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The CHL News: Second Round is Well Under Way

by League Press Release
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The second round of the Canadian Hockey League playoffs continue this week,
as the road to the 2002 Master Card Memorial Cup continues.

All second round series in all three CHL leagues – the Ontario Hockey
League, the Western Hockey League and the Quebec Major Junior Hockey
League – will be completed by April 17. The three CHL league champions will
join the host Guelph Storm at the 2002 MasterCard Memorial Cup, May 18-26,
2002 in Guelph, Ontario.

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.

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

Starting April 15, a special MasterCard Memorial Cup section will also be
available at the official website of the CHL, www.chl.ca.

WESTERN HOCKEY LEAGUE

There are three games in the WHL playoffs on Wednesday night. Kelowna is at
Spokane, with Spokane leading the series 2-1, Red Deer (1) is at Moose Jaw
with Moose Jaw leading that series 2-1 and Swift Current is at Brandon, with
Brandon leading that series 2-1.

On Tuesday night in the WHL, Kootenay beat Seattle 5-2 to take a 3-0 series
lead, Brandon (7) beat Swift Current (4) 4-1 to lead 2-1 and Moose Jaw edged
Red Deer (1) 2-1 in overtime to lead that series 2-1.

At Seattle, Nigel Dawes, Adam Taylor and Jarret Stoll all had one goal and
one assist to lead Kootenay to Read more »

Thrashers AHL prospect stats for 2001-02

by Holly Gunning
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Below are the final stats for the 2001-02 season for Thrashers prospects playing with the Chicago Wolves. A few are not prospects by the strict definition of HockeysFuture, for example Karlsson, but are included for the sake of comparison. Players are ranked by points per game played, and goalies by save percentage.

PlayerPos.GPGAPTSPPG+/-PIMsPPSHShotsPCT
KarlssonC
16
6
14
20
1.25

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Yannick Lehoux Signs

by Tony Calfo
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The Los Angeles Kings got part one of their off-season work done Monday when they signed highly regarded prospect Yannick Lehoux to a three year contract.

Lehoux will report to the Kings AHL affiliate, the Manchester Monarchs, on Tuesday. The Monarchs are preparing to open their first ever playoff series on April 13.

Lehoux also signed an amateur tryout contract with the Kings, so he could potentially play in one of the Kings final three games should they clinch a definitive playoff position. The Kings finish Sunday in Anaheim and if they have locked up their position, the Kings may give the faithful a look at the future.

The Kings next targets would appear to be Jared Aulin and Alex Frolov.

Baby Buds in the playoffs

by Stephen J. Holodinsky
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All the Way From St. John’s


With Mile One Stadium having booked the Juno Awards this week and the Leafs on a season ending road trip, the Baby Buds will be coming to town. The St. John’s Maple Leafs will be invading the ACC for the first of a three game playoff series versus the Providence Bruins Wednesday night, with games 2 and 3 (if necessary) in Brampton Thursday and Friday. Suffice to say by the booking, not many in the know expected this version of the farm club to get to the post-season, but here they are, and in the big rink nonetheless.

The club will be lead by AHL Scoring Champion (and John B. Sollenberger Trophy winner because of it) Donald Maclean up front, Fred T. Hunt Memorial Award winner Nathan Dempsey on the blueline, and Central Hockey League Rookie of the year Sebastien Centomo in goal. That said, of late there have been a few new heroes in the lineup thanks to a couple of call-ups to the big club due to injuries and injuries striking the St. John’s roster itself.

With Nik Antropov out for the year, Paul Healey sticking with the Leafs and Jeff Farkas having broken a finger the team has had to turn to other sources for offensive production. While it has been expected that Bob Wren and Bobby House would hold up their end of the bargain, Alexei Ponikarovsky is starting to develop the offensive touch many of the Leaf brass were waiting to see. Further, he hasn’t lost any of his grit doing so. Another name that has been getting mentioned is none other than Luca Cereda. While he has been buried on the depthchart for most of t Read more »

USHL Clark Cup Playoffs, let the games begin!!

by Jason Shaner
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The 2001-2002 USHL season has finally come to and end, and what a season it was. The Eastern Division saw the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders nearly lead the pack from start to finish, only to see the Green Bay Gamblers re-claim the division title on the last game of the season. In the Western Division the Omaha Lancers were led by two stellar goaltenders, Dominic Vicari and Marty Magers, who carried a combined goals against average less than two. As has been the case for the last few years, the West was the stronger of the two divisions. Three teams in the West, Omaha, Lincoln and Sioux City all had better records than the East champ Green Bay. Sioux Falls finished with only one less point. Both divisions sent four teams to the playoffs this season with the Chicago Steel making their first ever visit to the Clark Cup playoffs. All that can be said now is, let the games begin!

Round 1 Matchups

1.Omaha Lancers vs. 8. Chicago Steel

This one is a no brainer. The Steel had a breakthrough season this year but they got the unlucky draw of the Anderson Cup champs. The Steel have a good offense this year led by Nick Anderson and Rene Gauthier. The Steel’s offense is tough and physical and likes to grind things out along the boards. Their forwards are big and strong. Danny Richmond and Tom Gilbert are top prospects on defense in front of John Daigneau. Daigneau, after a slow start to the season has played very strong the second half of the year leading the Steel’s surge to the postseason for the first time in their two year history. Read more »

Albany Week in Review #27

by Mike Buskus
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Albany Week in Review #27

This is the recap of the final week of the season. Stay tuned for an extended review of the entire season in next week’s report, with an analysis of why the Rats had a bad season, commentary on individual players and some suggestions on what the team (and its parent club, the New Jersey Devils) should do for next season.

