Category:Bloomington PrairieThunder players
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The following 19 pages are in this category, out of 19 total, this list may not reflect recent changes (learn more).
The following 19 pages are in this category, out of 19 total, this list may not reflect recent changes (learn more).
1. Bloomington PrairieThunder – The Bloomington PrairieThunder was a minor league professional ice hockey team based in Bloomington, Illinois. They were a member of the Central Hockey League in the Turner Conference, the team was originally a member of the United Hockey League prior to its merger into the CHL in 2010. They played their games at the U. S. On September 12,1999, John Butler and Mike Nelson, on August 18,2004, ground was broken for the $37-million U. S. Cellular Coliseum, the arena that would become the home of the PrairieThunder, on September 20,2005, the United Hockey League awarded John Butler and Mike Nelson a membership to obtain a franchise. On February 1,2006, a contest was announced to name the new franchise and on February 23,2006. PrairieThunder refers to a train called The Prairie Thunder that passed through Bloomington in its early history, on July 20,2006 the PrairieThunder unveiled their new team logo which features a charging bison smashing its hooves into a sheet of ice. The teams colors are navy, silver, old gold, October 13,2006, the PrairieThunder played their first game in franchise history against the Muskegon Lumberjacks. October 14,2006, the PrairieThunder play their first home game at the U. S, Cellular Coliseum against the Fort Wayne Komets. This was also the PrairieThunders first franchise regular season win as they won the contest 4-2 before a crowd of 5,102, andre Neic scored the first goal at the US Cellular Coliseum at 4,20 in the first period. February 17,2007, Trevor Baker records the first hat trick in franchise history, january 27,2007, Largest crowd in team history 5,488 Jan. 12,2008, Rookie goalie Loic Lacasse posts first shutout in history in 2-0 win over Port Huron at U. S. April 5,2008, PrairieThunder establish a professional league record at all levels by scoring four goals in a 35-second span during the first period in a 9-4 win at Flint. Scoring the goals were Jon Booras, John Nail, Neil Clark, July 12,2008, PrairieThunder defenseman Rob Guinn killed in auto accident in Iowa. This led the team to him on their jerseys and the ice during the 2008-2009 season. December 27,2008, PrairieThunder center Don Parsons breaks the minor league goals scored record by an American player with his 678th. December 3,2009, PrairieThunder re-sign Erie Otters forward Michael Liambas following his suspension from the OHL for severely injuring Kitchener Rangers defenceman Ben Fanelli. June 1,2010, The IHL makes major announcement that the IHL-CHL will merge for the 2010-2011 season along with four teams from the IHL
2. United Hockey League – The league was headquartered in Rochester, Michigan, and in its last year, consisted of seven teams. It folded in 2010, with most of its teams joining the Central Hockey League, the Central Hockey League teams still operating in 2014 were then added to ECHL. The only former UHL/IHL teams still active as of 2017 are the Quad City Mallards, Elmira Jackals, Fort Wayne Komets, and Kalamazoo Wings. The UHL was originally formed in 1991 as the Colonial Hockey League and had teams in Brantford, Ontario, Detroit, Michigan, Flint, Michigan, St. As time passed, the CoHL moved eastward, into places like Glens Falls, NY, Danbury, CT, Utica, NY, Binghamton, NY, and Richmond, VA. During that expansion, the league was renamed United Hockey League, the 2006–07 season was the last season of play for the league under the UHL name. Following the 2006–07 season, the league lost half of its ten teams, in June 2007 at the league’s annual meeting, the UHL announced that it was changing its name to the International Hockey League. Paul L. Pickard was named the first president and CEO of the new IHL, during that summer, the UHL headquarters moved from Lake St. Louis, Missouri to Rochester, Michigan. The UHLs rebranding was intended to evoke the original IHL, which had ceased operations in 2001, the Fort Wayne Komets were a longtime member of the original league while the Kalamazoo Wings and Flint Generals franchises were revived names of the original Kalamazoo and Flint IHL teams. The remaining two franchises from the leagues last season that were not absorbed into the CHL, the Flint Generals, dennis Hextall was named as the president and commissioner of the International Hockey League on September 2,2009. Hextall was preceded by Paul Pickard, who served as commissioner for the first two years of the renamed league, several UHL teams had affiliations with the National Hockey League, American Hockey League, and the All American Hockey League. The Colonial Cup was the championship trophy. The name was changed to the Turner Cup in 2007 to reflect the original IHLs championship trophy, also named the Turner Cup
