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ECHL All-Star Game Report

by Steve Feldman
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Trenton, NJ – The ECHL All-Stars took the ice on Tuesday night. In the skills competition the night before the Southern Conference dominated. The two teams were evenly matched in the first period, while the Southern Conference dominated the second and the Northern Conference made their comeback in the third period, but fell short.

The two teams were evenly matched and that shod in the opening period with each team scoring once. The goaltenders both played a strong period turning away 15 shots and allowing one goal each. Frederic Cloutier from the Louisiana Ice Gators was representing the Southern Conference and Chris Sanford of the Peoria Rivermen represented the Northern Conference.

The South was the first team to score; it came at the 9:17 mark when Mat Snesrud of the Columbus Cottonmouths scored with help from Mikko Sivonen of the New Orleans Brass and Steve Rymsha of the Greensville Grrrowl. With under a left to play in the opening period the North tied the game when Preston Mizzi of the Dayton Bombers scored. Arvid Rekis from the Peoria Rivermen and Lars Pettersen from the Richmond Renegades picked up the assists.

In the second period it was South that picked up the pace. With Joel Laing from the Wheeling Nailers in net for the North and Chris Madden from Macon Whoopee in net for the South it was the South that outscored the North and took a 4-2 lead after periods.

The South had the first three goals of the period, was Greg Pankewicz of the Pensacola Ice Pilots, with the assists coming from Allan Sirois of Pee Dee Pride and Louis Read more »

Albany Week in Review

by Mike Buskus
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Third-year defenseman, Andre Lakos, is now with the Utah Grizzlies. In exchange, the Devils obtained veteran forward, Vareri Kamensky from the Dallas Stars. Since the Devils have had goal-scoring problems, the acquisition of the forward who bagged 38 goals (1995-96) and wears a Stanley Cup ring (same year with Colorado), might bolster the New Jersey offense. (Cynics would point to his less-than-stellar record with the New York Rangers, but optimists would point out that Kamensky had injuries the last few years.)

Lakos, a big (6’6″, 240#) defenseman, has NHL potential. In his first two years in Albany, a shoulder injury diminished some of his effectiveness. Generally steady on the blue line and good at reading plays, Lakos has been reliable on defense. Last season, he won the plus/minus award in the league for one month (at +13).

The one element of Lakos’ game which never quite developed, and which might eventually surface, is physical play. For a big and strong kid, he hesitated to hammer opposing forwards into the boards. Checks were more like bumps into other passengers on the subway instead of “get out of my way, bozo” that, for example, Colin White says to opponents with his shoulder.

Shortly after the Lakos trade (in which the Devils also agreed to give Dallas the ill-defined “future considerations”), New Jersey inked former Hartford Wolf*Pack defenseman Benjamin Carpentier (then on a professional tryout contract) to a season-long deal in Albany.

With Lakos gone, the Rats temporarily called up Lucas Nehrling, playing with the Adi Read more »

Calder Corner for the Week Ending 01/20

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Calder Corner for the Week Ending 01/20


The Calder Corner


Scoring an astounding 7 points in 3 games, Ilya Kovalchuk runs away from the pack and takes home yet another Calder Corner HF Prospect of the Week.

TeamPlayer
4 Games
McDonald: 1 Goal (4), 2 Assists
ATL 3 Games
Heatley: 1 Goal (17), 3 Assists
Kovalchuk: 3 Goals (22, 23, 24), 4 Assists
Tjarnqvist: 1 Assist
BOS 3 Games
Boynton: 1 Goal (3)
CAL 3 Games
Begin: 1 Assist Read more »

Hurricanes Mid-Season Prospect Report

by Parker Neale
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The Hurricanes organization is successful at all levels at the current time. In the ECHL, the Florida Everblades are 23-13-5 and 4th in the Southeast Division, 4 points behind division-leading Greenville. The Lowell Lock Monsters have been fairly consistent after scorching the AHL through their first dozen games. They are now 23-14-7-1 (54 points), good enough for first place in the Southeast Division. The Hurricanes are first in the weak Southeast Division with a record of 22-17-7-5, which corresponds to 56 points and a ten-point lead over second-place Washington.

