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Bendera Takes Off For Kelowna

by Aaron Vickers

Bendera Takes Off For Kelowna

Late yesterday afternoon Shane Bendera had his car packed, but it wasn’t to go join his new Rocket teammates for their game in Moose Jaw against the Warriors. In fact, Bendera wasn’t even aware that he was a member of the Kelowna Rockets at the time. Bendera had his car packed so he could go home for the holidays.

“I was getting ready to go home for Christmas. I had the car all packed and ready to go. Then (Rebel Coach Brent) Sutter calls me into his office told me I got traded to Kelowna,” said Bendera. “…They wanted me in Moose Jaw (right away). So I had to catch a quick flight. I didn’t have time to pack or say any goodbyes.”

The Rockets aquired Bendera in an attempt to stabilize their goaltending, which has struggled at the best of times this season. As a team, the Rockets are 14-18-2, but are almost a lock for a playoff spot after acquiring arguably the best goalie in the WHL. The acquisition of Bendera comes not a moment too soon for Rockets General Manager Bruce Hamilton. His Rockets have not been consistent in net, and as a team have a 3.36 GAA with an .879 SV%. Bendera enters the organization sporting an 11-6-3 record with a 2.28 GAA and .918 SV%.

But a team cannot aquire a goaltender of the caliber of Shane Bendera without losing a few keys to success as well. Lost by the Rockets was former starting goalie, and the man Bendera replaces, Jason Stone. Stone, in 27 games, had posted a respectable 12-9-2 record with a 2.99 GAA and .890 S Read more »

From the Editor: New Features and Draft Centers

by Mark Fischel

Since we are always thinking here at Hockey’s Future on how to improve our site and make it more enjoyable for all of you to spend your time here, some new features are going to be coming soon to our pages.

Over the next few weeks, Hockey’s Future is going to expand our coverage of the jr. Leagues and Teams with the addition of several CHL Team pages similiar to the NHL Team Pages. As the Editors complete the pages, their link will appear on the right hand side under the “HF Country Pages”. Right now we currently have the Kamloops Blazers page up, and it will be fully completed within the next few days. Please do keep in mind that it is a work in progress and there are still some features that aren’t implemented yet. If you have any ideas of what you would like to see or any thoughts, you can always e-mail me or Shane Malloy.

Also coming near the New Year, will be “A look past” the 2002 NHL Entry Draft with our publishing of a list of the top prospects eligible for the 2003, 2004 and 2005 Drafts. Compiled by Jake Dole with the assistance of several of our editors from the various leagues and countries, this preview will surely be something to give you an idea of the top 20+ players to watch for down the road.

In addition, Hockey’s Future will be publishing the 2002 Draft Previews for each league after the Olympics. Look for complete profiles, stats, pictures, and interviews for the top players in each league, Country, and the NCAA Ranks. Our staff of over 20 contributors are currently working to put all of this together, which will culminate in the la Read more »

Josef Vavra – a wildcard for the draft

by Robert Neuhauser
Josef Vavra didn’t have the opportunity like lots of fellow 2002 prospect had, for example Jiri
Hudler, Petr Taticek or Petr Jelinek. He wasn’t born in a family of a former active player
or even active coach. Josef’s dad enjoyed a basketball career but was a huge fan of hockey, though.
Because he didn’t play organised hockey, only when he had the opportunity to agree with
some friends on a match, then he laced up the skates and the puck began to fly on the ice. Read more »

Canadiens’ weekly prospects update

by Chris Boucher

Ron Hainsey -D (Drafted-00(1/13))

Hainsey scored 1 goal through 3 games this week. His first goal since returning from a wrist injury came during a 6-5 loss to Worchester. The goal was also his first non-powerplay goal this season. Overall, the 6’3″, 200-lbs defenseman has played 15 games. He has 7 points (4-3-7), and is +2 with 8 minutes in penalties. Three of his 4 goals were scored on the powerplay.

Mathieu Garon -G (Drafted-96(2/44))

Garon was unable to record a win through 3 starts since our last update. He continues to struggle to find his game, as well as his confidence. This week saw his goals against average balloon from 2.54 last week to 3.14 this week. Overall, the 6’2″, 192-lbs goalie has a 5-2-2 record with an already mentioned 3.14 GAA, and a .904 save percentage.

