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Denver Pioneers Report

by Christa Moore
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After playing two completely different weekend series at home, the Denver University Pioneers should find themselves at the top of all the standings and polls in the NCAA. First a review of this weekends action versus Michigan Tech.

Game one: After an unbelievably physical series against Wisconsin, it would be easy for the Pioneers to take the 5-12-2 Huskies lightly. Kevin Doell scored the first goal early to let them know that this would not be the case. Soon after, defensemen James Armstrong pinched in deep and threw the puck behind him for an easy open net goal for Connor James. This game was tight checking and a bit slow at times.

In the second period, Greg Barber lifted his team to a 3-0 as he cleaned up the garbage in front of the net for a power play tally.

At Magness area, the scores from around the NCAA are only shown during the intermissions while the team is still in the locker room. DU sure came out looking like they knew that mighty St Cloud State had just been upset by last place Minnesota-Duluth. First place and a number one ranking was theirs for the taking if they could hold on to this game and win on Saturday.

Date: Jan 11, 2002 DU Vs. Mich Tech Score 3-1 DU

Scoring for DU:

1st:Kevin Doell PP (Greg Barber, Aaron MacKenzie) Read more »

Talking with German Defender Paul Weismann

by Oliver Janz
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Hello Paul Weismann, how do you fell in Bowling Green right now



If a German fan were to hear the name Paul Weismann, he’d most likely ask,
“Where’s he?” – “What happened to him?” The 20 year old guy from around
Rosenheim, Germany is a former junior national team member and a current
defensive prospect. Weismann went to the USA in the summer of 2000 to study at
the Bowling Green State University in Ohio. And he changed the residence at
the beginning of January as he went to the Geneseo College, New York. As to
whether the reason for this was that he didn’t like the food there or to play hockey for the university team, the Ice Knights, just
take a moment to read this interview with him:

 

HF: Hello Paul Weismann, how do you feel at your new University right
now?

PW: Pretty good. My new competitors are very nice and I enjoy the daily
training sessions.

HF: You were in Germany over parts of the summer. What did you do there –
play some hockey or do some training with the hockey team in Rosenheim?

PW: Yes, I was in Germany for three Read more »

CHL Announces Top Prospects Roster

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Saskatoon, SK: The 2002 Top Prospects Organizing Committee and the Canadian
Hockey League today announced the teams for the 2002 CHL Home Hardware Top
Prospects Festivities at a media conference in Saskatoon. The 2002 Home
Hardware Top Prospects Festivities will be held January 30th and 31st in
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

Hockey Night in Canada broadcaster and former NHL and WHL star Kelly Hrudey’
s team will take on former Toronto Maple Leaf and The Canadian WHL star Dave
“Tiger” Williams team at the seventh annual event. The event 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.

Williams’ team will feature two members of Canada’s silver medal winning
team at the recently completed 2002 World Junior Hockey Championships.
Forward Scottie Upshall of the Kamloops Blazers of the Western Hockey League
and defenceman Jay Bouwmeester of the Medicine Hat Tigers of the WHL will
anchor Williams’ squad, which will meet a team coached by Hrudey.

Hrudey’s team will feature Rick Nash of the London Knights of the Ontario
Hockey League, the top ranked player from the OHL as determined by NHL
Central Scouting, another member of Canada’s national junior team. The top
ranked player from the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, defenceman Martin
Vagner of the Hull Olympiques, is also on Hrudey’s team.

The complete breakdown of the two teams’ rosters is listed below.

Virtually every player to perform Read more »

Albany Week in Review

by Mike Buskus
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Effort good; results fair

The Albany River Rats played well in all three games this past week, but had only three points (one win; one overtime loss) to show for it.

On Wednesday, a valiant comeback effort (from down 3-0 at the second intermission) fizzled when goaltender Ari Ahonen misjudged a Quebec dump-in on a Citadelles? penalty-kill. He wound up clearing the puck to incoming Eric Landry and a Quebec short-handed goal resulted with less than five minutes to go, with a 4-2 Citadelles? victory margin going with it.

