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Avalanche Notes & News

by pbadmin
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Here are some of my random notes and observations from the Avs season so far.

Pre-season:

Unfortunately, I did not get to see as much of the rookies as I would have like to this year. The Avs spent most of their time in Sweden or Hershey and I mistakenly planned my vacation around a failed attempt to check out the USA Olympic practice in Colorado Springs. Little did I know that they would not let me in to watch. So I drove up Pike’s Peak to over look the World Arena and to get closer to the Hockey God’s. I ask them for good things to happen for team USA. Little did I know that less than a week later, patriotism would take on a whole new meaning. What I did see of the rookies were in their 3 preseason games:

Mikhail Kuleshov: By now everyone knows about the impression he made on Dallas Star goalie Ed Belfour. Kuleshov scored two spectacular “goal scores goals” in a short period of time. Both goals were unassisted goals in which he picked the pocket of a Dallas defender and whisked the puck past Belfour before he knew what had happened. After a very moving moment of silence and a great rendition of “ God Bless America” the crowd was ready and willing to show Eddie our love with a big round of BELLLLLLL-
FOOOOOORRRR chanting. Looking down on the bench from my nose-bleed seats, I distinctly remember Coach Hartly discussing some strategy with Kuleshov and he was listening very intensely. To me, this was a good sign that these two flashy goals weren’t going to his head.

Czech mates: It can’t really be call Read more »

Hard work now powering the ICE

by Jeff Bromley
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Hard work now powering the ICE

Excuses, like a Phillips head screwdriver in a room full of Robertson screws, doesn’t do anyone much good. Sure they provide you with a reason why you can’t get the job done but eventually those screws are going to have to come out one way or another. To complete a bad analogy, I guess you could say the Kootenay ICE are throwing out the excuses and tightening the screws on the competition.

After rattling off a four game unbeaten streak that saw the ICE garner two wins and two hard-fought ties in the shadow of losing their leading scorer in Marek Svatos during game one of the streak, the club is showing a lot of something the ICE coaching staff and management have been stating the club had all along – depth. But another attribute that the club has been stressing all season is hard work, a quality that can never be underscored. “We’ve come up big (with the effort) and the young guys have played really well,” said ICE forward Colin Sinclair. Leading best by example, Sinclair knows that getting cute on the offensive side of things isn’t going to work with Kootenay’s depleted line-up. “We’re just doing the simple things like crashing and banging and some bounces are starting to go our way.” Although off to a good start with four goals and six helpers in fourteen games, the hard-working center has some high standards set for himself and considering the amount of chances he’s had, including a couple of great ones against the Cougars Saturday night, thinks that hard work will pay off. “Pretty much the story of my life,” said Sinclair Read more »

Kings Acquire Jason Allison

by Tony Calfo
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The Kings acquisition of Jason Allison was another great move by Dave Taylor- not just because of who he received, but more because of who he kept.

Glen Murray and Josef Stumpel are talented players who at one time or another have underachieved in L.A.. Murray is at the end of his contract and Stumpel had worn out his welcome in Los Angeles. While I am sure both will prosper in Boston, the fact that the Kings got the size up the middle they have long coveted and some depth at left wing without giving any of their newly prized prospects is nothing short of amazing. Aulin, Lehoux and Frolov are still Kings, along with Jason Allison.

I have, in this very space, said that Kings’ management would not pay for talent any longer. The Kings have showed their fans that they are not stopping spending money, just trying to stop spending it unwisely.

I like my crow medium rare.

Flyer’s Young Guns Report Cards

by Mike Castor
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Report Card on Philadelphia Flyer’s Youth

The Philadelphia Flyer’s season has not started off with a bang thus far. Jiri Dopita and Pavel Brendl were both lost in the opening game and the lines since have been mixed up. Bill Barber said the team has looked the best against the Panthers. The Flyers have crushed Florida two times. In both the victories there was some questionable play from the Panthers. Jiri Dopita was hit low by defenseman Dan Boyle. In the rematch with Florida, Paul Laus jumped Ruslan Fedtenko. Jason Weimer jumped blue liner Eric Weinrich in the closing seconds of the contest. The overall feeling around the team is of an upbeat nature.

Bill Barber and Bob Clarke are not concerned over the slow start, because the scoring has picked up and the injured players will return shortly. There is just too much talent on this roster to keep them down for long. Philadelphia will only get better the longer the team plays together and cuts down on costly turnovers. The shining spot on the team is the play of the youth. The youngsters have carried the team thus far with Mark Recchi and Keith Primeau struggling. Here is a report on the young players lacing them up for the orange and black.

Justin Williams - Justin steamed rolled into the first game with 2 goals and an assist. He worked very well with Gagne and Roenick on a line. In the first 3 games this was the best line the Flyers had on a nightly basis. Williams added some much-needed weight to battle in the corners and to take a beating from physical Read more »

London Knights Report

by Jason Ahrens
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LONDON KNIGHTS PROGRESS REPORT

The London Knights have stumbled a bit of late as they have entered the second phase of the OHL season. A hot start had the town buzzing, but other teams have seen a steady trickle of veterans back from pro camps and have their rosters filled out and the young Knights have found things a lot more difficult. The Western Conference will be very competitive, entering the weekend, 7 teams were within 2 points of each other, and it appears that it will be Plymouth out in front, but Erie and Windsor may pull away from the pack and challenge the Whalers as the season moves on.

