Phoenix Mustangs

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The Phoenix Mustangs were a professional minor league ice hockey team in the West Coast Hockey League. The Mustangs played at the Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum on the grounds of the Arizona State Fair, from the 1997–1998 season through the 2000–2001 season. The Mustangs came into existence after the demise of the International Hockey League's Phoenix Roadrunners who lost funding from a local Indian community and ceased operations after the 1996–1997 season. Their arrival rekindled a decades long rivalry between Phoenix and San Diego based teams in several minor leagues.

The Mustangs were quite successful on the ice their first three seasons, including winning the WCHL's Taylor Cup Championship in 2000 with a four game sweep of the Tacoma Sabercats, with an exciting sudden-death overtime victory at the Coliseum in game four. The Mustangs were not so blessed the following season, finishing last in their final season in 2001. The Mustangs were unable to secure a new lease with the Coliseum for the 2001–2002 season and were forced to cease operations.

All-Time Roster[edit]

Goaltenders[edit]

   # Name            HT    WT    DOB    Hometown 
  30 David Goverde     6'1"  200   4/9/70 Toronto, Ont. 
  39 Patrick Couture   5'11" 180  5/28/78 Quebec City, Que.
  35 Eddy Skazyk       5'11" 170   9/4/74 Lockport, Man. 
     Christof Grunthal 6'0"  175 10/10/71 Germany 
  35 Eric Patry       6'3"  185   3/5/77 Gatineau, Que. 
  35 Gene Bono         6'2"  196 10/15/74 Sandwich, Mass.  
     Gert Prohaska     6'2"  200  3/21/76 Klagenfurt, Austria  
  33 Rick Knickle
  33 Mike Thomas
  30 Mike Buzak

Center[edit]

   # Name            HT     WT   DOB    Hometown 
  28 E.J. Bradley     
     Rob Hinks     
     Denis Chalifoux     
     Francois Sasseville     
  10 Len Hachborn      5'10"  180  9/9/61 Brantford, Ont. 
  19 Claude Morin      5'10"  172 9/29/71 Ste. Foy, Que. 
  19 C. J. Yoder       6'2"   190 7/17/75 Hershey, Penn.
  52 Doug McCarthy     5'10"  180 11/4/62 Edmonton, Alb.  
     Jim McGroarty    5'8"   180 4/24/72 Toronto, Ont. 
    Joe Wassilyn      5'11"  203 1/20/74 Toronto, Ont. 
  16 Kevin St. Jacques 5'11 190 2/25/71 Edmonton,Alb               
15/16 Michel Couvrette 5'10 193 11/11/65 Verdun, France 
16/17 Ralph Barahona   5'10"  185 11/16/65 Lakewood, Cal.
     Steve Caley        5'9"  175 8/13/78 Toronto, Ont.
  26 Savo Mitrovic     5'11"  200 2/4/69 Etobicoke, Ont. 
   6 Warren Sachs       5'8"  180 2/18/77 Saskatoon, Sask.

Left wing[edit]

 # Name                HT   WT   DOB     Hometown
  19 Jeff Shevalier       
     Eric Bellerose     
     Darren Banks     
     Ben Gustavson     
  15 John Kosobud        6'0" 205  8/26/72 Fargo, No. Dak.
  20 Lorne Toews         6'0" 200  6/17/73 Winnipeg, Man. 
  26 Eric Perricone     5'11" 186 11/21/78 St. Jean, Que. 
  33 Carlin Nordstrom    6-2" 213  2/20/73 Saskatoon, Sask. 
     Dean Campanale     5'11" 185 11/22/74 Quincy, Mass. 
  23 Dave Lylyk          6'2" 190 12/22/75 Whitby, Ont. 
  11 Hugo Belanger        6'0" 190 5/28/70 St. Hubert, Que. 
   3 Jessy Grenier        6'2" 215 7/21/76 Chandler, Que.
  17 Juri Holik           6'1" 185 9/14/76 Jihlava, Czech Rep.
  19 Michel Massie        6'0" 192  7/2/77 Montréal, Que. 
  20 Matt Oliver          6'1" 210 3/16/74 Euclid, Oh. 
     Mario Roberge       5'11" 185 1/23/64 Quebec City, Que.  
  16 Mark Spence          6'1" 190 4/21/75 Montreal, Que. 
  32 Mario Therrien   6'3" 225 5/18/72 Ste. Anne des Plaines, Que. 
  23 Rusty Saglo          6'1" 190  5/8/78 Kiev, Ukraine 
  18 Tony Iob            5'11" 202  1/2/71 Renfrow, Ont. 
  27 Thierry Ryckman      6'0" 190 4/21/75 Rimouski, Que.

