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BGH: Kentucky Thoroughblades (AHL)

This page dedicated to the memory of Zoltan Batovsky, RW, #8 (1979 - 2001) and Alexei Yegorov, RW, #15 (1975-2002).

(Updated October 30, 2004)

The Kentucky Thoroughblades AHL team was owned by Kentucky Hockey Associates Inc. and played in the American Hockey League for five seasons in Lexington, Kentucky from 1996 to 2001. They played in Rupp Arena (capacity 21,300) and practiced at Lexington Ice Center.

The first game was played against the Carolina Monarchs in front of 17,503 fans.  The all-time attendance record for the Tblades in Rupp Arena was 18,394.  They made the playoffs in each of the first 4 years of the franchise, with two of those years in the finals.

 

The team colors were Spruce, Plum, Silver & Black. The team was affiliate with the San Jose Sharks (NHL) and the New Orleans Brass (ECHL). The team Mascot was named "Lucky".


The team was sold the
San Jose Sharks
and moved to Cleveland for the 2001-2002 season. The team was renamed the Cleveland Barons and plays in Gund Arena.

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You can view all of the former Kentucky Thoroughblades' career statistics by clicking Ralph Slate's Hockeydb.com or you can click on the player's name below and view only his stats. Also, any players who played in Europe have a "Eurostats" link to their stats page at Mike Ewer's Eurohockey.net.

 

T-BLADES PLAYER

NO.

GAMES PLAYED

WHERE ARE THEY NOW?, NOTES, PICTURES, ETC

Ackerman, Chad (D)

12

 4

 

Aldous, Chris (D)

34

Allen, Peter (D), Eurostats

24

144 

last known team GERMANY: EC Bad Nauheim (2. Bundesliga)

Andersson, Niklas (LW), Eurostats

11 

37 

SWEDEN: Västra Frölunda HC Indians (SEL)

Andrusak, Greg (D), Eurostats

2

58 

SWITZERLAND: EHC Chur Capricorns (Nationalliga B)

Armstrong, Chris (D), Eurostats

32

78

GERMANY: ERC Ingolstadt (DEL)

Bancroft, Steve (D), Eurostats 

4

80

GERMANY: Augsburg Panthers (DEL)

Batovsky, Zoltan (RW), Eurostats

8

79

DECEASED: 1979 - 2001

Beauregard, Dave (LW)

10 

5

Port Huron Beacons (UHL)

Belanger, Ken (LW)

38

Bilek, Beau (D)

3, 11 

RETIRED:

Blaznek, Joe (LW)

11 

 15

Wichita Thunder (CHL)

Boikov, Alexandre (Aleksandr) (D), Eurostats

185 

RUSSIA: Metallurg Magnitogorsk (RHL)

Boulton, Eric (LW)

34

34 

Buffalo Sabres (NHL)

Boyle, Dan (D)

2

53 

Tampa Bay Lightning (NHL)

Bradley, Matt (RW)

28, 24

182 

Pittsburgh Penguins (NHL),

San Jose Sharks Rookie of the Year 2001-2002

Brennan, Rich (D),
Eurostats  

25 

42 

SWITZERLAND: SC Bern (Nationalliga A)

Brulé, Eric (D), Eurostats

RETIRED.  Director/Head Instructor of Protechockey Camps, Yardley, Pennsylvania

Burnett, Garrett (D)

27, 55

89 

Danbury Trashers (UHL)

Burr, Shawn (LW)

26 

RETIRED: where???

