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PITTSBURGH FORGE NAHL JUNIOR A …… NEWS :
Find all the info you need on Pittsburgh’s new Junior A team at:
http://www.pittsburghforge.com/ Read more »

Hershey Cup All-Star Rosters Announced

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Ottawa – The Canadian Hockey League today announced the rosters of players
who will participate in the 2002 Hershey Cup CHL All-Star Series game
January 16, 2002 at the Ottawa Civic Centre between the Ontario Hockey
League’s Eastern Conference All-Stars and the Quebec Major Junior Hockey
League’s Lebel Conference All-Stars.

Among the 40 players announced today, were five who participated in the 2002
World Junior Championships that concluded on January 4. Mark Popovic
(Toronto St. Michael’s Majors) and Olivier Michaud (Shawinigan Cataractes)
were members of Canada’s silver medal winning team, while Lukas Krajicek
(Peterborough Petes) and Ales Hemsky (Hull Olympiques) played for the Czech
Republic and Peter Budaj (Toronto St. Michael’s Majors) played for Slovakia.

Brian Kilrea, coach and general manager of the 2001 OHL champion Ottawa
67’s, will coach the OHL Eastern Conference All-Stars. Kilrea is the
winningest coach in Canadian Hockey League history, having compiled 943 wins
during his illustrious 25-year career with the 67’s.

Denis Francoeur, coach of the Lebel Conference leading Shawinigan
Cataractes, will guide the QMJHL Lebel Conference All-Stars, along with
Mario Durocher, coach of the Victoriaville Tigres.

The Hershey Cup CHL All-Star Series is a three-game interlocking series
involving the OHL, QMJHL and the Western Hockey League. The Red Deer
(Alberta) Rebels will host the WHL game on Wednesday January 23, 2002
between the OHL’s Western Conference and the WHL’s Eastern Conference. The
series wraps up in Rimouski, Que Read more »

David Inman examined

by Michael Theodore
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After lighting it up in the OHA in 97-98, expectations were high for David Inman who was born in New York City but was raised in Toronto. He was supposed to be one of the top college freshmen. He was supposed to be a first round draft pick. He was supposed to be a star for Notre Dame. Instead Inman finished with 20 points in 38 games along with tons of scouts scratching their heads. Undaunted, Inman was still a fairly high draft pick (59th overall) of the New York Rangers. The scouts like most experts, figured Inman would rebound and show the same talent that made him a top prospect a year earlier. What they saw during Inman’s sophomore season was a player who had all the tools needed to be a star, minus all hockey sense imaginable.

During the 99-00 season, Inman’s game was marked by both highs and lows. There were stretches when it appeared things were finally starting to click. These streaks however were short lived as Inman would inevitably fall back into a slide and look perpetually lost on the ice. He didn’t have the vision to make smart plays, and his shots often couldn’t find the net or simply didn’t even leave his stick at all. To make matters worse, Inman found himself being knocked around the ice due to his smallish frame of 180 pounds.

As his junior year neared, Inman added 25 pounds to his frame and hopes were high that at the age of 20 that he could finally begin to develop as planned. While Inman would play five more games than the previous season, he would actually have two fewer goals and one less assist than his sophomore cam Read more »

Leafs prospect rankings 11-20

by Stephen J. Holodinsky
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Leaf Prospect Rankings 11-20


The age of the prospect is taken into account.


11. Miguel Delisle-RW:
Almost an afterthought on day one of the 2000 draft, Delisle has come a long way from the temper tantrums that saw him fall out momentarily with 67’s Coach Brian Kilrea and got back with the program and made himself a player. Already NHL big at 6’1″ and 200 pounds, Delisle has very good wheels and his release has been compared to Mike Bossy’s in the past. He could be a bit more curmudgeony in his physical play, but that aside, the kid has a bright future.


12. Ivan Kolozvary-LW:
Although he played the middle in the recent World Junior Championships, the Leafs probably see him as an outside burner ala Milan Hejduk, whom he resembles both physically and in the skating department. Although he’s adept with both passing and finishing at speed, whether he’ll ever approach the level of proficiency demonstrated by the Avs forward and whether he can withstand the rigours of the North American game remains to be seen.


13. Jaroslav Sklenar-RW:
Possibly did himself a big disservice by checking out of the Ottawa 67’s earlier in the year for HC Kosice of the Slovakian League but is a tall, lanky 6’1″ 172 pound winger with a knack for getting his stick loose in tight spaces around the net. The is also little question about his skating which is quite good but his defense could use some improvement and he’ll need to fill out more. Then again, at 18 years old, he has plenty of time for both.


