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‘healthy scratch’ keeping them out of the line-up are all the usual reasons for a player not in the game. Kootenay ICE European forward Marek
Svatos is experiencing that feeling, only not because of any of the aforementioned reasons.
on team scoring with sixteen points, is sitting on the sidelines for another reason, one he has little control over – bureaucratic hockey wrangling.
In order for any European hockey player to play in the North American junior leagues, a release from that players’ home country governing
hockey body or former hockey club must be obtained by the team he plays for. In Svatos’ case, the issue boils down to a contract he signed
with a Slovakian professional club before knowing he was coming to Canada and the Kootenay ICE. Svatos, who is eligible for the 2001 NHL
Draft in Sunrise, Florida is dying to get back on the ice. “I am frustrated by not being able to play,” said the native of Slovakia through teammate
Zdenek Blatny, who acted as interpreter for the interview. “I’m a little mad at my old team in Slovakia, but it’s my own fault too, I signed the
contract.” Marek is also concerned that the games missed might have somewhat of a negative affect in the possibility of being drafted by an
NHL club this June. “I’m not playing, the scouts can Read more »
season already in the books, the
Kootenay ICE encountering some
adversity of late and crucial tests coming
up in the next two weeks with two home
dates against Red Deer and games
against Regina, Kamloops and Calgary,
these next two weeks will be a good
indicator of just how good a club the
Kootenay ICE are. That being said, here
is a player by player, coaching and
management report card of performance
so far this season. There are some raving
reviews, some needs to be addressed
and concerns to be dealt with and some
question marks. Play along at home and
see who’s making the grade.
Management – Bob Tory
Coach – Ryan McGill Read more »
The 1985 born guys had 3 games against the Under-16 team of Switzerland on their schedule. The event took place in small Czech cities Trutnov, Nove Mesto and Lomnice and the games were attended mostly by the parents of the players. Although the senior national team of Switzerland isn’t sometimes taken seriously by the other teams, the junior teams have to be. So has the new Under-16 team. The young guys have beaten the Czechs with a 2-1 record, proving they are a top team. They won the first game 5:3, the second the 3:1 and just in the third game the Czechs recorded a victory, 4:3, on goals by Petr Vrana and Ivo Kratena, each scoring two. The whole Under-16 team is led by the star first forward line with Olomouc “twins” Vrana and Kratena and scoring wonder Vojtech Polak of HC Becherovka Karlovy Vary (registered 7 goals in the last Under-16 team game in the series against Slovakia!) Also in this series Kratena and Vrana combined for 7 of the 8 goals overall scored by the Czechs (Kratena 3, Vrana 4). The first line is absolutely dominating in the Under-16 team and all three forwards can be taken as serious 2003 NHL draft prospects. It’s likely that they’ll have some size at that time (Polak is 5’11”, 160 lbs. by now, Read more »
1. Michigan State
Comments: Tied with surprising Western Michigan. Faces tough test with # 2 Minnesota in the College Hockey Showcase.
Comments: Swept rival St. Cloud State while playing solid hockey. Must finish off teams and not allow them back into games. Look for a low
3. North Dakota
Comments: Swept lowly Minnesota-Duluth. Has the top scoring line in the coutry with Bayda-Lundbohm-Panzer.
4. Western Michigan
Comments: Playing great hockey but must remain consistent. Proved it can play with the big boys as they tied the #1 ranked Spartans.
5. New Hampshire
Comments: Beat Boston College and University this weekend. Must continue to play consistent.
6. Boston College
Comments: Loss to New Hampshire hurts Boston College. Team has to improve it’s chemisty to continue to be successful.
Comments: Heads into a tough test with Wisconsin and Minnesota this weekend. Must play solid defense against the Badgers Heatley and the
Comments: Swept Northeastern and has played for the most part of the early season consistent hockey. Must continue in the rugged Hockey
9. St. Cloud State
Comments: Needs to get things fixed after being swept by the Gophers. Offense must step it up for the Huskies.
