LOS ANGELES KINGS ORGANIZATIONAL ROSTER
Owners: Philip F. Anschutz and Edward P. Roski Jr.
President / Governor: Tim Leiweke
Executive Vice President / Chief Financial Officer: Dan Beckerman
Executive Vice President / General Counsel: Ted Fikre
Vice President / Sales & Marketing: Kurt J. Schwartzkopf
Vice President / Human Recources: Kevin McDowell
Assistant to President: Rogatien Vachon
General Manager: Dave Taylor
Assistant General Manager: Kevin Gilmore
Assistant to the General Manager: John Wolf
Director of Player Personnel: Bill O’Flaherty
Director of Professional Scouting:
Director of Amateur Scouting: Al Murray
Professional Scout / Director of European Evaluation: Rob Laird
Amateur Scouts:Greg Dreschel, Parry Shockey, John Stanton, Michel Boucher, Glenn Williamson, Brian Putnam
European Scouts: Vaclav Nedomansky, Ari Vuori, Victor Tjumenev
Media Relations / Team Services: Mike Altieri
Trainer: Peter Demers
Speed-Strength / Conditioning Coach: Joseph Horrigan
Equipment Manager: Peter Millar
Assistant Equipment Manager: Rick Garcia
TV Commentators: Bob Miller and Jim Fox
Radio Commentators: Nick Nickson and Daryl Evans
Affiliates: Manchester [AHL] Reading [ECHL]
Head Coach: Andy Murray
Assistant Coaches: Dave Tippett, Mark Hardy, Ray Bennett
Goaltending Consultant: Andy Nowicki
Video Coordinator: Bill Gurney
Captain: Mattias Norstrom
Alternates: Kelly Buchberger, Ian Laperriere, Bryan Smolinski, Mathieu Schneider
Arena: STAPLES Center
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Andrei Markov -D (Drafted-98(6/162))
Markov continued his strong play with 3 assists through 1 game this week. His 3 assists came during a 4-3 overtime loss to Wilkes Barre. He’s 6th in league scoring and 2nd in goals among defensemen. Overall, the Russian defenseman has played 11 games. He has 10 points (4-6-11), and is a league leading +11 with 7 minutes in penalties. One of his goals was scored on the powerplay.
Ron Hainsey -D (Drafted-00(1/13))
Hainsey remains unable to play. He suffered a wrist injury on October 24th, and could return to action in 2 weeks. Overall, the 6’3″, 200-lbs defenseman has played 7 games. He has 6 points (3-3-6), and is +3 with 6 minutes in penalties. At the time of his injury, and in fact even 3 games into his time off Hainsey still led the team with 25 shots on goal.
Michael Ryder -W (Drafted-98(8/216))
Ryder registered 1 assist through 1 game since our last update. He’s playing a strong 2-way game and is among the team’s top defensive forwards. Overall, the 6’1″, 195-lbs winger has played 8 games. He has 4 points (2-2-4), and is +5 with 7 shots on goal. He has been a healthy scratch for 3 games this season.
Eric Chouinard -F (Drafted-98(1/16))
Chouinard has found a happy home on a line with Aaron Asham and Craig Darby. He scored 1 goal and added 1 assist through 1 game this week. Overall, the 6’3″, 207-lbs forward has played 9 games. He has 12 points (4-8-12), and is +6 with 2 minutes in penalties. He also has 26 shots on goal.
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Beechey’s return burns the ICE
All good things must come to an end. Great movies, summer vacations and yes, even unbeaten streaks. It had to be somebody, even worse, it had to be the Calgary Hitmen and as returning player stories don’t often go, it was a familiar friend leading the charge against his former teammates.
Tyler Beechey made his triumphant return to the town he called home during hockey season for the past four years and potted two goals including the game-winner in a 5-3 defeat of the Kootenay ICE by their arch-rival, the Calgary Hitmen.
Beechey, a twenty-yr-old who was traded on September 28th to the Hitmen in exchange for nineteen-yr-old Shaun Norrie in order for the ICE to pare down their roster to the league-mandated allotment of three overage players, opened the scoring just minutes into the contest on a bullet slap-shot that went five-hole on ICE rookie netminder Bryan Bridges. And just in case anybody had forgotten how the Edmonton product can produce clutch goals as he had done so many times in an ICE uniform, Beechey lifted a rebound over a sprawling Bryan Bridges on the power-play at the 13:40 of the third frame for what turned out the eventual game-winner.
