Chaumont sets ironman mark

TERRY KOSHAN -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 7:30 AM ET

Bobby Chaumont has every right to ask Mike Foligno if he can take the Sudbury Wolves' next game off.

Not that Chaumont, an overage forward playing for his hometown team, would think of taking such a crazy idea to the Wolves general manager/coach.

In his fourth season with Sudbury, Chaumont has not missed one game in his Ontario Hockey League career and this past Sunday against the Sarnia Sting, he set an OHL ironman record by playing in his 267th consecutive game.

"I guess I can just throw in the towel now," Chaumont said with a laugh. "I wasn't aware of it until this year but when I look back, it's pretty amazing. It was a relief to get it over with. I've had a few bumps and bruises but that's it."

Chaumont, who has not been drafted by an NHL club, broke the record of 266 consecutive games played set by Mike Oliveira of the Kingston Frontenacs from 1995-99. Chaumont, who also has appeared in all 12 Wolves playoff games since his OHL career began, has scored at least 23 goals in each season and leads the Wolves with 30 this year.

Before the Wolves' home game against the Barrie Colts tomorrow night, Chaumont will be honoured by the club, the OHL and the city.

GENERALS STAYING PUT

Oshawa Generals owner John Davies said he won't move the team if a proposed arena project gets voted down by city council tonight. But Davies, who expects the new rink to get the green light from council, warns the Gens would just scrape by if they have to stay in the Oshawa Civic Auditorium.

"It would be difficult to pay bills and we would have to scale back operations," Davies said. "I want to stay away from the attitude of 'I'm taking my toys and going home,' but we would have to make sacrifices."

BRIEFLY

Sources say Sidney Crosby's endorsement deal with Reebok will pay him in the range of $3.5 million to $4.5 million US during the five-year duration of the contract ... London Knights star Corey Perry needs three points in the Knights' final five games to become the franchise points leader. Chris Taylor has the team record with 376 points ... There are whispers that Mississauga IceDogs coach Greg Gilbert will leave the team after this season to coach the Maple Leafs' American Hockey League affiliate in Toronto next season. Gilbert and Leafs general manager John Ferguson worked together in the St. Louis Blues organization.

GREYHOUNDS 7, SPIRIT 2

At Sault Ste. Marie, the Greyhounds pounded the Saginaw Spirit, outshooting them 44-18.

Andrew Dejardins scored twice for the Greyhounds, while Brody Todd, Brandon MacLean, Jason Pitten, Jacob King and Blair Jarrett added singles. Sault Ste. Marie scored twice on the power play and once shorthanded.

STORM 4, ATTACK 2

At Owen Sound, Guelph scored three unanswered goals in the third period for a come-from-behind victory.

Ryan Callahan, Lubomir Stach and Mick Okrzesik scored for Guelph in the final frame while goaltender Danny Taylor shut down the Attack.


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