Radoslav Suchy, center Manny Malhotra and right wingers David Vyborny and Trevor Letowski. These are guys MacLean wants to keep
In the meantime, Richardson, Hulse and Hrdina have to be considered tradable material. (Everyone is, save Nash, when you come right down to it). A number of teams are casting about for defensive depth, and Hulse is a prime candidate to be moved before the March 9 trade deadline. Richardson — former captain, good soldier and dedicated central Ohioan — may not want to be sent away for another team’s stretch run. In any event, he will be consulted, a courtesy he deserves. As for Hrdina, it will be interesting to see whether he continues to play himself into another contract here or gets a handshake and another crack at the market.

Lets hope he does not trade away all the talent again.

Saturday, February 04, 2006

Four Blujackets headed for Olympics

Four Columbus Blue Jackets hockey players are gearing up to head to Turin, Italy, to chase Olympic gold -- for three different teams.
Radoslav Suchy is a journeyman defenseman from a small city in Slovakia. He says playing in the Olympics has been his dream since he was a little kid.
Rick Nash and Adam Foote are both from the Toronto area.
Foote has already won an Olympic gold medal, but he says he's never forgotten that thrill of pulling on a Team Canada jersey for the first time.
David Vyborny is from a city of 50-thousand people that lies in the heart of the Czech Republic. He says he knows that his every move on the Olympic stage will be scrutinized by his country's fervent fans.
The Games of the 20th Winter Olympics will open on Friday.

Friday, February 03, 2006

New rules in the NHL / is it getting old?

Overall league attendance has been setting records month after month and ratings have increased over years past.
Rookie sensations Sidney Crosby and Alexander Ovechkin - along with new rules aimed at increasing action have rekindled interest in the fledgling league.
One of the bigger changes wasn't a change at all. The NHL promised a zero tolerance policy for hooking, holding, tripping, slashing, cross checking and interference. Players who use their stick or free hand to slow any opposing player will be penalized. The NHL needed to end the grappling, wrestling and bear-hugging that sucks the speed and skill from the game.
Combined with the removal of two-line passes, the implementation of tag-up offsides, reducing the size of the neutral zone, and reducing the size of goalie equipment, the NHL product has become more exciting and fast-paced. So far, so good.
Hockey is a team game, not a series of breakaways. Players have to earn scoring chances by outworking and out-skating opponents, and while exciting, the addition of the shootout is a novelty that will wear off once fans have seen enough of them.
One og the things I noticed that way to many ticky tack penalties are being called.

Columbus Bluejackets

Rick Nash is the game’s best young power forward. Nikolai Zherdev is emerging as one of the NHL’s most explosive young forwards. Defenseman Rostislav Klesla is a building block, too. Jarsoslav Balastik could do what David Vyborny has done for Columbus -– develop into a nightly scoring threat.
How did the Blue Jackets finally make it? It took years of good drafting. Klesa came fourth overall in 2000. Goaltender Pascal Leclaire, still a prospect, was picked eighth overall in 2001. Nash was the first overall pick in 2002. Zherdev came fourth overall in 2003.
We’re still waiting to see what top picks Alexandre Picard (eighth overall, 2004) and Gilbert Brule (sixth overall, 2005) will do. But with all these very high picks, the Blue Jackets may grow a base similar to what the Quebec Nordiques built before moving to Colorado.
And we all saw how that turned out.
MacLean had to supplement those blue chippers by acquiring key veterans along the trail, like Vyborny (a free agent signed out of the Czech Republic), goaltender Marc Denis, defenseman Bryan Berard and defenseman Adam Foote,Federoff.

Dan Fritsche’s going to play a lot of games in the NHL

Center Ben Simon, 27, was recalled from Syracuse to take Fritsche’s spot on the fourth line, between Jody Shelley and Steven Goertzen.
It’s Simon’s second stint this season with the Jackets. He played 6:14 in a 2-1 shootout win over Calgary on Wednesday.
"There’s not a whole lot different between Fritsche and Simon," Gallant said, "except that Fritsche’s 20 years old.
"Dan Fritsche’s going to play a lot of games in the NHL, there’s no doubt about that. It’s just that right now this is best for him. He needs to play."
Fritsche, a Parma native, could return to the Blue Jackets after the Olympic break. He will play for the Crunch today in Cleveland.

