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All-Star Weekend in Switzerland

by Joeri Loonen
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The 253.321 votes are counted and the rosters are set. SC Bern and HC Lugano bring in the most players with 7 each. The game is played follwing a Swiss All-Star team vs a World All-Star team containing an import selection from the Swiss league(s).

The following players were selected:

SWISS ALL-STARS

Goalies:

#33 Pauli JaksHC Ambri-Piotta
#41 Lars WeibelHC Davos

Defensemen:

#5 Patrick SutterHC Lugano
#7 Mark Streit ZSC Lions
#8 Martin Steinegger SC Bern
#15 Mathias Seger ZSC Lions
#22 Olivier Keller HC Lugano
#25 Rolf Ziegler SC Bern
#29 Philippe Marquis HC Fribourg-Gottéron
#72 David Jobin SC Bern

Forwards:

#19 Peter Jaks ZSC Lions
#26 John Fritsche HC Ambri-Piotta
#28 Martin Plüss Kloten Flyers
#32 Ivo Rüthemann SC Bern
#35 Trevor Meier Lausanne HC
#38 Sandy Jeannin HC Lugano
#44 Sébastien Reuille SC Rapperswil-Jona
#76 Frédéric Rothen EV Zug
#83 Reto von Arx HC Davos
#91 Patrick Fischer HC Davos
#96 Christian Dubé HC Lugano
#97 Adrian Wichser Kloten Flyers

Coach:

Ralph Krüger

WORLD ALL-STAR

Goalies:

#31 Ari Sulander ZSC Lions
#39 Cristobal Huet HC Lugano

Defensemen:

#4 Mike Gaul HC Fribourg-Gottéron
#11 Kari Martikainen SC Rapperswil-Jona
#27 Serge Poudrier Lausanne HC Read more »

USHL – Black Hawks make moves to bolster playoff hopes

by pbadmin
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With the trading deadline at midnight Tuesday night, the Waterloo Black Hawks phone was pretty busy. The Black Hawks and head coach Scott Koberinski made three deals before the USHL trading deadline. In the first deal Waterloo sent USHL defensive veteran Eric Weum, who has been out for awhile with mono, to the Great Falls Americans of the AWHL.

In return the Hawks get the Americans captain Zac Headrick who on the season has amassed 6 goals and 25 assists to go with 128 penalty minutes. Headrick led all defenseman in the AWHL in scoring. Waterloo also sent forward Nate Hansen to the Des Moines Buccaneers in return for Andrew Nelson. Nelson totaled 6 goals and 9 assists on the year for the Bucs. In the final trade of the day Waterloo also sent recently acquired big man Keith Boyer to Des Moines in exchange for forward Ross Carlson. On the year Carlson has 5 goals and 12 assists. Final rosters are not set until early in February.

The Black Hawks hope the new offensive minded defenseman and experienced forwards will help push the Hawks over the hump and into contention for a potential playoff spot. Currently Waterloo is 10-19-1 for 21 and 12th place out of a 13 team league. The 8th and final playoff spot is currently held by the Chicago Steel who have 30 points. If Waterloo can shore up it’s offensive problems and keep their solid goaltending they are just a winning streak away from getting into the final spot.

Another player coming back home?

by Joeri Loonen
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Will with Goran Bezina another Swiss player return to the Swiss league from North-America?
The 21 year old was one of the best Swiss defensemen in the league and thanks to his ‘NHL-body” he tried to make the jump to the NHL last summer. However with Phoenix’ farm team Springfield Falcons things aren’t going exactly his way. Bezina only gets dressed every second game, usually as a forward, and his stats this season are disappointing.

“I will talk to the coaching staff once more. It is well possible I will return to Switzerland,” he said to Swiss newspaper “Blick” after he wasn’t selected in the Swiss Olympic team. In another newspaper “Le Matin” he said: “Perhaps will I skate for Fribourg-Gottéron in the playoffs.” Other possible teams he could move to: Lugano and SC Bern.

Things are going better for two other defensemen of whom is less expected. Ottawa Senators prospect, defenseman Julien Vauclair logs quite a lot of ice time with Grand Rapids Griffins and has been selected by national team coach Ralph Krüger in the Olympics squad. Also the Senators are satisfied with his development as Senators’ scout Mr. Johnston told me recently during the WJC. Timo Helbling has yet to miss a game with the Milwaukee Admirals. The 4th Swiss player in the AHL, center Read more »

Silver Medal Haul for Canada

by HF Staff
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British Columbians have gold envy.

And the old adage that everything has a silver lining just doesn’t seem to cut it after all the second-place showings lately.

Sure, winning silver is better than finishing out of the medals, but there’s just something about obtaining the gold that Canadian hockey fans crave.

The silver medal haul started with the Canada Selects losing 4-3 to HC Davos in overtime of the Spengler Cup in Davos, Switzerland.

Of all things, it was former Vancouver Canuck Lonny Bohonos who scored the game winning goal for the host squad in the extra frame.

Then came the World Junior Hockey Championships in Hradec Kralove and Pardubice, Czech Republic.

Team Canada finished 3-1 in the round-robin portion of the event, by trouncing France 15-0, downing the Swiss 6-1 and beating the Russians 5-2 before losing 4-1 to the Finns.

After a 5-2 quarterfinal win over the Swedes and a 4-0 blanking of the Swiss in the semifinals, hopes were high that the Canadians would return from overseas with gold medals in their hands.

Edmonton’s Brian Sutherby and Osoyoos sniper Chuck Kobasew of the Kelowna Rockets helped Canada build up a 2-0 first period lead, which they increased to a 3-1 advantage in the second on a marker by Kamloops Blazer forward Scottie Upshall.