3. Central Hockey League – The Central Hockey League was a North American mid-level minor professional ice hockey league which operated in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Until 2013, it was owned by Global Entertainment Corporation, at which point it was purchased by the franchise owners. As of the end of its season in 2014, three of the 30 National Hockey League teams had affiliations with the CHL, the Dallas Stars, Minnesota Wild. Several teams of defunct leagues joined the CHL along its history, including the Southern Hockey League, Western Professional Hockey League and International Hockey League. After two teams suspended operations during the 2014 offseason, the seven were accepted as members of the ECHL in October 2014. The Central Hockey League was revived in 1992 by Ray Miron, both men were from hockey backgrounds. Miron had been manager of the Colorado Rockies, and had briefly been president of the previous Central Hockey League in 1976. After Levins died, the championship trophy was renamed the Levins Cup. After running the league for eight years, Miron retired in 2000, the Levins Cup was renamed the Ray Miron Presidents Cup. However, several years of contraction in the former WPHL markets claimed most of these teams in the ensuing years. The last active former WPHL team, the Fort Worth Brahmas, subsequently, in 2010, the International Hockey League folded and all five remaining IHL teams joined the CHL. As of the end of the 2013–14 season only the Quad City Mallards remain from the former IHL, brad Treliving, who co-founded the WPHL in 1996, became CHL commissioner following the merger, before leaving to join the Phoenix Coyotes. Duane Lewis was named the permanent commissioner in June 2008, in October 2013, the CHL appointed former president of the Pittsburgh Penguins Steve Ryan to succeed Lewis. On March 8,2013, the Central Hockey League announced a team in Brampton. The Brampton Beast would become the first Canadian team in the CHLs history, in October 2013, the Central Hockey League was purchased from Global Entertainment by all the team owners, putting the CHL business model in line with that of the NHL and AHL. On May 2,2014 the St. Charles Chill ceased operations, soon after, the Arizona Sundogs and Denver Cutthroats suspended operations. On October 7,2014, it was announced that the ECHL would absorb the Central Hockey Leagues remaining seven teams to play for the 2014–15 season. The Thunder, RiverKings and Oilers are the last of the CHLs original teams playing today, Hockey Night in Dixie, Minor Pro Hockey in the American South
4. Sam Ftorek – Sam Ftorek is an American former professional ice hockey defenseman. He played the final 6 seasons of his career with the Kalamazoo Wings of the ECHL, on June 18,2015, Ftorek announced his retirement from professional hockey after 17 seasons and was announced as an assistant coach with the Kalamazoo Wings. On April 29,2016, after one season as an assistant coach in Kalamazoo and he is the son of former NHL player and coach Robbie Ftorek. Sam Ftorek career statistics at EliteProspects. com Sam Ftoreks career statistics at The Internet Hockey Database
5. Michael Liambas – Michael Liambas is a Canadian professional ice hockey defenceman. He currently plays with the Milwaukee Admirals in the American Hockey League while under contract with the Nashville Predators organization of the National Hockey League, Liambas grew up in Woodbridge, Ontario and is of Macedonian and Italian descent. Liambas began his hockey career in the Ontario Provincial Junior A Hockey League with the St. Michaels Buzzers. He joined the junior ranks in 2006–07 with the Erie Otters of the Ontario Hockey League. Liambas underwent hip surgery in December 2008 and was sidelined for much of the 2008–09 season. He appeared in just five games during his third OHL season before the injury, following the Otters elimination, he was signed to a professional contract with the Bloomington PrairieThunder of the IHL on March 31,2009. Liambas played the eight games of the 2008–09 season for the PrairieThunder, scoring one goal. During a game against the Kitchener Rangers on October 31,2009, Liambas delivered a highly controversial, as Liambas checked Fanelli into the boards behind the Rangers net, Fanellis head hit a metal partition in the glass, breaking and knocking off his helmet. Fanelli lay unconscious while twitching and foaming at the mouth before being rushed to the hospital in critical condition with skull, Liambas was reportedly in tears while seeing Fanelli on the ice and attempted to visit him in the hospital, but was not allowed in. Fanelli was released from Hamilton General Hospital a week later on November 6, four days after the hit, on November 4, Liambas was suspended by OHL commissioner David Branch for the remainder of the regular season and playoffs, effectively ending Liambas junior career. Branch cited the speed and distance to which Liambas skated to deliver the check and he commented that the suspension was responding to a need to take strong steps to. Send out the message to all our players and minor hockey players that we have to be, Otters general manager Sherwood Bassin was quick to come to Liambas defence following the suspension, expressing surprise at the severity of the penalty