14. Regan Kelly-D:
The pla Read more »

Washington Capitals Mid-Season Prospect Review

by Seth Keggins
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BRIAN SUTHERBY (C)…After starting in the NHL straight out of training camp, it took seven games for GM George McPhee to return him to his junior club. With Moose Jaw of the WHL, Brian has put up great numbers so far. He has scored 12 goals in 21 games, and is a +8 rating. He was one of three Capitals prospects selected to compete in the recent 2002 World Junior Championships (Silver Medal – Team Canada), where he played on the top checking line scoring 3 goals and 3 assists. Look for Sutherby to continue to impress.

JACUB CUTTA (D)…Began the season for the AHL affiliate Portland Pirates. As a stay-at-home mold defenseman, Jacub’s scoring numbers won’t look that great but continues to log decent ice time as a number 3-4 defenseman for the Pirates. Upon the avalanche of Washington’s injuries , the Caps called up Cutta to add depth to it’s line-up. Cutta played in only 2 games before being sent down, and was unfortunately part of a 5 to 11 demolition display put on by the Ottawa Senators (Oct. 13). Regardless, Jakub continues to impress management and will likely stay in Portland for another year or so before making his full-time Capitals debut.

MATT PETTINGER (LW)…A surprise product running straight from the University of Denver, to the WHL Calgary Hitmen, AHL Portland, and now has been a mainstay in Washington since the first week of the season. With the injury to Steve Konwalchuk, Matt has bee given a long-term shot to develop with Chris Simon, who has been able to clear more space on the ice for him. Matt has 5 g Read more »

Czech Newcomer Makes Lasting Impression On OHL

by Jake Dole
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It seems as though every year something good happens to the Ottawa 67’s. A team known for assessing talent had brought in several rookies into its lineup for the 2001-2002 season.

From Newmarket of the Provincial Junior A Hockey League (where he had collected 83 points on 33 goals in 49 games), 17-year old sniper Corey Locke joined the lineup. A couple of 16-year-old hopefuls and 2001 draftees Mark Mancari and Layne Moodie have already become everyday contributors for the club.

However, the 67’s crossed their fingers when selecting a couple of Czech imports, Karol Sloboda and Jaroslav Sklenar, 62nd and 72nd overall, respectively, at the 2001 CHL import Draft.

There is no doubt that these two youngsters have tremendous talent — Sklenar was the Toronto Maple Leafs’ sixth round, 183rd overall pick in the 2001 NHL draft. However predicting the players’ adaptation to the Canadian language and society would have been next to impossible.

So far, the season has been a dream for Sloboda, the league’s plus-minus leader going into last Friday’s game versus the Oshawa Generals, and arguably the 67’s MVP in the first 16 games of the season. Meanwhile, Sklenar — seen by many as a prospect with better potential than Sloboda — returned to the Czech Republic with homesickness. Somewhat of a shock to many that predicted Jaroslav as this year’s version of the departed Vadim Sozinov.

Sloboda, meanwhile, has quietly become a mainstay on the Ottawa blueline, to say the least.

Backtracking to the Import Draft in June 2001, the 67’s had little informatti Read more »

Canadiens’ weekly prospects update

by Chris Boucher
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Ron Hainsey -D (Drafted-00(1/13))

Hainsey registered 5 assists through 7 games since our last update. He was shutout during a January 2nd game against St. John, thereby ending a season-high 5-game point-scoring streak. He’s played strong defensively since his return, raising his plus/minus from +1 to +5 after missing 14 games with a wrist injury. Overall, the 6’3″, 200-lbs defenseman has played 23 games. He has 13 points (5-8-13), and is +5 with 10 minutes in penalties. The 20-year old rookie was also named to the PlanetUSA AHL all-star team.

Mathieu Garon -G (Drafted-96(2/44))

Garon has rebounded from a poor stretch of play he experienced immediately following his return to Québec. He’s undefeated in his last 6 games. Through that same stretch he’s lowered his GAA by close to half a goal per game, and raised his save percentage 20 points. Overall, the 6’2″, 192-lbs goalie has a 9-3-5 record with 2.70 GAA, and a .918 save percentage.