Over agers-London has used 5 already in the young season, John Eminger has been moved to Mississauga, and the team is currently carrying 4, as they added Colorado draftee Charlie Stephens in a trade with Guelph on October 19. He joins fellow Av draftee Aaron Molnar, who has returned from the Hershey Bears camp and has struggled between the pipes. He is the most likely candidate to be moved as the Knights struggle in their own end and would be hard pressed to replace Sean Dixon and Ian Turner on the point. Stephens joins his third OHL team in his 5th year in the league, and fills the void that London has had all year, an experienced right shooting center to play with Rick Nash.

In their first game together against Belleville, they had several excellent shifts and scoring chances, which is a positive sign since they hadn’t practiced together as the trade was finalized just 2 hours before game time. Stephens will have to use his size t Read more »

Around the Kings System

by Tony Calfo
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While the Kings’ season has not started well, the prospects that comprise the rejuvenated Kings’ farm system are enjoying fine seasons. Here is a quick look around the system:

The top guns of the system, Alexander Frolov, Jared Aulin and Yannick Lehoux are all starting out their seasons in fire. Frolov has already potted 8 goals in 13 games in the low scoring Russian Super League he plays in. Aulin has 17 points in 9 games following a longer-than-expected stay in camp where he nearly made the Kings big team. Lehoux has 15 goals and 19 points in a mere 10 games. Lehoux in carving a niche as the premiere short-handed goal scorer in the minor leagues.

College stars Mike Cammalleri and David Steckel have started out their seasons strongly. Cammalleri used the stage of a 70 thousand-plus outdoor crown against rival Michigan state to score two goals and add an assist. David Steckel has a goal and two assists in two games for Ohio State.

Fellow Ohio State star Jason Crain, who is coming off of an off season in 2000-01, has been named captain at Ohio State and is already a +2 after two games. Crain was a cherished prospect before last season and Kings’ management is watching and hoping his development continues.

Future King enforcer Kip Brennan has not found the AHL to his liking yet. Brennan was beaten badly by AHL veteran Mel Angelstad in Portland. Kip has only played three games so far and his development has to be a priority for the enforcer-less Kings. (Thanks Earl)

Andrei Shefer is scoreless in 6 games for Severstal Cherpovets in the Ru Read more »

Pavel Brendl: A tale of a scorer

by Robert Neuhauser
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Pavel Brendl was born on March, 23rd, 1981 in the small Czech city Nove Mesto nad Metuji
(Metuje is the name of the river which flows thru the provincial city) in a hockey family.
His father, Milan Brendl, was a former hockey player who enjoyed a succesfull but not stellar
hockey career in the city of Olomouc. His mother, Stanislava Brendlova also likes hockey so
it was no wonder when the little Pavel laced up the skates and took the stick into his
hands under the watchful eye of his dad already at the age of three. He learned to skate very
soon because his dad gave him lots of skating lessons and tips and taught him also the basics
of the hockey alphabet so that Pavel was more skilled than the other kids when started
playing organised hockey at the age of five. But it couldn’t be in the very small Nove Mesto
nad Metuji, it was in the nearby Opocno, which is sometimes stated as Pavel’s birthplace.

His natural talent, very good skating and puckhandling skills allowed him to dominate in the
games of the kids of the youngest grades and turn heads of the coaches. Pavel was always
playing at forward, even if coaches sometimes let the kids play all positions, even goalie,
before they finally decide about the position. He scored and scored a lot. This lasted for
five years. Read more »

Get Well Red

by pbadmin
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Currently the Edmonton Oilers Editor Kim Gernack also known as Redtwilight is ill at the University Hospital in Edmonton.

His contribution knowledge and wisdom to our site and message boards is irreplaceable and on behalf of all our staff I want to wish him a speedy recovery.

Please leave messages of good will on the Edmonton Oilers message board or on his e-mail.

Shane Malloy

Asst. Managing Editor/Director of Media Relations

Hockey’s Future

Flyers Collegiate Prospects Stepping into Limelight

by Bill Meltzer
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Through the years, the Philadelphia Flyers have had a few homegrown players– including current Flyer Chris Therien and one-time rookie free agent Dave Poulin– who were U.S. college standouts before turning professional. However, the vast majority of Flyer-drafted and signed players originally honed their skills in the Canadian major junior ranks.

Times have changed. Today, the Flyers have only one affiliated prospect (2001 first round draft pick Jeff Woywitka) playing in the CHL, while five youngsters are playing for teams in the NCAA.

The Flyers current crop of collegiate players represents an intriguing collection of sleeper prospects. An update on their current progress.

Colin Shields : Shields had to sit out last season after he was declared ineligible by the NCAA. In order to retain his visa status, the Scottish forward signed up for classes that he never attended. When the University of Maine learned what had happened, they had no choice but to report the violation to the NCAA.

So far this season, Shields has been making up for lost time. He’s displayed the soft hands and offensive instincts that made him a standout at every level of hockey that he has played. He’s also a pretty good skater.

Shields has exploded out of the gates for Maine with 5 goals in his first 4 games, including 3 powerplay tallies. He has no reticence about shooting the puck; as his 13 shots on goal attest.

Bernd Bruckler : The Austrian goaltender was a highly sought recruit by many U.S. college programs. He finally opted for the Read more »

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