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Gelech in Coyote camp

September 19 2004 at 10:30 AM
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Randall Gelech
Prospect Grade: 6.0 B
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Randall Gelech started his major junior career during the 2000-01 season with the Kelowna Rockets of the WHL. He was named to the 2001 U-17 Team Western for the World Hockey Challenge in Nova Scotia. After shaking off an below average 2001-02 season, Gelech a breakout year during the 2002-03 season as with Kelowna. They made it deep into the playoffs but went home empty handed. He was also named to the RE/MAX Canada/Russia Challenge series for 2003. During the 2003-04 season he had another superb year and the Rockets made it back into the playoffs. Gelech went on rampage, leading Kelowna into the CHL finals. Not only did the Kelowna end up winning the Memorial Cup, but he was also named to the Memorial Cup All-Star Team for his outstanding play.

Talent Analysis

Gelech is a player that every team loves to have. He is very intense and considered an “energy player.” He is an average skater with decent speed. He works hard on the forecheck and crashes the net. He will find ways to score and won’t give up. He uses the body and finishes his checks. He has average ability and won’t impress much with skill. He will earn his respect from his persistence and determination.


Gelech can stay in Kelowna and remain on the roster as an overage player or he can sign with Phoenix before the 2004-05 season. If he becomes a Coyote, he will start his transition to the pro game with the Grizzles (AHL).


Season Team League GP G A PTS PIM + / - 2000-01 Kelowna WHL 51 1 9 10 19 - 2000-01 Kelowna* WHL 6 0 0 0 4 - 2001-02 Kelowna WHL 48 6 2 8 33 - 2001-02 Kelowna* WHL 15 2 1 3 15 - 2002-03 Kelowna WHL 67 25 20 45 93 - 2002-03 Kelowna* WHL 19 8 4 12 17 - 2003-04 Kelowna WHL 71 30 19 49 117 - 2003-04 Kelowna* WHL 17 10 4 14 22 -

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Re: Gelech in Coyote camp

September 19 2004, 6:38 PM 

Tuesday, September 14, 2004

GLENDALE, ARIZONA --- Phoenix Coyotes General Manager Michael Barnett announced today that the Coyotes have assigned eight players to the Utah Grizzlies of the American Hockey league (AHL), the Coyotes top minor league affiliate.

The Coyotes assigned defensemen Keith Ballard, Joe Callahan and Dustin Wood and forwards Randall Gelech, Jakub Koreis, Kiel McLeod, Lance Monych and Mike Stutzel to the Utah Grizzlies.

The Grizzlies will open their training camp on September 29, 2004 in Salt Lake City, Utah and will play their first preseason game versus the Hamilton Bulldogs (the Edmonton Oilers American Hockey League affiliate) on October 8 in Boise, Idaho. The Grizzlies will lay their first regular season game on October 13 versus Cincinnati.

The Coyotes also announced today that the following players have been returned to their respective junior clubs and university teams:

Brodie Beard (Ottawa - OHL)
Ryan Bowness - (St. Mary’s College - CIS)
Kevin Cormier (Halifax - QMJHL)
Ryan Gibbons (Seattle - WHL)
Ryan Jenner (Victoriaville - QMJHL)
Olivier Latendresse (Val-d’Or Foreurs - QMJHL)
Derek Merlini (Erie - OHL)
Tyler Redenbach (Swift Current - WHL)
Logan Stephenson (Tri-City - WHL)
Roman Tomanek (Calgary - WHL)

Goaltender Frank Doyle (Maine - HE) has signed an American Hockey League contract with the Utah Grizzlies and will attend the Grizzlies training camp beginning September 29. Left wing Landon Bathe (Maine - HE) will also attend the Utah Grizzlies training camp. Paulo Colaiacovo (Barrie - OHL) and Matt Nicholson (Colgate - ECAC) were released from their ATO’s.

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