Finnish coach Erkka Westerlund showed his players that he wasn’t fooling around. Top draft prospect Kari Lehtonen didn’t play real well against the Swiss , so Westerlund decided he wouldn’t play at all against Russia. So enter Juha Kuokkanen. Kuokkanen didn’t get much help from his Finnish teammates , but he got just enough to win 2-1. Finland’s powerplay which had a ton of chances couldn’t get anything done all night. Yet with 1:02 left in a tied third period , Jyri Marttinen beat Andrei Medvedev to give his team the lead for good. Marttinen got the feed from San Jose prospect Tero Maatta to beat Medvedev who belongs to the Calgary Flames. Russia opened the scoring when Los Angeles’ first round pick in the 2000 draft Alexander Frolov scored. Tampa property Alexander Polushin got the assist. Oddly enough, the Finns tied it on a early third period shorthanded goal from Jarkko Immonen. The game remained tied until Marttinen’s game winner with just over a minute left. Kuokkanen stopped 15 of 16 Finnish shots. Medvedev was exceptional as well stopping 33 of 35 that came his way. But in the end the penalties taken by the Russians ended up costing them the game.
2nd Per. RUS – Alexander Frolov (Alex Polushin) 33:30
3rd Per. FIN – Jarkko Immonen (Jussi Jokinen) SHG,42:54
FIN – Jyri Marttinen (Tero Maatta) PPG, 58:58
FIN – Juha Kuokkanen (16 Shots , 15 Saves) 1-0-0
RUS – Andrei Medvedev (35 Shots , 33 Saves) 1-1-0
DANVILLE WINGS NAHL JUNIOR A …… NEWS :
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Wings Sweep out the Year
The Danville Wings swept out the year with 2 wins over the Chicago Freeze.
Bryan Marshall led the charge with 2 goals with Logan Bittle getting the
game winning goal and Jeremy Hall adding a goal to defeat Chicago 4-1 Friday
night. Rick Cazares stopped 20 out of 21 shots. The next night with both
teams tied at 4 goals after 2 periods, Marek Hornak scored the game winner
with a great pass from R.A. Mobile to defeat the Freeze 5-4.
contributed 2 goals (tying goal) and 1 assist with additional scoring from
Jeremy Hall and Bryan Marshall. Marc Bowen stepping in after for an injured
Cazares at 16:48 into the first period came up big with 23 out of 25 saves.
Bowen making his first appearance since October 19 (vs. Pittsburgh) earned a
well deserved win and a 1st Star of the game selection.
The Wings enter the New Year 13-12-2 and second in the west division. The
Wings have won 9 of their last 11 games out scoring their opponents 49 to
Whats coming up: The Wings will return in 2002 to face division leader
Texas Tornado on January 4 and 5 at home (game time 7 pm). Call for tickets
today at (217) 431-2444 and beat those long lines. If you have a group that
wants to come call George Chin at the Danville Wings Marketing Office.
Goals : 16 — Jason Tejchma Read more »
Kari Lehtonen is expected to be a top 5 pick in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft , but on this day he was outplayed by Switzerland’s Tobias Stephan. Stephan stopped all 17 shots he faced , leading the Swiss to the 3-0 victory. Stephan was named Switzerland’s best player in the contest. Finland took penalties at the 1:18 and 1:52 mark and at 2:17 the Swiss cashed in. Andreas Camenzind converted on the power play with the assist going to Rangers prospect Sven Helfenstein.
With 4:55 left Raffaele Sannitz put the Swiss up 2-0. Lehtonen was pulled with just over a minute left , and Andrei Ambuhl hit the empty net. The assist on Ambuhl’s goal went to Phoenix’s 3rd round pick in the 2001 draft , Beat Forster. In the end Switzerland beat the Finns 3-0 , in a penalty filled matchup. Finland took 10 minor penalties , while Switzerland took 6. Finland’s coach Errka Westerlund praised the Swiss for playing a great defensive game and ripped his own team for taking some dumb penalties. Switzerland did a great job shutting down Finland’s two stars , Mikko Koivu and Tuomo Ruutu. Westerlund said his team created some good chances but just weren’t able to finish. He expects a better effort next time out.
1st Period – Andreas Camenzind (Sven Helfenstein) 2:17 PPG
2nd Period – None
3rd Period – Raffaele Sannitz (Thomas Deruns) 15:05
Andrei Ambuhl (Beat Forster) 19:39 , ENG
Here are the complete results of the first playing day of the World Junior Championship taking place in Pardubice and Hradec Kralove.
