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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 »

The Weekend Warrior

by Randy Nicholson
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Another in a series of weekly articles summarizing activity in Leafland during the previous 7 days – with some personal observations, commentary, prospect updates and fun thrown in for good measure.

Fanatical behavior: Just for the record, I heartily agree that the play of Ukrainian forward Dimitri Khristich has been routinely poor (and often bordering on pathetic) throughout the 2000/2001 campaign … that said, I will never understand the habit of booing a specific player each time he touches the puck – a strategy recently resumed by the faithful down at the ACC … as if that sort of treatment could possibly produce anything positive … does this action mean that the fans no longer support this particular Maple Leafs’ player and don’t want him to accomplish anything … the problem with this approach is that any attempt to mess up Khristich (who is still a part of the home side) is counter-productive when practiced by the team’s supposedly loyal supporters … the last Leaf to attract this sort of treatment was defender Larry Murphy and he was eventually dispatched to Detroit for purely humanitarian reasons in 1997 … if I’m not mistaken, Murphy has played a significant role on 2 Stanley Cup winners since that deal was made … no one is saying that we don’t have a right to express displeasure at what we see on the ice from time to time but this sort of treatment just seems cruel and pointless to me … after all, the Leafs really haven’t made too many missteps with their various personnel moves under the current regime …

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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 »

ECHL: Prospect Update

by Parker Neale
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Currently, 17 of the ECHL’s 25 teams have affiliations with NHL franchises. This article focuses on these organizations and a few of their key prospects that may someday have an opportunity to move up in the ranks.

In Charlotte, goaltender Vitali Yeremeyev struggled in the 5 games he played with the Checkers this year. However, after being recalled to Hartford, he has sparkled with a 1.55 GAA and 0.953 save percentage in 9 games. Wes Jarvis has had an impact physically as the defenceman has tallied 92 penalty minutes to go along with his single goal.

The Dayton Bombers sent Adam DeLeeuw back to St. Mike’s of the OHL early in the season. However, both Jonathan Schill and Kent McDonell have been productive up front with the latter notching 6 goals and 9 points in 12 games. They have both been assessed 35 minutes in penalties.

In Florida, AHL veteran defenceman Shane Belter has been productive with 15 points in 22 games while forward Brent McDonald has gotten a call up to Cincinnati despite marking only 6 points in 21 games.

Vladimir Sicak has struggled offensively with Greenville, notching only 7 points in 23 games. The towering Eric Van Acker definitely knows his role as the defenceman has 68 penalty minutes and no points.

In Jackson, goaltender Derek Gustafson and forward Cory Larose have received call-ups to the Lumberjacks. Gustafson has struggled with the Bandits while Larose has been efficient, recording 9 points in 14 games.

In Johnstown, mammoth defenceman Mark Thompson has served up 31 penalty min Read more »

Tyler Dyck carving out his own niche

by Jeff Bromley
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When Tyler Dyck first arrived in Cranbrook for his first full season in a Kootenay ICE uniform, along with him came expectations. Having been taken in the third round (39th overall) in the 1998 Bantam draft, Dyck had all the tools for success in the WHL. At the age of sixteen, the Calgary, Alberta native had the size at 6’3″, 202 lbs., the scoring touch and according to former teammate Kyle Wanvig, the strength to survive the rigors and style of play in the WHL.

Somewhere along the way Tyler Dyck’s role and immediate future with the Kootenay ICE changed rather dramatically.

In 1999-2000, his first full season in the WHL things didn’t exactly go according to plan. As a sixteen-year-old rookie it was expected that Tyler was going to get scant amounts of ice-time and rightly so, considering the depth the ICE had at center in what would be a championship year. Dyck did get into forty games in his rookie year but saw less ice-time than expected and the points weren’t exactly coming at a torrid pace, finishing the season with a goal and an assist.