Marcel Hossa, Marian Hossa?s little brother, snared a pair of goals to give Quebec the lead. With a marker from Francis Belanger sandwiched in between Hossa?s goals, the Rats faced a 3-0 deficit after 40 minutes. Given recent history this season when in such a predicament after two periods (1-16-1 trailing after two), fans did not expect too much from the Rats.

The Albany River Rats made a good try. Mike Rupp popped in a rebound of a Max Birbraer shot. Two minutes later, Richard Rochefort polished off a rebound of a Joel Dezainde blast. Suddenly, with more than half the third period to go, the Rats only trailed by one and had momentum to boot.

But, a rare goaltending gaffe by Ari Ahonen sealed the Rats? fate. With Martti Jarventie in the box for tripping, Albany had a power play with five minutes remaining in regulation. The Citadelles dumped the puck in. Ahonen got it near the net, but misjudged the speed of incoming Eric Landry. Ahonen?s attempted clearing pass wound up right on Landry?s stick and a sho Read more »

Sabres Report: A Conversation with Derek Roy

by Ken McKenna
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With their first pick of the 2nd round in the 2001 NHL Draft, the Buffalo Sabres chose center Derek Roy of the Kitchener Rangers. It’s fairly certain that Buffalo was most interested in Derek’s offensive skills, a part of his game that has not disappointed during the 2001-02 season.

Roy is currently Kitchener’s leading scorer, having notched 46 points (22G, 24A) in 35 games. After having missed the playoffs the past couple of seasons, Derek and his Kitchener teammates are in the hunt for a playoff spot. A recent 11 game unbeaten streak pushed the Rangers towards the top of the OHL, where they are currently in a dogfight with the Erie Otters and the Guelph Storm in that league’s Midwest Division.

I had a chance to speak with Derek prior to Kitchener’s 1/5/02 game vs. division rival Erie. The following is a transcript of that conversation, with “HF” representing the interviewer and “DR” signifying Derek’s answers.

HF

: Let’s start with the present. You guys are one of the hottest teams in the league, if not all of the CHL. What has kicked in for the team in the last 10 games that has made things go so much better for you?

DR

: Pretty much everything has been clicking really well. We’ve got good goaltending from Scott Dickie and Matt Harpwood. We’re playing good defensively, and waiting for our opportunities. We’ve been bearing down on our opportunities, in which case we win games by one goal. So, those have been the big differences.

HF

: I noticed you had a big game Read more »

In the Spotlight: Filip Novak

by Brandon LeBourveau
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In the Spotlight: Filip Novak

The Rangers’ second round selection, 38th overall, was acquired by the Detroit Red Wings in 2000. With ex-General Manager Neil Smith already dealing the Rangers’ first round selection, which would have been eighth overall, to the Tampa Bay Lightning the previous summer in the package to move up and select forward Pavel Brendl fourth overall, the Rangers kept moving down in the draft.

Rangers GM Glen Sather dealt the 38th overall selection to the Red Wings in return for Detroit’s 2nd and 3rd round selections, 64th and 95th overall. In what was labeled as a “weak” draft talent-wise by many scouts and publications, the Rangers were willing to take a chance on players later in the draft who probably would not have much of a chance in the NHL. The Red Wings selected Tomas Kopecky, a highly-skilled C/LW from Slovakia, 38th overall. The Rangers’ first selection of the draft, which was already 63 picks old. An unfamiliar name then appeared: Filip Novak, D, Regina Pats (WHL), a small, albeit highly skilled, defenseman.

Photo Courtesy of ReginaPats.com

Selected 12th overall in the 1999 Read more »

Hitmen above .500

by Aaron Dowding
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On Jan. 9th the Hitmen played their 43rd game of the season and squeezed over .500 totaling their record to 21-20-2.
The Hitmen at home took an early 3-1 lead against the Saskatoon Blades after the first period.
The teams exchanged a goal a piece in the second and two each in the third for a final score of 6-4.
Calgary looked strong as they killed off a 5 on 3 power play in the first with goalie Sebastien LaPlante standing tall to be the team’s best penalty killer.
Tyler Beechey riding a point streak added to it with a hat trick and two assists for a five-point night and a goal total of 28. Brandon Segal riding a nine game point streak tied Tyler Beechey with his 28th of the year.
With this game Calgary has two wins at home vs. the Blades and are 4-0-0 against them this season.

