PRINCETON, N.J. – The ECHL is represented by 10 former players in the 2003 International Ice Hockey Federation In-Line Hockey World Championships that begin Saturday and continue through July 20 in Nuremberg and Amberg, Bavaria, Germany.
There are nine former ECHL players on the USA Hockey InLine National Team while Johan Olsson is on the roster for Sweden. The USA roster includes five players who played in the ECHL in 2002-03, defensemen Ernie Hartlieb, Doug Nolan and Geno Parrish and forwards Jason Deskins and Justin Morrison. Morrison scored both of the Southern Conference’s goals in the 2003 Compuware/ECHL All-Star Game, and he also won the fastest skater and the individual puck control relay in the Skills Competition while Parrish had an assist for the Northern Conference.
The 2003 IIHF In-Line Hockey World Championships features 16 teams, including Australia and South Africa, who are both making their first-ever appearance. The 16 teams are divided into the A-Pool which is comprised of the eight highest-ranked teams from the 2002 World Championships, including the United States which finished fifth in 2002.
The United States is making its eighth appearance at the In-Line World Championships. Team USA is 43-5-0 all-time in the tournament and won the gold medal in 1996, 1997 and 1999 while earning the silver in 1998 and 2001 and the bronze in 2000.
Former ECHL Players On IIHF In-Line Hockey World Championship Rosters
Sweden – Johan Olsson (Macon, 2001-02)
United States – Joe Bonvie (Columbus, 1994-95; Jacksonville, 1996-97), Jason Deskins (Trenton, 2001-03; Arkansas, 2002-03; Dayton, 2002-03), Ernie Hartlieb (Arkansas, 2001-03), Justin Morrison (Columbia, 2002-03), Chris Nelson (Erie and Raleigh, 1993-94; Nashville, 1994-95), Doug Nolan (Dayton, 1999-2003), Geno Parrish (Greensboro, 2002-03), Jeff Reynaert (Mobile 2001-02), Jason Sessa (Louisiana, 1999-2000; South Carolina 1999-2002; Dayton, 2001-02)