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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 »

Meet Admiral Vern Fiddler

by Corine Gatti

If you enjoy watching minor league sports for entertainment, one never knows what athlete is going bridge his footprints from the minor league to the professional level of play.

Meet, Vern Fiddler, who is currently on a professional tryout with the Norfolk Admirals. His name is starting to pop up in the hockey circles, as one who will start make his mark in the future. The reason is his speed and his ability to get the puck in tight corners. However, the 21- year-old center does show his inexperience, with over zealousness and uncertainty on the ice. But after 33 games in the AHL, he has accumulated 13 points after his departure from the ECHL Roanoke Express earlier in the year.

Fiddler, an Edmonton Alb., native posted 27 goals, 28 assists in the ECHL this season and was named to the 2002 ECHL All-Rookie team this month. The future remains inchoate for many inspiring athletes, even with the right package, but Fiddler agrees, that determination is the key to make it to the NHL.

HF: Tell our readers about your transition from the ECHL to Norfolk.

VF: It has been good for me because of Trent Yawney. He is giving me a chance and I am taking advantage of that.

HF: How was your first day on the job?

VF: Yea, I was nervous, but you have to get over it. I did not know anyone that was tough, except for Quintin Laing, whom I played with in the Junior League.

HF: Compare Locker rooms from this league from the ECHL.

VF: In the ECHL, guys are winding down their careers and for a paycheck. Here you are playing to get to the NHL. I Read more »

Sabres Report: Q&A with Andrew Peters

by Ken McKenna

Team toughness, or a lack thereof, seemingly has played a role in the Buffalo Sabres’ fall from playoff contention this season. A steady exodus of gritty players, including the likes of Mike Peca and Doug Gilmour, has left the Buffalo lineup a little short of the spirit and leadership necessary for success in the NHL.

While Buffalo may not have many prospects that have the combination of skill and grit found in players like Peca and Gilmour, they do have youngsters in the organization that could provide enough toughness to keep Buffalo’s opponents on edge in the years to come. One of those prospects, LW Andrew Peters, is currently filling the role of enforcer for the Rochester Americans of the AHL.

Peters was the first of three 2nd round picks the Sabres made in the ’98 NHL Draft, where he was drafted with the pick acquired in the deal that sent Pat Lafontaine to the New York Rangers. Andrew spent most of his junior career with the OHL’s Oshawa Generals, but was moved to the Kitchener Rangers during his final junior season following a dispute with then-Oshawa coach George Burnett.

Peters’ main claim to fame in juniors was his fighting ability, as he amassed 452 penalty minutes in his 3-year OHL career. Andrew also showed flashes of skill during his draft year, but that part of his game has gone largely unfulfilled since that time. The St. Catherines native saw limited ice time during his first season with Rochester, but has steadily played a larger role this season, flashing the pugilistic skills that Read more »

Hockey’s Future Interview with Jay Bouwmeester

by Mark Fischel

Jay Bouwmeester, an excellent young defenseman from the Medicine Hat
Tigers of the WHL, took the time out of his busy schedule to conduct an
interview here at Hockey’s Future. Bouwmeester anchored the Tigers’ defense
for the past two seasons, scoring 14 goals and adding 39 assists for 53
points in 61 games this past year, including 44 penalty minutes. Projected by
many to be the top selection in the 2002 Entry Draft, some have labeled the
Edmonton native as the next Bobby Orr. Although comparing a 17 year old to an
NHL legend is a little too premature, Bouwmeester has NHL scouts drooling
over his potential.

The Medicine Hat Tigers saw a lot of potential in him from the get-go,
drafting him 1st overall in the 1998 WHL Bantam Draft, ahead of many other
high regarded players such as Dan Blackburn, Duncan Milroy and Matthew
Spiller, among others. A 6’4 214 pound defenseman, Bouwmeester is only one of
four players to play for Team Canada at the Under 20 World Junior
Championship as a 16 year old, the others being Wayne Gretzky, Eric Lindros
and Jason Spezza. Jay will make one NHL team very happy to call his name come
draft day.

Hockey’s Future: When did you realize that you had the talent necessary to even consider becoming a professional hockey player?

Jay Bouwmeester: Probably when I got drafted to come to Medicine Hat, I was drafted pretty high and I played a few games when I was 15. Sorta realized than, if I keep working on it and maybe give it a shot.

HF: Was this a goal your whole life, or did it Read more »

Thrashers prospect assignments

by Holly Gunning

This is the time of year when GM Don Waddell calls up prospects to the big show and tries to determine the extent of their development by looking at them against other NHLers. He is making “back of the envelope” guesses at what his roster might look like next fall and where the prospects are best suited to play. We at Hockey’s Future can do the same. Below is an accounting of where each prospect played this year, and a “back of the envelope” guess at where they might be in 2002-03. As speculation, it is designed to encourage discussion. Pro players are listed in rough order of where they stand on the depth chart.

Notation: When two levels are listed for a player, the one listed first is where the player spent most of his time. The plusses and minuses indicate brief call-ups or send-downs. For instance, Ben Simon played most of the year in the AHL, but was called up to the NHL briefly, therefore his level was AHL+ for the year.

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