25.12.01 France – Canada 0:15
02:42 CAN Kobasew (Spezza) 1:0 PP
14:07 CAN Upshall (Murray) 2:0
14:47 CAN Nash (Boyes) 3:0
16:59 CAN McClement (Murray, Harrison)
22:03 CAN Aulin (Colaicovo, Cammalleri)
26:41 CAN Murray (Upshall)
26:58 CAN Weiss (Bouwmeester, Upshall)
31:04 CAN Cammalleri (Aulin, Paetsch)
35:37 CAN Boyes (Cammalleri)
40:55 CAN Cammalleri (Aulin)
43:09 CAN Upshall (Weiss, Nash)
45:32 CAN Aulin (Cammalleri, McClement)
46:19 CAN Weiss (Colaicovo)
49:29 CAN Boyes (Cammalleri, Aulin)
53:31 CAN Cammalleri (Aulin)
25.12.01 Switzerland – Finland 3:0
02:17 SUI Camenzind (Helfenstein) 1:0 PP
55:05 SUI Sannitz (Deruns) 2:0 Read more »
The Calder Corner
Andy McDonald of the Mighty Ducks takes home the HF prospect of the week by scoring 3 goals and 2 assists, to help the Ducks go into the holiday break by going 3-1.
In addition to Andy McDonald taking home the weekly award, a special award goes out to all the parents of hockey playing children everywhere. Without there countless hours and dollars spent driving to tourney’s and upgrading the equipment seemingly every 2 months, no child who has played hockey past the “learning stage” would have been able to get to where they are.
A special holiday thanks goes out to the parents!
McDonald: 3 Goals (1,2,3), 2 Assists
Heatley: 2 Goals (11, 12), 1 Assist
Kovalchuk: 1 Goal (14), 1 Assist
Tjarnqvist: 1 Assist
Hordichuk: 1st NHL Goal and point
Boynton: 1 Assist
Noronen: 1 Game, 33 Shots, 30 Saves (1-1-0)
Nichol: 1 Assist Read more »
On Christmas Day, December, 25th, the Czech Under-20 team took on the USA Under-20 squad
in the opening game of the WJC. This was an usual meeting of both opponents, those two
teams met in the regular group also in the previous two years. On the Czech side there
was a change in the net, starter Lukas Hronek was suddenly sidelined with a flu, so backup
Michal Fikrt stood between the pipes and Plzen juniors netminder Petr Sulan was called
back to the team to serve as the backup. Quite surprisingly was hulking Atlanta Thrashers
prospect Libor Ustrnul selected the Czech captain, Tomas Plekanec captained the Czech
squad on the previous tournaments, but finished with only an ‘A’ on his jersey.
The US team was as usual build mostly of college players, with some already drafted players
on the team along with bright prospects. The second cathegory consisted of the likes of
defenseman Ryan Whitney or winger Dustin Brown, a Guelph Storm standout.
So USA captain Richard Umberger and Czech Tomas Plekanec took the opening draw of the
WJC. After the first careful seconds of the game Petr Chvojka went to the penalty box
for interference after 65 seconds played but it was the Czech team who had the first chance.
