LOCAL SPORTS NOTEBOOK According to New York Rangers assistant coach Tom Renney, Rochester John Marshall grad Bryce Lampman was among a few young defensemen who last month at a four-week developmental camp in Calgary, Alberta, "looked more poised and exper

Lampman, who used to skate for the Rochester Mustangs, is with the Rangers at training camp this week in Burlington, Vt. Last season, he scored six points in 45 games for Hartford in the American Hockey League.

The Rangers play an exhibition game against the Minnesota Wild on Sept. 21 at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.

Red Wing native and former Gophers national champion Johnny Pohl, and Rochester native Mike Stuart are in the St. Louis Blues training camp at Savvis Center in St. Louis. Pohl scored 58 points in 58 games last season for Worcester in the AHL. Stuart, a defenseman, scored six points in 41 games last season in Worcester.

The Blues play an exhibition game against the Wild on Oct. 1, but the game will be played at Ralph Engelstad Arena, the home of the University of North Dakota Fighting Sioux in Grand Forks, N.D.

Boston Bruins first-round draft pick Mark Stuart, a Rochester native who will skate for Colorado College this fall, is the most recent subject of the "Ask the Bruins" interactive feature on the home page of


Of the 68 skaters at the Minnesota Wild's training camp that started Friday in Inver Grove Heights, 13 were Americans. Of those 14, four -- Darby Hendrickson (Richfield), Mark Cullen (Moorhead), Josh DeWolf (Bloomington) and Chris McAlpine (Roseville) -- are Minnesotans.

Wild communications manager Aaron Sickman, a John Marshall grad, enters his sixth year with the Minnesota Wild.

St. Louis outfielder Albert Pujols, who leads the National League in hitting (.367), hits (194), runs scored (126), doubles (46) and home runs (41), is one year and two weeks younger than Rochester native Michael Restovich.

Restovich has yet to get an at-bat since he was called up to the major league Twins on Sept. 1.

• Jeff; Sill, the head football coach who last week led Wabasha-Kellogg to its first win in 24 games, is an amateur baseball umpire and officiates major college baseball as well Southern Minny Class B amateur baseball games.

Don't look for former Royals ace Mark Skrukrud to rejoin Rochester. It appears Skrukrud, an Eyota native, will play another season with the Chillicothe (Ohio) Paints next summer in the independent Frontier League.

• Don't; be surprised if Boston College coaches persuade Matt Meyer, who played for both the Rochester A's national champion Legion team, as well as the Royals this summer, to play in a wooden bat league -- the; Northwoods League, for example -- next summer.

Rushford-Peterson native Steve Heiden had two catches for 22 yards as a blocking tight end for the Cleveland Browns in their season-opening loss last weekend. Cleveland is at Baltimore on Sunday.


Some officials at the University of Minnesota are whispering that it's only a matter of time before former Rochester Community and Technical College place-kicker Rhys Lloyd is kicking field goals in the NFL.

JM grads Mike Sherels (a fullback) and Dan Ness (a kicker), both walk-ons with the Gophers, will likely be red-shirted this season.

Lake City grad Brian Sprout is 2-for-7 with a double for Fargo-Moorhead in its first two games against the Winnipeg Goldeyes in the Northern League Championship Series. F-M beat Winnipeg 5-3 in Game 1, and 4-1 in Game 2, and lead the best-of-five series 2-0.

Troy Young's local sports notebook runs every Thursday and Saturday. He can be reached at

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