The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


December 8, 2005

Homecoming no party for Chiefs


Spence, the Chiefs’ captain, has been sidelined by a nagging ankle injury. He resumed skating this week and is almost ready.

“My ankle feels really, really good. I skated the last three days,” Spence said. “I think it’s good enough to play this weekend. But I came back twice already this year too early. The trainer and coach think that I only had one practice with the team and they want me to skate through the weekend where I can get some extra skating in to see if it’s going to hold up.”

Forward Steve Cygan had difficulty breathing after being hit in the throat during a Sunday game at San Diego. The 5-foot, 6-inch speedster returned Tuesday at Las Vegas and took another nasty hit.

“Cygan, we were really concerned with the problem with the neck on Sunday. He couldn’t breathe,” Anzalone said. “They took him to the hospital and said he was fine. Then he got hurt again on Tuesday. Steve is such a competitor. He doesn’t stay away from anything. These big guys are moving forward to him and he’s kind of in the way at a short range. But it’s a credit to Steve. He’s very persistent.”

Notes: The Chiefs in conjunction with Cool 101.5 FM and the United States Marine Corps will hold the annual Toys for Tots Toy Toss during Saturday’s home game against Dayton. Fans are encouraged to bring a new stuffed toy to the game to be tossed on the ice when the Chiefs score their first goal. In the past five seasons, Johnstown fans have tossed more than 10,000 toys onto the ice.

Mike Mastovich can be reached at 532-5083 or

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