Wolves’ Alexandre Bolduc will play in Spengler Cup for Canada
BY BRIAN SANDALOW For Sun-Times Media December 25, 2013 10:59PM
Updated: December 30, 2013 6:52PM
When the Wolves play this weekend, forward Alexandre Bolduc will be absent. But it’s not for a bad reason.
On Sunday, Bolduc was named to Canada’s Spengler Cup roster, which is comprised of players playing in Europe and the American Hockey League. The tournament opens Thursday in Davos, Switzerland, where Bolduc and Canada will face the Czech Republic’s HC Vitkovice Steel. The tournament isn’t scheduled to end until Tuesday, meaning Bolduc will miss three Wolves games.
Bolduc isn’t the only player familiar to Wolves fans who will play for Canada. Former captain Darren Haydar and defenseman and former Blackhawk Jim Vandermeer will be Bolduc’s teammates.
In 19 games for the Wolves, Bolduc has five goals and six assists.
Brandon Pirri’s latest stint with the Rockford IceHogs hasn’t been the most productive stretch of his career. Pirri spent time as the Blackhawks’ second-line center but was reassigned to Rockford on
Dec. 4 after a cold spell that saw him go scoreless in eight games.
Since returning to Rockford —where he led the AHL in scoring last season with 75 points — Pirri has one goal and four assists in seven games and has been held off the scoresheet in the last three contests. The IceHogs play Thursday at Iowa, where they will try to end a three-game winless streak.
Quigley in Poland
Sky guard and former DePaul and Joliet Catholic player Allie Quigley scored 28 points in Wisla Krakow’s 88-57 victory Saturday against Rivera Gydnia in the 15th round of Polish League play. Quigley’s team improved to 15-0 in league play in the victory, which saw her pick up five rebounds and two steals. Quigley is joined on Wisla Krakow by the Los Angeles Sparks’ Jantel Lavender.