Eric Chouinard -F (Drafted-98(1/16))

Chouinard registered 1 assist in 2 games following our last update. He injured his shoulder during a December 27th game against Portland, and is tentatively scheduled to return within the week. Overall, the 6’3″, 207-lbs left winger has played 30 games. He has 26 points (11-15-26), with 8 minutes in penalties. Surprisingly, only 1 of his 11 goals has been scored on the powerplay; which speaks volumes for Chouinard’s 5-on-5 play this season. His plus/minus is even, and he also has 94 shots on goal.

Francois Beauchemin -D (Drafted-98(3/ Read more »

WJC: Interview with Raffaele Sannitz

by pbadmin
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Was it possible to beat Canada ?

We were convinced it was possible, we have lost but we could have won. For sure it’s a very strong and complete team, but we had our chances too in the first period. Unfortunately we took some stupid goals.

After Beat Forster’s mistakes, did you support him ?

Everyone makes mistakes, we all know such things happen. We tried to motivate him, he knows we won’t blame him. It’s a collective responsibility, it does not depend on one player.

You dominated the third period. Could you have done the same if Canada wouldn’t have led 1-0 ?

Yes, I think so. They were more compact in defence as they were leading, but we got our chances throughout the whole game. Also in the first period when it was 0-0, we could have scored.

Was Canada better than in the first round game ?

No, I think they were the same. As far as we are concerned, we put more heart in the game today, and I think they did the same because it’s a semifinal.

Your group was probably the better one as all semifinalists come from there. Does it help you to have a better pace in the quarter final ?

It has helped us, but it wasn’t only that. Slovakia had a good team, but we knew them quite well. We played them twice in August, lost once and had a tie, I think. Yesterday we fully deserved our victory.

The fourth place often looks like a malediction for Swiss teams…

That’s right. But last year I achieved a second place in the Under 18 World Championships. We managed to win the semifinal. Read more »

WJC: Interview with Alexander Suglobov

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HF: It was hard to find information about you and your career on the internet. Could you tell me where how your career has been so far?

Suglobov: I have no idea why there’s not that much info on the internet, but I have played for Spartak Moscow first then for Yaroslavl, St.Petersburg and Salavat UFA and now I play for Yaroslavl again.

HF: You were drafted by the New Jersey Devils. Do you know when you will be skating in North America?

Suglobov: No, right now I don’t have any plans for that yet

HF: What about moving to a different European league. Is that an option for you?

Suglobov: No, I don’t see that happen really.

HF: At what age and where did you start playing hockey?

Suglobov: I started when I was seven in Elektrostal, a town in the Moscow region. It is the also the town where I was born

HF: Who is/was your role model in hockey?

Suglobov: I don’t have one.

HF: What are your favourite teams in Russia and in the NHL?

Suglobov: In Russia it is Elektrostal, in the NHL it are the New Jersey Devils

HF: What are your hobby’s?

Suglobov: I like going to cinema a lot

HF: Thank you Aleksandr for taking time to talk to us

The OHL Names the Players of the Month

by pbadmin
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Toronto – The Ontario Hockey League today announced the performers of the
month for December 2001.

Molson OHL Player of the Month – Kevin Dallman, Guelph Storm

The Molson OHL Player of the Month for December is Guelph Storm defenceman
Kevin Dallman, who scored seven goals and eight assists for 15 points in 11
games to help the Storm to a 4-2-3-1 record last month.

Dallman, the Storm captain, leads all OHL defencemen in scoring this season
with 16 goals and 35 assists for 51 points in 38 games. He recorded points
in 10 of the Storm’s 11 games last month, and scored a hat trick December 9
against Ottawa.

OHL Rookie of the Month – Petr Taticek, Sault Ste. Marie

The OHL Rookie of the Month for December is Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds
centre Petr Taticek, who scored six goals and nine assists for 15 points in
nine games.

Taticek, an 18-year-old Czech native, scored goals in five of the
Greyhounds’ nine games last month, including a two-goal game December 30
against London.

Taticek, the Greyhound’s first pick in the 2001 CHL Import Draft, is a
highly rated prospect for the 2002 NHL Entry Draft. He is second among
Greyhounds scorers with 14 goals and 26 assists for 40 points in 38 games.

OHL Goaltender of the Month – David Chant, Barrie Colts

The OHL Goaltender of the Month for December is David Chant of the Barrie
Colts, who posted a 4-2-0 record, along with a 1.48 goals against average
and .954 save percentage, in six games.

Chant, a 20-year-old native of Toronto, appeared in six of Read more »

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