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Chiefs Announce Resignation of GM Toby O'Brien

Today, the Johnstown Chiefs announced the resignation of GM Toby O’Brien. O'Brien has served as executive vice president and general manager of the Chiefs since 1996. “Toby has been a great asset both to the Johnstown Chiefs and to the Tampa Bay Lightning organization,” said Chiefs vice president of Hockey Operations Ryan Belec in a team release. “I consider Toby not only to be a colleague, but a good friend of mine, and I wish him the best in his future endeavors.”

Falcons Add Offense, Bring Back Blatny

The Springfield Falcons have signed winger Zdenek Blatny to a standard AHL contract. Blatny was property of the Lightning last year and appeared in 31 games for the Falcons during the 2005-06 season collecting 14 goals and 15 assists for 29 points. “Zdenek is another player that provides us with some scoring depth at the forward position,” said Falcons President and General Manager Bruce Landon in a team release (article not on web site at this time). “Zdenek displayed a strong scoring touch down the stretch last year and has proven he can be a solid point producer for us heading into the 2006-07 campaign.”

Chiefs Sign Andress

The Johnstown Chiefs have signed defenseman Doug Andress. A former Ohio State Buckeye, Andress appeared in 64 regular season games with the Chiefs in 2005-06, scoring 37 points (6g, 31a) and earning one assist in five Kelly Cup Playoff games. The Iroquois Falls, Ont.-native also appeared in one game with the Omaha Ak-Sar-Ben Knights of the American Hockey League, and in three games with the Springfield Falcons, the Chiefs' AHL affiliate, Andress registered his first career AHL goal. "Doug is an experienced player," said Chiefs head coach Frank Anzalone in a press release. "He's strong on the power play and he enjoys playing in Johnstown. He's going into his third pro season, and with the interest in him show by Tampa Bay and Springfield, we're expecting him to perform at a high level this season." [b]8/22 Note:[/b] Today's Johnstown [i]Tribune-Democrat[/i] story of the Andress signing suggests 10-12 parent club prospects could be with the Chiefs this year. The Lightning's Ryan Belec, the new Chiefs vice president of hockey operations and assistant to Tampa Bay Lightning GM Jay Feaster, says several of the young players participating in the Traverse City tournament could end up in Johnstown.

Lightning Add Waugh to Traverse City Roster

The final roster for the Lightning's Traverse City team [url=http://www.redwingscentral.com/camps/2006-07/rosters/TampaBay.html]has been released on redwingscentral.com and the Lightning have added Northern Michigan defenseman Geoff Waugh to their team.[/url] The 6'4" 215 lb. native of Winnipeg, Manitoba was drafted in the 3rd round of the 2002 Entry Draft by the Dallas Stars but was not signed after four years with the Wildcats. A teammate of Lightning draft pick Dusty Collins for the past three seasons, Waugh's best season came in 2003-2004 when he scored 2 goals and 14 points in 41 games. The Traverse City prospect tournament begins September 8th when the Lightning prospects face the New York Rangers prospects. Hat tip to Bolt Prospects reader Abbey.

Back to School

Bolt Prospects has learned defenseman Kevin Quick, who made such a strong impression on Lightning management at last month's prospect camp, appears to be going back to Salisbury Prep School in Connecticut rather than join a junior team in the USHL. Lightning General Manager Jay Feaster said that Quick, a 2006 Fourth Round pick, also has an eye toward attending an Ivy League school in 2007, where he will play hockey. Rumors from around the internet had suggested Quick was/is being recruited by powerhouses such as North Dakota and Minnesota of the WCHA to name a few. Feaster indicated the family's decision is not final at this point, but returning to school is the likely choice. He said the organization will continue to be "persistent, but patient" with Quick as he begins his young career. The club is excited about about Quick's ultimate future, and is taking a "good things come to those who wait" attitude toward the present situation.
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