Vitals on Bryan Allen:
Born: August 21, 1980 in Kingston, Ontario.
Drafted: In the first round of the 1998 NHL Entry Draft, fourth player selected overall, by the Vancouver Canucks.
Current Club: Manitoba Moose (AHL)
Honours: OHL First All-Star Team (1998-99)
The following is my interview with Bryan, done via email.
HF: What was it like to grow up in a place like Kingston, Ontario; one of our nation’s hockey-hotbeds?
BA: It was pretty neat to grow up in a city with such a history in hockey. Everything was hockey, everyone loved it, and wanted to be a part of it in some way, be it playing or watching.
HF: Did you feel any pressure when you began your junior career with the Oshawa Generals, especially considering you were a #9 overall pick by them in the OHL Priority Selection?
BA: When I first got to Oshawa, there was a lot of pressure; especially in training camp. But, I had a great coach (Bill Stewart) who taught me a lot, and brought me along slowly.
HF: What did you enjoy most about your time in Oshawa, and your junior career in general?
BA: I enjoyed my first year and going to the Memorial Cup.
HF: How did it feel to have your name called #4 Overall by the Vancouver Canucks? Read more »
Tuomas Pihlman, a player of JyP Jyväskylä, was a member of the Finnish U-20 team which captured the bronze medal at the WJC in Czech Republic recently.
Question: You’ve been drafted by the New Jersey Devils. Do you have decided yet when to go there?
Pihlman: No, not I don’t know that yet.
Question: As you would not get a chance to play in the NHL, would you prefer playing in the Minor Leagues or playing in Finland?
Pihlman: In Finland, because hockey there is more technical than in North America.
Question: Could you imagine playing in other European countries?
Pihlman: Hmmmm…. no, hardly.
Question: You were born in Espoo, but play for JyP Jyväskylä. Why don’t you play for local Espoo Blues?
Pihlman: My parents moved to Jyväskylä when I was 12, so I joined the local hockey club there and have been playing for it now for seven years.
Question: What’s your favourite team in Finland and your favourite NHL team?
Pihlman (smiling): In Finland Jyväskylä and in the NHL New Jersey Devils
Question: What is your favourite player?
Pihlman: Mario Lemieux
Question: At the world junior championship in Czech Republic, you wore jersey #29. Is there any specific reason for that?
Pihlman: When I was younger, I had number 49, and I also wear it in the SM-Liiga, but on the WJC team I could not get that, so I chose number 29.
Question: Are you superstitious in any way?
Pihlman Read more »
After a great start to the season the Hurricanes have found themselves in a dog fight with the Hitmen and Tigers for the last two playoff spots in the Central division. With only 7 games left what do the Canes need to do in order to secure a playoff spot……
Well the Hurricanes need every win they can get.
Friday night against the Rebels the Canes put in a great effort but fell short on National TV against the countries #1 team.
The next night they were in Cranbrook to take on the Ice. Cranbrook kid Logan Koopmans backstopped the Canes to an important 2-0 win over the Ice. That was Logan’s second shutout of the year. Those two shutouts are the only two the team has this year.
The Hurricanes have six games left this year. Three on the road and then they come home for three to finish the season.
The Canes play each of the Tigers and Hitmen once, a rematch with the Rebels and three games against the Broncos.
The games against the Tigers and the Hitmen will most likely be deciding factors as to where the Canes end up in the standings.
The Broncos and the Rebels will be very tough games for the Hurricanes.
Lethbridge must concentrate on playing good defensive hockey. They have the talent up front and if they play good in their own end chances will come.
The road to the playoffs begins Tuesday for the Canes in Medicine Hat.
Check here Tuesday morning for a recap of that game.
It was definitely obvious from the beginning that the focus of this tournament was clearly on the hundred or so NHL players who were participating in this year’s Winter Olympics. However, there were some young prospects from different countries who were able to step up and make an impact on their team. These Olympics gave fans an opportunity to see some European players for the first time. Here is a look at how some of the youngsters did during this tournament.