Thursday, February 02, 2006

Bluejackets looking for talent NHL-caliber talent in the NCAA

Over their first five years as a franchise, the Columbus Blue Jackets have not had good luck in identifying NHL-caliber talent in the NCAA. In fact, only three former college alums currently skate on the Columbus ice, and only one of them, defenseman Duvie Wescott, was developed in-house by the Blue Jackets.
Does any member of the current class of Blue Jacket NCAA prospects have a chance at making an impact on the Nationwide Arena ice? Of the seven current collegians, none have the appearance of developing into an NHL regular at this stage of their amateur careers.
Jeff Genovy -- Clarkson University, Senior, 6’3, 202 lbs.
A highly-touted prospect when Columbus made him their fourth pick in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft (third round, 96th overall), forward Jeff Genovy has developed into a strong, powerful two-way forward in his final season with the Clarkson Golden Knights of the ECACHL. Following seasons of 13, nine and seven points, the big winger has begun to round out his physical game with the scoring touch he displayed in his single season of action in the USHL, posting the highest totals of his collegiate career with seven goals and 13 assists over the first 24 games of the Knights 2005-06 campaign.
Jekabs Redlihs -- Boston University, Senior, 6’2, 182 lbs.
Cut from the same cloth as fellow Riga, Latvia native and current Colorado defenseman Karlis Skastins, Jekabs Redlihs is a large, gritty stay-at-home defenseman for the Boston University Terriers. Manning the blue line for the same Terrier squad as McGuirk, Redlihs is preparing to finish off a collegiate career shortened by injury. Never a consistent scoring threat, Redlihs has seen his point totals drop off significantly from a career high four-goal, 16-assist freshman campaign. Redlihs followed that up with a six-point sophomore year cut short by a broken collarbone, and a somewhat disappointing one-point effort in his 40-game junior season.

Blue Jackets defenseman Bryan Berard accepted a two-year suspension

Blue Jackets defenseman Bryan Berard accepted a two-year suspension from international competition for taking a banned steroid, the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency said Friday.
Since the test Berard failed wasn't part of NHL testing, he won't be subject to league discipline.
A sample taken from Berard on Nov. 12 tested positive for 19-norandrosterone, a steroid that helps athletes add strength and muscle and lose weight. The sample was collected after his name was submitted by USA Hockey as a potential Olympic participant.
"No question, I'm embarrassed about it,'' Berard said after practice Friday. "There's nothing I can do about it now, other than accepting what I've done. We'll learn from it, it was a mistake and it won't happen again.''
The suspension began Jan. 3, the day Berard accepted a provisional suspension, USADA said.
"Mr. Berard's eligibility for play in the National Hockey League is not impacted by this positive drug test,'' Daly said. "We are confident that with the introduction of our new collectively-bargained performance enhancing substances Program, including the educational, testing and penalty elements that are part of that program, the use of banned substances by any NHL players will be eradicated in short order.''

Where is Fritcshe I want him back

The Columbus Blue Jackets brought forward Ben Simon up from their American Hockey League affiliate in Syracuse, N.Y., on Monday and sent down forward Dan Fritsche.
Simon has 11 goals and 11 assists in 40 games with the Crunch this season, including three power-play goals and three short-handed goals. He has played 73 NHL games in his career, including five games with Columbus this season, totaling three goals, an assist and 43 penalty minutes with the Blue Jackets and the Atlanta Thrashers.
Fritsche, a second-round pick in the 2003 draft, had two goals in the Blue Jackets' opener but has just once since and missed four games in October with an ankle injury. He also has five assists this season.
He played 19 games with Columbus in 2003-2004, picking up one goal, and spent last season with Sarnia and London of the Ontario Hockey League, totaling 18 goals and 19 assists in 30 games.

Jackets beat Oilers in shoot out

Both teams have winning streaks on the line as the Edmonton Oilers host the Columbus Blue Jackets at Rexall Place.
Edmonton is coming off an impressive road swing against Pacific Division teams. The Oilers claimed wins over the Anaheim Mighty Ducks, Los Angeles Kings and Phoenix Coyotes to move within five points of the first-place Calgary Flames in the Northwest Division.

