Wednesday, February 6Cincinnati 1 – Wheeling 3
The Cyclones made their final visit of the season to Wheeling and the Nailers looked to avenge a 1-0 home loss to Cincinnati just six days earlier. Dylan Gyori started the scoring for the Nailers at 1:44 of the opening period to give the Nailers a 1-0 lead. J.P. Soucy and Chris Wells assisted on the goal. In the second period the Nailers extended their lead to 2-0 on a Chris Wells goal at 10:51. David Koci tallied his first point as a Nailer this season by picking up an assist on the Wells goal, Arpad Mihaly got the other assist.
At 16:45 of the second period the Cyclones scored their lone goal of the game to get the score to 2-1. The Nailers began the third period with a two-man advantage power play and took advantage by scoring the final goal of the game. Gyori scored his second goal of the game to give the Nailers a 3-1 lead and eventual win. Kurt Drummond and J.C. Ruid assisted on the goal. Joel Laing made 31 saves on 32 shots for the win.
Saturday, February 9Wheeling 4 @ Atlantic City 2
This game marked the last visit of the regular season for the Nailers to Atlantic City. The Nailers won for the first time in Boardwalk Hall their last visit, 4-3 in a shootout. Atlantic City took a 1-0 lead just 3:35 into the game on a power play goal. Mark Moore tied the game 1-1 for the Nailers at 15:19 of the opening period with J.C. Ruid assisting. The Boardwalk Bullies out shot the Nailers 14-8 in the second period but neither team managed to break the 1-1 tie. Atlantic City took their second and fi Read more »
Winger Brad Church began the season down with the ECHL’s Richmond Renegades, but since he was called up, has continued to play some of the best hockey we have ever seen from him here in Portland. He works incredibly hard and knows how to get in the other team’s face without drawing an unnecessary penalty. The Pirates just finished a run of seven games in nine days and it was admirable to see Church continue working at 100% despite the visible fatigue the entire team was feeling.
When defensemen Dean Melanson joined the Pirates late last season, I used my usual wait-and-see approach. On paper, he looked to be a good match. But, as any hockey fan knows, past numbers and playing styles can also mean nothing. It did not take too long for me to decide that he was a good fit and I liked him a lot. When I read that the Capitals signed him to a proper contract over the summer, I was excited. I do not know what has happened, but he is not the same player he was last year, and play like we saw this weekend, especially from a team’s captain, is unexcusable. Dean Melanson can be a good player – he has proven this many times – but right now his play is sloppy, half-hearted (at best), irresponsible and the whole team is suffering for it. I am not out to get the guy; I want nothing more than a chance to stand up and cheer for him. But right now, that is just not the case.
Defenseman Nate Forster suffered a concussion last week and will be out until at least the beginning of March. Wingers Chris Corrinet (Achilles’), Marti Read more »
Jason Spezza Named OHL Player of the Week
Toronto – The Ontario Hockey League today announced that Belleville Bulls
centre Jason Spezza is the OHL Player of the Week for the week ending Sunday
February 10, 2002. Spezza recorded three goals and five assists for eight
points in the Bulls’ lone game last week, an 8-2 win over the visiting
London Knights on February 9.
Spezza’s eight point game equaled a team record established by Dan Quinn in
1983 and equaled by Jason Lafreniere in 1985, co-incidentally also against
the Knights, and Brad Gratton in 1987.
In the 10 games since joining the Bulls in January, Spezza, the second
overall pick of the Ottawa Senators in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft, has scored
11 goals and 20 assists for 31 points. He has been named OHL Player of the
Week three times this season, including January 29 when he scored 10 points
in three games for the Bulls.
Spezza, an 18-year-old native of Etobicoke, improved his season totals to 30
goals and 46 assists for 76 points in 37 games. He is currently tied for
seventh among OHL scorers this season.
Born: Etobicoke, ON, Birthdate: June 13, 1983
Position: Centre Shoots: Right
Height: 6.03 Weight: 200 lbs.
OHL – Mississauga’s 1st round choice, 1st overall, in 1999. Read more »
On January 18, 1958 Fredericton, NB’s Willie O’Ree stepped onto the ice
at the Montreal Forum and became the first black to play in the NHL. As
a member of the Boston Bruins being black wasn’t the only challenge for
Willie, he also was blind in his right eye. A fact he kept hidden from
management and his fellow players. Willie played over 1,200 games as a
professional in the NHL and Western Hockey League.
