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Finnish Goaltenders

by Bill Meltzer
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Finland has produced some of the NHL’s top forwards of the 1980s and 1990s, most notably Jari Kurri and Teemu Selänne. There have also been Finnish defensemen who have emerged as top-quality NHL players, ranging from Reijo Ruotsalainen to Teppo Numminen. For some reason, however, there have been very few Finnish goalies to make it to the NHL and, as yet, there has not been a single Finnish impact goalie in the NHL. Only Jarmo Myllys, Kari Takko, Jari Kaarela, and Hannu Kampurri have ever so much as started an NHL regular season game. Myllys and Takko represent the (modest) pinnacle of success that Finnish keepers have had in the NHL.

In the meantime, every other major European hockey country has produced at least one regular starting goalie in the NHL. The former Czechoslovakia developed Dominik Hasek and Roman Turek. Sweden gave us Pelle Lindbergh and Tommy Salo. Russia produced Nikolai Khabibulin (not to mention the legendary Vladislav Tretiak, who would have been an NHL star if the political climate of the time had allowed it). Moreover, even some of the lesser NHL goalies from the other European countries, such as Tommy Söderström, Mikhail Shtalenkov, and Petr Skudra, experienced NHL success that was equal or superior to the North American accomplishments of Takko and Myllys.
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The Next Phenomenon: Jay Bouwmeester

by Trenton Allen
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When you see this kid play, you know you are seeing greatness. He can
skate with the best of them, make tape-to-tape passes blindfolded, and his
vision of the ice and the play that is unfolding is unsurpassed. Who am I
talking about? Who else. Jay Bouwmeester.

This 16 year old star in the making of the Medicine Hat Tigers has just
finished his first season in the WHL. Few defensemen before have stepped in
at his age and done as much as this young man. Quarterbacked the powerplay,
got to play some shorthanded situations, and was often a catalyst on a team
that many nights was severely lacking in the offensive department.
Bouwmeester finished his season with 64 games, 13 goals, 21 assists and 34
points. The assists total would have been much higher on a team that had a
few finishers. Next year, with players such as Ryan Hollweg gaining in
experience, watch that total rise. Probably the best part of watching him
play is that you get the felling that, as good as he is, he’s capable of so
much more. When ever he gets the puck you get on the edge of your seat not
know if your going to see just another dump-in, or watch Bouwmeester make a
brilliant end-to-end rush. Probably the best thing about watching him play,
and the worst thing for all other teams in the WHL, is that you know that
he’s only scratched the surface of what he can do.

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Mike Jones Signs with NHL’s Tampa Bay Lightning

by pbadmin
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Former NAHL Most Valuable Defenseman Heads to Pros from Bowling Green

For Immediate Release – Thursday, April 6, 2000

The North American Hockey League has announced that former NAHL defenseman Mike Jones has signed a free-agent
contract with the Tampa Bay Lightning of the National Hockey League. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.
A 6-4, 195-pound native of Toledo, OH, Jones, 23, spent the past four seasons at Bowling Green State University of the
Central Collegiate Hockey Association. He tallied six goals and 13 assists for 19 points with 71 penalty minutes in 34 games
with Bowling Green this season as an assistant captain, and also helped BGSU to a first-round playoff upset of Lake Superior
State University.
Jones, who collected 18-52—70 points and 167 PIM in 127 career outings with the Falcons, will join former NAHL and
BGSU star Brian Holzinger in Tampa Bay. The Buffalo Sabres traded Holzinger, the 1995 Hobey Baker Memorial Award
winner as the top player in U.S. college hockey, to the Lightning last month.
Jones played two years with the NAHL’s Cleveland Barons, recording 15-33—48 points as a rookie left wing in
1994-95. He switched to the blueline the following season and notched 25-45—70 points in 46 outings while also serving
as Cleveland’s team captain. He led all league defensemen in points that year, led all NAHL players in assists, and Read more »

Swedish Report

by Peter Westermark
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Finals coming up in the Swedish Elitserien

If the Sedin-twins are using the Elitserien playoffs as a crusade to prove
all their critics wrong, they should find something else to use as a
motivational tool. The Sedins, along with Mathias Weinhandl, has carried
MoDo on their backs throughout the playoffs and tonights performance away
against Brynäs in the fifth and deciding game in the Semifinals has to be
the crownjewel.

MoDo won the game 6-3, and Line 19, the nickname for the above mentioned
trio of 19-year olds, combined to score all six goals for MoDo. Henrik Sedin
scored two goals and added three assists, Daniel Sedin had two goals and two
assists, and Mathias Weinhandl had two goals and one assist. That is one
clear message sent to the critics, myself included, who claim that they
don’t show up in the big games.

After consecutive sub-par showings in the WJC’s and an inconsistent
performance in the playoffs last year there is reason to doubt if the
Sedin’s are the kind of players which a team can rely on in the big game,
and their lack of grit and emotion when things don’t go their way makes them
look very ineffective. To their defense it has to be said that they worked
hard and was playing really well in game 4 when nothing went their way and
Rangers goalie prospect Johan Holmqvist stole the show. Also, a strong
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Bruins: Don’t Fear The Reaper: Boston’s Kids Are All Right

by pbadmin
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Despite the Boston Bruins’ lousy showing in 1999-2000, the organization has some bright young talent waiting in the wings. Boston’s regular season collapse was baffling, but when your top center and your best goal-scorer are both lost for the season, and your 1999 2nd-Team All-Star in net struggles mightily, this was all bound to happen. Add questionable coaching and the fact that the captain and future Hall-of-Famer Raymond Bourque was summarily dealt to Colorado 1 week prior to the trade deadline and a non-playoff finish was the end result. Before you sink too deep into the depths of despair, fear not. The state of the Boston Bruins is better than things appear, and the team is due to rebound next season. Here is a look at the Bruins’ top prospects according to the Hockey’s Future Bruins Staff…

1. Nick Boynton, D.

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Panthers Top 21 Prospects – Statistical Update

by Jes Golbez
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Hockeysfuture.com is proud to introduce our newest Editor for the Panthers page, Mark Fischel. He will be a great asset to hockeysfuture.com with his knowledge of the game and scouting reports of all Panthers prospects.

