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IHL: The Moose Are On The Loose

by Chad Cranmer
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The Manitoba Moose have been stampeding over their opponents this year. Their 13-5-2 record is the best in the IHL’s Western Conference and second in the league to the Grand Rapids Griffins.

Right wing Scott Thomas and defenseman Brett Hauer are pacing the team with 16 points each. Rusty Fitzgerald is Manitoba’s leading goal scorer with nine. Goaltender Johan Hedberg has an impressive 10-2-2 record with a 2.50 goals against average and a .912 save percentage.


IHL notes

The defending Turner Cup Champion Chicago Wolves are struggling through the first quarter of the season. The Wolves have a disappointing 10-8-2 record and are third in the Western Conference standings. Chicago has scored 72 goals in 20 games, which is second only to Cleveland’s 78 goals in 24 games. The Wolves are having trouble defensively, giving up 68 goals.

A rash of injuries that have hit their parent Ottawa Senators have forced the Grand Rapids Griffins to use 30 different players in 22 games this year. Seven different players who have played at least one game in Grand Rapids this season are currently in the NHL. Defenseman Joel Bouchard, who was on loan from the Phoenix Coyotes, was recalled by Phoenix. Goaltender Mathieu Chouinard, forwards Petr Shastlivy, John Emmons and David Oliver, and defensemen Jamie Rivers, and Shane Hnidy are all with the Senators.

Rangers WHL report

by Michael Theodore
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Pavel Brendl: Looks solid so far this season, his imporved conditioning is
obvious and though it would be hard for him to take his scoring up even
higher, his defense is noticeably better. He will never be a Selke candidate
but he is getting stronger in his own end and has actually assumed a position
of leadership on the Hitmen. If he shows up at camp he could easily win a
roster spot next season. Has proved that he never lost his scoring touch and
his showing in training camp was indeed just him showing his defensive
improvement. First line winger someday.

Jamie Lundmark: Appears more determined then ever to show why he was drafted
9th overall. Despite playing on a team that is not necessarily better then
his old one {Moose Jaw} he is by far and away Seattle’s best player. Two way
hockey, with an aggressive touch and leadership. He is on pace to break 100
points despite only playing in 64 games {max}. Has played on every line for
Seattle, and played all three foward positions. Is proving that his poor
perfomance in camp was a result of the injury nothing more. Looks like the
Rangers first line center of the future.

Filip Novak: A surprise at camp and a solid pickup by the Sather
administration. Is bigger then his listed size and appears to be around 6’1,
maybe 6’2 and about 185- 190 pounds. Will probably play at around 6’2, 200.
He plays a similar game to Kim Johnnson but may be a little bit more
aggresive. Doesn’t really look like a number one defenseman but a solid
number two guy. He has done everythi Read more »

Sabres Report: Artem of Hooks and Other European Tales

by Ken McKenna
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In my search for information on some of the Buffalo Sabres’ European prospects, I sometimes make use of a language translation web site. In particular, this site features a Russian-to-English translation feature which, when translating the name of Buffalo’s 2000 1st pick Artem Kriukov, spits out the curious moniker “Artem Of Hooks”. Perhaps Artem’s ancestors envisioned future generations of Kriukov’s spending large blocks of time in the penalty box, but I’m sure the Sabres would rather see Artem’s name appearing amongst the NHL’s scoring leaders at some future time.

In spite of the available translation site, however, finding information on both Artem and Buffalo’s 2000 5th Round pick, D Denis Denisov, has been difficult. With regard to Kriukov, he is currently playing for SKA St. Petersburg of the Russian Superleague (RHL), which is Russia’s equivalent to the NHL. Artem began the 2000-01 season playing for Yaroslavl of the RHL, where he appeared in just 2 games, registering no points. He also spent some time with Yaroslavl’s farm team, where he apparently registered 5 goals in 9 games. Prior to moving to St. Petersburg, Artem played for Russia in the Four Nations Cup Tournament which took place in Uddevalla, Sweden November 10-12. The Russian team finished the tournament 2-1, with Artem registering no points in the 3 games played.

Now that Artem is playing for St. Petersburg, he should receive more playing time than he would have received in Yaroslavl. The experience may not be the most pl Read more »

Bolt Prospects Earn Honors

by Megan Sexton
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Detroit Vipers Nils Ekman and Martin Cibak were named International Hockey League Player of the Week and Rookie of the Week, respectively.

The announcement came Monday, just four days after Ekman notched the teams first hattrick of the season, in the Viper’s 5-3 home win over the Cleveland Lumberjacks. Ekman leads the team in goals scored (12) and total points (21).

Cibak earned the top rookie honors for the third time this season. He leads all rookies in scoring with 4 goals and 14 assists. He is also an impressive plus-12.

Weistche A Pleasant Surprise

by Brad Coccimiglio
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Name: Ryan Weistche
Team: Soo Greyhounds
Height: 5'10"
Weight: 168 lbs
Hometown: Waskaganish, Quebec
Position: Centre
Last season Ryan Weistche was playing hockey in a bush league in
Northern Quebec. This season Weistche is one step away from the NHL.
Talk about change.

