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 Post subject: Official Memories and Farewells Thread
 Post Posted: Sun Feb 14, 2010 10:46 pm 
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To reminisce and say good bye. Chiefs memories only.

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 Post subject: Re: Official Memories and Farewells Thread
 Post Posted: Sun Feb 14, 2010 10:59 pm 
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Lets start with the 01-02 season. We had a great team and made the playoffs. Went down 0-2 to Peoria and Scott Allen made a promise to the team that they would return to Peoria for game 5. The Chiefs came home won 6-1 on a Phil Roy hat trick and won game 4 3-1 to go back to Peoria for game 5. Paced by a 25 save shutout from Freddie Deschenes won 4-0 and won the series. A great memory that will last forever!!!!


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 Post subject: Re: Official Memories and Farewells Thread
 Post Posted: Sun Feb 14, 2010 11:09 pm 
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As far as the Chiefs era goes it would have to be the rivalries:

Erie Panthers
Hampton Roads Admirals w/ John Brophy
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 Post subject: Re: Official Memories and Farewells Thread
 Post Posted: Sun Feb 14, 2010 11:11 pm 
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Man, I used to be so small (upper left). The front logo overlaps the bottom strips for crying out loud :) That jersey made a WJAC broadcast once, too.

Yeah, I even wore that creepy 1997 logo.

I've seen a lot of guys wear those jerseys. Too many to count. But don't be fooled: #26 has always been VARMECKY ;)

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 Post subject: Re: Official Memories and Farewells Thread
 Post Posted: Sun Feb 14, 2010 11:25 pm 
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March 6, 1994 - my first shootout. Since we only went to a handful of games each season when I was younger, I never got to see a shootout in person, but I kept hoping I would. I remember it being a Sunday afternoon with my mom and sister. Chiefs beat Erie 4-3 (I think we were sitting in section 6, which was unusual). Probably the only person more excited than me was my grandma, who listened to the game on the radio. She knew I was at the game, and she knew I had been hoping all year to see a shootout, and well . . . you know grandmas :)

March 3, 1999 - Back when my uncle took me to games, we watched the Chiefs cream the Hampton Roads Admirals 7-4 from the top of Section 20. Brophy was so mad at the loss he made the players stay late and skate after the game. Plenty of fans stuck around afterwards to heckle the Admirals. It wasn't a great season that year, but it was always a treat to beat Hampton Roads.

Sometime in 1992 - Saw Perry Florio sun-bathing at the Williams' house as I came home from school. <shutters> That image is staying with me forever unfortunately.

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 Post subject: Re: Official Memories and Farewells Thread
 Post Posted: Sun Feb 14, 2010 11:31 pm 
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I'd like to say a few words about being an opposing fan going into the CCWM.

My first Nailers road game was a 5-3 Win at Johnstown back in 1998, and ever since, I have made it a point to try to get up there for some Wheeling @ Johnstown games, at least 2-3 times a season.

One season, I made it to 4/5 Nailers @ Chiefs games, that was in the 2005-06 season.

Some games I'll never forget, the back to back games in 2003-04, where Johnstown came from behind to beat Wheeling 4-3 in OT, and the next night Wheeling winning 5-3, but I rem Freddie Deschense stopped a Mike Hurley Penalty shot in that game.

In 2004, Wheeling gets blasted 6-2, and Brendon Hodge lost his mind, and got kicked out, it was the season where, Johnstown seemed to be the only team that had Wheeling's number. That same season, I was there at one of the largest, if not the largest crowd ever in JHN, over 4200 there, the Chiefs defeated Wheeling 4-2 on that night, behind Artus Irbe in goal.

In 2004-05, I was there on the Chiefs opening night, where Johnstown jumped out to a 3-0 lead, and then the Nailers made it a game, but lost 4-3. Also the same season, I saw the Nailers tie the game with 12 seconds left, after being down 1-0, and saw Ed McGrane win it in OT.

In 2006, a game that was seeming looked like a runaway for the Nailers, got close, and Johnstown tied it on a late penalty shot goal, with I think 18 seconds left, but it was Sean Collins in OT winning it for Wheeling, on a breakaway goal.

