The game Mike Santorelli had the first night in Abbotsford took me back a couple years to a stint from Rich Peverley. You may remember that Peverley, the former Admirals star, was called up to Nashville in 2006-07. He was alright, but was sent back. He was only so-so on the ice upon his return. He eventually cranked it up and earned another recall. This time, when he came back, he was the best guy on the ice for the remainder of his days with Milwaukee. He hasn’t been back to the AHL since.
Santorelli had his call-up last year. When he came back, he was so-so. This season, he started in Nashville but was sent down in a numbers game. All he did in his first game back was total five points. I really think he’s close to never playing in the AHL again.
Ben Guite is expected to join the Admirals and be in uniform for the next game against Rockford. Guite is a second generation pro. His father, Pierre, was a teammate with a rookie named Wayne Gretzky on the 1978-79 Edmonton Oilers during the final season of existence in World Hockey Association history. Pierre also skated with the Quebec Nordiques, the franchise that relocated to Denver to become the Avalanche in 1995. Quebec joined the NHL in 1979, but was an original WHA franchise in 1972 and Pierre Guite, a junior teammate of Marcel Dionne's with the St. Catharines Black Hawks, spurned the Red Wings, who selected him 26th overall in the 1972 National Hockey League amateur draft (he was actually their top pick, the Wings having dealt their first-round choice to the New York Rangers) to sign with the Nordiques.
I really enjoyed the team’s trip to Abbotsford. I only wish we would’ve had an extra day between games to visit the area. I would’ve needed to rent a car because it rained constantly. It’s probably good for my diet, though, since it was too rainy to walk to Tim Horton’s. The building the Heat plays in is a gem.
While in Abbotsford, I met former Admirals defenseman Bruce Frees. Bruce came to the broadcast booth and introduced himself. He played one season for the Admirals (1979-80).
I also had Flames Director of Player Development, Duane Sutter, ask me what the internet password was. That’s pretty cool. I have a lot of his hockey cards. Who says I can’t still be a fan?
Until next time…Go Admirals!!!