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2/25/2011 4:06 PM (edited)

Season 24 fizzles out, players pack up

Another year, another early playoff exit for a Yowlers team that excelled during the regular season.  Considered by many to be a team that wouldn't challenge at the start of the year when the Yowlers announced they would be icing no fewer than six rookies in full-time roles, the team surprised many by actually being highly competitive.  The youngsters knocked off an impressive 117 point season, but were squashed in the second round.  This season sees three veterans hang up the skates, including one long-time fan-favorite whose scarred face is almost synonymous with "Yowlers Hockey".

RW John Majain

Regular Season Statistics
  GP GLS AST PTS PPG SHG GWG +/- PIM S S% FW% TOI
Season 17 19 3 5 8 0 0 0 6 4 23 13.0 0.0 4:31:19
Season 18 82 11 10 21 0 0 4 24 24 98 11.2 0.0 18:22:25
Season 19 12 4 4 8 0 0 0 6 0 26 15.4 0.0 2:51:50
Season 20 82 17 22 39 0 0 1 41 8 129 13.2 0.0 20:13:47
Season 21 80 7 29 36 0 0 1 20 8 91 7.7 0.0 18:53:04
Season 22 82 12 20 32 0 0 2 15 6 67 17.9 49.0 19:05:23
Season 23 82 20 31 51 1 0 5 45 4 85 23.5 60.0 19:07:11
Current Season 82 17 30 47 0 0 3 34 6 89 19.1 53.8 20:51:35
  521 91 151 242 1 0 16 191 60 608 15.0 54.4 123:56:34

Playoff Statistics
  GP GLS AST PTS PPG SHG GWG +/- PIM S S% FW% TOI
Season 20 7 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 2 6 33.3 0.0 1:40:50
Season 21 18 2 3 5 0 0 1 6 0 21 9.5 0.0 4:35:37
Season 22 5 0 1 1 0 0 0 2 0 3 0.0 56.4 1:12:36
Season 23 18 2 3 5 0 0 0 2 0 16 12.5 58.8 4:15:53
Current Season 10 1 3 4 0 0 0 3 0 7 14.3 100.0 2:30:02
  58 7 10 17 0 0 1 13 2 53 13.2 58.7 14:14:58
 
A quality second-line forward for most of his career, Majain leaves the team nearly as quietly as he entered.  A mid-round draft pick with little fanfare, Majain was always slotted into a balanced role, with just enough defensive smarts and scoring ability to be able to contribute at both ends of the ice.  Never a big locker-room talker, his quiet and contempletive manner made him a bit of an enigma for the fans, but he was always well-liked and frequently gave well-thought out interviews when asked.  He leaves with no team or league awards, but he fnished 14th in all-time scoring and 11th in all-time plus/minus.  He wore #18 throughout his Yowlers career.

D Vuong Nguyen

Regular Season Statistics
  GP GLS AST PTS PPG SHG GWG +/- PIM S S% FW% TOI
Season 13 82 10 11 21 0 1 0 11 12 129 7.8 0.0 29:05:48
Season 15 16 0 0 0 0 0 0 -5 2 27 0.0 0.0 5:16:51
Season 18 82 14 14 28 2 0 2 7 2 119 11.8 0.0 25:11:01
Season 20 82 7 20 27 0 0 0 28 0 56 12.5 0.0 25:09:36
Season 21 82 20 21 41 2 0 5 23 2 110 18.2 0.0 25:21:34
Season 22 82 26 24 50 0 0 7 36 4 126 20.6 0.0 25:12:24
Current Season 82 21 42 63 2 0 2 36 6 121 17.4 0.0 29:28:34
  508 98 132 230 6 1 16 136 28 688 14.2 0.0 164:45:48
Playoff Statistics
  GP GLS AST PTS PPG SHG GWG +/- PIM S S% FW% TOI
Season 21 18 1 6 7 0 0 0 3 0 15 6.7 0.0 5:41:30
Season 22 5 0 1 1 0 0 0 -3 0 1 0.0 0.0 1:29:28
Current Season 10 4 3 7 0 0 0 1 2 18 22.2 0.0 3:32:33
  33 5 10 15 0 0 0 1 2 34 14.7 0.0 10:43:31

An oddity in Yowlers history, Nguyen was an excellent regular-season rearguard, but due to curios in the eligiblity rules, he rarely dressed for the playoffs.  Drafted out of the VEHL (Vietnamese Elite Hockey League), Nguyen spent a number of seasons in the minors learning how to skate with blades instead of sharpened bamboo leaves.  He quickly became a fan favorite due to his high-energy play and willingness to do anything anyone told him, crashing around the ice despite his diminutive 5'5" stature.  His desire to learn and improve is probably unmatched in team history, as no Yowlers player ever came so far from such a raw starting point.  Early in his career he was often replaced in the post-season with more veteran players until eligibilty rules changed - and then he showed the team what they had been missing, delivering excellent playoff hockey.  Nguyen won the team's "Unsung Hero" award in seasons 13 and 20, and "Most Improved" award in season 21.  He wore #26 his entire career.

D Kaspars Torppala

Regular Season Statistics
  GP GLS AST PTS PPG SHG GWG +/- PIM S S% FW% TOI
Season 1 16 0 13 13 0 0 0 4 46 4 0.0 0.0 4:30:04
Season 2 3 0 2 2 0 0 0 1 30 1 0.0 0.0 00:45:19
Season 3 12 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 55 6 0.0 0.0 3:15:28
Season 4 19 0 0 0 0 0 0 -8 170 11 0.0 0.0 5:05:24
Season 5 18 0 3 3 0 0 0 -3 82 14 0.0 0.0 4:48:28
Season 6 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 64 7 0.0 0.0 1:28:54
Season 8 57 3 10 13 0 0 0 7 311 57 5.3 38.9 14:55:49
Season 9 39 3 6 9 0 0 0 16 56 71 4.2 30.8 12:12:14
Season 10 62 2 15 17 0 0 0 3 69 99 2.0 0.0 21:14:41
Season 11 13 1 5 6 0 0 0 0 8 21 4.8 0.0 4:41:18
Season 12 56 4 12 16 0 0 0 1 41 125 3.2 0.0 19:19:35
Season 13 19 5 5 10 0 1 0 4 27 30 16.7 0.0 5:38:00
Season 14 54 1 12 13 0 0 0 -12 22 85 1.2 0.0 17:22:57
Season 15 19 0 8 8 0 0 0 0 0 30 0.0 0.0 6:17:33
Season 16 19 0 8 8 0 0 0 -9 6 20 0.0 0.0 6:00:49
Season 17 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 2 0 - 0.0 00:13:45
Season 18 19 1 14 15 0 0 0 13 4 21 4.8 0.0 6:05:18
Season 19 19 2 15 17 0 0 0 12 16 17 11.8 0.0 5:45:31
Season 20 19 1 12 13 1 0 0 8 8 4 25.0 0.0 5:55:54
Season 21 14 1 8 9 0 0 0 -1 2 22 4.5 0.0 4:16:40
Season 22 14 2 7 9 0 0 1 6 4 14 14.3 0.0 4:12:11
Current Season 74 15 32 47 0 1 4 30 16 71 21.1 0.0 22:00:50
  572 41 188 229 1 2 5 78 1039 730 5.6 36.7 176:06:42
Playoff Statistics
  GP GLS AST PTS PPG SHG GWG +/- PIM S S% FW% TOI
Season 2 5 0 1 1 0 0 0 -1 51 4 0.0 0.0 1:10:48
Season 12 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 -1 0 2 0.0 0.0 00:25:05
Season 13 5 0 1 1 0 0 0 -6 0 7 0.0 0.0 1:36:55
Season 19 11 0 5 5 0 0 0 4 4 2 0.0 0.0 3:28:47
Current Season 10 2 4 6 0 0 1 4 0 9 22.2 0.0 3:00:55
  33 2 11 13 0 0 1 0 55 24 8.3 0.0 9:42:30

The Man.  The Myth.  The Torpedo.

What more can be said about the man who arguably did more than any other player in the early days of the team to promote pro hockey in Yorba Linda?  Although he was rarely a regular in the lineup, Torppala knew how to bring the fans out of their seats in his 23 seasons with the team.  (He did not skate in season 7, as he served as a player-coach for MLDML Anaheim Hills)  Never one to shy away from physical play, body checks, scraps in the corners, or knife fights with home-made shanks, Torppala terrified opposing players with his tendency to suddenly snap and attempt to kill them.  Literally.  With weapons.  Although he mellowed over the years and evolved his game into that of a quality two-way defenseman, he still managed to lead the team in PIMs in his 23rd and final season.  His 1039 career penalty minutes is 2nd all time in league history behind the legendary Jermaine Sweese, but Torppala does hold the unofficial record for most number of times suspended, at "dozens".  He won the team's "Unsung Hero" award in seasons 9 and 24, and "Most Improved" in season 9 as he moved into a full-time role on the team's blueline.  Torpedo will move into a full-time coaching role in Anaheim Hills.  Fans have already started an online campaign to have his #15 retired by the team, as "Retire15Torpedo" already has 4000 friends on Facebook.
3/17/2011 11:58 AM
Yowlers make first trade in five years

Today, the Yorba Linda Yowlers acquired veteran defenseman Vincent Guyette from the Henderson Hornets in exchange for defensive prospect Yamato Kenko and a 3rd round pick.  Here to talk about the trade is Yowlers coach and GM, yogsloth:

"Well, we haven't made a deal in a while... it's true.  The way we approach these things is we look at our roster, we look at our prospects, and we try to plan where we need to be.  If we have too many players at one 'age level' and not enough at another, we look to make a deal.  In this case, we had too many blueliners in Anaheim Hills without any MLD experience, and not enough with 2-3 years left to play, so we looked for a swap.  We had several offers on the table for different guys around the league, but we felt Guyette was the best fit."

Tell us about him.

"Guyette is a guy who has seen the extremes of the MLD, that's for sure!  His rookie year was something that would have destroyed lesser men.   Henderson was rebuilding that year, and only won 19 games... and Vincent was out there as a rookie in the #1 defenseman role, trying to stem the bleeding... he wound up an astonishing -100 while playing over 27 minutes a game!  It's an incredible testament to his toughness that he managed to come back in one piece mentally, so that by the time the Hornets were back on top, he was playing a leading role... finishing with a +90 rating just a few seasons later... and a + rating overall in four complete seasons.  He's got tremendous poise and a great head for the game.  We think he'll fit in perfectly here, even though we only have him for two seasons."

Kenko was in his third season for the Anacondas... tell us about him.

