It’s been a hockey story eighteen years in the making and although the plot has been it’s juiciest the past three or four winters, the book is within just months of it’s climax, at least of volume one. This story is about a kid out of Edmonton who they say can skate as effortlessly as water flowing down a river, has all the modern tools of the game in his shot and natural size and seemingly can control or change the outcome of game if he so desires.
His name is Jay Bouwmeester (pronounced Boo-meester) and this year is his official breaking out, or rather the breaking in party to possible stardom in the NHL.
Ever since the Medicine Hat Tigers drafted the kid that had many scrambling how to pronounce his vowel-filled last name with the first overall pick in the 1998 WHL Bantam Draft, Bouwmeester has been high on the radar of every NHL Scout on the continent. And from game one with the Tigers the defensive prodigy that had scouts dropping their donuts and spilling their coffees did not disappoint, nor would he for the next three WHL seasons, one more than most highly-touted draft picks get because of two days. Bouwmeester was born two days shy of the September 25 deadline for players eligible for the NHL Draft the year they turn eighteen and hence was not part of a stellar 1983-born NHL Draft class that included the likes of Dan Blackburn, Dan Hamhuis, Shaonne Morrison and Colby Armstrong.
Pegged to go number one in the 2001 Draft for the last three years, you might think the pressure could get to a teenager treated like the second coming of Coffey or perha Read more »
The small city Tabor in the south of the Czech Republic isn’t well-known outside the Czech
borders. History fans may know that in the 15th century the city was the main base of the
Husits, people fighting against all the evil in the catholic church in the Czech countries,
and also leaving a waste land on the places, where the battles took place. After they were
finally defeated in 1434, there was nothing for what Tabor would be known for. But die-hard
NHL fans may be aware of the fact, that some quality prospects who turned into NHLers were
born in Tabor. Just as the case is by New York Rangers’ Radek Dvorak or former Tampa Bay
Lightning Jaroslav Svejkovsky, both of them being first-rounders. And coming 2002, there is
another prospect for the draft, who has the tools to develop into a solid NHL player. Even
if he doesn’t look like a sure-fire first round talent. The guy I’m talking about is
defenseman Michal Barinka, a standout for the Ceske Budejovice juniors and the Czech Under-18
Michal Barinka was born in a family, where not his father, but his mother was involved in
hockey action. She was a teacher at an elementary school for sports, where hockey is the
main subject. She loved the game and her biggest dream was having her little son playing
hockey. So it was quite logical, that she brought him to the game very soon and Michal was
admitted to play for the C team of the youngest kids in Tabor when he was five years old.
As a tall guy, Michal was put by coach Rene Skalicky to the defenseman position and he felt
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Question: You didn´t play today against France – did you consider the French to be so weak that your team didn´t need you, or why else did coach Jakob Kölliker let Matthias Schoder play today?
Stephan: We´re neither arrogant towards the French team, nor do we consider it to be so weak. It´s just that both Matthias and I want to play and have to play for some time, and we´ve decided before the tournament that both of us will play at some time.
Question: So he would also have played today, if the opponent had been Canada or Russia?
Question: Now that you´ve beaten France you´ve definitely avoided to take part in the relegation round. Are you satisfied now, or do you aim for more?
Stephan: Even if we had lost today, we still would have a chance versus Russia tomorrow!
Question: But beating Russia is nothing to count on before…
Stephan: No, but now that we´ve won, we´re looking forward to facing the Russians, and then, next week, against other good teams.
Question: So you aim for a medal?
Stephan: Yes, that was our goal since the beginning of the tournament.
Question: You play for EHC Chur, a not-so-good team in Nationalliga A. Do you think you have more opportunities there to show how good you are?
Stephan: Yes, of course! I get more time to play there than I got in Kloten. I´m still young, and I think I still have time enough to play for a good team later, in few years.
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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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
SYRACUSE CRUNCH NEWS
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Forward Mathieu Darche has been named the Syracuse Crunch’s HG Insurance/K&K Insurance AHL Man of the Year. The award honors the player that is judged to have made the greatest commitment to his community and charitable organizations throughout the course of the 2001-2002 season. Good Job!
Goaltender JF Labbe was named one of the AHL’s 2nd Team All-Stars. He was the only Crunch member to be named an all-star.
The Syracuse Crunch have signed C Randy Murphy to a PTO(Professional Try-Out). Murphy, 29, was second in scoring on Elmira of the UHL with 69 points in 68 games.
Also signed to a contract was RW Jack Baker, 21, who was signed to an amateur try-out contract. Baker appeared in 38 games for Boston University, recording 28 points, and 63 PIM.
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