Down and up weekend for ICE
If they crowned the Memorial Cup champions on paper, it would be easy to see why the Kootenay ICE were ranked number one in the CHL’s Top Ten rankings. Incredible firepower on offense, size and presence on the blueline and depth and experience between the pipes. Fortunately or not, the games are played on the ice and in reality, or at least well into the season, the initial rankings mean little.
The Kootenay ICE found that out when they began the 2001-02 WHL season with a home and home series with the Spokane Chiefs and came out on the short end of the stick on both occasions by a score of 5-4 and 5-2, respectively. Rebounding on Sunday as the ICE hosted the Tri-City Americans and answered their first two losses with a punctuated shellacking of the Americans, 7-0.
Kootenay coach Ryan McGill, although disappointed at the first two losses to the Chiefs stressed that the club is still in the formative stages of development and obviously nobody was going to push the panic button so early on in the season. Especially in light of the convincing win over the Americans to end the weekend on a positive note. “There were not any changes,” said McGill of the better result between the Chief’s games and Sunday night’s tilt against Tri-Cities. “We’re still trying to get some line combinations going that we feel are solid and we still haven’t come up with those yet.
“We feel that everybody can play and everybody can contribute – even the young guys – that’s how good they are”
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Wolf Pack Golf for Kids
The Hartford Wolf Pack will be holding a charity golf tournament to benefit The Children’s Home. On Monday October 8, 2001 at the Topstone Country Club in South Windsor, CT the Wolf Pack will trade in their hockey Sticks for golf clubs to help raise money for The Children’s Home.
Attendees will receive 18 holes of golf, boxed lunch, buffet dinner, goodie bag, raffle, and a picture with a Wolf Pack player or celebrity. Shotgun tee-off is at 10:30with dinner, raffle and awards following at 4:30.
Money raised will go to The Children’s Home, which helps over 100 abused, neglected, or troubled Connecticut children. The Children’s Home is located in Cromwell, Ct, and is a residential treatment center and special education school.
For more information contact the Wolf Pack Golf for Kids at (860) 635-6010, X327 or email email@example.com.
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Sound Tigers Excited about Upcoming Season
The Bridgeport Sound Tigers are excited about the up coming season. A new team, new arena, and a lot of energy have the team buzzing. Storm the mascot has already been seen around town.
“We want to make sure the game is fun, not only on the ice, but when the game is not being played.” Peter Ricciardi said about the fan-based activities. “There are four great video screens and a great sound system. Fans will see some really fun interactive promotions”
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A major year for the minors. That should be the new marketing slogan for the American Hockey League. The elaborate list of alterations both big and small, is a lengthy one for the League as it embarks on 2001/2002.
‘The’ League has absorbed 7 surviving franchises from the defunct International Hockey League. The AHL stands with somewhat open arms as Chicago, Utah, Cleveland, Houston, Milwaukee, Grand Rapids, Manitoba are welcomed. How long before someone says “That’s not how it’s done in the ‘A’.”? It’s probably already happened. And the AHL had its own problems this past season losing two franchises in one state. The Louisville Panthers with parent Florida have sprinkled their prospects throughout the league. The other – the Kentucky Thoroughblades have relocated and reaffiliated in Cleveland. As always new additions via expansion, the Manchester and Bridgeport franchises. Last count 27 teams with designs on a total of 30 by the end of 2002/2003.
30 traditional “farm” teams will finally compete in one developmental league and ultimately, supply the 30 parent teams with the core of their teams over the next 5 to 10 years.
The Eastern Conference will now consist of three divisions (Canadian, East and the North). The Canadian and East divisions will house 5 teams with the North having 4 teams.
The Canadian Division contains the Hamilton Bulldogs, Manitoba Moose, Quebec Citadelles, Saint John Flames and the St.John’s Maple Leafs. All affiliations in this division remain all but the same as last season with the obvious i Read more »
Hockey’s Future is pleased to announce that coming soon will be expanded coverage of the AHL. In a recent agreement with one of our affiliate sites, the AHL Report, they will be officially be joining Hockey’s Future in delivering news and analysis of the AHL.
You might have already seen some of the articles appearing on the main page of HF, and that will continue as well as the launching of the “AHL Report at Hockey’s Future”. The AHL Report will soon replace the AHL League page and will be similiar in appearance to the HF front page.
All AHL Teams will get their own team page, team editors and writers, depth charts, player profiles, and more! In conjunction with the NHL Editors and Writers, this agreement will only mean better analysis and news of all of your favorite teams prospects and AHL veterans.
To be added as well, will be featured columnists, AHL Power Polls, and more. If you have any ideas of what you would to see as well, drop me a line and let me know. All ideas will be considered.
With the AHL Report joining us, it gets us one step closer to giving the CHL teams the same treatment with individual team and league pages. Look for that to be HF’s goal for next year, along with increased draft coverage.
Thanks for reading and all comments are appreciated!
Giants Jump-Start With Team Chemistry
The Vancouver Giants played their inaugural games this past Friday and Saturday night at the Pacific Coliseum. As the WHL’s newest franchise, the Giants certainly left us all recognizing the need for some improvement. That said, the way the Giants rallied together, played as a team and came immediately to the defence of one other was nothing short of inspirational.
