Denis Chervyakov played in his 600th regular-season game as a pro in Saturday's 6-3 loss on the road to the Baton Rouge Kingfish.
But for the Augusta Lynx defenseman, his most memorable game was an exhibition contest.
On Sept. 26, 1995, the 30-year-old Russian played for the Boston Bruins against the Montreal Canadiens in the final game at historic Boston Garden.
Chervyakov appeared in two NHL games with the Bruins in 1993, but played most of his career in the Boston organization with Providence of the American Hockey League.
"Boston Garden is one of the most famous buildings in world," said Chervyakov, whose Lynx travel to face the Tallahassee Tiger Sharks tonight. "I was very excited to play in the last game there with great players like Ray Bourque and Cam Neely."
The bulk of Chervyakov's 600 games were played in the AHL and in Europe, where he played in the Swedish, Russian and Finnish elite leagues. He spent part of the 1998-99 season with the Cincinnati Cyclones of the International league, where he met Lynx coach Scott MacPherson -- a Cyclones assistant.
"I wanted to come play in Augusta because I have experience and could help out younger players," Chervyakov said. "I think when we start playing together we will win a lot of games."
Veteran center Rob Bonneau agreed to play for the Lynx this weekend, then will take a wait-and-see approach as far as deciding on the rest of the season.
Bonneau, who played for MacPherson at UMass-Amherst and is a close friend of defenseman Tom O'Connor, helped out his old coach on the road last week after the Lynx were ravaged by injuries.
But he returned home to Springfield, Mass., earlier this week, and MacPherson said he was contemplating whether or not to return to the Lynx or entertain offers to play elsewhere.
The 27-year-old Bonneau was released by AHL Springfield on Nov. 2 and joined the Lynx in Tallahassee two days later. In his first four games, he tallied one goal and four assists.
"He told us he'd play with us through the weekend and then decide what he wants to do long term," said MacPherson, whose Lynx travel to face Greenville on Friday, then play Florida at home on Saturday. "He's gotten offers to play in Europe, and can make a lot of money over there, but he doesn't have a passport right now."
Bonneau also has received offers from teams in the Western Pro and West Coast leagues, where the pay is better than in the ECHL.
It's been several years since Louis Dumont has played center, but the position seems to suit him.
Dumont moved from right wing to center after Lars Pettersen was injured Nov. 3 against Florida and went on a scoring tear. He had 10 points in back-to-back games against Florida and Tallahassee and earned ECHL player of the week honors.
The 5-foot-10 forward has been centering the top line with captain Scott Morrow at left wing and rookie Tamas Groschl at right wing, and the unit has been effective.
Dumont played center during his junior career with Regina in the Western league, and played the 1996-97 season at pivot with the Louisiana IceGators.
"I like center because sometimes I think when I'm playing wing, I have less responsibility," said Dumont, who leads the team in scoring with three goals and 12 assists for 15 points. "At center, I have a lot of opportunities to free wheel, which I think suits my game."
Injures have forced the Lynx to be creative at the center position. In recent games, MacPherson has used defenseman Likit Andersson and winger Sandy Lamarre at the position.
Among those injured were Dumont, who took a two-handed slash on the wrist from Mississippi Sea Wolves defenseman Patrick Rochon. Dumont did not play the following night in Baton Rouge, but will be in the lineup tonight.
Center Russ Guzior, who sat out the past two games with a groin pull, will be in the lineup tonight. ... The news was better than first expected for center Andrei Choroupov. The 22-year-old Russian suffered a knee injury in New Orleans last week, and it was feared that he had a torn anterior cruciate or medial collateral ligament. But doctors determined on Monday that there was no significant damage to either the ACL or MCL, meaning Chouroupov could be back in 2-3 weeks.
Enforcer Ken Tasker was activated from injured reserve and will be in the lineup tonight against Tallahassee. ... Rookie Reg Bourcier (5-0-2) will get the start in goal tonight. ... In the last meeting with the Tiger Sharks, the Lynx overcame a 4-0 deficit and won 5-4 in overtime. Morrow scored three straight goals and Lamarre netted the game winner in overtime. ... Entering Wednesday's games, Tiger Sharks center Brent Cullaton was leading the ECHL in scoring with nine goals and 14 assists for 23 points. ... Defenseman Cal Benazic remains on recall to Manitoba of the IHL.
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