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The traveling road show otherwise known as the 2001 Buffalo Sabres’ training camp will kick off in St. Catherines, ON on September 12th at the Jack Gatecliff Arena. This will begin a preseason odyssey for the team that will see them travel several hundred miles to points North, South and Midwest, all for the purpose of preparing the Sabres for the coming 2001-02 season.
Following the completion of the Canadian phase of camp on September 15th, the Sabres, in a move that is sure to pad their frequent flyer miles, will depart for that Southern hockey hotbed of Charleston, SC. Charleston, of course, is the home of Buffalo affiliate, and reigning ECHL champ, the South Carolina Stingrays. This portion of camp will run from September 17th-20th, with the team then returning to Buffalo to finish off their camp at both the HSBC Arena and the Pepsi Center in Amherst, NY.
The fun truly begins on September 21st, when Buffalo opens their slate of 6 preseason games with a contest at HSBC Arena vs. the Ottawa Senators. The 2001 preseason schedule looks like this:
Second Game, Second Loss
The Detroit Red Wings haven’t had great success at this year’s prospect
The Minnesota Wild’s beat Detroit five to four after Detroit had a lead
Joey MacDonald defended the net for Detroit with Pascal Leclaire
Columbus scored first with six minutes and nineteen seconds to go in the
Columbus’ Duvie Westcott went to the penalty box for slashing seven
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Impressive bunch at ICE Training Camp ’01
It’s always a treat to experience the first weekend of WHL hockey in town as the Kootenay ICE held their training camp kickoff to the 2001-2 season over the weekend at the Rec/Plex. As an added bonus this year the club held both their rookie and veteran camps simultaneously, offering anyone who was desperate for hockey more than enough to satisfy their craving.
Starting Friday with forty-five rookies split into two squads taking to the ice, anticipation was high for the 200 or so parents, fans and onlookers curious for a glimpse of the future of the Kootenay ICE. Most of the players, born in either 1985 or 86, did not disapoint. Some stood out enough amoung the young charges to satify Kootenay ICE fans that the future was indeed, in good hands. One in particular stood head and shoulders above the rest. Nigel Dawes, a fifth round Bantam Draft pick (73rd overall) in 2000 is a name you might want to familiarize yourself with because after an impressive camp that included a bump up to the veterans portion of the camp due to the domination of the rookies and barring a total colapse, Dawes has all but sewn up a lucrative rookie spot on the 2001-02 edition of the Kootenay ICE. The diminuitive forward, listed at 5’8″ 175lbs, makes up in talent, speed and touch around the net for what may be a perception of lack of size in today’s WHL in which the players seemingly get bigger and bigger every year.
Kootenay ICE Director of Player Personnel Roy Stasiuk agreed that Dawes has impressed at camp Read more »
Minnesota’s Comeback Kids
There’s a new team in camp this year and you better watch out!
The Minnesota Wilds first game, of the six team Prospect Tournament in
The first goal came for the Detroit Red Wings fifty seconds into the
Detroit was put on the power play again just twenty-one seconds later
With one minute and two seconds left in the period Dan Cavanaugh of the
Minnesota came back from the intermission with hunger. Fifty-three
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HULL, Quebec – The four-team 2001 NHL prospects tournament continued on Friday at the Robert-Guertin Arena just outside of Ottawa with the Phoenix Coyotes defeating the Florida Panthers 4-2. Florida’s record in the tourney dropped to 0-3-0. The Panthers will play in the consolation game at 4:30 PM on Saturday. Florida’s goal scorers on Friday were LW Josh Olson (Florida’s sixth choice in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft) and C Stephen Weiss. Selected in the first round of this year’s NHL Draft (fourth overall), Weiss tied the score at two in the second period on a top right corner power play goal. Weiss was named the Player of the Game for the Panthers. G Davis Parley stopped 24 shots. Phoenix’s final goal was an empty net tally. The Panthers outshot the Coyotes 36-28.
FIRST PERIOD: Florida fired 15 shots on goal and opened a 1-0 lead on Olson’s second goal in as many nights. He was assisted on the power play tally by RW David Morisset and C Mike Green. The Panthers outhsot the Coyotes 15-6 and benefited from five power play opportunities.
SECOND PERIOD: Weiss evened the score and notched his first goal of the tourney with a wrist shot to the top right corner of the net. D Lucas Krajicek and RW Sean O’Connor each assisted on the power play goal. Phoenix scored twice on the power play, connecting for a pair of goals just 0:51 seconds apart. Florida held a 12-10 advantage in shots in the period, and a 27-16 edge for two periods combined. Morisset finished the game with three shots and six hits before being ejected for fighting in t Read more »
A few hours before the Vancouver Giants began their third pre-season game out at Queen’s Park Arena in New Westminster, I spoke with Scott Bonner, GM, about the organizational plans for the newest team to enter the WHL. A laid-back gentleman, Bonner was warm and relaxed but at the same time candid, and left me with the impression that he was pulling together a wealth of hockey knowledge that had worked collaboratively in formulating a solid game-plan for the full development of the club.
The first order of business for these Giants under Bonner’s tutelage was to put an entertaining product on the ice. He pared it down to bringing together a close-knit group of young players—no bad apples need apply—that realized they are privileged to be playing in the best under-20 league in the world, and who are going to buy into Head Coach Milan Dragicevic’s proven approach: hard work every night.
If the first local pre-season game held earlier in the week at the South Surrey Arena against the Kamloops Blazers—one that they won 6-5 with 16 seconds remaining in OT—is any indication of what is in store for the fans, the Giants will indeed satiate all appetites for some earnest, never-say-die hockey.
HULL, Quebec – The four-team 2001 NHL prospects tournament began on Wednesday at the Robert-Guertin Arena just outside of Ottawa. The Ottawa Senators defeated the Florida Panthers 5-1 by scoring the game’s final five goals. RW Josh Langfeld and LW Alexandre Giroux each scored a pair of goals for the Senators. C Mike Green tallied the lone Panthers goal. G Davis Parley made 27 saves for Florida, while G Ray Emery stopped 15 shots for Ottawa. The Senators held a 32-16 shot advantage. Ottawa was 1-for-11 on the power play.
The Panthers failed to score on all five of their power play chances. Florida played the final two periods of the game with just four defensemen after D Vladimir Sapozhnikov (right shoulder injury) and D Michel Periard (headache from hit from behind) left the game due to injury. RW David Morisset, acquired from the St. Louis Blues in a trade for RW Scott Mellanby last February, was named the player of the game for Florida. He registered an assist and eight hits in the game. The round robin tournament will continue on Thursday with the Panthers taking on Montreal at 4:30 PM. Ottawa faces off against Phoenix in the late game at 7:30 PM.
FIRST PERIOD: C Mike Green opened the scoring just five minutes into the contest connecting on the Panthers second shot of the game. Morisset recorded an assist and a team-high four hits in the period. Ottawa tied the score on a shorthanded unassisted goal when Giroux tallied with 11:01 gone in the period. The Panthers outshot the Senators, 8-6.
SECOND PERIOD: Ottawa scored the Read more »