The CHL Home Hardware Top Prospects Game, which will take place in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan,
on January, 31st, 2002, is as usual a great event where the top draft eligible players
square off against each other and try to prove that they are the up- and coming NHL stars
of the future. A major change will take place this year. After six years of coaching the
two previous celebrity coaches step down and new two coaches will take their place. Hall of Famer
Bobby Orr and Hockey Night in Canada legend Don Cherry will be replaced by former NHL goalie
Kelly Hrudey and Dave “Tiger” Williams, who skated with the Toronto Maple Leafs in the past. But one
thing won’t change for sure. Presence of the Czech prospects. Highly regarded Czech prospects
have made their way into this event in the previous years, with virtually every of them hearing
his name selected at the NHL Entry Draft (Frantisek Bakrlik being the only exception).
The likes of Jiri Fischer, Pavel Brendl or Filip Novak
dressed up for either Team Orr or Team Cherry in the past years while Lukas Krajicek, Martin
Podlesak, Jiri Jakes and Frantisek Bakrlik competed in the last year’s edition of the event.
This year four
Czech CHL Imports were the lucky ones who will have a taste of this show. Let’s have a look
who is it!
Team Dave “Tiger” Williams
Petr Taticek – the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds rookie raised some eyebrows with his smooth
adjustment to the OHL style of play and he keeps on producing. Taticek, a son of a former
Czech Elite League forward, shows signs of developing in Read more »
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.
First of all, big congratulations go out to Artem Chubarov; who, after going sixty-six games without a goal, has two in the last week. He’s been a dynamo in the face-off circle, and has worked incredibly hard defensively to ensure team leads. He’s done a great job on the kill, and has contributed in even-strength situations, too. He’s starting to repay my confidence in him this season. I, along with many other Canuck fans, know that he is well on his way to becoming a stalwart defensive forward for years to come.
All things considered, the Canucks had a pretty good week. Wins against Pittsburgh and Washington were both good, but what I’m here to talk about is the loss to St. Louis. Crawford has to teach his men that there are three periods in a game, not one, not two, but three. You’ve got to give a good, sixty-minute effort every night. As cliche’d as that sounds, it’s as true today as it was when this game was first started. On another note, I think that against Carolina, Peter Skudra is due for a start. Dan Cloutier has played his heart out for this team, and it’s high-time that he get a rest. As I mentioned in my last article, if anyone doubted that Cloutier was the MVP of this team, any doubt has been removed of late.
Another guy I’ve been mildly impressed with thus far has been Bryan Helmer. Despite his poor skating and often bone-headed plays in his own end, I’ve taken a shine to him. He’s been decent defensively, okay offensively, and hasn’t been afraid to throw a check here and there. His skating will forever make him a fringe player, and at hi Read more »
Micheal Leighton made his professional debut with
the Norfolk Admirals last October and is making a believer out of any naysayers. A sixth round draft choice of the Chicago Blackhawks- this AHL
rookie is topping the stat sheets with a record of 14-6-6 and 2.17 GAA.
And in the next several weeks, he will add another achievement to his resume’– the AHL All-Star game for team Canada played in Newfoundland next month.
HF met with Micheal after an 2-2 OT against the Rochester Americans Friday night. As we waited, there was nothing but silence except for the commerical reruns on the office TV. You couldn’t even hear the hum of voices that usually seep through the dressing room walls and doors.
No yelling.. No shouting matches.. Just a flash of coach Trent Yawney quietly leaving in his grey tailored suit, and the sound of the door crashing as he made his exit.
Micheal Leighton appeared and introduced himself. He was damp-faced in a black T-shirt and workout shorts barefooted- answering questions faster than he can turn away opposition shots.
Here’s what he shared.
HF: Although you were not a high draft choice, have you
been amazed by your stellar performances so early in your career?
ML: I am a little bit, I have a great team in front of me and that is a big help. All I wanted was to come here and do my best and that’s what I am doing.
HF:What lesson in front of the net have you learned?
ML: More or less, its communication. I learned that in the last three years in juniors (Windsor) and here its
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France is relegated to 2003 IIHF World U20 Championship Div I.
7 Czech Republic
Germany promotes to 2003 IIHF World U20 Championship.
Due to a restructured playing format of future IIHF World U20 Championships teams ranked 19 to 22 promote to 2003 IIHF World U20 Championship Div I which will consist of 12 teams in two groups.
Teams ranked 23 to 26 will continue to play in 2003 IIHF World U20 Championship Div II.
23 Great Britain
Due to a restructured playing format of future IIHF World U20 Championships teams ranked 27 to 35 promote to 2003 IIHF World U20 Championship Div II which will consist of 12 teams in two groups.
