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Two WHL Players Named to the USA Hockey 2002 National Junior Team Roster

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2002 United States National Junior Team


No.	Name	Ht. (cm.)	Wt. (kg.)	Birthdate	S/C	Hometown	Current Team	NHL Rights
GOALTENDERS (2)
29	Bacashihua, Jason	6-1 (186)	165 (75)	9/20/82	R		Dearborn Hts., Mich.	Plymouth (OHL)	DAL
1	LaBrosse, Dwight	6-1 (186)	170 (77)	10/6/83	L	McMurray, Pa.	Guelph (OHL)	2002

DEFENSEMEN (8)
2	Ballard, Keith	5-11 (181)	200 (91)	11/26/82	L	Baudette, Minn.	Minnesota (WCHA)	2002
31	Hope, Joey	       6-0 (184)	174 (79)	1/1/82	R	Anchorage, Alaska 	Portland (WHL)	2002
8	Komisarek, Mike	6-4 (193)	230 (104)	1/19/82	R	Islip Terrace, N.Y.	Michigan (CCHA)	MTL
26	Lampman, Bryce	6-1 (186)	193 (88)	8/31/82	L	Rochester, Minn.	Neb.-Omaha (CCHA)	NYR
13	Lebda, Brett	5-10 (178)	186 (85)	1/15/82	L	Buffalo Grove, Ill.	Notre Dame (CCHA)	2002
5	Reitz, Erik	6-0 (184)	192 (87)	7/29/82	R	Plymouth, Mich.	Barrie (OHL)	MIN
6	Welch, Noah	6-3 (191)	212 (97)	8/26/82	L	Brighton, Mass.	Harvard (ECAC)	PIT
3	Whitney, Ryan	6-4 (193)	192 (87)	2/19/83	L	Scituate, Mass.	Boston Univ. (HE)	2002

FORWARDS (12)
23	Brown, Dustin	6-1 (186)	203 (92)	11/4/84	R	Ithaca, N.Y.	Guelph (OHL)	2003
9	Eaves, Ben      	5-8 (173)	176 (80)	3/7/82	R	Faribault, Minn.	Boston College (HE)	PIT
18	Globke, Rob	6-3 (191)	205 (93)	10/24/82	R	W. Bloomfield, Mich.	Notre Dame (CCHA)	2002
24	Helminen, Dwight	5-10 (178)	184 (83)	6/22/83	L	Brighton, Mich.	Michigan (CCHA)	2002
21	Higgins, Christopher	5-9 (176)	190 (87)	6/2/83	L	Smithtown, N.Y.	Yale (ECAC)	2002
11	Hollweg, Ryan	5-11 (181)	185 (84)	4/23/83	L	Downey, Calif.	Medicin Read more »

Lampman and Hollweg will play in WJCs

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Lampman and Hollweg will play in WJCs

Two recent draft picks of the New York Rangers, Bryce Lampman and Ryan Hollweg, made the final roster for the USA Junior team that will compete in the upcoming World Junior Championships. This year’s tournament takes place in the Czech Republic during late December and early January.

Bryce Lampman, a 19-year-old native of Minnesota, was the captain and a stud defenseman for the Omaha Lancers of the USHL last season. Drafted by the Rangers in the fourth round (113th overall) this past June, Lampman had to make a difficult decision this summer concerning where he would be playing for this season. He had the option to play in juniors with the Kamloops Blazers of the WHL, or head to college and play for the Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks. In a move that was easily foreseeable, Lampman chose to take the college route, and so far it seems to have paid off for him.

Photo Courtesy of the University of Nebraska-Omaha

Lampman has suited up for 16 games so far with the Mavericks, and has registered 3 assists and 22 penalty minutes along with a -2 rating. The numbers do not exactly stand out at you, but most of the time statistics do not Read more »

Rome, Harvey surprised by trade

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You never really ever can prepare yourself for it. Even players who know almost certainly know that they’re going to be moved are always taken a little off guard by the announcement. In the case of Jeff Harvey, Aaron Rome and Jason Jaffray, to say that the trade that saw them headed to Swift Current in exchange for B.J. Boxma and Duncan Milroy, surprise would be perhaps the understatement of the year.

