Antropov set to make 2000/01 debut: Nik Antropov has been cleared to play for approximately 10 days now but no formal date has yet been set for his return … unfortunately for Nik, the club has reeled of 3 straight impressive wins and Coach Quinn seems hesitant to disrupt the growing team chemistry at this juncture …
One defender short: Rookie blueliner Petr Svoboda is currently out of the Leafs’ line-up with a severe ankle bruise suffered against the Canadiens on November 18th … his injury leaves the team with only 6 healthy defenders at the NHL level … with the St. John’s Maple Leafs currently travelling in the Toronto vicinity, it might be a good chance to take a longer look at Nathan Dempsey who has perhaps been the best player in the entire AHL so far this year (see additional St. John’s coverage below) …
Tellqvist update: Following the National Team’s disastrous performance against Finland at the Karjala Cup, Tellqvist again struggled once back in the SEL – this time against AIK … despite outshooting the other Stockholm-based side by a wide margin, Djurgarden dropped a 4-3 decision … worse still for Mikael, rival goaltender Tim Thomas returned from injury for this match and was the far superior player on the night … things returned to normal later in the week, with Tellqvist back to standing on his head in twin 4-1 ins for Djurgarden over Bjorkloven and Brynas … at this stage in the season, Mikael still owns solid leads in every meaningful SEL goaltending category including a sparklin Read more »
Simon Gamache was named the QMJHL offensive Player of the Week for the Week of November 20th. , Gamache recorded three goals and six assists in three games, to lead the Val d’or Foreurs to a 3-0 record. Gamache is just 25 points shy of 300 in his QMJHL Career. Scouts and coaches say that Gamache is showing great strides, especially in his Defensive play. He leads the Foreurs with a +21 Rating after 28 Games. Simon was the Thrashers 9th round pick in the 2000 NHL Draft. The Thrashers are hoping that Gamache can follow Brad Richards, who led the QMJHL in scoring last season, and has been successful as a member of the Tampa Bay Lightning, in this, his rookie year.
Dietrich the 22 year old has lots of speed, but struggled at the AHL level until about the last two weeks when he put his game into high gear. Dietrich has been flanked by fellow rookies Stefan (hardly a rookie) Cherneski, Richard Scott and Boyd Kane.
The Dietrich-Cherneski and Kane line was one of Hartford`s best in a 3-1 victory over Worcester Sunday. Dietrich scored his first professional goal off a beautiful pass from Stefan Cherneski, who recorded his first point since November of 1998. Kane recorded his second assist on the play.
The line has been working together and moulding into a potent down low hard working unit. Dietrich, who has been a healthy scratch for five games and been used sparingly in most of the 13 he has played knows his units role, to create chances and perhaps draw a penalty.
Dietrich was quoted in the Hartford Courant “It’s tough not playing, but you can’t sit and pout. You have to make the most of your chances. There are a couple of other guys in the same situation who are going out and trying hard. Chipping in the odd goal helps out. It takes a little load off and makes you feel a little better.”
The AHL appears to be anti-Hartford when it comes to dishing out awards. Brad Smyth who recorded 6 goals in 4 games was left out of player of the week consideration as was new to club goalie Vitali Yeremeyev who recorded a shut out in his first appearance and recorded a 3-0 record with a goals against of 0.92.
Kloucek, a 6’3 220 lbs. defenseman from Prague, Czechoslovakia, was selected by the Rangers in the 5th round (131st overall) of the 1998 draft. The season after being drafted, Kloucek came over to North America and played with the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles for the ’98-’99 season, registering 4 goals and 17 assists (21 points) in 59 games, along with 162 penalty minutes. The next season, at 19 years old, Kloucek was playing outstanding as a rookie for the Hartford Wolf Pack of the AHL. He had 2 goals, 8 assists and 113 PIM in 73 games during the regular season, while chipping in 4 assists and 18 PIM in 23 playoff contests en route to a Calder Cup winning season for the Hartford Wolf Pack. Kloucek was a dominating presence on the Wolf Pack’s blue line, as he was voted the Wolf Pack’s most outstanding rookie and was also voted to the AHL’s all-rookie team. He came to training camp this season looking to make the team as a 20 year old, but after a long look was sent back down to Hartford to get some playing time. Through 11 games with the Wolf Pack this year, Kloucek had 1 assist and 28 PIMS. On Saturday, November 11th, when Defenseman Mike Mottau was sent down to Hartford for likely the rest of the season, Kloucek was recalled and got his first taste of NHL action.
