1996-97 Utica Blizzard Roster

Colonial Hockey League (COHL)
Team Record: 22-42 (SO: 0-10) - 54 points
in the COHL's East Division
Lost in 1st Round
Coach: Don Martin (22-42, 10 OTL)
Location: Utica, New York
Attendance: 58,534, Avg. 1,582 in 37 home dates
1996-97 Utica Blizzard Statistics

The Utica Blizzard of the Colonial Hockey League ended the 1996-97 season with a record of 22 wins and 42 losses, with a 0-10 showing in shootouts for 54 points in the COHL's East Division.

The Blizzard netted 278 goals and yielded 385. John Vecchiarelli scored 56 goals for Utica, and Troy Stephens tallied 30 or more, too. John Vecchiarelli recorded 50 assists. Ron Bertrand topped the squad with 9 wins and a team-best 5.23 goals against average, leading regular goalies. Don Martin coached the team. The 1996-97 Utica Blizzard lost in the in 1st Round of the playoffs.

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Player Pos. Birth Date Height Weight S/C Hometown
Evan AndersonDJanuary 5, 19725'8"170Regina, SASK Canada
Jason AndersonFJuly 14, 19725'10"165Escanaba, MI USA
Jeffrey AzarDSeptember 7, 19735'11"195Quincy, MA USA
Ryan BachGOctober 21, 19736'1"185LSherwood Park, AB Canada
Pascal BelangerWJuly 8, 1975Lapocatiere, QUE Canada
Mark BellFFebruary 3, 19755'11"195New Westminster, BC Canada
Ron BertrandGJanuary 15, 19725'10"170Ottawa, ONT Canada
Chad BlackG
Scott BlairCNovember 1, 19785'11"170RDetroit, MI USA
Fran BusseyLWJuly 9, 19746'3"190LDuluth, MN USA
Troy CaleyCJanuary 14, 19745'10"181ROwen Sound, ON Canada
Tom ColasantoFApril 9, 19735'6"176Commack, NY USA
Tom ColeGFebruary 8, 19696'1"183LWoburn, MA USA
Len DeVuonoDFebruary 7, 19716'1"209LSault Ste. Marie, ON Canada
Aaron EllisGMay 13, 19746'3"187LIndianapolis, IN USA
Larry EmpeyDJuly 25, 19736'3"209LSwift Current, SK Canada
Richard FatrolaCOctober 29, 19705'11"173Mississauga, ONT Canada
Tim FingerhutLWMay 20, 19716'0"194LPennsauken, NJ USA
Andrew GagnonGApril 4, 19725'10"174LManchester, CT USA
Ray GallagherDMay 12, 19685'10"187RAjax, ON Canada
Lou GermainG5'10"180Rochester, NY
Harry GormanL
Roy GrayDApril 22, 19765'8"185RToronto, ON Canada
Mike GruttadauriaDOctober 10, 19706'2"190Rochester, NY USA
Jeff GuayDFebruary 9, 19725'9"187LLewiston, ME USA
Tim HarrisRWOctober 16, 19676'2"203RUxbridge, ON Canada
Jamie HaydenDApril 19, 19726'0"201LSaskatoon, SK Canada
Steve HernimanDJune 9, 19686'4"216LWindsor, ON Canada
Chad HollowayDFebruary 29, 19726'1"196LBurlington, ON Canada
Corey IsenLWMay 26, 19755'8"201LLondon, ON Canada
Christian LabonteCApril 2, 19755'11"203LAsbestos, QC Canada
Mark LaForestGJuly 10, 19625'11"190LWelland, ON Canada
Rob MacInnisDSeptember 12, 19656'0"194LInverness, NS Canada
Ralph MarzialeCJanuary 3, 19745'10"194RProvidence, RI USA
Dan MenardCDecember 5, 19736'0"187LOttawa, ON Canada
Gary MillerDMarch 19, 19726'2"207LPalm Beach, FL USA
Sean OrtizLWDecember 10, 19716'1"179RPeoria, IL USA
Len PernoGOctober 18, 19715'9"170LRochester, NY
Mike PetersFMay 9, 19746'2"194Yonkers, NY USA
Jason RenardFApril 22, 19746'1"190RBrooks, AB Canada
Jacque RodrigueDMay 7, 19716'0"190LNashua, NH USA
Matt RuchtyLWNovember 27, 19696'1"225LKitchener, ON Canada
Jason ScanzanoL
Zdenek SiklFJuly 20, 19716'1"181LMost, CZE
Kelvin SolariRWMarch 4, 19746'0"209RSudbury, ON Canada
Oleg SorokinLJanuary 4, 19746'4"230LRiga, Latvia
Mike StecklerCSeptember 13, 19665'10"170LNew Hartford, NY USA
Troy StephensCFebruary 28, 19715'7"172RMississauga, ON Canada
Shayne StevensonROctober 26, 19706'1"190RAurora, ON Canada
Sergei TkachenkoGJune 6, 19716'0"203LKiev, UKR
John VecchiarelliRWJuly 4, 19646'0"194LToronto, ON Canada
Ben WhiteDJune 1, 19746'3"216LSudbury, ON Canada
Joakim WibergGOctober 23, 19726'1"196LSalem, SWE
Shawn YakimishynCFebruary 15, 19725'9"190RRoblin, MB Canada

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