Monday, June 28, 2004

Sports digest

NHL Ducks draft MU's Christie in 8th round

The Enquirer and wire reports

The Anaheim Mighty Ducks, parent club of AHL Cincinnati, selected four players Sunday on the second day of the NHL entry draft, including Miami University forward Matt Christie and Cincinnati native Matt Auffrey of the United States National Under-18 Team.

Christie was selected in the eighth round (236th overall). He had 21 goals and 12 assists in 38 games for MU last season. He was the CCHA's top power play goal scorer and was a CCHA All-Rookie selection. The Toronto native will return to MU for his sophomore season.

Auffrey, a right wing, was selected in the sixth round (172nd overall). He had 14 goals and 16 assists with 42 penalty minutes in 53 games during the 2003-04 season. He had two goals and three assists in six games in the World Under-18 Championships, helping Team USA to a silver medal. Auffrey will play for the University of Wisconsin next season.

Right wing Joe Cooper, Christie's Miami classmate, was picked in the seventh round (219th overall) by the Ottawa Senators.

2004 Draft Selections

Saturday and Sunday

Anaheim Mighty Ducks

1 (9) Ladislav Smid, d, Liberec (Czech Republic).

2 (39) Jordan Smith, d, Sault Ste. Marie (OHL).

3 (74) Kyle Klubertanz, d, Green Bay (USHL).

3 (75) Tim Brent, c, Toronto-St. Michael's (OHL).

6 (172) Matt Auffrey, rw, under-18 U.S. National Team.

7 (203) Gabriel Bouthillette, g, Gatineau (QMJHL).

8 (236) Matt Christie, c, Miami, Ohio.

9 (269) Janne Pesonen, f, Karpat (Finland).

Columbus Blue Jackets

1 (8) Alexandre Picard, lw, Lewiston (QMJHL).

2 (46) Adam Pineault, rw, Boston College.

2 (59) Kyle Wharton, d, Ottawa (OHL).

3 (93) Daniel Lacosta, g, Owen Sound (OHL).

3 (96) Andrei Plehanov, d, Nizhnekampsk (Russia).

5 (133) Petr Pohl, rw, Gatineau (QMJHL).

6 (167) Rob Page, d, Blake HS (Minn.).

6 (190) Lennart Petrell, c-w, IFK Jr. (Finland).

7 (198) Justin Vienneau, d, Shawinigan (QMJHL).

8 (231) Brian McGuirk, lw, Governor Dummer HS (Mass.).

8 (233) Matt Greer, f, White Bear Lake HS (Minn.).

9 (271) Grant Clitsome, d, Nepean (CJHL).

WHA HIRES MANTHA: Former Cincinnati Mighty Ducks coach and NHL player Moe Mantha, 43, became the first coach in the new World Hockey Association. He'll coach the Detroit franchise, which will play home games at the Pontiac Silverdome. Mantha recently served as developmental coach for the U.S. national team based in nearby Ann Arbor, Mich.

LALIME TRADED: The Ottawa Senators traded goalie Patrick Lalime to the St. Louis Blues for a conditional fourth-round pick in next year's NHL draft. The Senators reportedly will try to sign unrestricted free agent Dominik Hasek., a six-time Vezina Trophy winner as the NHL's best goalie.

ROLLER HOCKEY: Today is the deadline for teams to register for the North American Roller Hockey Championships July 16-31 at Sports Plus in Evendale. An estimated 400 teams are expected to compete for division titles. Register at


MIAMI BASEBALL: Junior first baseman Mike Ferris (Colerain) and junior catcher John Slone (St. Xavier) were named second-team and third-team All-Americans by the American Baseball Coaches Association. Ferris became the second-highest drafted RedHawk in history when the St. Louis Cardinals selected him 60th overall in the second round of the Major League first-year player draft.

Slone led the RedHawks this season with a .375 batting average and recorded the MAC's fourth-longest hitting streak at 26 games. He was the 442nd overall pick in this year's MLB draft by the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Slone, who will return to Miami for his senior season, is playing this summer in the Cape Cod League.

MIAMI TRACK: Senior distance running Andrea Kremer has been named second-team Academic All-American by the College Sports Information Directors of America.

KENTUCKY FOOTBALL: Tentative kickoff times for home games have been assigned, with 7 p.m. starts in September and October against Indiana, Ohio, Alabama and South Carolina, and 1 p.m. in November against Georgia and Vanderbilt at Commonwealth Stadium. UK opens at Louisville Sept. 5 at 3:30 p.m. (ESPN).


GOLF: Lynn Thompson, defending champ and 2001 winner, and Kim Keyer-Scott, the 2002 winner, head the field for the seventh Greater Cincinnati Golf Association Women's Stroke Play Championship at Summitt Hills Country Club today and Tuesday.

HYDROPLANES: Dave Villwock piloted Miss Budweiser to his eighth Thunder on the Ohio victory in nine years at Evansville, Ind.

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