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Trinec won Czech Midget Extraleague

by Robert Neuhauser
In early April, there is the final series of the Czech midget Extraleague on the schedule. The
playing scheme is the same as in the junior Extraleague and the playoff games in both leagues
are played the same day. Like in juniors, the regular season consists of 38 games. The 20 teams
are divided into two Groups, called A and B. Group A is for the teams from the western cities
of the Czech Republic and Group B for the eastern ones. During the regular season every team
meets opponents only from their own group. The top 6 teams in every group create then two
Final groups. During the Final group teams meet opponenets only from the other Final group
and play them twice – home and away. Once the Final group games are finished, the top four
teams from every Final group create four quartefinal pairs and from then now it is a regular
playoff, with quarterfinal and semifinal series and the championship series. Read more »

Swiss 2002 Draft Eligible Players’ Stats Overview

by Joeri Loonen

More info on these players can be found on the Switzerland country page on Hockeysfuture.

Patrick Bärtschi F (EHC Kloten)

Regular Season: 25 4 4 8 8

Playoffs: 11 2 2 4 2

Lukas Baumgartner D (EHC Kloten)

EHC Kloten Juniors: Stats unavailable as of yet

Romano Lemm F (EHC Kloten)

Regular Season: 0 0 0 0 0

Playoffs: 11 5 2 7 0

Tobias Stephan G (EHC Chur)

Regular Season: 23 0 0 0 2 3.32

Playouts: 10 0 0 0 0 3.63

Florian Blatter D (HC Davos)

Regular Season: 3 0 0 0 0

Playoffs: 0 0 0 0 0

Thomas Nüssli F (Rapperswil-Jona)

Regular Season (EV Zug): 19 2 1 3 8

Regular Season (EHC Basel/Kleinhüningen, Nat.Liga B) 15 3 1 70

Playouts (Rapperswil-Jona): 5 1 1 2 2

Emanuel Peter F (EHC Kloten)

Regular Season: 39 1 7 8 14

Playoffs: 3 0 0 0 0

Cyrill Bühler F (EHC Kloten)

Regular Season: 1 0 0 2

Playoffs: 0 0 0 0

Matthias Schoder G (ZSC Lions)

Regular Season: 3 0 0 0 0 2.53

Regular Season (GCK/Lions, Nationalliga B): 30 0 1 6

Playoffs: 0 0 0 0 0

Playoffs (GCK/Lions, Nationalliga B): 2 0 0 0 0

2002 Kings System- A Huge Step

by Tony Calfo

The 2001-2002 season has brought prosperity for the Kings both in the system and on the NHL level. The Kings were able to do some key things that they have not been able to do in year’s past-

1) The Kings were able to develop some top prospects that they acquired in trades and from drafts. Alex Frolov has emerged as a potential NHL star and Jared Aulin, Yannick Lehoux and Mike Cammalleri have all had seasons that have pushed them into the legitimate prospect category. The Kings have also seen defense prospects Joe Corvo and Tomas Zizka emerge as potential NHL defensemen as soon as next season. Add the improved play of Jens Karlsson and the Kings system is deep heading into a draft where they have a first round pick and two first round picks the following year.

2) The Kings were able to develop their own affiliates in Manchester and Reading. The Monarchs have been a monumental success. All of their prospects have been able to develop under their own coaching and the team has been successful as well. The franchise is a hit in Manchester and the players have prospered there.

3) The Kings were able to dip into the system when needed and were the beneficiaries of some positive results. When enforcer Ken Belanger went down, they were able to call on Kip Brennan and new fan favorite Ryan Flinn who combined to give the Kings the punch the Kings were missing for much of the season. In fact, their inspired play lit a fire under Ken Belanger who has played his best hockey since returning. When Eric Belanger went down the Kings were able to go to Brad C Read more »

Rallo Honored as Jr. Blues Scoring King

by Ron Valerino

Springfield Jr. Blues (North American Hockey League) forward, Greg Rallo was
honored before the teams final regular season home game Wednesday night at
the Nelson Center in Springfield, IL. Rallo, who will be attending Ferris
State University (CCHA) on scholarship next season, has set the Jr. Blues
All – Time Goal Scoring Record with 83 goals in two seasons. The Jr. Blues
honored the NAHL’s 2001 Rookie of the Year with an award during a pre game
ceremony before a game against their West Division rivals, the Chicago
Freeze. The Jr. Blues have also retired Rallo’s number 27, never to be worn

“It was something our organization felt needed to be done for Greg”, said
new Jr. Blues Head Coach and GM Nick Pollos. “Greg has meant a great deal to
our club the past two seasons, and we wanted to show him and his family our
appreciation”. Rallo, who is a candidate for the USA Hockey Jr. Player of
the Year award, stared for Team USA at this years Top Prospects Viking Cup
Tournament held in Alberta, Canada. Rallo was selected First Team All Star
at the prestigious Viking Cup Tournament. “Greg has been a tremendous leader
both on and off the ice the past two seasons. He works his tail off to best
the best player he can be and it shows.” says Pollos, “I wont be surprised
to see Rallo playing Pro Hockey some day very soon”.

