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Islanders Sign D Branislav Mezei

by Bill Bennett
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The Slovakian-born defenseman played the last two seasons with the Belleville Bulls of the OHL.

This past season, he was named to the OHL All-Star Team, First Team, in a postseason vote by league coaches after going 7-21-28, a +35 with 99 penalty minutes in 58 regular season games.

He was the first runner-up in the voting for the Max Kaminsky Trophy, awarded yearly to the OHL’s Most Outstanding Defenseman.

Mezei was one of the final cuts during last year’s training camp.

Mezei is considered a very heady and mobile defenseman. At 6’4, 230 pounds, the Slovak also has the size to match his skills and smarts.

With another year of junior hockey under his belt, he’s sure to make a run at a spot on the Islanders’ blueline.

Mezei, who will turn 20 on Oct. 8, has been enjoying himself on Long Island all week working out with several of his teammates.

A Salute to Hockey’s Future

by pbadmin
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Two summers ago, I had the good fortune of working on the Hockey’s Future website. I appeared in a column entitled ”Gabbing Hockey”, and I thoroughly enjoyed the experience. In fact, I would probably be writing a weekly column for this site today, if it weren’t for the tremendous exposure that this site creates for any struggling sportswriter. Today, I have a new full-time job working on player profiles and team previews in sports magazines and websites. A large reason for my newfound success is the work I did for Hockey’s Future. It was my work on this site, which was noticed by my current employers, which turned out to be my big break.
Therefore, I wanted to take this opportunity to thank Hockey’s Future, for all their excellent work. If anyone has aspirations as a hockey writer, this is the place to get started. Hockey’s Future reaches far away places, and all hockey fans from around the globe should not miss out on the contents of this site.

Sincere thanks,

Gabriel Farnesi

Staff Writer

The Sports Forecaster Magazine

http://www.thestar.com/forecaster/

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Rangers Prospect Analysis: Jeff Ulmer

by Evan Andriopoulos
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Is Ulmer another Rangers smallish centerman in the likes of Christian Dube and Marc Savard or is he like Mike York or Mike Rogers?

COUNTRY: Canada
SHOOTS: Right
HEIGHT: 5.11
WEIGHT: 185 lbs.
BORN: 04/27/77
Wilcox, Saskatchewan, Canada
DRAFTED: Not Selected
HOW ACQUIRED: Free agent signee on 07/27/00
LAST CLUB: Houston (IHL), Canadian National (Intl.)

Jeff Ulmer is another product of the University of North Dakota Fighting Sioux where he played from 1995-1999. During the 1999-2000 season with the Canadian National Team he registered 14 goals and 39 points in 48 games around the globe, toiling against such teams as Norway, Britain and Slovakia. A late season signee of the IHL Houston Aeros he was coached by newly signed Rangers boss Ron Low. Low mentioned that the reason the Rangers signed the smallish center was that he was a hard worker who earns everything he gets.

Ulmer posted solid US Collegiate Numbers at North Dakota totaling 39 goals and 46 assists in 135 games in four seasons.

All signs point to Ulmer impressing at Rangers camp early next month and may suprise a few with his work ethic that will most likely see him at Hartford (AHL) but if injuries strike Tim Taylor as they do… Ulmer may have a “cup of coffee” with the Rangers before next season is over. He can also bring the Rangers a breath of fresh air as he plays much bigger than he is…

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Toronto’s Keys to Success – Part 2

by Randy Nicholson
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This is the conclusion of a two part series providing a detailed look at players who will determine Toronto’s destiny in 2000 / 2001. For the purposes of this discussion, superstars (Sundin, Joseph) and dependable veterans (Thomas, Yushkevich, Domi, Perreault etc.) have been excluded. These articles will focus on players whose contributions have yet to be established over the long term. If a majority of the players listed herein can rise to new levels this season, the Leafs will do battle with perennial powerhouses in Detroit, Dallas, Denver, St. Louis, Philadelphia and New Jersey for league dominance. Conversely, if they fail to step forward sufficiently, the team may once again fall short of its Stanley Cup aspirations.

Last week we examined a group of returning players and this week the spotlight swings over to several key newcomers.
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ICE Training Camp 2000

by Jeff Bromley
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Why do they call it a camp? There’s no
campfires, no wiener or marshmallow
roast, no fishing and the only singing
around the fire you might hear are the
ones singing the blues because they
didn’t make the cut. No, this isn’t your
run-of-the-mill weekend at the lake kind
of camp. Miles of skating, the odd puck
and buckets of sweat – Welcome to ICE
Training camp 2000.

