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Once again this year, the best junior hockey players in the world will be on
display at the World Junior Hockey Championships and therefore once again,
so will the top stars from the Canadian Hockey League.

The final roster for Canada’s National Junior Team was announced on the
weekend and of the 22 players on the team, 21 of them are Canadian Hockey
League players. The breakdown of Team Canada: 10 players are from the
Western Hockey League, nine players are from the Ontario Hockey League, two
players are from the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League and there is one
player from the U.S. college ranks.

The World Junior Hockey Championship will be held from Dec. 25, 2001 to
January 4, 2002 in the Czech Republic. Numerous other CHL import players are
also participating in the event on teams from other countries.

All of Team Canada’s games from the World Junior Hockey Championship will be
broadcast live on TSN. Team Canada plays two exhibition games, Dec. 20
(against Liberec, a Czech Republic Division 1 team) and on Dec. 22 (against
Finland), before opening the World Junior Hockey Championship tournament
Christmas Day against France.

You can also follow the exploits of Team Canada at www.canadianhockey.ca,
which will contain up to date information on the WJHC throughout the event.

WESTERN HOCKEY LEAGUE

There are no games in the WHL on Thursday night.

On Wednesday night in the WHL, Kamloops (6) edged Seattle 6-5, Prince Albert
stopped Kelowna 3-2, Saskatoon and Regina played to a 1-1 tie and Brandon
edged Moose Read more »

Loose Pucks

by Ron Valerino
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PITTSBURGH FORGE NAHL JUNIOR A …… NEWS :
Find all the info you need on Pittsburgh’s new Junior A team at:
http://www.pittsburghforge.com/ Read more »

Team Roster Switzerland WJC

by Joeri Loonen
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Switzerland isn’t a candidate for the gold medal but should try to build on the progression they’ve made the past few years. On the roster are 4 drafted players and several players that are 2002 eligible. Expect an update on those players on Hockeysfuture after the tournament.

Three goalies will travel to the Czech Republic. Two of them being 2002 draft eligible
Daniel Manzato 01.17.84 Victoriaville Tigers, QMJHL (2002 Draft Eligible)
Matthias Schöder 07.20.82 GCK Lions, NLB (Schöder was called up to NLA-team ZSC Lions for a short period due to injuries this season)
Tobias Stephan 01.21.84 EHC Chur, NLA (2002 Draft Eligible)

The Swiss defense will have 6 players available that are currently full time NLA-players. 2 of them being drafted already. Also their defense will hold 1 2002 draft eligible player:
René Back 09.08.82 EHC Chur, NLA
Lukas Baumgartner 03.15.84 EHC Kloten, Elite Jr.A (2002 Draft Eligible)
Severin Blindenbacher 03.15.83 EHC Kloten, NLA (Drafted by Phoenix Coyotes) Read more »

Bendera Shipped To Rockets

by Aaron Vickers
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Bendera Sent Packing

In a strong attempt to gain stability between the pipes, Kelowna Rockets General Manager Bruce Hamilton aquired one of the top goalies in the WHL, Shane Bendera. Marred by goaltending trouble, the Rockets sent 19-year-olds Carsen Germyn and Jason Stone to the Rebels.

Bendera, who had posted an 11-6-3 record with a 2.28 GAA and .918 SV% was flipped for goaltender Jason Stone, who had put up respectable numbers of 12-9-2 with a .299 GAA and .899 SV%. Carsen Germyn, one of the most-liked players on the Rockets, had 10 goals and 28 points in 23 games.

There will me more to follow tomorrow…

Around the CHL

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WESTERN HOCKEY LEAGUE

There are four games in the WHL on Wednesday night. Moose Jaw plays in
Brandon, Seattle visits Kamloops (6), Kelowna is at Prince Albert and Regina
visits Saskatoon.

On Tuesday night in the WHL, Medicine Hat stopped Calgary 7-3 and Moose Jaw
defeated Kelowna 4-3.

In Moose Jaw, Shawn Limpright scored twice and added one assist to lead the
Warriors to their win. David Bararuk added one goal and two assists for the
winners, while Kyle Kettles made 23 saves in goal. Kiel McLeod had one goal
and one assist for the losers.

The Rockets announced on Tuesday that they had acquired veteran goaltender
Shane Bendera from the Red Deer Rebels in exchange for forward Carsen Germyn
and goaltender Jason Stone.

In Medicine Hat, Joffrey Lupul scored four goals to spark the Tigers to
their win. Brett Draney added one goal and two assists while Chris St.
Jacques added three assists for the winners. Sean Connors made 28 saves in
goal for Medicine Hat, while Brandon Segal scored his 23rd goal of the
season for Calgary.

