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Sports: Another Mormon Hockey Player, College Players Identified

NEW YORK, NEW YORK -- Mormon News subscriber Gina Paz reports that Florida Panther's Left Wing Bill Lindsay is Mormon, expanding our list of hockey players to three active players. And other subscribers helped greatly expand our list of NCAA Division 1 college football players, just as the season is ending. Now Mormon News is seeking to start and expand lists of college basketball players (both men and women) as well as lists in baseball, softball and other sports starting soon.

Meanwhile, Mormon basketball players suffered an off week generally while football players had a great week. Among the five professional basketball players Scot Pollard had the best performance, -- one that matches his level of play this season so far. The other four didn't play as well as they have so far this season. The Los Angeles Laker's Mark Madsen did get a lot of playing time (he doubled the minutes on the court he's seen to date), playing 41 minutes over three games, but not playing as well as he has before. Surprisingly, the Dallas Maverick's Shawn Bradley played the least (even less than perennial bench player Travis Knight).

In football, former BYU star Ty Detmer got back on the field, as the Lions tried to do something with the remaining games in their moribund season. But in spite of the new opportunity, Detmer again failed to deliver, instead throwing another two interceptions (raising his season total to 10) and the Lions went scoreless in the game.

Other Mormon players fared much better. Last year's pro-bowler Chad Lewis must have felt like his old self in the Eagle's game against the hapless Washington Redskins, catching 7 passes for 74 yards, a season high. Linebacker Rob Morris likewise reached a season high, bringing down 10 ball carriers, a season high, and getting credited for solo tackles every time. Meanwhile, the Minnesota Vikings, veteran punter Lee Johnson's new team, have started using Johnson as a place kicker also. Johnson has a 57 yard average in five kick-offs so far.

Eagles coach Andy Reid bettered his team's record to 10-5 in the game against the Redskins, one that must have felt good after the Eagle's previous loss to the San Francisco Forty-Niners. Oddly enough, Dave Campo's Dallas Cowboys, who know sport the mirror record of the Eagles (5-10), managed to shellac the Forty-Niner's this week.

Unfortunately, the Panther's Lindsay didn't have a very good week, managing just six shots on goal in four games, and coming up short of any goals. The Minnesota Wild's Aaron Gavey, on the other hand, scored his fifith goal of the season, one of five shots on goal he made last week.


Major League Baseball

The MLB 2002 season will begin April 1st. Preseason games may start as early as mid February.
We have identified the following Mormon players:

Position Players

  • McKay Christensen CF Los Angeles Dodgers
  • Jeff Kent 2B San Francisco Giants


  • * Brandon Duckworth SP Philadelphia Phillies
  • (MH) Shawn Estes SP San Francisco Giants
  • Kyle Farnsworth RP Chicago Cubs
  • Mike Fetters RP Pittsburgh Pirates
  • Roy Halladay SP Toronto Blue Jays
  • Jason M. Johnson SP Baltimore Orioles
  • * Omar Olivares RP Pittsburgh Pirates
  • (MH) Garret Stephenson SP St Louis Cardinals
  • (MH) Dave Veres RP St Louis Cardinals
  • (MH) Jaret Wright SP Cleveland Indians


  • Iorg, Garth 1st Base Coach Toronto Blue Jays

Please help us find out if the following are Mormon:

  • Scott Eyre RP Toronto Blue Jays
  • Ryan Jensen SP San Francisco Giants

Minor Leagues

Minor League Seasons generally begin about the same time as the Major League season or soon after. We are still interested in identifying Mormon players in the minors, especially those at the AAA level. Also of interest are those playing in foreign leagues, such as Japan and the Venezuela winter league. Here are the minor league players we know:


  • Banks, Brian Catcher Calgary Cannons (Florida Marlins)
  • Perez, Santiago CF Portland Beavers (San Diego Padres)
  • Secrist, Reed 1st Base Nashville Sounds (Pittsburgh Pirates)

Please help us find out if the following are Mormon:

  • Nate Tebbs SS Richmond Braves (Atlanta Braves)
  • Ron Wright 1B Durham Bulls (Tampa Bay Devil Rays)
  • John DeSilva SP Las Vegas 51s (Los Angeles Dodgers)
  • Jeremy Lambert SP Memphis Redbirds (St Louis Cardinals)


NCAA - Division I

We plan limited coverage of NCAA Division I baseball players and coaches who are Mormon, and want to at least compile a reliable list. Please let us know about any Mormon players.


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The WNBA's 2002 season should begin in May following an April 19th draft.

