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are greatly exaggerated. There are reports of ICE fans at centers all over the WHL protesting the possibility of losing their superstar at his father’s BRICK Furniture stores. These protests
failed to materialize however, due to the incredible, DON’T PAY UNTIL 2010 sale offered only to ICE fans. Being upset about losing your favorite hockey player is one thing but getting a
great deal on appliances is another story altogether……. Seriously though folks, this whole hullabaloo about the possible Edmonton Oiler offer to Comrie for first round draft pick money
(pegged at about $1.1 million per year with a lucrative bonus structure) doesn’t wash with me. Why would he (and his agent) sacrifice a kick at unrestricted free agency next June by
signing now? My money’s on him staying with the ICE.
A report out the OHL states that possible number one draft pick for this June’s NHL Draft, Jason Spezza, has asked for, and will
The bids for the Canadian host city for the 2003 World Junior Championships are now being accepted. No fewer than ten cities are bidding
Pilots after joining the team in the off-season. His numerous
transactions that created an entirely new look for the team on the ice
produced negative results initially as the team started off the season
by losing their first four games. However, since then, the Ice Pilots
have been on a tear. A new team record was set for the franchise when
they defeated the Birmingham Bulls, 6-5, in overtime this past Sunday.
That win has brought their winning streak to 7 consecutive games.
tallied 17 points on 4 goals and 13 assists, thus far. This total ties
him for second in the league in points and he has been nominated for
Player of the Week honors for this past week. Bes also recorded a point
in each of the seven wins during the streak.
The Ice Pilots have also received solid contributions during that
stretch from Allan Egeland (14 points), John Tripp (10 points) and Kevin
Colley (10 points). Tripp has been able to pop in goals during
opportune times as he sits atop the league with 3 game-winners. The Ice
Pilots have 6 players that have tallied 10 points through the season
thus far and 18 players that have notched at least one point. These
figures definitely signal a well-balanced attack.
to contribute points of their own. This threesome has also combined for
a plus/minus rating of +10.
And, in goal, Shawn Degagne an Read more »
Notebook — 11/08/2000
Utah Grizzlies Update
The (IHL affiliate) Utah Grizzlies season record dropped to 7-5-0 after two absymal road games this weekend. On Friday, they lost 4-0 to Milwaukee and on Saturday they lost 5-3 to Cleveland. During this road trip, the Grizzlies have continued to exhibit numerous special teams problems. In both games over the weekend, the power play (which received 10 chances) did not convert, and the penalty kill was exceptionally poor (giving up 4 goals on 11 tries).
But don’t start jumping off bridges just yet, Grizzlies fans. Rugged defensive-minded coaches Bob Bourne, Craig Ludwig, and Jason Taylor, should whip these green mommas-boys into proper penalty killing shape soon — it’s their speciality.
The Grizzlies are 2-2-0 on their current road trip. Their next game is Friday in Detroit against the Vipers.
Top Utah Scorers
Ice Dogs left for the West Coast League, and the Michigan K-Wings joined the
United League when the Dallas Stars dropped the K-Wings as their top
affiliate. Houston and Manitoba are the only two teams left in the IHL
without an affiliation agreement, and some people wonder if the independent
teams can sty competitive in a league where more than three-quarters of the
teams have a parent club.
sure now though. “After watching KC skate rings around our guys, and seeing
the independents making up most of the bottom tier of the league this year .
. . and seeing the inability of the Aeros to assemble a competitive team
this year, I have reversed my position on affiliation.”
all affiliate league as I find being a fan of an independent much more fun,”
said another fan.
concerns. NHL teams pay part of the players’ salaries when they are in the
minors, with the farm team picking up what the parent club doesn’t pay.
This is considerably less expensive than paying the full salaries.
team will sign or trade for a veteran player Read more »
Draft deadline to sign the prominent Kootenay ICE forward or lose him to unrestricted free agency. A couple of weeks back, a report by New
York Post Columnist Larry Brooks cited sources close to the New York Rangers that stated that they were actively pursuing the rights of the
former Michigan Wolverine from the Oilers for either a 3rd or 1st round draft pick, depending on whether or not Comrie played with the Rangers
or was sent to their AHL affiliate in Hartford.
As all ICE fans collectively gasp, there are a few observances to be made.
sometimes looked upon as a few steps up the ladder from the National Enquirer. Nevertheless, the story does have some credence that should
be taken seriously. Please note that former Oiler G.M. and current Ranger Boss, Glen Sather was the one that drafted Mike Comrie in the 3rd
round of the 1999 NHL Draft. So besides that fact that Comrie is an incredibly talented prospect, Sather’s interest in him is obvious, he knows
the potential was in Comrie when he drafted him, now perhaps he would like that realized potential to join him in a Ranger uniform. Another
bolster that helps this rumor along is the fact that former AJHL line-mate and close friend Jamie Lundmark is also a top prospect of the New York Rangers and the thought of reuniting Read more »
Division teams. Here is a look at the rough and tough Western
Division. This division is the stronger of the two and it looks to be a
race that will go until the final second to decide who will win the
west. The Western Division welcomes the new Tri-City Storm who were
known as the Twin Cities Vulcans up until last season. The Vulcans
ended their run in the Twin Cities as National Junior A champions after
falling just short of winning the Clark Cup in the USHL playoffs. The
Sioux Falls Stampede are coming into their 2nd year of existence and
after a #3 seed in the playoffs, were ousted in the playoffs to those
previously mentioned Vulcans. They will no doubt maintain their high
ranking in the standings this year and with a year of experience under
their belt look to go far. Here are my previews for each team in the
Western Division and where I think they will finish.
1. Lincoln Stars -
goaltender Johan Holmqvist was forced to start another NHL game. The doctors
have stated that starting goalie Mike Richter can’t play in consecutive
games, so the choice for last night’s game against the Ottawa Senators would
have been Kirk McLean, leaving Holmqvist as the backup. However, McLean was
still feeling the effects of back spasms and couldn’t play in the game. So
Holmqvist got the emergency call last night as the starter.
back to win 6-5, as they scored three goals in the third period to erase a
4-3 Rangers’ lead. Holmqvist finished with 32 saves on 38 shots, and now has
lost both NHL games he has played in. Let’s take a look back at some of the
ups and downs of Holmqvist last night.
rookie sensation of the Ottawa Senators, got the puck in the neutral zone off
a turnover and used his blazing speed to go right by Rangers rookie
defenseman Mike Mottau and snapped a shot through Holmqvist’s legs, at 2:42
of the 1st period. It was a soft goal that Johan let up and one he should
have had. He was caught going down to soon and the puck slid through his legs
just as he went down. I find it very ironic that before the game started they
showed footage of Holmqvist working with the Rangers goalie coach on trying
to stay on his feet more, and then he gets beat in the game on the same th Read more »
during the previous 7 days – with some personal observations,
commentary, prospect updates and fun thrown in for good measure.
Off-season Improvements Finally Kick In: The off-season repairs applied
Tucker Extended: Darcy Tucker, another standout against the Devils, was