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Norway Attacks then Ties At Junior B`s, Other Notes…

by Evan Andriopoulos
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The Norwegian Team had the better of the play to start with Norway tallying the first goal,(Chr.Thyggesen) just one minute in vs Austria. Austria rallied later and tied the match at 1. Norway`s Anders Frediksen was sandwiched in between two goals by Thyggesen as Norway held on for a 3-3 tie. Norway will play Ukrainia in their most crucial match as of yet.


Recently Released News:

American Kyle McDonough leads the way in the scoring race as the ex. UVM player has registered 9 goals and 31 assists in 20 games. Dan O`connell of Salisbury, Massachusetts is second in the league (TIK) with 74 penalty minutes in 20 games.

Anders Myrvold the Lørenskog player has been re-assigned by the Islanders to Springfield of the AHL. Myrvold registered one assist and averaged about 6 minutes of ice time in his two week stay on the Island.

Czech NHL rookies – Petr Svoboda

by Robert Neuhauser
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When you see the Toronto Maple Leafs hit the ice, some players can’t be overseen due to their size. One of them is Petr Svoboda, the 20-year old rookie hailing from the Czech Republic. How difficult was his way into the world’s best league?

It was almost sure that Petr will be hockey player someday. He was born 06-20-1980 as a son of one of the top deensemen in Czechoslovakia, Radoslav Svoboda. In the early 80′s was Radoslav Svoboda a regular with the National team and played a solid defensive game. On that day Petr couldn’t know, but as time passed by, he realized this fact and began to watch his father playing games. Petr loved hockey since he was born. He loved it even more in the spring of 1985, when the Czechoslovakian squad won the World Championship in front of the excited Czechoslovakian people in Prague. There he could see his father with a gold medal around his neck. He could be proud, but it was time to start a hockey career of his own. The little Petr was brought to the team of HC Dukla Jihlava, where he took his first strides. The coaches decided that the tall Petr will be playing defense and Petr wanted to be just like his dad, so everything was OK. Dad taught Petr all the basic skills and gave him all the tips how to improve his game. Quite good to get tips from a world champion, eh? This payed immediate dividends as Petr developed into one of the most feared defensemen among the Czech kids. The now retired dad followed his practices and Petr was willing to listen to the advices. Besides, he always worked on to be in a good physical shape and ha Read more »

Czechs invite 8 CHL players to WJC camp

by Robert Neuhauser
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The Czech WJC camp opened yesterday, on Sunday, Dec. 10th, in Havlickuv Brod and this time coaches Jaroslav Holik and Pavel Hynek invited 8 CHL players. In the past years there were trouble with the Czech Ice Hockey Federation, which wanted to select only players playing in Europe. This should force the prospects to stay at home and not to leave for North America. But those teams struggled and so Jaroslav Holik had a chance to invite 5 CHL players last year. And those guys led the Czech team to a victory! So the limit of maximum 5 CHL players looked a bit out of place. It was dismissed and this year are 8 CHL players supposed to take part in the WJC. They could be nine, but Regina Pats’ defenseman and New York Rangers draft choice Filip Novak wasn’t allowed to start at the WJC by his parent Czech team HC Ceske Budejovice by this time and it looks like he won’t participate. That’s because he left for the Pats even if his team didn’t give him pemission to do so. But this year’s team includes for the first time two players, who had a taste of the NHL before they started at the WJC. These two are Jakub Cutta who spent 3 games with the Washington Capitals and Rostislav Klesla, a Columbus Blue Jacket, who even scored a goal in the NHL. So who are the CHL invitees?

Defensemen

Rostislav Klesla (Brampton Battalion, OHL
NHL draft: Columbus Blue Jackets)

No doubt about this guy. The first ever draft choice of the Blue Jackets will be the anchor of the defense. A rugged offensive defenseman likes to punish the players in front of h Read more »

Rangers News on Malhotra, Novak and More!

by Brandon LeBourveau
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Novak Not Going to WJC: Rangers defensive prospect Filip Novak will not be playing for the Czech Republic at this years World Junior Championships, as he is having problems with his former Czech team. According to what is being said, when Novak first left the Czech Republic for the Regina Pats last year, he left without permission and that has caused a problem with his former Czech team, which in some way they are not letting him play in the WJC. I suppose Rangers’ assistant GM Don Maloney didn’t know of the situation as he said on TV earlier in the year that Novak will be playing ;) . However, Pavel Brendl will be on the Czech team and will look to make a name for himself, if he hasn’t done so already.