Caloun, Jan (RW), Eurostats

66 

RUSSIA: Severstal Cherepovets (RHL)

Ceman, Dan (C), Eurostats

10 

11 

DENMARK: Frederikshavn IK White Hawks (Eliteserien)

Chara, Zdeno (D), Eurostats

37 

48 

SWEDEN: Färjestads BK Karlstad (SEL)

Chebaturkin, Vladimir (D), Eurostats

12 

54 

RUSSIA: Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk (RHL)

Cheechoo, Jonathan (RW)

45

75 

San Jose Sharks (NHL)

Chervyakov,Denis (D), Eurostats

23 

52 

RUSSIA: Ak Bars Kazañ (RHL)

Colagiacomo, Adam (RW),
Eurostats  

9, 23

109 

 

Coleman, Jon (D), Eurostats

26

66 

SWITZERLAND: HC Ambrì-Piotta (Nationalliga A)

Courville, Larry (LW)

22, 19

132 

last known team Johnstown Chiefs (ECHL)

Craig, Mike (RW), Eurostats

12 

128 

AUSTRIA: Vienna Capitals (Austrian League)

4th all-time leading team scorer

Dameworth, Chad (D)

3, 6 

30 

Port Huron Beacons (UHL)

Davison, Rob (D)

5

72 

UNITED KINGDOM: Cardiff Devils ()

Deuling, Jarrett (LW)

16

247 

RETIRED: living in Lexington, KY. 

#2 all time leading scorer (147 pts) for the Tblades

Doell, Curtis

7

53 

RETIRED - Bloomington, MN

Donovan, Shean (RW)

25, 29 

Calgary Flames (NHL)

Duerden, Dave (LW)

14

36 

 

Eldred, Matt (D), Eurostats

6

Flaherty, Wade (G)

35

19 

Manitoba Moose (AHL)

Fraser, Iain (C), Eurostats

28

57 

ITALY: HC Merano Eagles (Serie A2/Serie B1)

Friedman, Doug (LW)

23

73 

 said to be retired, did work a few Portland Pirates games in 01-02

Friesen, Terry (G)

31, 33 

Columbus Cottonmouths (SPHL)

Gauthier, Sean (G), Eurostats

1

40 

SWEDEN: Skellefteå AIK [NHA (SWE)]

Gore, Forrest (LW)

11

 

Gosselin, Christian (D), Eurostats

24, 26

141 

Trois Rivieres Caron & Guay (LNAH)

Grillo, Dean (C), Eurostats

20

67 

RETIRED: Minnesota

Guolla, Steve (C), Eurostats  

17

68 

SWITZERLAND: EHC Kloten Flyers (Nationalliga A), all-time high scorer for the the Tblades (220 pts), San Jose Sharks Rookie of the Year 1996-1997

Haggerty, Sean (LW)

22 

 

Hallman, Eric (D)

 3

 

Hannan, Scott (D)

5

43 

San Jose Sharks (NHL)

Hedberg, Johan (G), Eurostats

33

33 

SWEDEN: Leksands IF Stars (NHA) 

Heins, Shawn (D),

Eurostats  

21, 3

87

GERMANY: Eisbären Berlin (Polar Bears) (DEL)

Hersh, Harold (C)

10

68 

St. Hyacinthe Cousin (LNAH)

Holland, Jason (D)

122 

Los Angeles Kings (NHL)

Jindrich, Robert (D), Eurostats

7

140 

CZECH REPUBLIC: HC Lasselsberger PLzen [Extraliga (CZE)]

Kiprusoff, Miikka (G), Eurostats

35

83 

SWEDEN: Timrå IK(Elitserien) ,

1st rookie goalie to be named as all-star starter in the AHL (2000)

Knipscheer, Fred (C)

32, 47

17 

RETIRED: Now scouting? living in Ft. Wayne, IN?

Kochan, Dieter (G)

1

0 - dressed but did not appear

Bridgeport Sound Tigers (AHL)

Korolyuk, Alexander (Aleksandr) (RW), Eurostats

16, 15

67 

RUSSIA: Vityaz PodolskChekhov (Vysshaya Liga)

Kowal, Jack (RW)

34 

40 

Assistant Coach of the University of Alaska-Anchorage Seawolves (WCHA).

