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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.

Back In Russia:
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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 »

Bulls Finish Off Generals

by Bill Thompson

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

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

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

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

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 »

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