A sold-out crowd, the first for Kootenay this season, the Red Deer Rebels, the defending Memorial Cup Champions, the top team in the league and perhaps the country again this season, in town on a Saturday night, Kootenay coming on strong as a club that was starting to fulfill its early season hype as one of the top contenders in the CHL. Hollywood scriptwriters couldn’t set the stage any better.
Of course they could always leave out a few key actors.
One look at the game-night roster and there is a stunning omission; Duncan Milroy and Shaun Norrie, two huge cogs in Kootenay’s success in recent weeks, are healthy scratches. Western Conference All-Star and steady overage d-man Craig Weller and emerging winger Richard Hamula would be left in the stands of the Red Deer Centrium the following night and two more, defensemen Cole Fischer and forward Colin Sinclair will sit out Friday’s game in Portland against the WinterHawks. All suspensions the result of disciplinary action stemming from the six players breaking club rules of being in one of the Key City’s fine drinking establishments the Thursday prior to the weekend’s action.
The weekend’s results? A 6-4 Rebel win Saturday that was a seesaw shootout from the start with only an empty-net marker by Rebel forward Boyd Gordon to seal the win. Sunday’s tilt was a low scoring 3-2 affair in which two quick tallies by the Rebels halfway through the final frame earned the club the weekend sweep of the ICE. Although the games were hardly one-sided without the key personnel in the lineup, one wonders with the aforementio Read more »
Islander Prospects Bridgeport:
Trent Hunter RW 54 gp, 19 g, 22 a, 41 pts, +12, 22 pim, 7 ppg, 156 shots.
Ray Giroux D 53 gp, 11 g, 30 a, 41 pts, + 11, 57 pim,
5 ppg, 156 shots.
Jason Krog C 38 gp, 17 g, 21 a, 38 pts, -13, 6 pim,
9 ppg, 130 shots.
Jurak Kolnik RW 41 gp, 9 g, 17 a, 26 pts, -8, 36 pim,
1 ppg, 113 shots.
Ben Guite C 54 gp, 9 g, 15 a, 24 pts, + 11, 33 pim,
1 shg, 60 shots.
Justin Mapletoft C 54 g, 8 g, 15 a, 23 pts, + 13, 35 pim, 2 ppg, 112 shots.
Raffi Torres LW 34 gp, 12 g, 7 a, 19 pts, -1, 27 pim,
5 ppg, 81 shots.
Evgeny Korolev D 41 gp, 5 g, 7 a, 12 pts, -3, 22 pim, 1 ppg, 1 shg, 72 shots.
Branislav Mezei D 46 gp, 1 g, 7 a, 8 pts, + 9, 96 pim, 46 shots.
Ray Schultz D 43 gp, 0 g, 7 a, 7 pts, + 3, 150 pim.
Rick DiPietro 39 gp, 17 w, 16 L, 6 tie, 2 so, 2.52 gaa, 9.06 spct.
Stephen Valiquette 14 gp, 5 w, 6 L, 1 tie, 1 so, 3.04 gaa, 9.06 spct.
Marco Charpentier RW 37 gp, 14 g, 15 a, 29 pts, + 13, 23 pim, 2 ppg, 87 shots.
Graham Belak LW 50 gp, 5 g, 6 a, 11 pts, -6, 227 pim, 4 ppg, 35 shots
David St.Germain G 20 gp, 9 w, 4 L, 0-6 shootout, 2.73 gaa, 9.01 spct.
Bryan Perez, Michigan Tech LW 32 gp, 6 g, 10 a, 16 pts, 20 pim, 2 ppg
Brian Collins, Boston Uni C 30 gp, 8 g, 6 a, 14 pts, -5, 20 pim, 77 shots.
Cory Stillman, Kingston OHL, 37 gp, 10 g, 21 a, 31 pts, + 4 r Read more »
The fans of the Kitchener Rangers have had a few trying years, but this year has been a ray of sunshine. The team is fighting for home ice advantage in the ultra-competitive Western Conference in the OHL and has laid a foundation for the years ahead. Behind the scenes, the Rangers hired Peter Deboer and Steve Spott to coach and run the team, plucking them from the Plymouth Whalers, where they had built a strong contending team that made it to the OHL finals two years in a row and had graduated several players to the NHL ranks. Good management and good coaching are two vital components of building a winner in the OHL and the Rangers now have that covered.Another important component is filling the two import spots with quality players. This year the Rangers have had a pair of Czechs on the wings, 19 year old Petr Hemsky and 17 year old Petr Kanko who are on pace for close to 30 goals each and they give the Rangers two scoring lines. Kanko has been a solid addition, making the transition as a rookie through all the cultural barriers and the change in style of hockey. He is a great stickhandler, likes to play the off wing, and is willing to get his nose dirty in front of the net. Look for him to get his name called this June in the NHL draft, and will likely go in the second or third round. But it has been a long time since the Rangers have had this much contribution from their Europeans and it has resulted in a lot more wins this season.The overage position can really make or break a team and this season the Rangers have 3 solid players. Capt Read more »
It’s getting close. The end of the year is not far away and things are only getting better as the season goes along. The playoff races are starting to take shape.
