Offence has been pretty hard to come by this year in the IHL. Goals,
shots and power-play goals are all quite low, as a whole. This decrease
can be attributed mainly to the strong goaltending now present in the
league. As opposed to many previous seasons, goaltenders have stepped
up to be valuable contributors of their teams this year. The
backstopper who has really gotten off to a torrid pace is Mike Fountain
of the Grand Rapids Griffins as he has sparkled in the absence of
now-Senator Jani Hurme. Fountain has produced a 1.75 GAA and 0.933 save
percentage in 10 starts thus far. While Fountain has provided the
defence, Todd White has been the sparkplug on the offensive end for the
Griffins. Grand Rapids is not alone as the majority of IHL teams have
certain players that are leading them in their quest towards the Turner
In Cleveland, Christian Matte has had no problems in his transition from
the AHL to the IHL as he has tallied 12 goals in his first 18 games. He
has been assisted by Brian Bonin, who has 19 points thus far. In net
for the Lumberjacks, Zac Bierk has been stellar, registering 8 wins and
a 0.913 save percentage.
In Orlando, Curtis Murphy has had to step up his play in the absence of
Mark Beaufait and has 18 points in 20 games. The Solar Bears have also
received top-notch goaltending from Norm Maracle, who already has 9 wins
to go along with his 0.912 save percentage.
It has been a different story in Cincinnati in terms of goaltending, as
they do not have a netminder within the top ten in the league
sta Read more »
Stefan Liv joined Henrik Zetterberg as the second player to be nominated
as rookie of the year for the Sweden Elite League. There will be four
nominations before the seasons end.
The winner will have the honor of the title and his team will receive
$5000 (US dollars) and the same to his home team, which in Liv’s case is
The jury unanimously voted on Liv as the second nominee. “Stefan Liv
has handled strong pressure during this fall. Even when his team lost
seven games in a row he played well. He has already made his debut in
the national team Tre Kronor, keeping in mind that he never before
played in any junior national team.”
The nineteen year old goalie is third in the league for his goals
against average at 2.10. His save percentage of .902 is sixth best in a
league that some consider to be the second best league in the world
after the NHL.
Liv commented on his nomination saying “Of course I am honored to be
nominated, but as far as I am concerned itÂ´s my team HV-71 and what we
can do in the Elite League that is number one for me.”
Last season Liv began as the third string goalie for HV-71. He was
loaned to Tranas AIF in Allsvenskan where he posted exceptional numbers
in nine games. His 2.17 GAA and .920 save percentage impressed the
coaches who gave him the nod for HV-71 in the Swedish Elite League.
By the end of the year Liv had taken over the starting position playing
27 games. He posted a 2.09 GAA and .919 save percentage in that time.
Former Philadelphia Flyer, Mi Read more »
The news that Eric Lindros has been cleared to make his return to NHL hockey after suffering the sixth concussion of his oft-injured career is disturbing at best. Not that any hockey fan worth his or her weight in pucks wouldn’t salivate at the site of the big, hulking center returning to the game that he loves, it comes down to the question of priorities.
In his career, Eric Lindros has been the center of attention. Whether it’s coming out of junior as the highly touted ‘Next One’ or admittedly refusing to report to the Quebec Nordiques both when and after the club drafted him first overall in 1990, being traded to two different teams at the same time (New York Rangers and Philadelphia), there definitely hasn’t been any shortage of copy or water-cooler talk on the big ‘E’ since he emerged as a hockey force over ten years ago. Now Lindros suffers attention of another kind, mostly of the medical variety. In a drama that’s playing out eerily similar to that of the fate of Eric’s younger brother Brett, who had to retire after two seasons with the New York Islanders due to Post-Concussion syndrome the elder Lindros is tempting fate by refusing to succumb to the many knocks to the noggin he has suffered in his nine-year career.