"He's a great little player, a great talent.  We drafted him out of the JIHL after it folded.  He was very raw, but we've got a bit of a specialty scouting program here to find players with great talent but little top-end experience.  Kenko certainly would have played for us, but in the end, we felt we had enough rookie D-men that we could part with one, and he was the one Henderson really wanted.   We wish him the best of luck in Henderson. "
5/5/2011 12:04 PM (edited)
Another bunch of idiots retire; nobody cares

After another completely inexplicable meltdown in which a 127 point team were utterly crushed in the first round, another group of useless idiots from the Yowlers hangs them up to go do something with their lives.  Perhaps even something they're remotely interested in, unlike hockey.  Defenseman Jan Brady becomes the new captain and target for abuse for the next three seasons' inevitable post-season implosion.
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D Erik Leclerq

Regular Season Statistics
  GP GLS AST PTS PPG SHG GWG +/- PIM S S% FW% TOI
Season 17 82 32 11 43 0 0 7 33 14 219 14.6 0.0 24:49:19
Season 18 82 29 27 56 1 1 7 13 14 167 17.4 0.0 25:44:34
Season 19 82 18 22 40 0 0 6 49 8 118 15.3 0.0 25:29:00
Season 20 82 32 22 54 2 0 4 38 18 115 27.8 0.0 28:19:45
Season 21 82 21 31 52 3 0 6 33 4 134 15.7 0.0 28:44:58
Season 22 82 22 34 56 2 0 3 39 8 107 20.6 0.0 28:27:58
Season 23 82 22 39 61 3 1 4 51 6 120 18.3 0.0 28:54:41
Season 24 82 22 46 68 0 0 2 58 4 104 21.2 0.0 29:01:21
Current Season 82 24 57 81 3 0 3 72 2 123 19.5 0.0 28:56:08
  738 222 289 511 14 2 42 386 78 1207 18.4 0.0 248:27:44
Playoff Statistics
  GP GLS AST PTS PPG SHG GWG +/- PIM S S% FW% TOI
Season 17 19 8 3 11 0 0 2 11 2 43 18.6 0.0 5:49:15
Season 18 13 3 8 11 0 0 1 16 4 30 10.0 0.0 4:11:52
Season 19 11 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 1 0.0 0.0 3:22:48
Season 20 10 2 3 5 0 0 0 -4 0 11 18.2 0.0 3:40:51
Season 21 18 3 6 9 0 0 1 4 0 25 12.0 0.0 6:31:38
Season 22 5 0 1 1 0 0 0 -2 0 2 0.0 0.0 1:44:42
Season 23 18 3 10 13 0 0 0 6 0 20 15.0 0.0 6:28:29
Season 24 10 1 7 8 1 0 1 7 0 13 7.7 0.0 3:44:03
Current Season 5 0 2 2 0 0 0 -3 0 2 0.0 0.0 1:43:28
  109 20 40 60 1 0 5 39 6 147 13.6 0.0 37:17:06

"Captain Collapse", as Yowlers fans took to calling him, retires as the sixth franchise player in history.  A regular-season superhero, Leclerq actually retires as the team's all-time leader in goals and +/-, second in points, and third in assists and power-play goals.  His playoff teams struggled tremendously, however.  During his nine-season career, the Yowlers averaged 117 points per season... but never had anything to show for it in the playoffs.  He collected two "Outstanding Defenseman" awards (seasons 20 and 25), "Best Newcomer" (season 17), and a single MVP award in his final season.  He also won the coveted Calder trophy during his first season in the league.  He wore #28 during his Yowlers career.

RW Wendell Royachuk

Regular Season Statistics
  GP GLS AST PTS PPG SHG GWG +/- PIM S S% FW% TOI
Season 20 82 23 17 40 0 0 4 7 0 158 14.6 0.0 19:21:30
Season 21 82 27 10 37 1 0 3 35 0 172 15.7 0.0 20:59:09
Season 22 82 26 15 41 5 0 1 29 2 138 18.8 0.0 21:36:51
Season 23 82 20 12 32 0 0 0 55 2 121 16.5 50.0 22:14:44
Season 24 82 11 17 28 0 0 2 45 0 96 11.5 50.0 22:16:15
Current Season 82 22 12 34 2 0 6 39 4 119 18.5 0.0 21:43:30
  492 129 83 212 8 0 16 210 8 804 16.0 47.4 128:11:59
Playoff Statistics
  GP GLS AST PTS PPG SHG GWG +/- PIM S S% FW% TOI
Season 20 10 1 0 1 0 0 1 -9 0 12 8.3 0.0 2:24:40
Season 21 18 3 1 4 0 0 0 2 0 28 10.7 0.0 4:40:54
Season 22 5 1 1 2 0 0 0 -3 0 4 25.0 0.0 1:16:30
Season 23 18 4 1 5 0 0 3 4 0 14 28.6 16.7 4:50:34
Season 24 10 2 2 4 0 0 0 3 2 10 20.0 0.0 2:43:08
Current Season 5 1 0 1 0 0 0 -7 2 4 25.0 0.0 1:16:58
  66 12 5 17 0 0 4 -10 4 72 16.7 16.7 17:12:44

I swear to God, I never head of this guy.  He won "Best Newcomer" in season 20 and finished a +210, so he must have done something right.  How many "Chuks" can one team have, anyway?  Apparently he wore #24 for the team. 


RW Syl Loyachuk

Regular Season Statistics
  GP GLS AST PTS PPG SHG GWG +/- PIM S S% FW% TOI
Season 19 80 20 16 36 1 0 4 36 2 135 14.8 50.0 18:43:52
Season 20 82 31 18 49 3 0 7 46 2 186 16.7 100.0 21:32:02
Season 21 82 14 17 31 4 0 4 38 4 104 13.5 0.0 22:03:30
Season 22 82 17 31 48 1 0 5 29 0 94 18.1 0.0 21:40:28
Season 23 82 22 37 59 0 0 5 55 0 110 20.0 57.9 22:17:45
Season 24 7 1 1 2 0 0 0 -2 0 10 10.0 64.0 2:04:05
Current Season 82 10 39 49 1 1 0 42 4 107 9.3 60.7 21:58:02
  497 115 159 274 10 1 25 244 12 746 15.4 60.3 130:19:44
Playoff Statistics
  GP GLS AST PTS PPG SHG GWG +/- PIM S S% FW% TOI
Season 19 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 -4 0 9 0.0 0.0 1:17:28
Season 20 10 3 2 5 0 0 0 8 0 13 23.1 0.0 2:49:06
Season 21 18 4 6 10 0 0 1 3 0 17 23.5 0.0 5:00:56
Season 22 5 1 2 3 0 0 0 -3 0 3 33.3 100.0 1:16:30
Season 23 18 5 3 8 1 0 0 4 0 15 33.3 47.3 4:50:34
Current Season 5 0 2 2 0 0 0 -6 2 3 0.0 50.0 1:19:04
  61 13 15 28 1 0 1 2 2 60 21.7 50.0 16:33:38

Apparently an endless supply of "Chuks", it would seem.  Syl actually was good friends with Wendell and requested to warehouse a season so that they could retire at the same time.  The two have apparently purchased a fishing cabin together that they plan to decorate in a neo-mediterranean style.  For, y'know, fishing. As buddies.  Loyachuk actually won the "Best Newcomer" award in season 19 and "Unsung Hero" award in season 25 for his consistent two-way play.  He wore #20 during his career.

D Ralph Voorhees

Regular Season Statistics
  GP GLS AST PTS PPG SHG GWG +/- PIM S S% FW% TOI
Season 5 58 3 13 16 0 0 0 11 10 92 3.3 0.0 19:28:20
Season 8 82 7 22 29 0 0 0 34 0 97 7.2 25.0 27:17:19
Season 9 64 3 18 21 1 0 0 3 6 68 4.4 0.0 21:36:24
Season 10 19 8 2 10 1 0 0 2 0 37 21.6 0.0 6:34:09
Season 11 19 2 5 7 0 0 0 6 0 28 7.1 0.0 6:13:14
Season 12 8 3 2 5 1 0 0 0 0 16 18.8 0.0 2:38:00
Season 13 19 2 7 9 0 0 0 -5 0 31 6.5 0.0 6:08:57
Season 14 13 0 6 6 0 0 0 -2 0 22 0.0 0.0 4:24:46
Season 15 16 0 6 6 0 0 0 5 0 23 0.0 0.0 5:19:04
Season 16 6 2 1 3 0 0 0 -3 2 8 25.0 0.0 1:52:16
Season 18 19 2 10 12 0 0 1 12 4 31 6.5 0.0 6:09:48
Season 19 19 1 10 11 0 0 0 15 0 14 7.1 0.0 5:54:28
Season 20 19 0 8 8 0 0 0 7 4 4 0.0 0.0 6:01:08
Season 21 60 8 33 41 0 0 0 17 0 77 10.4 0.0 18:43:18
Season 22 68 14 32 46 0 0 2 33 6 80 17.5 0.0 20:54:07
Current Season 80 22 44 66 0 1 6 67 6 117 18.8 0.0 28:27:05
  569 77 219 296 3 1 9 202 38 745 10.3 25.0 187:42:23
Playoff Statistics
  GP GLS AST PTS PPG SHG GWG +/- PIM S S% FW% TOI
Season 8 20 1 6 7 0 0 0 6 0 39 2.6 0.0 7:03:43
Season 12 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 -1 0 4 0.0 0.0 00:39:44
Season 14 16 2 2 4 1 0 0 0 0 14 14.3 0.0 5:20:12
Season 21 18 4 2 6 0 0 2 4 4 23 17.4 0.0 5:47:19
Season 22 5 1 1 2 0 0 1 -3 2 3 33.3 0.0 1:27:42
Current Season 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 -4 0 3 0.0 0.0 1:43:09
  66 8 11 19 1 0 3 2 6 86 9.3 0.0 22:01:49

The longest-serving Yowler, Voorhees is the sole remaining player who can remember when the Yowlers were actually worth a squirt of piss.  Although he was injured during the team's last succesful cup run in season 9, he was an important cog of that team and got his name on the cup.  A smooth-skating defenseman with a fantastic shot, he was netting hat tricks during the ultra-defensive era of the MLD.  Although he battled injuries his entire career (in fact, he only played one 82 game season his entire career), his smooth play was always welcome by the team.  Like so many other Yowlers, he struggled in the playoffs, often being accused of losing focus.  His most notable achievement would probably be winning the team's "Outstanding Defenseman" award back in season 8, when team captain Sparky Clemons spent most of the season in Sweden.  He wore #25 throughout his career.
7/14/2011 7:56 PM (edited)
Two more Yowlers ride into the sunset

Season 26 of the MLD saw a more rookie-heavy Yowlers team eek out a 107 point season - a big comedown from recent seasons, but still enough to edge Okanagan for the division title.  The team then surprised again by making it to the conference finals, losing a tough series to Iceland.  Two more players now hang up the skates, as the Yowlers prepare to re-tool again and try to pull out their 12th consecutive 100+ point season in year 27.

