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WJC: Interview with Sean Bergenheim

by pbadmin

HF:Finland just beat hosts and reigning champions Czech Republic to advance to the semi finals. Must be a great way to start the new year

Bergenheim: Yes for sure. I feel we dominated the first two periods while in the third our only goal was to protect the lead and advance to the semi finals.

HF: What was your reaction when you heared you had to face the Czech Republic in the quarter finals? Weren’t you a bit afraid of them because they do have home advantage and they had to make up for their lackluster performance so far?

Bergenheim: We know that they are a good team, but so are we. If we want to reach our goal we should be able to beat every team.

HF: Was this win a revenge for the lost WC-final last year?

Bergenheim: Not really. Of course it’s nice to beat the Czechs and the people in Finland must have liked it but it wasn’t our main intention when we enterred the ice.

HF: What is your opinion about Finland’s performance so far? You had a rough start vs Switzerland then had a lot of trouble with the power play vs Russia followed by a strong performance vs France and finally the impressive win over Canada.

Bergenheim: Every tournament we’ve played this year has been like this for some reason. We always start with a bad loss and gradually the team seems to gel

HF: What was the goal of the team before the tournament?

Bergenheim: Like many other teams problably that was and is the gold medal

HF: Are you satisfied with your own performance so far?

Bergenheim: Not so go Read more »

Robert Gherson named OHL Player of the Week

by League Press Release

Toronto – The Ontario Hockey League today announced that Sarnia Sting
goaltender Robert Gherson is the OHL Player of the Week after allowing just
one goal in two starts last week.

Gherson, a 17-year-old native of Toronto, posted a 2-0-0 record, along with
a 0.50 goals against average and .984 save percentage in two starts with the
Sting last week. He opened the week with a 22-save shutout performance
against the London Knights on January 3. It was his first shutout of the
season and second of his OHL career. Gherson followed up with a 41-save
effort in a 6-1 win over the Guelph Storm on January 6.

Gherson, Sarnia’s third round pick in the 1999 OHL Priority Selection,
improved his season record to 16-17-0 with a 3.42 goals against average and
3.42 save percentage.

Robert Gherson
Born: October 8, 1983
Position: GoalCatches: Left
Height: 6.00Weight: 152 lbs.
Sarnia’s 3rd round choice, 54h overall, in 1999.

OHL Totals7532551863.432

WJC: Interview with Deny and Patrick Bärtschi

by pbadmin

HF: First of all congratulations on the victory over Slovakia. A great way for the both of you to start the new year

Patrick: Yeah for sure. It was a tough game for us . The Slovaks play a good transition game and their puck control is very good.

Deny: We should have kept the lead after we went up 2-1 so late in the game, but in the end I think we deserved to win this game.

HF: What can this Swiss team achieve during this WJC?

Deny: So far we played with a lot of ups and downs, we’ll take it game by game.

HF: Are you satsfied with your own performance so far?

Deny: Yes I am satisfied with it.

Patrick: Yes, although I’ve been a bit inconsistent. Today I played well though I thought.

HF: In the semi final you meet Canada again

Deny: It will be a very tough game for us for sure. We usually have a lot of trouble against North American teams.

Patrick: I’m looking forward to meet them. I am looking for revenge. I want to kick their ass. Canadians always tend to say Swiss players have no balls, and indeed we didn’t show any in the first meeting but now we know how they play and they won’t get away with it so easily anymore.

HF: The both of you were top snipers in the Swiss top juniors leagues. Right now in the NLA your production has been limited to only a few points.

Patrick: We played 3 years in the juniors so the last year we were the veterans there which made it easier.

Deny: The gap between junior and senior level in Switzerland is big. We have to get used to the N Read more »

Russian Prospects NHL Draft 2002: Anton Babchuk

by Jake Dole

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Talent Analysis:

At 6’5 Anton Babchuk has an imposing frame. Though he has not yet quite filled it in, weighing only 190 pounds, Anton has already developed a nasty physical edge to his game that will only get stronger as he grows. Defensively Anton is a very good, hard hitter, able to deliver hits along the boards or out in open ice. Besides delivering the hits, Anton also effectively uses his large frame to block shots. He plays a strong positional game, able to keep the opponents in front of him. For a guy his stature, he is a solid skater with good speed and above average lateral movement, but still has room to improve in the skating department. According to a Czechhockey observer, Robert Neuhauser, Anton is a “smart player and is willing to join the rush” and “has a very good offensive upside”. He is also a very effective powerplay quaterback, being a solid puck handler and being able to pass the puck “right on the tape” according to Mr. Neuhauser. Anton does have to improve his shooting. He has a powerful shot, but it is not very accurate. Mentally Anton Babchuk has a great hockey sense and plays a physical and “simple” style of hockey.

