Sunday, April 25, 2010

Fort St.John Allan Cup Champs


Last night, the hometown Fort St.John Flyers were crowned amateur champions of Canada. They beat arch-rival Bentley Generals 4-1 to claim the Allan Cup. The Flyers were led by brothers Rod and Chris Stevens, each being named a tournament All-Star team with Rod named MVP.

Rod Stevens tallied 9 points in 4 Allan Cup games, while brother Chris had 6 goals in 3 games. Fort St.John native, Rod Stevens most recently played pro in France and Britain. He scored 20 goals for the AHL Syracuse Crunch in 96/97 and had 109 points Kamloops in his last year of junior in 93/94.

Fort St.John team mate Kimbi Daniels notched 6 points in the 4 Allan Cup games. He was a third round pick of Philadelphia in 1990 after a 118 point year with the Swift Current Broncos. Daniels also played for Team Canada in the 1992 World Junior Championships scoring 7 points in 7 games. He made a nice career in the ECHL since the late '90s mainly with the Anchorage, Alaska Aces.
Fort St.John goalie Clayton Pool starred with the Kootenay Ice in 98/99 before a five year career with the University of Alberta. Most recently he tended the twine for Muskegon of the IHL.
All-Star goalie from finalist Bentley Generals, Jordan Alford is an alum of NCAA R.P.I. and played one game this past season with the Wheeling Nailers of the ECHL. He posted a .939 Save Pct. in the Allan Cup.
Other notables that competed in this year's tourney were Dundas Real McCoys, Ryan Kuwabara who was drafted in the second round by Montreal in 1990 and would play six seasons in Japan in the late 90's. Bentley General Travis Brigley played with the Colorado Avalanche in 03/04 after a junior career with Lethbridge. This season he played with Ljubljana Olimpija in Austria.
Darren Van Impe of Bentley is the player with the most NHL experience in this year's Allan Cup, having played 411 games with five teams, mainly Anaheim and Boston.

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