Weistche (pronounced Wee-chee) was invited to the Soo Greyhounds 2000
training camp on the advice of Greyhound assistant coach Bill Hughes.
Hughes saw Weistche playing in a tournament in Timmins, Ontario.

Weistche has seen his ice time with the Greyhounds fluctuate since the
start of the season. He is a mainstay in the Greyhounds lineup though
seeing time on the fourth line and he also sees limited time on the
Greyhounds power play along with some time killing penalties. He has
also played in overtime situations.

Weistche came to the Greyhounds training camp virtually unheralded. Not
very many people, except for those in the Greyhounds organization, knew
much, if anything, about Weistche when he first came to camp.

Weistche, 18, is currently undrafted. He did attend a hockey camp in
the Czech Republic during the summer that seemed to help him prepare for
his first junior hockey training camp.

All of his teammates were impressed with his ability. They all
commented on his vision of the ice and his passing ability. His
playmaking abilities are impressive. He is also very quick which makes
him a good fit with players like Cory Pecker and Martin Bonda who are
very qu Read more »

Grizzlies/Canadian Juniors Update

by Keith Riskey
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Notebook — 12/5/2000

Utah Grizzlies Update

The Utah Grizzlies just completed two more ho-hum weeks, playing about .500 hockey (3-2-2) in their season’s longest homestand of seven games. At home, they have showcased excellent special teams placing them first in the league in penalty killing and fourth in the league in power play percentage at home. Utah (11-9-2, 25 points) now stands in sole possession of second place in the IHL Western Conference behind the impressive Manitoba Moose (13-5-2, 28 points).

Grizzlies Notes:

  • Stars forward prospect Ryan Christie has injured his shoulder and is now out indefinitely.
  • Goalie Chad Alban was returned to the Idaho Steelheads of the WCHL after Rick Tabaracci made a healthy (but losing) return against the Chicago Wolves.
  • John Purves — a Utah forward and career IHL’er — is now fifth in the IHL in scoring (9 g, 12 a, 21 p).
  • David Ling is now second in the IHL in power play goals with 7.
  • Mike Bales is third in the IHL in Goals Against Average with 2.45.

Top Utah Scorers
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Thrashers Well Represented in Canadian WJC Tryouts

by pbadmin
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The Atlanta Thrashers are going with a
youth first movement that seems to be effective, especially in the development of their
prize prospects. Four Thrasher prospects have been named to the Tryout camp roster of the
Canadian World Junior Hockey Championship Team. Thirty-four players recived invitations to
the camp. The four Thrashers selected are the most taken from any NHL stable.

Among the players selected for the tryouts:


Player        POS  WT.  HT.   BIRTHDAY  CURRENT TEAM  LEAGUE
Rob Zepp       G   185  6'0"  09-07-81  Plymouth      (OHL)
Garnet Exelby  D   210  6'2"  08-16-81  Saskatoon     (WHL)
Luke Sellers   D   204  6'1"  05-21-81  Ottawa        (OHL)
Dany Heatley   F   204  6'2"  01-21-81  Wisconsin     (WCHA)
The Selection means that the players will attend
the camp december 13th-18th at Beatrice Ice Garden in North York, Ontario. Twenty-two
players will make the final roster, and the trip to Russia for the Championships in russia
beginning on December 26th. Notable was the selection of Thrashers 1999 number one
overall pick Dany heatley, one of three non-Canadian Junior players selected for the
tryout camp.

Manny Malhotra: Back Onto The Radar?

by Brandon LeBourveau
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After a horrible season last year in which Manny Malhotra couldn’t get out of John Muckler’s doghouse, Malhotra looks reborn under new head coach Ron Low. After playing for 4 different teams last season, it appears Manny may be on his way to once again earn a full time job in the NHL.

Malhotra was recalled on November 25th after Eric Lacroix went down with a fractured finger and is expected to be out of action for 4-6 weeks. Malhotra has played in 4 games so far since being recalled and each game he was close to being the Rangers top forward. He has been playing an aggressive physical game, while finishing every check and chipping in offensively. He has been very good in the offensive zone, cycling down low and making nice plays to get by the defensemen. He has 2 goals so far, scored against Jamie Storr and Martin Brodeur. Some people may criticize the goals because they were both lucky, but I don’t care how they go in as long as they count.

On his goal against the Kings, he took a backhander as he was cruising down the boards and the puck trickled in between Jamie Storr’s legs, who appeared to be out of position and misplay the puck. The next night in New Jersey, Malhotra got the Rangers back into the game and tied it at 1-1 as he took a slapshot from the top of the left circle and it went in over Martin Brodeur’s glove. Brodeur’s glove was interfered with as his teammate Scott Stevens accidentally hit it with his stick.

I think this is the best I’ve seen Malhotra play in the last year or so. Right now he is centering a line with Adam Grav Read more »