RW Heiðar Guðmundsdóttir

Regular Season Statistics
  GP GLS AST PTS PPG SHG GWG +/- PIM S S% FW% TOI
Season 20 70 12 10 22 0 0 3 0 0 100 12.0 0.0 16:05:05
Season 21 70 5 9 14 0 0 1 -5 4 101 5.0 0.0 15:54:32
Season 22 82 15 17 32 0 0 3 15 6 138 10.9 100.0 18:25:09
Season 23 12 3 2 5 0 0 1 8 0 22 13.6 0.0 3:15:53
Season 24 82 8 18 26 0 0 1 16 0 68 11.8 44.6 18:33:59
Season 25 82 14 27 41 0 0 4 49 0 88 15.9 100.0 18:36:53
Current Season 82 16 19 35 0 0 1 40 0 78 20.5 36.2 18:18:13
  480 73 102 175 0 0 14 123 10 595 12.3 44.2 109:09:44

Playoff Statistics
  GP GLS AST PTS PPG SHG GWG +/- PIM S S% FW% TOI
Season 21 18 1 2 3 0 0 1 1 2 26 3.8 0.0 4:21:55
Season 22 5 0 2 2 0 0 0 2 0 1 0.0 0.0 1:11:27
Season 24 9 0 1 1 0 0 0 4 0 5 0.0 47.8 1:58:22
Season 25 5 0 1 1 0 0 0 -2 0 5 0.0 0.0 1:08:51
Current Season 16 1 1 2 0 0 0 -2 0 11 9.1 0.0 3:41:14
  53 2 7 9 0 0 1 3 2 48 4.2 47.8 12:21:49


Career fourth-liner and perpetually gender-confused Guðmundsdóttir ends his tenure in Yorba Linda with no hardware and little to show.  Never the most gifted offensively or defensively, it was generally his engaging demeanor that endeared him to Yowler teammates and fans.  Originally recrutied out of the Icelandic Extra League after not being deemed good enough to make the MLD's Vikings, "Heidi" won over fans with his optimistic outlook on life, hard work in the corners, and finely-manicured nails.  He returns to his native Iceland, after a brief vacation in Thailand.  He wore #51 for Yorba Linda.

C Chris Ryan

Regular Season Statistics
  GP GLS AST PTS PPG SHG GWG +/- PIM S S% FW% TOI
Season 9 42 2 3 5 0 0 0 -9 10 54 3.7 34.8 10:17:55
Season 10 12 0 1 1 0 0 0 -7 2 7 0.0 50.0 2:42:37
Season 11 19 0 3 3 0 0 0 0 2 19 0.0 41.4 4:41:01
Season 12 19 0 1 1 0 0 0 -4 2 26 0.0 38.3 4:19:35
Season 14 19 1 3 4 0 0 0 -2 0 20 5.0 32.0 4:08:12
Season 15 19 0 1 1 0 0 0 -5 0 21 0.0 49.1 4:17:06
Season 16 21 2 3 5 0 0 0 6 0 21 9.5 0.0 4:52:12
Season 17 14 2 4 6 1 0 0 5 0 12 16.7 0.0 3:23:03
Season 18 19 2 4 6 0 0 1 8 0 12 16.7 25.0 4:37:12
Season 19 18 4 5 9 0 0 0 13 0 20 20.0 0.0 4:18:59
Season 20 14 1 6 7 0 0 0 2 0 16 6.3 28.6 3:25:02
Season 21 74 8 15 23 0 0 0 43 6 81 9.9 47.7 19:45:57
Season 22 82 10 34 44 0 1 1 34 2 82 12.2 55.0 22:07:48
Season 23 82 22 47 69 0 0 7 61 4 83 26.5 60.0 21:06:21
Season 24 14 1 9 10 0 0 0 7 4 20 5.0 66.5 3:57:48
Season 25 14 6 9 15 0 0 1 18 0 19 31.6 64.6 3:27:02
Current Season 82 28 35 63 4 0 2 34 2 90 31.1 59.5 21:52:48
  564 89 183 272 5 1 12 204 34 603 14.8 56.2 143:20:38

Playoff Statistics
  GP GLS AST PTS PPG SHG GWG +/- PIM S S% FW% TOI
Season 19 6 1 0 1 0 0 0 -2 0 5 20.0 0.0 1:33:06
Season 20 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 -3 0 2 0.0 0.0 00:50:21
Season 21 18 2 2 4 0 0 1 3 0 14 14.3 49.7 4:43:54
Season 22 5 0 2 2 0 0 0 -3 0 2 0.0 52.6 1:16:32
Season 23 18 2 5 7 0 0 1 -2 2 14 14.3 53.9 4:56:02
Current Season 16 1 4 5 0 0 1 2 2 13 7.7 56.3 4:13:00
  66 6 13 19 0 0 3 -5 4 50 12.0 53.3 17:32:55


Elite defensive forward # 235,872 in Yowlers history, Ryan's career was actually tragically cut short when the team's coach and gm yogsloth accidentally left him in the lineup one extra day, causing him to play a 21 game season.  FRICK.  Anyway, Ryan was one of those players who saw use in season after season... his elite skillset meant that he was often warehoused to be played in critical games during the regular season.  Like so many other Yowler greats, however, Ryan always seemed to struggle in the playoffs.  Although he was used extensively as a penalty-killer (and later in his career, as a point man on the power play), he found it very difficult to translate that icetime into post-season success.  He was a three-time winner of the team's "Best Defensive Forward" award, from seasons 21-23.  (Markus Levy is the only other Yowler to ever win the award three times.)  Ryan wore #17 for the Yowlers.
9/28/2011 2:33 PM (edited)
Yowlers retire two more

For only the third time in franchise history, the Yorba Linda Yowlers suffered through the unthinkable and missed the playoffs.  After eleven consecutive seasons with over 100 points, the team finished 9th in the conference. In a cruel twist, even though they were amont the bottom four teams in the Prince Of Wales, the team didn't even get the benefit of a top-ten draft pick due to the generally horrendous nature of the Campbell Conference.  Two more Yowlers hang them up this season, as the team re-tools to try and reverse fortune.

RW Andrew Matomaa

Regular Season Statistics
  GP GLS AST PTS PPG SHG GWG +/- PIM S S% FW% TOI
Season 20 2 0 1 1 0 0 0 2 0 2 0.0 0.0 00:29:18
Season 22 82 20 16 36 1 0 4 17 4 112 17.9 50.0 20:11:28
Season 23 82 20 16 36 1 0 4 26 4 163 12.3 0.0 20:33:24
Season 24 82 24 15 39 2 0 4 27 0 180 13.3 0.0 19:58:59
Season 25 82 22 18 40 1 0 4 38 2 195 11.3 60.0 21:05:11
Season 26 82 8 20 28 0 0 0 20 0 81 9.9 0.0 19:42:43
Current Season 82 11 24 35 0 1 2 4 0 91 12.1 48.8 20:24:18
  494 105 110 215 5 1 18 134 10 824 12.7 49.8 122:25:21
Playoff Statistics
  GP GLS AST PTS PPG SHG GWG +/- PIM S S% FW% TOI
Season 22 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 -2 0 5 0.0 0.0 1:12:28
Season 23 18 7 1 8 0 0 1 7 6 41 17.1 0.0 4:40:27
Season 24 10 3 1 4 1 0 0 3 0 36 8.3 100.0 2:33:01
Season 25 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 -3 0 1 0.0 33.3 1:19:59
Season 26 16 2 3 5 0 0 0 1 0 8 25.0 0.0 3:53:02
  54 12 5 17 1 0 1 6 6 91 13.2 50.0 13:38:57

Matomaa, best friends on the team with fellow retiree Achebe, provided the Yowlers with excellent secondary scoring over the course of his career.  Usually placed on the second or third lines, Andrew racked up four consecutive 20+ goal seasons and delivered quality two-way play.  He only racked up ten regular-season penalty minutes during his career, distinguishing himself with his gentlemanly play.  He was the team's "Most Improved" player in season 24.  He wore #19 throughout his career.

LW Adewale Achebe

Regular Season Statistics
  GP GLS AST PTS PPG SHG GWG +/- PIM S S% FW% TOI
Season 22 82 16 15 31 1 0 6 17 10 127 12.6 0.0 20:12:49
Season 23 82 18 15 33 1 0 3 24 2 157 11.5 0.0 20:33:52
Season 24 82 10 16 26 1 0 2 29 6 71 14.1 50.0 20:12:08
Season 25 82 9 10 19 0 0 0 37 0 86 10.5 0.0 19:25:56
Season 26 82 7 15 22 0 0 0 19 2 70 10.0 0.0 19:26:59
Current Season 82 14 13 27 0 0 1 2 0 76 18.4 100.0 19:33:10
  492 74 84 158 3 0 12 128 20 587 12.6 33.3 119:24:54
Playoff Statistics
  GP GLS AST PTS PPG SHG GWG +/- PIM S S% FW% TOI
Season 22 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 -2 0 3 0.0 0.0 1:12:28
Season 23 18 1 3 4 0 0 0 6 4 22 4.5 0.0 4:38:05
Season 24 10 1 2 3 0 0 0 3 0 10 10.0 50.0 2:33:01
Season 25 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 -3 0 0 - 0.0 1:13:39
Season 26 16 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 14 7.1 0.0 3:51:20
  54 3 5 8 0 0 0 5 4 49 6.1 50.0 13:28:33

Born in one of the tougher neighborhoods of Lagos, Nigeria, Achebe found an escape through hockey.  Although he was never blessed with experienced coaching or quality competition, Achebe worked his way up through the Nigerian Extra Elite League and caught the eyes of Yowlers scouts.  Towering at 6'6" and 245 lbs, Achebe immediately brought a signficant physical presence to the team.  His offensive skills were always limited (he topped out at 33 points), but his ability to take the body and his elite scowl (which he reportedly spent years perfecting) always ensured him a place on the team's bottom six.  In fact, he played every single game in the immediate six seasons after being drafted.  His defensive skills improved consistently, and he even managed a +2 in the Yowlers catastrophic season 27.  Achebe took home the team's "Best Newcomer" award in season 22, and wore #60 in honor of his Nigerian heritage.

The team also announced they have released #38, Defenseman Adrien Vandenvai.
Regular Season Statistics
  GP GLS AST PTS PPG SHG GWG +/- PIM S S% FW% TOI
Season 26 10 1 6 7 0 0 0 4 2 23 4.3 0.0 3:33:58

 
2/14/2012 2:01 PM (edited)
Yowlers fizzle out, fire three

MLD season 28 is in the bag,  and the Yowlers unfortunately squandered another 100+ point season with a quick first-round exit.  Three more players were handed their mandatory walking papers as a result.