The Sophomores: How good have Mike York, Jan Hlavac and Kim Johnsson been for the Rangers this season? They have all been playing key roles on the team this year. Johnsson is the 3rd/4th defenseman, York the 3rd line center, but has been playing on the 1st PP and PK units, and Jan Hlavac has been playing 2nd line LW with Petr Nedved and Radek Dvorak. York has been a superb player for the Rangers, as his name has always come up in the press. Mark Messier, Theo Fleury, Ron Low and everyone else on the Rangers have said nothing but great things about York. He should continue to be a great two way center. Hlavac is on pace to score about 25 goals this year, and he will be a consistent 30 goal scorer in the NHL. While many Rangers fans have proposed trade offers with his name included, I don’t see any way Sather can trade Hlavac. He is not only g Read more »

IHL Stats

by Andrew Bourgeois
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Here is a quick look at last nights IHL action with game recaps and league stats.


SATURDAY DECEMBER 11, 2000

Cincinnati Cyclones    7
Cleveland Lumberjacks  4

Brad Defauw scored two power-play goals and assisted on another to lead the Cincinnati Cyclones to a 7-4 victory over the Cleveland Lumberjacks. Defauw’s tally at 19:14 of the second period was the first of four unanswered goals scored by Cincinnati, which overcame a 4-3 deficit to win its second game in as many days. Ian MacNeil, who scored twice in the Cyclones 3-1 triumph over Houston on Friday, collected a shorthanded goal at 4:41 of the third period to snap a 4-4 tie. Stefan Ustorf had a goal and two assists and Corey Hirsch made 34 saves for the Cyclones. Brian Bonin scored twice in the second period for Cleveland. Zac Bierk, who entered the game with the second-best goals against average in the league at 2.43, was scored upon six times for the Lumberjacks, who fell to 10-4 at home.


Milwaukee admirals   1
Kansas City Blades   3
Greg Hawgood and Vadim Sharifijanov scored three minutes apart in the first period to lead the Kansas City Blades past the Milwaukee Admirals, 3-1. Hawgood, who joined Kansas City on December 6 after clearing waivers, gave the Blades a 1-0 lead 4:33 into the first period off a feed from Josh Holden. Sharifijanov tallied his fifth goal of the season on the power play three minutes later and Ryan Ready capped the scoring with 5:35 remaining in the third. Steve Kariya added a pair of assists and Alfie Michaud stopped 1 Read more »

Finnish prospects update

by Mikko Vuori
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If you think someone is missing, feel free to ask for them to be added to update.

Stats: position, name, games, goals, assists, points, plus/minus andpenalty minutes

W Teemu Elomo 30 1+ 6= 7 +4 34

Dallas 1997 pick, speedy winger Teemu Elomo
has had problems with scoring. Only
one goal in 30 games in not what coach
Jortikka is expenting from him.

D Ray Giroux 22 3+ 9=12 +1 34

Inlanders’ Ray Giroux started season in IFK
Helsinki. He suffered from wrist injury,
and was not able to play as well as can.
Giroux plays now for AIK in Sweden.

W Niklas Hagman 30 15+ 6=21 -2 24

Florida procpect Hagman uses his speed
and good shot to score. He is still quite one
dimensional player.

W Jukka Hentunen 30 9+14=23 +3 18

Calgary 2000 6th round pick Hentunen
had a slow star with Jokerit, but
after great performance in Finnish national team
he started to score also in SM-liiga.

F Mikael Holmqvist 27 2+ 3= 5 0 8

Holmqvist was not able to practis at summer
because of a injury. He hasn’t been able
to take a step to next level with his game.

W Hannes Hyvönen 30 9+ 6=15 +1 20

Sharks late round pick Hannen Hyvönen
has started to play hockey instead
of taking bad penalties. He could
reach 20 goals.

