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Czech Republic Under-20 team at Five Nations Tournament

by Robert Neuhauser
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The glory days are over. Everything was said and done about the last WJC, the players celebrated
the victories and now play in their respective leagues in the Czech Republic or Canada. Rostislav
Klesla said his statement about the Canadian play at the WJC, Don Cherry replied, but that was
yesterday. By this time it’s time for the Under-20 teams to start over. 1981 born guys are gone
and those born 1982 or later took their place. The first test for those teams took place in
Fussen, Germany, the city where the 1999 Under-18 WJC was played, in the first week of February.

Jaroslav Holik, head coach of the Czech Under-20 team, selected a whole new team, which
consisted of top Czech junior hockey league players with minimum of playing experience in the
Czech Extraleague. It was the first meeting between the 18-year old players and the charismatic
head coach, who wanted to get to know something about the players. For this reason were 2000
World champions Vaclav Nedorost and Tomas Plekanec left at home. They’re proven enough and they
have their roster spots ensured in the Under-20 team. They both play important roles for their
Extraleague teams and the Extraleague games will give them more than those against the players
of their own age in Fussen. By the way, Vaclav Nedorost was selected to perform for the Czech
senior national team at the Sweden hockey games, but he suffered a shoulder injury during his
practice with HC Ceske Budejovice and the injury prevented him from participating at the event.

A brand new team, using four complete lines, Read more »

Islanders Back in QMJHL

by pbadmin
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The Islanders recently signed two of Baie-Comeau’s top players, Marco Charpentier and David St. Germaine. Both players attended Islanders’ training camp last fall, but returned to juniors as free agents. Previous to these signings the Islanders had no prospects in the QMJHL, but now have two king-pins off the first place Drakkar.

Marco Charpentier is a 6’0″ 200lbs, slick right winger who is second on the team in scoring. He just reached the 50 goal and 100 point plateaus, and was recently named Runner-Up for QMJHL Offensive Player of the Month, during which he scored 14 goals and 27 points in 10 games. Marco is currently 6th in the league in scoring with an even 100 points, and third in goals with 51, in only 58 games. He also has 74 PIM, a testament to his gritty play. Earlier in the year, Charpentier had a 5 game goal scoring streak, which ties for 10th longest in the league this year, as well as a separate 11 game point scoring streak. Charpentier is a great addition to the Islanders family and brings speed and scoring to the table.

Teammate David St. Germaine has been the backbone for Baie-Comeau’s division leading campaign. He is second in the QMJHL in wins and has been solid for Le Drakkar all season long. His .898 save percentage is 7th best in the league and his 3 shutouts are tied for third best among QMJHL goalies. At 5’11” and 175lbs St. Germaine is on the smallish side, but his quick reflexes allow him to cover the net effectively.

Both Charpentier and St. Germaine are 20 year olds in their final year of juniors. Read more »

New Rankings for Caps Prospects, 10-20

by Rick Davis
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John Blankenship and Jeff Charlesworth contributed to this article.

11. Chris Corrinet, C, Princeton (NCAA), Capitals’ fourth choice, 107 overall in 1998
ECAC – 23 games, 11 goals, 10 assists, 28 PIM

John’s comments: Another big player who has good athletic ability. Skates well and has a very good shot. Needs to be a little more physical. He’s a hard worker and may follow in Jeff Halpern’s footsteps and make the Caps. Most likely will play in Portland if he signs.

Rick’s comments: I had Chris rated #11 and John had him rated #12. He has shown consistent improvement in each of his four years at Princeton. He was even leading the ECAC in goals for a while earlier this year. Size, athleticism, and intelligence will all make it easier for him to make the Caps, but unless he absolutely blows up at camp, expect to see him in Portland.

Jeff’s comments: Chris is going to be a player you’ll be hearing a lot about very soon. Although he has been a point-per-game scorer in college, his totals won’t be that high in the NHL. His size and work ethic will make him a solid player in the pros though. There will be expectations of Chris jumping right into Washington, but will start off next season in Portland.