2007-08 season, saw Wheeling win some wild games there, a 4-2, in the Johnstown's home opener, 5-4 win in Late Dec, and an 8-5 win in March, but I also saw the Nailers lose 4-2, and 3-1 that same season..

I was there one Dec. 4th, when the Nailers got beat 4-2, and I will be there on March 13th, and I hope I see another epic game, between two great rivals.

To me Johnstown was my fav road arena to go to, not too far away, and I made some great friends. I know there are prob some games I am forgetting here and there, but these are the ones that stoood out to me, and I thank the Chiefs fans for treating me well, everytime I came up.

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 Post subject: Re: Official Memories and Farewells Thread
 Post Posted: Sun Feb 14, 2010 11:48 pm 
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Yeah, Nailer_Fan, and I remember a game during 2004 when the Nailers we leading, like 4-1 after 2 periods or something, and I stopped you in the hallway before the 3rd and said "Chiefs are gonna win this one" and we did :D That was almost a fun year.

That late penalty shot to tie the game in 2006 was from Justin Kelly, and here it is:

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I also recall a few of your players being rather unwilling to fight:

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Most of all, I'm going to remember that damn air horn you always brought :)

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 Post subject: Re: Official Memories and Farewells Thread
 Post Posted: Mon Feb 15, 2010 12:12 am 
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Brian_V wrote:
Yeah, Nailer_Fan, and I remember a game during 2004 when the Nailers we leading, like 4-1 after 2 periods or something, and I stopped you in the hallway before the 3rd and said "Chiefs are gonna win this one" and we did :D That was almost a fun year.

Most of all, I'm going to remember that damn air horn you always brought :)


I do re-call that meeting in the hallway too, but I am def bringing the horn one last time on 3-13.

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 Post subject: Re: Official Memories and Farewells Thread
 Post Posted: Mon Feb 15, 2010 12:48 am 
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Nailer_fan wrote:
Brian_V wrote:
Yeah, Nailer_Fan, and I remember a game during 2004 when the Nailers we leading, like 4-1 after 2 periods or something, and I stopped you in the hallway before the 3rd and said "Chiefs are gonna win this one" and we did :D That was almost a fun year.

Most of all, I'm going to remember that damn air horn you always brought :)


I do re-call that meeting in the hallway too, but I am def bringing the horn one last time on 3-13.


I recall a similar meeting a few years later and you were down like 3 goals. You made the comment about winning the game in the 3rd to Junior and I over by section 3. Hopefully I will be able to make it to the 3-13 game.

Also I remember going to Wheeling several times when I was at Cal between 92 and 94. Especially the 2-3 week period in Jan-Feb 2003 when the Chiefs played twice in Wheeling and the first ECHL All-Star game was played within that span. The first one of those was when I happened to take one of the Chiefs(David Earn-he wasn't around too much longer after that) to a Kroger around the Oglebay exit and he was amazed at the tunnel. He wanted Hagen-Daaz Ice Cream and ate it with a fork. Also the next week happened to catch the team bus on 70 near the route 43 exit outside of Cal and unofficially escorted it to the rest stop right over the border.

There are really too many to count and think of now. Thanks for welcoming me when I came to Wheeling Nailer_Fan and I hope to get to see you when you come to Johnstown on 3-13.


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 Post subject: Re: Official Memories and Farewells Thread
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So many games to remember. I do remember a game against Toledo it might of been 02-03 or 03-04 season. Toledo scores a goal with about 12 or 13 minutes left in the 3rd to make it 5-2 Toledo and we come back and win the game.
I'd also have to put down the Peoria Playoff series coming back from 0-2. I also remember the Matt and Matt Radio call in show after home Chiefs games It would be on the whole way home to Shanksville. I remember calling in a bunch of time. I remember making a bet if the Chiefs won all three games in a weekend I'd walk home and actually had too. I remember the 03-04 Season all the excitement we had that year and painfully losing that Play in to Reading. I remember goin to Reading the last game of the 06-07 season winner goes to the playoffs and we won and getting some payback over Reading. I will remember all the steps I have hiked selling 50-50 tickets and all the nice people I have met. I will miss yelling and harrassing the Referees and Goalies. All of the Road/Bus Trips to Wheeling/Reading/Dayton/Trenton/Richmond/Roanoke/Toledo. This Sucks! I hope we get some sort of hockey in here!

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