7. Jody Shelley, forward, 1998-2000. Shelley was big, standing 6-foot-3 and weighing
A Calgary prospect and future NHL tough guy, Shelley made an impact on multiple fronts. In 88 games with the Chiefs he scored 21 goals and 55 points, a lot of times camping out in front of the net on the power play. He also had 581 penalty minutes.
Shelley had 325 PIM his first season and was on the way to breaking the single-season mark with 256 minutes in 36 games until an AHL call-up that put him in Saint John, New Brunswick, for the remainder of the 1999-2000 season.
8. Dmitri Tarabrin, forward, 1999-2008. Tarabrin played more games than any other Chief, with 480 regular-season appearances.
The Moscow native scored 99 goals and 232 points.
Including the playoffs, he was in 499 games with Johnstown.
Despite standing 5-foot-8, Tarabrin won over fans by often fighting opponents who were much bigger than him early in his career.
9. Jean Desrochers, forward, 2004-08. Desrochers scored 80 goals and had 186 points in 260 games with the Chiefs. Twice he appeared in all 72 games and was an all-star.
He scored a career-high 25 goals and 53 points in 2007-08. Desrochers was part of three playoff teams.
10. Rick Boyd, forward, 1989-91, 1995-97, 2000-01. I covered Boyd in his later seasons when he came out of retirement three times to bolster the Chiefs’ lineup. But even then, one could see the leadership qualities and feisty play that made Boyd such a big hit with Chiefs fans.
In 146 ECHL games with the Chiefs, he had 16 goals, 57 points and 812 penalty minutes. A captain, Boyd also played on the first Chiefs team in the AAHL in 1988.
Of course, it’s impossible to list all of the top players who made the Chiefs’ 22 seasons in the ECHL so memorable. But a group of “honorable mention picks” that I covered follow:
Martin Masa (86 goals and 191 points in 182 games); Mark Green (seven hat tricks and
68 goals in 1991-92); Ryan Garlock (ignited Chiefs offense in two seasons); Stan Reddick (a team-record
25 wins in 1991-92); Don Parsons (four-goal effort in the season finale to net 50 goals in 1995-96); Kris Mayotte (30 wins in two seasons); Connor Shields (rookie all-star and leading scorer this year); Bob Woods (reliable blue liner); Brent Bilodeau (mainstay on defense for six seasons); Dennis Purdie (fiery leader and goal-scorer); Arturs Irbe (former NHL star won over Chiefs fans before earning another trip to the show in 2003-04); John Bradley (37 wins in two-plus seasons); Ryan Nie (single-season record 29 wins in 2007-08); Carl Fleury (30-goal scorer); Jason Spence (tough leader who evolved into assistant coach); Peter Skudra (netminder used time in Johnstown as a springboard to the NHL); Perry Florio (305 games with Chiefs); Mike Knight (captain and solid defenseman); Rob Hrytsak (82 goals,
193 points and 245 PIM on early teams); and Derrick Walser (his wicked shot led defenseman from Johnstown to the NHL).
Mike Mastovich is a sports writer for The Tribune-Democrat.