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Hockey’s Future QA with Winterhawk’s Winger Matt Girling

by Glen Crichton
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Matt is a skilled winger that isn’t afraid to go to the net and work the walls, taking the hit to make the play. Has an accurate shot and knows how to find open space in the offensive zone to make use of it. Solid two way play and ability to make things happen should open the eyes of NHL scouts. One NHL scout was heard to say, “this kid has the potential to score some goals and if he gets bigger and stronger, will be a solid prospect”.

Matt isn’t as pleased as he’d like to be with the start of this season, he’s been hampered with a groin and hip flexor injury, which he had treated over the Christmas break and with it feeling much better, hopes it will let him get back playing his gritty, offensive game.

Hockeys Future: Last season you had a pretty solid year with 24 points as a sixteen year old rookie, how do you think it went?

Matt Girling: It was okay, it could have been better.

HF: This being your draft year, what expectations did you have?

MG: I plan on having a strong season, showing consistency and not getting hurt or anything and just getting drafted.

HF: What were your goals for the year as far as points?

MG: Put up some great numbers, a lot more than last year, probably sixty points or so and just have a great year.

HF: How do you think its gone so far and what areas of your game do you think need to improve?

MG: The first half of the season I don’t think I was that consistent and I need to be, which will help my game. I’ve had a bit of a leg injury and it’s getting better, Read more »

Tampa Bay Prospect Ratings Updated

by Megan Sexton
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Dimitry Afanasenkov (6.5) If Ramzi Abid can up his scoring in Springfield, why can’t
Afanasenkov?

Nikita Alexeev (7.5) Proving to be more of a project than anticipated. Might have had a
semi-regular spot had it not been for Jimmie Olvestad.

Evgeni Artukhin (6) Size & speed will eventually get him in the line-up, lack of offensive
talent will relegate him to a checking line.

Henrik Bergfors (4.5) Mr. Irrelevant seems to be making very relevant steps in the right
direction.

Mathieu Biron (7) Getting decent time in the NHL due to injuries.

Josef Boumedienne (6.5) Stuck in a traffic jam, but has seen decent time because of
injuries.

Anton But (7.5) Won fastest skater at a recent all-star exhibition and dominated in the
game.

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The CHL Daily News

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Toronto – The Ontario Hockey League today announced that Oshawa Generals
centre Jamie Johnson has been named to the Eastern Conference All-Star Team
that will compete in the first game of the 2002 Hershey Cup CHL All-Star
Series January 16, 2002 at the Ottawa Civic Centre. Johnson replaces injured
forward Cory Stillman of the Kingston Frontenacs.

Johnson, a 19-year-old native of Port Franks, ON, leads the Generals in
scoring this season with 12 goals and 39 assists for 51 points in 40 games.
He was a fifth round pick of the Ottawa 67’s in the 1999 OHL Priority
Selection.

2002 MASTERCARD MEMORIAL CUP ANNOUNCEMENT TO BE MADE WEEK OF JANUARY 21

The Ontario Hockey League will announce the site of the 2002 MasterCard
Memorial Cup the week of Monday, January 21, the league announced Thursday.

OHL Commissioner and CHL President David Branch also advised all four of the
franchises bidding for the tournament of the decision time frame Thursday.
The four teams bidding are the Barrie Colts, the Erie Otters, the Guelph
Storm and the Ottawa 67’s.

The OHL’s trading deadline is Thursday at 6 p.m. The league advised all
teams prior to the selection process that the winning bid would be announced
after the OHL’s trading deadline and the announcement timing was determined
Thursday morning.

“The quality of the four bids was without question outstanding,” Branch
said. “We are confident that no matter where the 2002 MasterCard Memorial
Cup winds up, the teams, fans and media involved will be treated to an
outstandi Read more »

WJC: Interview with Lars Jonsson

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HF: Sweden just finished the game vs Slovakia 2-2 after being down 2-0 later in the third period. What is your view on the match?

Jonsson: We had most of the play but couldn’t score. I’m glad that in the end we could finally convert the many power plays we had.

HF: What about the remainder of the tournament for Team Sweden?

Jonsson: Well with the knockout system there in the quarter finals you have to take it game by game there. My hopes are for a medal, but one bad game and you’re out of contention. First though we face the Czech Republic in our final group match and that will be an important game for us.