D Jan Brady
Regular Season Statistics
  GP GLS AST PTS PPG SHG GWG +/- PIM S S% FW% TOI
Season 16 19 2 1 3 0 0 1 -4 2 20 10.0 0.0 6:02:19
Season 18 6 2 3 5 0 0 1 4 0 12 16.7 0.0 2:04:45
Season 19 19 1 10 11 0 0 0 13 2 14 7.1 0.0 5:52:30
Season 20 82 22 30 52 0 1 2 36 4 128 17.2 0.0 29:27:11
Season 21 82 14 43 57 0 0 4 41 2 109 12.8 0.0 29:23:46
Season 22 82 18 36 54 0 1 1 16 10 109 16.5 0.0 29:19:09
Season 23 82 25 41 66 2 0 5 50 2 134 18.7 0.0 28:36:09
Season 24 82 27 48 75 4 0 6 58 6 114 23.7 0.0 28:57:35
Season 25 82 22 48 70 3 1 3 71 4 128 17.2 0.0 28:55:07
Season 26 82 28 54 82 0 0 6 82 4 118 23.7 0.0 28:44:50
Season 27 82 23 51 74 0 2 5 32 0 104 22.1 0.0 28:17:20
Current Season 82 21 51 72 0 1 1 53 8 118 17.8 0.0 28:39:35
  782 205 416 621 9 6 35 452 44 1108 18.5 0.0 274:20:16

Playoff Statistics
  GP GLS AST PTS PPG SHG GWG +/- PIM S S% FW% TOI
Season 20 10 2 4 6 0 0 1 2 0 13 15.4 0.0 3:43:42
Season 21 18 2 5 7 0 1 1 6 2 16 12.5 0.0 6:39:07
Season 22 5 0 2 2 0 0 0 1 0 6 0.0 0.0 1:48:31
Season 23 18 4 10 14 0 0 1 7 2 18 22.2 0.0 6:18:57
Season 24 10 3 5 8 0 0 0 7 0 16 18.8 0.0 3:26:32
Season 25 5 1 1 2 0 0 0 -3 0 6 16.7 0.0 1:43:28
Season 26 16 3 5 8 0 0 2 3 2 12 25.0 0.0 5:32:48
Current Season 5 2 0 2 0 0 1 1 0 4 50.0 0.0 1:41:36
  87 17 32 49 0 1 6 24 6 91 18.7 0.0 30:54:41


Early in his career, Brady struggled to escape the shadow of his older brother Marshall, a regular player in the ECHL and AHL.  He certainly did that at the MLD level, however.  Jan Brady retires with a fairly incredible franchise resumé: #2 all-time in goals, #1 in assists, #1 in points, #1 in +/- (with a mind-blowing +452), and #1 in games played.  The only thing Brady lacked was playoff success, as all of the team's franchise players before him save Sparky Clemons.  He also won team MVP twice, and Oustanding Defenseman three times.  He wore #32 throughout his Yowlers career.  Although retired from the MLD, he is continuing to puruse a pro hockey career in the LEAL (Latvian Extra Awesome League).

RW Felix Rodriguez
Regular Season Statistics
  GP GLS AST PTS PPG SHG GWG +/- PIM S S% FW% TOI
Season 23 82 24 17 41 0 0 2 60 6 175 13.7 0.0 20:15:42
Season 24 82 36 11 47 1 0 5 35 2 191 18.8 0.0 20:19:35
Season 25 82 19 17 36 0 0 4 56 0 149 12.8 0.0 20:21:12
Season 26 82 14 22 36 0 0 1 36 2 82 17.1 0.0 21:18:54
Season 27 82 15 22 37 0 0 1 -16 2 83 18.1 51.2 21:13:45
Current Season 82 14 30 44 0 1 2 26 4 68 20.6 54.5 21:51:47
  492 122 119 241 1 1 15 197 16 748 16.3 53.2 125:20:55

Playoff Statistics
  GP GLS AST PTS PPG SHG GWG +/- PIM S S% FW% TOI
Season 22 5 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 2 50.0 0.0 1:13:36
Season 23 18 7 2 9 0 0 0 -1 0 38 18.4 0.0 4:33:59
Season 24 10 4 0 4 0 0 0 3 0 15 26.7 0.0 2:28:36
Season 25 5 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 33.3 0.0 1:13:23
Season 26 16 2 2 4 1 0 0 3 0 9 22.2 0.0 4:04:08
Current Season 5 0 1 1 0 0 0 -2 0 2 0.0 56.4 1:16:58
  59 15 5 20 1 0 0 4 0 69 21.7 55.0 14:50:40


Another player recrutied locally, Southern California native Felix Rodriguez became a fan-favorite during his stay with the team.  Although he never played at a high level of prep or junior hockey, his natural speed and enthusiasm ensured steady success in the MLD.  He won the team's "Best Newcomer" award his rookie season, and followed it up with a tremendous 36-goal sophomore campaign, for which he was named team MVP, a very rare feat for Yowlers forwards.  He wore #7 throughout his career.

G Ethan Fabrell
Regular Season Statistics
  GP W L T GA GAA SO SA S S% TOI
Season 6 10 5 4 1 25 2.52 1 300 275 91.67 9:54:58
Season 7 16 8 7 1 26 1.60 3 400 374 93.50 16:13:32
Season 8 38 21 10 7 48 1.25 10 1149 1101 95.82 38:28:27
Season 9 3 0 3 0 7 2.33 0 97 90 92.78 3:00:00
Season 13 42 21 17 3 72 1.73 9 1236 1164 94.17 41:42:09
Season 14 44 20 14 6 76 1.82 3 1182 1106 93.57 41:41:53
Season 15 9 2 4 3 14 1.51 0 232 218 93.97 9:15:00
Season 17 10 5 1 2 9 1.03 2 117 108 92.31 8:42:23
Season 18 17 11 4 2 30 1.74 1 287 257 89.55 17:14:21
Season 19 12 7 0 1 10 1.04 2 134 124 92.54 9:34:36
Season 22 12 4 3 1 21 2.46 1 126 105 83.33 8:31:23
Season 23 9 4 2 0 19 2.67 0 110 91 82.73 7:06:50
Season 24 13 6 4 2 26 2.13 1 169 143 84.62 12:11:09
Season 25 10 7 2 1 17 1.68 2 155 138 89.03 10:06:31
Season 26 10 5 5 0 27 2.70 0 154 127 82.47 10:00:00
Season 27 6 3 3 0 17 2.83 0 116 99 85.34 6:00:00
Current Season 65 37 21 7 163 2.49 2 1160 997 85.95 65:28:02
  326 166 104 37 607 1.93 37 7124 6517 91.5 315:11:14

Playoff Statistics
  GP W L T GA GAA SO SA S S% TOI
Season 8 12 10 2 0 19 1.48 2 354 335 94.63 12:52:15
Season 9 2 1 1 0 5 2.50 0 61 56 91.80 2:00:00
Season 10 1 0 1 0 3 3.00 0 32 29 90.63 1:00:00
Season 13 4 1 3 0 10 2.48 0 134 124 92.54 4:01:59
Season 14 11 6 5 0 20 1.82 1 319 299 93.73 11:00:00
Season 17 12 7 5 0 24 1.95 2 181 157 86.74 12:19:31
Season 18 11 7 4 0 28 2.42 0 196 168 85.71 11:34:01
Season 19 9 5 2 0 13 1.79 1 98 85 86.73 7:15:35
Season 20 9 5 3 0 20 2.34 1 151 131 86.75 8:32:07
Season 21 1 0 1 0 3 3.00 0 11 8 72.73 1:00:00
Season 22 1 0 1 0 2 2.00 0 17 15 88.24 1:00:00
Season 23 15 9 5 0 36 2.38 1 198 162 81.82 15:07:19
Season 24 1 0 1 0 4 4.00 0 14 10 71.43 1:00:00
Season 25 3 0 1 0 9 4.69 0 37 28 75.68 1:55:03
Season 26 1 0 1 0 3 3.00 0 13 10 76.92 1:00:00
Current Season 5 1 4 0 15 3.00 0 77 62 80.52 5:00:00
  98 52 40 0 214 2.21 8 1893 1679 88.7 96:37:50


The long and eventful career of eternal backup goalie Fabrell finally comes to an end.  Fabrell played a whopping sixteen seasons for the team, and was the last holdover from the team's last championship team in season nine.  Fabrell actually retires as the team's all-time wins and shutouts leader in the playoffs, having frequently been called to step in for struggling starters of the past.  Despite a dismal 1-7 streak to end his playoff career, he finishes with nine more victories than hall-of-famer Anton Boucher.  Fabrell shared the team's MVP award in season eight.  He wore #30 throughout his career.
2/14/2012 3:14 PM (edited)
Season 29 ends, Yowlers come close, but no cigar

After an impressive 121 point season, the Yowlers made it to their fifth MLD finals, but were sent home by the utterly dominating Kigoma Hippos in a swift and brutally-executed four-game sweep.  This off-season is particularly devastating to the Yowlers, as no fewer than eight players are forced into retirement.

RW William Sanderson
Regular Season Statistics
  GP GLS AST PTS PPG SHG GWG +/- PIM S S% FW% TOI
Season 10 19 2 5 7 0 0 0 3 0 23 8.7 47.2 4:23:03
Season 11 14 0 4 4 0 0 0 -2 2 26 0.0 49.1 3:23:27
Season 12 6 0 2 2 0 0 0 3 0 6 0.0 53.8 1:21:56
Season 15 19 4 3 7 0 0 0 -2 4 26 15.4 65.5 4:22:19
Season 16 19 0 8 8 0 0 0 2 0 18 0.0 0.0 4:23:24
Season 17 19 1 9 10 0 0 0 7 2 20 5.0 0.0 4:49:59
Season 18 15 3 5 8 0 0 1 5 0 18 16.7 63.6 3:48:26
Season 19 19 0 8 8 0 0 0 7 0 17 0.0 59.9 4:26:32
Season 20 47 8 10 18 0 0 1 2 6 47 17.0 53.4 11:22:38
Season 22 82 13 42 55 2 0 2 16 0 64 20.3 60.7 20:25:46
Season 23 52 10 39 49 0 0 2 40 2 71 14.1 57.5 13:33:44
Season 24 61 10 41 51 1 0 3 42 6 60 16.7 54.8 17:17:31
Season 25 19 4 7 11 0 0 1 4 0 12 33.3 63.7 4:25:04
Season 26 76 13 36 49 0 3 2 49 6 77 16.9 60.5 18:24:37
Season 27 19 3 5 8 0 0 0 -2 0 22 13.6 59.7 5:07:50
Season 28 19 6 8 14 0 0 2 13 2 26 23.1 60.2 4:33:23
Current Season 82 17 44 61 0 3 1 56 0 108 15.7 58.8 21:54:55
  587 94 276 370 3 6 15 243 30 641 14.7 58.4 148:04:34
Playoff Statistics
  GP GLS AST PTS PPG SHG GWG +/- PIM S S% FW% TOI
Season 18 13 1 4 5 0 0 1 7 0 5 20.0 51.4 3:15:52
Season 20 10 1 4 5 0 0 0 0 0 7 14.3 0.0 2:32:11
Season 23 12 2 7 9 0 0 0 5 0 11 18.2 62.9 3:04:26
Season 24 10 2 8 10 0 0 0 5 0 13 15.4 54.5 2:46:47
Season 26 16 3 4 7 0 1 0 -1 2 19 15.8 58.5 4:03:27
Current Season 19 4 3 7 0 1 1 1 0 25 16.0 61.1 5:19:19
  80 13 30 43 0 2 2 17 2 80 16.3 58.2 21:02:02

Another in a rare breed of ultra-long serving MLD players, Sanderson played either in Yorba Linda or MLDML Anaheim Hills for a full twenty seasons.  Always blessed with tremendous speed and vision, Sanderson's small stature (5'8", 165 lbs) and propensity for injury meant he rarely was able to play a full season.  When he did, however, he was tremendous.  One of the greatest back-checkers in team history, he had a magical way of stealing the puck from opposing players and turning the play back into the offensive zone.  Never a real goal-scoring dynamo, Sanderson's skill lay in creating plays and setting up his teammates.  Incredibly, he actually retires as the franchise's all-time scoring leader among forwards!  An invaluable penalty killer, he also shares the team record for career short-handed goals in the regular season, and owns the record outright in the playoffs.  He won the team's "Best Defensive Forward" award three times, "Unsung Hero" once, and "Most Improved" once.  He wore #11.  He will be sorely missed by the team.

