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Icemen Bring Back Captain

August 2, 2001

Scott Lauber

 Press & Sun Bulletin

The BC Icemen are getting rich this summer off the lack of available jobs for free agent minor league hockey players.

Derek Wood, the second-leading scorer in franchise history and captain of last season’s team, became the fourth player in three weeks to re-sign with the Icemen, agreeing Wednesday to a one-year contract.  Financial terms weren’t disclosed.

Wood, a 26-year-old center, spent last season’s final weeks in the upper-level International Hockey League.  But the IHL folded in June, leaving Wood—and many player like him—with fewer employment opportunities.

“There were some other options, but it’s definitely more difficult to find a job now,” Wood said from his home in Prince George, British Columbia.  “But that’s how it should be at the professional level, and ultimately, it’s going to help our team and our league.”

Icemen coach Brad Jones, who doubles as the team’s director of hockey operations, wasted no time re-appointing Wood as captain.  Wood had 85 points (27 goals, team-leading 58 assists) last season when the Icemen missed the united Hockey League playoffs for the first time in franchise history.

In 160games over three seasons with the Icemen, wood has 182 points (69 goals, 113 assists); second to only Chris Grenville’s franchise-record 254 points.  Grenville has also re-signed with the Icemen after seeking a job in the higher-level American Hockey League.

“Woody is the type of player that we’re about,” Jones said.  “He’s probably the top two-way forward in our league.  During last season, it was a tough time for everybody, and he was a character guy and a prototypical leader.”

Said Wood: “I’ve talked to Brad, and I’m convinced the new owner [David Wright} is committed to winning.  I’m excited right off the bat, I think things are going to change from the last few years.”

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