2011–12 Toledo Walleye season

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2011-12 Toledo Walleye
Division 4th North
Conference 11th Eastern
League 18th ECHL
2011-12 record 6-9-0-0
Home record 4-4-0-0
Road record 2-5-0-0
Goals for 46
Goals against 52
Team information
General Manager Joe Napoli
Coach Nick Vitucci
Assistant Coach Dan Watson
Captain Kyle Rogers
Alternate captains Evan Rankin
Arena Huntington Center
Average attendance 5,889 (average)
Team leaders
Goals Evan Rankin (10)
Assists Adam Estoclet (8)
Evan Rankin (8)
Points Evan Rankin (18)
Penalties in minutes Kevin Harvey (44)
Wins Carter Hutton (5)
Goals against average Thomas McCollum (2.57)
<2010–11

The 2011–12 Toledo Walleye season is the 19th season for the team since its founding in 1991 as the Toledo Storm in the ECHL and the team's 3rd season as the Walleye. The Walleye will attempt to qualify for the Kelly Cup playoffs for the first time since the 2009–10 ECHL season. The Walleye will enter their 19th season as the ECHL affiliate of the Chicago Blackhawks and Detroit Red Wings of the National Hockey League and the Grand Rapids Griffins and Rockford IceHogs of the American Hockey League. The Walleye opened their season at home against the expansion Chicago Express on October 15 and will conclude their regular season on March 31 in a home game against the Kalamazoo Wings.

Pre-season[edit]

On June 29, the Walleye extended their affiliation agreement with the Chicago Blackhawks and Chicago's AHL affiliate the Rockford IceHogs, the third consecutive year in which the three clubs would have a working affiliation agreement. Chicago extended the affiliation as the club was pleased with how head coach Nick Vitucci had developed some of Chicago's prospects, including Peter LeBlanc and Simon Danis-Pepin who contributed to the team during the 2010–11 season.[1] On August 17, Toledo extended their affiliation agreement with the Detroit Red Wings and Detroit's AHL affiliate the Grand Rapids Griffins. Vitucci expects either Thomas McCollum or Jordan Pearce to be sent down to Toledo by Detroit be the Walleye's starting goaltender for the upcoming season, as well as Chicago and Detroit sending down five to six players each to start the season with Toledo.[2]

On June 30, Toledo would announced that the team had submitted qualifying offers to forwards Rick Cleaver, Tyler Doig, Mike Hedden, and Evan Rankin and defencemen Jason Lepine, Nick Duff, and Ryan Turek.[3]

Within the first week and a half of the ECHL's free agent period, Toledo made their first two signings of the season, re-signing defenceman Kyle Page and right winger Kyle Rogers.[4] On July 15, Toledo would make their first free agent signing of the offseason, bringing in defenceman enforcer Matt Krug who had spent most of the previous season with the Fort Wayne Komets of the Central Hockey League, while also playing short stints with the ECHL's Elmira Jackals and Gwinnett Gladiators.[5] Almost a week later, on July 21, the Walleye would bring in two free agents, forward Brian Matte, formerly of the Laredo Bucks of the CHL and rookie defenceman Dale Warkentin who had spent the previous four seasons with the Opaskwayak Cree Nation Blizzard of the Manitoba Junior Hockey League.[6] Two days later, Toledo would sign their second amateur free agent, defenceman Phil Rauch. Rauch, a native of the Toledo suburb of Temperance, Michigan, had previously played for two of Toledo's junior hockey clubs, the Toledo Cherokee of the Central States Hockey League (2003–04) and the Toledo IceDiggers of the North American Hockey League (2004–05), before playing collegiate hockey under former Toledo Storm defenceman B.J. Adams at Canisius College in Buffalo, New York.[7]

A seventh player signing and third player extension was announced at the beginning of August as the team brought back defenceman Scott Fletcher, who had led the team in penalty minutes the previous season, while also contributing two goals and twelve assists in 57 games.[8]

Regular season[edit]

Standings[edit]

North Division
GP W L OTL SOL GF GA Pts
1 Kalamazoo Wings 14 9 4 0 1 56 47 19
2 Chicago Express 15 9 5 0 1 47 45 19
3 Cincinnati Cyclones 13 5 6 0 2 38 40 12
4 Toledo Walleye 15 6 9 0 0 46 52 12

After games on November 24, 2011.

