By Mike Buskus
“First period” report
This started out as a “first quarter” (20 games out of 80) report but,
variety of reasons, got delayed in writing and editing. This writer
somewhat arbitrarily, have limited the writeup to the first 20 games,
ignoring the next five that have been played did not seem to make
instead of four “quarterly” recaps, there will be only three,
with approximately equal “thirds” of the season. So, it is now a
period” report, or a recap after “one third” of the “game”. Since the
Albany River Rats have played 25 out of their 80 regular season
this is a grade report to date.
Not since the Albany River Rats won the Calder Cup in their second year
existence (1994-1995) (Mike Dunham; Corey Schwab) has the minor league
affiliate of the New Jersey Devils been so blessed with goaltending
The River Rats actually have three prospects who probably have a future
the NHL. The trio of Ari Ahonen, J.F. Damphousse and Scott Clemmensen
wowed the fans, and impressed the scouts.
Damphousse currently is in New Jersey, as backup to Martin Brodeur.
most experienced of the three netminders, Damphousse worked five games
the River Rats (1-1-1; 3.62 GAA; .883 save percentage), plus one start
(Tampa Bay) and one relief effort (Washington) with the Devils.
Damphousse got a real “trial by fire” last year (2000-2001) with the
River Ra Read more »
With the first 5 cuts over with there was little time to relax for those players still fighting for a spot on Team Canada. Most of the players who are assured a spot on the squad sat out the first game against the OUA All-Stars on Thursday night. Sitting this one out were: Jay Bouwmeester, Dan Hamhuis, Jay Harrison, Mark Popovic, Jason Spezza, Mike Cammalleri, Steve Ott, Jarrett Stoll, Brad Boyes and Brian Sutherby. We can assume these players will be around for the team picture on Saturday.
It was not an awe-inspiring game for the juniors who lost 4-3 to the more senior team made up mainly of ex-OHL’rs.
All four goalies were solid but I think it is safe to say that Shane Bendera and Pascal Leclaire will be the ones left standing come Saturday. Olivier Michaud played well but he tends to give up more rebounds than the others, while Ray Emery is solid but in my opinion just isn’t at the skill level of the other two.
Rick Nash was one of Canada’s best players showing a large improvement over Wednesday night. He showed great puck control and scored and end-to-end goal that had the crowd ooying and ahhing. If he continues to play as he did, he will definitely make the roster.
Duncan Keith just won’t go away. I thought there was no way this guy was going to compete with the top d-men in the country but he has been an offensive and defensive force so far. He is a good skater and passer and he works very hard. I believe he m Read more »
FOUR TEAMS LEFT TO BID FOR 2002 MASTERCARD MEMORIAL CUP ON DEC. 18
The Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds of the Ontario Hockey League have withdrawn
their bid to host the 2002 MasterCard Memorial Cup.
Five Ontario Hockey League teams were scheduled to make formal bids to host
the 2002 MasterCard Memorial Cup, with the bid presentations taking place
Tuesday, Dec. 18 in Toronto. The Greyhounds were scheduled to be one of
those teams, but the club announced on Wednesday that it had decided to
forgo the opportunity to bid, citing difficulties with their facility in
accommodating a Memorial Cup at this time as the primary reason.
The OHL determined before this season that the top four teams in each of its
two conferences (and ties, if any) at the 30-game mark of the regular season
would have the opportunity to play host to the championship tournament of
the Canadian Hockey League from May 18-26, 2002. All OHL teams hit the
30-game mark this past weekend and nine teams were eligible to make bids.
The league announced on Tuesday afternoon that five teams would make formal
bid presentations at Toronto’s Airport Marriott Hotel. The other four teams
that will still make bids on Dec. 18 are the Barrie Colts, the Erie Otters,
the Guelph Storm and the Ottawa 67’s.
The Memorial Cup Selection Committee that will hear the formal presentations
is comprised of Paul Beeston, chief operating officer, commissioner’s office
for Major League Baseball, Frank Bonello, Director of the National Hockey
League’s Central Scouting Bureau and Bryan Read more »
Central Scouting Bureau: 2002 NCAA Rankings
1. Boston University Terriers - Ryan Whitney, D
14 GP, 2 G, 8 A, 10 PTS
2. Notre Dame Fighting Irish - Rob Globke, W
15 GP, 5 G, 6 A, 11 PTS
3. Michigan State Spartans - Jim Slater, C
17 GP, 6 G, 11 A, 17 PTS
4. Michigan Wolverines - Eric Nystrom, W
17 GP, 7 G, 6 A, 13 PTS
5. Yale Bulldogs - Christopher Higgins, C
11 GP, 6 G, 5 A, 11 PTS
6. Minnesota Golden Gophers - Keith Ballard, D
17 GP, 4 G, 9 A, 13 PTS
7. Michigan Wolverines - Jason Ryznar, W
17 GP, 6 G, 3 A, 9 PTS
8. Boston University Terriers - Brian McConnell, C
14 GP, 3 G, 4 A, 7 PTS
9. North Dakota Fighting Sioux - Matt Jones, D
15 GP, 1 G, 2 A, 3 PTS
10. Minnesota Golden Gophers - Barry Tallackson, W
17 GP, 6 G, 2 A, 8 PTS
11. Michigan State Spartans - Lee Falardeau, W
16 GP, 3 G, 5 A, 8 PTS
12. Merrimack Warriors - M Read more »
Dear Mr. Campbell;
In regards to the latest news coming from the NHL offices, surrounding the Saturday game between Anaheim and Calgary, allow me to offer the following comments.