The strained relationship that has developed between himself and the Philadelphia Flyers or more appropriately, Flyers G.M. Bob Clarke has deteriorated to such a state that Lindros is openly courting the Toronto Maple Leafs to trade for the rights to sign him. A restricted free-agent, the talks between the Leafs and Flyers are movi Read more »
EUROPE, Preliminary ranking country-by-country, November 2000
NAME LEAGUE TEAM BIRTHDATE HT WT POS SH
1 Jiri Novotny CZE Budejovice 12 Aug 83 6.2 187 C R
2 Martin Kasik CZE Sparta jr 28 Jan 83 6.2 176 W R
3 Petr Puncochar CZE Karlovy Vary 08 Jun 83 6.1 200 D R
4 Tomas Micka CZE Slavia jr 07 Jun 83 6.2 176 W L
5 Zbynek Novak CZE Slavia jr 23 Jul 83 6.3 198 W L
6 Tomas Plihal CZE Liberec sr 28 Mar 83 6.1 176 W L
7 Lukas Dobry CZE Zlin jr 15 Apr 83 6.2 172 W R
8 Tomas Plekanec CZE Kladno jr 31 Oct 82 5.9 172 W L
9 Petr Domin CZE Karlovy V. jr 02 Jan 83 6.2 196 C L
10 Ondrej Malinsky CZE Sparta jr 07 Apr 83 6.2 183 D L
11 Radek Simecek CZE Zlin jr 04 Apr 83 6.0 176 D L
12 Martin Soucek CZE Trebic sr 08 May 83 5.11 176 D R
13 Jan Rehor CZE Budejovice jr 30 Apr 83 6.0 178 W R
14 Lukas Chmelir CZE Karlovy V. jr 15 Apr 83 5.11 190 D L
15 Jan Dresler CZE Vitkovice jr 12 Mar 83 6.0 185 D L
16 Petr Haluza CZE Zlin jr 23 Jul 83 6.0 202 C R
17 Ondrej Tatarcik CZE Vitkovice jr 05 Sep 83 6.3 194 W L
18 Marek Tlamka CZE Trinec jr 20 Jun Read more »
The Under-20 team
The Under-20 teams of Czech Republic, Russia and Finland headed to Sweden in the second week of November to participate in a tournament held in Uddevalla, Sweden. This 4-nations tournament was scheduled as the last chance to meet the opponents from the top Euro countries before the WJC in Russia, beginning Dec., 26th. Every country built a strong squad, where most of the players are projected to play in Russia, especially the players from the Sweden and Finland rosters. But for example the Czechs are going to invite up to 8 players, playing in the CHL this year. The last season’s team invited 5 – and it won the championship. The team in Sweden was good, too, even if it missed injured Michal Sivek of HC Sparta Praha (Washington Capitals draft pick) and Vaclav Nedorost of HC Ceske Budejovice, drafted by the Colorado Avalanche. The players of the Under-20 team don’t see a lot of ice time in their respective Elite league teams (mostly on powerplay and penalty killing units) and they split time between the Extraleague and the Junior league. Two NHL draftees competed in Sweden, Ivan Rachunek, a Tampa Bay Lightning prospect and Ladislav Vlcek, draft choice of the Dallas Stars. 4 serious NHL prospects showed their skills for Sweden, 2001 eligibles Tomas Plekanec of HC Vagnerplast Kladno and Petr Puncochar of HC Becherovka Karlovy Vary along with 2002 top talents Jiri Hudler of HC Slovnaft Vsetin and Marian Havel of SK Jihlava.
The Czech guys started out the tournament playing very well. Goalie Tomas Duba of HC Sparta Praha Jr. had a Read more »
The first quarter season of Blue Jacket hockey has seen some surprises. Robert Kron finally has scored after an 0-23 game slump. Geoff Sanderson is finally rediscovering his Hartford Whaler scoring touch. Lyle Odelein has been a steadying force and is everything that management expected as the team’s first captain.
Alex Selivanov, Phil Esposito’s streaky-scoring son-in-law, agreed to a contract with Columbus. He has yet to register a point in two games, but will not hit his stride until after the All-Star break.
David Vyborny has played spirited hockey thus far. He has cooled off since the opening ten games, but he 5-5-10 in 24 games and is a +2; only he and Kevyn Adams are +2.
Espen Knutsen, all 5-11 172lbs of him, works well in the corners and creates solid scoring chances for his line mates like Sanderson. This play is something that Anahiem never motivated Knutsen to do.
Petteri Nummelin has played well on the Power Play eventhough he rarely shoots the puck, only 39 shots in 24 games. He lacks a true sniper to set up, although Selivanov could be that man. At even strength he often is pushed around, that is what Fran Kucera is for, but makes good outlet passes and possess good speed.
Marc Denis, current backup goaltender, is a mirror image of the Blue Jackets: streaks of brillance followed by allowing soft goals. Positionally, he is very sound but his glove hand often is a little slow in trapping the puck. Twice against Dallas he allowed goals that hit off the bottom of his glove hand.
