The Weekend Warrior

By Randy Nicholson

House an AHL All-Star: St. John’s Maple Leafs right winger Bobby House has been selected to the American Hockey League’s Second All-Star Team for the 2000-2001 season … House is currently the Baby Leafs’ team leader with 69 points (T-8th in AHL) on 36 goals (T-2nd in AHL) and 33 assists in 65 games … House also leads the team with 11 powerplay goals, 289 shots on goal (3rd in AHL) and is tied for the team lead in plus-minus with a plus 13 rating … earlier this year, House was selected to the starting lineup of the 2001 AHL All-Star Game held in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, PA where he picked up 3 points (2G-1A) … House joins a list of other St. John’s Maple Leafs selected to the First or Second AHL All-Star Teams … these include; Felix Potvin (First Team, 1991-92), Joel Quenneville (Second Team, 1991-92), Jeff Serowik (Second Team, 1992-93), Chris Snell (First Team, 1993-94), Rich Chernomaz (First Team, 1993-94), Patrik Augusta (Second Team, 1993-94), Jamie Heward (Second Team, 1995-96) and David Cooper (Second Team, 1997-98) … House became a member of the St. John’s Maple Leafs as a free agent in July of 1999 … though he recently signed a new 3-year NHL deal with the Toronto Maple Leafs, House has unfortunately been lost to the organization for the remainder of the season due to a serious hand injury …

Roy joins Baby Leafs: You may have missed this story when first reported 2 weeks ago … the St. John’s Maple Leafs have signed pivot Jonathan Roy from the QMJHL’s Moncton WildCats … Roy, who is signed to an amateur try-out contract, had 64 goals and 125 points in Moncton last season and 58 points (29 goals, 29 assists) in 45 games for the WildCats in 2000/2001 … the real news behind this story involves off-ice battle that this young man has waged over the course of the past year … Jonathan was diagnosed with cancer last April but has fought all the way back into the game that he loves following surgery and chemotherapy … all credit to the Leafs’ organization for furnishing Roy with a much deserved opportunity and best wishes to this courageous young man as well … Jonathan has picked up a goal and an assist during his first 5 games for St. John’s …

Prospect news: A quick look at the organization’s best and brightest this week … Mikael Tellqvist (Djurgarden SEL 2.08 GAA-5 shutouts) – Toronto’s most stunning recent draft success, this Swedish stopper has grown in stature almost from the second that he joined the organization last summer – Tellqvist has fairly dominated the Swedish First Division this season and has also enjoyed much success on the international stage as well – he is now clearly the favorite to supplant Cujo in the Maple Leafs’ cage within the next few years, provided that the team’s brass can get him under contract … Brad Boyes (Erie OHL playoffs 5-5-7-12-4) – the beat goes on for Toronto’s 2000 first draft choice – Brad is presently the OHL’s leading playoff scorer after round one … Jeff Farkas (St. John’s AHL 73-25-38-63-60, Toronto NHL 2-0-0-0-2) – rates highly in the Leafs’ farm system because he is one of the few prospects possessing dynamic offensive skills – Farkas will have to step up for St. John’s in the upcoming AHL playoffs as the team’s forward ranks have been seriously depleted by injury and call-ups … Alexei Ponikarovsky (St. John’s AHL 48-11-24-35-44, Toronto NHL 21-1-3-4-14) – the big Ukrainian has filled a supporting role in Toronto for much of the 2nd half after playing on the 1st line in St. John’s earlier in the season – the numbers aren’t overly large but Alexei certainly is and so the future remains distinctly bright for this budding power forward … Petr Svoboda (St. John’s AHL 36-7-5-12-48, Toronto NHL 18-1-2-3-10) – the rookie defender from the Czech Republic has returned to form in St. John’s after some earlier motivational problems – in recent weeks, Svoboda has showcased the mobility, smart puck movement and booming point shot that were first flashed at training camp last September … Miguel Delisle (Ottawa OHL playoffs 4-1-3-4-12) – Delisle continues to grow as a power forward in the OHL playoffs – Leafs’ personnel people are extremely pleased with the progress that this player has made in 2000/2001 … Allan Rourke (St. John’s AHL 62-9-19-28-34) – this Kitchener Ranger grad has turned in a stellar first professional season this year in St. John’s – the strong offensive performance was no surprise but the reliable defensive play certainly was … Jonathan Zion (Ottawa OHL playoffs 4-1-5-6-8) – Zion has emerged as the ultimate blueline quarterback in Ottawa this season – it is virtually impossible to watch Jon tightly controlling the pace of each and every shift without being reminded of NHL great Brad Park …

Prospect thumbnail – Lonny Bohonos (C/W): Though many (including Lonny himself) would refute that fact that this former WHL star is a Toronto prospect, Bohonos’ NHL playing rights still belong to the Maple Leafs … acquired from Vancouver during the 1997/98 season in exchange for Brandon Convery, Lonny has certainly experienced some ups and downs since then … Lonny enjoyed an excellent 1998/99 season in St. John’s (70-34-48-82) and also played very well in spurts in Toronto … in fact, Bohonos has scored 9 goals for the Maple Leafs in a total of 22 regular season and playoff games – a 34 goal pace when extended over a full 82 game schedule … after a so-so performance (63-18-33-51) last year with the Manitoba Moose of the IHL, Lonny signed to play in the Swiss First Division this season … he again demonstrated that he is a very gifted offensive player by winning the league scoring title with 28 goals and 32 assists in 43 games.