Congratulations for the job you have done in making the NHL offices look even more ridiculous than they have in the past. I didn’t think that anyone could do a job worse than Brian Burke, but you definitely surpassed his level of incompetence. Your approach to dispensing “justice” has taken on a life of its own and has spurned much debate in regards to your approach for cleaning up the game. As opposed to formulating a consistent methodology in dealing with offenders, you have allowed many an ugly precedent to slide, instead choosing to deal with the perpetrators on a case-by-case basis and allow your own personal feelings and relationships to cloud your judgment. The perfect example was this past weekend’s clash between Anaheim and Calgary, where you suspended three men from the Flames organization and only one from the Ducks.
The game in question was very rough from the outset, and the officiating was some of the worst that has been seen in a good long time. The frustrations were high on both sides of the ice and something was bound to happen. Zero control of the game was displayed by either referee (Greg Kimmerly and Brad Meier), which exacerbated an already dangerous situation. Had either of these officials been competent in their duties the end result never would have transpired. Unfortunately neither official showed they had the ability to handle a game at the NH Read more »
The Calder Corner
McDonald: 1 Assist
Heatley: 1 Goal (9), 4 Assists
Kovalchuk: 2 Goals (11, 12), 3 Assists
Tapper: 1 Assist
Boynton: 2 Assists
Girard: 1 Assist
Nichol: 1 Assist
Bell: 1 Goal (6), 1 Assist
Vrbata: 3 Goals (2, 3, 4), 2 Assists
Markannen: 10 Shots, 9 Saves
Huselius: 1 Goal (13), 1 Assist
Hagman: 1 Assist
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Medicine Hat Tigers’ forward Ryan Hollweg was recently selected to the USA WJC team. Here are his thoughts on the upcoming tournament as well as some interesting things you may not have known about.
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Team: HC Ocelari Trinec midgets
Birthdate: May, 27th, 1986
Weight: 180 lbs. Read more »
Central Scouting Bureau: 2002 NHL Draft USHL Rankings
Topeka Scarecrows - Vince Bellisimo, C
Stats: 23 GP, 13 G, 17 A, 30 P, 21 PIM
Des Moines Buccaneers - Jeff Genovy, C
Stats: 24 GP, 5 G, 9 A, 14 P, 43 PIM
Chicago Steel - Tom Gilbert, D
Stats: 24 GP, 7 G, 8 A, 15 P, 38 PIM
Green Bay Gamblers - Matthew Greene, D
Stats: 20 GP, 1 G, 6 A, 7 P, 70 PIM
Green Bay Gamblers - Nathan Guerin, D
Stats: 21 GP, 1 G, 6 A, 7 P, 48 PIM
Des Moines Buccaneers - Michael Hutchins, D
Stats: 23 GP, 4 G, 16 A, 20 P, 52 PIM
Green Bay Gamblers - Jake Taylor, D
Stats: 20 GP, 1 G, 1 A, 2 P, 35 PIM
Cedar Rapids Roughriders - PJ Atherton, D
Stats: 24 GP, 5 G, 14 A, 19 P, 34 PIM
Des Moines Buccaneers - Kris Bouchard, W
Stats: 24 GP, 7 G, 10 A, 17 P, 16 PIM
Rochester Mustangs - Tim Conboy, D Read more »
Toronto, Ontario – The Ontario Hockey League today announced the weekly list
of the Top Five Bantam Regional Rankings for the 2001-02 season.
Each week, the Top Five Bantam Regional Rankings are selected by a panel of
Ontario Hockey League Central Scouting staff based on team play during the
ranking period. Teams are divided into four territories for the purpose of
the rankings including; Central (GTHL), East (Ajax and east), West (Oakville
and west) and North (Richmond Hill and north).
The OHL Cup, which is sponsored by the Ontario Hockey League, showcases some
of Ontario’s finest Bantam aged hockey players during a six day tournament
held March 25 – 30, 2002 in Brantford.
The champion from each of the Ottawa District Minor Hockey Association,
Hockey Northwestern Ontario, Ontario Minor Hockey Association, Minor Hockey
Alliance of Ontario, Northern Ontario Hockey Association and the Greater
Toronto Hockey League, along with the host Brantford 99’ers, will compete in
the 2002 Ontario Bantam Championship for the OHL Cup.
The Top Five Bantam Regional Rankings will be released each Tuesday leading
up to the 2002 OHL Cup, along with a monthly composite ranking.
Regional Rankings – Week 5
1) Nepean Raiders
2) Quinte Red Devils
3) Ottawa Valley Titans
4) Whitby Wildcats
5) Peterborough Petes
1) Oakville Rangers
2) Huron Perth Lakers
3) Elgin-Middlesex Chiefs
4) Grey Bruce Highlanders Read more »