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IHL NEWS: Young Has them All

by Andrew Bourgeois
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He’s the only player who’s captured the Calder Cup, taken the Turner Cup, manhandled the Memorial Cup and sipped from the Stanley Cup.

In his seven years in Chicago as a member of the Chicago Wolves, Young has achieved a comfortable level of celebrity.

And as a member of Wolves, league champions last season and in 1998, he gets to experience perks the rest of us can only write and read about.

“I got to throw out the first pitch at a Cubs game,” said Young.

“Last year, four of us sang Take Me Out to the Ball Game during the seventh-inning stretch.

“Before the game, we were behind home plate with the Turner Cup. They introduced all of us, gave a bit of a bio and the place was going crazy. It’s amazing the amount of people that knew us.

“Stuff like that makes it pretty cool.”

Besides his two Turner Cups, Young has won two Stanley Cups with the Pittsburgh Penguins, a Calder Cup American Hockey League championship with the Hershey Bears in 1988, and a Memorial Cup major junior title with the Kitchener Rangers in 1982.

Young is the only player in hockey history to win all four titles.

“The guys that are really good hockey players will never get a chance to do it, because they’ll never play in the minors,” said Young.

“I was bad enough to play in the minors, good enough to play in the NHL, then bad enough to play in the minors again.

“Overall, how lucky was I to be on so many teams? … Whatever my talent level is, you could have that Read more »

Under-18 WJC: Czech Republic playoff games

by Robert Neuhauser
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The Czech Republic team looked to be in serious trouble after the preliminary round. They lost
the last game against Germany and this surprise caused them this trouble. They wanted to face
the third placed team of the Group A, but with a third place they had to play against the
second best team of the Group A. And this team was the USA squad. As usual, the Americans play
an aggresive in-your-face style of game, with lots of shooting and hitting. The Czech team,
used to the style of passing and passing, could have problems with the American style. But
the guys were motivated enough to beat the US guys and advance to the fight for a medal, which
would mean a great success.

The US team, where most of the team will not opt-in for this year’s draft, boasts a lot of
future NHLers. The names of Eric Nystrom, Jason Ryznar, Brian McConnell or smallish Dwight Helminen will be
soon the names to remember. The most outstanding star is Ryan Whitney, a player who could be
a top 10 pick if he opts in either in 2001 or 2002.
And the USA team stormed on the Czechs. They were very good in front
of Miroslav Kopriva in the net for the Czech Republic, where they tried to deflect and rebound
the shots. This led to two quick goals after five minutes played, Gionta and Brian McConnell
scored those goals while standing in front of Kopriva. After that was Kopriva replaced by
Martin Laska, who started playing well. And in the 15th minute Frantisek Bakrlik was able
to bring the puck behind the back of Travis Weber after passes from Lukas Chmelir and Petr
Puncochar. But Read more »

BCHL Players to watch in 2002

by Glenn Fugate
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Nathan Schwartzbauer: This Quesnel Millionaire defenseman is one of the biggest in the league at 6’5 210 lbs. Schwartzbauer (82) is reputed to be the fastest skater on the Mills up and down the ice. For a player this size that`s not a easy task. If this big d-man can work on his lateral movement and anticipation he should be a big influence on the Millionaires and the BCHL next year. This Alaskan has alot of size and teams are looking for that on defense. Look for Nathan to take a step up if the rest of his game does. Players will not find it pleasant in front of the Millionaires net next season, when Nathan is on the ice.


Alex Nikiforuk:
Alex plays right wing for the Burnaby Bulldogs of the BCHL. Not many rookies can rack up over a point a game in the BCHL but this native of Kelowna did. Not big at 5’8 165 Alex relies more on speed and smarts to make his game talk. Nikiforuk( 83) was one of the top point getters on Burnaby this season and should have a even bigger role next season. As in most BCHLers a scholarship is his goal and this should not be a problem. A season near 100 points could be in the future for this smart player.