Eric Chouinard -F (Drafted-98(1/16))

Chouinard scored 2 goals and added 3 assists through 3 games this week. He rebounded from a 9-game scoreless streak, and now has points in 5 of his last 6 games. Overall, the 6’3″, 207-lbs forward has played 28 games. He has a team-leading 25 points (11-14-25), and is +1 with 8 minutes in penalties. Surprisingly, only 1 of his 11 goals has been scored on the powerplay; which speaks volumes for Chouinard’s 5-on-5 play this season. He also has a team leading 83 shots on goal.

Francois Beauchemin -D (Drafted-98(3/75))

Beauchemin was shutout through 1 game this week. He was a healthy scratch during 2 of the last 3 games. Overall, the 6’0″, 201-lbs defenseman has played 12 games. He has 4 poi Read more »

The CHL Daily News

by League Press Release

The Canadian Hockey League’s Player of the Week for the week ending Dec. 16
is forward Andre Martineau of the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles of the Quebec
Major Junior Hockey League.

Martineau, 20, picked up four goals and six assists for 10 points in just
three games this past week to earn the weekly recognition. He becomes the
fifth QMJHL player in 10 weeks to get the nod as CHL Player of the Week and
was also selected as the QMJHL’s Offensive Player of the Week.

Goaltender Jean-Francois Racine of the Drummondville Voltigeurs of the QMJHL
was the QMJHL’s Defensive Player of the Week. Forward Shawn Snider of the
Sudbury Wolves was the Ontario Hockey League’s Player of the Week, while
goaltender Josh Harding of the Regina Pats was the Western Hockey League
Player of the Week (see details below).

This is the final CHL Player of the Week selection for 2001. The next CHL
Player of the Week will be selected Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2002, along with the
CHL Player of the Month for December.

The CHL’s Player of the Week is announced in every Tuesday’s edition of the
CHL Daily News. The CHL Daily News is also posted each day at the league’s
official website, The CHL Player of the Month will be selected
each month from among the top monthly performers in the Ontario Hockey
League, the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League and the Western Hockey League.


Dec. 17 – Andre Martineau, Cape Breton Screaming Eagles, QMJHL
Dec. 10 – Shawn Roed, Portland Winter Hawks, WHL Read more »

Shawn Snider Named OHL Player of the Week

by League Press Release

Toronto – The Ontario Hockey League today announced that Sudbury Wolves
centre Shawn Snider is the OHL Player of the Week for the week ending
December 16, 2001 after scoring four goals and two assists for six points
three games.

Snider, a 20-year-old native of Fergus, recorded at least one point in
of three Wolves wins last week. He opened the week with a goal in a 5-3
ice win over the Barrie Colts on December 14. He scored the game-winning
goal and assisted on another as the Wolves defeated the Kingston
5-0 in Kingston on December 15 and scored two goals, including the
game-winner, along with an assist in a 4-3 road win over the Mississauga
IceDogs on December 16.

Snider leads the Wolves with 14 goals and 24 assists for 38 points in 33
games this season.

Shawn Snider
Born: Fergus, ON, February 1, 1981
Position: Centre Shoots: Right
Ht: 5.10 Weight: 170 lbs.
Sault Ste. Marie’s 5th round selection, 102nd overall, in the 1998 OHL
Priority Selection.

Where Are They Now: Part 3?

by Joeri Loonen

An overview of drafted players and undrafted players with an NHL-career currently active in the Swiss league(s).

Apart from the traditional big 5 (Finland, Sweden, Russia, Czech Republic, Slovakia) in Europe, Switzerland has made some siginificant progress the past few years and has established themselves as a genuine A-pool country. This upbeat is not only displayed on the national team level but as well in the Swiss Leagues (National Liga A and National Liga B). There are currently around 60 players which are either drafted or have had an NHL career playing in Switzerland, most of them being North-Americans. Where exactly are they playing now and what happened to them after they crossed the pond? An overview per NHL team

Montreal Canadiens:

Paul di Pietro
Drafted 1990, 5th rnd, 102nd overall
Current team: EV Zug

Di Pietro was drafted in the 5th round and he won the Stanley Cup in his 2nd pro season. Not a bad record. Being traded to the Leafs straight from the Habs makes it all a bit more spicy. He never really was able to lock a spot on the Leafs roster though and despite a short 6-game stint with the Kings Di Pietro found himself in the minors again. In the 1997-98 season he came over to Europe and got some good money in Germany where he had a good season and drew attention of the Swiss teams. With Ambri-Piotta he had an excellent season and Di Pietro was getting big money offers from around the league. He decided to move to EV Zug. This s Read more »

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