from Branch. Liambas expressed regret during the hearing for his hit and commented that he did not know if he could deliver bodychecks any more as a hockey player, having been suspended in his final year of junior eligibility, Liambas re-signed with the Bloomington Prairie Thunder on December 3,2009. The following year, Liambas was invited by the Toronto Maple Leafs to their rookie camp, Liambas then attended the Maple Leafs training camp on an amateur try-out contract. He was released from camp on September 23,2010, in October 2010, Liambas joined the hockey team at the University of British Columbia, where he studied Human Kinetics. Liambas re-signed with the Cyclones for the 2011–12 ECHL season on July 14,2011, the following season, Liambas appeared in only one game with the Cyclones before being traded to the Orlando Solar Bears on October 30,2012. On July 2,2015, Liambas was signed to his first NHL contract, agreeing to a one-year, at the conclusion of the season, Liambas was not tendered a qualifying offer to remain with the Blackhawks. As a free agent on July 3,2016, Liambas agreed to a one-year, marking a return to the affiliates of the Predators in the Milwaukee Admirals
6. Jeff MacMillan – Jeff MacMillan is a Canadian professional ice hockey player. At the height of his career he played for the Dallas Stars of the National Hockey League. MacMillan began his career in 1996, icing for the team the Oshawa Generals in the OHL. MacMillan stayed with the Generals for three years, making almost 170 appearances in that time and his solid defensive play combined with a reasonable offensive output for a defenceman meant that in the 1999 NHL entry draft, MacMillan was drafted in the seventh round by the Dallas Stars. MacMillan was sent to play for the Fort Wayne Komets in the UHL, where he played just seven games before being moved to the Michigan K-Wings, in the K-Wings last season as a Stars affiliate, MacMillan featured in 53 games. Due to the Stars ending their association with the K-Wings, MacMillan was then farmed to the Utah Grizzlies again in the IHL. He would stay in Salt Lake City for the four seasons. MacMillan was a cornerstone of the Grizzlies team, and featured in over 300 games during his stay there, MacMillans hard work and natural defensive qualities meant that during the 2003/04 season he also featured for the Dallas Stars themselves, and played four regular season NHL games. The following season, MacMillan was again relegated back down to the AHL, in his one season playing for Hartford he was again a key player, playing 71 times and clocking up 136 penalty minutes. MacMillan would play one season in the AHL in 2005/06. MacMillan proved to be a solid, physical defender for the Phoenix but struggled to find form, the Manchester defence was notably unreliable during the 2007/08 season and at the end of the season, head coach Hand made the decision to re-model the entire defence, releasing MacMillan. MacMillan and Fankhouser would again choose to sign for the club, agreeing to play for the Bloomington Prairie Thunder of the United Hockey League. Since his professional days, MacMillan has split his time between the Durham Thundercats of the WOAA Senior AA Hockey League and the Dundas Real McCoys of Allan Cup Hockey and he won the Allan Cup with Real McCoys in 2014. Jeff MacMillans career statistics at The Internet Hockey Database Jeff MacMillans biography at Legends of Hockey Fankhouser and MacMillan Sign For Prairie Thunder, The Raw Feed, 04/07/08
7. Greg Mauldin – Gregory M. Mauldin is an American professional ice hockey forward, currently playing for HC Fribourg-Gottéron of the National League A. In 2001 he moved on to UMass Amherst where he accumulated 94 points in 98 games, after three successful seasons with UMass he joined the Columbus Blue Jackets who had selected him with the 199th overall pick in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft. Mauldin made his NHL debut not long after the Ice Hockey East Championship and he played the 2004–05 season for the Syracuse Crunch, the Blue Jackets AHL affiliate, and finished 7th on the team in scoring with 27 points. During the 2005–06 season he was traded to the Minnesota Wild for defenceman Dustin Wood and he was then assigned to the Houston Aeros, the Wilds AHL affiliate. In the 2006–07 season, Mauldin initially played with Bloomington Prairie Thunder of the UHL, prior to the 2007–08 season, Mauldin attended the St. Louis Blues prospect development Camp. He was then signed to an agent contract by the Binghamton Senators of the AHL. Mauldin was then signed by parent club, the Ottawa Senators to a contract for the 2008–09 season but was reassigned to Binghamton for the year. On July 3,2009, Mauldin signed a contract with the New York Islanders. In the 2009–10 season he led the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, AHL affiliate of the Islanders and he made his brief Islanders debut in a 7-3 defeat to the Pittsburgh Penguins on April 8,2010, before returning to the Sound Tigers for a quarterfinal appearance in the playoffs. A free agent following the season, Mauldin signed a contract with the Colorado Avalanche on July 