In t Read more »
The following is the roster for the Norwegian National Team to play in Landsberg and Fussen, Germany in the start of December.(Dec.10)
Halvor Haarstad Evje (Frisk Asker)
Mats Johansen (NTG/Lillehammer)
Petter Bart Hansen (Stjernen)
Kim Brandvold (Manglerud Star)
Marius Fredriksen (Stjernen)
Erik Haugom (NTG/Lillehammer)
André Høibyhagen (Vålerenga)
Anders Helgesen (Stjernen)
Ola Johannessen (Lillehammer)
Petter Skolla (Manglerud Star)
Morten Bakkene (Frisk Asker),
Bjarte Bjønnes (Sparta Sarpsborg),
Anders Fredriksen (Tingsryd, SWE),
Lasse Fredriksen (Furuset),
Lars Peder Nagel (Manglerud Star),
Truls Navestad (Stjernen),
René Sethereng (Frisk Asker),
Eirik Skadsdammen (Storhamar),
Knut Henrik Spets (NTG/Lillehammer),
Inge Stokvik (Trondheim),
Patrick Thoresen (Storhamar),
Christian Thygesen (Vålerenga)
Norway will play Poland, Austria and the Ukraine in hopes of making the final round.
The evening was a celebration of 25 years of Hartford hockey, with guests of honor (in person and in video messages) spanning the quarter-century since the New England Whalers came to Connecticut in 1975. Banners commemorating the 1974-75 Eastern Division championship and 1986-87 Adams Division crown were returned to the rafters, as were the three retired numbers of Gordie Howe, Rick Ley, and John McKenzie.
All but Gordie Howe`s #9 were re-issued to Carolina Hurricanes players by Peter Karmanos in an effort to distance himself from the stormy relationship of Hartford, it`s Whalers and his relocated Carolina Hurricanes. More than 10,000 fans packed the aging Hartford Civic Center, many Whaler and Ranger fans alike joined in the celebration. There is talk of a Connecticut/New England Hockey Hall of Fame/Museum perhaps being as part of the new Adriens Landing Re-Development project.
Hartford, the home of the Calder Champion Wolf Pack has received only luke warm reception by the community and new GM Al Coates hopes this will help the healing. Although not NHL quality the Pack offers hockey in the states capital and hopefully for the good people of Connecticut and Western Massachusetts… a new arena and NHL hockey will find itself in the vacant lot at the Adriens Landing Site.
Although the Whalers were viewed as the little bothersome brother of the Rangers and Boston Bruins… many hardcore faithful packed the arena…the Whalers became the Green Bay Packers of the NHL and due to modern day sports economics or as I like to coin them “Bettmano Read more »
Myrvold is expected to see action againt Tampa Bay tonight as the team will dress seven defenseman.
Some Background on Anders Myrvold:
The Islanders signed Myrvold in August and was part of a few early preseason games. He was sent to Springfield of the AHL, which is a Phoenix Coyote affiliate.
PLAYER TEAM GP G A PTS PIM PP SH GW GT
ANDERS MYRVOLD SPR 19 2 3 5 23 1 1 0 0
Myrvold played last season with AIK, posting one goal, four points and 87 penalty minutes in 49 games. Originally the Quebec Nordiques’ sixth choice in the 1993 draft, Myrvold made his NHL debut with the Colorado Avalanche in 1995-96. The next season, he was dealt along with Landon Wilson to the Boston for the Bruins’ first round pick in the 1998 Draft.
Known for his aggressive playing style, Myrvold played one season of major junior in 1994-95 with the Laval Titan of the Quebec League after coming over from Europe. In 64 games, he posted 14 goals, 64 points and 173 penalty minutes. In his three full seasons in the AHL between 1995-1998, the defenseman posted penalty minute totals of 125,107 and 91.
In other team news:
D Branislav Mezei was returned to Lowell (AHL)
When Rangers prospect Jamie Lundmark was returned to the WHL earlier this fall after failing to make the parent squad on Broadway, the highly touted center refused to return to his former Moose Jaw Warriors, instead demanding to be traded to a more competitive team. While rumors had him moving to the Calgary Hitmen to center fellow Ranger prospect Pavel Brendl, or to the Kootenay Ice to play with friend and former teammate Mike Comrie, his ultimate destination turned out to be the Seattle Thunderbirds, former stomping grounds of Peter Nedved, Chris Osgood, and Turner Stevenson. After 15 games with the T-Birds it seems pertinent to ask whether this is really the type of team Lundmark was asking to be traded to, and to assess his emerging role in his new environs.
One has to approach the first issue with a hint of skepticism. The T-Birds are a respected team with a collection of good players, but have been known to the region as traditional under-achievers. Witness last year’s local pre-season hype of a team destined to make a run at the league championship, but that was eliminated in the second round of the playoffs by Prince George. Note also, at the time of the trade, Moose Jaw’s slightly better record (6-3-1-1) than that of the T-Birds (5-4-1-1). Furthermore, the Seattle squad that Lundmark was traded to was quite different from last year’s team, and is still adjusting to changes that have occurred since Lundmark’s acquisition one month ago. In particular, the T-Birds have been known for their offensive potential, a reputation that was garnered last s Read more »