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Eleven former 'Heads appear in NHL during '10-'11

Tuesday, May 17th
Eleven former 'Heads appear in NHL during '10-'11

The following is a recap of the eleven former Steelheads who appeared in the NHL this season, along with the season(s) they played in Idaho: Zenon Konopka, New York Islanders (2003-2004) ? Scored two goals and had seven assists in a career-high 82 games. Led the NHL with 307 penalty minutes, nearly 100 minutes more than Ottawa?s Chris Neil, and his 25 fighting majors were second behind only George Parros. BJ Crombeen, St. Louis Blues (2005-2007) ? Had 14 points (seven goals, seven assists) in a career-best 80 games for the Blues. His 154 penalty minutes came largely from playing the role of enforcer, as his 17 fighting majors were tied for 6th-most in the NHL. Dan Ellis, Anaheim Ducks (2003-2004) ? Finished the season with 21 wins and a 2.77 goals-against average with the Tampa Bay Lightning and Anaheim Ducks. The .917 save percentage he posted in 13 games with Anaheim was his best since having a .924 percentage in his rookie season with Nashville in 2007-2008. Tom Wandell, Dallas Stars (2007-2008) ? Scored a career-best seven goals in 75 games with the Stars as he battled through injuries. In fact, it more than doubled the number of goals he had scored in his NHL career coming into the season (6). Aaron Gagnon, Dallas Stars (2007-2008) ? Played 19 games with the Stars this season, picking up his first two NHL point (both assists) along the way. His assists came in back-to-back games against Columbus and Carolina in December. Francis Wathier, Dallas Stars (2006-2007) ? Appeared in three games with the Stars as he bounced between Idaho?s NHL affiliate and the AHL?s Texas Stars. Still looking for his first NHL point in eight games over two seasons. Richard Bachman, Dallas Stars (2009-2010) ? Made his NHL debut in December, just over six months after he played in Idaho for the Steelheads. He played ten perfect minutes in net in relief during a loss to Phoenix on December 11, 2010. Jay Beagle, Washington Capitals (2006-2007) ? Skated in a career-high 31 games for the Caps this season, netting two goals, including the game-winner against Montreal on December 28. Brian Fahey, Washington Capitals (2005-2006) ? At the age of 29, made his NHL debut on October 16 in Nashville. Now 30, Fahey has played in seven NHL games, registering his first point with an assist in a win over Tampa Bay on November 26. Warren Peters, Minnesota Wild (2003-2005) ? Played in eleven games for the Wild, scoring his only goal of the season against Buffalo in March. He has now appeared in 38 games over three seasons in his NHL career with Calgary, Dallas, and Minnesota. Matt Climie, Phoenix Coyotes (2008-2009) ? Came on in relief for the Coyotes in Pittsburgh on December 20. He stopped 15 of 16 shots in 32 minutes of a 6-1 loss, his fifth career NHL game. Other former Steelheads who have appeared in the NHL, but did not during the 2010-2011 season: Jeremy Yablonski, Matt Zaba, Gavin Morgan, Ben Ondrus, Richard Clune.

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