10. Colorado College
Comments: Splits with Wisconsin after being swept by St. Cloud State. Someone nee Read more »
Philadelphia Phantoms (AHL) Report:
The Phantoms have really scuffled this season. Goals and wins have been hard to come by. Going into Saturday night’s game against Norfolk, the club sported an unsightly 6-11-0 record and had scored a paltry 37 goals (to 51 goals against) in the 17 games played.
After encouraging wins on Saturday and Sunday, however, Coach John Stevens is breathing a little easier. The goals came in bunches on Saturday, as the Phantoms blew out Norfolk 8-2. On Sunday, goaltender Brian Regan and the defense stepped forward, recording a 2-0 shutout.
Comings and Goings
Struggling backup goalie Dan Murphy has been demoted to Trenton (ECHL). Brian Regan , who was a perfect 8-0 and had a stellar .933 save percentage for the Titans, has been called up in Murphy’s place.
Since our last update, Petr Hubacek was recalled to the Flyers. He played one game before being sent down again. Hubacek has been battling the effects of a slight groin pull that kept him out of two games before his Flyers recall. The same problem led to one injury-related scratching for the big club before he was returned to the farm team. He has not missed any action since coming back to the Phantoms. For the AHL season, Hubacek has 1 goal and 2 assists in 8 games. The two helpers came on Saturday against Norfolk.
Ruslan Fedotenko and Todd Fedoruk are still on recall to the Flyers. Both have been impressive. Fedotenko, in fact, has played so well that may not be coming back to th Read more »
Patrick…one to watch!
Week Of 11/12 to 11/18
Player Team League GP G A P PIM +/- Pavel Brendl Calgary WHL 17 21 16 37 12 19
This Week: 2 GP, 3 G, 1 A, 4 P, 4 PIM, +3
Player Team League GP G A P PIM +/- Jamie Lundmark Seattle WHL 10 10 6 16 17 -2
This Week: 3 GP, 3 G, 2 A, 5 P, 8 PIM, -2
Player Team League GP G A P PIM +/- Filip Novak Regina WHL 21 9 16 25 17 11
This Week: 2 GP, 0 G, 1 A, 1 P, 0 PIM, -1
Player Team League GP G A P PIM +/- Garret Bembridge Saskatoon WHL 21 13 13 26 12 -6
This Week: 2 GP, 2 G, 1 A, 3 P, 2 PIM, -1
Player Team League GP G A P PIM +/- Evgeny Gusakov Baie-Comeau QMJHL 23 6 12 18 60 -1
This Week: No Games Played
Player Team League GP G A P PIM +/- Premsyl Duben Baie-Comeau QMJHL 17 0 6 6 20 -6
This Week: 1 GP, 0 G, 0 A, 0 P, 0 PIM, N/A
Player Team League GP G A P PIM +/- Nathan Martz New Hampshire HE 10 1 3 4 6 -1
This Week: 2 GP, 0 G, 2 A, 2 P, 0 PIM, Even
Player Team League GP G A P PIM +/- Patrick Aufiero Boston U. HE 8 1 2 3 6 -1 Read more »
PLAYER OF THE WEEK….. Finally Alexei Kovalev may be reaching his
BANGED UP….. The Pittsburgh Penguins are off to good start this year
CARELESS WITH THE STICK….. The 20 game suspensio Read more »
American press. Well, maybe Vaclav Prospal should sometimes choose his words
more carefully, but most europeans offer the clichés that are expected from
them. Read the press in their home country and it´s a different story.
Anaheim Mighty Ducks forward Jonas Rönnqvist´s comments in the Swedish press
after being dispatched to the minors was anything but clichés as he
criticized the team.
knee injury. It´s sick, I can´t play up to my capacity.” Rönnqvist was also
quoted in the article as saying that the team should have brought up someone
from the farm team to replace him while he nursed his injury, but that it
was a question of the team not wanting to spend any extra money.
the Flyers´ medical staff. There´s not that much difference, right ? Of
course, one has to take the difference in stature between the two players
into consideration. Lindros was a superstar captain and Rönnqvist is a depth
player, so it´s not front page news, but Anaheim General Manager Pierre
Gauthier will nevertheless be less than amused to read such comments about
the organization. If he ever gets to read them that is.
NHL club in the Swedish press. This can to a large extent be attributed to
the difference in the Read more »