Klesla took an accidental highstick

Three minutes into the game, Klesla took an accidental highstick to the face from teammate Adam Foote when they converged for hits on the same Predator.
Klesla lay face-first on the ice for a few moments before skating off to the dressing room.
"Nothing was wrong with the eye, so I was all right," Klesla said. "It took a few stitches, which is OK."
The area surrounding Klesla’s left eye was a puffy mixture of green and black after the game.
Just above his cheek was an inch-long cut with two stitches holding it together.

Vyborny player of the week

The NHL honored the right winger for his two-goal, five-assist output in three victories last week.
"It’s always nice to be named player of the week," Vyborny said after practice yesterday morning. "I think it’s for the whole team and how we’ve played better."
Vyborny had three assists in a 6-5 victory over Vancouver last Tuesday. He added two assists in a 4-3 victory over Minnesota on Friday. Against Nashville the next night, Vyborny scored two goals, including the winner, in a 4-3 victory.
In his past 11 games, he has eight goals and eight assists. The Blue Jackets won eight of those games.
Vyborny attributed much of his success to the continuity of playing on a line with fellow Czechs Jan Hrdina and Jaroslav Balastik, though Rick Nash replaced Balastik late in the victory Saturday.

Doug MacLean Bluejackets

Doug MacLean and his handpicked staff will have at least one more year to show that they’ve turned around a Columbus Blue Jackets team that hasn’t been beyond middling since it hit the ice in fall 2000.
Negotiations on a new deal for MacLean, the team president and general manager, are 90 percent complete, team owner John H. McConnell said yesterday. It will be a one-year contract, renewable annually.
MacLean’s current contract is to expire this summer, as will those of more than 20 officials in the hockey operations department — including assistant GM Jim Clark, coach Gerard Gallant and his assistants, and all of the full-time scouts.

Go Jackets another win

Adam Foote scored a short-handed goal in overtime to hand the Predators their first loss of the season, 3-2 in front of 15,110 at Nationwide Arena on Wednesday night.

Referee"s ya got to love em

Now thats funny LOL

Get rid of the goons in hockey

Couldn't the NHL make one itsy-bitsy, teeny-weeny concession to law and order, though? Get rid of the goons -- those guys who aren't very good players at all, but who are assigned a place on the team only to attack good players. Everybody knows who they are. They could be outlawed as sure as baseball eliminated spitball pitchers. Then, if you got rid of the goons and a few fights between normal players broke out spontaneously, people like me could enjoy a fight with a clean conscience. Well, all right, just a slightly smudged conscience.

More hockey fights needed

There's no law that specifically exempts athletes from being prosecuted for assaults that occur during competition, so it's theoretically possible that a prosecutor could file charges every time a winger gets cross-checked or sucker punched. However, there's a gentleman's agreement of sorts that exists between professional sports leagues and the authorities: As long as the NHL polices itself, and metes out fines and suspensions to offenders, prosecutors generally leave it alone
Both sides prefer it that way: the NHL because it doesn't want the courts interfering with its business, and prosecutors because guilty verdicts would be few and far between. "Implied consent" is an accepted defense against assault charges, and it's clear that NHL players realize that serious roughhousing is part of their job. Many simple assault cases also depend on the willingness of victims to press charges, and few if any pro hockey players want to carry their on-ice feuds into the courts.

