With the Czech Extraliga adjourned for the Christmas break, the best players will be representing the Czech Republic at the Baltic Cup and the U20 World Junior Championships. A perfect time to update the progress of our monitored prospects.
Congratulations to Petr Cajanek, Libor Pivko and Marek Posmyk (all of Zlin) for representing the Czechs at the Baltic Cup.
In addition, Ondrej Nemec (Vsetin), Petr Puncochar (Vary), Miro Blatak (Zlin), Jiri Novotny (Budejovice), Tomas Plekanec (Kladno), Jiri Hudler (Vsetin), and Michal Vondrka (Budejovice) are prospects featured in this article which have been nominated for the U20 WJC.
Unfortunately for Puncochar and Ondrej Nemec, they were the last cuts from the WJC team, and will have to sit and watch their countrymen go for the “Gold Hat-trick” in Pardubice.
New in this update: Marek Chvatal, a smallish defenseman from Trinec who is ranked #6 on HF’s Czech Republic page.
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It has become something of a Christmastime tradition for the rookie 16-yr-olds of the Kootenay ICE. Adam Taylor and Andy Thompson played last year, and Dan Blackburn and Duncan Milroy played the year prior and Jarrett Stoll the year before that. This season isn’t any different as a record three members of the ICE first-year player club have been selected to represent their respective regions at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge held this year in Selkirk and Stonewall, Manitoba. Nigel Dawes (Team Western), Dale Mahovsky and Bryan Bridges (Team Pacific) will all be competing for the gold medal signifying the best 16-yr-old players on the planet the week of Dec. 29 – Jan 4.
The tournament is one of the most heavily scouted by NHL talent finders – a fact made more clear because the players at the World Junior Hockey Tournament have all, for the most part been drafted. A prospect that now makes the tournament that much more important for the NHL possibilities of the three players.
For first year goaltender Bryan Bridges, it’s a pressure that he tries not to focus on. “Yeah, but you know there’s going to be some pressure with all the media, TV and scouts,” said Bridges before the Christmas break. “I don’t know, I guess all I can do is play my best and hope the scouts like what they see.”
Dawes sees it somewhat different. For him he’ll play it almost identical to what it looks like when he’s playing at the Cranbrook Rec/Plex, that is, just have some fun. “Not really,” said Dawes of being under a microscope. “I’m sure when I get out there I’ll be a little ne Read more »
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.
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2002 U.S. NATIONAL JUNIOR TEAM
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.)
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,
3 Ryan Whitney 6-4 192 2/19/83 Scituate,
Mass. Boston U.(HE) (2002 DRAFT ELI.)
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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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
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PITTSBURGH FORGE NAHL JUNIOR A …… NEWS :
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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)
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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…
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
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
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.
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