This is the first number ever to be retired in Springfield Jr. Blues

ECHL Playoffs Update

by Ron Valerino

Tonight the Johnstown Chiefs and the Peoria Rivermen meet for Game #3 of the Northwest division semi-finals. The Rivermen lead the series 2-0 in the best of five series.

In Game 1 Chad Starling’s power play goal 4:50 into the second period broke a 1-1 tie and lifted the Peoria Rivermen to a 2-1 win over the visiting Chiefs. Eric Schneider scored the lone goal for the Chiefs on the power play. Chiefs goaltender Dany Sabourin made 38 saves, including 18 in the first period. Peoria goaltender Phil Osaer made 27 saves in the contest.

In Game 2 Peoria Rivermen forward Tyler Rennette’s second period power play goal, lifted the Rivermen to a 1-0 win Wednesday night and take a 2-0 series lead. Peoria rookie goaltender Phil Osaer posted his first profession playoff shutout as he made 20 saves. Chiefs goaltender Frederic Deschenes made 28 saves in the contest.

Playoff Notes:

Johnstown Left Wing J.F. Boutin was the 2000 Kelly Cup MVP along with current Rivermen head coach Jason Christie, when the Rivermen defeated the Louisiana IceGators in six games. Boutin had 17 goals and 15 assists in 18 post season games for Peoria in 2000

Dan Carlson led the Chiefs with 3 goals, all game winning goals, and 4 assists (7 PTS) in 6 regular season games vs. Peoria this season.

Rivermen goaltender Phil Osaer is 2-0 with a 0.50 GAA and a 0.979 save percentage in
the two games thus far and going into tonight’s game, Osaer and the Rivermen have not allowed a goal in 107:49

Player assistant coach Bret Myers lead the Rivermen in scoring this season with 34 goals Read more »

Phantoms Update/Weekend Preview

by Al Alven

The 2001-02 regular season will not be remembered as a glorious one for the American Hockey League’s Philadelphia Phantoms. Though the team held the
first place position in the Southern Division for a decent portion of the campaign, a terrible midseason slump temporarily put the team’s playoff
hopes in jeopardy. The Phantoms were able to recover and, with a 4-2 victory over the Norfolk Admirals last Saturday, clinch a berth in the Calder Cup Playoffs
for the sixth consecutive season. The team has now reached the postseason every year since its
inception in 1996.

In many ways, this has been an up-and-down season for Philadelphia. The team received typically solid seasons from its veteran players (Mark Greig,
Mark Freer, John Slaney, Neil Little) and steady play from some youngsters (Bruno St. Jacques, Guillaume Lefebvre) this year. On the other hand, there
were some disappointments along the way (Pavel Brendl, Tomas Divisek, Vaclav Pletka), a rash of injuries (particularly to Slaney and fellow defenseman
Brad Tiley) and great deal of player movement. The 2001-02 season saw the Phantoms part with many popular players, including Joe DiPenta, Francis Lessard, Petr Hubacek and goaltending prospect Maxime Ouellet.

Recently, the team welcomed veterans Yves Sarault, Greg Koehler, Jarrod Skalde and goaltender Corey Hirsch (on loan from the Washington Capitals)
for the stretch drive. (Note: Be sure to check this space next week for the “Philadelphia Phantoms regular season report card”)

As they prepare to enter the final weekend of the regular se Read more »

Albany Week in Review #26

by Mike Buskus

As the season winds down, the Albany River Rats wanted to avoid making history. It is bad enough that, for the second straight year (and only the second time in the franchise’s nine-year existence), the Rats will not qualify for post-season play. But, some American Hockey League records (none to brag about) were up for grabs.

The Rats’ winless streak, dating back to game #53 on February 16, 2002 (when the Rats doubled the Portland Pirates, 4-2), stretched through all of February and almost all of March. When the week started on Monday, March 25, 2002, the streak was 19 and counting. A 3-1 loss at home, against the St. Johns’ Maple Leafs on Wednesday, stretched the count to 20. A 2-0 blanking in Philadelphia (45 saves by Ari Ahonen on 46 shots; one empty-net goal), upped the dubious distinction streak to 21.

For the record (see page 144 of the 2001-2002 American Hockey League Guide & Record Book), the worst stretch of games without a victory belongs to the Pittsburgh Hornets, who played 23 games (between February 3, 1963 and March 27 of that year) without tallying a victory (0-22-1). The 2001-2002 Albany River Rats came perilously close to inking themselves into the record book for that record. For a league with 65 years of history, that would not be an achievement that fans, players or management would want to have their team identified with.