We know of the following players:

  • * Kristen Rasmussen Forward Miami Sol
  • (MH) Natalie Williams Forward Utah Starzz


NCAA - Division I

We hope to begin limited coverage of NCAA Division I basketball players and coaches who are Mormon, and we would like to at least compile a reliable list. Please let us know who you can add to the following (quick list -- of the top of my head):


  • Balderson, Jimmy G BYU
  • Bigelow, Mark F/G BYU
  • Bobik, Daniel G BYU
  • Hansen, Travis G/F BYU
  • Howard, Daniel C BYU
  • Jepsen, Bart F BYU
  • Montague, Matt G BYU
  • Nashif, Terry G BYU
  • Nielsen, Eric F BYU
  • Opunui, Shawn G BYU

  • Christensen, Matt C Duke

  • Lindquist, Ben G Oregon
  • Michaelis, Mark F Oregon

  • Barnes, Julius G Stanford
  • Jacobsen, Casey G/F Stanford
  • Robinson, Nick G/F Stanford

  • Burgess, Chris C/F Utah
  • Johnsen, Britton F Utah


  • Chamberlain, Ashleigh C BYU
  • Cheesman, Danielle F BYU
  • Cheesman, Heather F BYU
  • Osguthorpe, Lisa F BYU
  • Rose, Chanell F BYU
  • Taylor, Kali G BYU
  • Thorn, Erin G BYU



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Joe GermaineQuarterbackKansas City Chiefs
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Greg ClarkTight EndSan Francisco Forty-Niners
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Todd HeapTight EndBaltimore Ravens
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Chad LewisTight EndPhiladelphia Eagles
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Brandon ManumaleunaTight EndSt Louis
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Itua MiliTight EndSeattle Seahawks
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Offensive Line
David DixonGuardMinnesota Vikings
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Edwin MulitaloGuardBaltimore Ravens
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John TaitTackleKansas City Chiefs
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Marcus BellLinebackerSeattle Seahawks
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Brant BoyerLinebackerCleveland Browns
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Byron FrischDefensive EndDallas Cowboys
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Travis HallDefensive TackleAtlanta Falcons
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Chris HokeDefensive TacklePittsburgh Steelers
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Junior IoaneDefensive EndOakland Raiders
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Rob MorrisLinebackerIndianapolis Colts
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Derek M. SmithLinebackerSan Francisco Forty-Niners
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Special Teams

Lee JohnsonPunterMinnesota Vikings
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Owen PochmanKickerNew York Giants
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Andy ReidHead CoachPhiladelphia Eagles
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George HenshawAsst Head Coach - OffenseTennessee Titans
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Dave CampoHead CoachDallas Cowboys
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The CFL season will begin in June 20th. We have identified just two Mormon players, but suspect several others may be Mormon.

Wide receiver Ben Cahoon of the Montreal Alouettes is LDS, and Winnipeg Blue Bombers Linebacker Sefa O'Reilly is LDS.

While we are compiling a list of Mormon players in the CFL, that league doesn't make available player by player statistics.

We have also identified the following possible Mormon players, based on the 2001 Rosters:

  • Rob Hitchcock, Hamilton Tiger-Cats -- Weber State
  • Trevor Shaw, Hamilton Tiger-Cats -- Weber State
  • Kevin Alexander, Montreal Alouettes -- Utah State
  • Anthony Calvillo, Montreal Alouettes -- Utah State
  • Josh Cochran, Montreal Alouettes -- Utah
  • Neal Fort, Montreal Alouettes -- BYU
  • Chad Folk, Toronto Argonauts -- Utah
  • Profail Greer, Toronto Argonauts -- Utah State
  • Errol Martin, Toronto Argonauts -- Utah
  • Morgan Welch, Toronto Argonauts -- Weber State
  • Brandon Dyson, Winnipeg Blue Bombers -- Utah State


NCAA - Division I
We hoped to begin limited coverage of NCAA Division I football players and coaches who are Mormon, but were unable to start doing so this season. We still hope to do so next season. Here is a list of the players OUTSIDE OF UTAH we have identified to date. We would like also to include players INSIDE UTAH, including those at BYU, which often has non-Mormon players. Many of those listed come from H.B. Arnett's "Cougar Sportsline," with the assistance of Mormon News subscriber Brent Romney. Others come from the BYU Board and bulletin boards, courtesy of the work of Jeff Fuller:

  • Tippets, Jeff TE Alabama, Birmingham
  • Tuck, Jason(Kurt?) C Alabama, Birmingham

  • Brittain, Brad TE Arizona
  • Feula, Vince DL Arizona
  • Fraser, Keoki DL Arizona
  • Fraser, Keoni DL Arizona

  • Brittain, Grant TE Arizona State
  • Fulton, Skyler WR Arizona State
  • Miller, Matt WR Arizona State
  • Niko, Damien OL Arizona State
  • Pace, Tom RB Arizona State
  • Unck, Mason LB Arizona State
  • Wallin, Kurt DT Arizona State
  • Wolfgram, Jared DL Arizona State

  • Lundin, Trent WR Boise State

  • Magner, Cole QB Bowling Green

  • Gustaveson, Josh Cal
  • Jensen, Mark K Cal
  • Lupoi, Tosh DL Cal
  • Tuitama, Nofoaalii T Cal