In their first match against the Kamloops Blazers on Friday, a game they resoundingly lost 5-2, the third period fell into the age-old category of “I went to the fights and a hockey game broke out”. From the get-go, the Giants appeared tentative. They were slow to move the puck up-ice through the neutral zone, reluctant to play the man and generally looked more like a team that was spent than one making its WHL debut. Remember, they played before a sold-out, standing-room only crowd of 7740 hometown fans.
These things happen. That’s OK. The emotions had been running high with anticipation for weeks, and all the hoop-la before the game clearly took its toll. The players all emotionally jacked were at the rink at 3:00 p.m. game-day. Come the 7:30 p.m. opening face-off, they simply came out flat. But to most everyone’s delight, the Giants did not leave quietly.
Time and time again, scraps broke out between unlikely combatants with the Giants routinely on the ‘short’ end of things. All things except a suprising team commitment to one another. A commitment one would not expect to see from a bunch Read more »
By Al Alven
There was a time not too long ago when even the thought of the Philadelphia Flyers owning the rights to several promising European prospects seemed unrealistic. Times and the NHL have changed, however, and the team now boasts a number of non-North American-born hopefuls on its depth chart.
Without question, Pavel Brendl heads the list. The 20-year-old right winger from the Czech Republic has been the Flyers’ most pleasant preseason surprise to this point. In fact, he currently leads the team with six points (three goals, three assists) in just three exhibition games. The wildcard in the big Eric Lindros deal with the Rangers, Brendl has grabbed the majority of the headlines from other Flyers prospects and rightfully so. He’s been that good so far.
For three of his fellow countrymen, however, the accolades have been more difficult to come by. In this report, we’ll examine the progress of 21-year-old forwards Tomas Divisek, Petr Hubacek and Vaclav Pletka. All three spent all or most of last season with the Philadelphia Phantoms of the AHL. Barring something extraordinary, that’s where they’ll start the 2001-02 season as well.
The furthest developed of the Flyers’ three Czech prospects playing with the Phantoms, Divisek could see some time with the big club this season. Like any Flyers prospect, Divisek faces the unenviable task of attempting to crack a lineup that is literally stacked with quality forwards. Should the Flyers run into injury problems, Divisek could be a call-up candidate be Read more »
A look at some Anaheim Mighty Duck prospects that look poised to breakout in 2001-02.
Samuel Pahlsson: He has played well this preseason, so well, he was rewarded top line play, and he didn’t disapoint scoring 2 goals and 1 assist against the Sharks on Sunday. Pahlsson will challenge Matt Cullen for the 2nd line center spot and by the end of the season look for him to have it.
GP G A PTS
Fearless Forecast: 77 14 31 45
Petr Tenkrat: He has been the Ducks most consistant scorer this season, earning praises from head coach Bryan Murray. He has soft hands and is especially deadly on the power play. Look for Petr to bust out big this season and give the Ducks another weapon.
Fearless Forecast: 71 26 29 55
Antti-Jussi-Niemi: Niemi is a thunderous body checker who is sound defensively and has offensive potential. There’s no reason for Niemi not to become an everyday player in the NHL whether it be this season or next.
Fearless Forcast: 63 3 12 15
Timo Parsinnen: He is a very skilled and determined player which is a perfect recipe for success in the NHL. So far this season Parsinnen has shown terrific skill and chemistry playing with Paul Kariya on Anaheim’s top line. He might play on one of the top two lines this season.
Fearless Forecast: 66 12 26 38
Some other Fearless Forecasts:
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Norfolk Admirals Off-Season Report
Norfolk Admirals Training Camp Increases to 30
The Norfolk Admirals announce that Syl Apps (Center) has accepted an invitation to attend Admirals Training Camp.
Apps, 25, spent the last two seasons skating for the St. John’s Maple Leafs
(AHL). In 2000-01, the six-foot, 195 pound Pittsburgh, Pa. native
registered 14 points (six goals, eight assists) in 69 regular season games
with the Leafs. In four post-season appearances, he remained scoreless.
Norfolk Donating Proceeds From Blue/White Exhibition to United Way
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The regular season is underway in Europe. Here is how some of the Flyers prospects playing in Europe have done so far (note: no reports available yet on players from the RSL– Alexander Drozdetsky (CSKA), Konstantin Rudenko (Yaroslavl), and 2001 overage draftee Andrei Razin (Dynamo)).
Roman Malek: Malek, the starting goaltender for Slavia Prague, suffered a frightening injury this weekend. Losing his mask in a scramble around the crease, he was struck flush in the face moments later by a slapshot. The initial report I have heard is that his cheekbone was shattered and he suffered a concussion from his head hitting the ice.
Milan Kopecky: Kopecky is on loan from Extraliga’s Slavia Prague to talent-starved Division One Beroun.
Pavel Kasparik : Kasparik, who struggled almost all of last season, is off to a much better start in the early going of the 2001-02 Extraliga campaign. In 5 games played for Sparta Prague, he has 3 goals.
Radovan Somik : The Slovakian winger, who would have been with the Phantoms this season had he been able to come to contract terms with the Flyers, is still playing for Zlin. He missed the start of the season with a minor injury, but has played in the last two games. He has a goal and an assist.
Antero Niittymäki: Defending champion TPS Turku has stumbled out of the gates, winning just one of their first five games. Fredrik Norrena started in goal the first several games. Niittymäki has started the last two. Both have Read more »