10/16/2012 11:02:00 PM Sundogs sign second NHL player; season opens Saturday
Les Stukenberg/The Daily Courier Phoenix Coyotes – and now Arizona Sundogs – teammates David Schlemko, right, and Kyle Chipchura go after the puck during practice Tuesday at Tim’s Toyota Center in Prescott Valley. The Sundogs open up their 2012-13 season Saturday night against the Allen Americans in Texas.
The CHL club announced Monday that a second member of the Phoenix Coyotes, Kyle Chipchura, has signed with the team during the lockout. Chipchura, 26, was a first round, 18th overall, 2004 NHL Entry Draft pick by the Montreal Canadiens. Last year he scored 16 points over the course of 53 games with the Coyotes, the NHL parent club of the Sundogs.
"We are excited to have such a talented guy join our team," Sundogs GM Chris Presson said in a team statement. "He brings with him the experience that we are looking for. He has helped his teams on more than one occasion reach the championships, so he knows what it takes."
Chipchura follows his Coyotes teammate David Schlemko. Schlemko, who skated with the Sundogs as a CHL All-Star during the team's Ray Miron Cup Championship run in 2007-08, earlier this month re-signed with the Sundogs during the NHL labor dispute.
The NHL locked out its players on Sept. 15, and the regular season was scheduled to begin on Oct. 11. On Tuesday, after watching 34 days pass without a new proposal being offered from either side in negotiations for a new collective bargaining agreement, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman made a new offer to the NHL Players Association that proposes a 50-50 split of hockey-related revenue and a full 82-game season starting Nov. 2.
The Players Association said Tuesday it will review the proposal.
Chipchura, in addition to playing with the Coyotes last season, also appeared last year in eight games with the club's AHL affiliate, the Portland Pirates.
The Sundogs break training camp Wednesday after their final session, starting at 10 a.m. at Tim's Toyota Center. The practice is open to the public.
The CHL regular season opens this Saturday when the Sundogs head to Texas for a two-game Saturday/Sunday series with the Allen Americans.
Arizona opens its home schedule Oct. 26 against the Missouri Mavericks.
Posted: Saturday, November 24, 2012
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I think it is tastleless and low for the Sundogs to hire NHL millionaires as they sit around and pout for more money! And its dispicable for the NHL players to take a job in the CHL taking playng time and the jobs of players who make a fraction of what they do and who are playing more for the love of the game than for a multi-million dollar contract. SAD!
Posted: Wednesday, October 17, 2012
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Welcome Chipchura and welcome back Schlemko! The NHL's loss is our gain! I'm looking forward to a great season... GO SUNDOGS!!!