For Beechey the two goal performance and the win were a little bittersweet. “I was a little nervous coming in,” said Beechey. “Mo (former ICE teammate Lance Morrison who also returned with the Hitmen) and I talked on the bus and we were both pretty nervous but we knew after the first couple of shifts that it would turn into a normal game.”
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WHL’s OPEN ICE HIT-Hawks/Rockets Deal
In a deal that will probably leave a very bad taste in some Portland Winter Hawk fans’ mouths, the Hawks dealt popular defenseman Jesse Ferguson and Kevin Young to the Kelowna Rockets for defensive prospect Richie Regehr. Hello Portland fans (and I’m one of them), this is professional ice hockey. You did not lose your first born. You did not see Brenden Morrow traded for a bag of pucks and a used mouthpiece. What happened today was simply the constant motion of Western Hockey League.
Let us put this day of active trading into perspective. Portland General Manager Ken Hodge and Head Coach Mike Williamson made a decision to trade two talented men in exchange for a promising young, but not inexperienced, player. Of the three players, none have been drafted by a NHL team, exposing that their talents may be attractive to WHL teams, but not necessarily commanding high-level prospect status. On the other hand, each of the three have either been given a NHL free-agent tryout or have been in contact with a NHL team official regarding their future, thus warranting scouting respect. In the case of Kevin Young, you have an undersized rear-guard who has a tremendous knack for holding the puck in the offensive zone. Consequently, Young is also very injury prone and not always sound in his defensive end. Studying Jesse Ferguson, we find a high-scoring overage defenseman with tremendous puck-moving ability. However, Ferguson can be non-existen Read more »
1. Allen, Bryan (D), Manitoba (AHL). Drafted: ’98 (1/4)
Vancouver(NHL) 7 GP, 0 G, 0 A, 0 P, 6 PIM.
Manitoba (AHL) 5 GP, 1 G, 2 A, 3 P, 9 PIM.
2. Chubarov, Artem (C), Manitoba (AHL). Drafted: ’98 (2/31)
Vancouver(NHL) 3 GP, 0 G, 0 A, 0 P, 0 PIM.
Manitoba (AHL) 8 GP, 2 G, 4 A, 6 P, 0 PIM.
3. Vydareny, Rene (D), Columbia (ECHL). Drafted: ’99 (3/69)
Manitoba (AHL) 4 GP, 0 G, 1 A, 1 P, 0 PIM.
Columbia (ECHL) 1 GP, 0 G, 0 A, 0 P, 0 PIM
4. Auld, Alexander (G), Manitoba (AHL). Acquired through trade with Florida. (2001)
Manitoba (AHL) So far, Auld has yet to suit up for the Moose.
5. Umberger, R.J. (C), Ohio State University (CCHA). Drafted: ’01 (1/16)
Ohio State (CCHA) 6 GP, 2 G, 3 A, 5 P, 2 PIM.
6. Reid, Brandon (C), Manitoba (AHL). Drafted: ’00 (7/208)
Manitoba (AHL) 9 GP, 1 G, 2 A, 3 P, 0 PIM.
7. Smith, Nathan (C), Swift Current (WHL). Drafted: ’00 (1/23)
Swift Current (WHL) 8 GP, 4 G, 6 A, 10 P, 8 PIM.
8. Komarniski, Zenith (D), Manitoba (AHL). Drafted: ’96 (3/75)
Manitoba (AHL) 11 GP, 0 G 2 A, 2 P, 15 PIM.
9. Bell, Thatcher (C), Rimouski (QMJHL). Drafted: ’00 (3/71)
Rimouski (QMJHL) 15 GP, 6 G, 12 A, 18 P, 21 PIM.
10. Fedorov, Fedor (LW), Manitoba (AHL). Drafted: ’01 (3/66) Read more »
ALBANY, NY. (November 3, 2001). In some respects, it was billed as a battle for last place. The Albany River Rats were in last place in the Eastern Conference (1-6-1-2, for 5 points in 10 games), with their opponents (and former “Mid-Atlantic Division” rivals), the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins in last place in the Western Conference (2-9-1-1, for 6 points in 13 games).
The loser could claim the title to last place in the 27-team American Hockey League (if Albany lost, they would indisputably have the fewest points; if WBS lost, they would have the lowest win percentage.
Neither team wanted to be called losers, and each provided excitement, a bit of opportunism (on turnovers) and the fans (including about 50 from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton) saw ten goals on the night, five per team. A small Saturday crowd of 3,131 showed up, with the rest presumably home watching the World Series.
