Micheal Leighton made his professional debut with
the Norfolk Admirals last October and is making a believer out of any naysayers. A sixth round draft choice of the Chicago Blackhawks- this AHL
rookie is topping the stat sheets with a record of 14-6-6 and 2.17 GAA.
And in the next several weeks, he will add another achievement to his resume’– the AHL All-Star game for team Canada played in Newfoundland next month.
HF met with Micheal after an 2-2 OT against the Rochester Americans Friday night. As we waited, there was nothing but silence except for the commerical reruns on the office TV. You couldn’t even hear the hum of voices that usually seep through the dressing room walls and doors.
No yelling.. No shouting matches.. Just a flash of coach Trent Yawney quietly leaving in his grey tailored suit, and the sound of the door crashing as he made his exit.
Micheal Leighton appeared and introduced himself. He was damp-faced in a black T-shirt and workout shorts barefooted- answering questions faster than he can turn away opposition shots.
Here’s what he shared.
HF: Although you were not a high draft choice, have you
been amazed by your stellar performances so early in your career?
ML: I am a little bit, I have a great team in front of me and that is a big help. All I wanted was to come here and do my best and that’s what I am doing.
HF:What lesson in front of the net have you learned?
ML: More or less, its communication. I learned that in the last three years in juniors (Windsor) and here its
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France is relegated to 2003 IIHF World U20 Championship Div I.
7 Czech Republic
Germany promotes to 2003 IIHF World U20 Championship.
Due to a restructured playing format of future IIHF World U20 Championships teams ranked 19 to 22 promote to 2003 IIHF World U20 Championship Div I which will consist of 12 teams in two groups.
Teams ranked 23 to 26 will continue to play in 2003 IIHF World U20 Championship Div II.
23 Great Britain
Due to a restructured playing format of future IIHF World U20 Championships teams ranked 27 to 35 promote to 2003 IIHF World U20 Championship Div II which will consist of 12 teams in two groups.
32 South Africa
Marek Svatos, Center, Kootenay (WHL)
Stats: (SVK-WJC) 7 GP, 7 G, 1 A, 8 P, 6 PIM, +5
Stats: 29 GP, 26 G, 19 A, 45 P, 24 PIM, -2
Kurt Sauer, Defenseman, Spokane (WHL)
Stats: 37 GP, 2 G, 9 A, 11 P, 49 PIM, +17
Blake Ward, Goaltender, Lethbridge (WHL)
Stats: 26 GP, 9-13-4, 3.39 GAA. .876 SV%
Charlie Stephens, Center, London (OHL)
Stats: 38 GP, 16 G, 23 A, 39 P, 43 PIM, -18
Danny Bois, Right Wing, London (OHL)
Stats: 45 GP, 12 G, 9 A, 21 P, 180 PIM, -14
Aaron Molnar, Goaltender, London (OHL)
Stats: 15 GP, 4-9-2, 3.98 GAA, .870 SV%
Agris Saviels, Defenseman, Owen Sound (OHL)
Stats: 41 GP 3 G, 23 A, 26 P, 29 PIM, Even
Colt King, Left Wing, Guelph/North Bay (OHL)
Stats: 38 GP, 5 G, 9 A, 14 P, 85 PIM, -22
Cody McCormick, Right Wing, Belleville (OHL)
Stats: 42 GP, 9 G, 12 A, 21 P, 74 PIM, +5
Darryl Bootland, Right Wing, Toronto (OHL)
Stats: 35 GP, 24 G, 33 A, 57 P, 75 PIM, +27
Scott Horvath, Right Wing, Toronto (OHL)
Stats: (UMass-Amherst, HE) 15 GP, 2 G, 3 A, 5 P, 8 PIM, -2
Stats: (Toronto-OHL) 6 GP, 3 G, 2 A, 5 P, 7 PIM, +3
Peter Budaj, Goaltender, Toronto (OHL)
Stats: (SVK-WJC) 4 GP, 3.11 GAA, .919 SV%, 1 SHO
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Having your dad a former or active hockey player can be often one of the most important things at the
very beginning of your hockey career. There is nothing like getting the first tips from a
knowledgeable man who has spent lots of his life at hockey rinks. Just have a look at the
Czech roster from the WJC. Filip Novak is a son of a hockey player. So is Jiri Hudler or
Frantisek Lukes. And Miloslav Horava, a still undrafted forward prospect and arguably the best
Czech player at the WJC, is even a son of a world champion and a NHL player. Read more »
Switzerland isn’t automatically qualified for the main Olympic hockey tournament. They will first have to qualify in a group with Belarus, Ukraine and France. During the tournament the league will be halted. Also will there be a transfer freeze during that period to prevent Nationalliga B teams to acquire players in a bid to boost their teams for a short period.
