2003 - 2004
October 17, 2003
ECHL Game # 6
Home Game # 1
Referee: Jason Rollins
Linesmen: John O'Brien, Todd Owen
National Anthem: Kristy Jackson
"Unfinished Business": The Greensboro Generals closed the 2002-03 campaign with a loss to the Northeast Division and eventual Kelly Cup Champion Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies. The Generals made the ECHL playoffs for the first time in franchise history after posting a 42-21-9 record, and finished just one point (93) behind Atlantic City in the battle for the Northeast Division.
The Generals now turn their focus to the 2003-04 season, with the return of many key pieces to last year's team, making Greensboro a viable contender for this season's Kelly Cup. The biggest off-season acquisition came in June, when Head Coach Rick Adduono agreed to terms to rejoin the organization for 2003-04, as well as assume the role of General Manager.
"We are extremely pleased that we were able to reach an agreement to bring Rick back," said Bill Black, chairman of the Generals ownership group. "I am very confident he will able to provide our fans, and the city of Greensboro, with a team that will be equally competitive to last year's playoff team."
"I am very pleased to return to the Generals and have the opportunity to stay here in the Greensboro," Adduono said. "I think we are in the process of forging a great relationship between the players and the fans. We are going to build on the momentum of last year's playoff success and hopefully take things to an even higher level this year."
"Careful, don't get stung!": The rivalry between the Greensboro Generals and South Carolina Stingrays took on a totally different perspective last season after the Generals acquired the services of Head Coach Rick Adduono.
In the three meetings between Greensboro and South Carolina last season, Greensboro fmished with a 2-0-1 record. The first meeting was on November 29th, when the Stingrays invaded the Greensboro Coliseum, and left with a 2-1 loss after netminder Daniel Berthiaume made 34 saves. It was not until January 29th that the two teams met again, with Greensboro again earning a victory, this time 4-3, as Pete Gardiner made the overtime goal score to give Greensboro its second victory over the Stingrays, and push its season victory total to 29-11-4. The lone game in South Carolina proved difficult for Greensboro, who was in the midst of an eight-game road trip, and fell 2-1 to the Stingrays. The difference maker of the game was South Carolina goalie Kirk Daubenspeck, who stopped 41 shots on goal.
"Back in the Saddle Again": For Rick Adduono, returning players will be the backbone of the Greensboro franchise in 2002-03. Adduono will go into battle with many of the same players that he piloted to the playoffs while with the Generals last season, which will most certainly make the difference in the continued success of this year's success on the ice.
Matt Turek: Turek had the second-best goal scoring season of his career (26-Alexandria, ~PHL) with the Generals l.st year. He played in 69 contests, registering 20 goals, 30 assists and 50 points. His play in the 2002-03 playoffs was instrumental in the success of the Generals, after he posted two goals, two assists for four points in eight games.
Matt Chandler: Appearing in 62 games last season, Chandler recorded 10 goals, 11 assists and 21 points. The 6-1, 190-pound left-winger from Watertown, New York will be relied upon by Adduono to give an added scoring punch to his front line.
Mike Bayrack: Playing a majority of the 2002-03 campaign in Toledo, Bayrack joined the Generals for 12 games last season. In the regular season he scored four goals, while adding five assists, and was even more reliable in the ECHL playoffs. Against Atlantic City and Roanoke, he appeared in all eight contests while scoring two goals and eight assists, accumulating 10 points. Outside of his ECHL playing experience, Bayrack was a member of the 2001 -02 United Hockey League champion Muskegon.
Daniel Berthiaume: The Goaltender begins his 16th season in professional hockey, and his second with the Generals. An ironman for Greensboro, Berthiaume appeared in 53 games last season, where he finished with a 30-14-5 regular season record. Logging just under 3,000 minutes, Berthiaume allowed just 145 goals (2.90 GAA). He was just as productive in the post-season, appearing in eight games, winning four and allowing 24 goals (2.98 GAA).
Geno Parrish: Parrish was one of only three players from 2002-03 to appear in all 72 regular season games, and he gave the Generals 43 points off five goals and 38 assists.
Kurt Drummond: Drummond appeared in 41 games after battling injuries at various points throughout the season, and scored seven goals along with 20 assists, amassing 27 points.
"Coaches Corner": The Greensboro Generals have announced head coach/general manager Rick Adduono will appear on the "Our Town" radio show (WGOS 1070-AM) each Monday afternoon beginning October 13. The half-hour "Coaches Corner" will air each Monday at 1:00 PM throughout the season.
The "Coaches Corner" segment is part of the WOOS' "Our Town" program that is hosted by "Buffalo" Jack Umlaluf and Ogi Overman weekdays from 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM. The show will feature interviews with Adduono as well as segments with Generals players and their involvement in the community.