Willie presently works with the NHL/USA Diversity Task Force and in
Youth Development. He has also served as a role model for many present
day NHLers such as Jarome Iginla and Anson Carter.
Willie has been recognized in his adopted hometown of San Diego and just
recently received a standing ovation at an NHL game in St Louis as part
of Diversity Week. He also was asked to carry the Olympic Torch as part
of the Salt Lake City Olympic Games.
Despite being recognized elsewhere the City of Fredericton, New
Brunswick has done next to nothing to honor Willie. The present Mayor of
Fredericton, Les Hull, when a Provincial Cabinet Minister was involved
in having Willie inducted into the New Brunswick Hall of Fame – this
brings with it an automatic listing on the Fredericton Wall of Fame.
There are a number of us who feel that the City of Fredericton has not
done enough for Willie O’Ree and are suggesting that a Statue, Bust,
Street Name or the old York Arena (where many old timers got their
start) be renamed in his honor. It has also been suggested that a local
fredericton artist be commissioned to do the statue.
If you think Willie s Read more »
GUELPH STORM SLIP INTO BANK OF MONTREAL MASTERCARD TOP 10 RANKINGS
The Guelph Storm, the host team of the 2002 MasterCard Memorial Cup, slipped
into the Bank of Montreal MasterCard Top 10 rankings for the first time this
season in Week 17 of the CHL’s ranking of top 10 teams, as selected by a
panel of National Hockey League scouts.
The Storm has won four consecutive games and moved into second place in the
Western Conference standings and third overall in points in the Ontario
Hockey League. That surge was enough to nudge Guelph into 10th spot in the
weekly rankings, as the Toronto St. Michael’s Majors are dropped from the
list after two weeks in the number 10 position.
The rest of the Bank of Montreal MasterCard Top 10 remains the same as last
week, with the Acadie-Bathurst Titan of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey
League leading the way for the 10th consecutive week.
Acadie-Bathurst managed just one point from two games this week, an overtime
loss, but the Titan managed to cling to top spot over the Plymouth Whalers
of the OHL, who remain in second place after a 2-2 record in four games this
week. The Red Deer Rebels of the WHL, on a 14-game winning streak, are still
third after winning another two games this week.
The remainder of the list is identical to last week’s. The Shawinigan
Cataractes of the QMJHL won a pair of games and they stay in fourth; the
Barrie Colts of the OHL were 1-2 but still held on to fifth spot, and the
Swift Current Broncos of the WHL went 1-1-1 and remain in sixth spot.
Rounding out the Bank of M Read more »
HF’s Draftee of the Month
Frank Appel (Defender, Calgary Flames)Moskitos Essen (DEL): 34 GP, 1 A, 1 PT, -2, 28 PIM
Germany: 3 GP
Christian Ehrhoff (Defender, San Jose Sharks)
Krefeld Pinguine (DEL): 37 GP, 5 G, 12 A, 17 PTS, +5, 44 PIM
Germany U20: 8 GP, 3 G, 7 A, 10 PTS, 18 PIM
Germany: 6 GP, 1 A, 1 PT, 2 PIM
*German Olympic Team
Robert Francz (Forward, Phoenix Coyotes)
Frankfurt Lions (DEL): 37 GP, 2 G, 3 A, 5 PTS, -8, 94 PIM
Marcel Goc (Forward, San Jose Sharks)
Schwenninger Wild Wings (DEL): 45 GP, 8 G, 9 A, 17 PTS, -7, 24 PIM
Adler Mannheim (DEL): 0 GP
Germany U20: 8 GP, 4 G, 1 A, 5 PTS, 2 PIM
Germany: 5 GP, 1 G, 1 A, 2 PTS
*German Olympic Team (Call-Up-List)
Erich Goldmann (Defender, Ottawa Senators)
Moskitos Essen (DEL): 49 GP, 1 G, 14 A, 15 PTS, -3, 32 PIM
Germany: 9 GP, 1 A, 1 PT
*German Olympic Team
Torsten Kienass (Defender, Boston Bruins)
Düsseldorfer EG (DEL): 50 GP, 2 G, 4 A, 6 PTS, -2, 18 PIM
Robert Müller (Goalie, Washington Capitals)
Adler Mannheim (DEL): 14 GP, 617 Min., 25 GA, 1 SO, GAA 2,43, Sav.% .889
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Walker Needs To Be Moved, But Not to Another Team
The emergence of Scott Walker, an original Predator expansion draft choice, was one of the more bright spots of last season. The Preds were counting on Walker to repeat, and perhaps even better, the success that he achieved last season. At the halfway point in the NHL season Walker has missed a significant number of games, but missed even more opportunities to shine as a star for the Predators. Walker has 4 goals, 5 assists putting him on pace for a whopping 18 total points this season.
