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Bad Year Gets Worse as Kloucek suffers torn ACL and MCL

by pbadmin
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The Rangers were having a bad year as it was. The last thing they needed
was for one of their very few bright spots to be shut down for a long while.
Rookie defenseman Tomas Kloucek suffered a torn ACL and MCL in a game Sunday
in Atlanta. The injury occurred when Kloucek tried to hit Thrashers forward
Ray Ferraro. Kloucek has been a pleasant surprise for the Rangers this year.
At just 21 years old, he has shown the ability to play great defensive hockey
and has become a physical force to be reckoned with. The play of Kloucek
along with players like Mike Mottau, Peter Smrek, Dale Purinton and other
young defensemen has been one of the best stories for the Rangers in
2000-2001. Because Kloucek’s injury happened so late into the season, doctors
say it is likely his rehab will continue well, into next season. Kloucek who
played in 43 games with the Rangers this year, had a goal and 4 assists for 5
points. He also rang up 74 penalty minutes and was a minus 3. Minus 3 isn’t
all that bad on a team that has been playing defensive hockey like the
Rangers have. All the Rangers can do now is pray that nothing like this
happens to anyone else in their final few games, that more or less are
meaningless. Then they can sit through a long summer and play golf or
whatever it is an overpaid hockey player does. Then hopefully with players
like Pavel Brendl and Jamie Lundmark in the lineup and a healthy Tomas
Kloucek they can get back to the playoffs, were the team with the league’s
highest payroll belongs.

IHL News

by Andrew Bourgeois
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IHL NEWS

The Nashville Predators gave their IHL farm club in Milwaukee a helping hand Tuesday by assigning defenceman Pavel Skrbek just in time for the playoffs.

Skrbek has recovered from a mild concussion suffered March 17. The Kladno, Czech Republic, native appeared in 48 games with Milwaukee earlier this season.

Frederic Chabot of the Houston Aeros has been named the IHL’s goalie of the week after going 3-0-0 in three games.

Chabot, 33, is 21-15-4 this season with a 2.69 goals-against average and .913 save percentage. He has previously played for Montreal Los Angeles and Philadelphia in the NHL.

Grand Rapids Griffins winger Derek King was named the player of the week after collecting four goals and three assists in four games.

King leads the Griffins in scoring with 74 points (29 goals, 45 assists) and is third in the league. He has previously played in the NHL with the New Islanders, Hartford, Toronto and St. Louis.

Veteran centre Dody Wood of the IHL’s Kansas City Blades, who has been plagued by injuries this season, is contemplating retirement.

Wood played 106 NHL games with the San Jose Sharks from 1992 to 1998.

“If I retired, I’d be happy because I played in the NHL and I’d be happy because I played there,” says the 28-year-old native of Chetwynd, B.C. “There wouldn’t be any regrets.”

IHL RESULTS FROM TUESDAY APRIL 3, 2000

Milwaukee Admirals    3
Detroit Vipers        4
Edo Turglav scored a pair of goals, including the game-win Read more »

Interview with Rick Nash

by Robert Neuhauser
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Name: Rick Nash
Position: forward
Team: London Knights (OHL)

Rob: At what age did you start playing hockey?
Rick: It was at two.

Rob: Where did you start playing hockey?
Rick: It was in Brampton, where I grew up.

Rob: Your favorite NHL team?
Rick: Toronto Maple Leafs.

Rob: Your favorite NHL player?
Rick: Mario Lemieux, Pittsburgh Penguins.

Rob: The biggest success in your hockey career?
Rick: Playing major junior and winning the top OHL rookie last season.

Rob: How would you describe yourself as a player?
Rick: I think that I’m a solid all-round player and that I can play
defensively, too.

Rob: What do you do in your free time?
Rick: I like to hang out with my freinds, have a rest or play golf.

Rob: Thank you and good luck.

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