Eastern Conference
R Div GP W L OTL SOL GF GA Pts
1 South Carolina Stingrays * S 17 10 6 0 1 49 39 21
2 Wheeling Nailers * A 14 10 4 0 0 54 38 20
3 Kalamazoo Wings * N 14 9 4 0 1 56 47 19
4 Gwinnett Gladiators S 18 8 6 2 2 49 53 20
5 Chicago Express N 15 9 5 0 1 47 45 19
6 Florida Everblades S 17 8 8 0 1 56 54 17
7 Greenville Road Warriors S 14 8 6 0 0 44 50 16
8 Reading Royals A 17 7 8 1 1 51 61 16
8.5
9 Elmira Jackals A 15 7 8 0 0 51 52 14
10 Cincinnati Cyclones N 13 5 6 0 2 38 40 12
11 Toledo Walleye N 15 6 9 0 0 46 52 12
12 Trenton Titans A 15 5 9 1 0 46 56 11
Divisions: AT - Atlantic, NO - North, SO - South

* – Division leader
After games on November 24, 2011.

Schedule and results[edit]

2011–12 Game log
November: 5–6–0–0 (Home: 3–3–0–0; Road: 2–3–0–0)
# Date Visitor Score Home OT Decision Attendance Record Pts
5 November 3 Toledo 3–4 Greenville Hutton 2,138 1–4–0–0 2[13]
6 November 5 Toledo 0–1 South Carolina McCollum 2,937 1–5–0–0 2[14]
7 November 6 Toledo 5–2 Gwinnett Hutton 4,689 2–5–0–0 4[15]
8 November 9 Chicago 7–4 Toledo Hutton 6,605 2–6–0–0 4[16]
9 November 11 Gwinnett 5–3 Toledo Hutton 5,524 2–7–0–0 4[17]
10 November 12 Gwinnett 4–5 Toledo SO Hutton 7,474 3–7–0–0 6[18]
11 November 15 Toledo 2–4 Cincinnati Hutton 5,252 3–8–0–0 6[19]
12 November 16 Toledo 4–1 Chicago Hutton 1,989 4–8–0–0 8[20]
13 November 19 Reading 3–5 Toledo Hutton 6,003 5–8–0–0 10[21]
14 November 20 Cincinnati 3–6 Toledo Hutton 3,859 6–8–0–0 12[22]
15 November 23 Florida 3–2 Toledo Hutton 4,136 6–9–0–0 12[23]
16 November 25 Cincinnati Toledo
17 November 30 Chicago Toledo

Legend:       Win (2 points)       Loss (0 points)       Overtime/shootout loss (1 point)

Roster[edit]

Updated December 30, 2011.[24]
# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace Contract
29 United States Carlson, DustinDustin Carlson G L 29 2011 Forest Lake, Minnesota Walleye
5 Canada Danis-Pepin, SimonSimon Danis-Pepin Injured Reserve D R 27 2011 Montreal, Quebec Blackhawks
25 United States Estoclet, AdamAdam Estoclet C R 26 2011 Orono, Minnesota Griffins
8 Canada Fournier, GleasonGleason Fournier D L 23 2011 Saint-Fabien, Quebec Red Wings
7 United States Krug, MattMatt Krug D R 30 2011 Livonia, Michigan Walleye
12 United States Lewicki, AaronAaron Lewicki RW L 28 2011 Livonia, Michigan Walleye
14 Canada Martin, JoeyJoey Martin C L 27 2011 Thorold, Ontario Walleye
42 Canada Matte, BrianBrian Matte F L 27 2011 Prince George, British Columbia Walleye
33 United States McCollum, ThomasThomas McCollum G L 25 2010 Cambria, New York Red Wings
11 Czech Republic Nestrasil, AndrejAndrej Nestrasil RW L 24 2011 Prague, Czechoslovakia Red Wings
22 United States Oslund, NickNick Oslund RW R 27 2011 Burnsville, Minnesota Walleye
4 United States Page, KyleKyle Page (A) D L 28 2010 Wixom, Michigan Walleye
20 United States Rauch, PhilPhil Rauch D L 28 2011 Temperance, Michigan Walleye
17 United States Rogers, KyleKyle Rogers (C) RW R 30 2010 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Walleye
21 Canada Rufenach, BryanBryan Rufenach D L 26 2011 Cameron, Ontario Griffins
9 Canada Zanette, PaulPaul Zanette Injured Reserve LW L 27 2011 Nobleton, Ontario IceHogs

Transactions[edit]

Trades[edit]

Date
Details
November 12, 2011
[25]
To Florida Everblades
Scott Fletcher
To Toledo Walleye
Future considerations
November 12, 2011
[25]
To Cincinnati Cyclones
Future considerations
To Toledo Walleye
Ryan Blair
November 18, 2011
[26]
To Elmira Jackals
Kevin Harvey
To Toledo Walleye
Joey Ryan
November 23, 2011
[27]
To Cincinnati Cyclones
Michael Pelech
To Toledo Walleye
Future considerations

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ Monroe, Mark (August 17, 2011). "Walleye, Wings renew bond". Toledo Blade. Retrieved August 17, 2011. 
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