The Cincinnati Mighty Ducks of the American Hockey League have been assigned goaltenders Ilya Bryzgalov and Eddy Ferhi; defensemen Juha Alen, Sheldon Brookbank, Tomas Malec, Shane O’Brien, Mark Popovic and Aaron Rome; and forwards Tim Brent, Stanislav Chistov, George Davis, Curtis Glencross, Zenon Konopka, Michael Holmqvist, Chris Kunitz, Joffrey Lupul, Pierre Parenteau, Cory Pecker, Dustin Penner, Joel Perrault, Igor Pohanka, Alexei Smirnov and Joel Stepp by the National Hockey League’s Mighty Ducks of Anaheim.
Alen, Brookbank, Bryzgalov, Chistov, Davis, Ferhi, Glencross, Holmqvist, Kunitz, Lupul, O’Brien, Parenteau, Pecker, Pohanka, Popovic, Smirnov and Stepp all played with Cincinnati last season.
Four of the players assigned – Chistov (2001), Holmqvist (1997), Lupul (2002) and Smirnov (2000) – were first-round picks by Anaheim. Kunitz was an AHL All-Star in 2004, Malec participated in the 2003 AHL All-Star Classic and Bryzgalov just backstopped Russia in the World Cup of Hockey tournament.
The Mighty Ducks open their eighth training camp at Cincinnati Gardens on Sept. 29. All training camp workout sessions at Cincinnati Gardens will be open to the public.
Cincinnati opens the 2004-05 regular-season with three road games in four nights, beginning Oct. 13 in Utah. The Mighty Ducks play their first game at Cincinnati Gardens on Oct. 23 against Rochester.