The week in review

One awful game. Two heart-breaking, last-minute loss-of-lead and loss-in-overtime games. One well-played, season finale. In four games, the team picked up four points (two from O.T. losses) and finished the season with 52, the lowest total in the nine year history of the franchise and well below last year’s 70.

On Wednesday, the Hamilton Bulldogs invaded the Pepsi Arena. With playoff positioning on their mind (the Dogs ended up 6th, narrowly avoiding the preliminary “best of three” elimination round), Hamilton had an agenda in mind. Hamilton also had several lines working, though Kevin Brown figured in most of the scoring. The Bulldogs embarrassed the Rats, beating them by a 6-2 margin. Albany goaltender, Ari Ahonen, was not very sharp, yielding 6 goals on 25 shots. But then again, he did not have very much help.

By the time Kevin Brown earned his hat trick (having collected his 28th, 29th and 30th markers of the year), the goal that earned his fedora (yes, a River Rats’ fan felt moved to toss a chapeau over the plexiglass from section 129 at the Pepsi) resulted from a coast-to-coast romp with not a single River Rat laying a glove, or a stick, or Read more »

Phantoms Reg. Season Notes/Stats

by Al Alven
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The 2001-02 American Hockey League regular season is in the books, and all of the final results/statistics are in. The Philadelphia Phantoms finished the season with a record of 33-27-15-5, good for third place in the Southern Division. As the Western Conference’s eighth seed, the team will face the ninth-seeded Rochester Americans (32-30-5-3) in the first round of the Calder Cup Playoffs. Game one of the best-of-three qualifying series is slated for Tuesday night (7:05 p.m.) at the First Union Spectrum in Philadelphia. Games two and three (if necessary) will also be played in Philly on Thursday and Friday, respectively.

This marks the second straight season that these two teams will meet in the first round of the playoffs. Last year, the Phantoms (36-34-5-5) upset the heavily-favored Amerks (46-22-9-3), three games to one. The Phantoms then went on to lose to the eventual Calder Cup runner-up — the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton
Penguins — in the second round, four games to two. Surely, the revenge factor will play a role in Rochester’s preparation for this series. The Phantoms took the season series, 4-0-2.

The Phantoms enter the playoffs on a mini-roll, having gone 4-1-1 in their last six games. The team finished its final weekend of the regular season by winning two of three games, besting WBS on Friday (5-3) and the Norfolk Admirals on Saturday (4-2), and falling to the Hershey Bears (3-1) on Sunday in the final regular season game at Hersheypark Arena.

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End Notes…

-The Phantoms presented their 2 Read more »

The Top 30 Prospects for March

by HF Staff
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Following are the March player rankings for the June 2002 draft. The list is provided in conjunction with the Prospect Advisor, a monthly newsletter covering hockey’s draft eligible players. Prospect Advisor has been providing an independent scouting service to NHL, CHL, and NCAA teams, fans, agents, etc for over 4 years. The Prospect Advisor has been a long time supporter of Hockey’s Future and we are pleased to be in partnership with them.

Glen Gawronski and his staff of 8 to 10 scouts in North America and Europe compile a monthly newsletter that is available for a very reasonable investment. For subscription information, please contact at them at Prospect Advisor. The ranking for April will be posted later this week.

1. Jay Bouwmeester–D–Medicine Hat
Like a gazelle, Bouwmeester is quick and graceful. A
two-way star with plenty of size, Jay has already is virtually a shoo-in for
the top spot at the draft.

2. Rick Nash–LW–London
A ferocious two-way player, Rick likes to go hard to the net
and play hard-nosed physical hockey. A consensus top 3 pick.

3. Kari Lehtonen–G–Finland Read more »

Loose Pucks

by Ron Valerino
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Forge to open Playoffs at Home

Forge 4 Barons 1 :

NEVILLE ISLAND (Friday, April 5, 2002) The Pittsburgh Forge Junior A hockey
club secured home-ice advantage for the first round of the playoffs by
defeating the Cleveland Barons, 4-1, at the Island Sports Center on Neville
Island. A three-goal second period was the key to Friday’s victory, which
enabled Pittsburgh (37-15-3) to clinch second place in the Eastern Division
of the North American Hockey League. Pittsburgh jumped out in front 1-0 on a
power play goal by Andy Brandt at the 6:13 mark of the first period. The
Forge pressed the advantage 4-0 after two periods of play as Bernie Chmiel
and Kenny Trombetta scored, and Brandt added his second goal of the game.
Brandt now leads the team with 27 goals. The only Cleveland goal of the
night was scored by Tom Goebel a minute and 10 seconds into the final
period.

Whats coming up: The Forge will host each game of its best-of-three first
round playoff series next weekend. The post-season games are set for Friday,
April 12; Saturday, April 13; and Sunday, April 14 (if necessary) at the
Island Sports Center. All three games will start at 7:30 p.m.

Find all the info you need on Pittsburgh’s new Junior A team at:
http://www.pittsburghforge.com/ Read more »

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