Kraft, Ryan (C)

13, 47

92 

Bridgeport Sound Tigers (AHL),

2000-2001 AHL Dudley "Red" Garrett Memorial Award for Outstanding Rookie

Krivokhija (Krivokhiza),Yuri (D), Eurostats

28 

Kroupa, Vlastimil (D), Eurostats

24 

CZECH REPUBLIC: HC Chemopetrol Litvínov (CRL)

Kuba, Filip (D), Eurostats

29

45 

Minnesota Wild (NHL)

Kucsulain, Mike (LW)

36

 

Kudrna, Jaroslav (LW), Eurostats

14

CZECH REPUBLIC: HC Pardubice (Extraliga)

Lambeth, Dave (D)

5

RETIRED: where???

Landry, Eric (C),
Eurostats  

10

79 

SWITZERLAND: Lausanne (Nationalliga A)

Laplante, Eric (LW)

15

62 

St. Georges-de-Beauce Garaga (LNAH)

Lawmaster, Jason (D)

2, 6

Muskegon Fury (UHL)

Leslie, Lance (G)

 31

14 

Lubbock Cotton Kings (CHL)

Libby, Jeff (D)

32 

RETIRED:

Lindgren, Terry (D)

51 


Lingren, Steve (D), Eurostats

23

74 

Rochester Americans (AHL)

Lipsett, Chris (RW), Eurostats

29

141 

GERMANY: EHC Freiburg Wolves (2. Bundesliga)

LiPuma, Chris (D)

 24, 26

48 


Lovell, Tim (C), Eurostats

37


Luhning, Warren (RW)

26

51 

RETIRED: MBA Candidate at Yale

 

Lundbohm, Andy (C)

36

85 

San Antonio Rampage (AHL) – last known team

MacIntyre, Andy (LW)

19

61 

RETIRED:

MacIsaac, Dave (D),
Eurostats   

3

73

 

Madore, Stephane (D)

3

 

Majic, Xavier (C), Eurostats

13, 34

DENMARK: IK Sønderjylland Lions (Eliteserien)

Mäkinen, Marko (RW), Eurostats

27

26 

FINLAND: Tappara Tampere (SM-Liiga)

Mikesch, Pat (C), Eurostats

11

77 

GERMANY: DEG Metro Stars (DEL)

Montgomery, Jim (C),
Eurostats   

26, 22, 19

55 

Missouri River Otters (UHL)

Mulick, Robert (D),
Eurostats  

27

123 

ITALY: HC Bolzano Foxes (Serie A)

Muzzatti, Jason (G), Eurostats

35

ITALY: HC Milano Vipers (Serie A)

Myhres, Brantt (LW)

44, 21

14 

Lowell Lock Monsters (AHL)

Nabokov, Evgeny (G), Eurostats

20, 31

78 

San Jose Sharks (NHL), San Jose Sharks
Rookie of the Year 2000-2001

Nazarov, Andrei (LW), Eurostats

 25

RUSSIA: Metallurg Novokuznezk (RHL)

Nittel, Adam (RW), Eurostats   

18

69 

Elmira Jackals (UHL)

Oduya, Fredrik (D), Eurostats

25, 2 

141 

RETIRED: in school in Stockholm, Sweden?

Pankewicz, Greg (RW)

 36

10 

Colorado Eagles (CHL)

Paterson, Craig (D)

 

Peltonen, Ville (LW), Eurostats

12 

40 

SWITZERLAND: HC Lugano (Nationalliga A)

Penney, Chad (LW), Eurostats

14 

78 

RETIRED: where???

Pivetz, Mark (D)

21 

 

Porter, Kris (RW)

14 

Fresno Falcons (WCHL)

Raby, Mathieu (D),

26 

 Laval Chiefs (LNAH)

Racine, Yves (D), Eurostats

29 

GERMANY: ERC Ingolstadt Panthers (DEL)

Ram, Jamie (G), Eurostats

30 

94 

SWEDEN: Brynäs IF (SM-Liiga)

Roed, Peter (C), Eurostats

22, 9

142 


Rohloff, Jon (D)

11 

12 

 

Samuelsson, Mikael (RW), Eurostats

14

66 

SWEDEN: Södertälje SK ()

Schultz, Ray (D)

51 

Albany River Rats (AHL)

Skalde, Jarrod (C), Eurostats

8

77 

Springfield Falcons (AHL)

