Canadian Olympian expected to join Skipjacks today

February 28, 1992|By James H. Jackson

The Skipjacks, who will have two new faces on the ice tonight, likely will add another player today -- one you might have seen on television during the Winter Olympics.

The Washington Capitals are expected to sign defenseman Brad Schlegel, who played for the Canadian silver-medal team in Albertville, France.

Schlegel, 23, was the eighth draft choice of the Capitals in 1988. A 5-foot-10, 180-pound defenseman from Kitchener, Ontario, he played for Team Canada the past four years. He had two goals and three assists in the Olympics.

Two other new players, center John Byce and defenseman Dennis Smith, have joined the team by way of a trade.

The Skipjacks also will have a new head coach, Barry Trotz. Formerly the team's assistant coach, Trotz takes over for Rob Laird, who was let go Monday.

In another move yesterday, defenseman Mark Ferner was traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs for a 13th-round draft choice.

Trotz, who says he likes what he has seen so far in practices, will change some lines and defensive pairings in an attempt to recharge the last-place Skipjacks.

Baltimore is seven points behind the Utica Devils for the final playoff spot in the division.

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