He made his NHL debut the following day against the Phoenix Coyotes, a game in which the Rangers were shutout 2-0. Kloucek played a steady game, while not getting much ice time thanks to Brian Leetch who barely gets off the ice. Kloucek hasn’t made any highlight-reel plays, but that’s not his styl Read more »
There are times when a hockey player has to sit on the sidelines instead of playing the game they love. Injuries, suspensions or the dreaded
‘healthy scratch’ keeping them out of the line-up are all the usual reasons for a player not in the game. Kootenay ICE European forward Marek
Svatos is experiencing that feeling, only not because of any of the aforementioned reasons.
The slick Slovakian center, who has only played in eleven of the twenty-six ICE contests so far this season and still occupies the seventh spot
on team scoring with sixteen points, is sitting on the sidelines for another reason, one he has little control over – bureaucratic hockey wrangling.
In order for any European hockey player to play in the North American junior leagues, a release from that players’ home country governing
hockey body or former hockey club must be obtained by the team he plays for. In Svatos’ case, the issue boils down to a contract he signed
with a Slovakian professional club before knowing he was coming to Canada and the Kootenay ICE. Svatos, who is eligible for the 2001 NHL
Draft in Sunrise, Florida is dying to get back on the ice. “I am frustrated by not being able to play,” said the native of Slovakia through teammate
Zdenek Blatny, who acted as interpreter for the interview. “I’m a little mad at my old team in Slovakia, but it’s my own fault too, I signed the
contract.” Marek is also concerned that the games missed might have somewhat of a negative affect in the possibility of being drafted by an
NHL club this June. “I’m not playing, the scouts can Read more »
With over one-third of the 2000-01
season already in the books, the
Kootenay ICE encountering some
adversity of late and crucial tests coming
up in the next two weeks with two home
dates against Red Deer and games
against Regina, Kamloops and Calgary,
these next two weeks will be a good
indicator of just how good a club the
Kootenay ICE are. That being said, here
is a player by player, coaching and
management report card of performance
so far this season. There are some raving
reviews, some needs to be addressed
and concerns to be dealt with and some
question marks. Play along at home and
see who’s making the grade.
Management – Bob Tory
Have to admit that the ICE headman has evolved
into one of the shrewdest traders within
the WHL and his record proves it. The
solving of the ICE twenty-yr-old
situation by bringing in DeCecco and
Evans establishes definite foresight.
Evans will prove to be the steal in the
deal. Questions still remain about
another big d-man and protection for the
skilled forwards – I don’t think that
Tory’s trading days for this season are
Grade – A-
Coach – Ryan McGill Read more »
In the first half of November it’s time for the junior national teams to challenge the teams from other countries to a series of games or a tournament. This is a chance welcomed by the NHL scouts, who can see the future stars together on the ice, competing against top prospects from other countries. And how were the Czechs doing?
