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Pressure not a factor for Stoll at WJC

by Jeff Bromley
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Contrary to popular opinion, Kootenay ICE forward Jarrett Stoll making the 2001-02 edition of the Canadian World Junior Hockey team wasn’t an automatic. Although one would be hard pressed to find the last junior national team veteran who was cut from the following year’s squad, a fait accompli it wasn’t. Still, Stoll wasn’t making any assumptions that he would be a lock whatsoever and would accept any spot available for him. “I’m excited to go and play any role,” said Stoll before the Yorkton native left for the Jr. Nat’s training camp in North York, Ontario. “There’s not very many guys that get a chance to do this so, I’ll take any role they give me, I’ll pack the bags if they want me to.”

It is sufficed to say that Kootenay’s leading point-getter last season won’t have to do any bag packing over the holidays. For the second time in as many seasons, a member of the Kootenay ICE (present or former) will wear the ‘C’ above the red Maple Leaf as captain of the National Junior team. Head Coach Stan Butler designated Stoll for the job at the Canadian Olympic team announcement on the 15th of December.

Of course as with anything to do with hockey in this country, wearing the Maple Leaf ensign on your chest, never mind the captaincy, carries with it responsibility and pressure. Responsibility to represent your country admirably and the accompanying pressures that goes along with it in the chase for gold. It’s an urgency that seems to be mounting after four years without the shiny yellow medal around their necks.

Undaunted, Stoll takes up the challenge. “I don’ Read more »

TEAM USA ROSTER-WJC

by Evan Andriopoulos
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2002 U.S. NATIONAL JUNIOR TEAM

GOALTENDERS
29 Jason Bacashihua 6-1 165 9/20/82 Dearborn Hts.
Mich. Plymouth (OHL) (DALLAS STARS)
1 Dwight LaBrosse 6-1 170 10/6/83 McMurray,
Pa. Guelph(OHL)(2002 DRAFT ELI.)

DEFENSEMEN
2 Keith Ballard 5-11 200 11/26/82 Baudette,
Minn. Minnesota(WCHA)(2002 DRAFT ELI.)

31 Joey Hope 6-0 174 1/1/82 Anchorage,
Alaska Portland(WHL)(NOT SELECTED 2001 DRAFT)

8 Mike Komisarek 6-4 230 1/19/82 Islip Terrace,
N.Y. Michigan(CCHA) (MONTREAL)

26 Bryce Lampman 6-1 193 8/31/82 Rochester,
Minn. Neb.-Omaha(CCHA) (NY RANGERS)

13 Brett Lebda 5-10 186 1/15/82 Buffalo Grove,
Ill. Notre Dame(CCHA) (2002 DRAFT ELI.)

5 Erik Reitz 6-0 192 7/29/82 Plymouth,
Mich. Barrie(OHL)(MINNESOTA)

3 Ryan Whitney 6-4 192 2/19/83 Scituate,
Mass. Boston U.(HE) (2002 DRAFT ELI.)

FORWARDS
23 Dustin Brown 6-1 203 11/4/84 Ithaca,
N.Y. Guelph(OHL) (2003 DRAFT ELI.)

9 Ben Eaves 5-8 176 3/27/82 Faribault,
Minn. Boston College(HE) (PITTSBURGH)

18 Rob Globke 6-3 205 10/24/82 W. Bloomfield,
Mich. Notre Dame(CCHA) (2002 DRAFT ELI.)

24 Dwight Helminen 5-10 184 6/22/83 Brighton,
Mich. Michigan(CCHA)(2002 DRAFT ELI.)

21 Chris Higgins 5-9 160 6/2/83 Smithtown,
N.Y. Yale(ECAC) (2002 DRAFT ELI.)

11 Ryan Hollweg 5-11 185 4/23/83 Downey,
Calif. Medicine Hat(WHL) (NY RANGERS)

16 Gregg Johnson 5-11 183 6/18/82 Windsor,
Conn. Boston Univ.(HE) (OTTAWA SENATORS)
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Around the CHL

by League Press Release
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FOLLOW CHL STARS AT THE WORLD JUNIOR HOCKEY CHAMPIONSHIPS STARTING DEC. 25

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 recently
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 three games in the WHL Friday night. Prince George (3) plays in
Vancouver, Kelowna is at Saskatoon and Portland visits Tri-City.

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Scoring Race Tundra in Sweden

by Peter Westermark
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The cold weather that swept over Scandinavia this week is the perfect
climate for looking at the Elitserien scoring race. It has never been
colder, with no one at the top averaging over a point per game.

The players who were supposed to score have either had rough seasons or have
been injured. That is the main reason that players such as veterans Ulf
Söderström of Färjestad and Mikael Wahlberg of MoDo is forming the top duo
in league scoring. Granted, they are good playmakers, but the scoring race
this season looks very pale compared to last season when Huselius was
scoring in every rink in Sweden, and Jörgen Jönsson and Mikael Renberg, now
with the Toronto Maple Leafs, battled to catch up with him.

Jörgen Jönsson, a team mate with Ulf Söderström in Färjestad, had a slow
start but is coming to life as he has now scored 28 points in 32 games. He
should be over a point per game when the season’s over. Henrik Zetterberg,
perhaps the players that most anticipated would take over the torch passed
on by Huselius has been living in a mightmare offensively in Timrå. Zetter
has scored only three goals and 14 assists in 31 games, but it seems nobody
in hockey is disappointed with his contribution. It is claimed that he has
taken a more defensive role this season, and because his team is struggling
he doesn’t get a lot of opportunities to score either. Zetterberg has had a
lot of success offensively internationally with Team Sweden – he even scored
four times in a game against the pesky Finnish team in the Sweden Hockey
Ga Read more »

Around the CHL

by League Press Release
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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

by League Press Release
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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 »

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