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ECHL Report

Location counts for Ontario's Francisco

Thursday, 07.15.2010 / 10:26 AM / ECHL Report

Lindsay Kramer - NHL.com Correspondent

As someone who used to work as a commercial real-estate appraiser, Jon Francisco appreciates the value of a good location.
Right now, he can't find a better one than Ontario, Calif.
The 29-year-old center has signed on for a third straight season with the Reign. He was one of only four Reign players to skate in all 72 regular-season games in 2009-10 and contributed 15 goals and 30 assists.
"I've played with enough guys to know where I stand. I'm fine with it at this point," Francisco said of his current career slot. "It's not something I stress about. I'm not going in there thinking I'm a top prospect. But I'm all right with that."

Stork brings winning attitude to Greenville

Friday, 07.02.2010 / 12:30 PM / ECHL Report

Lindsay Kramer - NHL.com Correspondent

Dean Stork's new contract to be head coach of the fledgling Greenville Road Warriors must contain a moonlighting role as the area's tourism director.

If there's one thing he beams about almost as much as hockey, it's his new environs.

"Greenville is a fantastic city," he said. "You can drive 10 minutes and be in the mountains, or be in the city. You have the city life. There's lots to do. It's like a mini-New York City. You have all these little shops. I've been in this league for 12 years as a player and a coach. Greenville ranks in my top five cities to be in."

There's just one problem with Stork's surroundings -- he won't get to enjoy them much. He's already harried trying to put together a team in a new market, and preferably one that can quickly approach the success of the squad he left, Kelly Cup champion Cincinnati.

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It's hard to walk into that locker room and look those guys in the eye when they've played -- clearly, that was our best game we've played in the series -- and I thought we deserved a better fate tonight.

— Tampa Bay Lightning coach Jon Cooper on his team's 3-2 loss to the Canadiens in Game 3 on Sunday