SNIDER BREAKS LOOSE BALL RECORD

Second-year transition man sets new mark at 244

04/29/2008

Geoff Snider joined teammate Athan Iannucci in the record books by setting an all-time season-high in loose balls with 244.
Philadelphia's Geoff Snider broke the all-time single-season loose ball record, scooping 244. Recently retired Jim Veltman, who is still the league's all-time career loose ball leader by a wide margin, previously held the record with 226 in 2006, while Portland's Brodie Merrill recorded 214 in 2006.

Snider's 318 faceoff wins also match a league record, set by Wings teammate Peter Jacobs in 2005. Snider's faceoff win percentage (73.8%) falls just short of his own record (75%), set in 2007.

Snider also set a new record for penalty minutes in a season, with 103.

Teammate Athan Iannucci scored a league-record 71 goals, and added 29 assists for a league-leading 100 points. Iannucci was the only player in the league to hit triple digits in points. Last year, four players (John Grant, Dan Dawson, Lewis Ratcliff and John Tavares) topped the 100-point mark. Iannucci also scooped 138 loose balls which leads all forwards.

LEAGUE LEADERS

GOALS
71 - Athan Iannucci, Philadelphia (league record)
48 - Jeff Zywicki, San Jose

ASSISTS
67 - Gavin Prout, Colorado
61 - Colin Doyle, San Jose

POINTS
100 - Athan Iannucci, Philadelphia
92 - John Grant, Rochester
92 - Lewis Ratcliff, Toronto/Calgary (17 GP)
92 - Gavin Prout, Colorado

LOOSE BALLS
244 - Geoff Snider, Philadelphia
211 - Brodie Merrill, Portland

PENALTY MINUTES
103 - Geoff Snider, Philadelphia
86 - Travis Hill, Minnesota

SHOOTING PERCENTAGE (minimum 10 goals)
35.9% - Mike McLellan, New York
31.1% - Nolan Heavenor, Calgary

FACEOFF WINS
318 - Geoff Snider, Philadelphia
264 - Jamie Hanford, New York

GAMES PLAYED
19 - Dan Teat, Buffalo/Edmonton
17 - Lewis Ratcliff, Calgary/Toronto

SAVE PERCENTAGE
80.8% - Ken Montour, Buffalo
79.5% - Anthony Cosmo, San Jose

GOALS AGAINST AVERAGE
10.04 - Chris Levis, Colorado
10.23 - Ken Montour, Buffalo



TEAM LEADERS

BUFFALO
Goals - 34, Mark Steenhuis
Assists - 58, John Tavares
Points - 87, John Tavares
Loose Balls - 121, Mark Steenhuis & Pat McCready

CALGARY
Goals - 29, Lewis Ratcliff*
Assists - 39, Scott Ranger
Points - 66, Scott Ranger
Loose Balls - 114, Bruce Codd

CHICAGO
Goals - 27, Mat Giles
Assists - 42, Jason Clark
Points - 53, Jason Clark
Loose Balls - 102, Tom Montour

COLORADO
Goals - 30, Brian Langtry
Assists - 67, Gavin Prout
Points - 92, Gavin Prout
Loose Balls - 116, Nenad Gajic

EDMONTON
Goals - 22, Jimmy Quinlan
Assists - 31, Jimmy Quinlan
Points - 53, Jimmy Quinlan
Loose Balls - 123, Ian Hawksbee

MINNESOTA
Goals - 33, Ryan Ward
Assists - 48, Andy Secore
Points - 76, Andy Secore
Loose Balls - 108, Travis Hill

NEW YORK
Goals - 33, Pat Maddalena
Assists - 54, Casey Powell
Points - 86, Casey Powell
Loose Balls - 147, Jarett Park

PHILADELPHIA
Goals - 71, Athan Iannucci
Assists - 40, Jason Crosbie
Points - 100, Athan Iannucci
Loose Balls - 244, Geoff Snider

PORTLAND
Goals - 38, Dan Dawson
Assists - 43, Dan Dawson & Ryan Powell
Points - 81, Dan Dawson
Loose Balls - 211, Brodie Merrill

ROCHESTER
Goals - 47, John Grant
Assists - 55, Shawn Williams
Points - 92, John Grant
Loose Balls - 166, Steve Toll

SAN JOSE
Goals - 48, Jeff Zywicki
Assists - 61, Colin Doyle
Points - 90, Jeff Zywicki
Loose Balls - 151, Eric Martin

TORONTO
Goals - 30, Blaine Manning
Assists - 44, Blaine Manning
Points - 74, Blaine Manning
Loose Balls - 126, Peter Lough