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The OHL Names the Players of the Month

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Toronto – The Ontario Hockey League today announced the performers of the
month for December 2001.

Molson OHL Player of the Month – Kevin Dallman, Guelph Storm

The Molson OHL Player of the Month for December is Guelph Storm defenceman
Kevin Dallman, who scored seven goals and eight assists for 15 points in 11
games to help the Storm to a 4-2-3-1 record last month.

Dallman, the Storm captain, leads all OHL defencemen in scoring this season
with 16 goals and 35 assists for 51 points in 38 games. He recorded points
in 10 of the Storm’s 11 games last month, and scored a hat trick December 9
against Ottawa.

OHL Rookie of the Month – Petr Taticek, Sault Ste. Marie

The OHL Rookie of the Month for December is Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds
centre Petr Taticek, who scored six goals and nine assists for 15 points in
nine games.

Taticek, an 18-year-old Czech native, scored goals in five of the
Greyhounds’ nine games last month, including a two-goal game December 30
against London.

Taticek, the Greyhound’s first pick in the 2001 CHL Import Draft, is a
highly rated prospect for the 2002 NHL Entry Draft. He is second among
Greyhounds scorers with 14 goals and 26 assists for 40 points in 38 games.

OHL Goaltender of the Month – David Chant, Barrie Colts

The OHL Goaltender of the Month for December is David Chant of the Barrie
Colts, who posted a 4-2-0 record, along with a 1.48 goals against average
and .954 save percentage, in six games.

Chant, a 20-year-old native of Toronto, appeared in six of Read more »

Top Prospects Game Rosters Announced

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SASKATOON – Three members of Canada’s silver medal winning team from the
World Junior Hockey Championships are among the players who will take part
in the 2002 CHL Home Hardware Top Prospects Game, January 31 in Saskatoon,
Saskatchewan.

The celebrity coaches for this year’s game, Hockey Night in Canada
commentator and former WHL goaltending star Kelly Hrudey and former WHL star
and Toronto Maple Leaf, Dave “Tiger” Williams, were in Saskatoon Monday to
help announce the names of the 40 players who will participate in the
events,
which this year includes a Skills Competition. The Canadian Hockey League,
along with the 2002 Home Hardware Top Prospects Organizing Committee,
announced the rosters for the 2002 CHL Home Hardware Top Prospects Game, as
selected by the National Hockey League’s Central Scouting Department, at a
media conference in Saskatoon.

The full rosters are listed below. This year’s game takes place at
Saskatchewan Place in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan on Thursday, January 31 and
features the top 40 CHL prospects for the 2002 NHL Entry Draft, as selected
by the NHL’s Central Scouting Department. The game will be broadcast live on
Rogers Sportsnet.

Virtually every player to perform in the CHL Home Hardware Top Prospects
Game has been selected in the NHL Entry Draft. Such current NHL stars as Joe
Thornton, Vincent Lecavalier, Simon Gagne, David Legwand, Scott Gomez, Chris
Phillips, Alex Tanguay and Eric Brewer have appeared in the
Game.

Forty of the best young prospects in the CHL will appear in this Read more »

Final Days of the WJC

by Ivana Paulova
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Check out the last games of the WJC!

Placing Game 7-8

Slovakia – Czech Republic 2:6

1st Period

09:30 CZE Pozivil (Plekanec, Blatak) 0:1 PP

2nd Period

20:36 CZE Plekanec (Blatak, Novotny) 0:2
29:21 CZE Hemsky (Horava) 0:3 PP
32:00 CZE Podlesak (unassisted) 0:4
35:40 SVK Kopecky (unassisted) 1:4

3rd Period

41:42 CZE Krajicek (Horava) 1:5 PP
51:00 CZE Horava (Hemsky) 1:6
59:18 SVK Kristin (Macho) 2:6

The game was best defined by the best awareded player of Czech Republic
Miloslav Horava: “There is nothing to say, at least the seventh
place”
. Czech squad finally managed to score more then 1 goal against an
equal opponent, but the victory brought nothing more than just the seventh
place. Julius Supler the head coach of the Slovakia explained the
reason for the Czech victory: “From our perspective it wasn’t a good
game. I even think that this was the worst game we have played on this
tournament. Our players were well motivated for this contest, but they made
a lot of mistakes. In contrast Czechs player very well and they deserved the
victory”
.

Placing Game 5-6

USA – Sweden 3:2

1st Period

15:08 USA Umberger (Whitney, Larose) 1:0

2nd Period

37:36 USA Hollweg (Umberger, Brown) 2:0

3rd Period

48:51 SWE Widing (Hedlund) 2:1 PP
52:33 SWE Oberg (Hedlund, Widing) 2:2 PP Read more »

Waterloo Black Hawks midseason report

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Waterloo Black Hawks (8-16-1=17pts):

In Waterloo, Black Hawk fans are celebrating 40 years of hockey. Unfortunately, that is about the only thing they are able to celebrate right now. The Black Hawks have struggled, and struggled mightily all season long. In 8 season victories, only 1 has been in regulation. Otherwise, they relied on their star goaltender Josh Siembida to carry them to victory in overtime or a shootout. Siembida was 7-12-1 for Waterloo with a 2.81 GAA and .918 saves percentage, which were fantastic numbers considering the way Waterloo has played.

