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Mid-Season Update for the CEHL

by Jessica Haskin
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Mid-Season Update for the Continental Elite Hockey League

The CEHL’s inaugural season is half over. Here’s a quick overview of how each team is doing and the overall standings. The teams are listed in order of their current rankings.

Detroit Belle Tire Lightning – The Detroit Lightning has an impressive record in their first 30 games with just 7 losses and 23 wins. They lead the league in goals scored with 150 goals, averaging five goals scored per game. Their defensive aspect of the game is in the middle of the pack, with goals against average being at 3.7, with 111 goals being scored against the Lightning. They have the best goaltender in the league in Thomas Fortunate who has only allowed 65 goals in his 20 games played. Detroit also has two of the top ten scorers. John DiPace is in 6th place with 22 goals and 22 assists for 44 points with Richard Williams being close behind in 7th place with 43 points. Williams has 15 goals and 28 assists.

Toledo Junior Storm – The Toledo Storm come second in the rankings, with thirty-six points they are eight points behind the Lightning. They have 19 wins and 9 losses in their 28 games. Toledo has the best defensive team in the league having allowed only 92 goals to be scored against them. Toledo is third in the league in offense with 137 goals scored. Three players, Matt Zeman, Chad Berman, and Dayne Bihn, who have amassed a combined total of 63 goals and 136 points, have scored almost half of the goals scored.

Bay County Blizzard – Bay County has a total of 33 points Read more »

The CHL Daily News

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Two great traditional rivals hook up this Sunday when Rogers Sportsnet’s
television coverage of the Canadian Hockey League continues.

The Ottawa 67’s of the Ontario Hockey League take on the Hull Olympiques of
the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League at 3 p.m. ET in one of the series of
inter-locking games between the OHL and the QMJHL this season. The game
takes place at the Corel Centre, home of the Ottawa Senators of the National
Hockey League.

OHL teams won the first two games of the series last weekend as Peterborough
defeated Montreal 5-2 at Peterborough and Belleville beat Victoriaville 6-1
at Belleville. All inter-locking games count in the regular season standings
of both leagues.

Ottawa and Hull have met previously in inter-locking games and the games
have always been intense between the two geographical rivals. A large crowd
is expected for the game, which is an important one for both clubs.

Ottawa (22-14-7-0) is coached by the legendary Brian Kilrea, now in his 25th
season in the OHL. Kilrea has amassed 944 career OHL victories, the most by
any CHL coach, and he has this year’s 67’s again battling for an OHL title.
Ottawa is first in the East Division standings heading into this weekend’s
play and second in the Eastern Conference standings.

Miguel Delisle (32-29-61), Zenon Konopka (13-45-58) and Brendan Bell
(6-22-28) are the team’s leading scorers, while defenceman Jonathan Zion
(11-15-26) and goalie J.F. Perras (2.63 goals against average, .914 save
percentage, 17-10-5 record), are also enjoying great s Read more »

Wingers in the Coyotes Organization

by Russell Brooks
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This is the first of three reports that will be issued regarding the current play and analysis of Future Coyotes. The second report will be issued on centers in the organization with the third report being on defense and goalies. If you have any questions or comments on any players you can e-mail me or post a message below. Thanks and Enjoy!

Left Wings

#1 Frantisek Lukes – St. Michael’s Majors – (36 GP, 18 G, 25 A, 43 P, 30 PIM, +15)

For a eighth round draft pick, Lukes has been a real surprise. He is fourth on the team and scoring and is tied for a team lead in game-winning goals with four. If he continues at this pace, look for him to be in Springfield possibly next year.

#2 Ramzi Abid – Springfield Falcons (30 GP, 8 G, 7 A, 15 P, 97 PIM, -6)

Abid got off to a real slow start but has picked up his play and his scoring of lately. If Abid receives constant ice time and Marc Potvin, the Falcons head coach, doesn’t make him a healthy scratch, look for him to keep his scoring consistency up.

#3 Brad Ralph – Mississippi Sea Wolves (17 GP, 2 G, 3 A, 5 P, 12 PIM, -6)

Ralph has had an injury plagued first half of the season and looks to pick it up for the second half of the season. As long as he stays healthy for the last 30+ games of the season, his scoring production should pick up along with his overall play.

#4 Robert Francz – Frankfurt Lions (31 GP, 1 G, 3 A, 4 P, 86 PIM, -4)

Francz has had a real slow season after returning to Germany this year. Francz season has been disappointing and doesn’ Read more »

Robin Kovar – The Giant prospect

by Robert Neuhauser
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Having your dad a former or active hockey player can be often one of the most important things at the
very beginning of your hockey career. There is nothing like getting the first tips from a
knowledgeable man who has spent lots of his life at hockey rinks. Just have a look at the
Czech roster from the WJC. Filip Novak is a son of a hockey player. So is Jiri Hudler or
Frantisek Lukes. And Miloslav Horava, a still undrafted forward prospect and arguably the best
Czech player at the WJC, is even a son of a world champion and a NHL player. Read more »

Islanders Look to the AHL for Veterans

by Bill Bennett
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Anyone who has watched Islander games all season have seen  Peter Laviolette ride his top four defenders to big minutes. With Roman Hamrlik sidelined until likely after the Olympics and Radek Martinek out for the season, it has now become a two-man show on defense with Kenny Jonsson and Adrian Aucoin seemingly never off the ice for long, even on nights the Isles dress seven defenders. How long can this continue ?
 
With that in mind the Islanders added three forwards this week and are signed for the remainder of the season. Kip Miller (brother of asst coach Kelly Miller)  becomes an Islander for a record third time, Ted Donato begins his second stint and Jim Cummins makes his Islander debut.
 