Rod Pelley:
Rod Pelley had a great first year in the BCHL. This player at only 16 years old played a regular shift on the Prince George Spruce Kings. Pelley (84) is listed by the Seattle Thunderbirds of the WHL and will have to make the decision whether to play in the Dub or pursue a scholarship. This kid from Kitimat B.C. is a strong skater and has pretty good size for a 16-year-old at 6’0 180. Rod played wel Read more »

The couple missing pieces

by pbadmin
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Over the season and especially in the playoff’s it became apparent that a little tinkering is needed to the roster. Veteren experience and reliability seems to be the new mantra coming out of the front office in Edmonton but not at the expenses of dismantling the core group. Finding a defenseman and a winger whom both have leadership qualities and Stanley Cup experience will weigh heavily on the minds of Kevin Lowe and his staff. Around draft day in June seems the most likely time a decision will be made since one way or another the Doug Weight contract scenerio will have been played out. The funds left over either way will determine who they can obtain to fill those roles and if the ownership group would be willing to spend an extra million or two to make it all come together.

Down the road the Calgary Flames spent more on thier rosters this season and perhaps they didn’t get the results they wanted, but if the ownership group and the fans and have a little give and take it could be accomplished. If in Edmonton the season tickets could be in the 16,000 area with only 1,100 to spare they could sell out 30-35 games a year the funds could be available. That essentially with the 5% increase in tickets prices could be allocated in signing Doug Weight to a three year contract and adding the two veterens needed.

Now barring if the money is available whom would be considered a good candidates for the veteren positions and what would be the cost. Now if someone were to mull over the current rosters in the NHL to see what is available they may find that Edmon Read more »

Roberto Luongo’s Rookie Season Review

by Mark Fischel
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What does a NHL team do with their franchise goalie when his own teammates can barely score more than 2 goals with him in net? This was the problem that Florida management faced when assessing the teams play in front of Trevor Kidd and the back-up goalie at the time, Roberto Luongo.

In the early part of the season, The Panthers were decimated with injuries to their already thin defense, and at times this left the unfortunate burden on the two goalies to keep the Panthers in each game. Thrown into the fire was the confident and technically proficient Roberto, who struggled mightily in providing the necessary clutch goaltending. One of the early criticisms that he faced was the tendency of some teams to win or tie the game in the waning moments of the game.

Luongo started the season going 1-11-2, in which he got his first shut-out against Minnesota on Oct 22nd before he was able to get his first win against Tampa Bay on Dec 25th. At the time, he had a steady, but unspectacular .901 save percentage and 2.5 GAA. Clearly not good enough to put the Panthers in the win column when the offense rarely scored over 2 goals a game, and for the season Luongo had the unfortunate luck of being the starting goalie in 5 of the 6 games that the Panthers were shut out in.
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Boom Boom: Alexei Semenov

by pbadmin
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A perfect nickname for this towering Russian prodigy who has played his third season for the Sudbury
Wolves. Last season Alexei Semenov was named OHL defensive defenseman of the year and by all accounts this season should result with the same accolads.
A steady marked improvement in all aspects of his game will give him a legitimate chance of cracking the Oilers roster next season.

His most appealing attributes are a perfect fit for the needs of the present Oilers blueline. His best qualities include his devastating open ice hits and menacing presence in front of the net. Alexei also provides a excellent shot from the point and would be an excellant alternativeon the second powerplay unit along side Tom Poti. Whats even more appealing to the Oilers managemnt is his wing span and mobility will make it near impossible to beat him one on one.

A nice progression in his point total over the last two seasons give the coaching staff reason to believe some of that talent will come forth to the next level.