Oliver Setzinger, C, Austria, 18 yrs old, Drafted: 3rd Rnd (2001) by Nashville Read more »
Marek Svatos, Center, Kootenay (WHL)
Stats: (SVK-WJC) 7 GP, 7 G, 1 A, 8 P, 6 PIM, +5
Stats: 46 GP, 35 G, 36 A, 71 P, 52 PIM, +6
Kurt Sauer, Defenseman, Spokane (WHL)
Stats: 53 GP, 2 G, 16 A, 18 P, 65 PIM, +23
Blake Ward, Goaltender, Lethbridge (WHL)
Stats: 35 GP, 11-17-4, 3.58 GAA. .875 SV%
Charlie Stephens, Center, London (OHL)
Stats: 54 GP, 22 G, 32 A, 54 P, 51 PIM, -21
Danny Bois, Right Wing, London (OHL)
Stats: 57 GP, 16 G, 12 A, 28 P, 232 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: 57 GP 5 G, 27 A, 32 P, 33 PIM, Even
Colt King, Left Wing, North Bay (OHL)
Stats: 53 GP, 14 G, 11 A, 25 P, 115 PIM, -27
Cody McCormick, Right Wing, Belleville (OHL)
Stats: 56 GP, 10 G, 14 A, 24 P, 112 PIM, +7
Darryl Bootland, Right Wing, Toronto (OHL)
Stats: 54 GP, 36 G, 55 A, 91 P, 120 PIM, +50
Scott Horvath, Right Wing, Toronto (OHL)
Stats: (UMass-Amherst, HE) 15 GP, 2 G, 3 A, 5 P, 8 PIM, -2
Stats: (Toronto-OHL) 21 GP, 4 G, 4 A, 8 P, 39 PIM, -2
Peter Budaj, Goaltender, Toronto (OHL)
Stats: (SVK-WJC) 4 GP, 3.11 GAA, .919 SV%, 1 SHO
Stats: 38 GP, 24-9-4, 2.29 GAA, .921 SV%
Pierre-Luc Emond, Center, Cape Breton (QMJHL) Read more »
This report is not intended to track player progress since the last update, but to simply provide statistics for all of the Hurricane prospects.
Brad DeFauw – Lowell Lock Monsters (AHL)
(Born: 11/10/77, Height, Weight: 6-3, 210 pounds)
(51 GP, 15 G, 15 A, 30 P, 27 PIM)
Mike Zigomanis – Lowell Lock Monsters
(01/17/81, 6-0, 180 pounds)
(58 GP, 14 G, 23 A, 37 P, 18 PIM)
Tomas Kurka – Lowell Lock Monsters
(12/14/81, 6-0, 180 pounds)
(50 GP, 8 G, 10 A, 18 P, 16 PIM)
Brett Lysak – Lowell Lock Monsters
(12/12/80, 6-0, 190 pounds)
(47 GP, 6 G, 8 A, 14 P, 24 PIM)
Jaroslav Svoboda – Lowell Lock Monsters
(06/01/80, 6-2, 190 pounds)
(50 GP, 7 G, 11 A, 18 P, 41 PIM)
Jeff Heerema – Lowell Lock Monsters
(01/17/80, 6-1, 180 pounds)
(55 GP, 25 G, 28 A, 53 P, 61 PIM)
Ryan Bayda – University of North Dakota (NCAA)
(12/09/80, 5-11, 185 pounds)
(31 GP, 14 G, 23 A, 37 P, 15 PIM, +9)
David Evans – Clarkson University (NCAA)
(02/17/80, 6-2, 200 pounds)
(28 GP, 7 G, 7 A, 14 P, 16 PIM)
Craig MacDonald – Lowell Lock Monsters
(04/07/77, 6-2, 185 pounds)
(57 GP, 16 G, 18 A, 34 P, 61 PIM)
Ian MacNeil – Lowell Lock Monsters
(04/27/77, 6-2, 185 pounds)
(58 GP, 9 G, 14 A, 23 P, 93 PIM) Read more »
Scouting Staff Slimmed
With a new General Manager comes a new team philosophy and with a new philosophy comes new priorities. With emphasis being placed on team toughness and current performance, focus is being taken off of the future. In one of his first major moves as General Manager, Jay Feaster has announced that the Tampa Bay Lightning’s Scouting Staff will take a big hit in his reorganization of the team. The Bolts currently have 24 traveling scouts on their payroll. That number will be reduced to 12. Amongst those to go, is ex-Lightning Assistant Coach John Torchetti. The Lightning’s Scouting Department had previously been one of the largest in the league and had been accountable for some of the best draft picks in Lighting history.