ONTARIO HOCKEY LEAGUE

There are three games in the OHL on Wednesday night. Peterborough plays in
Belleville, Mississauga travels to Erie and Sault Ste. Marie visits Owen
Sound.

There were no games in the OHL on either Monday or Tuesday night.

QUEBEC MAJOR JUNIOR HOCKEY LEAGUE

There are four games in the QMJHL on Wednesday night. Halifax (8) is at
Montreal, Cape Breton plays in Rouyn-Noranda, Acadie-Bathurst (1) is at
Baie-Comeau and Rimouski travels to Quebec.

On T Read more »

Albany Week in Review

by Mike Buskus
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Road woes continue

Nothing seems to work, as far as luck goes. On Friday night, the nuclear submarine USS Albany was in Norfolk harbor. On Sunday night, Hershey fans threw hundreds and hundreds of (stuffed) bears on the ice. Neither circumstance brought the slightest bit of luck for the Albany River Rats who, at 1-12-1 away from home, have sunk to the depths of the worst road team in the league. Quite a comedown for Rats’ fans who once boasted (just two years ago) that they had a winning record, lifetime, against every team in the American Hockey League and who were a solid road team.

In the week just past, the Rats dropped a 4-1 contest to the Norfolk Admirals and a 4-3 overtime loss to Hershey. In what was the last regular season game ever in HersheyPark Arena, the Rats had rolled up a 3-0 lead, then let in four unanswered goals, to see a road victory disappear, for a 4-3 loss. Lifetime, the River Rats are 11-7-0-2 on Hershey ice.

On Friday, in their second and final game this season against Norfolk, Albany mustered only one goal, a power play tally by Stephen Guolla, while giving up four, including two power play goals and an empty-netter. Ari Ahonen took the loss for Albany.

The road loss in Hershey should not have happened. The Rats scored the first three goals, all in the first 20 minutes. Joel Bouchard, a good puck-carrying defenseman, got his first goal of the season. Steve Guolla and Jiri Bicek combined on an odd-man rush for Bicek’s seventh goal on the campaign. Max Birbraer got his first on the season.

Th Read more »

Bendera Takes Off For Kelowna

by Aaron Vickers
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Bendera Takes Off For Kelowna

Late yesterday afternoon Shane Bendera had his car packed, but it wasn’t to go join his new Rocket teammates for their game in Moose Jaw against the Warriors. In fact, Bendera wasn’t even aware that he was a member of the Kelowna Rockets at the time. Bendera had his car packed so he could go home for the holidays.

“I was getting ready to go home for Christmas. I had the car all packed and ready to go. Then (Rebel Coach Brent) Sutter calls me into his office told me I got traded to Kelowna,” said Bendera. “…They wanted me in Moose Jaw (right away). So I had to catch a quick flight. I didn’t have time to pack or say any goodbyes.”

The Rockets aquired Bendera in an attempt to stabilize their goaltending, which has struggled at the best of times this season. As a team, the Rockets are 14-18-2, but are almost a lock for a playoff spot after acquiring arguably the best goalie in the WHL. The acquisition of Bendera comes not a moment too soon for Rockets General Manager Bruce Hamilton. His Rockets have not been consistent in net, and as a team have a 3.36 GAA with an .879 SV%. Bendera enters the organization sporting an 11-6-3 record with a 2.28 GAA and .918 SV%.

But a team cannot aquire a goaltender of the caliber of Shane Bendera without losing a few keys to success as well. Lost by the Rockets was former starting goalie, and the man Bendera replaces, Jason Stone. Stone, in 27 games, had posted a respectable 12-9-2 record with a 2.99 GAA and .890 S Read more »

Shawn Snider Named OHL Player of the Week

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Toronto – The Ontario Hockey League today announced that Sudbury Wolves
centre Shawn Snider is the OHL Player of the Week for the week ending
Sunday
December 16, 2001 after scoring four goals and two assists for six points
in
three games.

Snider, a 20-year-old native of Fergus, recorded at least one point in
each
of three Wolves wins last week. He opened the week with a goal in a 5-3
home
ice win over the Barrie Colts on December 14. He scored the game-winning
goal and assisted on another as the Wolves defeated the Kingston
Frontenacs
5-0 in Kingston on December 15 and scored two goals, including the
game-winner, along with an assist in a 4-3 road win over the Mississauga
IceDogs on December 16.

Snider leads the Wolves with 14 goals and 24 assists for 38 points in 33
games this season.

Shawn Snider
Born: Fergus, ON, February 1, 1981
Position: Centre Shoots: Right
Ht: 5.10 Weight: 170 lbs.
Sault Ste. Marie’s 5th round selection, 102nd overall, in the 1998 OHL
Priority Selection.

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