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2003 - 2004


October 16, 2003

Opening Roster Announced

For Immediate Release: October 16, 2003
Contact: Jon Cole (336) 373-7402
Media Relations Director, Greensboro Generals


Greensboro, NC – The puck hits the ice for the opening of the 2003-04 season tomorrow night at 7:30 p.m. at the Greensboro Coliseum. When it slaps, the Greensboro Generals look to defend a 42-21-9 record that earned a second place finish in the Northeast Division, trailing only the Kelly Cup Champion Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies.

The fight for the team’s first ever division championship will begin against a familiar foe for Greensboro Head Coach/General Manager Rick Adduono as he faces his former team in the South Carolina Stingrays. The opening day roster - along with the announcement of the team’s 2003-04 Captain (Mark Turner) and Assistant Captains (Geno Parrish, Kurt Drummond), - was made last night at the Coliseum’s “Meet the Generals” function for season ticket holders and media.

The team completed the roster by signing center’s Alex Andreyev and Bryson Busniuk; defensemen Kevin Grimes, Derrick Byfuglien, and Tom Reimann; forward Erik Wendell; right winger’s Joe Gerbe, Chester Gallant, Pete Gardiner; and netminder Martin Kresac.

The Generals will play in the expanded ECHL’s Eastern Conference in the newly aligned Southern Division along with Augusta, Charlotte, Columbia, Florence, Florida, Greenville, Gwinnett, Roanoke and South Carolina. Greensboro will open the year with back-to-back home games. The home opener is against the South Carolina Stingrays on October 17th at 7:30 PM. Next up is the newly formed Texas Wildcatters who visit the Greensboro Coliseum for the first time on October 23rd at 7:30 PM.

Idividual tickets for all Greensboro Generals 2003-04 home games are on sale now. Tickets may be purchased at the Coliseum advance box office, all participating Triad area Lowes Foods locations, on-line at WWW.TICKETS.COM and by calling toll free (888) 397-3100.

3 GENO PARRISH (A) D 5-11 180 10/09/74 Bloomington, Minnesota
7 ALEX ANDREYEV D 6-4 230 09/14/79 Riga, Lativa
8 SAM FTOREK F 6-2 190 11/30/74 Wolfeboro, N.H.
10 KEVIN GRIMES D 6-3 215 08/19/79 Metcalfe, Ontario, Canada
11 BRYSON BUSNIUK C 6-2 185 11/12/79 Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada
11 MIKE BAYRACK LW 5-11 185 09/17/78 Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
13 ERIK WENDELL F 6-1 225 08/03/79 Brooklyn Park, Minnesota
14 JOE GERBE RW 5-7 175 04/12/79 Oxford, Maine
15 DERRICK BYFUGLIEN D 6-1 205 12/23/80 Roseann, Minnesota
19 MARK TURNER (CAPTAIN) C 5-10 185 05/09/68 Windsor, Ontario, Canada
21 KURT DRUMMOND (A) D 6-1 210 04/12/78 Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
23 CHESTER GALLANT RW 6-2 210 12/22/77 Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada
26 MATT CHANDLER F 6-1 220 04/18/78 Watertown, N.Y.
27 PETE GARDINER RW 6-5 235 09/29/77 Toronto, Ontario, Canada
33 MARTIN KRESAC G 5-11 200 10/03/79 Czech Republic
34 DANIEL BERTHIAUME G 5-9 170 01/26/66 Longueuil, Providence of Quebec
39 MATT TUREK LW 5-11 195 02/14/73 Caistor Centre, Ontario, Canada
55 TOM REIMANN D 5-10 185 08/07/78 Blaine, Minnesota
63 ERIC FORTIER LW 6-3 195 01/04/81 Princeville, Providence of Quebec
93 JOEL IRWIN F 5-10 200 12/01/74 Kamloops, British of Columbia