Npsl Teams At A Glance

October 21, 1994|By Doug Brown

NATIONAL DIVISION

Chicago Power

Arena: Rosemont Horizon (16,518), Rosemont, Ill.

Last season: 15-25 (fifth in division).

Coaches' prediction: Sixth.

Coach: Bret Hall (first season).

Key players: M Pato Margetic (137 points) and Michael Richardson (131); D Greg Muhr.

Outlook: After winning only 15 games under player/coach Margetic last season, the club made retired defender Hall coach, allowing Margetic to concentrate on playing. Margetic is the NPSL's all-time assists leader with 277. The Power won the NPSL title in 1991 and division titles in 1991 and 1992.

Detroit Rockers

Arena: Cobo Arena (9,561), Detroit.Last season: 24-16 (second in division; lost in division final to St. Louis).

Coaches' prediction: Fifth.

Coach: Brian Tinnion (fifth season, 80-75).

Key players: D Sean Bowers; G Bryan Finnerty; M Tim Ernst (87 points); captain/defender Jay White.

Outlook: NPSL Defender of the Year Bowers is back after his second straight 100-plus-point season, and Finnerty intends to extend his league record of 109 consecutive starts. Detroit has qualified for the playoffs in three of its four NPSL seasons.

Kansas City Attack

Arena: Kemper Arena (15,800), Kansas City, Mo.

Last season: 14-26 (sixth in division).

Coaches' prediction: First.

Coach: Zoran Savic (third season, 40-40); NPSL Coach of the Year in 1992-93.

Key players: F Goran Hunjak and Kevin Koetters; D Eric Dade and Jim Schwab; M Wes Wade and Brian Haynes.

Outlook: The coaches picked Kansas City first based on the acquisitions of Hunjak (106 points) and Dade from Baltimore and of Lee Tschantret and G Brett Phillips from Harrisburg. Phillips will share time with Warren Westcoat (Severna Park). The Attack missed the playoffs last season for the first time in its six years in the NPSL.

Milwaukee Wave

Arena: Bradley Center (17,500), Milwaukee.

Last season: 20-20 ( fourth in division; lost in division semifinals to St. Louis).

Coaches' prediction: Third.

Coach: Keith Tozer (third season in Milwaukee, 37-43; 10th in NPSL, 181-126).

Key players: F Michael King (158 points) and Eloy Salgado (82 points); G Victor Nogueira; D Matt Knowles.

Outlook: Nogueira, the NPSL's Goalie of the Year who allowed only 11.17 points a game, and Knowles, a former Defender of the Year, head the league's stingiest defense. King, a former Spirit, and Salgado lead the offense. Milwaukee qualified for the playoffs last season for only the fourth time in its 10 NPSL seasons.

St. Louis Ambush

Arena: Kiel Center (18,500), St. Louis.

Last season: 25-15 (first in division; lost in NPSL final to Cleveland).

Coaches' prediction: Second.

Coach: Daryl Doran (third season, 37-27).

Key players: Defender/coach Doran (101 points); F Mark Moser (129) and Steve Maurer (114); M Scott McDoniel (52) and Joe Reiniger (49 in only 21 games).

Outlook: The offense will revolve around returning 100-plus-point scorers Doran, Moser and Maurer. The cure for the team's inconsistent goaltending last year may be All-Star Jamie Swanner, acquired from Buffalo.Wichita Wings

Arena: Kansas Coliseum (9,681), Wichita, Kan.

Last season: 22-18 (third in division; lost in division semifinals to Detroit).

Coaches' prediction: Fourth.

Coach: Kim Roentved (first season).Key players: G Kris Peat and D Roentved and Terry Woodberry.

Outlook: Roentved became player/coach when Roy Turner relinquished the job, although he remains as club president. Roentved anchors the defense with Peat (13.63 points allowed) and Woodberry, who set an NPSL record last year with 35 one-point goals, 32 on shootouts. The Wings have lost in the division semifinals the past two seasons.

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