Filip Novak coralled the puck, unleashed a blast of a shot which was turned away by Jason
Bacashihua in the net for USA, but Ales Hemsky got to the rebound. Bacashihua was lucky
that he couldn’t lift the puck over his left pad. Read more »
Lukas Hronek (HC Slavia Praha)
Michal Fikrt (HC Chemopetrol Litvinov)
Filip Novak (Regina Pats, WHL)
Libor Ustrnul (Plymouth Whalers, OHL)
Petr Chvojka (Medicine Hat Tigers, WHL)
Lukas Krajicek (Peterborough Petes, OHL)
Tomas Mojzis (Moose Jaw Warriors, WHL)
Miroslav Blatak (HC Continental Zlin)
Lukas Pozivil (HC Chemopetrol Litvinov)
Jan Hanzlik (HC Sparta Praha)
Tomas Plekanec (HC Vagnerplast Kladno)
Jiri Novotny (HC Ceske Budejovice)
Ales Hemsky (Hull Olympiques, QMJHL)
Frantisek Lukes (Toronto St. Michael’s Majors, OHL)
Jiri Jakes (Brandon Wheat Kings, WHL)
Jiri Hudler (HC Vsetin)
Petr Prucha (HC IPB Pojistovna Pardubice)
Martin Podlesak (Lethbridge Hurricanes, WHL)
Miloslav Horava (HC Vagnerplast Kladno)
Jan Bohac (HC Liberec)
Jaroslav Sklenar (HC Senators Rosice)
Michal Vondrka (HC Ceske Budejovice)
Radek Dlouhy (HC Slavia Praha)
Pascal Leclaire (Halifax Mooseheads, QMJHL)
Olivier Michaud (Shawinigan, QMJHL)
Jay Bouwmeester (Medicine Hat Tigers, WHL)
Dan Hamhuis (Prince George Cougars, WHL)
Nick Schultz (Minnesota Wild, NHL)
Nathan Paetsch (Moose Jaw Warriors, WHL)
Carlo Colaiacovo (Erie Otters, OHL)
Jay Harrison (Brampton Battalion, OHL)
Mark Popovic (Toronto St. Michael’s Majors, OHL)
Forwards Read more »
The long waiting is finally over. The whole Czech hockey nation is looking forward to see
another top bunch of junior-aged players fight for gold. The excitement is even increased
by the fact that the host Czech Republic won the last two WJC titles. People want to see
their players win gold again.
To fulfill the wish, head coach Jaroslav Holik, father of New Jersey Devils’ Bobby Holik,
selected 22 top 1982 and 1983 born players along with one 1984 born, tremendously talented
Jiri Hudler. Among those players are nine CHL players which is an unprecended number. CHL
additions showed to be a huge boost to the team both on and off the ice in the previous
seasons and so this number leaves most likely nobody to shake his head. This year’s team
is solid in goal with Lukas Hronek and Michal Fikrt, the defense corps boosted with five
CHLers look to be the biggest weapon of the team and the forward lines look balanced, too.
From skyscrapers like Martin Podlesak or Jiri Jakes to smallish speedsters like Jiri Hudler
or Frantisek Lukes. Read more »
Although the 2002 draft is still 6 months away, a lot of talk and news are going around about an NHL draft that could be the best ever. If you thought that the two-way race of Jason Spezza and Ilya Kovalchuk is exciting, you might be surprised to know that in the 2003 draft, there could be 5-10 potential candidates for the top spot overall.
The 2002 draft looks to be an average one, in comparison to most, more comparable to the one taking place in 2000. A lot of the players are considering passing the draft as well, such as the Austrian Thomas Vanek and the American blueliner Mark Stuart. This would only forebode a potentially mind-boggling first round extravaganza in 2003.
The European invasion will be the most noteworthy of that class. Excellent players will be eligible from Russia, Sweden, Finland and the Czech Republic. The United States and Canada will offer solid depth of talent, but it will be overshadowed with the plethora of Europeans. Needless to say, this could be the first time Europeans outnumber North Americans in the first round in history of NHL drafts.
Here is the sneak peak outlining some of the talent eligible for the 2003 draft:
Steve Bernier , Right Wing – A feisty, physical player is turning heads in the Quebec hockey league.
Dustin Brown , Right Wing — 32 goals in 35 OHL games this year.
Braydon Coburn , Defense – A Saskatchewan kid is a combination of size and skill with the Portland Winter Hawks of the WHL.
Denis Ezhov , Defense – A stay Read more »
You spent the last weeks home in Germany, the same procedure as every year
He’s a fan favourite in Germany, he’s 23 years old, he plays for the San Jose Sharks and his name is Marco Sturm. Sturm is currently in his fifth NHL-season. Maybe, this his best season. He scored 11 goals and recorded six assists for a total of 17 points in 35 games. Other interesting stats: he scored three Power Play Goals, three Short Handed Goals and three Game Winning Goals, too.
San Jose Sharks Executive Vice President and General Manager Dean Lombardi announced today that left wing Marco Sturm has been named to the German Olympic team for the 2002 Winter Games in Salt Lake City.
In addition, the Sharks have granted Sturm permission to compete in Germany’s two Olympic Qualifying contests on Feb. 9 and Feb. 10 versus Slovakia and Austria, respectively. Sturm will play for San Jose on Feb. 8 vs. Chicago, miss the Sharks game on Feb. 10 vs. Carolina and return to the team for their Feb. 12 contest at Edmonton.
Sturm will fly with the private jet from Dean Lombardi to Salt Lake City … enjoy the interview:
HF: You spent the weeks leading Read more »