2,2010. After initially impressing at the Avalanches training camp, Mauldin was reassigned to AHL affiliate and he was named the second star of the game. Mauldin remained with the Avalanche for a career-high 29 games and 10 points before he was returned to help Lake Erie to their first post-season berth. In the 2011–12 season, Mauldin failed to make the Avalanche out of training camp and was reassigned to Lake Erie, after a strong start with the Monsters, Mauldin was limited through injury before finishing with 59 games, to place third in Lake Erie scoring 34 points. A free agent, Mauldin returned for a stint in Europe signing a one-year contract with HC Fribourg-Gottéron of the Swiss NLA on July 23,2012. At the beginning of the 2014 season Mauldin was named an assistant captain, list of black NHL players Greg Mauldins career statistics at The Internet Hockey Database
8. Anthony Peluso – Anthony Peluso is a Canadian professional ice hockey player. He is currently playing for the Manitoba Moose in the American Hockey League while under contract to the Winnipeg Jets of the National Hockey League, Peluso was selected by the St. Louis Blues in the 6th round of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft. Peluso was born in North York, Ontario, but grew up in King, prior to turning professional, Peluso played major junior hockey in the Ontario Hockey League with the Erie Otters, Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds and the Brampton Battalion, on March 12,2009, the St. Louis Blues signed Peluso to a three-year entry-level contract. Prior to the shortened 2012–13 lockout season, Peluso was claimed off waivers from the Blues by the Winnipeg Jets on January 16,2013, on July 22,2013, the Jets signed Peluso who was an RFA to a two-year extension worth $1. 125-million. Peluso scored his first NHL goal on October 24,2013 against Carter Hutton of the Nashville Predators
9. Jarrod Skalde – Jarrod J. Skalde is a Canadian former professional ice hockey centre who also served as the head coach of the Cincinnati Cyclones of the ECHL from the 2009–10 season until the 2012–13 season. He is the current head coach of the Guelph Storm of the OHL, Skalde was drafted by the Oshawa Generals of the OHL in the first round, 15th overall in the 1987 OHL Priority Selection. In his rookie season with the Generals in 1987-88, Skalde scored 12 goals and 28 points in 60 games, in the post-season, Skalde scored two goals and three points in seven games. In 1988-89, Skalde had a big improvement offensively, as he scored 38 goals and 76 points in 65 games to finish fourth on team scoring. Skalde added a goal and six points in six playoff games, in the post-season, Skalde had 10 goals and 17 points in 17 games, as Oshawa defeated the Kitchener Rangers to win the J. Ross Robertson Cup and earn a berth in the 1990 Memorial Cup. At the Memorial Cup tournament, Skalde scored two goals and five points in four games, as the Generals defeated the Kitchener Rangers in the Memorial Cup final to win the championship. Skalde returned to the Generals for a season in 1990-91. Skalde was then traded to the Belleville Bulls in a deal that sent Rob Pearson to the Generals, Skalde finished the 1990-91 season with the Belleville Bulls, where in 40 games, he scored 30 goals and 82 points to finish second in team scoring. Overall, between the Oshawa Generals and the Bulls, Skalde scored 38 goals and 104 points in 55 games, in the post-season, Skalde scored nine goals and 15 points in six games. Following the season, Skalde was named to the OHL First All-Star team, Skalde was drafted by the New Jersey Devils of the NHL in the second round, 26th overall, in the 1989 NHL Entry Draft. Skalde appeared in his first NHL game on October 7,1990 and that would be the only NHL game that Skalde appeared in during the 1990-91 season. In three games with the Utica Devils of the AHL that he appeared in during the 1990-91 season, Skalde spent the majority of the 1991-92 season in the AHL with Utica, where he scored 20 goals and 40 points in 62 games. He also appeared in 15 NHL games during the 1991-92 season, on March 4, Skalde scored his first career NHL goal, scoring the game-winning goal against Mike Richter of the New York Rangers in a 5-4 victory. Overall, Skalde scored two goals and six points in the NHL, in the post-season, he returned to Utica, where in four games, Skalde scored three goals and four points. The 1992-93 season was spent mainly in Utica, as Skalde scored 21 goals and 60 points in 59 games, in five playoff games in the AHL, Skalde had two assists. Skalde did appear in 11 games with New Jersey during the 1992-93 season, Skalde also played in four games with the Cincinnati Cyclones of the IHL, scoring a goal and three points. On June 24,1993, Skalde was left unprotected during the 1993 NHL Expansion Draft, Skalde spent most of the 1993-94 season with the San Diego Gulls of the IHL, where he scored 25 goals and 63 points in 58 games with the Gulls. In the post-season, Skalde led San Diego in scoring, as he had three goals and 15 points in nine games, Skalde did see action in the NHL during the 1993-94 season with the Anaheim Mighty Ducks