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OHL WEST STARS GET BIG WIN AT HERSHEY CUP CHL ALL-STAR SERIES

The Ontario Hockey League Western Conference All-Stars scored a big 7-2 win
over the Western Hockey League Eastern Conference All-Stars last night in
Red Deer, Alberta, giving the OHL a chance to claim the 2002 Hershey Cup.

The win leaves the OHL with a 1-1 record in the series, which features two
all-star teams from each of the three CHL leagues. The Quebec Major Junior
Hockey League is 1-0 after its Lebel Conference All-Stars beat the OHL
Eastern Conference team 4-2 in Ottawa last Wednesday, while the WHL is 0-1.

There is one game left in the Hershey Cup CHL All-Star Series – Wednesday,
Feb. 6 in Rimouski, Quebec, when the QMJHL Dilio Conference All-Stars host
the WHL Western Conference All-Stars. If Quebec wins that game, the QMJHL
wins its second consecutive Hershey Cup. If the WHL wins, all three leagues
will have 1-1 record and the Cup winner will be decided on goals for/goals
against.

On Wednesday night in Red Deer, the game was tied 1-1 halfway through the
second period but the OHL West Stars exploded for three goals in six minutes
in the second period to lead 4-1. They then followed with another three-goal
binge in the third period to complete the rout.

Second period goals by Rick Nash of the London Knights, Steve Ott of the
Windsor Spitfires and Kris Newbury of the Sarnia Sting in the second period
put the OHL West ahead for good. Below is the complete game summary from
last night’s game.

OHL WEST 7, WHL EAST 2

OHL: Savie Read more »

German Olympic Roster

by Oliver Janz
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Austria:

Goalies (Nr., Name, Age, Team, Fast Facts):

#33 Marc Seliger (27, Nürnberg Ice Tigers), former Washington Capitals Draft Pick
#80 Robert Müller (21, Adler Mannheim), Washington Capitals Draft Pick 2001
#47 Christian Künast (30, München Barons)

Defensemen:

#13 Christoph Schubert (19, München Barons), Ottawa Senators Draft Pick 2001
#84 Dennis Seidenberg (20, Adler Mannheim), Philadelphia Flyers Draft Pick 2001
#6 Jörg Mayr (32, Kölner Haie)
#31 Andreas Renz (24, Kölner Haie)
#12 Mirko Lüdemann (28, Kölner Haie), signed a 5 year contract extension yesterday. Suffered an injury and could be replaced.
#10 Christian Ehrhoff (19, Krefeld Pinguine), San Jose Sharks Draft Pick 2001
#41 Daniel Kunce (30, Krefeld Pinguine)

Forwards:

#7 Marcel Goc (18, Schwenninger Wild Wings), San Jose Sharks Draft Pick 2001
#81 Mark MacKay (37, Schwenninger Wild Wings)
#26 Daniel Kreutzer (22, Kassel Huskies), Overage Prospect for Draft 2002
#18 Andreas Loth (29, Kassel Huskies)
#49 Klaus Kathan (25, Kassel Huskies)
#21 Stefan Ustorf (28, Adler Mannheim), NHL-Games for Washington Capitals Read more »

New Rankings for Rangers Prospects

by Brandon LeBourveau
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Well, it’s been half a year since the rankings have been updated but the waiting is finally over. Here’s a quick run down on how these rankings were produced: Evan, Edge and Brandon each made their own top 20 list. From there, Brandon awarded points to each prospect on each writers’ list. The 1st ranked prospect got 20 points, and so on down the line until the 20th prospect got 1 point. All the points were added up from the three lists, and after assorting the prospects from most points received to the least, we were able to form these final rankings. If there were any ties, the tie-breaker was who appeared on more lists, or who had the highest average ranking.

Finally we’re on to the rankings. Leave all comments below! Info on the prospects were provided by Edge and Brandon.

1. Dan Blackburn, Goaltender, New York Rangers
The 10th overall selection in the 2001 Entry Draft, Blackburn was ranked as the number 1 prospect by all three writers and was the easy choice for this spot. His emergence this season as a definite NHL caliber goalie and a potential all-star has made many fans and scouts drool over this youngsters potential. Fans are still thanking the Chicago Blackhawks for passing up on him to take Tuomo Ruutu, although Ruutu also happens to be a great talent. Expect many great things from Danny Blackburn in the future.