RW Tyson Sampson
Regular Season Statistics
  GP GLS AST PTS PPG SHG GWG +/- PIM S S% FW% TOI
Season 24 82 16 24 40 0 0 4 48 8 108 14.8 50.0 21:05:34
Season 25 82 16 27 43 2 0 3 48 2 104 15.4 55.2 19:40:43
Season 26 82 15 30 45 1 0 1 33 2 113 13.3 0.0 21:29:03
Season 27 82 11 25 36 3 0 1 -14 2 64 17.2 52.2 21:23:34
Season 28 82 13 36 49 2 0 2 33 2 92 14.1 65.3 20:49:19
Current Season 82 13 37 50 0 0 2 29 10 89 14.6 64.2 19:36:38
  492 84 179 263 8 0 13 177 26 570 14.7 59.5 124:04:51
Playoff Statistics
  GP GLS AST PTS PPG SHG GWG +/- PIM S S% FW% TOI
Season 24 10 2 4 6 0 0 0 3 0 8 25.0 0.0 2:33:33
Season 25 5 0 1 1 0 0 0 -3 0 4 0.0 47.7 1:12:02
Season 26 16 3 1 4 0 0 1 2 2 11 27.3 0.0 4:13:00
Season 28 5 0 1 1 0 0 0 -4 0 0 - 80.6 1:14:26
Current Season 19 6 6 12 0 0 2 6 2 22 27.3 56.1 4:37:49
  55 11 13 24 0 0 3 4 4 45 24.4 58.1 13:50:50

Tyson Sampson: the prototypical Yowler.  Dependable, responsible in both zones, talented, and workmanlike.  Sampson was a capable two-way forward who excelled in the faceoff circle and the offensive zone.  He never missed a game in his career, rattling off a 492-consecutive-games-played streak in this six MLD seasons.  He won only one team "Best Defensive Forward" award, but that is probably more due to the abundance of elite defensive players on the team, rather than a lack of ability on his part.  He wore #27 for the team and intends to continue his pro career in the SPHL.

RW Reggie Clockare
Regular Season Statistics
  GP GLS AST PTS PPG SHG GWG +/- PIM S S% FW% TOI
Season 18 19 0 6 6 0 0 0 0 2 23 0.0 59.1 4:51:21
Season 20 12 2 6 8 0 0 1 5 0 16 12.5 100.0 2:39:59
Season 21 10 1 2 3 0 0 0 1 0 11 9.1 43.5 2:33:51
Season 23 82 14 34 48 0 0 2 24 4 69 20.3 60.6 20:40:53
Season 24 82 10 39 49 2 0 1 29 4 69 14.5 59.1 20:17:02
Season 25 82 11 48 59 2 0 2 57 0 89 12.4 64.1 22:40:58
Season 26 82 26 38 64 3 0 4 37 2 93 28.0 58.1 21:55:11
Season 27 19 2 8 10 0 0 0 6 0 16 12.5 55.8 5:14:28
Season 28 82 19 47 66 3 1 6 29 8 99 19.2 59.2 22:41:50
Current Season 82 21 28 49 0 0 8 36 10 90 23.3 63.1 22:50:50
  552 106 256 362 10 1 24 224 30 575 18.4 60.3 146:26:23
Playoff Statistics
  GP GLS AST PTS PPG SHG GWG +/- PIM S S% FW% TOI
Season 23 18 3 6 9 0 0 0 6 0 21 14.3 56.2 4:42:07
Season 24 10 0 3 3 0 0 0 1 0 4 0.0 58.3 2:31:36
Season 25 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 -1 0 3 0.0 52.8 1:18:11
Season 26 16 3 4 7 2 0 2 3 2 14 21.4 62.3 4:04:08
Season 28 5 0 4 4 0 0 0 0 0 4 0.0 44.1 1:20:42
Current Season 19 4 9 13 0 0 2 5 0 13 30.8 52.5 5:21:46
  73 10 26 36 2 0 4 14 2 59 16.9 55.2 19:18:30

Talented forward Clockare literally wrote the book on winning faceoffs.  A draft he has been working on for several years is set to be published later this year by Random House!  He averaged over 60% in the faceoff dot for his career, one marked with excellent two-way play.  Not only is Clockare second all-time in franchise points by a forward (a mere eight points behind Sanderson, above), but he also won one each of the team's "Best Defensive Forward", "Unsung Hero" and "Most Improved" awards.  He wore #45 for the team and retires to pursue a career in Sports journalism.

D Vincent Guyette
Regular Season Statistics
  GP GLS AST PTS PPG SHG GWG +/- PIM S S% FW% TOI
Prev. Team (S.19) 82 7 21 28 0 0 0 -100 32 125 5.6 0.0 36:56:30
Prev. Team (S.21) 82 11 24 35 0 0 3 2 14 96 11.5 0.0 24:36:01
Prev. Team (S.22) 82 18 32 50 0 0 2 90 8 108 16.7 0.0 24:12:15
Prev. Team (S.23) 82 9 35 44 0 0 1 55 10 72 12.5 0.0 24:29:22
Season 25 2 0 2 2 0 0 0 2 0 5 0.0 0.0 00:40:46
Season 26 82 18 36 54 0 1 1 24 2 121 14.9 0.0 29:18:13
Season 27 19 1 6 7 0 1 0 -5 0 10 10.0 0.0 6:47:52
Season 28 19 1 12 13 0 0 0 9 0 22 4.5 0.0 5:54:39
Current Season 82 12 56 68 0 0 3 77 4 129 9.3 0.0 24:49:11
  532 77 224 301 0 2 10 154 70 688 11.2 0.0 177:44:49
Playoff Statistics
  GP GLS AST PTS PPG SHG GWG +/- PIM S S% FW% TOI
Prev. Team (S.21) 10 0 2 2 0 0 0 -7 0 10 0.0 0.0 3:11:24
Prev. Team (S.22) 13 1 3 4 0 0 0 8 2 13 7.7 0.0 3:58:09
Prev. Team (S.23) 12 0 2 2 0 0 0 -5 0 16 0.0 0.0 3:35:16
Season 26 16 3 5 8 0 0 1 6 0 18 16.7 0.0 5:47:09
Current Season 19 6 12 18 0 0 1 12 2 20 30.0 0.0 5:53:40
  70 10 24 34 0 0 2 14 4 77 13.0 0.0 22:25:38

Few players have seen the kind of radical fortune-reversals as defenseman Guyette.  His rookie season he posted an incredible -100 season... and followed it up with a +90 season!  A highly-talented offensive defenseman, he was aquired by the Yowlers in season 25 to fulfil a role, and it was one that he played very well.  He won the team's "Most Improved" award in his final season, a testament to just how excellent a player he became over the course of his career, considering the sucess he had in both Henderson and Yorba Linda.  He was the team's best player during their season 29 cup run, and his contributions will be dearly missed.  He wore #6 after his trade to the Yowlers.

D Mikael Mauz
Regular Season Statistics
  GP GLS AST PTS PPG SHG GWG +/- PIM S S% FW% TOI
Season 24 82 10 14 24 0 0 3 32 0 104 9.6 0.0 24:23:03
Season 25 78 13 17 30 0 0 2 44 2 115 11.3 0.0 22:50:43
Season 26 78 15 25 40 0 0 1 29 0 189 7.9 0.0 27:44:32
Season 27 82 14 22 36 0 0 0 -3 0 124 11.3 0.0 29:20:28
Season 28 82 31 22 53 0 0 4 36 0 192 16.1 0.0 28:30:24
Current Season 82 25 23 48 0 2 2 14 4 223 11.2 0.0 29:19:12
  484 108 123 231 0 2 12 152 6 947 11.4 0.0 162:08:22
Playoff Statistics
  GP GLS AST PTS PPG SHG GWG +/- PIM S S% FW% TOI
Season 24 9 1 1 2 0 0 0 4 0 8 12.5 0.0 2:41:58
Season 25 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 -5 0 6 0.0 0.0 1:28:31
Season 26 16 3 3 6 0 0 0 6 2 33 9.1 0.0 5:46:37
Season 28 5 2 0 2 0 0 0 -6 0 11 18.2 0.0 1:42:08
Current Season 19 0 12 12 0 0 0 2 2 49 0.0 0.0 7:03:20
  54 6 16 22 0 0 0 1 4 107 5.6 0.0 18:42:34

Mauz becomes the first player drafted during the brief one-season tenure the franchise was run by gm yogsloth's two young sons.  It was widely speculated at the time that the little sloths drafted purely by player name rather than talent or team need, but fortunately, they still managed to find some useful players.  German-born Mauz arrived with a resumé for offensive prowess and defensive liability, but managed to adapt succesfully to the team's defense-first mentality.  A strongly disciplined player, Mauz only racked up six PIMs in his six straight seasons with the team.  He was the team's "Unsung Hero" in season 28, as he scored an impressive 31 goals from the 3rd defensive pairing with little power-play time.  He wore #29 for the team, and returns to his native Germany to continue his career.