Fortunately, River Rats fans at the Pepsi Arena saw the Rats, back-stopped by goaltender J.F. Damphousse (24 saves on 25 shots) defeated the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, 3-1, with goals by Brett Read more »

Canada’s Roster Announced for 2002 U18 Tourney

by League Press Release

CALGARY, AB – The CHA’s Director, Scouting Barry Trapp, Canada’s National
Under 18 Team Head Coach Mike Pelino in collaboration with the Canadian
Hockey League announced the 22 players that will represent Canada at the
2002 IIHF World Under 18 Hockey Championship from April 11-21, in Slovakia.

Canada’s 2002 World Championship Under 18 Team is comprised of players under
18 years old (born in 1984) whose teams are not playing in either the CHL,
Junior A or collegiate playoffs. Seventeen of the 22 players named to
Canada’s Under 18 Team are eligible for the 2002 NHL Entry Draft to be held
in Toronto in June, 2002. All 22 players come from the Canadian Hockey
League, including 9 from the Western Hockey League, 7 from the Quebec Major
Junior Hockey League and 6 from the Ontario Hockey League.

« Canadian hockey has had a great start to 2002 with gold medals for the
men’s and women’s teams at the Winter Olympics and a silver medal at the
World Juniors,” said Pelino. “Canada’s Under 18 Team hopes to make the whole
country proud once again at the World Championship.”

Canada will be taking part in the IIHF World Under 18 Championship for the
first time ever in 2002. The IIHF World Under 18 Hockey Championship mars
the second event of the season for Canada’s National Under 18 Program. In
August, 2001, Canada’s National Under 18 Summer Team won a gold medal at the
2001 Six Nations Under 18 Cup in the Czech Republic.

The 2002 IIHF World Under 18 Championship in Slovakia will feature 12 teams.
Russia captured the 2001 Championship on April 22, Read more »

The CHL Daily News: Playoff Edition

by League Press Release


The first round of the playoffs are now complete in all three leagues of
Canadian Hockey League as the road to the 2002 MasterCard Memorial Cup

The Western Hockey League’s second round match-ups are now all set and the
Ontario Hockey League’s second round has begun. The Quebec Major Junior
Hockey League’s second round begins Friday night.

In each edition of the CHL Daily News (Monday through Friday) right up until
the conclusion of the CHL playoffs, the playoff results of all three CHL
leagues will be included. Second round playoff action in all three leagues
will be completed by April 17.

Wrap-ups from all of the games are included daily, along with that day’s
schedule of games. Heading into Thursday night’s play there are now 24 teams
alive in the hunt for the 2002 MasterCard Memorial Cup.

Starting April 8, a special MasterCard Memorial Cup section will also be
available at the official website of the CHL, The MasterCard
Memorial Cup takes place May 18-26, 2002 in Guelph, Ontario.

The complete playoff schedules of the three leagues are listed below. Be
sure and follow all of the CHL playoff action at the official website of the
CHL,, daily right up until the 2002 MasterCard Memorial Cup.


There are no games scheduled in the WHL Thursday night.

The Brandon Wheat Kings (7) became the final WHL team to advance to the
second round as they defeated the Saskatoon Blades 2-1 in game seven of
their opening r Read more »

Foster Returns to Help Wheat Kings

by Nam Hoang
Adrian Foster, sidelined since mid February and for the first 4 playoff games, showed why the New Jersey Devils drafted him in the 1st round of the 2001 draft. The Wheaties acquired Foster at the trade deadline by dealing Richard Muller to the Blades. Foster averaged a point per game this season with 27 points (14 goals, 13 assists) in 27 contests.
After trading victories in the first four matches, the series was evened at two apiece. It was not until game 5 when Foster made his return to Wheaties. In his first game back, he contributed right away with a power play goal, although they ultimately lost in overtime 3-2. The main reason for his acquisition was to add a dynamic offensive force that would also help their power play unit. Although he did not score a goal in game 6, he did, however, pick up two assists, both on the power play. This set up a one game, winner takes all showdown. With the score deadlocked at 1-1 and only 6 and a half minutes to go, Foster beat Garnett for the game and series winning goal.
Many believed that Foster was overrated and should have more points than what he has. In 3 playoff games, Foster has 2 goals and 3 assists, including the series clincher. Before his return to the Wheaties, the team scored a total of 7 goals in 4 games. After his return, the team scored a total of 8 goals in 3 games. There have been a lot of comparisons to Muller as well because of the fact that it was a one player for one player deal. In the full 7 games, Muller was held pointless and carried a plus minus rating of -1.
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