Ryan Kinasewich Named Grizzlies CaptainOctober 17, 2008 - ECHL (ECHL) - Utah Grizzlies
Craig and Sanford will serve as assistants for home games until the all-star break and road games after while Verbeek and Gleed will have A's on their sweaters for road games until the all-star break and home games after.
"I had an idea about who I thought would be good leaders for this team and the team agreed with their votes," said Colley. "We want a core group of leaders, not just a captain and two assistants for our club. Everyone in our locker room will be holding themselves and others accountable."
Kinasewich enters his fourth season with Utah as the third-leading scorer in Grizzlies history with 91 goals and 113 assists for 204 points in 148 games. He set an all-time record for Grizzlies points in a game January 16, 2008 when he had one goal and five assists versus Phoenix. Utah acquired Kinasewich from Reading in October of 2005 in exchange for future considerations.
Verbeek is the only player classified as a veteran on the Grizzlies with 444 total professional games played. Sanford and Craig both enter their third seasons with Utah and Jon Gleed was a member of the Cincinnati Cyclones club last year that won the ECHL's Kelly Cup Championship.
The Grizzlies open the 2008-2009 season Saturday, October 18 at Idaho. The home opening weekend for Utah is Friday and Saturday, October 24 and 25 versus Alaska at the E-Center.
The Utah Grizzlies, of the ECHL, celebrate their 15th anniversary season in 2008-2009. Owned and operated by the Elmore Sports Group, the Grizzlies enter their second season and sixth overall as an affiliate of the New York Islanders. South Jordan resident and former Islander Kevin Colley enters his first season as the Grizzlies Head Coach and Director of Hockey Operations after serving as Jason Christie's Assistant Coach in 2007-2008 as the team advanced to the National Conference Finals. The Grizzlies play all home games at the E-Center of West Valley City, which hosted hockey during the 2002 Winter Olympics.
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