C Steve Rogers
Regular Season Statistics
  GP GLS AST PTS PPG SHG GWG +/- PIM S S% FW% TOI
Season 24 82 15 14 29 0 1 3 17 14 132 11.4 0.0 18:23:37
Season 25 82 36 15 51 0 0 5 55 14 182 19.8 0.0 20:16:59
Season 26 80 26 24 50 5 0 6 33 14 193 13.5 0.0 20:38:34
Season 27 82 16 17 33 2 0 2 -13 4 152 10.5 0.0 21:46:08
Season 28 82 18 20 38 6 0 3 19 10 80 22.5 0.0 22:07:42
Current Season 82 13 24 37 5 0 2 42 10 102 12.7 0.0 21:44:59
  490 124 114 238 18 1 21 153 66 841 14.7 0.0 124:57:59
Playoff Statistics
  GP GLS AST PTS PPG SHG GWG +/- PIM S S% FW% TOI
Season 24 10 2 1 3 0 0 1 3 0 9 22.2 0.0 2:11:35
Season 25 5 2 1 3 0 0 1 0 0 7 28.6 0.0 1:13:23
Season 26 16 3 4 7 0 0 0 3 0 18 16.7 0.0 4:04:08
Season 28 5 0 1 1 0 0 0 -2 2 0 - 0.0 1:15:51
Current Season 19 2 6 8 1 0 0 0 4 19 10.5 0.0 5:13:17
  55 9 13 22 1 0 2 4 6 53 17.0 0.0 13:58:14

Another player drafted by yogsloth's two sons, Rogers came to the team with a reputation for throwing shields and fighting Nazis, rather than for any particularly effective hockey skill.  It was quite surprising, then, that he actually become a quality goal-scorer for the team, including a 36-goal campaign that ties for fourth-best all time in franchise history.  He also became a valuable sniper on the power play.  As his career wound on, he actually wound up diminishing in effectiveness, which frequently led to some issues between player and management.  Only adequate in the playoffs, like many Yowlers before him, Rogers probably won't be long-remembered by Yowlers fans despite his early regular-season success.  He did win the team's "Most Improved" award for the aforementioned 36-goal season.  He wore #40 for the team.  He has actually retired from hockey to join the army, for whom he will be engaged in some kind of top-secret medical testing as a human gunea pig.

C Brett Tallichuk
Regular Season Statistics
  GP GLS AST PTS PPG SHG GWG +/- PIM S S% FW% TOI
Season 24 82 16 8 24 0 0 1 16 8 64 25.0 0.0 18:27:00
Season 25 82 22 14 36 0 0 4 40 24 108 20.4 0.0 21:16:55
Season 26 82 21 24 45 5 0 3 33 6 93 22.6 0.0 21:28:37
Season 27 82 15 16 31 6 0 2 -1 4 83 18.1 0.0 21:02:38
Season 28 81 17 25 42 7 0 3 27 2 99 17.2 0.0 21:13:55
Current Season 82 19 18 37 4 0 3 30 12 94 20.2 0.0 20:47:20
  491 110 105 215 22 0 16 145 56 541 20.3 0.0 124:16:25
Playoff Statistics
  GP GLS AST PTS PPG SHG GWG +/- PIM S S% FW% TOI
Season 24 10 1 0 1 0 0 1 3 0 7 14.3 0.0 2:11:35
Season 25 5 1 0 1 0 0 0 -6 0 2 50.0 0.0 1:18:15
Season 26 16 2 3 5 0 0 1 2 2 16 12.5 0.0 4:13:00
Season 28 5 0 1 1 0 0 0 -4 0 3 0.0 0.0 1:16:17
Current Season 19 8 1 9 4 0 1 2 0 18 44.4 0.0 4:54:37
  55 12 5 17 4 0 3 -3 2 46 26.1 0.0 13:53:44

Centerman Brett Tallichuk is a good example of a player who found his nitch.  Although not the most gifted offensively, he had an amazing talent for puck deflection - a skill not initially recognized by the team.  Once it was, he put it to good use in front of the opponent's net on power plays.  He retires 2nd all-time for the team in power-play goals in both the regular season and playoffs.  His four PP goals in the season 29 playoffs is actually a franchise record.  He won no team awards during his stay in Yorba Linda, but was always a valuable role-player for the team.  He wore #39.

G Alexsey Varenko
Regular Season Statistics
  GP W L T GA GAA SO SA S S% TOI
Season 24 71 47 18 5 136 1.92 5 1044 908 86.97 70:53:01
Season 25 72 50 12 10 129 1.77 13 1040 911 87.60 72:52:38
Season 26 72 44 20 8 148 2.04 11 1057 909 86.00 72:41:13
Season 27 34 16 14 2 96 2.92 1 679 583 85.86 32:55:58
Current Season 73 51 15 7 141 1.91 17 1050 909 86.57 73:40:59
  322 208 79 32 650 2.01 47 4870 4220 86.7 323:03:49
Playoff Statistics
  GP W L T GA GAA SO SA S S% TOI
Season 24 9 6 3 0 15 1.67 2 125 110 88.00 9:00:00
Season 25 4 1 3 0 10 3.24 1 47 37 78.72 3:04:57
Season 26 15 9 6 0 26 1.71 1 219 193 88.13 15:13:51
Current Season 18 11 7 0 46 2.50 1 263 217 82.51 18:25:18
  46 27 19 0 97 2.12 5 654 557 85.2 45:44:06

Goaltender Varenko had a long and interesting journey to the MLD.  Originally drafted by the Yowlers several seasons before he came to North America, Varenko was actually a highly-regarded prospect for the KHL.  After only a few appearances, however, he decided to make the jump to North America.  It was immediately apparant he was in a class by himself, as he stepped into the MLD and domimated from the first moment he hit the ice.  His speed, agility, and unwavering determination made him a welcome addition to the team.  In his four full seasons with the squad, he averaged an incredible 48 wins.  He won the league's Calder award his rookie year, and easily seized the Vezina trophy his final season with 51 wins and an astounding post-deadpuck era 17 shutouts.  He is 2nd all-time for the franchise with 208 wins, which is also a record for post-rule-change, non-franchise-player goalies in the MLD.  He joins Polly Armstong as the only Yowlers goalies to record two different 50+ win seasons.  He also has a team "Best Newcomer" award, as well as an MVP trophy for his final, Vezina-winning season.  He wore #50 during his career, and retires back to Russian to continue his professional career.
2/16/2012 5:44 PM (edited)
Yowlers draft "World's most dangerous player"

After retiring eight full-timers at the end of season 29, the Yorba Linda Yowlers found themselves needing to use all six draft choices for the first time.  When the final round came up, after most MLD teams had gone home for the evening, Yowlers GM made a surprising choice, drafting Andre "The Bully" Buller.  Recently suspended by his former club, Vityaz Chekov of the KHL for "a violent nature incompatible with human life", Buller arrives with more than his fair share of baggage.

The only player ever banned for life from the LNAH, Buller has done more time in prison than on the ice, having been convicted of two separate manslaughter charges - both of which were eventually dismissed due to key witnesses suddenly changing their stories or experiencing sudden memory lapses.  His reputation for on-and-off-ice mayhem is legendary.  Most recently, he made headlines in the hockey world a year ago for beating up a team full of pee-wees during an informal pickup game after, as he said, "one a dem little bastards low-sticked me".  Eight children were taken to the hopital with moderate injuries.

In an even more curious move, Buller has been assigned uniform #99, "just to **** more people off", as he said during an impromptu press conference at the team's practice facility, where he apparantly has been in talks with the franchise for some time.  He then slugged a reporter, dropped his pants, and defecated on the left faceoff dot.

Time will tell what in hell Yowler's GM yogsloth was thinking on this one.
4/18/2012 8:05 PM (edited)
Yowlers execute trade with Aliens

Making their first trade in five seasons, the Yorba Linda Yowlers today sent assistant captain and defensive catalyst Vic Hordachuk (just announced to the all-star team) to the Roswell Aliens in exchange for RW Raymond Kaakinen.  A pair of picks also changed hands, as Yorba Linda's season 31 3rd-round draft pick went to Roswell, with Leningrad's season 31 2nd-round pick (previous aquired) coming back.

"First off, we want to thank Vic for his years with the team.  He has always been a consummate professional and a great teammate, and we wish him the best of luck in New Mexico," stated Yowlers GM yogsloth.  "We also want to emphasize to our fans that this should not be construed as 'throwing in the towel' on the season.  We've won seven of our last eight games, and after a tough start to the season, we feel we're going in the right direction.  We have every intention of not only making the playoffs, but of making life tough for whomever we meet, even if it's one of the conference front-runners.  This deal was entirely about asset management.  Vic is retiring after this season, and with the tough bout of retirements we went through after last season, we felt we needed to acquire some more young players in order to continue fielding as strong a team as possible.  As our fans know, we never 'tank'... we go for it every year!"

Q: Tell us about the newly-aquired player, Kaakinen.

"Well, we think he's a diamond in the rough.  He has only been able to play in Roswell during the last two seasons when they were rebuilding, so if you look at his production and plus/minus, it would take your breath away."  [Haakinen is a career -151 in 150 games played - ed.]  "He's got a great shot, though, and he's a big body, so we see him as a definite contributor for years to come.  His playmaking isn't his strength, but he's a guy who can go hard to the net and score the ugly goals.  We also managed to move up a few slots in the draft by flipping our 3rd round pick for Leningrad's 2nd rounder, which will also help while we rebuild our team's long-term core."

Kaakinen will be assigned #19.

LW Vic Hordachuk
Regular Season Statistics
  GP GLS AST PTS PPG SHG GWG +/- PIM S S% FW% TOI
Season 18 12 3 1 4 0 0 1 5 6 9 33.3 27.3 2:57:43
Season 21 14 2 4 6 0 0 0 2 0 15 13.3 0.0 3:08:28
Season 23 18 4 7 11 1 0 0 3 2 29 13.8 53.3 4:55:28
Season 24 82 7 38 45 1 0 2 34 0 95 7.4 56.7 23:20:24
Season 25 76 5 27 32 0 0 0 32 2 71 7.0 60.1 19:12:42
Season 26 82 11 30 41 0 3 2 27 0 84 13.1 63.3 21:11:17
Season 27 82 16 40 56 0 2 3 2 2 81 19.8 60.4 19:33:56
Season 28 19 4 5 9 0 0 0 8 0 21 19.0 54.5 4:26:41
Season 29 82 16 39 55 0 0 3 44 6 89 18.0 65.3 20:21:07
Current Season 42 8 16 24 0 0 1 26 8 43 18.6 57.0 12:10:02
  509 76 207 283 2 5 12 183 26 537 14.2 60.1 131:17:48
Playoff Statistics
  GP GLS AST PTS PPG SHG GWG +/- PIM S S% FW% TOI
Season 24 10 1 4 5 0 0 1 2 0 8 12.5 68.4 2:55:04
Season 25 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 -3 0 2 0.0 38.9 1:15:07
Season 26 16 0 6 6 0 0 0 2 0 8 0.0 51.9 4:16:17
Season 29 19 3 5 8 0 0 0 3 2 15 20.0 56.5 4:48:05
  50 4 15 19 0 0 1 4 2 33 12.1 56.1 13:14:33

Hordichuk leaves the Yowlers having won the team's "Best Defensive Forward" award in season 27.  He is also fifteenth all-time in team scoring (and fourth among forwards).  He wore #41 throughout his career.
4/25/2012 8:05 PM (edited)
Season 30 concludes, nobody retires

For the first time since the very early days of the MLD, the Yowlers do not face any forced retirements.  After a strong rebuilding season in which the Yowlers surprised many with 93 points and a first-round upset of Indianapolis, the team looks to ice essentially the same squad another year older and wiser for season 31.