  • Hoover, Adam QB Cincinnati

  • Flores, Jeremy P/PK Colorado

  • Kay, Russell LB Colorado State
  • Porter, Guy DB Colorado State

  • Findlay, Garren OL Georgia Tech

  • Ilaoa, Nate WR Hawaii
  • Peters, Hyrum DB Hawaii
  • Peters, Leonard DB Hawaii
  • Tafuna, Sione OL Hawaii

  • Ross, Ethan WR Houston

  • Dunn, Marc QB Kansas State
  • Togiai, Jerry DT Kansas State

  • Boone, Aaron WR Kentucky
  • Parker, Michael QB Kentucky

  • Brinton, Spencer QB Michigan
  • Probst, Jake DL Michigan

  • Weathers, Brad OL Mississippi State

  • Bowen, Jake LB Navy

  • Bingham, Ryon DL Nebraska
  • Brown, Manaia DL Nebraska
  • Fonoti, Toniu OL Nebraska

  • Johnson, Cody OL Nevada
  • Kretschmer, Chance RB Nevada

  • Fife, Jason QB Oregon
  • Line, Josh LB Oregon
  • Loftin, Ryan LB Oregon

  • Casper, Cameron OL San Diego State
  • Thompson, Tyson TE San Diego State

  • Hunter, Tommy TE South Florida

  • Blackhurst, Cooper DE Stanford
  • Caylor, Drew DE Stanford
  • Chambers, Kirk OT Stanford
  • Giles, Scott OLB Stanford
  • Heitman, Eric OL Stanford
  • Leonard, Matt DL Stanford
  • Schindler, Greg OL Stanford

  • Coffin, Junior DL Washington
  • Kava, William OL Washington
  • McLaughlin, Derek P Washington
  • Stevens, Jerramy TE Washington

  • Cox, Alan P Washington State
  • Ena, Tali QB Washington State

  • Belshe, Matt QB Wyoming
  • Gough, David OL Wyoming
  • Merrill, Peter, DB Wyoming
  • Ralph, Brock WR Wyoming
  • Rollins, Josh DL Wyoming

  • Stansbury-Ieremia, Ed UCLA

  • Bair, Brandon OL UNLV
  • Palepoi, Anton DL UNLV
  • Parkhurst, Matt OL UNLV
  • Parkhurst, Scott LB UNLV
  • Sorensen, Trevan TE UNLV

  • Mailo, Faaesea OG USC


  • Afoa, Ulima Assistant Coach San Diego State
  • Anae, Robert Offensive Line Texas Tech
  • Borich, Mike Offensive Coordinator/ Wide Receivers BYU
  • Bosco, Robby Quarterbacks BYU
  • Chow, Norm Offensive Coordinator USC
  • Crowton, Gary Head Coach BYU
  • Empey, Mike Tight Ends BYU
  • Leach, Mike Head Coach Texas Tech
  • Mallory, Rick Offensive Line Memphis
  • Mendenhall, Bronco Defensive Coordinator New Mexico
  • Niumatalolo, Ken Tight Ends UNLV
  • Reynolds, Lance Offensive Line BYU
  • Schmidt, Ken Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers BYU
  • Tidwell, Paul Running Backs BYU
  • Uperesa, Keith Offensive Line USC



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Konowalchuk, SteveLWWashington Capitals
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Lindsay, BillLWFlorida Panthers
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Peterson, BrentAssistant CoachNashville Predators

Coach Peterson's responsibilities cover penalties and goalkeeping, and the statistics listed are team statistics that reflect his responsibilities.
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Len Barrie, formerly of the Florida Panthers, is now an unrestricted free agent.



The WUSA's season begins in April, following a February 11th draft.

We know of the following player:

  • Maren Hendershot Forward Carolina Courage


PGA Tour

The first PGA Tour events for 2002 start this month.

We know of the following golfer's who were on last year's tour:

  • Jay Don Blake
  • Keith Clearwater (Did not qualify for the 2002 PGA Tour)
  • Dan Forsman
  • Mike Reid (May not have qualified for 2002 PGA Tour)

In addition, Richard Zokol qualified for the PGA Tour in 2002 Tour

The 2002 Tour schedule has not yet been released.

We don't yet know which Mormons, if any, will be on the Tour.


The first JPGA Tour event begins the week of January 14th.

Dean Wilson was on the JPGA Tour last year, but may be on the PGA tour this year.

Senior PGA Tour

The first PGA Senior Tour event begins the week of January 14th.

We know of the following Mormons who qualify for the tour:

  • Billy Casper
  • Johnny Miller
  • Bruce Summerhays

* Mormon News has enough information to make it likely that this athlete is either Mormon or has Mormon heritage. But we have so far been unable to confirm this suspicion.
(MH) - Mormon Heritage - This athlete is either an inactive LDS Church member, or has Mormon heritage.


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