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.
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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.
As preliminary round play in Salt Lake City comes to a close, many hockey fans around the world are probably wondering, “What went wrong?” Other hockey observers are probably muttering, “What didn’t?” Mostly due to complications arising from the involvement of the National Hockey League, the men’s hockey portion of the Salt Lake City is quickly becoming an embarrassment. It’s a situation where everyone involved loses, and everyone involved in the decision-making is culpable.
The idea of having NHL players in the Olympics has always raised two questions, one of philosophy and one of logistics. In other words: Should they play? And how should they play? I’m not going to tackle the thorny question of whether NHL players should be allowed in the Olympics. There are compelling arguments on both sides of the issue, and a thousand different points to consider. (What’s truly an amateur? What’s really the spirit of the Olympics? And so on.) Frankly, it’s a topic that’s been beaten to death by many wiser than I am. So let’s look at the second consideration…
When the NHL, National Hockey League Players’ Association, International Ice Hockey Federation, and International Olympic Committee decided that NHL players should be allowed to play at Salt Lake City, they created a huge logistical problem. There are many proposed solutions floating around the hockey world. Shorten the NHL season and take a longer break. Limit NHL involvement to players under 25. Simply lengthen the break. Move the preliminary round to the fall before t Read more »
The top European Under-16 teams faced each other for the first time at the Four Nations
tournament played in the Czech Republic between February, 7th and February, 9th, 2002 in
Prague. The Czechs were off star prospects Jakub Sindel and Ladislav Smid, both of them
already competing with the Under-17 team, but left a very solid impression. They finished
at the third place overall, but the results were close and they had a chance on a better
placement. So let’s check out the recaps of the games!
Czech Republic – Finland 0:4
It took only eight seconds from the opening faceoff before the Czech goalie Radek Fiala saw
the red light lit behind his net. 2004 top Finnish prospect Lauri Tukonen got the puck
in the Czech zone, shuffled it a bit before improving his shooting position and then lifted
it over Fiala from close. The Czech goalie couldn’t do anything against it, he was lying on
the ice to prevent Tukonen to score near the left goalpost and Tukonen lifted the puck right
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JEAN-FRANCOIS RACINE OF DRUMONDVILLE IS THE CHL PLAYER OF THE WEEK
The CHL Player of the Week for the week ending Feb. 10, 2002 is goaltender
Jean-Francois Racine of the Drummondville Voltigeurs of the Quebec Major
Junior Hockey League.
Racine turned in brilliant performances in two games this week, allowing
just one goal while stopping 65 of the 66 shots he faced for a save
percentage of .985 as Drummondville won both of its games this past week.
His goals against average for the week was 0.50.
On Friday, Racine made 30 saves as the Voltigeurs edged the Rimouski Oceanic
4-1. Then on Sunday he posted the seventh shutout of his career, stopping
all 35 shots he faced, as Drummondville edged the Baie-Comeau Drakkar 1-0.
Racine was also selected as the QMJHL Defensive Player of the Week. He takes
the CHL Player of the Week honours over the other league nominees, including
Philippe Lacasse of the Hull Olympiques, the QMJHL Offensive Player of the
Week, Jason Spezza of the Belleville Bulls, the OHL’s Player of the Week and
Joffrey Lupul of the Medicine Hat Tigers, the Husky WHL Player of the Week.
The CHL Player of the Week is selected from among the three leagues’
nominees and announced in Tuesday’s editions of the CHL Daily News. The CHL
Player of the Month for January will be announced in Wednesday’s CHL Daily
WESTERN HOCKEY LEAGUE
There are three games in the WHL on Tuesday night. Kootenay is at Kelowna,
Portland plays at Medicine Hat and Vancouver is in Moose Jaw.
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What are the greatest accomplishments of the Rick Dudley era?
What are the biggest failings?
CHAD – DudleyDudley gave more attention to scouting in
three years than has been done for the Lightning in the previous seven. He drafted 4 goaltenders in 3 drafts (Konstantinov, Eklund, Polukeyev, Lanicek). In the previous 7, only 3 goaltenders had
been drafted (Tyler Moss, Derek
Wilkinson, Zac Bierk). He also
went in with an agenda, drafting first for size and speed and paying close
attention to the European style of player development. Murdoch seemed to draft with a
spoke favorably about the European way of developing players — concentrating
on practices, rather than the North American way on concentrating on
games. He gave the draft and prosp Read more »
The NHL Draft produces both hits and misses as far as prospects are concerned. Until recently the Montréal Canadiens had not enjoyed much success over the last 7 draft years. Some players who were drafted did not develop as hoped, while others were lost for purely financial reasons. Here’s a quick look at how and where eleven of the Habs’ former draft picks are continuing their professional hockey careers.Matt Higgins was chosen in the first round (18th overall) of the 1996 NHL Entry Draft. A Moose Jaw Warrior for his entire junior hockey, Higgins entered the draft having just enjoyed a season of 63 points (30-33-63) through 67 games. The left winger played his first NHL game during the 97-98 season, and eventually played 57 games with the Habs over a span of 4 seasons.Higgins signed a contract with the AHL’s Bridgeport Sound Tigers on February 8th, 2002. He had joined the team by way of a PTO, but played well enough to earn an official contract. Through 21 AHL games this season, the 6’2″, 175-lbs forward has 20 points (9-11-20), and is plus-1 with 16 minutes in penalties.The Canadiens drafted Jonathan Desroches in the sixth round (145th overall) of the 1997 NHL Entry Draft. The 6’0″, 200-lbs defenseman played an unusual defensive game while in the QMJHL. He managed 22 points (7-15-22) through 58 games during the 96-97 season (his draft year), but was never able to earn an NHL contract.Desroches is currently playing his second year of CIAU hockey with the University of Moncton. Through 25 games this season the 22-yea Read more »
Jan Alston has had a 3-game loan spell with ZSC Lions’ farm team GCK Lions in which he scored 3 goals and 2 assists for 5 points.
1988 5th rnd Pittsburgh Penguins‘ draft pick Greg Andrusak, who also saw NHL time with the Maple Leafs, signed a contract with HC Lugano after his contract with German team Berlin Capitals was dissolved. In 39 games in Berlin he managed 22 points. In the latter part of the Swiss regular season Andrusak played 8 games notching 4 assists, gearing up for the playoffs.
Another former Penguins draft pick enterred the Swiss league. Oleg Belov, drafted in the 4th round in 1995, signed a contract with Rapperswil-Jona close to the end of the regular season. Belov, who only has played IHL in North-America, was playing in Sweden with HV’71 the past three seasons and does return to Switzerland after having had a previous spell with EHC Chur in the 96-97 season. In 7 games Belov assisted on three goals while not being able to find the net.
Undrafted Rob Cowie who saw NHL ice time with the Los Angeles Kings between ’94 and ’96 returned to Switzerland after he started his European career at La Chaux de Fonds. Cowie will play for EV Zug during the upcoming playoffs. He came from Finnish giants Jokerit Helsinki and played several seasons in the German league before his stay in Finland.
It is widely rumoured Christian Dubé, one of the brightest stars in Swiss hockey at the moment, is leaving HC Lugano next season as his contract will run out. Front runner for his signature is SC Bern.
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