The team does need to announce they have released forward Jake Palochuk and goaltender Jonathan Rodenburg.  Palochuk played briefly in season 30, wearing #38 for the team.  Rodenburg spent his lone year in the organization as the backup goaltender for the MLDML Anaheim Hills Anacondas and did not make an MLD appearance.

C Jake Palochuk
Regular Season Statistics
  GP GLS AST PTS PPG SHG GWG +/- PIM S S% FW% TOI
Current Season 19 2 1 3 0 0 1 2 2 29 6.9 0.0 4:55:28
Playoff Statistics
  GP GLS AST PTS PPG SHG GWG +/- PIM S S% FW% TOI
Current Season 13 2 2 4 0 0 1 5 0 15 13.3 0.0 3:37:06
7/5/2012 8:28 PM (edited)
Season 31 in the books - Yowlers blueline loses two

The Yorba Linda Yowlers finished season 31 with a respectable 115 points, but suffered a 2nd-round defeat to the MLD cup finalists Encinitas.  The year marked the emergence of some quality younger players, but sadly sees the top two veterans on the blueline ride into the system.  Although the team isn't losing many players, this blow will certainly be felt.

D Patsy Bergh
Regular Season Statistics
  GP GLS AST PTS PPG SHG GWG +/- PIM S S% FW% TOI
Season 13 82 12 11 23 0 0 0 3 24 138 8.7 0.0 25:03:20
Season 15 19 2 1 3 0 0 0 4 4 41 4.9 0.0 6:16:24
Season 19 6 0 1 1 0 0 0 3 0 5 0.0 0.0 1:51:40
Season 20 19 3 4 7 0 0 1 1 0 12 25.0 0.0 5:59:08
Season 22 82 16 28 44 2 0 1 12 0 118 13.6 0.0 29:29:39
Season 24 8 3 3 6 0 0 1 4 0 6 50.0 0.0 2:22:27
Season 25 82 20 46 66 0 0 3 45 6 90 22.2 0.0 25:02:01
Season 26 82 16 53 69 1 1 6 37 4 101 15.8 0.0 26:24:08
Season 27 82 15 53 68 0 0 5 32 6 97 15.5 0.0 27:53:25
Season 28 82 20 55 75 0 0 2 52 6 101 19.8 0.0 28:20:27
Season 29 82 25 54 79 2 0 3 73 0 144 17.4 0.0 28:35:04
Season 30 82 19 41 60 0 0 6 50 6 101 18.8 0.0 28:56:28
Current Season 82 12 50 62 1 1 1 53 6 83 14.5 0.0 28:40:37
  790 163 400 563 6 2 29 369 62 1037 15.7 0.0 264:54:48
Playoff Statistics
  GP GLS AST PTS PPG SHG GWG +/- PIM S S% FW% TOI
Season 22 5 2 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 5 40.0 0.0 1:47:49
Season 25 5 0 2 2 0 0 0 -5 0 2 0.0 0.0 1:33:23
Season 26 16 2 4 6 0 0 0 -4 2 13 15.4 0.0 5:09:17
Season 28 5 0 2 2 0 0 0 1 0 5 0.0 0.0 1:44:46
Season 29 19 2 10 12 0 0 0 1 0 22 9.1 0.0 6:53:12
Season 30 13 2 9 11 0 0 0 5 0 11 18.2 0.0 4:44:10
Current Season 14 4 10 14 0 0 0 5 0 15 26.7 0.0 5:21:11
  77 12 37 49 0 0 0 4 2 73 16.4 0.0 27:13:48

Capable two-way defenseman Patsy Bergh leaves the team with a list of impressive accomplishments, but like every Franchise Player before him except Sparky Clemons, the most important accomplishment - the MLD cup - eluded him.  Under his leadership, the team visited the MLD finals for the first time in twenty seasons back in season 29, but suffered a swift and merciless defeat to Kigoma.  He played across an incredible 19-season span, spending a full season in the MLD during the deadpuck era, but then toiled for several years in the MLDML before coming back up and assuming a full-time roll.  He leaves as the team's 2nd all-time leading scorer, 3rd in +/-, and is the team's all-time leader in games played.  His team awards include one "Most Improved" trophy, three "Outstanding Defenseman", and two team MVPs.  He wore #22 throughout his career.  He retires after his long career to move into the scouting ranks.

Defenseman Daryl Ylara becomes the new Franchise Player.

D Tom Ater
Regular Season Statistics
  GP GLS AST PTS PPG SHG GWG +/- PIM S S% FW% TOI
Season 26 80 26 14 40 1 0 7 30 12 214 12.1 0.0 24:14:25
Season 27 82 10 17 27 0 0 1 -50 8 122 8.2 0.0 24:58:36
Season 28 82 28 42 70 0 0 2 34 16 174 16.1 0.0 29:12:50
Season 29 82 14 37 51 1 0 3 5 10 88 15.9 0.0 29:16:35
Season 30 82 12 33 45 0 0 2 35 10 102 11.8 0.0 29:17:07
Current Season 82 18 29 47 0 0 5 35 12 89 20.2 0.0 29:47:59
  490 108 172 280 2 0 20 89 68 789 13.7 0.0 166:47:32
Playoff Statistics
  GP GLS AST PTS PPG SHG GWG +/- PIM S S% FW% TOI
Season 26 16 2 1 3 0 0 1 -4 4 31 6.5 0.0 4:54:01
Season 28 5 0 2 2 0 0 0 -6 0 5 0.0 0.0 1:47:09
Season 29 19 5 5 10 0 0 1 1 6 23 21.7 0.0 7:01:38
Season 30 13 1 6 7 0 0 0 3 0 10 10.0 0.0 5:02:20
Current Season 14 4 2 6 0 0 0 -4 0 10 40.0 0.0 5:26:11
  67 12 16 28 0 0 2 -10 10 79 15.2 0.0 24:11:19

Another of the players drafted during the brief GM tenure of yogsloth's two young sons, Ater was apparantly originally picked for his charming Southern accent and cable TV installation skills rather than any consideration for his one-ice talent.  Fortunately for the franchise, his talent proved to be prodigious, as he burst into the league as a rookie with a 26-goal, +30 effort.  His second season in the league would prove to be a tremendous strain for him, however, as he regressed to 10 goals and an unheard of (for the Yowlers) -50 rating.  He persevered, however, and became a stabile offensive force on the blueline.  HIs 108 career goals ties him for 2nd among all non-FP Yowlers defenseman.  He won the team's "Best Newcomer" award his rookie season, along with a "Most Improved" trophy for his impressive 70-point campaign his third year.  He wore #37 throughout his career.
7/5/2012 8:43 PM
Yowlers 100/100 goalie Goyette demands trade

After losing his starting position to backup Saku Tenkula, Yowlers starting goalie surprised the team by demanding a trade.

"At this point, I have no desire to be a backup at this point of my career.  If it's good enough for Luongo, it's good enough for me.  I just want to start.  Get me out of here," Goyette said through an interpreter, even though everyone knows he speaks English ******* well enough.  "I think I can carry the load for any team in the MLD, with my stamina and saving ability, I know there's nobody better in the league," he boasted before his agent hurriedly shushed him.

The demand has left the Yowlers scrambling, as without Goyette, they have only three goalies left in the system. 

"Well, Tenks did pretty darn well for us after he took over the job," began team GM/coach yogsloth, "so we're prepared to go with him as our starter.  We may platoon our other guys until we get that figured out.  But we'll take a look for Pascal... he's a very talented goalie, and most teams would love to have a 100/100 guy with only 128:40:57 in time charged against his career.  We'll start looking right away.

In the meantime, Goyette is at home practicing with the Chicoutimi Sagueneens junior team.  Stay tuned to see how this develops...
7/13/2012 1:09 PM (edited)
Yowlers send disgruntled Goalie within division

Today, the Yorba Linda Yowlers executed a trade (21st in franchise history) to send holdout goaltender Pascal Goyette to divisional rival Okanagan.  Yowlers coach/gm yogsloth spoke about the deal.

Does that involve some risk, sending Goyette to the rival "Okie-pokies", as Yowlers' fans derisively call them?

"Well, yes, but sometimes you just have to make a good hockey deal and let the chips fall where they may.  We know we'll probably be seeing Pascal five or six times a year now, but you can't really let that steer you into a lesser deal.  We'll gain more via the assets we aquired than we'll lose in having to face a ******-off Frenchman for a few games, you know?"

Tell us about the return.

"Well, we're getting Okanagan's first-round pick this year.  We're planning to retire three guys this season, so that will be a big help.  Of course, it figures they'd get off to a really strong start this year, but even a late-first rounder will turn up a good player.  We'll probably need to target another goalie at that point to re-stock the cupboard.  We're also getting Jordon Popoff.  He's a real sharp kid who's been playing mostly in the MLDML for the last couple of years.  He's not necessarily the most highly-skilled player, but he plays an honest shift, sees the ice well, and plays very well defensively.  He's the type of guy we've always developed and played here in Yorba Linda.  He may not score a ton of goals, but he'll forecheck and cycle the puck back to the blueline with the best of them.  He'll spend another year in the MLDML - he just flew in to Anaheim Hills - but then we expect to have him on the big club next year."

Worth noting is that, according to reports that had leaked out earlier, Goyette had originally been traded to the New York Junk Yard Dogs - a deal that apparantly had actually been filed with the league before NY backed out.  Is that true?

"Well, let me put it this way.  Yes, there was a deal, and it involved a pretty good player coming back.  When we actually got to the altar, though, corbs was nowhere to be found.  We had the deal filed and everything and he just vanished.  I tell you one thing, I sure wouldn't buy a used car from that guy.  Or life insurance products.  Plus, I have it on good authority that he eats kittens."

9/12/2012 6:34 PM (edited)
Another first-round catastrophe, three more retire

Another typical year comes to an end in Yorba Linda: Another conference title with a smashing 113-point season; another first round collapse.  Fans begin to wonder what is wrong with the water in Yorba Linda come playoff time, as seemingly invincible players revert to Pee-Wee status.  Time to say goodbye to three more veterans...