Even Jeff Harvey, who had been the subject of trade rumors of late, didn’t see this one coming, at least not at this particular point in the season.

“I had no idea why they called me into the office,” said Harvey before the former ICE players left for their new surroundings on the Prairies. “I thought maybe it was that I was playing well after three wins. Then they tell me I was traded. I was speechless.”

By his own admittance Harvey had agreed that his season hadn’t gone the way he would’ve liked but of late he felt something was different, that his game was improving.

“I thought I’d turn the corner,” said Harvey. “I thought I’d started to turn it around here but obviously they felt different in that they want more experience in that position.”

Aaron Rome expressed that same shock but seemed somewhat more at ease with the transaction. He reasoned that being traded once before that landed him in Kootenay last season from Saskatoon had prepared him somewhat. That being said, the detection of sadness at leaving his former teammates was still glaringly evident.

“I didn’t really expect it but I guess you try and prepare yourself for it al Read more »

Familiar Faces and Former Foes in Kootenay

by Jeff Bromley
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It could be called an ironic twist of fate. It will most certainly be called the blockbuster of the year. Call it what you want but Kootenay fans weren’t the only ones surprised at the monumental trade involving the Kootenay ICE and the Swift Current Broncos. B.J. Boxma and Duncan Milroy, the two guys coming the other way, weren’t exactly expecting it. “I couldn’t believe it,” said former and now current ICE goaltender B.J. Boxma. “I even said to them ‘is this a joke?’. I was absolutely shocked.”

Duncan Milroy, the high-scoring, second round pick (37th overall) of the Montreal Canadiens in last season’s NHL Draft didn’t exactly see it coming either. “My reaction was that I was very disappointed at the beginning, to be honest,” said Milroy. “I haven’t really had time to think about it. We had to pack our bags right away to play here last night so I still really hadn’t had a chance to think about it.”

Boxma, who experienced success in Speedy Creek in backstopping the Broncos to the Eastern Conference Final last season, was somewhat let down that the club would trade him. “I was kind of disappointed from Swift Current’s standpoint,” said Boxma. “I thought there would’ve a been a little more loyalty as we went to the third round last year, the furthest they’ve went in eight years. I thought I would’ve been the man this year but (Broncos’ goalie Todd) Ford is the up and comer and possible NHL Draft pick and I guess they thought they had to get him into more games.”

At the cusp of his four-year long WHL career, Boxma has now assumed the role of undisputed, Read more »

ICE, Broncos make blockbuster trade

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If it wasn’t the biggest trade ever made in the history of the Kootenay ICE, it will certainly go down as the most shocking. In a deal to address a perceived shortcoming between the pipes, Kootenay ICE G.M. Jeff Chynoweth did what many had thought unthinkable. He traded ICE captain and forward Jason Jaffray, 20 along with goaltender Jeff Harvey, 18 defenseman Aaron Rome, 18 and Kootenay’s first round draft pick in the 2002 Bantam Draft to the Swift Current Broncos for a familiar face in goaltender B.J. Boxma, 20 forward Duncan Milroy, 18 and the Broncos’ fifth round pick in the 2004 Bantam Draft. For Boxma, it is his second tour of duty with the ICE after being dealt to the Broncos just over thirteen months ago. In Milroy, a second round draft pick (37th overall) of the Montreal Canadiens in last June’s draft, the ICE receive a proven scorer who amassed 34 g and 54 a for 92 points last season.

Even though Harvey had played well in the club’s three wins over the weekend, Chynoweth said he had to make this deal to shore up the club’s biggest weakness, goaltending. “We felt we had to address the situation in goal,” said Chynoweth in his office shortly after the trade was announced. “Not that we were displeased with Bryan (Bridges) and Jeff but we felt we needed a proven number one guy.”

Chynoweth pointed out that the fact that the amount of proven, playoff goaltenders weren’t exactly in abundance in the WHL and that there were other clubs in the league that were in the market for a premier puckstopper as another reason for pulling the trigger on a trade of this Read more »

Czech Extraliga Prospect Report

by Jes Golbez
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Tracking the exploits of
selected prospects plying their trade in the Czech Extraliga.