Slavik, Jan (D), Eurostats

32, 3

 

Smith, Mark (C)

18, 11

163 

San Jose Sharks (NHL),

5th all-time Tblades leading scrorer (105 pts)

Soucy, Christian (G)

 33

Anchorage Aces (WCHL)

Stevens, Randy (RW), Eurostats

14 

26 

 

Stringer, Rejean (F),
Eurostats  

26, 34 

40 

Peoria Rivermen (ECHL)

Strudwick, Jason (D)

21 

119 

Chicago Blackhawks (NHL)

Sullivan, Jeffrey (D)

12 

Johnstown Chiefs (ECHL)

Sutton, Andy (D),
Eurostats  

25, 36 

31 

SWITZERLAND: GCK Lions (Nationalliga B)

Tancill, Chris (RW), Eurostat

18 

42 

SWITZERLAND: EV Zug (Nationalliga A)

Thibeault, David (LW)

25 

Thetford Mines Prolab (LNAH)

Tory, Jeff (D), Eurostats

GERMANY: Düsseldorfer EG Metro Stars (DEL)

Toskala, Vesa (G), Eurostats

33

44 

SWEDEN: HV71 Jonkoping (SEL )

Tuzzolino, Tony (LW),
Eurostats  

20 

35 

ITALY: HC Bolzano Foxes (Serie A)

Vallieres, David (LW), Eurostats

13 

 

Vandermeer, Dan (D)

23 

Idaho Steelheads (ECHL)

Vandermeer, Joe (D),
Eurostats  

25 

GERMANY: Crimmitschau ETC (2.GBun)

Vasiljevs, Herbert (C), Eurostats

22

76 

GERMANY: Nürnberg Ice Tigers (DEL)

Veilleux, Éric (Eric) (C), Eurostats

55

68 

Head Coach / General Manager for the Hawkesbury Hawks (CJHL Junior A)

Vodrazka, Jan (D), Eurostats

32 

Pee-Dee Pride (ECHL)

Walby, Steffon (RW)

11 

Mississippi Sea Wolves (ECHL) - Player & Asst. Coach

Webb, Steve (RW)

19 

62 

Wilkes Barre/Scranton Penguins (AHL)

Wetherill, Darren (D)

3, 5 

Richmond Riverdogs (UHL)

White, Kam (D)

25 

Flint Generals (UHL)

Whitney, Ray (LW),
Eurostats  

12 


Widmer, Jason (D)

147 

RETIRED: living in Lexington, KY

Yarema, Brendan (C), Eurostats

29 

64 

Chicago Wolves (AHL)

Yegorov, Alexei (Aleksei) (RW), Eurostats

15 

154 

DECEASED: March 2, 2002. 
 

3rd all-time leading Tblades scorer (142 pts)

Zalesak, Miroslav (LW), Eurostats

10

60 

SLOVAKIA: HK 36 Skalica  (Extraliga)

Zyuzin, Andrei (D), Eurostats

23, 32

40 

RUSSIA: Salavat Yulaev Ufa (RHL)

 

STAFF

Seasons

NOTES, PICTURES, ETC

 

 

 

Scott Allegrino, Head Equipment Manager

1999 - 2001

Equipment Manager of the  Binghamton Senators (AHL)

Jim Barton, PA Announcer

99??2000

Public Address Announcer for the Lexington Horsemen (NIFL)

Colleen Black, Asst. Mgr. Ticket Operations

99??2000

 

Eric Bonanno, VP of Team Operations

1999-2001???

Head coach of the Lexington Catholic High School Hockey Team

Former Owner of the Billings Bulls (America West Hockey League - junior) in Billings, Montana from 1993-98.  General Manager of the Lake Charles Ice Pirates of the WPHL during the 1998-1999 season.

Nick Borkowski, Music Coordinator

99??2000

 

Harry Bricker, Equipment Manager

1996 - 1999

Asst. Equipment Manager of the New Jersey Devils (NHL)

Kenneth Bufton, Asst. Equip. Manager 

99?? - 2001


Walter Bush, Chairman of the Board

1996-2000?