He had more total goals last season. So many ask, why such a drop-off in terms of offensive production – the nemesis of the Nashville team? One reason could be injuries. Everyone gets injured at some point in time in the NHL and time is honestly the only healing power. Another reason could be teams focusing in more on him this season after a breakout season last year.
These two points are valid, but I believe there is different reasoning behind this nagging problem for the Preds and I also have the solution. Okay, it’s story time. Way back before the Predators even existed as a franchise there was an undersized, hardworking defensemen named Scott Walker. Walker worked his way up through the Vancouver Canucks system and eventually earned a spot on the team on the checking line and as an emergency defensemen. When the Predators brought Walker to Nashville, they stuck to the recent and left him alone at forward. I propose the team at least try him out on the blueline. First-of-all, he has had experi Read more »
Russian Prospects 2002 U20 World Junior Championships Page
2002 U18 Five
Nations Tournament – Tyumen, Russia
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The Olympic Games have begun. Team Sweden’s NHL stars are competing for their teams
in USA and Canada while 21-year old Henrik Zetterberg is still in Sweden. He is not a Mats Sundin
or a Peter Forsberg, not yet that is…
In order to remain in shape during the SEL-break Zetterberg is currently training with 2nd-tier league
team Sundsvall. In less than a week the Detroit draftee will enter the E Center in Salt Lake City and play his very
first Olympic Game. The opponents in Sweden’s opening game are perhaps the toughest possible, Canada.
The quite unexperienced Zetterberg will play against stars like Mario Lemieux, Joe Sakic, Chris Pronger etc…
It’s not like he hasn’t played good players before, but we’re talking about franchise players now.
So can this youngster really contribute with something? After all he is playing on a Swedish team full with
experienced stars, with plenty of seasons in the NHL. Zetterberg is currently playing his 2nd season in the Swedish Elitserien, and most
likely his last in 10 years or so.
Well, the answer is YES, he can contribute. For those who yet haven’t had the opportunity to see Zetterberg
in action, it’s a understatement to call him a great player. He is one of those players that can do the thing
you least expect. He reads the game so well, and sees openings that many other players aren’t capable of seeing.
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Jackets Rumor Mill
Who’s In And Who’s Out?
There’s a lot of speculation going around the National Hockey League. As always, many try to pre-determine trade deadline activity. This year, there’s a lot of speculation over a couple of Blue Jackets. While I can see a number of players switching uniforms, I think that it will most likely be a strong possibility for Lyle Odelein and Ron Tugnutt.
Let’s start with Odelein, the senior of the Blue Jackets Blueline. It’s not impossible to concieve a number of places where Lyle could be dealt. Odelein is making $2.4 Million, which is payroll that GM Doug MacLean may want to clear out for offseason acquisitions. Odelein, the captain in Columbus, would immediately bring leadership into any dressing room, and a solid presence in his own end. His offensive numbers this season have been up slightly, registering 14 points(2-12-14) in 53 games this season, as compared to 17 points in 81 games in 2000-2001. However, Odelein is -20 thus far this season, the worst Odelein has been in his career. I do not think teams will be overly discouraged by this, though, considering the team which surrounds him.
Where are some possible locations that Odelein could be shipped? Pretty much any organization who wants to take over his salary, is a decent contender, and wouldn’t mind adding a rough and tumble blueliner for the stretch drive. Detroit seems like the most obvious fit, and I’m sure the Wings would give up a player like Maxim Kuznetsov to pick up Odelein. Th Read more »