Right wing[edit]

# Name HT WT DOB Hometown

  23 Jeremy Yablonski        6'0" 210  3/21/80 Meadow Lake, Sask.
  28 Dennis Ivanov           6'4" 208  4/21/78 Elektrostal, Russia 
16/2/34 Daniel Shank     
  20 Kevin Kerr     
  55 Kevin Brown 
  11 Ken Shipman             6'0" 200  10/2/70 Burnaby, B.C. 
     Janis Tomans     
     Frank Defrenza     
  17 Craig Martin     
     Jason Rushton     
     Eric Silverman     
  18 Bobby McKillop         5'11" 185  3/19/70 Kitchener, Ont. 
  10 Clint Collins           6'0" 192   8/2/74 Vancouver, B.C.
  25 Martin Lacroix         5'11" 180   1/4/70 Montreal, Que. 

12 David Haynes 6'1" 210 8/20/75 Kitchener, Ont.

  17 Serge Roberge           6'1" 202  3/31/65 Quebec City, Que. 
     Darcy Anderson          6'0" 195  7/25/74 North Bay, Ont. 
     Daniel Larin          5'11" 205 11/20/67 Laval, Que. 
     Eric Tuott              5'7" 175  7/22/75 Anchorage, Alaska

91 Jamie Allan 6'0" 185 3/18/70 Kingston, Ont.

   8 John Badduke            6'3" 225  6/21/72 Watson, Sask. 
     Jason Gudmundson        5'9" 170   4/9/74 Arborg, Man.  
     Jason Melong            5'9" 184  4/24/71 Kirkland Lake, Ont. 

23 Iannique Renaud 6'3" 215 9/19/75 Winnipeg, Man.

  26 Peter Rozic             6'0" 202  2/17/74 Jesenice, Slovenia 

10 Rusty McKie 6'1" 190 10/5/74 Toledo, Ohio

  17 Richard Peacock        5'10" 220  3/26/78 Enderby, B.C.

Defense[edit]

  # Name                  HT    WT     DOB    Hometown 
   2 Jean-Francois Picard 5'11"  190    4/4/79 Montreal, Que. 
   7 Steve Woodburn        6'0"  195  10/24/63 Montreal, Que. 
  16 Tobias Ablad         5'11"  207    4/2/71 Stockholm, Sweden 
  22 Curtis Menzul         6'3"  215    4/6/76 Winnipeg, Man. 
  24 Arturs Kupaks         6'0"  190   7/14/73 Riga, Latvia 
22/32 Corey Laniuk         6'2"  220   1/30/77 Vancouver, B.C. 
   7 Mike DeAngelis     
  33 Steve Sabo     
     Jason Johnson     
     Patrick Lundback     
  22 Kevin Epp             6'0"  189   8/27/74 Cranbrook, B.C.
     Ryan Schmidt     
  10 Robert Fail     
  28 Kristoffer Eriksson   5'11" 204    6/4/75 Vaxholm, Sweden
     Ryan Poulton  
     Jonas Bergdal     
     Brian LaChance     
     David Bilik     
     Miroslav Dvorak     
     Derrick Gosselin     
     Sam Fields     
     Simon Poirer    
  12 Alexandre Alepin     5'11"  205   9/18/75 Montreal, Que. 
   7 Bob Rapoza            6'2"  220   6/29/74 Fall River, Mass. 
   6 Darryl Olsen          6'0"  225   10/7/66 Calgary, Alb.  
   9 Sean Whyte            6'1"  220    5/4/70 Sudbury, Ont.   
  24 Dave Doucet          5'10"  200   5/29/73 Kimberley, B.C. 
   5 Darren Meek         5'10"  190   9/25/71 Williams Lake, B.C. 
     Daniel Schwarz        6'2"  202   2/27/78 Augsburg, Germany 
   5 Darren Veitch         6'0"  200   4/24/60 Saskatoon, Sask. 
  10 Jon Dunmar            6'1"  220   4/24/73 Westport, Conn. 
   8 Jason Rose            6'0"  180   1/12/75 Martensville, Sask. 
  22 Kevin Epp             6'0"  189   8/27/74 Cranbrook, B.C. 
     Kevin Mackie          6'2"  200    2/9/82 Victoria, B.C. 
     Rick Macdonald       5'11"  200 1/24/76 Evergreen Park, Ill.  
     Rob Palin             5'9"  190  11/19/66 Chisholm, Minn.  
  55 Steve Herniman        6'4"  215    6/9/68 Windsor, Ont. 
     Tim Lozinik           6'1"  200   1/28/77 St. Albert, Alb. 
  21 Tom Menicci          5'10"  190   7/23/71 Smithtown, N.Y.
     Zbynek Neckar         6'2"  210   9/22/78 Pisek, Czech Rep.
  44 Ken Ruddick
  55 Johnathan Shockey
   4 Jason MacIntyre
   2 Mark Costea
  55 Jacque Rodrigue
  77 Mike Tobin
   7 Don Lester
   3 Dave Piirto
  32 Steve Adams

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