Playoff Roster Announced - Farynuk, Almtorp, Goulet Return From Springfield
STOCKTON, Calif. - The Stockton Thunder, the ECHL affiliate of the National Hockey League's Edmonton Oilers and American Hockey League's Springfield Falcons, announced all-star defenseman and captain Brad Farynuk (FAR-nick), center Jonas Almtorp (YO-nas) and right wing Stephane Goulet (Goo-LAY) have been reassigned to the Thunder from Springfield.
The roster moves complete the team's 22-man playoff roster, which was due to the ECHL league office at Noon PT on Monday. Additionally, it was announced right wing Ryan MacMurchy (concussion) and center Joel Stepp (leg) will miss the remainder of the season due to injury.
In 28 games with the Thunder this season, Farynuk had 15 points (3g-12a) and 41 penalty minutes before being recalled to Springfield on January 25. Farynuk was selected to the 2008 ECHL All-Star Game and helped guide the National Conference to a 10-7 win at Stockton Arena, the first all-star selection of his career.
The 6-foot, 210-pound defenseman and Thunder captain played in 20 games with Springfield this year, tallying four assists with 18 penalty minutes and split his 2006-07 rookie season between the ECHL's Dayton Bombers and AHL's Syracuse Crunch, scoring 24 points (4g-20a) with 62 penalty minutes in 63 games.
Farynuk helped guide Dayton to a berth in the Kelly Cup Finals and the American Conference's North Division title (37-26-9 record, 83 points) last season, tying for the ECHL lead in scoring among defenseman for the Kelly Cup Playoffs with 16 points (4g-12a) in 22 games. Farynuk ended the ninth longest game in ECHL history (101:23) in game one of last year's American Conference Final, scoring the Bombers' game-winning goal at the 1:23 mark of triple-overtime in a 4-3 Dayton win over the Florida Everblades. Almtorp, 24, has totaled 17 points (7g-10a) in 27 games with the Thunder this season. A fourth round selection (111th overall) of the Oilers in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft, Almtorp has appeared in 37 games at the AHL level with Springfield, scoring four points (2g-2a) and registering 18 penalty minutes.
Goulet, 22, has scored 14 points (4g-10a) in 12 games with the Thunder this season and had a nine game scoring streak this season. A seventh round selection (208th overall) of the Oilers in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft, Goulet has scored 14 points (9g-5a) in 36 games with Springfield this season and has registered 22 penalty minutes. Last season, the 6-foot-3, 208-pound forward had 40 points (17g-23a) in 69 games with 58 penalty minutes for Stockton in his rookie year and ranked fourth on the team in points (40) and goals (17).
STOCKTON THUNDER PLAYOFF ROSTER: Goaltenders (2): Tim Boron, Glenn Fisher Defensemen (7): Mark Adamek, Sebastien Bisaillon, Phil Cole, Joe Dustin, Brad Farynuk, Brian Lee, Tim O'Connell Forwards (13): Jonas Almtorp, Stephane Goulet, Adam Huxley, Fredrik Johansson, Luke Lynes, Jacob Micflikier, Lance Monych, Ryan O'Marra*, Geoff Paukovich, David Rohlfs, Brandon Schwartz, Tim Verbeek, Tom Zanoski
* Denotes currently on recall to the Springfield Falcons (AHL)