We will monitor prospects already drafted by NHL teams, as well as 2002 and
2003 draft eligible prospects who have made their way onto Extraliga rosters.
The Czech Extraliga is one of the top European league
in terms of level of play and overall competitiveness. Although the Extraliga
lacks the physical play of the NHL, it takes a high level of skill to get
into the Extraliga and then succeed on top of that. As we monitor these
prospects, keep in mind that many of these prospects are kids playing among
men, gaining valuable game experience and developing the tools to
possibly succeed in the NHL.
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USHL Season Update

by Jason Shaner
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The 2001-2002 USHL season is already heading into December and getting towards the Christmas break. Most teams have played about a third of their games and position in the league standings is still undetermined at this point. Currently in the Eastern division the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders stand at the top of the mountain. A 14-6-1 records gives them 29 points to lead the way. However, the Des Moines Buccaneers are not far behind with 26. Des Moines has not played up to preseason expectations but remain in the hunt for the time being. The Green Bay Gamblers who year in and year out are tops in the Eastern division until this season, are tied with Des Moines for second place. Cedar Rapids has been rather impressive to start off the season. Cedar Rapids has posted a league high 10 wins on the road. What that means is that the RoughRiders are getting many of their road games out of the way early this season and they will have a favorable schedule the second half. If the Eastern division hopefuls do not get moving, Cedar Rapids may end up running away with the Division title.

In the Western division the Sioux City Musketeers have been magnificent. The Musketeers have experienced unprecedented success at home posting a 13-0 record so far en route to a Western division and league leading 37 points. Their rink is very small and their big forwards and defensemen use that to their advantage to make it quite difficult for a visiting team to come in and win a game. That advantage will be monumental heading into the playoffs should they end up with home ice adva Read more »

Game Misconduct: The Vincent Sweepstakes

by Tony Bryson
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Lightning Hope for a Princely Return on Investment

It’s not much fun working for the Tampa Bay Lightning right now. The boss isn’t in a very good mood. Rick Dudley is a little steamed right now and no one is sure what has put his mood in such a bad state. It could be the fact that his shopping of Vincent Lecavalier has gone public, or maybe just Vince’s (le) cavalier approach to the game since signing a fat new deal at the start of the season. What ever it is, Rick is not a happy camper.

Then again, who could really blame a guy for being in a surly mood when he’s contemplating dealing away a guy that was called, “the Michael Jordan of hockey” by previous team owner Art Williams? Especially when he’s completely unsure of what he can, or should, expect back in return. There have been a number of high profile players change teams in the past nine months, and Dudley wants to be sure he makes a good deal. So what is a good deal for Tampa? Should they go after one guy, or try and scramble for as many guys as they can get? It’s an interesting conundrum, one worth examining and picking apart.

There are those that look at the player movement in the past year to point to a trend of players not returning what they traditionally have in trade. Jaromir Jagr going to Washington for three unproven prospects is usually the first example that is trotted out to defend this stance. If one of the best players in the world were to garner such a poor return, why would an unproven pup like Lecavalier return more? Well, those that use that a Read more »

Stone and Harding are WHL Players of the Month

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Calgary – The Western Hockey League today announced the Players of the Month
for November in both the Eastern Conference and Western Conference.

In the Eastern Conference, which includes the East and Central Divisions,
the Player of the Month is rookie goaltender Josh Harding of the Regina
Pats.

The 17 year old from Regina, Saskatchewan, recorded a 1.70 goals against
average and a 0.934 save percentage in eight games during the Month of
November. He recorded seven wins and one loss.

Harding was also named Player of the Week for the week of November 4th,
2001. He is eligible for the 2002 NHL Entry Draft.

Josh Harding is a deserving choice as the Eastern Conference Player of the
Month for November.

In the Western Conference, which includes the B.C. and U.S. Divisions, the
Player of the Month is goaltender Jason Stone of the Kelowna Rockets.

Stone, a 19-year-old from Duncan, British Columbia recorded a 1.70 goals
against average and a 0.928 save percentage in ten games including two
shutouts during the Month of November. He recorded seven wins, one loss and
a tie. Stone is a free agent.

Jason Stone is also a deserving choice as the Western Conference Player of
the Month for November.

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