In the Eastern Division the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders still are the leader of the pack with 61 points. But the RoughRiders have fallen on some rough times and their mettle is being tested. The problem for Cedar Rapids is their closest competitors; Des Moines and Green Bay have games in hand. Currently Cedar Rapids has a six-point lead over Des Moines (55 pts) and a ten-point lead against Green Bay (51 pts). What does this all mean? Maybe nothing but if Cedar Rapids should fall from the Division lead and go into the playoffs without the coveted Division Title and number two seed, problems are abound for the ‘Riders. Cedar Rapids then would likely face a grueling series against Omaha, Sioux City or Sioux Falls, and give them home ice on top of that. Cedar Rapids has not fared well against those three teams. Cedar Rapids is collectively 0-7 against Omaha, Sioux Falls and Sioux City. Five of their remaining 14 games are against those same teams. The Buccaneers have been hot but still have not proven they can win consistently on the road. If Des Moines is going to overtake Cedar Rapids for the Division lead and win in the playoffs, they’re going to have to win on the road. Green Bay is a lock for the playoffs but hasn’t been exceptionally impressive lately. The Chicago Steel appears well on their way to a playoff birth in their 2nd year of existence. Waterloo and Rochester will simply fig Read more »
Marek Svatos, Center, Kootenay (WHL)
Stats: (SVK-WJC) 7 GP, 7 G, 1 A, 8 P, 6 PIM, +5
Stats: 40 GP, 30 G, 30 A, 60 P, 48 PIM, +3
Kurt Sauer, Defenseman, Spokane (WHL)
Stats: 50 GP, 2 G, 14 A, 16 P, 59 PIM, +23
Blake Ward, Goaltender, Lethbridge (WHL)
Stats: 31 GP, 9-16-4, 3.54 GAA. .875 SV%
Charlie Stephens, Center, London (OHL)
Stats: 50 GP, 21 G, 27 A, 48 P, 47 PIM, -19
Danny Bois, Right Wing, London (OHL)
Stats: 55 GP, 15 G, 11 A, 26 P, 226 PIM, -13
Aaron Molnar, Goaltender, London (OHL)
Stats: 15 GP, 4-9-2, 3.98 GAA, .870 SV%
Agris Saviels, Defenseman, Owen Sound (OHL)
Stats: 53 GP 5 G, 26 A, 31 P, 31 PIM, +2
Colt King, Left Wing, North Bay (OHL)
Stats: 47 GP, 12 G, 9 A, 21 P, 102 PIM, -22
Cody McCormick, Right Wing, Belleville (OHL)
Stats: 53 GP, 10 G, 13 A, 23 P, 104 PIM, +6
Darryl Bootland, Right Wing, Toronto (OHL)
Stats: 47 GP, 32 G, 46 A, 78 P, 114 PIM, +43
Scott Horvath, Right Wing, Toronto (OHL)
Stats: (UMass-Amherst, HE) 15 GP, 2 G, 3 A, 5 P, 8 PIM, -2
Stats: (Toronto-OHL) 15 GP, 3 G, 4 A, 7 P, 19 PIM, +4
Peter Budaj, Goaltender, Toronto (OHL)
Stats: (SVK-WJC) 4 GP, 3.11 GAA, .919 SV%, 1 SHO
Stats: 34 GP, 20-9-4, 2.31 GAA, .919 SV%
Pierre-Luc Emond, Center, Cape Breton (QMJHL) Read more »
Review of the play of individual players for Manitoba, the head farm club of the Canucks, to this point.
Starting from the top, Tyler Bouck has been a good addition to the Moose roster since coming over with Todd Warriner and Trevor Letowski from Phoenix in exchange for Drake Berehowsky and Denis Pederson, who have both pretty much resumed their respective waking comas after good starts with Phoenix. Bouck, however, has added to the grit and tenacity that is already in high supply with the Moose. We’re already very aware that he won’t be an offensive producer at any level, but he will still provide third and fourth line grit and energy to any team he plays for. At this point, a stop in Vancouver appears unlikely.