# GOALTENDERS (2) POS HT WT GLOVE HOMETOWN BIRTHDATE 28 FISHER, Glenn G 6-1 190 L Edmonton, Alberta 4/25/1983 30 BORON, Tim G 6-0 177 L Winnipeg, Manitoba 5/22/1983
# SKATERS (20) POS HT WT SHOOT HOMETOWN BIRTHDATE 6 COLE, Phil # # D 6-4 197 L Winnipeg, Manitoba 9/6/1986 7 SCHWARTZ, Brandon C 5-11 195 L St. Cloud, Minn. 8/3/1981 9 MICFLIKIER, Jacob LW 5-8 180 L Winnipeg, Manitoba 7/11/1984 10 JOHANSSON, Fredrik C 5-11 178 L Munkedal, Sweden 2/27/1984 11 PAUKOVICH, Geoff C 6-4 215 L Englewood, Colo. 4/24/1986 12 HUXLEY, Adam LW 6-0 200 L Wainwright, Alberta11/4/1983 14 ALMTORP, Jonas C 6-1 190 L Uppsala, Sweden 11/17/1983 16 ROHLFS, David RW 6-3 234 R Northville, Michigan 6/4/1984 17 GOULET, Stephane RW 6-3 200 L Levis, Quebec 1/7/1986 18 LEE, Brian D 6-2 210 L Berrien Springs,Mich.7/5/1984 20 MONYCH, Lance RW 6-2 203 R Winnipeg, Manitoba 7/25/1984 21 O'CONNELL, Tim D 6-3 225 L Grand Forks, N.D. 10/26/1977 22 O'MARRA, Ryan (SPR) C 6-1 193 R Mississauga, Ont. 6/9/1987 23 ZANOSKI, Tom LW 5-11 185 L Brampton, Ontario 3/3/1984 25 LYNES, Luke LW 6-0 185 L Ellicott City, Md. 11/28/1987 26 DUSTIN, Joe D 6-0 210 L Vadnais Heights, Minn.11/28/1979 27 BISAILLON, Sebastien D 6-2 200 R Mont-Laurier, PQ 12/8/1986 32 VERBEEK, Tim RW 5-11 205 L Sarnia, Ontario 10/5/1979 44 FARYNUK, Brad D 6-0 210 L Enderby, B.C. 1/22/1982 55 ADAMEK, Mark D 6-3 210 R Hollister, Calif. 5/2/1982
KEY: # # # Denotes 30-day injured reserve # # Denotes 7-day injured reserve # Denotes 3-day injured reserve (SPR) Denotes on recall to Springfield (AHL)
KELLY CUP PLAYOFF ROSTER GUIDELINES For professional players who have played for any professional team in 2007-08 and former professional players to be named to a team's playoff roster, they must have played (i.e. taken at least one shift) in five regular season ECHL games.
Players on two-way contracts with American Hockey League teams must have played (i.e. taken at least one shift) in five regular season AHL games in order to be named to a team's playoff roster. Veteran players on two-way contracts with AHL teams must have played (i.e. taken at least one shift) in 10 regular season AHL games. Players on two-way AHL contracts who are bought out or released from their contract during the season are still subject to the minimum playing requirement. Players on NHL contracts and one-way AHL contracts are exempt from the rule as are goaltenders. Each team is allowed two players who are on two-way contracts with AHL teams that are exempt from the rule.
ECHL teams must submit their Kelly Cup Playoff roster to the League Office by 3 p.m. ET on Monday.
The maximum number of players allowed on a playoff roster is 23. Playoff rosters will consist of a 20-man active roster and those players who are on injured reserve or recalled. Players who are on recall to the NHL or the AHL at the playoff roster deadline that a team wishes to have eligible to play must be named to the 23-man playoff roster. If a player is recalled off a team's active roster during the playoffs, he may be moved to inactive status or replaced with a player whose injured reserve time has been completed or by a player returning from a recall.
More information on Kelly Cup Playoff roster guidelines can be found by visiting ECHL.com.
The Thunder opens the Kelly Cup Playoffs in game 1 of the National Conference Quarterfinals against the Las Vegas Wranglers, beginning on Friday, April 11 at 7:05 p.m. from Orleans Arena.
The Thunder has led the ECHL in attendance for three consecutive seasons and drew 239,337 fans to Stockton Arena in 2007-08. Season tickets for 2008-09 and 2008 Kelly Cup Playoff ticket packages and individual tickets are now on sale. For more information about tickets, merchandise, or other inquiries contact the Stockton Thunder offices at (209) 373-1500 or visit www.stocktonthunder.com.
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