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TOWNSHEND WAXES NOSTALGIC ABOUT MACON WHOOPEE
19 September, 2001
DEFENSEMEN SANDROCK, KUMMU, AND PEET ALL JOIN THE GENERALS
Greensboro, NC - The Greensboro Generals of the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL) have announced the signing of three defensemen to contracts, Rob Sandrock, Ryan Kummu, and Shaun Peet. All three players suited up for current Generals head coach Graeme Townshend with the Macon Whoopee of the Central Hockey League (CHL) last season. The Whoopee are now in the ECHL and will be an opponent of the Generals on five occasions this season.
Sandrock, 23, will be called upon to provide an offensive punch from the blue line. He averaged a point a game last season in Macon, with 70 points (17g, 53a) in 70 games. His 70 points and 53 assists both placed him third in the league amongst CHL defensemen. Standing at 6'0" and 190 pounds, he has 28 goals and 97 assists for 125 points in only 137 career games, picking up a total of 161 penalty minutes. Originally from Williams Lake, British Columbia, Sandrock is entering his third pro season.
Kummu brings a wealth of experience to the Generals, as he is embarking on an incredible 13th season. The 34-year old veteran scored nine goals with 13 assists for 22 points for the Whoopee last season, while picking up 132 penalty minutes. Prior to Macon, The 6'3", 230 pound point man played in Great Britain for seven years. Kummu also was an all-star defenseman in the ECHL early in his career with the Erie Panthers. Kummu is a graduate of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (R.P.I.), where ironically he was a teammate of Townshend.
Peet, 26, is preparing for his fourth pro season. Standing at 6'2" and 220 pounds, Peet provided a physical presence for Macon with 145 penalty minutes in only 47 games, but he also chipped in offensively with five goals and eleven assists for 16 points. Peet was Macon's team captain before being called up to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins of the American Hockey League (AHL) for the final three weeks of the regular season. Peet played in eight games for the Penguins, scoring a goal on his first shot on net in his first game. He also played in seven playoff games, helping the Penguins to the Calder Cup finals.
"These three players will be counted on for a tremendous amount of ice time," says Townshend. "All three of them will give us a different dimension from the defensive position. With Rob, there's no doubt he'll be the quarterback on our power play. He has a tremendous shot from the point, and has a legitimate chance at being an all-star in this league. Ryan is a great two-way defenseman. He's got a world of experience, which should rub off on some of our younger guys. If there's one guy out there who I want to defend a one-on-one situation, I want it to be Ryan. As for Shaun, he won't provide us with a whole lot on offense, but he'll more than make up for it with his defensive play and his leadership ability. He was my captain in Macon for a reason. And make no mistake, he'll make his presence felt when things get rough on the ice."