The only price for this tri–fecta is Dave Roche, who was leading the SoundTigers in scoring and was assigned to the Mighty Ducks AHL affiliate in Cincinnati in the Cummins deal.
 
Background:
Kip Miller, 32, playing center for the Grand Rapid Griffiths of the Ahl. Was the leading scorer in the league with 21 goals and 56 points in 41 games. If Miller is sent down he must play in Grand Rapids because they maintain his AHL rights.
 
Ted Donato, 33, playing left wing for the Manchester Monarchs of the Ahl. Had 13 goals and 32 points in 25 games and was the teams leading scorer.
 
Jim Cummins, 31, playing right wing for the Cincinnati Mighty Ducks of the Ahl. Is a natural right wing who is being brought Read more »

Red Wings Report: WJC Review

by Zoran Manojlovic
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The Detroit Red Wings had 5 prospects at this years World Junior Championships, Swedes, Pär Bäcker and Andreas Jämtin, WHL star Tomas Kopecky was playing for Slovakia, last years first pick 62nd overall, Igor Grigorenko played for Russia and the 19 year old defeseman Miroslav Blatak who was playing for the home team of Czech Republic.

Tomas Kopecky

Position: C
Team: Lethbridge, WHL
Born: 1982
Height: 6-03
Weight: 195
Draft: 2000 draft, 2nd round, 38th overall

         Ga - Go - Ass - Po - Pim
WJC:  7  -   3   -  5  -   8 -   22

Tomas made his third and final apperience at the WJC for Slovakia. After last years dissapointing tournament Kopecky returned to the team after a great start in the WHL with Lethbridge where he left of as the second leading scorer in the entire league with 49 points in 32 games.

Tomas was expected to lead the team at this years tournament, and so he did. He was the best and most consistant player on the team. He recorded points in all but one game. Tomas finished tied for 5th place overall in the scoring with 3 goals and 5 assists in 7 games, he also had 22 penalty minutes and was +6.

Kopecky was not only an offensive force, he was also great defensively. He played a great two-way game and used his size and strenght to his advantage. He stood up and helped his teammates in rough situations and gave backup to his defensemen.

Kopecky had a great showcase at this years “juniors” and proved that he is a very good and important prospect for Detroit. He has shown that he c Read more »

Hershey Cup Rosters Announced for Rimouski

by pbadmin
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Calgary – The Canadian Hockey League and Western Hockey League today
announced the players that will represent the WHL’s Western Conference for
The Hershey Cup CHL All – Star Series. The WHL Western Conference All-Stars
will play against the QMJHL Dilio Conference All-Stars. The game will be
played on February 6, 2002 at the Colisee in Rimouski, Quebec.

The WHL Western Conference All-Star team was selected by a panel of three
WHL General Managers from teams which had the best record at the 30 game
mark in the 2001-02 WHL schedule. The selection committee consisted of Ken
Hodge of the Portland Winter Hawks, Mike Moore of the Kamloops Blazers and
Tim Speltz of the Spokane Chiefs.

Mike Williamson of the Portland Winter Hawks will be the Head Coach of the
team while Dean Evason of the Kamloops Blazers is the Assistant Coach.

“We have selected a good mix of highly competitive players that take a lot
of pride in what they do and Dean Evason and I are very excited to work with
this great group of talented hockey players. I know the players will do an
excellent job in representing the Western Conference and the Western Hockey
League,” stated Mike Williamson, Head Coach of the WHL’s Western Conference
All-Star Team.

The team includes five members of Canada’s Silver Medal National Junior Team
(Jared Aulin, Kamloops Blazers; Dan Hamhuis, Prince George Cougars, Chuck
Kobasew, Kelowna Rockets; Jarret Stoll, Kootenay Ice and Scottie Upshall,
Kamloops Blazers).

“We are looking forward to our top players in the WHL’s We Read more »

Loose Pucks

by Ron Valerino
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PITTSBURGH FORGE NAHL JUNIOR A …… NEWS :
Find all the info you need on Pittsburgh’s new Junior A team at:
http://www.pittsburghforge.com/ Read more »

QMJHL Lebel All-Stars double up on the Eastern Conference OHL’ers

by Jake Dole
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Ottawa, ON – The first installment of the annual Hershey Cup took place last night in Canada’s capital, showcasing some of the top talent from the Ontario and Quebec hockey leagues. The QMJHL Lebel Conference All-Star team defeated the OHL Eastern Conference All-Stars by the score of 4-2, thanks to some timely goaltending from its goalies.
This game was the first of three Hershey Cup matches, the second of which will take place in Red Deer, Saskatchewan on Wednesday, January 23 (OHL Western v WHL Eastern). The third will take place in Colisee de Rimouski on Wednesday, February 6 (WHL Western v QMJHL Dilio Conference).
Among the abundance of stars participating in the match, top prospects Jason Spezza, Ales Hemsky, Eric Staal, Patrick O’Sullivan, Pascal Leclaire, Lukas Krajicek, Mark Popovic and Brendan Bell were scheduled to attend. Hemsky, though, did not suit up because of an injury. Mario Durocher (of the Victoriaville Tigers) and Brian Kilrea (of the Ottawa 67’s) coached the QMJHL stars and the OHL stars, respectively.

1st Period

QMJHL Lebel got off to a quick start, taking the lead at 1:23 of the period, as Frederic Faucher beat Peter Budaj, with a wrist shot upstairs. Laval showed some excellent aggressiveness, with top-notch puck control, outshooting the OHL’ers by a 9-2 margin.
With Jason Spezza in the box for holding, QMJHL Laval scored their second goal, courtesy of a loose puck in front of the net that was deposited into the net by Victoriaville’s Matthew Lombardi, who put it up hi Read more »

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