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HF Interviews the Kitchener Rangers Steve Eminger

by Ken McKenna

Hockey’s Future Interviews Steve Eminger

Kitchener Rangers defenseman Steve Eminger is a candidate to be chosen in the 1st Round of the 2002 NHL Draft. His draft status was confirmed when he was named to the Team Kelly Hrudey squad for the 2002 Home Hardware Top Prospects Festivities being held in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan on January 30th and 31st. The smooth skating rearguard also narrowly missed out on a berth on Canada’s 2002 WJC squad.

Hockey’s Future had a chance to speak with Eminger prior to Kitchener’s 1/5 game vs. Erie.


: How long have you been playing for Kitchener?


: This is my third year.


: So, you started when you were 15?


: Yeah.


: This is probably your best year with Kitchener, at least as far as the team goes, right?


: Yeah, the first 2 years were below-.500 seasons throughout the whole year, and it’s been kind of a change winning, so far.


: What do you think happened to turn things around? Is it the coaching, better players, or just players getting older?


: I think it’s a bit of both. I think both years we had a pretty old team, so we couldn’t really say it was an age factor. But, I think we brought in the new coaches, Pete DeBoer and Steve Spott, and I think that was probably Read more »

Prospect Reports for Ehelechner and the Seidenberg Brothers

by Oliver Janz

#91 Seidenberg, Yannic (Adler Mannheim – 17 Years old, NHL Entry Draft eligible 2002)

Prospect Report for the game Hannover against Mannheim on October, 28th:

#91 Seidenberg, Yannic (Adler Mannheim – 17 years old, NHL Entry Draft eligible 2002)

Yannic Seidenberg played for one minute and 30 seconds in the first period. He seemed to do anything he wanted except defensive work. He just spent the whole time skating in the offensive zone. In total, he took part in a fast break, made one pass and didn’t dish out any checks in the first period. The second 20 minute frame was played without him as Seidenberg watched with his butt firmly planted on the bench.

The third period saw him back on the ice. 50 Minutes and 15 seconds had been played when Hannover’s David Haas made the score 5-2 by completing the hattrick. Mannheim’s coach Bill Stewart recognized that there was no real chance to come back in this game so he decided to use this opportunity to give Seidenberg some ice time. The 17 year old wing garnered three minutes of playing five on five and – very important – he played over one minute positioned behind Hannover’s Goal on a power-play, which started in the 56th minute. If he finds himself in two or three more situations like that, then his first point at the pro level isn’t far away.

This could certainly be the Read more »

Interview with Jiri Hudler

by Ivana Paulova

Despite his age Jiri Hudler is one of the key figures of Extraleague champion HC Vsetin. Jiri is one of the biggest talents and he should be drafted very high in the upcoming draft. Vsetin was weakened by bad management and in the summer many players left. This was an excellent opportunity for young players! In the 18th round of the Exrtaleague Vsetin came to play in Prague against Sparta. After the game Jiri Hudler kindly answered few questions.

How do you view your chances of playing in the oncoming JWC?

I really wish and hope that I’ll play there. Deep in my heart this is my biggest wish. If I continue playing in the Extraleague I think I’ll have a chance of being included on the WJC roster.

What about your chances on the draft?

Well it all unrolls from the WJC and my performance in the Extraleague. But again I hope I’ll be drafted. I don’t have any preferences as far as NHL teams are concerned. I think they’re all excellent.

What are your plans for the next season?

I’ll probably stay here at least for another season. I don’t want to rush things and then make a mistake.

Why didn’t you leave to play in CHL?

There was no need to go there. I was lucky to be given a chance to play in the Extraleague which is a much better source of experience for young player then the CHL. Last season I played for Vsetin but there were too many good players so then I was given a chance to play for Havirov which was very beneficial. I’m glad that I stayed here. I have many great players around me an Read more »

WHL Goalie Preview for the 2002 Draft

by HF Staff

WHL Goalies for the 2002 NHL Draft

The 2002 NHL entry draft is fast approaching, and im here to give you a
heads up on the top WHL prospects. Many people know the big names such as
Jay Bouwmeester and Scottie Upshall. But its the smaller names, most
dont know.

As far as goalies go, the WHL is expected to have the bulk of
them drafted from. Todd Ford of the Swift Current Broncos is the number
guy. He is in his second season in the WHL and is expected to be the
starter in his third. Tyler Weimen of the Tri City Americans is also
expected to be picked in the early rounds of the draft. Early on in the
year Tyler Weimen received the player of the week honours as the top
in the WHL.

From the Regina Pats is Josh Harding. He is in his rookie
season with the Pats. Where he already looks like a veteran, as he looks
close to steal the starting position in the Pats net. He also won player
the week honours recently. Cam Ward of the Red Deer Rebels and Ryan
Martin are both off to great starts. Each are expected to be drafted in the
of the draft.

Other notables that have a shot at being drafted include
Sorochan, Ryan Cyr, Ryan Papianou, and Logan Koopmans.

The WHL may not
a Dan Blackburn in this years draft, but they sure have a lot of talent
year. I will be back next week to update the top defencmen in the WHL. Read more »