99-00 GP-65 G-9 A-35 Pts-44 Pim-135

00-01 GP-67 G-21 A-42 Pts-63 Pim-106

00-01 Playoff’s Gp-12 G-4 A-13 Pts-17 Pim-17

Adding Semenov to the mix could allow the Oilers to have 3 solid units on defense and pair the two offense defense with a solid efensive partner without tearing up the Jason Smith and Igor Ulanov duo. By pairing Alexei Semenov and Tom Poti together it would allow Tom to be more offensivly creative without having to worry about the backend. Plus an added bonus is since both of them are young they wi Read more »

Hawks Euroreport

by Dan Flodin
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Alexander Barkunov Yaroslavl Russia 35 5+1=6 8 / 2 0+0 2

Despite only playing for the second team last season Barkunov stepped right into the lineup of the first team this year and
played great hockey. He started out very good with two goals in his first two games and his offensive play and hard work
made up for his lack of experience. Faded a little after the WJC and was a healthy scratch in all but two playoff games.
Played in three tournaments with the Russian J20 team (1+3 in 14 games) including the WJC in Russia there he was one of
the better defencemen on a Russian team that finished 7th. With a senior-season under his belt he will hopefully be a factor
in both the regular season and the playoffs for Yaroslavl next year.

Grade:

B

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U18WJC-Review Part 1

by Oliver Janz
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Team Germany

Player Statistics


Sorted by higher Total Points, Goals, Assists,Penalties In Minutes, lower number of Games Played and alphabetical order.


Rk No Name Pos GP G A TP PIM FO FO+ FO- FO% SOG SG% PPG SHG GWGRead more »

U18WJC-Review Part 2

by Oliver Janz
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U18-Worldchampionship in Finland

Before the championship starts, the U18-nationalteam plays in two exhibitiongames in Füssen, germany, against the U18-team from the czech republic. A 3-3 draw follows a 3-2 win (Goals from Goc(2), Schauer, Danner, Barz and Triller). So, the team was in a good form for the championships, but horable news reaches the team after the second game against the czechs’: the top defenseman, Alexander Sulzer has a shoulder-injury and can’t play in the championships. Very bad news for the team, Sulzer was the rookie of the year in the third league and a possibly draft-pick in this year or the next year. But, Alex Sulzer is just 16 years old and can play at the championships next year.

Two days before the championships started, coach Jim Setters named his squad (detailly informations about every player will follow in the next days) and set following players on the recall-list: Goalies Alexander Lerchner from Kaufbeuren and Patrick Ehelechner from Mannheim (born 1984, so he will play in the U18-championships next year). Defenders Florian Horvath from Kaufbeuren, Daniel Kirchberger from Augsburg and Sebastian Osterloh from Cologne. Forwards Manfred Eichber Read more »

Bulls Season Ended By 67′s

by Bill Thompson
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The Bulls were ousted in the 6th game by the 67’s in a hard fought series, but need not hang their heads, they had an excellent year. Beating everyone’s expectations in taking the division title, this group of guys showed character and skill. After taking the Frontenacs down in 4 games the post-season looked promising, but it would be the 67’s year to beat out the Bulls after a few years of domination by Belleville.

Ottawa wore the Bulls down, who were visibly exhausted in the 5th game even though they managed to win it 4-3. The fourth game overtime loss in Ottawa after leading with 20 seconds to go in the 3rd coupled with a bout of the flu than was passed through the team, emotionally and physically drained the guys and Ottawa was able to close out the series with a 7-2 win in the Civic Centre.

Lance Galbraith led the way offensively for Ottawa and was his usual pesky self. In my opinion Jonathan Zion was the best player on the ice for either team showing great skating and puck handling ability. The Leafs have a very good prospect in Zion. Zenon Konopka was the 67’s clutch player scoring the tying goal in the 4th game to send it to overtime. The major difference between the two teams was in net. Seamus Kotyk (Bruins) was outstanding for Ottawa while both Jan Chovan and Paulo Colaiacovo did not play well when they needed to.

The entire Bulls lineup played well in their roles until the 5th game where they were dragging their buts for the aforementioned reasons. Andre Deveaux really picked up his game when calle Read more »

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