First – Jon Matsumoto, thank you for your season and a half with the Checkers. Your leadership helped the team make it to the Conference finals last year, and your consistant on-ice play and scoring prowess was a huge boost to the team and fans. You will definitely be missed. Best of luck with the Florida organization!
I’ve been digging for information on the two new players that became Hurricanes, and could end up in Charlotte. The biggest name of the trade is right wing Evgenii Dadonov, a third-year North American pro from Russia. He’s 22, and has split time between the AHL and NHL in each of his three years in North America. Last year, Dadonov represented the Panthers at the 2011 All-Star Game in Raleigh as a member of the Rookie team. This year, he’s spent time in Florida and San Antonio. This year, in 15 games in the NHL, he as three points (2G, 1A) and is a -4. In San Antonio, he has played 20 games, and has nine points (5G, 4A).
The Hurricanes also gain a player by the name of AJ Jenks. He’s a Michigan native, and product of the Plymouth Whalers of the OHL, where he played with Chris Terry, Brett Bellemore and Michal Jordan, and is possibly going to give his new teammates Mike Murphy and Matt Pistilli a run for the money on best ‘flo on the Checkers. Jenks was recruited by the University of Michigan, but decided to go the major junior route. Before making ice hockey his career, he won two national championships as an inline player, and also represented the United States in the 2010 World Junior Championship, where he won a gold medal. (Woo! Go Team USA!)
In other Checkers news:
- Earlier today, the Hurricanes returned Brett Sutter to the Checkers. He will join the team in Abbotsford, where they play Friday and Saturday.
- In the same “transaction,” they recalled Zac Dalpe. Dalpe leaves Charlotte on a hot streak, and I fear he won’t be back anytime soon due to his exceptional play.
- Defenseman Chris Murray did not travel with the team to British Columbia. Ryan Donald was recalled from the Everblades, and traveled to Abbotsford for the weekend games. Donald will make his debut for Charlotte. In Florida this year, he has 11 points in 33 games (3G, 8A).
- I still have no proof of this, but believe this to be the Checkers first game in their history (at any level) in Canada. It’s a long time coming, if you ask me, for the organization to play in the land that hockey was born!