TAMPA BAY, Fla. – The 2004 Stanley Cup Champion Tampa Bay Lightning announced that they have re-signed former Trenton left wing Ruslan Fedotenko. Johnstown is the ECHL affiliate of Tampa Bay of the National Hockey League and Springfield of the American Hockey League.
In his first professional season in 1999-2000, the 26-year-old Fedotenko scored eight points (5g-3a) in eight games with Trenton and 50 points (16g-34a) in 67 games with Philadelphia of the AHL.
After scoring 39 points (17g-22a) in 77 regular season games for Tampa Bay in 2003-04, the 26-year-old Fedotenko raised his level of play during the 2004 Stanley Cup Playoffs, finishing tied with teammate Brad Richards for second in the league with 12 goals, including both goals in the Lightning’s 2-1 win in Game 7 of the Finals.
In addition to Fedotenko, the Lightning had Nolan Pratt and Andre Roy as well as radio announcer Dave Mishkin and equipment manager Dana Heinze, marking the fifth consecutive year that the ECHL was represented on the Stanley Cup Champion. The three players are the most ECHL representatives, surpassing 2001 when David Aebischer and Pratt helped Colorado win the title, and brings the total number of ECHL alumni on the Stanley Cup to nine. Pratt becomes the first ECHL player to have his name engraved twice on the Stanley Cup, earning the honor for the first time in 2001. The previous alumni whose names are on the Stanley Cup are Corey Schwab (New Jersey – 2003), Manny Legace (Detroit – 2002), Aebischer and Pratt (Colorado – 2001), Krzysztof Oliwa (New Jersey – 2000) and Kevin Dean (New Jersey – 1995).