The following players have been selected to deal with the task of qualification:
David Aebischer Colorado Avalanche (NHL)
Martin Gerber Färjestads BK (SWE)
Lars Weibel HC Davos
Martin Höhener EHC Kloten
Olivier Keller HC Lugano
Edgar Salis ZSC Lions
Mathias Seger ZSC Lions
Martin Steinegger SC Bern
Mark Streit ZSC Lions
Patrick Sutter HC Lugano
Julien Vauclair Grand Rapids Griffins (AHL)
Jean-Jacques Aeschlimann HC Lugano
Björn Christen HC Davos
Flavien Conne HC Lugano
Gian-Marco Crameri ZSC Lions
Patric Della Rossa ZSC Lions
Patrick Fischer (HC Davos>
Sandy Jeannin HC Lugano
Marcel Jenni Färjestads BK (SWE)
Martin Plüss EHC Kloten
André Rötheli HC Lugano
Ivo Rüthemann SC Bern
Reto von Arx HC Davos
Headcoach: Ralph Krueger
Assistants: Jakob Kölliker, Bengt-Ake Gustafsson Färjestads BK (SWE)
Marco Bührer SC Bern
Patrick Fischer EV Zug
David Jobin SC Bern
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Dicaire hopes to add new dimension to ICE blueline
Surprisingly enough, it’s becoming almost a symbiotic relationship in that you might be expecting Pearl Jam to record their next album here or StarBucks to open their next coffee outlet in the Key City. Almost as astonishing as the fact that StarBucks doesn’t have an outlet here – yet, is the steady stream of impact hockey players coming via the trade route of the Seattle Thunderbirds. Seattle, and in particular its hockey team, has been very good to the Kootenay ICE when looking to play the WHL’s version of ‘Let’s Make a Deal’. Following in the footsteps of Zdenek Blatny, Bret DeCecco, Brennan Evans and Igor Agarunov, offensive defensemen Girard Dicaire arrived in Cranbrook to join the Kootenay ICE after being obtained for Trevor Johnson at the trade deadline last Monday.
It is a move that the pride of Taylor, B.C., a small hamlet just south of Fort St. John, welcomes, looks forward to and even asked for. “We had talked about it,” said Dicaire before practice last Thursday about being traded out of Seattle. “Kind of, if there was something there, then to do it. And there happen to be (a trade possibility).”
Picked 48th overall in the 2000 NHL Draft by the Buffalo Sabers, Dicaire is eager show the high form that so many held him in the past two seasons. Never left wanting on the offensive side of the score-sheet, Dicaire thinks the change in scenery will do him a world of good. “Hopefully it does,” said Dicaire of the trade helping his pro hockey fortunes. “Hopefully I can find some consistency playing here, Read more »
Mid-Season Update for the Continental Elite Hockey League
The CEHL’s inaugural season is half over. Here’s a quick overview of how each team is doing and the overall standings. The teams are listed in order of their current rankings.
Detroit Belle Tire Lightning – The Detroit Lightning has an impressive record in their first 30 games with just 7 losses and 23 wins. They lead the league in goals scored with 150 goals, averaging five goals scored per game. Their defensive aspect of the game is in the middle of the pack, with goals against average being at 3.7, with 111 goals being scored against the Lightning. They have the best goaltender in the league in Thomas Fortunate who has only allowed 65 goals in his 20 games played. Detroit also has two of the top ten scorers. John DiPace is in 6th place with 22 goals and 22 assists for 44 points with Richard Williams being close behind in 7th place with 43 points. Williams has 15 goals and 28 assists.
Toledo Junior Storm – The Toledo Storm come second in the rankings, with thirty-six points they are eight points behind the Lightning. They have 19 wins and 9 losses in their 28 games. Toledo has the best defensive team in the league having allowed only 92 goals to be scored against them. Toledo is third in the league in offense with 137 goals scored. Three players, Matt Zeman, Chad Berman, and Dayne Bihn, who have amassed a combined total of 63 goals and 136 points, have scored almost half of the goals scored.
