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Currently the Edmonton Oilers Editor Kim Gernack also known as Redtwilight is ill at the University Hospital in Edmonton.

His contribution knowledge and wisdom to our site and message boards is irreplaceable and on behalf of all our staff I want to wish him a speedy recovery.

Please leave messages of good will on the Edmonton Oilers message board or on his e-mail.

Shane Malloy

Asst. Managing Editor/Director of Media Relations

Hockey’s Future

Pavel Brendl: A tale of a scorer

by Robert Neuhauser
Pavel Brendl was born on March, 23rd, 1981 in the small Czech city Nove Mesto nad Metuji
(Metuje is the name of the river which flows thru the provincial city) in a hockey family.
His father, Milan Brendl, was a former hockey player who enjoyed a succesfull but not stellar
hockey career in the city of Olomouc. His mother, Stanislava Brendlova also likes hockey so
it was no wonder when the little Pavel laced up the skates and took the stick into his
hands under the watchful eye of his dad already at the age of three. He learned to skate very
soon because his dad gave him lots of skating lessons and tips and taught him also the basics
of the hockey alphabet so that Pavel was more skilled than the other kids when started
playing organised hockey at the age of five. But it couldn’t be in the very small Nove Mesto
nad Metuji, it was in the nearby Opocno, which is sometimes stated as Pavel’s birthplace.

His natural talent, very good skating and puckhandling skills allowed him to dominate in the
games of the kids of the youngest grades and turn heads of the coaches. Pavel was always
playing at forward, even if coaches sometimes let the kids play all positions, even goalie,
before they finally decide about the position. He scored and scored a lot. This lasted for
five years. Read more »

Flyers Collegiate Prospects Stepping into Limelight

by Bill Meltzer

Through the years, the Philadelphia Flyers have had a few homegrown players– including current Flyer Chris Therien and one-time rookie free agent Dave Poulin– who were U.S. college standouts before turning professional. However, the vast majority of Flyer-drafted and signed players originally honed their skills in the Canadian major junior ranks.

Times have changed. Today, the Flyers have only one affiliated prospect (2001 first round draft pick Jeff Woywitka) playing in the CHL, while five youngsters are playing for teams in the NCAA.

The Flyers current crop of collegiate players represents an intriguing collection of sleeper prospects. An update on their current progress.

Colin Shields : Shields had to sit out last season after he was declared ineligible by the NCAA. In order to retain his visa status, the Scottish forward signed up for classes that he never attended. When the University of Maine learned what had happened, they had no choice but to report the violation to the NCAA.

So far this season, Shields has been making up for lost time. He’s displayed the soft hands and offensive instincts that made him a standout at every level of hockey that he has played. He’s also a pretty good skater.

Shields has exploded out of the gates for Maine with 5 goals in his first 4 games, including 3 powerplay tallies. He has no reticence about shooting the puck; as his 13 shots on goal attest.

Bernd Bruckler : The Austrian goaltender was a highly sought recruit by many U.S. college programs. He finally opted for the Read more »

Calder Corner for October 20th

by HF Staff
Calder Corner for October 20th

The Calder Corner

Jukka Hentunen: Assist, +1, 2 Shots

Vaclav Nedorost: Goal (2nd), +1, 1 Shot

Dallas Stars
Niko Kapanen: Assist, 2 Shots, Even

Edmonton Oilers
Ty Conklin: 23 Saves, 2 GA, 1st NHL Win

Nashville Predators
Martin Erat: Assist, 1 Shot, Even

New York Islanders
Radek Martinek: Assist, 3 Shots, Even

New York Rangers
Dan Blackburn: Played the 3rd Period, 6 Saves, 0 GA

Phoenix Coyotes
Krys Kolanos: Goal (2nd), +3, 3 Shots

San Jose Sharks
Mikko Kiprusoff: 38 Saves, 2 GA, Win

Read more »

QMJHL: Two Against the Cats

by Yves Langlois


Thursday night, two of the three second place teams in general standings teams met as the Victoriaville Tigres came to Baie-Comeau. It was a two phase game. At first the home team seemed to take control of the game with a two goals lead; an almost end to end goal by captain Lehoux and a wrap around by league scoring leader Linglet.

But after a wicked wrist shot goal by Matthew Lombardi (2000 7th round draft of the Edmonton Oilers) things seemed to turn around. With two power play goals in third period, the Tigres had the game in control. But, as the game was coming to an end, fans were beginning to leave the premises and, bingo, one lone second before the buzzer went on, Yannick Lehoux put the fun back in the place by scoring the equalizer.

Unfortunately for the fans still present, overtime was to be fatal for the Drakkar as Victoriaville Mathieu Brunelle score the winning goal (his forth points of the night) at 1:50 of the 5 minute period.