Three straight goals by the Russians definitely doused Canada’s hopes until Kobasew tipped in a point shot off the stick of Prince George Cougar defenceman Dan Hamhuis of Smithers. Kobasew’s second of the game in the third tied Read more »

US Squeaks Out Win Over Canada

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It was a sea of red and white, faces painted with the maple leaf-like Canadian Hockey Association logo.

Fans were waving Canadian flags enthusiastically. GM Place was charged with the electricity of international competition as the two best women’s teams in the world came to meet in the “Final Face-off”.

The 3-2 loss of Team Canada to Team USA on Tuesday, Jan. 8 was disappointing only because it could have gone the other way so easily. Team Canada was on fire, outshooting Team USA 32-18.

At the morning game-day skate, Canadian head coach Danielle Sauvageau had referred to Team USA’s powerplay as, “the best in the world – men’s or women’s team.”

It was that strong powerplay that brought the USA the first goal of the game. With Lori Dupuis in the penalty box, Karyn Bye’s shot from the point found the net behind Canadian goaltender Kim St.-Pierre.

However, Canada dominated much of the play in the first two periods with Team USA’s head coach Ben Smith describing the game as, “the antithesis of the previous games we’ve played.”

He went on to refer to the game as a “battle” and said, “we snuck one out tonight.”

Hayley Wickenheiser, described by most as the best female hockey player in the world, scored the tying goal for Canada at the 12:43 mark of the second period.

Most of the evening’s penalties came in the second period as well, with both teams trying to get the upper hand on their opponent. Vancouver Griffins’ captain and local favourite Nancy Drolet ha Read more »

Report from the Viking Cup

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Thumbs up to co-coaches Mark Holick, Mike Vandekamp, general manager Garry Davidson and the entire British Columbia Hockey League squad, which brought back a silver medal from the Viking Cup in Camrose, Alta.

The only loss for Team BCHL came in the final, a 5-4 loss to AugustanaUniversity (or should I say Team Geritol). Augustana had players up to the age of 27.

So from seventh to second in two years for the best from the BCHL, not bad. Hold your heads up high boys. Now maybe we finally leave the whole Cowichan Valley/Viking Cup mess behind us, although I have a feeling there may be a few heated words at the league’s semi-annual general meetings in Nanaimo next week during the all-star break.

We all must agree though that hats go off to Cowichan for helping T.J. Caig achieve his goal of attending college.

When he departed for Minnesota and Duluth last week, Caig was the Caps leading scorer. Cowichan coach Greg Adams and his staff should be commended for doing their best to enable one of the most talented players in the league to take it to the next level.

Speaking of scholarships, 21 players have now committed to schooling for the 2002-03 season. The latest addition being Vernon’s Chad Clower, who gives the Vipers their fourth player who will be studying the three R’s next season, – reading, writing and wrist shots.

The Chilliwack Chiefs currently lead the way with five players having committed to head south of the border while South Surrey and Penticton each have three signings.

By the time you ar Read more »

Stanton “On his Head”

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He has the best goals against average in the Western Hockey League, an eyelash above two (2.02). He has the best save percentage in the WHL an eyelash above 93 (.934). His record over his last 11starts is 8-1-2.

Oh yeah, he’s the Cougars “back-up goalie” and his name is Kyle Stanton.

The 19-year-old from “The Little Town that Did” (Chemainus, B.C.) is doing it for the Prince George Cougars.

“I’m just seeing the puck very well right now,” said Stanton, who earned his second career WHL shutout Dec. 29 in Spokane. “I want more playing time and to get that, I need to play like this.”

Stanton’s WHL career began in Kelowna before a trade brought him to the Cougars a season ago. He’s shared the Cougar crease with Billy Thompson, who has seen the bulk of work for the Cats.

Thompson was a fifth round draft pick of the Florida Panthers in the 2001 National Hockey League Entry Draft.

“Billy and I are great friends,” Stanton said. “We don’t feel like there is any goaltending controversy, we both want to play and when he plays well I’m happy for him.”

“Kyle’s a great goalie,” Thompson said. “He’s my teammate and it’s just to bad we can only play one goalie at a time.”

Cougar head coach Ed Dempsey noted that the current situation promotes healthy competition. “Not to many teams have two quality goaltenders like we do,” Dempsey said. “I think they both understand our situation and are working together to keep themselves sharp.”

COUGAR TRACKS: The Cougars continue to battle for first place atop the BC Read more »

Game Misconduct: Are We Missing Something on Jason Spezza?

by Tony Bryson
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A player comes along every now and then that captures the eye of scouts at a very young age. He is so superior to any of his peers that he is dominant in every aspect of the game. It’s not a matter of just having a size or skill advantage, or being brighter that the other players, but a blend of all of these gifts. This player brings such ability and leadership that teams are built around this individual. Jason Spezza was one of these players.

At a very young age, people could see Jason was something special. He had skill oozing out of his pores. Jason was a kid that had scouts salivating before he was more than a year into his teens. He played in the Ontario Hockey League for the Brampton Battalion one year before he was draft eligible, and lead that team in scoring at the tender age of fifteen. He ended up being drafted first overall in the 1999 OHL Priority player draft by the expansion Mississauga Ice Dogs. The Ice Dogs were ecstatic about getting Spezza, as this was a player that they could build a championship team around. In his first year with the Ice Dogs, Jason did not disappoint. He scored a respectable sixty-one points in a mere fifty-two games, leaving him second on the team to only Chad Wiseman. It should be noted that Wiseman did have an advantage of playing sixteen games more games than Spezza that season. The Ice Dogs only won nine games that year, but they had a player they could build a winner around.

The fall of 2000 took Jason back to Mississauga for the start of the season. The Ice Dogs were not a very good team and headin Read more »

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