Bay County Blizzard – Bay County has a total of 33 points Read more »
Two great traditional rivals hook up this Sunday when Rogers Sportsnet’s
television coverage of the Canadian Hockey League continues.
The Ottawa 67’s of the Ontario Hockey League take on the Hull Olympiques of
the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League at 3 p.m. ET in one of the series of
inter-locking games between the OHL and the QMJHL this season. The game
takes place at the Corel Centre, home of the Ottawa Senators of the National
OHL teams won the first two games of the series last weekend as Peterborough
defeated Montreal 5-2 at Peterborough and Belleville beat Victoriaville 6-1
at Belleville. All inter-locking games count in the regular season standings
of both leagues.
Ottawa and Hull have met previously in inter-locking games and the games
have always been intense between the two geographical rivals. A large crowd
is expected for the game, which is an important one for both clubs.
Ottawa (22-14-7-0) is coached by the legendary Brian Kilrea, now in his 25th
season in the OHL. Kilrea has amassed 944 career OHL victories, the most by
any CHL coach, and he has this year’s 67’s again battling for an OHL title.
Ottawa is first in the East Division standings heading into this weekend’s
play and second in the Eastern Conference standings.
Miguel Delisle (32-29-61), Zenon Konopka (13-45-58) and Brendan Bell
(6-22-28) are the team’s leading scorers, while defenceman Jonathan Zion
(11-15-26) and goalie J.F. Perras (2.63 goals against average, .914 save
percentage, 17-10-5 record), are also enjoying great s Read more »
This is the first of three reports that will be issued regarding the current play and analysis of Future Coyotes. The second report will be issued on centers in the organization with the third report being on defense and goalies. If you have any questions or comments on any players you can e-mail me or post a message below. Thanks and Enjoy!
#1 Frantisek Lukes – St. Michael’s Majors – (36 GP, 18 G, 25 A, 43 P, 30 PIM, +15)
For a eighth round draft pick, Lukes has been a real surprise. He is fourth on the team and scoring and is tied for a team lead in game-winning goals with four. If he continues at this pace, look for him to be in Springfield possibly next year.
#2 Ramzi Abid – Springfield Falcons (30 GP, 8 G, 7 A, 15 P, 97 PIM, -6)
Abid got off to a real slow start but has picked up his play and his scoring of lately. If Abid receives constant ice time and Marc Potvin, the Falcons head coach, doesn’t make him a healthy scratch, look for him to keep his scoring consistency up.
#3 Brad Ralph – Mississippi Sea Wolves (17 GP, 2 G, 3 A, 5 P, 12 PIM, -6)
Ralph has had an injury plagued first half of the season and looks to pick it up for the second half of the season. As long as he stays healthy for the last 30+ games of the season, his scoring production should pick up along with his overall play.
#4 Robert Francz – Frankfurt Lions (31 GP, 1 G, 3 A, 4 P, 86 PIM, -4)
Francz has had a real slow season after returning to Germany this year. Francz season has been disappointing and doesn’ Read more »
The Detroit Red Wings had 5 prospects at this years World Junior Championships, Swedes, Pär Bäcker and Andreas Jämtin, WHL star Tomas Kopecky was playing for Slovakia, last years first pick 62nd overall, Igor Grigorenko played for Russia and the 19 year old defeseman Miroslav Blatak who was playing for the home team of Czech Republic.
Team: Lethbridge, WHL
Draft: 2000 draft, 2nd round, 38th overall
Ga - Go - Ass - Po - Pim
WJC: 7 - 3 - 5 - 8 - 22
Tomas made his third and final apperience at the WJC for Slovakia. After last years dissapointing tournament Kopecky returned to the team after a great start in the WHL with Lethbridge where he left of as the second leading scorer in the entire league with 49 points in 32 games.
Tomas was expected to lead the team at this years tournament, and so he did. He was the best and most consistant player on the team. He recorded points in all but one game. Tomas finished tied for 5th place overall in the scoring with 3 goals and 5 assists in 7 games, he also had 22 penalty minutes and was +6.
Kopecky was not only an offensive force, he was also great defensively. He played a great two-way game and used his size and strenght to his advantage. He stood up and helped his teammates in rough situations and gave backup to his defensemen.
Kopecky had a great showcase at this years “juniors” and proved that he is a very good and important prospect for Detroit. He has shown that he c Read more »