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Giant Growing Pains

by Dave Donnelly
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Giant Growing Pains

Like most newborns, the Vancouver Giants are also susceptible to growing pains. These pains were most evident over the last three-game homestand, winding up Saturday, October 13th, in what will become a divisional rivalry with the Portland Winter Hawks. The Giants, hoping to push their record over the .500 mark and perhaps thinking they could take advantage of the Winter Hawks who have been struggling on the road, never did seem to get organized. From obvious communication problems on the bench, to teammates running into each other on the ice, the Giants never came close to finding the disciplined, hard-working and physical groove they displayed just one night earlier in the first period against the offensive Lethbridge Hurricanes.

Being a young team, this erratic display of hockey is not unusual. Coach Dragicevic was saying all the right things to the players between periods and after the game, emphasizing the need to play a rugged, grinding style of hockey, and to shy not from the body. Yet it seemed to land on deaf ears against the Winter Hawks. There really is no explanation for it other than the proverbial ‘growing pains’ of a young team coming together.

Players at both ends of the ice were turning away from what appeared to be sure checks, and the defence were often beat on the outside along the half-boards due to ill-timed turns to play the man. In short, they were getting caught flat-footed. They looked surprisingly tired — something a fan would not expect this early in the sea Read more »

Calder Corner for October 19th

by HF Staff
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Calder Corner for October 19th


The Calder Corner

Ilya Kovalchuk: 3rd NHL Goal, +1, 4 Shots
Brian Pothier: Assist, +1, 3 Shots
Daniel Tjarnqvist: Assist, -1, 1 Shot
Dany Heatley: 1st NHL Goal, +1, 4 Shots


CMB
Rostislav Klesla: Assist, +1


New York Rangers
Peter Smrek: Assist, +2, 1 Shot
Dan Blackburn: 32 Saves, 3 GA, 2nd NHL Win

As a general rule, I will always list goals and assists and other noteworthy stats.

67’s Sting Sarnia

by Jake Dole
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67’s Sting Sarnia

Ottawa (5-2-2) vs Sarnia (6-6-1)

The Ottawa 67’s, fresh off a 4-4 tie with the Kingston Frontenacs, faced off against the Sarnia Sting on Friday, October the 19th. The 67’s welcomed back captain Zenon Konopka, coming off a 2-game suspension, for being the instigator in a scuffle in the October 7th match against the Barrie Colts. Read more »

Calder Corner for Oct 18th

by HF Staff
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Calder Corner for Oct 18th


The Calder Corner

Hentunen: First Professional Goal, 1 Shot

Florida Panthers
Novoseltsev: 1 Goal (2), 1 Shot

New Jersey Devils
Dagenais: 1 Goal (1), 4 Shots

New York Islanders
Martinek: 1st Professional Goal (GW), +2, 4 Shots

Pittsburgh Penguins
Beech: 1 Assist, +1, 1 Shot

Vancouver Canucks
Kariya: 1 Assist, +1

As a general rule, I will always list goals and assists and other noteworthy stats. If there is more to be noted, HF encourages our readers to talk about them below!

They Actually Do Know How To Groom A Youngster

by pbadmin
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I’m talking about the New York Rangers management and their handling of Dan Blackburn. I do not ever remember the Rangers management bringing along a player this young and actually doing it right. There have been players that have impressed their way on to the line-up but most of them have usually been 20 years old or older. Here we have an 18 year old kid, who just turned 18 in late May, that impressed so much during camp and the pre-season games it forced the Rangers to keep him around.

The great thing about Sather’s decision to keep Blackburn up with the big club is that he has not given them any reason whatsoever to doubt themselves or second-guess themselves. Through the first 6 games of the year, Blackburn has played in 2 games. A 5-3 loss to Washington where the Rangers sieve-like Penalty Killing Unit left him out to dry and a 2-1 win over Montreal where he didn’t have to work too much for long stretches during the game.
The reason that the 5-3 loss was not indicative of his play is because the Washington Capitals scored 4 PP Goals. On three of the goals Danny was being harassed and screened without much help from the Rangers porous defence. There was one PP goal that could be attributed to Dan not making the save but the rest of the evening was a terrific night. Aside from the 5 goals that were scored, Blackburn was still able to make 37 saves and, had he had a bad game, the score could have and should have been worse.
The win over Montreal was impressive in that Montreal started off the season on a bit of an impressive str Read more »

WHL Eastern Division Leaders

by Glen Crichton
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BRANDON WHEAT KINGS

The Brandon Wheat Kings have taken advantage of some struggling teams in the east division and have taken top spot with a 6-4 record, not great, but the best by a ways in the weak east division. The Wheat Kings are the only team over five hundred and the nearest team has a meagre three wins. look for the Moose Jaw Warriors to make some kind of move if they get Brian Sutherby back from Washington and Steve Crampton recovers from knee surgery, but with that said, the Wheat Kings have taken advantage of the other teams problems and reached the top. The Wheat Kings aren’t loaded with a ton of dynamic offensive threats, however they are scoring by committee which is often the best way to go.

Ryan Craig is probably the best offensive threat night in and night out for the Wheaties, however he has just returned from injury, but has already amassed five points in just two games. Richard Meuller, Lance Monych, Tim Konsorada and Jordan Tootoo are the next best so far offensively with Monych and Konsorada only being seventeen. Tootoo and five year veteran Randy Ponte are the sparkplugs on the team, both being a little on the short side vertically, but either one is like a pitbull if you care to get rocking, while rookie Ryan Stone appears to be learning fast and should help in the toughness department as he gains experience and strength. European Jiri Jakes can contribute more than the six point he has so far and the Wheaties will need him to pick it up. Colin McCrae, Caine Pearpoint, Michael Young and the currently injured Travis Ea Read more »

Calder Corner for Oct 17th

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Calder Corner for Oct 17th


The Calder Corner

Martinek: 1 Assist, 1 Shot

As a general rule, I will always list goals and assists and other noteworthy stats. If there is more to be noted, HF encourages our readers to talk about them below!

“Making it by Choice, Not Force” HF Profiles Jeff Jillson

by Mike Delfino
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When Jeff Jillson decided to leave the University of Michigan after his junior year last season, he had a specific goal in mind—to make himself as ready for his first professional hockey season as possible. Jillson spent most of the summer of 2001 in San Jose working out with the Sharks’ Strength and Conditioning Coordinator Mac Read, trying to prepare himself for the faster, bigger, and stronger competition at the professional level, but it’s not the first time he’s had to adjust and turn himself into a different player.

It was only four years ago that many felt he would have been better suited to play in the Canadian Hockey League as opposed to college, but Jillson decided not only to make the decision that was best for his hockey career, but also what was best for his own personal development.

“I saw a few games in the junior leagues and then I saw a couple in the college leagues and figure I got the best of both worlds, (I got to) play a high level of hockey and at the same time continue my education,” said Jillson. “The thing is at Michigan is that you get so much exposure even though it’s a college team as far as hockey goes and you can get the best of both worlds to continue to work on your game as well as continue on with your education, so it works out pretty well.”

In another sign of Jillson’s constant strive for improvement, not just in hockey, but in life, Jillson recently registered for classes on the Internet at Michigan where he was a constant All-Academic selection. He said that the early plan is to do most of his coursework Read more »

Tampa Bay Lightning Prospect Tracker

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