Wolves GM gets 'weird' task
By Tim Sassone Daily Herald Sports Writer
Posted on June 01, 2002
At a private gathering last week, the seven members of the Wolves who
won the Turner Cup with the Orlando Solar Bears a year ago were
presented their championship rings.
Wolves general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff did the honors.
"It was kind of an interesting situation for the GM of the team that
they beat out to hand them their rings, but while it was a weird
feeling it was great to see that you were giving them (a) symbol of
their championship," said Cheveldayoff. "I think some of our guys
felt the heartstring tug a little bit because it could have been me
handing it to them, but it's not the Orlando guys and the Chicago
guys anymore. We're the Wolves."
Now those seven former Solar Bears - Brad Tapper, Dan Snyder, Ben
Simon, Bryan Adams, J.P. Vigier, Mike Weaver and Norm Maracle - are
just one win away from being part of another championship team, this
time as Wolves.
It was Tapper scoring the winning goal Friday night 3:08 into the
third period at Allstate Arena as the Wolves beat Bridgeport 4-2 to
take a commanding three games to one lead in the Calder Cup Finals.
Tapper's third goal of the playoffs snapped a 2-2 tie and came off a
faceoff when he tipped Dallas Eakins' shot past Bridgeport goalie
"I got away from my man and it went off my glove and stick," Tapper
said. "DiPietro was going the other way."
After a regular season during which the players didn't always blend
in a smooth fashion for one reason or another, the Wolves have come
together in an impressive way at the most important time of the
"We have a lot of champions in this room," Tapper said. "Guys like
Rob Brown and Malts (Steve Maltais) have so much experience and we
have a lot of young players.
"Everyone brings something to the table here and the way we've come
together is unbelievable. We weren't really together through games 60
to 80. But right from the beginning of the playoffs we had a little
get together, everyone came together and everyone is looking out for
one another. If you see someone get hit out there, guys who you
wouldn't even think would go after people are doing it."
The Wolves had only 12 shots on DiPietro through two periods, yet it
was tied 2-2 heading to the third thanks to a pair of power-play
goals by Brown, who continues to light it up offensively.
Brown leads the playoffs in scoring with 30 points, including 19 in
the last 10 games. The multiple-point game was his eighth of the
"This was an all-around great team effort," said Brown. "We don't
want to go back to Bridgeport. We don't want to give them any life."
Wolves goalie Pasi Nurminen was outstanding once again, stopping 29
shots to win for the eighth time in a row at Allstate Arena. Both
Sound Tigers goals came on power plays.
"Pasi keeps making the big stops," said Wolves coach John
Anderson. "I keep thinking about Cujo (Curtis Joseph), and how many
times he pulls (Toronto) out of the fire, and the kid in Montreal
(Jose Theodore). You've got to have goaltending like that if you want
to win a championship."