12. Remi Royer, D, Portland (AHL), acquired by Capitals from Chicago, 2000
AHL – 34 games, 1 goal, 6 assists, 126 PIM, -8
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Hlinka gets his chance and never looks back.

by Caitlin LoCascio
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Portland Pirates’ fans have admired the workhorses. Inaugural season’s
Michel Picard (‘93-‘94) will forever be remembered by team supporters; Kevin
Kaminski (‘93-’95, ‘97-’98) will always be sorely missed; recently called
up Trent Whitfield played every game like it was Game 7 of the Stanley Cup
Finals and that can never be forgotten. Now there is a newcomer, a 24 year
old from Slovakia who just wanted a chance to prove himself. All he asked
for was a try, and he blew everyone away.

Martin Hlinka has never been drafted. He was a last minute invitee to the
Washington Capitals training camp after he turned a few heads in the UHL.
He was the only invitee to be suited up at the season’s opening game with a
last-minute 25 game tryout with the Pirates. Well before those 25 games
were up the organization inked him to a deal, and no one has looked back
since.

Hlinka will never be described as a flashy player, but he does it all and he
does it well. Basic skills, such as skating, are something not enough
players have down pack, or at least don’t utilize, but he makes it all
count. His work ethic is proving highly contagious, and the players on his
line are the better for it. He has racked up 26 points in the past 28 games
and has become a key part of the team’s power play, penalty killing, and
other special unit teams.

Being a newcomer with a hastily thrown together contract, Hlinka is
restricted to the AHL for at least the remainder of the season. Until then,
the Pirates’ fa Read more »

Home at Last ?

by Corine Gatti
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After busing for over 1,000 miles on their last road trip, home wasn’t as sweet as it should of been. Their fatigue on the ice captured what was to follow. Norfolk didn’t anticipate that when they laced up their skates that they would play one of their worst games of the season and continue on a four-game skid. Admirals came into Tuesdays game against the Syracuse Crunch leading among teams with fewest goals allowed in the league (2.39). But that changed when the Crunch who are in the midst of a three-game winning streak (20-26-6-2) (63 points),but who are also in fifth place, hammered Norfolk 5-1 in front of an announced crowd of 3,739.

A trapper to keep an eye on? The Crunches, netminder Jean-Francois Labbe (2.96 GAA, (12-14-5 overall) has more saves than any other goaltender in the league (1078). It was to a battle of the netminders in the first period .
Both counterparts only combined 15 shots on goal and rendered no goals. Syracuse Radim Bicanek on a pass from Bill Bower made a slap shot at the 3:24 mark. On a power play, Mathieu Darche slipped the puck in at the right side of the crease making it 2-0 Syracuse. Norfolk answered back when team leading scorer, Casey Hankinson (G-22) plucked the puck out Syracuse defensive zone at 10:45.

A dry spell? In the third, the Crunch moved up when Bill Bower (leads team with G-16) shot from the stick side at 1:54. Thus making it 3-1 Syracuse. Norfolk struggled to get any advantages. The only sound you could hear was the sound of sneers and jeers among the few fans that stuck it out. Norfolk’s re Read more »

An unlikely, but welcome surprise

by Derek Berry
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Every hockey season has its share of surprises.

Things you couldn’t possibly expect to happen come to the forefront and
most of the time they reach the light by the all-star break. In fact,
if you asked anyone in Springfield, Illinois if they thought a player
named Greg Rallo would be the top scorer on their team – the NAHL’s
Springfield Jr. Blues – and named to Team West for the NAHL All-Star
Game in St. Louis, they would probably ask, “who?”

Even head coach Craig Heggs was surprised Rallo stepped into the
spotlight so soon, although he admitted that he was not surprised by
Rallo’s ability to score goals.

“He’s one of the hardest working players on the team,” says Heggs, who
is in his first season with the Springfield Jr. Blues. “He just had to
get comfortable playing against big, strong players and he’s done that.”


TOUGH ROAD

Rallo’s ascent to stardom in the NAHL has been a rocky one, to say the
least.

Local media, fans and everybody else who could voice a complaint
wondered if a player from the AA hockey ranks could cut it at this
level.

“I caught a lot of heat,’ says Heggs, over his decision to let the
rising star play. “I heard a lot of grumbling from a lot of different
places.”

But, coach Heggs stands by his decision and his persistence has paid
off.

The numbers don’t lie.

Rallo has 27 goals and 16 assists, for 43 points at the all-star
break. He is one of the top scorers at the moment in the NAHL.

Heggs believes in the on-the-job-t Read more »

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