Ellison shoots for
Center closes in on DíAndrea
Youíve got to be good. And lucky. Sheer determination is
essential. And it helps to have a couple of good linemates. Plus, itís
important to stay out of the penalty box.
Well, forget that last part about Sun Valley Suns
fifth-year center Jamie Ellison, who leads the Suns in penalty minutes
with 88.5 and has never seen an opposing bench he is unwilling to
But all the rest is true about the tough, little fire
hydrant of a skater who is poised to blow a hole in one of the teamís
most coveted records.
Ellison, with two games to play this coming weekend, is
ready to break Tom DíAndreaís single-season Suns scoring mark of 29
goals and 44 assists for 73 points, established in 24 games of the 1991
In 23 games, Ellison has 23 goals and 44 assists for 67
points. His three assists against the Fairfield County Flying Tarpons last
weekend brought Ellison into a tie with DíAndrea for most single-season
Ellison can break that assists mark with one assist and
pass DíAndrea with seven points against the St. Paul (Minn.) Turtles
this weeekend. Not in sight is Dave Reichelís franchise record of 36
goals set in 1982.
His main co-conspirators have been wings Luke Smith and
Vilnis Nikolaisons. Together they have put together some of the prettiest
passing plays ever seen on Sun Valley ice.
The trio has achieved scoring highs not seen at Sun Valley
since 1983, when Reichel (29-34 for 63), Bobby Noyes (22-28 for 50) and
Kurt Wenzell (23-24 for 47) amassed 160 points in 32 games at the top of
the Suns scoring list.
Already, in just 23 games, Ellison, Smith (43 points) and
Nikolaisons (62 points) have totaled 172 points, or 41% of the teamís
For updated Suns season statistics, check this weekís