2. Jamie Lundmark, Center, Hartford Wolf Pack (AHL) Read more »

Higher Education

by Pete Choquette
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Incredible size, strong skating, exceptional skill, and a winning work ethic; it would seem like formula necessary to be a high draft pick
in the NHL draft, wouldn’t it? But for winger Dennis Packard, a 6’5″ 215 lb. right handed shot from Kingston, PA, there were simply
matters more important than hockey. You see, Dennis Packard is not only a hockey player, but also a student at one of the most
prestigious institutions in the world, and he also was the 7th round selection of the Tampa Bay Lightning in the 2001 entry draft. How
could a player with such a coveted combination of tools have fallen to the 7th round? To answer that question it is necessary to
understand where Dennis Packard came from.

As a high schooler, Packard attended Wyoming Seminary Prep School where he not only starred in ice hockey but also in lacrosse,
which his brother Michael also plays at Harvard. He attended the Select -15 and -16 festivals representing the Atlantic/Southeast
region, and at 17, he left home to join the United States National Developmental Team in Ann Arbor, Michigan for the opportunity to
play with the best teenagers in the nation. In 67 games with the under-18 squad he accumulated 28 points, good for ninth on the
squad, and secured an invitation to the USA Hockey Summer Challenge team for Lake Placid, which played the Finnish under-20
team in a week long tournament. By the end of that summer Dennis Packard had not Read more »

ECHL All-Star Game Report

by Steve Feldman
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Trenton, NJ – The ECHL All-Stars took the ice on Tuesday night. In the skills competition the night before the Southern Conference dominated. The two teams were evenly matched in the first period, while the Southern Conference dominated the second and the Northern Conference made their comeback in the third period, but fell short.

The two teams were evenly matched and that shod in the opening period with each team scoring once. The goaltenders both played a strong period turning away 15 shots and allowing one goal each. Frederic Cloutier from the Louisiana Ice Gators was representing the Southern Conference and Chris Sanford of the Peoria Rivermen represented the Northern Conference.

The South was the first team to score; it came at the 9:17 mark when Mat Snesrud of the Columbus Cottonmouths scored with help from Mikko Sivonen of the New Orleans Brass and Steve Rymsha of the Greensville Grrrowl. With under a left to play in the opening period the North tied the game when Preston Mizzi of the Dayton Bombers scored. Arvid Rekis from the Peoria Rivermen and Lars Pettersen from the Richmond Renegades picked up the assists.

In the second period it was South that picked up the pace. With Joel Laing from the Wheeling Nailers in net for the North and Chris Madden from Macon Whoopee in net for the South it was the South that outscored the North and took a 4-2 lead after periods.

The South had the first three goals of the period, was Greg Pankewicz of the Pensacola Ice Pilots, with the assists coming from Allan Sirois of Pee Dee Pride and Louis Read more »

Albany Week in Review

by Mike Buskus
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Third-year defenseman, Andre Lakos, is now with the Utah Grizzlies. In exchange, the Devils obtained veteran forward, Vareri Kamensky from the Dallas Stars. Since the Devils have had goal-scoring problems, the acquisition of the forward who bagged 38 goals (1995-96) and wears a Stanley Cup ring (same year with Colorado), might bolster the New Jersey offense. (Cynics would point to his less-than-stellar record with the New York Rangers, but optimists would point out that Kamensky had injuries the last few years.)

Lakos, a big (6’6″, 240#) defenseman, has NHL potential. In his first two years in Albany, a shoulder injury diminished some of his effectiveness. Generally steady on the blue line and good at reading plays, Lakos has been reliable on defense. Last season, he won the plus/minus award in the league for one month (at +13).

The one element of Lakos’ game which never quite developed, and which might eventually surface, is physical play. For a big and strong kid, he hesitated to hammer opposing forwards into the boards. Checks were more like bumps into other passengers on the subway instead of “get out of my way, bozo” that, for example, Colin White says to opponents with his shoulder.

Shortly after the Lakos trade (in which the Devils also agreed to give Dallas the ill-defined “future considerations”), New Jersey inked former Hartford Wolf*Pack defenseman Benjamin Carpentier (then on a professional tryout contract) to a season-long deal in Albany.

With Lakos gone, the Rats temporarily called up Lucas Nehrling, playing with the Adi Read more »

Ponikarovsky demoted

by Stephen J. Holodinsky
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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 »

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