Devils’ prospect, Christian Berglund, made the worst turnover of his AHL career, with an unbelievably dumb give-away inside his own defensive zone late in the second period. By then, the Rats had clawed their way back from a 3-1 deficit to tie the score. Berglund had the puck in his zone, on the boards near the edge of the circle. No opposing player was pressuring him. In what presumably was a mental lapse, he passed the puck straight across the ice, practically on the hash marks. Standing in the middle of the slot, with no River Rat in sight, was Tom Kostopolous (who, last night in Quebec got the overtime game-winner for WBS). Kostop Read more »
If you have watched the Rangers closely this season, Dan Blackburn has been a pleasant surprise. There were not many people who actually believed he could make the NHL at 18-years-old, but he is proving them wrong. In 6 games (5 starts), he is 2-3-0 with a 3.21 goals against average and a .899 save percentage. His numbers are not sparkling, but he has shown that he is not out of place in the NHL. The majority of the goals he has allowed have been mostly because of the Rangers’ horrible defense. There are not many goalies in this league who can consistently make 2 or 3 saves on one play. The Rangers’ defenseman have been horrible at picking up their man in the defensive zone and can’t clear the puck away from the net to save their life. Blackburn has made at least 1 or 2 outstanding saves in each game he’s played, and it was no different Friday night against Carolina. Blackburn was able to slide across the crease on one play with the pads stacked to stuff a Carolina attempt at a tap-in goal. The shot hit Blackburn right above the knee and he was down for a few minutes, but he shook it off and remained in the game. Minutes later he robbed another Carolina player in the slot with a lightning-quick glove save on a shot labeled to the top corner. That save was featured on ESPN’s Top Plays on Sportscenter that night.
Even though Blackburn has been impressive, the Rangers still have to ponder whether or not to keep him for the season or send him back to the Kootenay Ice of the WHL. Blackburn has up until 10 games before his contract kicks in and thus the Range Read more »
By Mike Buskus
ALBANY, NY. (November 2, 2001). Scott Clemmensen got his first professional start tonight in Albany. (He played 20 minutes in relief of Martin Brodeur during the Devils’ 6-1 loss to Washington on opening night, stopping 3 of 4 shots.) With Devils’ General Manager, Lou Lamoriello, chief scout, Dave Conte, and countless other Devils’ scouts and senior management watching, Clemmensen played capably, but his defense did not do him justice in front of the net. The 3-1 loss belonged to the blueliners, rather than to the netminder, before the crowd of 5,888 at the Pepsi Arena.
The main bright spot for the River Rats tonight was winger Jiri Bicek, who generated strong short-handed chances while killing penalties, gave some spark to the offense and relentlessly chased down loose pucks. He also scored the lone Albany goal, a power play goal from the right wing circle. For his efforts, the media bestowed “third star” on Bicek, though this writer would have elevated the honor to “second” in a valiant effort in a losing cause.
Tonight, NHL referee Paul Stewart made another comeback effort. A year or so ago, battling back from cancer, he went down to the AHL to demonstrate his abilities in the orange armband. This evening, while rehabilitating from an unspecified injury, Stewart was on the ice before the teams’ pre-game skate, skating around the ice. When his name was announced as referee, a sizeable number of fans applauded, a rare tribute to referees who are more used to boos than to cheers.
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Detroit Red Wings Top 10 Prospects Update
All of the Red Wings prospects are in action all over the world. In Canada, Usa, Sweden, Finland, Czech Republic and Russia. Some are playing good and some arn`t, some of them will play in Nhl, some will not.
So let us take a look at the Top 10 players in the Red Wings organisation and their statistics so far into the season.
1. Henrik Zetterberg, C, 21 years, 6-1, 185, Grade: 8.5
01/02 Stats, Games 16 Goals 1 Assists 5 Points 6 Pim 4
Henrik Zetterberg has shown that last year was not an isolated case, during the pre-season he was dominating games like only he can, with great moves, nice passes, and his great two-way play. He has also become Alternate Capitan in Timra. Henrik played three games with the National Team where he picked up two helpers and played very good overall. So far in the season Henrik has been struggling (1G+5A in 16 games), but he has been playing good but unfortunately he has had some problems with the scoring. Henrik is allready one of the best in Sweden, this year he will look to become THE best and prepare himself for Detroit, and the NHL for the 2002-03 season. Henrik is Detroit`s indisputable Top Prospect and could become top line star in NHL.
2. Niklas Kronwall, D, 20 years, 6-0, 172, Grade: 7.5
01/02 Stats, Games 16 Goals 2 Assists 2 Points 4 Pim 24
Niklas started the year slowely while not picking up a point in the first 6 games of the season, but lately he has reganed confidence and started to produce, in the last 9 games he has scored 2 goals and 2 Read more »