32 South Africa
Marek Svatos, Center, Kootenay (WHL)
Stats: (SVK-WJC) 7 GP, 7 G, 1 A, 8 P, 6 PIM, +5
Stats: 29 GP, 26 G, 19 A, 45 P, 24 PIM, -2
Kurt Sauer, Defenseman, Spokane (WHL)
Stats: 37 GP, 2 G, 9 A, 11 P, 49 PIM, +17
Blake Ward, Goaltender, Lethbridge (WHL)
Stats: 26 GP, 9-13-4, 3.39 GAA. .876 SV%
Charlie Stephens, Center, London (OHL)
Stats: 38 GP, 16 G, 23 A, 39 P, 43 PIM, -18
Danny Bois, Right Wing, London (OHL)
Stats: 45 GP, 12 G, 9 A, 21 P, 180 PIM, -14
Aaron Molnar, Goaltender, London (OHL)
Stats: 15 GP, 4-9-2, 3.98 GAA, .870 SV%
Agris Saviels, Defenseman, Owen Sound (OHL)
Stats: 41 GP 3 G, 23 A, 26 P, 29 PIM, Even
Colt King, Left Wing, Guelph/North Bay (OHL)
Stats: 38 GP, 5 G, 9 A, 14 P, 85 PIM, -22
Cody McCormick, Right Wing, Belleville (OHL)
Stats: 42 GP, 9 G, 12 A, 21 P, 74 PIM, +5
Darryl Bootland, Right Wing, Toronto (OHL)
Stats: 35 GP, 24 G, 33 A, 57 P, 75 PIM, +27
Scott Horvath, Right Wing, Toronto (OHL)
Stats: (UMass-Amherst, HE) 15 GP, 2 G, 3 A, 5 P, 8 PIM, -2
Stats: (Toronto-OHL) 6 GP, 3 G, 2 A, 5 P, 7 PIM, +3
Peter Budaj, Goaltender, Toronto (OHL)
Stats: (SVK-WJC) 4 GP, 3.11 GAA, .919 SV%, 1 SHO
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Having your dad a former or active hockey player can be often one of the most important things at the
very beginning of your hockey career. There is nothing like getting the first tips from a
knowledgeable man who has spent lots of his life at hockey rinks. Just have a look at the
Czech roster from the WJC. Filip Novak is a son of a hockey player. So is Jiri Hudler or
Frantisek Lukes. And Miloslav Horava, a still undrafted forward prospect and arguably the best
Czech player at the WJC, is even a son of a world champion and a NHL player. Read more »
Switzerland isn’t automatically qualified for the main Olympic hockey tournament. They will first have to qualify in a group with Belarus, Ukraine and France. During the tournament the league will be halted. Also will there be a transfer freeze during that period to prevent Nationalliga B teams to acquire players in a bid to boost their teams for a short period.
The following players have been selected to deal with the task of qualification:
David Aebischer Colorado Avalanche (NHL)
Martin Gerber Färjestads BK (SWE)
Lars Weibel HC Davos
Martin Höhener EHC Kloten
Olivier Keller HC Lugano
Edgar Salis ZSC Lions
Mathias Seger ZSC Lions
Martin Steinegger SC Bern
Mark Streit ZSC Lions
Patrick Sutter HC Lugano
Julien Vauclair Grand Rapids Griffins (AHL)
Jean-Jacques Aeschlimann HC Lugano
Björn Christen HC Davos
Flavien Conne HC Lugano
Gian-Marco Crameri ZSC Lions
Patric Della Rossa ZSC Lions
Patrick Fischer (HC Davos>
Sandy Jeannin HC Lugano
Marcel Jenni Färjestads BK (SWE)
Martin Plüss EHC Kloten
André Rötheli HC Lugano
Ivo Rüthemann SC Bern
Reto von Arx HC Davos
Headcoach: Ralph Krueger
Assistants: Jakob Kölliker, Bengt-Ake Gustafsson Färjestads BK (SWE)
Marco Bührer SC Bern
Patrick Fischer EV Zug
David Jobin SC Bern
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Dicaire hopes to add new dimension to ICE blueline
Surprisingly enough, it’s becoming almost a symbiotic relationship in that you might be expecting Pearl Jam to record their next album here or StarBucks to open their next coffee outlet in the Key City. Almost as astonishing as the fact that StarBucks doesn’t have an outlet here – yet, is the steady stream of impact hockey players coming via the trade route of the Seattle Thunderbirds. Seattle, and in particular its hockey team, has been very good to the Kootenay ICE when looking to play the WHL’s version of ‘Let’s Make a Deal’. Following in the footsteps of Zdenek Blatny, Bret DeCecco, Brennan Evans and Igor Agarunov, offensive defensemen Girard Dicaire arrived in Cranbrook to join the Kootenay ICE after being obtained for Trevor Johnson at the trade deadline last Monday.
It is a move that the pride of Taylor, B.C., a small hamlet just south of Fort St. John, welcomes, looks forward to and even asked for. “We had talked about it,” said Dicaire before practice last Thursday about being traded out of Seattle. “Kind of, if there was something there, then to do it. And there happen to be (a trade possibility).”
Picked 48th overall in the 2000 NHL Draft by the Buffalo Sabers, Dicaire is eager show the high form that so many held him in the past two seasons. Never left wanting on the offensive side of the score-sheet, Dicaire thinks the change in scenery will do him a world of good. “Hopefully it does,” said Dicaire of the trade helping his pro hockey fortunes. “Hopefully I can find some consistency playing here, Read more »
Mid-Season Update for the Continental Elite Hockey League
The CEHL’s inaugural season is half over. Here’s a quick overview of how each team is doing and the overall standings. The teams are listed in order of their current rankings.
Detroit Belle Tire Lightning – The Detroit Lightning has an impressive record in their first 30 games with just 7 losses and 23 wins. They lead the league in goals scored with 150 goals, averaging five goals scored per game. Their defensive aspect of the game is in the middle of the pack, with goals against average being at 3.7, with 111 goals being scored against the Lightning. They have the best goaltender in the league in Thomas Fortunate who has only allowed 65 goals in his 20 games played. Detroit also has two of the top ten scorers. John DiPace is in 6th place with 22 goals and 22 assists for 44 points with Richard Williams being close behind in 7th place with 43 points. Williams has 15 goals and 28 assists.
Toledo Junior Storm – The Toledo Storm come second in the rankings, with thirty-six points they are eight points behind the Lightning. They have 19 wins and 9 losses in their 28 games. Toledo has the best defensive team in the league having allowed only 92 goals to be scored against them. Toledo is third in the league in offense with 137 goals scored. Three players, Matt Zeman, Chad Berman, and Dayne Bihn, who have amassed a combined total of 63 goals and 136 points, have scored almost half of the goals scored.
Bay County Blizzard – Bay County has a total of 33 points Read more »