There are many other things for Hitmen fans to look forward to as Johnny Boychuk heads to Saskatoon to represent Calgary in the CHL Home Hardware Top Prospects Game, which includes the top 40 draft prospects for the coming year.
Also Tyler Beechey will be the only player from the Hitmen to see ice time in Red Deer for the Hershey Cup on Jan. 23.

Winning again.

The Hitmen raided the Prince Albert Raiders of a win on Jan. 11 winning at home 6-4.
Beechey getting the hat trick on the 9th of January decided he would let Owen Fussey take over in front of 7136 fans at the Saddledome. Fussey claimed a hat trick of his own to push his total to 28 for the season.
It wasn’t the nicest looking win as the Hitmen received 31 shots on goal with Sebastien LaPlante minding t Read more »

Coyotes WJC Recap

by Russell Brooks
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This year’s World Junior Championships in the Czech Republic were not impressive for the six Coyotes participants. The great thing about this tournament was that all six of the players are eligible to return to there respective teams next year in Canada along with new players who are signed, traded, or drafted up to next years Championships. Below is a look at each player in a summary of how they produced at the Championships this year. Enjoy!

Fredrik Sjostrom, Sweden – Fredrik ended the tournament up on a strong note with a couple strong games and sufficient playing time. Although Sjostrom didn’t register a point during the tournament, he was promoted to the second line during the 3-2 loss to team USA. Sjostrom showed strong play along the boards but didn’t receive much help from Daniel Widing or Par Backer, who had an exceptional tournament. The 6-foot, 195 lb., right wing from Sweden, finished the tournament with a plus two along with 11 shots on goal. Look for Sjostrom to have a great second half with the Calgary Hitmen of the Western Hockey League.

7 GP, 0 G, 0 A, 0 P, 4 PIM, +2, 11 SOG

Ruslan Zainullan, Russia – Zainullan didn’t make a huge difference on a Russian team that beat Canada in the World Junior Championship finals. He remained on the 4th line the whole tournament with limited ice time in even strength and specialty teams. Ruslan will return to his team in Ak-Bars and hope to continue to make an impact their as he has so far this season. Don’t look at this is a bad tournament for Zainullan as he never had a chance to prove hi Read more »

Hurricanes Pick-Up Quarterback for PP

by Dustin Nielson
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Well the Hurricanes had been missing one thing all year…. a quarterback for their powerplay. Numerous players had been given a shot at the job but the Canes just didn’t have a pure offensive defensemen, now they do.

With the trade deadline looming in the WHL the Hurricanes didn’t waste anytime and completed another deal with the Vancouver Giants. Yet again the Canes were looking to add more offense, in the last deal with the Giants the Hurricanes acquired Jeremy Jackson who was the Giants leading scorer at the time. David Selthun, 19, is headed to the Hurricanes along with 15 year-old Brandon Sadlowski. Going to the Giants are veteran Warren McCutcheon and tough youngster Triston Grant. Grant and McCutcheon will add grit and size to the Giants.

Selthun is just what the doctor ordered for the Canes. He is downright offensive and will see his share of P.P. time in Lethbridge. Selthun was leading the Giants in scoring at the time of the trade with 35 points in 38 games. He was acquired last fall by Vancouver in the expansion draft from the Kelowna Rockets which is where he played his first 3 WHL seasons. The 15-year-old Sadlowski currently plays for the Fort Saskatchewan AAA Rangers where he is the captain.

Hurricanes coach Bryan Maxwell says that to snag a guy like Selthun they had to give up quality in McCutcheon and Grant.

The Hurricanes biggest need at trade deadline time was a veteran offensive d-man but even though they got one don’t be surprised if another move is made. Maxwell said that every team is going to be trying to improv Read more »

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