19 From Guelph’s 2003-04 Memorial Cup Run Still in the Pros

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In 2003-04, the Guelph Storm finished second in the Ontario Hockey League standings, 7 points behind division rivals, the London Knights. The Storm would get revenge on the Knights by beating them in the seventh game of the Western Conference final. Guelph met the Mississauga IceDogs in the OHL final and swept their way to the J. Ross Robertson Cup. The Memorial Cup was the end of the team’s winning ways as they failed to win a single game at the tournament in Kelowna, British Columbia.

19 players that suited up at some point in 2003-04 with the Storm, played professionally in 2009-10. 5 of those players were not involved in the playoffs due to trades or other reasons. To put this number in contrast, the next season, 2004-05, the London Knights fielded what is still considered the best junior hockey team ever assembled in this country. From that London team, just one more player, 20, are still playing professionally and two of those players also played on the Storm the year before.

What follows is a quick summary of each player’s whereabouts during the 2009-10 season and a link to their player profile on their current team’s official website if available.

Martin St. Pierre – Marty played most of the season with the Binghamton Senators of the AHL while being called up for 3 games with Ottawa.

Daniel Paille – Daniel was traded from the Buffalo Sabres to the Boston Bruins after just two games.

Matt Ryan – Matt was with the Augsburger Panthers of Germany’s DEL.

Ryan Callahan – Ryan played for the New York Rangers.

Daniel Girardi – Dan joins Ryan Callahan on the New York Rangers.

Jakub Koreis – Jakub played his second season with Sparta Praha (Prague) in his home country’s Extraliga.

Ryan Garlock – Ryan was traded to Windsor in 2003-04, mid-season. Ryan is another in the Rangers organization, splitting time this season between the ECHL’s Charlotte Checkers and the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack.

Kevin Klein – Kevin played this season with the Nashville Predators.

Mark Versteeg-Lytwyn – Mark split this season between the IHL’s Dayton Gems and the SPHL’s Fayetteville FireAntz.

Cam Janssen – Cam was dropping the gloves with the St. Louis Blues this season.

Ryan Parent – Ryan played for the Philadelphia Flyers this season.

Tyler Haskins – Tyler was traded to Toronto St. Michael’s Majors during the 2003-04 season. He played this season with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers of the AHL.

George Bradley – George played just 6 games with the Allen Americans of the Central Hockey League.

Jiri Drtina – Drtina played just 14 games with the Storm in 2003-04 and didn’t appear in the playoffs. Jiri finished his fifth season with Slavia Praha (Prague) in the Czech Republic’s Extraliga.

Adam Dennis – Adam played in Italy this season with Fassa HC.

Colin Power – Colin was traded to Toronto St. Michael’s Majors during the 2003-04 season. He split this season between two ECHL clubs, the Stockton Thunder and the Wheeling Nailers.

Darryl Smith – Darryl played just 6 games with the Storm in 2003-04 and didn’t appear in the playoffs. He played for the Laredo Bucks of the Central Hockey League this season as well as one game with the Manitoba Moose of the AHL.

Danny Taylor – Danny split his time between the Gwinnett Gladiators of the ECHL and the Syracuse Crunch of the AHL.

Mike McLean – Mike played on three different teams this season. He started out with the Cincinnati Cyclones of the ECHL, played 6 games with the Milwaukee Admirals of the AHL and finished up with the Gwinnett Gladiators of the ECHL.

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