With the new addition to our writing staff comes all new rankings. Some Panthers prospects had a great season and boosted their stock, while some other prospects had horrible seasons, and look like they may never make the big time now. Dwayne Hay, Filip Kuba, and Dwayne Hay were all dealt at the NHL trade deadline, while Kristian Huselius and Dwayne Duerden have had the breakout years expected of them.

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Justin Papineau- Sign or Sign-Off

by Tony Calfo
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Justin Papineau, the crown jewel of the Kings farm system, is still unsigned and his future with the Kings may be in question. Papineau must be signed by the draft this season or he can re-enter and the Kings will receive absolutely nothing as compensation.

Papineau burst into the Kings prospect spotlight by having some huge years in Belleville. Papineau has also had a tremendous run in the playoffs last season, leading his team to the title and claiming the Wayne Gretzky Award. His 52 goals in 68 regular season games last season had the Kings front office salivating. Papineau showed the scoring touch that the Kings lacked since the departure of the Great One.

This season has not been what the Kings or Papineau hoped for. Papineau was injured at tryouts for the WJC’s, but it was obvious that he was not going to make the team. As the Kings top prospect, this was an ominous sign. Since then, Papineau has battled through injuries to post his worst career numbers- numbers that many players would call a career (40 goals, 36 assists in 60 games). Papineau has not scored in the playoffs to-date (he has only played one game), but a solid post season would make it tough to let him slip back into the draft.
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Curtis Doell: Clawing his way to be a Panther

by Rich Herles
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When asked who has had the most influence in his career so far, Curtis replied, “I think that the biggest help that I have gotten is from my Junior Coach. I wasn’t expected to play my first year in juniors and everybody was asking him why he kept me here. He gave me a chance to play and he said just wait, he’ll prosper and be effective. He kept playing me and giving me that opportunity. He always helped by giving me extra things after practice. His name is Kevin Dickie and he is now coaching out in the Maritimes at Arcadia University. He’s probably been the biggest reason for my career going as far as it has actually. Coach Dickie helped me along the way to be a better person on and off the ice.”

Coach Dickie’s impression of Curtis: “I’ve coached some great kids over the last 13 years, but none greater than Curtis in terms of a pleasure to be around and an athlete. If there is one guy who’s got to where he is, both because he deserves it, and because he has scraped and clawed and worked so hard to be the player that he is, it is Curtis. He exemplifies a lot of the positive characteristics that you look for in a player. He’s a great kid and I’m real happy for him.”

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Kansas City Blades Team Stats

by Andrew Bourgeois
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IHL TEAM STATISTICS

Kansas City Blades
Player Team Gp G A PTS Pim Pp SH Gw

David Ling Kan 67 31 38 69 183 7 1 5
Dave Chyzowski Kan 69 36 29 65 112 13 0 9
Sean Haggerty Kan 64 23 33 56 61 3 1 3
Michal Pivonka Kan 49 16 31 47 34 3 2 3
Nick Naumenko Kan 50 9 27 36 73 7 0 1
Jason Cirone Kan 59 14 20 34 106 1 1 0
Dody Wood Kan 67 12 22 34 335 1 1 1
Steve Lingren Kan 68 10 20 30 44 1 0 1
Brendan Yarema Kan 49 11 16 27 128 2 1 1
Pat Ferschweiler Kan 70 6 20 26 54 0 0 0
David Vallieres Kan 60 14 11 25 53 3 0 1
Jon Rohloff Kan 44 5 18 23 38 0 1 1
Aris Brimanis Kan 46 5 17 22 28 4 0 0
Eric Perrin Kan 21 3 15 18 16 0 0 0
Shane Kenny Kan 15 2 6 8 16 0 0 1
Lon 11 1 2 3 19 0 0 0
Total 50 4 9 13 73 0 0 1
Joe Blaznek Kan 38 4 8 12 2 3 0 0
Grant Richison Kan 47 3 8 11 77 1 0 0
Jan Vodrazka Kan 66 2 8 10 280 0 0 0
Jamie Ling Kan 8 3 6 9 4 0 0 0
Ray Schultz Kan 53 2 5 7 162 0 0 0
Greg Bullock Kan 15 1 6 7 6 0 0 0
Forest Gore Kan 27 1 3 4 16 0 0 0
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Swedish Elite League Playoffs

by Lasse Johansson
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The first Swedish playoffs of the new millenium has proven to be one of the most exciting in recent memory. One team – Djurgården, have already qualified for the final. The team that they are expected to face of against is Modo, home of the famous “Line 19″, with New York Islanders prospects Mattias Weinhandl joining the Sedin twins. The talk of the moment is the match-up between Modo and Brynäs in the second semi-final. These two teams met last year in the finals of the playoffs with Brynäs taking home the championship after winning the fifth and decisive game away from home after a marvellous feat by the young New York Rangers prospects Johan Holmqvist in goal.
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