The Hurricanes also made a fairly significant trade this past week, sending Sandis Ozolinsh and Byron Ritchie to the Florida Panthers for defenceman Bret Hedican, forward Kevyn Adams and defensive prospect Tomas Malec, who is profiled below. Therefore, Ritchie will no longer be profiled within this section.

Rob Zepp

Zepp remains with Florida and is currently injured. His numbers haven’t changed since the last update. However, he appeared to be starting to find his game before the injury. He and Randy Petruk form a solid goaltending tandem for the Everblades.

Brad DeFauw

In 13 games since my last update, DeFauw has registered 1 goal, 4 assists and 2 penalty minutes for the Lock Monsters. Therefore, he cooled off a bit after his strong start. However, this is still only his second professional season.

Igor Knyazev Read more »

Ponikarovsky demoted

by Stephen J. Holodinsky
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The Kid Can Play

Don’t be mislead by the demotion, Alexei Ponikarovsky can play hockey at the NHL level and the Leafs brass know it. The last time he was called up he was given a number more akin to a football running back, while this time he carried #22 on his back. But it goes much farther than that. Originally just an emergency fill-in for Shayne Corson, Alexander Mogilny’s back spasms allowed Toronto to take a longer look at his play at the pro level. Normally a call up from The Rock can expect to see fourth line duty and maybe two shifts a period. Not so with the Big Uke. While it is true he did start there, by the end of his stint with the big club he was skating alongside Darcy Tucker and Corson ahead of Travis Green and didn’t look out of place.

With Mogilny and possibly Gary Valk due back from the sicklist however, somebody was going to have to sit in the pressbox. Rather than have Ponikarovsky stagnate on the west coast trip, a return ticket to St. John’s guaranteed him plenty of icetime among the Baby Leafs top six forwards. Will he be back before the end of the year? It’s tough to say.

Ponikarovsky’s game brings more to the table than either Valk’s or Green’s right now. It’s entirely possible with 20 more matches with third line icetime he may well improve to a point where he could surpass Hoglund and Domi as well. That said, the only players that might be movable on the trade market out of those four would be Green and Hoglund and even the return on them would be minimal. However, three of this group, Valk , Domi, and Hoglund, ar Read more »

CHL Player of the Month, and Other Notes

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The CHL Player of the Week for the week ending Jan. 20, 2002 is forward
Jarret Stoll of the Kootenay Ice of the Western Hockey League.

Stoll earned both the CHL Player of the Week and Husky WHL Player of the
Week honours by picking up six points in just two games this week, including
four goals and two assists.

On Sunday Stoll, a 2000 draft pick of the Calgary Flames, scored three goals
and one assist in the Ice’s 9-4 win over the Tri-City Americans. The
previous night he had one goal and one assist in Kootenay’s 3-0 victory over
the visiting Kelowna Rockets.

Stoll, 19, is from Yorkton, Saskatchewan and he beat out the other league
nominees – forward Steve Ott of the Windsor Spitfires of the Ontario Hockey
League and forward Pierre-Marc Bouchard of the Chicoutimi Sagueneens
(offensive) and goalie Jeff Drouin-Deslauriers of the Sagueneens
(defensive), from the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.

The CHL Player of the Week is selected from among the three leagues’
nominees and announced in Tuesday’s editions of the CHL Daily News.