When the Canucks went looking for a back-up goaltender in September’s Waiver Draft, GM Brian Burke figured he had found a diamond in the rough in Martin Brochu. Whilst thousands of Canuck fans across Canada scratched their collective heads about the decision; Brochu set out to show Canuck fans that he wasn’t another career minor-leaguer. Unfortunately, he failed. His lack of success as a back-up for the Canucks could be attributed to two things, which could or could not be directly related: a.) when he gets scored on, he becomes a victim of the ‘Uh-oh, here we go again..’ syndrome which effects the confidence of goaltenders young and old. b.) Dan Cloutier started out well, despite the team’s lack of success, and that relegated Brochu to being a bench-warmer for a good amount of the games. That said, he hasn’t earned much of the playing Read more »
Danny Bois is a gritty forward who can be deployed in a number of ways, as a defensive forward, as an agitator or as an offensive winger.
Hockeys Future– Dan can you tell our readers a bit about yourself, where you grew up, what style of play you play?
Dan Bois– I grew up in Thunder Bay a city in northern Ontario. I’m a power forward who likes to go up and down the wings and hit everyone I see.
HF– At what point growing up did you realize that you had a future in the OHL?
Bois– Probably two years ago.(laughs) The year I was drafted by the Knights, that’s pretty much it, I never thought that it would happen.
HF– Were there any major influences growing up on your hockey career?
Bois– Both of my parents, my Mom and Dad were big supporters of me.
HF– This is your 2nd season with the Knights, what type of progress have you seen in your game?
Bois– Its supposed to get easier each year, but I haven’t been scoring much this year as well as I did last year, but I’ve been trying to play defensively and put the team first.
HF– As you mentioned your offensive numbers are down this year, do you feel the added pressure, or the extra responsibilities of being Captain have been a factor in this?
Bois– Well, no. Last year I was left alone in front of the net on the power play, nobody knew who I was. This year teams are paying more attention to me and its been a lot harder.
HF– Tell me a bit about your draft day experience, did you attend it and wh Read more »
SYRACUSE CRUNCH NEWS
Forward David Ling was re-assigned to the Crunch after a brief stint with the Blue Jackets.
Syracuse has signed 24 year old defenseman Paul Traynor to a PTO. Traynor, a former 7th round pick of the Winnipeg Jets in 1995, appeared in 45 games with South Carolina in the ECHL this season.
The Crunch have returned Preston Mizzi to Dayton of the ECHL. The Crunch have also released Matt Libby and Blaine McCauley from their PTO’s.
As of Friday, February 15th
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German defenseman Sascha Goc was traded from the New Jersey Devils to the Tampa Bay Lightning organization in the fall of 2001. In what has been a bit of a whirlwind season, Sascha is currently playing with the Springfield Falcons of the AHL, thus wearing his fourth different jersey in this season alone. He was kind enough take some time to answer some questions.
Hockey’s Future: Sascha, you played a handful of games in the NHL last season and had a very nice plus/minus statistic in the process. You were also summoned to duty as an extra body by the New Jersey Devils during the playoffs and you even gave an interview with Germany’s Premiere World cable system. You began this season in the NHL with the Devils which the German audience got to see as you logged a great deal of ice time in a 4-6 loss to the New York Islanders. At this point in the season, did you think you had finally made it to the NHL for good?
Sascha Goc: Well, more or less, I had a good feeling about it. The coaching staff (Robinson and Fetisov) also let me know that they were pleased with me and I should just keep up the good work. Even Scott Stevens said that I had earned myself a spot on the team. Since all three are Hall of Fame defensemen, I was feeling pretty sure of myself. However, in New Jersey as elsewhere in the NHL, the general manager makes the decisions and he (Lamoriello) obviously had a different opinion.
HF: Did you get along well with Hall of Fame defenseman and, at the time, Devils head coach Larry Robinson, and were you surprised by his being fired?Read more »
Sven Butenschon, Jason Chimera, and Brian Swanson all participated in the AHL All-Star game on February 14th. Butenschon led the way with three assists, Chimera had one goal and one assist, while Swanson chipped in one assist. Although Swanson may not have had the game he would have liked, he did tie with Nathan Dempsey in the Koho Accuracy Shooting event, as both hit four targets in seven attempts.
Also, Ales Hemsky has now been the player of the week in the QMJHL twice this season.