Governor & Vice-Chairman for the Hockey Hall of Fame, and is a Director of the Selection Committee for the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame.

Received Lester Patrick Trophy in 1973.

Inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame (builder) in 2000, the United States Hockey Hall of Fame in 1980, and the Minnesota Sports Hall of Fame 1989.

Christy Caldwell, Bud Ice Patrol

99??2000

 

David Coyle, Team Photographer

99??2000

 

Erik DeGregorio, VP of the Board

1999-2001???

 

Ron DeGregorio, President/CEO

1996 - 2001

President of USA Hockey

Received Lester Patrick Trophy in 2003.

Drew Deener, Director of Media Relations / Broadcaster, Color Commentator

99??2000

Co-hosts "Cross & Deener on Sports" (Mon-Fri, 4-7:00 PM EST) WLXG Sports Radio 1300 AM, Lexington.

Josh Fisher, Acct. Exec., Producer/Videographer of "Thoroughblades Pipeline"

99??2000

Currently Director of Broadcasting and Media Relations for the Las Vegas Wranglers (ECHL)

Bindy Fleischman, PR Asst.

99??2000

 

Nick Fotiu, Assistant Coach

99?? - 2001

Assistant Coach the Hartford Wolf Pack (AHL)

Mike Fox, Computer Consultant, Blimp Pilot

99??2000

 

Daryyl Gaines, Exec. Dir. of the Thoroughblades Foundation / Corporate Service Director

99??2000

 

Kara Goodpaster, Office Mgr.

99??2000

 

Missy Graessle, Acct. Exec., & Bud Ice Patrol

99??2000

 

Suzanne Gutierez, Bud Ice Patrol

99??2000

 

Jeff Hoagland, VP of Marketing

1999-2000?

 

Charlotte Holmes, Dir. of Ticket Operations

99??2000

 

Jason Hurst, Bud Ice Patrol

99??2000

 

Jerry Iannarelli, Athletic Trainer

99?? - 2001

 

Mike Jackson, Corporate Account Exec

99??2000

 

Deborah Koerner, Corporate Account Exec

99??2000

 

Larry Maloney, Off-Ice Official Supervisor

99??2000

 

Chris Martin, Acct. Exec, Mascot Coordinator

99??2000

 

Steve Miller, Director of Merchandising / Internet Communications

99??2000

 

Nikki Pack, Dir. of Game Night & Youth Development

99??2000

 

Terry Price, Bud Ice Patrol

99??2000

 

Victoria Reynolds, Bud Ice Patrol

99??2000

 

Barbara Ann Rockefeller, VIP Coordinator

99??2000

 

Dan Rossman, PR Assistant

99??2000

 

Susan Sharp, Controller

99??2000

 

J. Breck Smither, Team Photographer

99??2000

 

Roy Sommer, Head coach

1998 - 2001

Head Coach of the Cleveland Barons (AHL)

Warren Strelow, Goalie Consultant

???? - 2001

Goalie coach for the San Jose Sharks (NHL)

Dr. Lucian Taylor, Dir Bud Ice Patrol

99??2000

 

Becky Thomas, Bud Ice Patrol

99??2000

 

Steve Thomas, Bud Ice Patrol

99??2000

 

Wayne Thomas, General Manager of Hockey Operations

1996 - 2001

Vice President & Assistant General Manager of the San Jose Sharks (NHL)

Gerry Vidal, Off-Ice Official Supervisor

99??2000

 

Jim Wiley, Director of Hockey Ops

1998 - 2001


Jim Wiley, Head Coach

1996 - 1998


Tommy Williams, Press Box Supervisor

99??2000

 

Craig Wink, Bud Ice Patrol

99??2000

 

Charlotte Wong, Director of Special Projects / Ticket Coordinator

99??2000

 

Tim Woodburn, VP of Communications & Radio/TV Play-by-play Announcer

 1996-2001

host of "Sports Central" on WVLK-AM 590, Lexington, KY: Mon - Fri @  6-8 PM  

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