Sid’s back on the ice, Kane had surgery on his wrist, and Stamkos finally reached a deal with the Lightning. And that, my friends, about covers your hockey news for the weekend…
Last weekend I wrote an article about former Calder Cup Champion goaltender Wade Flaherty being hired on as goalie coach for the Winnipeg Jets. It made me wonder what happened to the rest of that Calder Cup team. With that said, I decided to put on my trench coat, dust off my spy glass and track down some of the players who hoisted the cup in 2004.
Simon Gamache Gamache spent three seasons with the Admirals, the first being the year the Admirals hoisted ol’ Calder. Admirals fans liked Gamache because he was a pesky little forward that got under the other teams skin. His best season was the year after the championship, in which he tallied 86 points in 80 games (29g-57a). Since his time with Milwaukee, he spent a majority of the time with the Swiss club SC Bern. He helped Bern win the 2010 NLA Championship, and now plays for Fribourg-Gotteron of Swiss-A.
Mathieu Darche Darche only spent one season with Milwaukee, in which he led the team in goals (28) and tied for first in points (59) during the regular season. Since leaving Milwaukee, he’s been with three NHL clubs (San Jose, Tampa Bay and Montreal), five AHL teams, and spent one season across the pond in the DEL (Germany). He spent last season with Montreal (as well as splitting time between Montreal and their AHL affiliate in Hamilton the season before), tallying 12 goals and 14 assists in 26 games.
Tony Hrkac Hrkac played three seasons for the Admirals in the early nineties (think Gino Cavallini, Sylvain Couturier, Ken Sabourin), but returned to Milwaukee for two seasons in 2003. He tied for first on the roster with 59 points during the Calder Cup season, and officially retired from playing after the 2009 season with the Houston Aeros. Since retiring, Hrkac has served as head coach of the Concordia University mens hockey team. His number 26 was retired in 2008.
Other noteable whereabouts:
Darren Haydar AHL Chicago Wolves
Brad Tiley Retired from playing in 2008 after one season with Linz EHC in Austria. Served as an assistant coach for the OHL Owen Sound Attack during the 2009-2010 season.
Timofei Shishkanov KHL Sibir Novosibirsk (just signged contract for 2011-2012 season)
It’s only fitting to end this post with a taste of that Calder Cup victory called by former Admirals play-by-play announcer Kyle Schultz. Ahh the sweet sound of victory still brings a tear to my eye…