The Under-16 team
The 1985 born guys had 3 games against the Under-16 team of Switzerland on their schedule. The event took place in small Czech cities Trutnov, Nove Mesto and Lomnice and the games were attended mostly by the parents of the players. Although the senior national team of Switzerland isn’t sometimes taken seriously by the other teams, the junior teams have to be. So has the new Under-16 team. The young guys have beaten the Czechs with a 2-1 record, proving they are a top team. They won the first game 5:3, the second the 3:1 and just in the third game the Czechs recorded a victory, 4:3, on goals by Petr Vrana and Ivo Kratena, each scoring two. The whole Under-16 team is led by the star first forward line with Olomouc “twins” Vrana and Kratena and scoring wonder Vojtech Polak of HC Becherovka Karlovy Vary (registered 7 goals in the last Under-16 team game in the series against Slovakia!) Also in this series Kratena and Vrana combined for 7 of the 8 goals overall scored by the Czechs (Kratena 3, Vrana 4). The first line is absolutely dominating in the Under-16 team and all three forwards can be taken as serious 2003 NHL draft prospects. It’s likely that they’ll have some size at that time (Polak is 5’11”, 160 lbs. by now, Read more »
1. Michigan State
Comments: Tied with surprising Western Michigan. Faces tough test with # 2 Minnesota in the College Hockey Showcase.
Comments: Swept rival St. Cloud State while playing solid hockey. Must finish off teams and not allow them back into games. Look for a low
scoring battle with the Spartans.
3. North Dakota
Comments: Swept lowly Minnesota-Duluth. Has the top scoring line in the coutry with Bayda-Lundbohm-Panzer.
4. Western Michigan
Comments: Playing great hockey but must remain consistent. Proved it can play with the big boys as they tied the #1 ranked Spartans.
5. New Hampshire
Comments: Beat Boston College and University this weekend. Must continue to play consistent.
6. Boston College
Comments: Loss to New Hampshire hurts Boston College. Team has to improve it’s chemisty to continue to be successful.
Comments: Heads into a tough test with Wisconsin and Minnesota this weekend. Must play solid defense against the Badgers Heatley and the
Gophers Pohl and Westrum.
Comments: Swept Northeastern and has played for the most part of the early season consistent hockey. Must continue in the rugged Hockey
9. St. Cloud State
Comments: Needs to get things fixed after being swept by the Gophers. Offense must step it up for the Huskies.
10. Colorado College
Comments: Splits with Wisconsin after being swept by St. Cloud State. Someone nee Read more »
Philadelphia Phantoms (AHL) Report:
The Phantoms have really scuffled this season. Goals and wins have been hard to come by. Going into Saturday night’s game against Norfolk, the club sported an unsightly 6-11-0 record and had scored a paltry 37 goals (to 51 goals against) in the 17 games played.
After encouraging wins on Saturday and Sunday, however, Coach John Stevens is breathing a little easier. The goals came in bunches on Saturday, as the Phantoms blew out Norfolk 8-2. On Sunday, goaltender Brian Regan and the defense stepped forward, recording a 2-0 shutout.
Comings and Goings
Struggling backup goalie Dan Murphy has been demoted to Trenton (ECHL). Brian Regan , who was a perfect 8-0 and had a stellar .933 save percentage for the Titans, has been called up in Murphy’s place.
Since our last update, Petr Hubacek was recalled to the Flyers. He played one game before being sent down again. Hubacek has been battling the effects of a slight groin pull that kept him out of two games before his Flyers recall. The same problem led to one injury-related scratching for the big club before he was returned to the farm team. He has not missed any action since coming back to the Phantoms. For the AHL season, Hubacek has 1 goal and 2 assists in 8 games. The two helpers came on Saturday against Norfolk.
Ruslan Fedotenko and Todd Fedoruk are still on recall to the Flyers. Both have been impressive. Fedotenko, in fact, has played so well that may not be coming back to th Read more »
Patrick Thoresen lead Storhamar to a 4-1 win over arch rival Valerenga(VIF-Oslo) before more than 4000 in Hamar. Thoresen just 17 has been very very impressive he scored a goal and assisted on player coach Alexander Smirnov`s goal. Smirnov at 36 is the elder statesman and Thoresen at 17 the future.
Swedish Teammate Jocke Persson said “he is out of the ordinary”… refering to the young Thoresen. It was Persson who cleared the way for Thoresen`s goal to make it 2-0 Storhamar.
Patrick…one to watch!