HF: What are your personal goals at this WJC?

Jonsson: I try to play as good as I can of course. I know there are a lot of scouts here, but I am here to perform with Sweden, not just for myself. I want to help the team as much as possible.

HF: How do you see your future? Will you move to North America soon?

Jonsson: I don’t know. I take it year by year and see how things go. I don’t think about it too much really.

HF: Your club team, Leksands, has many players in this WJC squad. How come they always have such good young players?

Jonsson: Hard to tell. Leksands is a popular place to go to for kids. They take good care of you with school as well.

HF: Leksands is currently playing in the 2nd league. Will you promote to the Elitserien this year?

Jonsson: That is our big goal for sure. I really hope we succeed.

HF: However if Leksands won’t promote, will the playe Read more »

Milroy’s Dominance Starting to Shine Through

by Jeff Bromley
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It’s no secret that Duncan Milroy was surprised to find himself traded to the Kootenay ICE last month. It’s also no secret that Milroy is considered something of a dominant offensive force in the WHL. Being a 2001 second round NHL draft pick (37th overall) of the Montreal Canadiens will do that for you. Then for a player walk into a new town for a new team and pick up where he left off on his old club wouldn’t be too far out of the realm of possibility, would it? Perhaps, at least, at first. Filling the shoes of a popular team leader would be daunting by any means but one that actually brought some young fans to tears at the news of the trade? Talk about being behind the eightball.

Period of adjustment, new surroundings, post-trade slump – call it what you will – Milroy was experiencing it, and then some. No pressure or anything. Just replace a player that was not only captain but a tireless worker, played in almost every situation and was viewed upon, rightly or wrongly, as almost never making a mistake.

Duncan Milroy had his work cut out for him.

A month after the trade, Milroy is starting to not only feel more comfortable in the colors of the Kootenay ICE but look more comfortable on the ice too. After last weekend’s three-game set which saw the Edmonton native amass five points and be a factor in every contest, the contribution requested of Milroy is becoming somewhat more clear. And Milroy is eager to respond. “I think I’ve just been playing my game, being myself,” said Milroy after Saturday’s 6-3 win over the Hitmen. “I think I fit in with the tea Read more »

Albany Week in Review

by Mike Buskus
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Two games; two wins; four points

Since the first of the year (hey, the loss in Syracuse on New Year’s Eve was last year’s news), the Albany River Rats have played two games at home. They won them both (Manchester, 5-1; Hartford, 6-5).

Though still in the league’s cellar, along with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, and while still 14th in the 14-team Eastern Conference, at least the Albany River Rats got off to a good start for the new year. On Friday last, the very respectable Manchester Monarchs came into town, adorned in their royal purple jerseys. The Monarchs scored first, but had no answer to five consecutive Albany goals.

Manchester featured a skilled veteran first line of Steve Kelly (a former River Rat and New Jersey Devil, now with Los Angeles & Manchester), Dane Jackson and Ted Donato. Bob Carpenter’s Rats matched lines, sending out the checking line of Stan Gron, captain Sylvain Cloutier and Richard Rochefort. The strategy worked just fine, limiting the Monarchs’ top line to seven shots, while keeping them off the scoreboard. The Kelly-Jackson-Donato grouping finished a collective “-6″ on the evening.

With Rochefort, Cloutier and Gron nullifying Manchester’s top offensive unit, the top Albany line of Christian Berglund, Steve Guolla and Brian Gionta went to work. Gionta scored one and assisted on two; Guolla had one of each; and Berglund had a pair of assists. Max Birbraer and Bruce Gardiner also scored for Albany in a one-sided 5-1 victory. In the opinion of Albany Week in Review, this was the Rats’ best Read more »

NCAA Player Stats

by Paul MacDonald
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Hershey Cup Rosters Announced for WHL and OHL

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Calgary – The Canadian Hockey League and Western Hockey League today
announced the players that will represent the WHL’s Eastern Conference for
The Hershey Cup CHL All – Star Series. The WHL Eastern Conference All-Stars
will host the OHL Western Conference All-Stars. The game will be played on
January 23, 2002 at the Enmax Centrium in Red Deer, Alberta.