Columbus Blue Jackets put out the Flames

CALGARY, Alberta (AP) -- Columbus Blue Jackets coach Gerard Gallant gave Marc Denis a rare start in consecutive start. It turned out to be a good decision. Denis made 36 saves during the game then added two more clutch stops in the shootout to lead Columbus to a 2-1 victory aagainst the Calgary Flames on Wednesday night.
The shootout was over quickly thanks to goals by Jaroslav Balastik and Rick Nash, the first two Columbus shooters, and Denis' stops on Tony Amonte and Jarome Iginla.
''I'm a big fan of the shootout right now because I'm 2-0 and I've stopped all five shots I've seen,'' said Denis, who has won his last five starts. Especially gratifying to Denis was clinching the win with a stop on Iginla.
''I was glad I could face one of the best players in the NHL 1-on-1 to decide the game, that's a thrill right there,'' said Denis, who had been alternating starts with rookie Pascal Leclaire the past month. ''That's why the shootout is such a big deal with the fans and that's why I think the players are fans of it too.''
Nikolai Zherdev scored for the Blue Jackets, winners of nine of their last 12.
Iginla scored the lone goal for Calgary, which has lost four of their its last five and had its six-game home winning streak snapped. It was the Flames' second straight shootout loss.
''It doesn't feel good losing two in shootouts,'' said Iginla. ''We just couldn't find that second goal in regulation tonight.''
Iginla had a great chance to win it overtime but with Denis down and unable to reach the rebound of Iginla's initial shot, the Flames captain fired the puck off Denis' pad.
''Denis made a good save on that one in overtime,'' Iginla said. ''Obviously I probably should have chipped it up. It would have been nice to see that one go in.''
Calgary also had a power-play in overtime when Columbus forward David Vyborny was penalized for tripping giving the Flames just their second power-play opportunity of the game. However, the Flames could not convert the 4-on-3.
''It was a good test for us tonight,'' Columbus' Sergei Fedorov said. ''We were a patient team, we stayed with the program, and we played well defensively.''
Zherdev tied the game 1-1 at 16:43 of the second period, taking advantage of a pair of bad breaks for the Flames.
Defensemen Robyn Regehr and Rhett Warrener were both whistled for delay of game penalties 6 seconds apart for accidentally shooting the puck over the glass. With 6 seconds left in the two-man advantage, Zherdev was set up at the faceoff dot by Rostislav Klesla and he one-timed a low slap shot inside the near post before goalie Miikka Kiprusoff could slide across the crease.
''I don't think they were careless,'' Sutter said about the penalties. ''They were under pressure and if it hits one inch down then its out of the zone and they were both trying to ice the puck.''
Back home after a five-game road trip, Calgary started fast jumping out to a 1-0 lead 5:26 into the first period. Iginla raced down the right wing and zipped a wrist shot from 30 feet out into
the top corner.

Columbus Blue Jackets brief history

The Columbus Blue Jackets were named after the many Civil War combatants who hailed from Ohio, which contributed more of its population to the Union Army than any other state.
The city of Columbus was awarded their NHL expansion franchise in June of 1997. It was a risky venture, making inroads into a city that is recognized as one of the most fervent college football bastions in the country.
Nationwide Arena was financed by private investors through Nationwide Insurance, and the stadium was built in downtown Columbus, one of the nicest middle-sized cities in the NHL.
Unlike most expansion teams, the Blue Jackets had their franchise's finest season in its inaugural year. Since then, they've struggled mightily, although not for lack of fan support. The Columbus faithful are loud and heavily partisan, which makes a night out at Nationwide Arena a lot of fun.
inaugural season: 2000-2001
Number of years in the league: Four
Number of times in the playoffs: None
Final appearances: None
Stanley Cups: None
Best season: 2000-2001 (28-39-9-6, 71 points)
Worst season: 2001-2002 (22-47-8-5, 57 points)
Number of coaches: Three
Best coach: Dave King (2000-2002)
Worst coach: Probably Doug MacLean (2002-2003), the general manager, who took over the reins after he fired King in 2002. It's not so much that MacLean was a bad coach, but the Blue Jackets struggled during his reign behind the bench, and I've never liked the notion that the GM can be an effective bench coach.
Best captain: Lyle Odelein (2000-2002)
Worst captain: Ray Whitney (2002-2003)
Best trade: On March 13, 2001, the Blue Jackets traded center Kevyn Adams and a fourth-round draft pick to Florida for Ray Whitney and future considerations. Whitney went on to have two great seasons for Columbus, while Adams has had a mediocre career.
Worst trade: They haven't really made a terrible trade yet.
Best first-round draft pick: Rick Nash (2002)
Worst first round draft pick: Rostislav Klesla (2000)
Loves to play: New York Islanders (5-0-1-0)
Hates to play: Colorado (1-14-1-0)
Ten best players: Ray Whitney, Geoff Sanderson, Andrew Cassels, Marc Denis, Ron Tugnutt, Rick Nash, Espen Knutsen, David Vyborny, Mike Sillinger, Tyler Wright