It was good enough to get Siembida called up to the University of North Dakota at the midway point. So the Black Hawks only constant is now gone leaving the job up in the air. Jeff Jakaitis out of Rochester, Minnesota and Beau Fritz, acquired from the Lincoln Stars recently will fight for the position.

The Black Hawks have been very inconsistent all season long. There are many young players and at times, youth can be to blame for this team but lack of execution and indecisiveness has killed this squad. Cole Baron (5-11-16) and Nate Hansen (4-8-12) are the only two Black Hawks in double figures in scoring and Hansen was acquired recently so all his points are not as a Black Hawk. That shows the gaping hole in the offensive zone for this very young team.

The defense has been respectable led by a pair of young stars in that of Jim Jensen (1-2-3) and Rob Lehtinen (2-6-8). If this team sticks together into next season there is a chance that they will begin to win, but unfortunately unles Read more »

Head to Head: Milan Kraft Vs. Kris Beech

by Marc Lapointe
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Milan Kraft VS Kris Beech

We have an unfair battle hhere. Beech has posted many more points then Kraft
this season and Kraft just got send to the minors. Beech won the first
“battle” between the two top prospects of the Penguins, but the war is not
done yet.

Overall Offensive Game:

If you look at Milan Kraft’s stats this season you’re probable gonna
conclude that he was struggling badly. But stats aren’t everything in this
wonderful sport, he was actually one of the most dangerous forward for the
Pens for some games. Kraft is able to get alot of scoring chances but he has the
unfortunate tendency to not capitalize on them. If Kraft can finally find the back of the net regularly, he will become the forward the Pens saw in him
at the 1998 draft. As for Kris Beech, he came in Pittsburgh with great
expectations after being traded for arguably the most skilled player in the
world, Jaromir Jagr. In my mind Beech hasn’t been a disappointment so far. He has showed some really
good skills and hockey sense for a youngster. But nothing has been easy for
the Penguins this year and appearing on the score sheet is sometimes “mission
impossible”. If Beech would have played with
offensive system that was utilized by the Penguins the past couple years, he would have
twice as many points. Beech creates a lot of scoring chances with his
incredible offensive assets but he took awhile to score his first NHL
goal.

Both potential future stars have seen Ice-time during the struggling Penguins
Powerplay this year. Result? They simply d Read more »

WJC final game recap

by Robert Neuhauser
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The championship title. The goal of every team involved in some sport. And the final battle
is often the most exciting event when the top two teams clash. At this year’s WJC the Russian
and Canadian teams were those two gladiators ready to enter the arena. The Russians thrashed
the USA team and defeated the Finns in an overtime battle on their way to the gold medal
game while the Canadians had to face Swedes and Swiss. Stan Butler’s guys have beaten both
of those teams to establish a final game between the two mighty warriors – Russia and Canada.

The Canadians have had a marvellous start into the game. Andrei Medvedev’s second contact
with the puck came as he had to put it out of his net. The first Canadian raid was a
succesfull one. Jarret Stoll raced with it into the Russian zone, fired a shot at Medvedev
who made the save, but he deflected it in front of him. He couldn’t reach it with his glove
and the defense couldn’t clear Brian Sutherby from the crease. Sutherby didn’t have a problem
to pop the puck into the Russian net with only 22 seconds played.
A cold shower for the Russians, now they faced the fact that they have to cut the Canadian
lead from the very beginning of the game instead of building their own lead. And the
Canadians didn’t look as they would be willing to let their lead cut. During the first
minutes they forechecked hard, played well aggresively and handled the pace of the game
with poise. Pascal Leclaire wasn’t under a huge pressure and the Canadians looked better. Read more »

The Defense Rests

by David Glaz
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When the Calgary Flames came out of the gates like gangbusters, hockey fans alike were waiting with baited breath to see if this team was for real. Fans were apprehensive, and the citizens of Calgary decided to wait out the team, to see whether or not the hot start was an anomaly or if this team had finally turned the corner.

Calgary had a tremendous October and did some of the same in November. Jarome Iginla was setting the league afire and has yet to be dethroned as NHL leading scorer. Roman Turek was a fortress and provided stability in the net the likes of which Calgary hadn’t seen for years. Derek Morris was playing a solid all around game, the young defense core was stepping up, and the acquisitions of Craig Conroy, Dean McAmmond, and Bob Boughner were paying off.

Then the team hit the toilet. Roman Turek missed a few games, but the Flames managed to hang on with solid team play. Turek also signed a contract extension and saw his game suffer for a while, but he since played admirably, but not as he started the year. On the 29th of November, Morris went down with a wrist injury of undisclosed severity. Morris was logging close to 30 minutes a game and quarterbacking a vaunted powerplay that was striking consistently in the 20% range. That was a month ago, and since then Calgary has gone 3 for 66 when on the man advantage. The penalty killing, while anemic at the start of the year, has actually gotten worse. At the time of this writing, Calgary has given up eight powerplay goals in the past five games. Morris is expected to miss anoth Read more »

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