Feaster explained, “At the beginning of the year we were handed a pot to work with and if our scouting department takes up $2.1 million and I can reduce that to say, $1 million, then that’s $1.1 million I can put into players salaries.”
More Goaltender Woes
Goaltender Brian Eklund has watched from the sidelines as his team, Brown University, enjoys one of the best streaks in recent team history. Eklund is 3-5-0, while his counter part Yanis Danis, is 11-8-2 with a 1.76 GAA. Putting Eklund, the former number one for Brown, two steps behind.
The last game Eklund appeared in was a 5-2 loss to Yale on January 11th, where he was pulled after allowing 4 goals on 20 shots.
In Eklund’s tenure at Brown, the team has never won more than 6 games a season. Now, with the team Read more »
Back in 1988, in the 5th round of the NHL Draft, the Buffalo Sabres drafted a player out of the OHL by the name of Rob Ray. Rob had totaled 590 penalty minutes during his junior career, so it was clear that the Sabres were looking to add some muscle to a team that had developed a reputation for being soft.
Fourteen years and 3000+ penalty minutes later, Rob has shown that a little bit of talent can go a long way in the NHL, if you work hard enough. The man known as “Razor” has won the hearts of a generation of Sabres fans while simultaneously pummeling a legion of NHL tough guys. There is little doubt, then, that Rob will be crowned Buffalo’s all-time enforcer once he decides to hang up his skates, a possibility that grows greater with each passing day.
Ray will turn 34 in June, an age that often signals the end of a professional hockey player’s career. While Rob may not yet be contemplating retirement, the day is surely not far off, which means the Sabres will have to find a worthy replacement for their all-time penalty minute leader. Luckily for Buffalo, there are a few candidates waiting in the wings, with no one player having a definite advantage over the others.
The obvious choice to replace Ray would be current Sabre LW Eric Boulton. Eric has earned his place in the NHL the hard way, coming up through the ECHL and AHL to surprisingly land a spot on Buffalo’s roster last seaso Read more »
The northeast of the Czech Republic is one of the most important hockey regions in the country.
In cities like Havirov, Trinec and Ostrava (Vitkovice is a part of Ostrava) hockey blossoms
and future gems begin often their career there. When looking at the Czech roster from the
previous Four Nations tournament of the Under-16 teams, eight players learn the tools of the
hockey trade either in Trinec, Havirov or Vitkovice. One of them is Jan Danecek, the small
rocket from Trinec.
Jan was born on February, 15th, 1986, in Havirov. At that time only Vitkovice represented
the northeastern region in the Czechoslovakian First League and Havirov wasn’t a hockey mad
city like it is now, when an Extraleague franchise is based there. But Jan Danecek had good
signs of beginning a hockey career. His father, also Jan, is a respected youth coach and he
wanted to give his best into the career of his son. Read more »
The Saskatoon Blades headed on the road for a battle with their
southern rivals on Wednesday. The matchup was a key one for the Blades as
they began the day in a tie with the Prince Albert Raiders for the fourth
and final playoff spot in the WHL’s East Division. The Blades were coming
off a successfull weekend at home in which they defeated the Pats 2-1 and
the Hitmen 4-2.
However, the Blades would have their work cut out for them
tonight as they entered the contest on a 6 game road losing streak and
hadn’t one a game since defeated the Raiders on January 24th. The Pats
entered tonights game on a 5 game home ice winning streak. The Pats also
had extra motivation because a Pats win would mean 400 career wins for Pats
head coach Bob Loews. So everything seemed to stack up against the Blades
tonight but you can throw all that out the window.
The first period was a very sloppy period as both teams seemed to miss
several passes thus causing many icings and offside calls. The period
remained scoreless until the 14:33 mark when Pat captain Garth Murray
crashed the net and had a Blade clearing shot bank of his leg and into the
net for a 1-0 Pats lead. Shots in the first were 11-10 Regina. The Blades
controlled the second stanza outscoring the Pats 3-1. However, Matt
Hubbauer was able to score a weak goal as he gained the zone with speed and
fool Blades goaltender Mike Garnett with a shot that glanced off Garnett’s
glove. Cue the comeback. Tim Preston scored to get the Blades on board
just under 2 minutes Read more »