Prospect-wise in this game all four hopeful draft players of the Drakkar were undressed and for Victoriaville none of the dressed 2002 prospects seems to rise out from the lot.

It was a veteran and an almost playoff type of game with eight players drafted by NHL teams in hands: the five ones of the Drakkar and Victoriaville lw Lombardi, g Jean François Nogues (L.A. Kings 5th pick of 1999) right wing Carl Mallette (Atlanta Trashers 4th pick of of 2000). Unfortunately left wing Antoine Vermette (Ottawa Senators 2nd pick of 2000) with a concussion, is stil Read more »

Canucks 2001-02 Stats Update

by Kirk Pedersen

The happenings and goings on (statistically, anyway) on the Vancouver Canucks prospects thus far in 2001-02.

2001 Draftees Thus Far… Team GP G A PTS PIM
Umberger, R.J. Ohio State 1 0 2 2 0
Fedorov, Fedor Manitoba 1 1 0 1 0
Gladskikh, Evgeny Magnitogorsk – – – – –
Bieska, Kevin Bowling Green 2 0 0 0 6
King, Jason Halifax 11 13 8 21 6 *
Mikhailov, Konstantin Nizhnekamsk – – – – –

2000 Draftees Currently… Team GP G A PTS PIM
Smith, Nathan Swift Current 7 4 6 10 8
Bell, Thatcher Rimouski 10 6 9 15 15
Branham, Tim Guelph 11 0 3 3 18
Duma, Pavel Nizhny Novgorod – – – – –
Reid, Brandon Manitoba 3 0 0 0 0
Barrett, Nathan Lethbridge 11 12 11 23 14
Smith, Tim Swift Current 12 7 11 18 16

1999 Draftees as of now.. Team GP G A P PIM
Sedin, Daniel Vancouver 7 2 2 4 0 Read more »

Giant Growing Pains

by Dave Donnelly

Giant Growing Pains

Like most newborns, the Vancouver Giants are also susceptible to growing pains. These pains were most evident over the last three-game homestand, winding up Saturday, October 13th, in what will become a divisional rivalry with the Portland Winter Hawks. The Giants, hoping to push their record over the .500 mark and perhaps thinking they could take advantage of the Winter Hawks who have been struggling on the road, never did seem to get organized. From obvious communication problems on the bench, to teammates running into each other on the ice, the Giants never came close to finding the disciplined, hard-working and physical groove they displayed just one night earlier in the first period against the offensive Lethbridge Hurricanes.

Being a young team, this erratic display of hockey is not unusual. Coach Dragicevic was saying all the right things to the players between periods and after the game, emphasizing the need to play a rugged, grinding style of hockey, and to shy not from the body. Yet it seemed to land on deaf ears against the Winter Hawks. There really is no explanation for it other than the proverbial ‘growing pains’ of a young team coming together.

Players at both ends of the ice were turning away from what appeared to be sure checks, and the defence were often beat on the outside along the half-boards due to ill-timed turns to play the man. In short, they were getting caught flat-footed. They looked surprisingly tired — something a fan would not expect this early in the sea Read more »

Calder Corner for October 19th

by HF Staff
Calder Corner for October 19th

The Calder Corner

Ilya Kovalchuk: 3rd NHL Goal, +1, 4 Shots
Brian Pothier: Assist, +1, 3 Shots
Daniel Tjarnqvist: Assist, -1, 1 Shot
Dany Heatley: 1st NHL Goal, +1, 4 Shots

Rostislav Klesla: Assist, +1

New York Rangers
Peter Smrek: Assist, +2, 1 Shot
Dan Blackburn: 32 Saves, 3 GA, 2nd NHL Win

As a general rule, I will always list goals and assists and other noteworthy stats.

67’s Sting Sarnia

by Jake Dole
67’s Sting Sarnia

Ottawa (5-2-2) vs Sarnia (6-6-1)

The Ottawa 67’s, fresh off a 4-4 tie with the Kingston Frontenacs, faced off against the Sarnia Sting on Friday, October the 19th. The 67’s welcomed back captain Zenon Konopka, coming off a 2-game suspension, for being the instigator in a scuffle in the October 7th match against the Barrie Colts. Read more »

Calder Corner for Oct 18th

by HF Staff
Calder Corner for Oct 18th

The Calder Corner

Hentunen: First Professional Goal, 1 Shot

Florida Panthers
Novoseltsev: 1 Goal (2), 1 Shot

New Jersey Devils
Dagenais: 1 Goal (1), 4 Shots

New York Islanders
Martinek: 1st Professional Goal (GW), +2, 4 Shots

Pittsburgh Penguins
Beech: 1 Assist, +1, 1 Shot

Vancouver Canucks
Kariya: 1 Assist, +1

As a general rule, I will always list goals and assists and other noteworthy stats. If there is more to be noted, HF encourages our readers to talk about them below!

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