At the beginning of the 2000-01 campaign, there were questions as to what role Tyler Dyck would assume with a year of seasoning under his belt. Suffice to say, that role probably wasn’t what most fans would’ve expected. Enter Tyler Dyck, banger, crasher and when the need arises, enforcer. “Last year was a bit of a transition year coming from Bantam,” said Dyck. “This year he’s (Coach Ryan McGill) got me on the third line banging and crashing. Me, along with Sinc and Hammy (line mates Colin Sinclair and Read more »

W.J.C. Snub a blessing in disguise

by Jeff Bromley
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The candidates for Canada’s entry into this year’s World Junior Hockey Championships were announced this past week and if you look closely, you will notice that Kootenay ICE goaltender Dan Blackburn didn’t get an invitation. It is a surprise? In the eyes of many, no. Should last year’s CHL rookie of the year, WHL Playoff M.V.P. and the number four ranked North American player for the upcoming NHL Draft been named as a potential netminder to WJC team? An emphatic yes.

In spite of all aspects pointing toward the reasons that Blackburn was left off the WJC camp roster, his record dictates that Blackburn should have been given the invite, regardless of the circumstances. Critics who have sprang up stating that the super sophomore isn’t at the same level he was in his rookie year only need to look the winning record Blackburn has both this season and as a rookie (34-8-7, last season – 15-5-3 this season). Yes, his save percentage and goals against average are off this season from last year (.893, 3.01 GAA this season – .901, 2.70 GAA at this point last season) but a couple of factors can be attributed to that stat, namely an inexperienced Kootenay ICE defense corps compared to last season and a nagging groin injury that won’t seem to go away. The groin problem combined with the fact that this year there is a bumper crop of stellar goalies to pick from are the overwhelming reasons for Blackburn being left off the list. Blackburn isn’t alone in WHL notables that were kept off the tryout list. Justin Mapletoft, Kyle Wanvig, Ross Lupaschuck (R.D.), Brent Krahn, Jordan Read more »

Habs’ Prospects Improving

by Chris Boucher
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When trying to determine whether a player will develop NHL calibre skills, we tend to look at how that player is improving year to year. A prospect is just that; a prospect. Only by improving year to year will any player develop the skills necessary to produce at the NHL level. Skating, speed and strength are difficult attributes to measure on a year to year basis. They are far less tangible than raw stats, but in no way less important. The easiest way to measure a player’s improvement is by breaking down their production into a point per game basis. Then comparing that number to the previous year’s total.

When comparing The Montreal Canadiens’ prospects’ point per game totals from this season with those of a year ago, Ron Hainsey shows the greatest improvement. Habs’ scouts seem to have made the right decision when they chose him with the Canadiens’ first pick in last years’ draft. The 6’3″, 194 Lbs. defenseman averaged 0.37 PPG last season. Thirteen games into this season he’s averaging an incredible 1.23 PPG; an improvement of 0.86. Canadiens’ fans will be keeping a close eye on The UML defenseman during the upcoming World Junior Championship. He should see a lot of ice-time as he suits up for the American squad.

A close second to Hainsey is Chicoutimi’s Christian Larrivée. The Habs’ chose Larrivée in the fourth round of the 2000 draft. He has already scored more goals this year than he did during the entire 99-00 season. The 6’3′, 195 Lbs. center averaged only 0.33 PPG last year. Through 33 games this season He’s averaging 1.15 P Read more »

Young quintet earns chance with Tre Kronor

by Peter Westermark
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Team Sweden General Manager Anders Hedberg left a few big names off the roster when he named the team that will compete in the Baltica Brewery Cup that is taking place in Russia starting december 17th.

Stars like goaltender Mikael Tellqvist and forwards Jörgen Jönsson and Mikael Renberg will be allowed to start celebrating christmas early as the Team Sweden officials want a long look at five 1980-born rising stars.

That group starts with 20-year-old HV71 goaltender Stefan Liv, a candidate for rookie of the year in Sweden. Liv, along with Johan Asplund in Brynäs, are the youngest number one goaltenders in the Elitserien. The other goalie making the trek to Russia is 25-year-old Andreas Hadelöv from Malmö, a product of the highly-regarded youth hockey system in Kiruna which has produced goalies such as Peter ”Pekka” Lindmark in the past.

Mathias Weinhandl will make his Tre Kronor debut in Moscow. The MoDo winger´s career suffered a major setback last season when he was high-sticked in the eye by Czech bad boy Michal Travnicek during a game with the Swedish National Junior Team. It was not clear immediately after the accident if he could return to hockey as his right eye was badly injured. Vision in the eye has now stabilized at around 10% and it is not known how much it will improve, if at all.

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