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The Hurricanes organization is successful at all levels at the current time. In the ECHL, the Florida Everblades are 23-13-5 and 4th in the Southeast Division, 4 points behind division-leading Greenville. The Lowell Lock Monsters have been fairly consistent after scorching the AHL through their first dozen games. They are now 23-14-7-1 (54 points), good enough for first place in the Southeast Division. The Hurricanes are first in the weak Southeast Division with a record of 22-17-7-5, which corresponds to 56 points and a ten-point lead over second-place Washington.
The Hurricanes also made a fairly significant trade this past week, sending Sandis Ozolinsh and Byron Ritchie to the Florida Panthers for defenceman Bret Hedican, forward Kevyn Adams and defensive prospect Tomas Malec, who is profiled below. Therefore, Ritchie will no longer be profiled within this section.
Zepp remains with Florida and is currently injured. His numbers haven’t changed since the last update. However, he appeared to be starting to find his game before the injury. He and Randy Petruk form a solid goaltending tandem for the Everblades.
In 13 games since my last update, DeFauw has registered 1 goal, 4 assists and 2 penalty minutes for the Lock Monsters. Therefore, he cooled off a bit after his strong start. However, this is still only his second professional season.
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The Kid Can Play
Don’t be mislead by the demotion, Alexei Ponikarovsky can play hockey at the NHL level and the Leafs brass know it. The last time he was called up he was given a number more akin to a football running back, while this time he carried #22 on his back. But it goes much farther than that. Originally just an emergency fill-in for Shayne Corson, Alexander Mogilny’s back spasms allowed Toronto to take a longer look at his play at the pro level. Normally a call up from The Rock can expect to see fourth line duty and maybe two shifts a period. Not so with the Big Uke. While it is true he did start there, by the end of his stint with the big club he was skating alongside Darcy Tucker and Corson ahead of Travis Green and didn’t look out of place.
With Mogilny and possibly Gary Valk due back from the sicklist however, somebody was going to have to sit in the pressbox. Rather than have Ponikarovsky stagnate on the west coast trip, a return ticket to St. John’s guaranteed him plenty of icetime among the Baby Leafs top six forwards. Will he be back before the end of the year? It’s tough to say.
Ponikarovsky’s game brings more to the table than either Valk’s or Green’s right now. It’s entirely possible with 20 more matches with third line icetime he may well improve to a point where he could surpass Hoglund and Domi as well. That said, the only players that might be movable on the trade market out of those four would be Green and Hoglund and even the return on them would be minimal. However, three of this group, Valk , Domi, and Hoglund, ar Read more »
The CHL Player of the Week for the week ending Jan. 20, 2002 is forward
Stoll earned both the CHL Player of the Week and Husky WHL Player of the
On Sunday Stoll, a 2000 draft pick of the Calgary Flames, scored three goals
Stoll, 19, is from Yorkton, Saskatchewan and he beat out the other league
The CHL Player of the Week is selected from among the three leagues’
CHL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Jan. 22 – Jarret Stoll, Kootenay Ice, WHL
Rastislav Stana…has declined to participate in the ECHL All-Star game, and instead remain up with the AHL Portland Pirates. He has appeared in 3 games since his call-up to replace the injured Corey Hirsch. He has also not been notified yet as to whether or not he will be traveling to Salt Lake City for the 2002 Olympics in order to play for the Slovak National Team.
J.F. Fortin…has sparkled for the injury depleted Capitals blueline. His time spent in the ECHL last season may have been a wake-up call for Jean-François. Coach Hanlon for the AHL Portland team has worked with the blueliner, and has impressed Ron Wilson and staff for a prolonged stay with Caps (along with minor league veteran Todd Rohloff).
As Roman Tvrdon returns from his injury, Martin Hlinka goes down…In AHL Portland this season the LW position has been injury plagued. But, since his return Tvrdon has scored 1 goal and is +2 in his 3 games. Hlinka struggles continue, not only in scoring but now also with his latest injury. Hlinka suffered a separated shoulder earlier this month, and could be out at least a month.
OTHER NEWS…the Washington Capitals have signed Colin Forbes to a one-year contract.
The Capitals have also picked-up Ivan Ciernik off of waivers. Originally selected by the Ottawa Senators in the 1996 entry draft (9th round). Ciernik, could be a big banger, with offensive potential but so far this season in his 23 games with the Senators has been loathe. He is currently earning $325,000/year.
St. Louis Blues:
Adrian, not any longer Adrien, Plavsic is one of the most elegant players to be seen on the Swiss ice. After a long NHL career that started in 89/90 with the Blues and ended in 96/97 with the Anaheim Mighty Ducks he signed for German team Revier Löwen Oberhausen. There his experience in the NHL also with Vancouver and Tampa Bay was vey valuable and he scored 19 points in 36 games beforee Swiss giants ZSC Lions offered him a bag of money. Read more »
Toronto – The Ontario Hockey League today announced that Windsor Spitfires
Ott, a 19-year-old native of Summerside, P.E.I., scored two goals, including
Ott, who won a silver medal with Canada’s National Junior Team earlier this
Season Club GP G A PTS PIM 1998-99 Leamington Jr. B 48 14 30 44 110 1999-00 Windsor Spitfires 66 23 39 62 131 2000-01 Windsor Spitfires 55 50 37 87 164 2001-02 Windsor Spitfires 33 25 28 53 104 OHL Totals 154 98 104 202 399
GUELPH – The Canadian Hockey League and the Ontario Hockey League announced
OHL Commissioner and CHL President David Branch, along with members of the
“We are delighted to be able to announce that the 2002 MasterCard Memorial
The OHL allowed the top four teams in each of its two conferences at the
The committee was comprised of Paul Beeston, chief operating officer,
Gordon Kirke, Ontario Hockey League counsel, and Branch were non-voting
“The quality of the four bids we received were absolutely outstanding,”