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Interview with Jiri Hudler

by Ivana Paulova
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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
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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
people
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
one
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
player
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
of
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
middle
of the draft.

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

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

Bulls Finish Off Generals

by Bill Thompson
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Despite some penalty trouble and stupidity throughout the series the Belleville Bulls defeated the Oshawa Generals 4 games to 1 to move on to the 2nd round of the Ontario Hockey League playoffs.

The Generals didn’t go easily however. They won the first game in Oshawa 4-3 and then dropped the first game in Belleville 3-0, but after that the Bulls had to hang on until the last minute of each game to pull off the next 3 wins; all 3 games were won by 1 goal including an overtime victory in Oshawa. The Generals showed throughout the series that they are a team to watch next year.

The Bulls were shooting themselves in the foot quite a bit in this series. Mike Renzi started off the series on a bad note receiving a 5-minute elbowing penalty for dropping Dustin VanBallegooie and subsequently was slapped with a 3-game suspension, which put him out of action until the final game of the series. In game 4 in Oshawa the Bulls were testing their 5 on 3 penalty killing but were fortunate to win the game in overtime to send the series back to Belleville to try to win it.

The 5th game belonged to the Bulls until about 2-minutes left in the 3rd period. Belleville had been leading 3-0 for the majority of the game until penalty put the Bulls down a man giving the Gen’s a powerplay. Then, for the 2nd time in the game the Generals called for a measurement of Jason Spezza’s stick and for the 2nd time Spezza turned from the ref and broke the blade of his stick with his hand preventing them from checking his stick. The Generals then asked for Read more »

The Weekly Dose, Re-rankings.

by Kirk Pedersen
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Well, folks, I’m back with yet another edition of the Weekly Dose. This week, I’m going to do what I should have done a long time ago: Re-rank the Canucks prospects.

Many players have gotten better for the Canucks this season, especially in the prospect pipeline. However, many have regressed in their development. My mission, should you choose to read it; is to fairly re-rank these young men into suitable positions on the Canuck Depth Chart.

Gentlemen, Start Your Engines.

1. Allen, Bryan. Read more »

RoughRiders finally get to Sioux Falls

by Kory Catlett
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You just knew it was going to be that kind of game. From all the scouts in attendance, to the turned up music in the Stable. You knew the RoughRiders had come to play. Cedar Rapids was 0-3 against Sioux Falls this year but you could see it when PJ Atherton blew out of the tunnel followed by Steve Burgess. They had the energy but could they keep up with the high-powered Sioux Falls offensive attack? The answer was an astounding yes. The RoughRiders scored just 26 seconds into the game on a pretty rebound goal from Adam Olsen and never looked back, although if they would have they would have seen the Stampede nipping at their heels.

The first period was all Cedar Rapids. Olsen’s goal set the tempo and Teddy O’Leary, who is heading to the University of Denver, pumped it up even more with a wicked slapper that seemed to just brush a Sioux Falls defensemen and whistle past Kellen Briggs off the post for a 2-0 RoughRider lead only 5:12 into the game. Coach Mark Carlson said it was probably the hardest slap shot he has ever seen from O’Leary.

But Sioux Falls wouldn’t go away. They killed off a 5 on 3 midway through the first, and you could start to see the momentum turn. Just 22 seconds into the second period Sioux Falls cracked the scoreboard on Eric Przepiorka’s 41st goal of the season. That goal ties him with teammate Thomas Vanek for the league lead. Sioux Falls looked like they were playing with a bit of a chip on their shoulders. They were tired of Cedar Rapids physical style of play in the first period and so they started taking penalties one of wh Read more »

Bucs prevail 7-4 over the Steel

by Kevin Kasel
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The Des Moines Buccaneers faced a hungry Chicago team looking to move ahead of the bucs tonight in the standings. Great goaltending on both sides kept the game scoreless until midway through the 1st when Alex Matieroukine called bank, gets the Bucs on the board, off the post and in the back of the net. A few minutes later, Matieroukine was digging for the puck along the boards, when he backhanded it to the middle and Chris Collins skated in all alone and beat Chicago goalie John Daigneau to give the Bucs the 2-0 lead. With about two minutes left, Keith Boyer extended the Bucs lead to 3-0. About 20 seconds later, Luke Irwin is 2/3 of the way to a Gordie Howe Hat Trick (all that is left is a fight) when he lights the lamp at the 18:32 mark to make it 4-0.

The second period turned to sloppy hockey for the Bucs. Chicago’s Kim Hirschovits is able to walk and backhanded the puck past Chris Gartman to make it 4-1 lead for Des Moines. Des Moines responded 22 seconds later with a goal from Tommy Kolar to retake a four-goal lead. At the 8:09 mark, Jeff Genovy added a power play tally to give the Bucs a 6-1 lead. Chicago got a late goal from Travis Morin to make it 6-2 heading into the locker rooms and the second intermission.

Most of the third period, the Bucs stayed in their defensive shell to protect the lead. With about four-minutes left, Chicago was able to crack the shell and cut the lead to 6-3. About a minute later, they are able to capitalize on the power play to make it interesting, making it a 6-4 Des Moines lead. With a little over 2-minutes t Read more »

Stampede takes advantage of power plays, downs Des Moines

by Kevin Kasel
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Saturday night at the Metro Ice Sports Arena in Des Moines, the Buccaneers managed to play only 20 minutes of good hockey falling to the Sioux Falls Stampede by a 6-3 score. The Stampede took advantage of their power plays when they got them, converting on 3 of 6 opportunities.

In the first period, Sioux Falls outshot Des Moines 16-10 and where it counted led 3-0 on the scoreboard. Sioux Falls went 2 for 4 on the power play in the 1st period. Sioux Falls 1st goal was a rebound left lying around that the Bucs were unable to clear that Eric Przepiorka was able to bury. Jacob Micflikier got a one-timer feed from the USHL’s leading scorer, Thomas Vanek to give the Stampede the 2-0 lead. Marty Sertich then converted on the power play to give the Stampede the 3-0 lead heading into the 1st intermission.

In the 2nd period, someone flipped a switch on the Bucs. Des Moines, who outshot the Stampede by a 18-9 count in the period, controlled things on the scoreboard where it counts to tie the score 3-3. Chris Collins got the Bucs on the board first by putting home a rebound on the power play. Keith Boyer got a gift as a clearing attempt hits one of the linesmen and the puck stays in the zone, Boyer came in and goes top shelf to bring the Bucs within one, 3-2. With about five minutes left in the period, Luke Irwin got a shot that flipped over Stampede netminder Kellen Briggs to tie things up at 3 a piece.

Four minutes into the 3rd, Jason Moul found himself with a wide open net on a rebound and re-claimed the lead for the Stampede 4-3. About forty seconds later J Read more »