RW Pekka Holopainen
Regular Season Statistics
  GP GLS AST PTS PPG SHG GWG +/- PIM S S% FW% TOI
Season 26 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 - 0.0 00:14:35
Season 27 82 22 15 37 0 0 4 -13 4 156 14.1 0.0 21:05:10
Season 28 82 9 19 28 0 0 3 21 2 78 11.5 42.5 18:35:37
Season 29 82 13 25 38 0 0 3 32 4 77 16.9 0.0 18:38:13
Season 30 82 9 27 36 1 0 1 17 0 70 12.9 60.4 20:38:40
Season 31 82 15 32 47 4 0 3 22 2 64 23.4 56.8 21:51:51
Current Season 82 17 35 52 4 0 4 37 0 87 19.5 65.2 21:26:17
  493 85 153 238 9 0 18 116 12 532 16.0 59.6 122:30:23
Playoff Statistics
  GP GLS AST PTS PPG SHG GWG +/- PIM S S% FW% TOI
Season 28 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0.0 75.6 1:11:04
Season 29 19 2 3 5 0 0 0 6 2 15 13.3 0.0 4:28:19
Season 30 13 3 3 6 0 0 1 0 2 13 23.1 55.9 3:33:12
Season 31 14 1 3 4 0 0 0 -6 2 5 20.0 64.4 3:44:23
Current Season 5 2 3 5 0 0 0 -2 0 3 66.7 54.0 1:20:29
  56 8 12 20 0 0 1 -2 6 41 19.5 60.8 14:17:27

The Finnish import Holopainen finishes his MLD career after a curious career arc.  His rookie season, he chipped in 22 goals, good for tops among all Yowlers forwards, and only one goal behind team leader and francise player Jan Brady.  He would never again achieve that total, however, instead developing a more all-around game and finally settling as a 2nd-line two-way forward.  He retires from the MLD and returns to his native Finland to pursue a career in minor-league hockey and underground depressive Black Metal.  He won no team or league awards.  He wore #12 throughout his career.

LW Eustice Worthington III
Regular Season Statistics
  GP GLS AST PTS PPG SHG GWG +/- PIM S S% FW% TOI
Season 25 17 6 4 10 0 0 3 14 0 20 30.0 0.0 3:58:41
Season 26 19 2 4 6 0 0 0 15 0 19 10.5 0.0 4:17:39
Season 27 82 15 9 24 0 0 3 2 0 86 17.4 100.0 19:17:48
Season 28 82 13 11 24 0 0 1 34 4 88 14.8 100.0 19:42:29
Season 29 82 18 20 38 0 0 4 36 4 73 24.7 0.0 19:18:50
Season 30 82 10 22 32 0 0 3 27 4 84 11.9 45.7 22:13:20
Season 31 82 20 20 40 0 0 3 40 6 97 20.6 42.9 21:31:48
Current Season 82 22 18 40 0 1 2 34 4 97 22.7 50.0 21:19:22
  528 106 108 214 0 1 19 202 22 564 18.8 46.0 131:39:57
Playoff Statistics
  GP GLS AST PTS PPG SHG GWG +/- PIM S S% FW% TOI
Season 25 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 -2 0 6 0.0 0.0 1:08:27
Season 28 5 1 0 1 0 0 0 -4 0 4 25.0 0.0 1:17:24
Season 29 19 3 4 7 0 0 0 2 0 12 25.0 0.0 4:43:03
Season 30 13 3 1 4 0 0 1 5 0 11 27.3 44.1 3:40:34
Season 31 14 1 6 7 0 1 0 3 0 12 8.3 0.0 3:41:00
Current Season 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 -3 0 2 0.0 0.0 1:21:06
  61 8 11 19 0 1 1 1 0 47 17.0 43.4 15:51:34

Born with a silver spoon in his mouth, Worthington III was drafted straight from Whitey Academy in White Tower, Mass.  He discovered early in life a love for slumming it with the plebes playing hockey, and despite his father (Eustice Worthington II)'s strenuous objections, instead of pursuing a career in leisure, Eustice became a pro hockey player - and a pretty good one.  Never counted on to be a big scorer, he became another in a seeminlgy-infinite string of defensively-responsible wingers in Yowlers history.  He was named the team's "Best Defensive Forward" in season 30.  He wore #10 for the team.

C Nils Jurgen
Regular Season Statistics
  GP GLS AST PTS PPG SHG GWG +/- PIM S S% FW% TOI
Season 26 19 2 0 2 0 0 0 -4 0 29 6.9 0.0 4:23:38
Season 27 78 11 11 22 0 0 0 -11 4 99 11.1 0.0 19:06:28
Season 28 82 23 13 36 0 0 4 22 8 181 12.7 0.0 20:07:20
Season 29 82 23 13 36 0 0 3 48 8 143 16.1 0.0 20:11:01
Season 30 82 10 14 24 1 0 2 29 6 78 12.8 40.2 20:45:57
Season 31 82 11 21 32 0 0 2 39 12 98 11.2 0.0 21:01:08
Current Season 82 15 13 28 0 0 3 32 2 73 20.5 0.0 20:57:52
  507 95 85 180 1 0 14 155 40 701 13.6 40.0 126:33:24
Playoff Statistics
  GP GLS AST PTS PPG SHG GWG +/- PIM S S% FW% TOI
Season 26 16 1 2 3 0 0 0 -2 0 21 4.8 0.0 3:40:26
Season 28 5 0 1 1 0 0 0 -2 0 6 0.0 0.0 1:11:38
Season 29 19 2 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 19 10.5 0.0 5:00:49
Season 30 13 0 4 4 0 0 0 -2 0 12 0.0 39.0 3:27:54
Season 31 14 5 1 6 0 0 2 2 0 15 33.3 0.0 3:38:41
Current Season 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 -3 0 7 0.0 0.0 1:20:32
  72 8 9 17 0 0 2 -7 0 80 10.0 39.0 18:20:00

Jurgen, nicknamed "The Swedish Meatball" by his teammates for his heavey accent and less-than-disciplined approach to fitness, spent most of his career on the 3rd and 4th lines in Yorba Linda.  Although always likeable and more than willing to tell jokes at the expense of his other European teammates, his career on the ice never really stood out.  The playoffs were always particularly unkind to him.  He wore #24 throughout his career. 
11/15/2012 4:55 PM
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RW Rob Norokorpi
Regular Season Statistics
  GP GLS AST PTS PPG SHG GWG +/- PIM S S% FW% TOI
Season 28 82 18 18 36 0 0 3 27 8 116 15.5 0.0 20:54:25
Season 29 82 21 15 36 0 0 8 35 4 149 14.1 0.0 20:59:43
Season 30 82 16 16 32 0 0 4 13 2 129 12.4 63.3 20:58:06
Season 31 82 16 24 40 3 0 3 25 6 152 10.5 47.3 22:03:04
Season 32 82 37 25 62 2 1 5 36 0 199 18.6 45.8 21:45:56
Current Season 82 24 27 51 4 1 2 39 4 190 12.6 37.3 22:06:09
  492 132 125 257 9 2 25 175 24 935 14.1 45.8 128:47:23
Playoff Statistics
  GP GLS AST PTS PPG SHG GWG +/- PIM S S% FW% TOI
Season 28 5 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 2 4 50.0 0.0 1:15:41
Season 29 19 4 3 7 0 0 0 4 2 34 11.8 0.0 5:04:30
Season 30 13 3 3 6 0 1 0 1 0 18 16.7 60.0 3:38:09
Season 31 14 1 2 3 0 0 0 -5 0 10 10.0 12.5 3:46:04
Season 32 5 4 1 5 0 0 0 -2 0 9 44.4 100.0 1:22:03
Current Season 5 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 10 0.0 0.0 1:24:21
  61 14 10 24 0 1 0 -2 4 85 16.5 33.3 16:30:48

RW Forbes Morehouse
Regular Season Statistics
  GP GLS AST PTS PPG SHG GWG +/- PIM S S% FW% TOI
Season 27 63 17 15 32 1 0 1 -4 12 73 23.3 56.3 15:19:15
Season 28 82 9 15 24 0 0 1 20 6 106 8.5 0.0 18:20:22
Season 29 19 5 1 6 0 0 0 9 4 32 15.6 0.0 4:15:36
Season 30 81 8 14 22 0 0 2 10 8 112 7.1 100.0 18:47:47
Season 31 82 9 10 19 0 0 0 8 0 103 8.7 0.0 18:43:45
Season 32 82 21 10 31 0 0 2 21 2 141 14.9 0.0 18:42:30
Current Season 82 21 17 38 0 0 3 50 6 78 26.9 100.0 18:48:52
  491 90 82 172 1 0 9 114 38 645 14.0 61.1 112:58:07
Playoff Statistics
  GP GLS AST PTS PPG SHG GWG +/- PIM S S% FW% TOI
Season 28 5 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 2 5 0.0 0.0 1:07:54
Season 30 13 3 2 5 0 0 0 2 0 10 30.0 0.0 3:12:55
Season 31 14 1 1 2 0 0 0 -1 2 13 7.7 0.0 3:16:34
Season 32 5 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 9 11.1 0.0 1:09:28
Current Season 5 0 1 1 0 0 0 -3 0 3 0.0 0.0 1:12:28
  42 5 5 10 0 0 0 -2 4 40 12.5 0.0 9:59:19

LW John Paul Tikachuk
Regular Season Statistics
  GP GLS AST PTS PPG SHG GWG +/- PIM S S% FW% TOI
Season 27 19 1 2 3 0 0 0 -1 10 19 5.3 0.0 4:10:54
Season 28 82 14 26 40 0 0 2 30 22 102 13.7 0.0 21:03:49
Season 29 82 13 15 28 0 0 2 35 2 94 13.8 0.0 20:54:18
Season 30 82 10 25 35 1 1 1 11 8 63 15.9 56.4 20:08:25
Season 31 82 15 22 37 2 0 1 12 0 72 20.8 62.0 20:15:38
Season 32 82 10 34 44 3 0 2 22 2 50 20.0 57.8 20:00:26
Current Season 82 20 34 54 0 1 4 54 4 81 24.7 62.7 19:47:42
  511 83 158 241 6 2 12 163 48 481 17.3 59.7 126:21:12
Playoff Statistics
  GP GLS AST PTS PPG SHG GWG +/- PIM S S% FW% TOI
Season 28 5 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 8 0.0 0.0 1:15:41
Season 29 19 4 4 8 0 0 0 5 0 15 26.7 0.0 5:06:15
Season 30 13 2 2 4 0 0 1 3 0 8 25.0 55.5 3:20:26
Season 31 14 0 6 6 0 0 0 -1 0 7 0.0 59.8 3:27:45
Season 32 5 1 2 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 33.3 68.2 1:12:06
Current Season 5 0 1 1 0 0 0 -3 0 6 0.0 72.7 1:14:34
  61 7 16 23 0 0 1 4 0 47 14.9 60.7 15:36:47


 
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