The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


April 2, 2010

From goalies to grinders to scorers, the Chiefs have seen it all



3. Randy Rowe, forward, 2005-09. Rowe provided a combination of leadership and on-ice production that made him a valuable asset.

Rowe scored more than a point a game, with 79 goals and 180 points in 170 regular-season games. He turned it up a notch in the postseason, netting six goals and 11 points in 10 games, including a pair of series wins. Rowe was the Chiefs captain, and his leadership was evident on the ice.

Had he not been bothered by injuries that kept him out for lengthy stretches, Rowe’s numbers would be even more impressive.

4. Lukas Smital, forward, 1996-99, 2001-03. Smital had a wicked wrist shot and a knack for finding the net. He passed Coles as the Chiefs’ career goals leader with 107. “Lukey” played 278 games for the Chiefs and collected 217 points and 302 penalty minutes. The Czech native couldn’t speak English when he arrived in 1996 but years later became one of the most outgoing and recognizable players in team history.

5. Eric Schneider, forward, 2000-02. Schneider only played two seasons for Johns-town, but they were two big seasons.

Twice Schneider passed the 30-goal plateau, with 33 and 38. He had 71 goals and 148 points in 131 games. The Chiefs made the playoffs in both of his years, and

“Schneids” had four goals and nine points in 12 postseason games. He was part of the team that overcame a 2-0 series deficit to beat Peoria in a best-of-5 series in 2002.

6: Jeff Sullivan, defenseman, 1999-2005. Sullivan was a quiet, physical leader who epitomized the term blue collar. A commercial fisherman in the North Atlantic during the offseason, “Sully” played 315 games for Johns-town, scoring 14 goals and 66 points. He accumulated 1,205 penalty minutes, the most in Chiefs history. He was a class act who told the Chiefs he’d change his uniform number in mid-season when the team retired former Johnstown Jets star Galen Head’s No. 8 jersey.

A fan favorite, Sullivan is the only Chiefs player to have his own bobblehead made for a promotion that had crowds lined up outside the arena in two lines that encircled the War Memorial.

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