FORMER ICEHOGS TO HELP KICK OFF TENTH SEASON

By: Mike Peck

Burfoot, Davies and Rivard to drop first puck on Friday

Rockford, Ill.-The Rockford IceHogs kick off their tenth season of professional hockey on Friday night and the American Hockey League club is inviting some former players back from the team’s inaugural season. 

Scott Burfoot, Dan Davies and J.F. Rivard will be on hand opening night as the IceHogs begin the 2008-09 season against the Quad City Flames to drop the ceremonial first puck.  All three players skated for the IceHogs during the 1999-2000 team that competed in the now defunct United Hockey League.

Rivard and Davies established themselves as the organization’s first fan favorites when playing with the IceHogs.  Rivard appeared in 166 games in goal for Rockford, most of any goalie in IceHogs history. The puck-stopper also won an IceHogs franchise record 69 games during four seasons in an IceHogs uniform. 

No player in IceHogs history has appeared in more games than Davies.  In his five season in Rockford, Davies played in 298 games, 104 more than the next closest player. Davies established a reputation as a ferocious body checker and scored one of the biggest goals in IceHogs history.  On March 28, 2003, Davies tallied a third period goal against the rival Quad City Mallards in Rockford’s 1-0 win to clinch a playoff berth at the MetroCentre.

Burfoot not only played for the IceHogs but coached the team as well.  The Winnipeg native began the ‘99-00 season as an assistant coach under Dale Degray.  Burfoot, however, came out of retirement and played in 11 games for the IceHogs.  After hanging up the skates for nearly two more seasons, Burfoot again put retirement on hold and skated in three games during the 2002-03 campaign.  The former winger was then named intern head coach, taking over for Scott Bell in March 2003.  Burfoot helped guide the IceHogs to their second postseason berth in club history.

All three former players currently reside in Rockford and have contributed to youth hockey in the area.  Davies and Rivard both worked with the Rockford Hockey Academy, helping coach and instruct kids with on-and off-ice workout activities.

Burfoot has been an integral part of the successful Jr. IceHogs Youth Hockey, a program developed in conjunction with the Rockford Park District.  Established in the summer of 2003, Burfoot oversees the Jr. IceHogs while also coaching teams in the league. 

Next Home Game: Friday, Oct. 10 vs. Quad City Flames.  Game time is 7:30 p.m. The IceHogs begin its tenth season of professional hockey as the 2008-09 season gets underway.  The first 5,000 fans to the game will receive an IceHogs Magnet Schedule from Dental Dimensions, Speedway Auto Mall, Guerilla Graffix and WTVO.



Search Archive »




Browse by Year »

2014
2013
2012
2011
2010
2009
2008
2007
200
0

Browse by Month »

April 2014
March 2014
February 2014
January 2014
December 2013
November 2013
October 2013
September 2013
August 2013
July 2013
June 2013
May 2013
April 2013
March 2013
February 2013
January 2013
December 2012
November 2012
October 2012
September 2012
August 2012
July 2012
June 2012
May 2012
April 2012
March 2012
February 2012
January 2012
December 2011
November 2011
October 2011
September 2011
August 2011
July 2011
June 2011
May 2011
April 2011
March 2011
February 2011
January 2011
December 2010
November 2010
October 2010
September 2010
August 2010
July 2010
June 2010
May 2010
April 2010
March 2010
February 2010
January 2010

December 2009
November 2009
October 2009
September 2009
August 2009
July 2009
June 2009
May 2009
April 2009
March 2009
February 2009
January 2009
December 2008
November 2008
October 2008
September 2008
August 2008
July 2008
June 2008
May 2008
April 2008
March 2008
February 2008
January 2008
December 2007
November 2007
December 0200