The WHL Eastern Conference All-Stars team was selected by a panel of three
WHL General Managers from teams which had the best record at the 30 game
mark in the 2001-02 WHL schedule. The selection committee consisted of
Brent Sutter of the Red Deer Rebels, Brad McEwen of the Swift Current
Broncos and Kelly McCrimmon of the Brandon Wheat Kings.

Brent Sutter of the Red Deer Rebels has been named head coach while Brad
McEwen of the Swift Current Broncos and Dallas Gaume of the Red Deer Rebels
will serve as assistant coaches.

“There were some tough decisions to be made but with the group of players
that were chosen we feel that our conference will be represented very well,
” stated Brent Sutter, Head Coach of the WHL’s Eastern Conference All-Star
Team.

The team includes the current top three WHL scorers, Nathan Barrett,
Lethbridge Hurricanes (1st – 68 Pts), Tyler Beechey, Calgary Hitmen (Tied
2nd – 59 Pts) and Matt Hubbauer, Regina Pats (Tied 4th – 57 Pts). Leading
the defence will be Ian White of the Swift Current Broncos, the Western
Hockey League’s leading scoring defencemen with 52 points. Also included on
the team are four members of Canada’s Silver Medal Nat Read more »

The CHL Daily News

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INSIDE THE CHL RETURNS WITH NEW EDITION ON FRIDAY

The latest edition of Inside the CHL will be available at the official
website of the Canadian Hockey League, www.chl.ca, on Friday afternoon.

Inside the CHL is a look around the Canadian Hockey League, the largest
hockey league in the world. The show is posted at www.chl.ca. and is also
heard on junior hockey radio broadcasts across the country.

On Edition number 5, host Roger Lajoie previews the upcoming Hershey Cup CHL
All-Star Series of Games, along with the Home Hardware CHL Top Prospects
Game as well. CHL commissioner David Branch is among the guests on the show,
which CHL radio stations are invited to download and use during their
intermissions.

Inside the CHL is produced every two weeks, with the next edition after
Friday’s available Friday, Jan. 25.

WESTERN HOCKEY LEAGUE

There are five games in the WHL on Wednesday night. Saskatoon is at Calgary,
Prince Albert travels to Lethbridge, Medicine Hat is at Red Deer, Kelowna is
at Spokane and Prince George (8) plays in Brandon.

There were two games in the WHL Tuesday night as Medicine Hat doubled Prince
Albert 6-3 and Portland beat Vancouver 6-3.

At Medicine Hat, Ben Thomson scored two goals and added two assists to lead
Medicine Hat to victory. Joffrey Lupul added two goals and one assist to the
winners’ attack, while Jeremy Colliton had one goal and one assist for the
losers. Sean Connors made 28 saves in goal for Medicine Hat.

At Vancouver, Josef Balej scored three goals to lead Portland to Read more »

Kings Update- Half Way Home

by Tony Calfo
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It has been quite a season already for the Kings and their system, but despite an average record for the Big Club, the Kings’ farm system has never stood taller.

The big news around the Kings’ system is the play of their prospects at the World Junior Championships. The Kings owned the rights to three of the top six point scorers in the WJC’s. Gold Medal winner Alexander Frolov is the real deal and the hockey world seems to know it now. Rave reviews about his blend of smooth skating and power around the net are still coming in. Frolov’s walk-out goal in the final game was huge and started the rally that won the game for Russia. Frolov has the potential to be the impact rookie that the Kings have not seen since Luc Robitaille. Frolov could arrive as soon as next season, which would allow him to play with Jason Allison. The Kings must be drooling at the prospect of pairing a playmaker like Allison with a potential finisher like Frolov. In any case, Frolov is emerging as the crown jewel of the Kings’ system.

Another riser is the diminutive Mike Cammalleri. Cammalleri lead the WJC’s in goals and points and emerged as a leader on Team Canada. Cammalleri is not real big, but is an intriguing player due to his scoring and leadership abilities. Mike’s success at Michigan and the WJC’s has him rising up the charts of Kings’ prospects.

Jared Aulin’s 9 points put him third among the scoring leaders at the WJC’s. Aulin is am NHL caliber player who can play both center and wing. Aulin continues to impress as well and caught the eye of the hockey world.

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