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 »
Dimitry Afanasenkov (6.5) If Ramzi Abid can up his scoring in Springfield, why can’t
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
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
Anton But (7.5) Won fastest skater at a recent all-star exhibition and dominated in the
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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
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
“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 »
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 »
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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
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 »
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
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.
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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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HF: The Russians just beat Switzerland 4-0. What were your impressions of that game?
Ramholt: We started out pretty well against them, but the Russians techically are a very good team. We got this unlucky goal against, which I thought was kicked in and shouldn’t have counted, and that was a mental blow for us. Quikcly after that the Russians scored their 2nd and the game was not in our hands anymore and the Russians dominated.
HF: What about Switzerland’s performance so far in this tournaments. It has been with ups and downs.
Ramholt: We qualified for the quarter finals. That’s what is most important. We played very well against Finland. So far I’ve got a good feeling about our performance.
HF: And what are the expectations for the quarter finals?
Ramholt: We must take it game by game. It’s the only way to approach it really since this will be a knock out round. We just have to give 150% every game since our team is probably the less talented team of the quarter finalists.
HF: Are you satisfied with your own performance so far?
Ramholt: I feel I played well so far. During the game vs Canada I didn’t though, as was the case for more players, but overall I’m satisfied. I always seem to play well at tournaments. You could say I’m a sort of tournament guy.
HF: Why is it that Switzerland always struggles against North-American teams?
Ramholt: I don’t know. It is just a fact. They play a different style and we always have trouble to cope with that. For some players facing a North-American tea Read more »
BRIAN SUTHERBY (C)…After starting in the NHL straight out of training camp, it took seven games for GM George McPhee to return him to his junior club. With Moose Jaw of the WHL, Brian has put up great numbers so far. He has scored 12 goals in 21 games, and is a +8 rating. He was one of three Capitals prospects selected to compete in the recent 2002 World Junior Championships (Silver Medal – Team Canada), where he played on the top checking line scoring 3 goals and 3 assists. Look for Sutherby to continue to impress.
JACUB CUTTA (D)…Began the season for the AHL affiliate Portland Pirates. As a stay-at-home mold defenseman, Jacub’s scoring numbers won’t look that great but continues to log decent ice time as a number 3-4 defenseman for the Pirates. Upon the avalanche of Washington’s injuries , the Caps called up Cutta to add depth to it’s line-up. Cutta played in only 2 games before being sent down, and was unfortunately part of a 5 to 11 demolition display put on by the Ottawa Senators (Oct. 13). Regardless, Jakub continues to impress management and will likely stay in Portland for another year or so before making his full-time Capitals debut.
MATT PETTINGER (LW)…A surprise product running straight from the University of Denver, to the WHL Calgary Hitmen, AHL Portland, and now has been a mainstay in Washington since the first week of the season. With the injury to Steve Konwalchuk, Matt has bee given a long-term shot to develop with Chris Simon, who has been able to clear more space on the ice for him. Matt has 5 g Read more »