C Niko Kapanen 30 4+12=16 1 10 Read more »

Rangers Weekly Prospect Update

by Brandon LeBourveau
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Week Of 12/2 to 12/9

Player         Team    League  GP   G   A   P  PIM  +/-
Pavel Brendl  Calgary   WHL    26  29  23  52   24   21

This Week: 3 GP, 0 G, 0 A, 0 P, 4 PIM, -2


Player           Team    League  GP   G   A   P  PIM  +/-
Jamie Lundmark  Seattle   WHL    19  15  17   32  19  +1

This Week: 3 GP, 3 G, 3 A, 6 P, 0 PIM, Even


Player         Team    League  GP   G   A   P  PIM  +/-
Filip Novak   Regina    WHL    31  11  22  33   32   11

This Week: 3 GP, 0 G, 2 A, 2 P, 2 PIM, -1


Player              Team    League  GP   G   A   P  PIM  +/-
Garret Bembridge  Saskatoon  WHL    32  23  20  43   12   -7

This Week: 3 GP, 2 G, 2 A, 4 P, 0 PIM, -1


Player             Team       League   GP   G   A   P  PIM  +/-
Evgeny Gusakov   Baie-Comeau   QMJHL    30   9   18   27  64  +4

This Week: 5 GP, 2 G, 6 A, 8 P, 4 PIM, +5


Player             Team      League   GP   G   A   P  PIM  +/-
Premsyl Duben   Baie-Comeau   QMJHL    23  0   7   7  24  -5

This Week: 3 GP, 0 G, 0 A, 0 P, 0 PIM, Even


Player            Team      League  GP  G  A   P  PIM  +/-
Nathan Martz  New Hampshire  HE     14  1  5   6    8   -1

This Week: 1 GP, 0 G, 0 A, 0 P, 0 PIM, Even


Player              Team    League  GP   G   A   P  PIM  +/-
Patrick Aufiero   Boston U.   HE   13    1  Read more »

OHL Announces Performers of the Month

by Brad Coccimiglio
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On December 1st the Ontario Hockey League announced their Performers of
the Month for the month of November.

Player of The Month–Mike Zigomanis, Kingston Frontenacs

Zigomanis had a very strong month in November. He posted 13 goals and
23 points in 12 November games. Zigomanis led the Frontenacs to a 7-4-1
record in November to help catapult them into top spot in the OHL’s East
Division.

Zigomanis, who was the OHL’s Most Sportsmanlike Player in the 1999-2000
season, was named the OHL’s Player of the Week on November 20. This
season marks the third consecutive season that Zigomanis has been named
the Player of the Month in the month of November. Zigomanis leads the
Frontenacs in scoring with 21 goals and 38 points in 27 games in the
first 2 months of the season.

Rookie of the Month–Rick Nash, London Knights

London Knights left winger Rick Nash posted 7 goals and 15 points in 12
November games en route to being named the OHL’s Rookie of the Month.

Nash was the Knights first round pick (4th overall) in the 2000 OHL
Priority Selection.

Nash, 16, is second among OHL rookies in scoring with 13 goals and 18
assists, good for 31 points in 26 games with the knights. Nash scored
his first OHL hat trick against the Mississauga IceDogs on November 17.

Nash, a Brampton native, will also be a part of Team Ontario at the
Under-17 tournament.

Goaltender of the Month–Adam Munro, Erie Otters

Adam Munro of Erie went undefeated in the month of November posti Read more »

IHL Living up to its Name

by Andrew Bourgeois
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The IHL better known as the International Hockey League is living up to its International moniker.

A recent league analysis put the Canadian content, 145 of 250 players, in the IHL at 58%, down from last year’s 63.3%. As recently as 1995-96 it was 70.9% from our home and native land.

The American brigade make up 24%, just up from last year’s 23.8%, while there are 18% from outside North America, up from 14.4% in 1999-2000. In 1997, only 9.7% were non-North Americans.

All 11 teams have at least one foreigner, although Chicago is the only team with just one. Milwaukee has 10 from overseas, 10 Americans and just four Canadians. Appropriately enough, the Kansas City Blades, since they’re Vancouver’s farm club, have the most Canucks with 19.

The Manitoba Moose makeup consists of 15 Canadians, three Americans (D Brett Hauer, LW Rusty Fitzgerald and RW Scott Thomas) and two Europeans, Russian F Dmitri Leonov and Swedish G Johan Hedberg.

IHL FASTFACTS

On November 26, 2000 Wendall Young of the Chicago Wolves recored his franchise record 16th career shutout with a 3-0 win over the Utah Grizzlies.

TODAY IN HOCKEY

December 9, 1989 Ray Ferraro of the Hartford Whalers nets 5 points in one period with 3 goals and 2 assists against the New Jersey Devils.

DID YOU KNOW

Eddie Shore played one season with the Edmonton Eskimos before joining the Boston Bruins.

TONIGHT IN THE IHL


Saturday December 9, 2000
Cincinnati Cyclones at Clelveland Lumberjacks
Utah Grizzlies at  Read more »