CHL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

Jan. 22 – Jarret Stoll, Kootenay Ice, WHL
Jan. 15 – Brad Boyes, Erie Otters, OHL
Jan. 8 – Ryley Layden, Lethbridge Hurricanes, WHL
Dec. 17 – Andre Martineau, Cape Breton Screaming Eagles, QMJHL
Dec. 10 – Shawn Roed, Portland Winter Hawks, WHL
Dec. 3 – Andy Chiodo, Toronto St. Michael’s Majors, OHL
Nov. 27 – Philippe Lacasse, Hull Olympiques, QMJHL
Nov. 20 – Yanick Lehoux, Baie-Comeau Drakkar, QMJHL Read more »

Where are they now? Switzerland, Part 5

by Joeri Loonen
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St. Louis Blues:

Adrian Plavsic
Drafted 1988, 2nd rnd, 30th overall
Curent team: ZSC Lions

Adrian, not any longer Adrien, Plavsic is one of the most elegant players to be seen on the Swiss ice. After a long NHL career that started in 89/90 with the Blues and ended in 96/97 with the Anaheim Mighty Ducks he signed for German team Revier Löwen Oberhausen. There his experience in the NHL also with Vancouver and Tampa Bay was vey valuable and he scored 19 points in 36 games beforee Swiss giants ZSC Lions offered him a bag of money. Read more »

Steve Ott Named OHL Player of the Week

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Toronto – The Ontario Hockey League today announced that Windsor Spitfires
centre Steve Ott is the OHL Player of the Week for the week ending Sunday
January 20, 2002 after scoring four goals and three assists for seven
points, leading the Spitfires to three wins last week.

Ott, a 19-year-old native of Summerside, P.E.I., scored two goals, including
the game-winner, as the Spitfires skated to a 3-2 win against the Greyhounds
in Sault Ste. Marie on January 16. He followed up with two goals, including
his second game-winner in as many days, as the Spitfires defeated the
visiting Brampton Battalion on January 17 and chipped in with two assists in
a 5-1 home-ice win over the Mississauga IceDogs on January 20.

Ott, who won a silver medal with Canada’s National Junior Team earlier this
month, leads the Spitfires with 25 goals and 28 assists for 53 points in 33
games this season.

Steve Ott
Born: August 19, 1982 Summerside, P.E.I.
Position: Centre Shoots: Left
Height: 6.01 Weight: 184 lbs.
Windsor’s 2nd round choice, 41st overall, in the 1999 OHL Priority Selection
NHL – Dallas’ 1st round choice, 25th overall, in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft

Season  Club              GP G  A  PTS PIM
1998-99 Leamington Jr. B  48 14 30 44 110
1999-00 Windsor Spitfires 66 23 39 62 131
2000-01 Windsor Spitfires 55 50 37 87 164
2001-02 Windsor Spitfires 33 25 28 53 104
OHL     Totals         154 98 104 202 399

Guelph Awarded 2002 Memorial Cup

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GUELPH – The Canadian Hockey League and the Ontario Hockey League announced
Monday that the 2002 MasterCard Memorial Cup has been awarded to the city of
Guelph.

OHL Commissioner and CHL President David Branch, along with members of the
OHL’s Memorial Cup Selection Committee, made the official announcement
Monday afternoon in Guelph.

“We are delighted to be able to announce that the 2002 MasterCard Memorial
Cup will be held in Guelph, Ontario,” Branch said. “We are confident the
community of Guelph and the Guelph Storm hockey club will do an excellent
job in playing host to our championship tournament, which continues to grow
every year.”

The OHL allowed the top four teams in each of its two conferences at the
30-game mark of the regular season to make bids to host the 2002 MasterCard
Memorial Cup. The Guelph Storm, Erie Otters, Barrie Colts and Ottawa 67’s
all made bids to the MasterCard Memorial Cup committee.

The committee was comprised of Paul Beeston, chief operating officer,
commissioner’s office for Major League Baseball, Frank Bonello, director of
Central Scouting for the National Hockey League and Bryan O’Neill, former
Vice-President of the NHL and current NHL director of consulting services.

Gordon Kirke, Ontario Hockey League counsel, and Branch were non-voting
members of the committee.

“The quality of the four bids we received were absolutely outstanding,”
Branch said. “All of the OHL teams that bid realized the magnitude of
hosting a Memorial Cup and their presentations to the MasterCard Memorial
Cup commit Read more »

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