With Rookie camp opening over the
weekend and main training camp for the
Kootenay ICE set to begin later this
week on Friday Sept 1st, the anticipation
will be mounting on a daily basis leading
to the ICE’ first game of the 2000-01
regular season, beginning their defense
of the WHL Championship.

The anticipation level will also be rising
on whose going to make the veteran-
laden club that has as many as 20
returning veterans to the team this
season. Out of a roster of 24 players, to
say the competition for those few spots
on the club will be fierce would be
somewhat of an understatement. Here’s
what we do know. Mike Green, Wade
Burt and Graham Belak have all
graduated onto bigger and better things.
After that, things tend to get a little
complicated. On the European front
things are somewhat clearer. With
Jaroslav Svoboda in Carolina’s (NHL)
camp, it is certain that he won’t return.
Even if Svoboda doesn’t make the big
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Thrashers select Players for Traverse City Prospect Tourney

by pbadmin
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Here is the Lineup:


FORWARDS (13):
Player Hgt Wght Shts BirthPlace Birthdate 99-20 Team Lge GP-G-A-PTS-PIM
Zdenek Blatny 6-1 187 L Brno, Czech Repub. 01-14-81 Seattle WHL 7-4-5-9-12
Kootenay WHL 61-43-39-82-119
Eric Bowen 6-2 225 L Canoga Park, Cali. 10-30-81 Portland WHL 69-2-5-7-184
Frederic Faucher 6-1 195 L Lorretville, Quebec 04-14-82 Drummondv. QMJHL 68-23-36-59-47
Simon Gamache 5-10 180 L Thetford Mines, Que. 01-31-81 Val D'Or QMJHL 72-64-79-143-74
Darcy Hordichuk 6-0 200 L Kamsack, Sask. 09-10-80 Saskatoon WHL 63-6-7-13-265
David Kaczowka 6-2 205 L Regina, Sask. 07-05-81 SeattleT WHL 63-3-3-6-211
Jules-Edy Laraque 5-8 180 L Sept-Ils, Quebec 08-23-80 Acadie Bat. QMJHL 43-13-20-33-39
Halifax QMJHL 28-8-9-17-6
Derek MacKenzie 5-11 169 L Sudbury, Ont. 06-11-81 Sudbury OHL 68-24-33-57-110
Carl Mallette 6-0 188 R Pointe-Clair, Que. 11-17-81 Victoriavi. QMJHL 69-49-76-125-97
Blake Robson 5-11 190 R Calgary, Alb. 03-31-82 Portland WHL 70-20-27-47-96
Ben Simon 5-11 180 L Shaker Heights, Ott. 06-14-78 Notre Dame CCHA 40-13-19-32-53 Read more »

Slovakia August Update

by Daniel Kysel
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SLOVAK NEWS – AUGUST UPDATE

Training Camp of Dream team

In the end of July, national head coach Jan Filc called a “small” training camp of players considered as nominees for national team on Olympic games 2002 in Sault Lake City. He invited around 50 players playing in the NHL, AHL, IHL and in the European leagues. Only four of invited players apologized their absence – Svehla, Droppa, Vaic and Hlinka. Other players took part on this camp. The climax of this camp was exhibition game “America” versus “Europe”, which was playing in August 4th in Bratislava. It was amazing game for Slovak fans to see Demitra, Satan, Palffy, Stumpel, Bondra, Handzus, Hossa, Bartecko, Chara, Suchy etc. on “American” team and Sekeras, Visnovsky, Ciger, Pardavy, Bartos, etc. on team “Europe”. America won that game 12 : 7 when Satan (3 + 2) and Bondra (2 + 3) on one side and Pardavy (3 + 0) on the other one, were scoring stars. It was a great show for all hockey fans. By the way the best skater in speed competition was Lubo Visnovsky followed by Peter Bartos, Jaro Obsut and Peter Bondra.

Crystal Cup
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Islanders announce signing of RW sniper Juraj Kolnik and other team notes

by Bill Bennett
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Last season with the Rimouski Oceanic of the Quebec League, the 19-year old right wing posted 53 goals and 106 points in just 47 games. Kolnik also notched 15 goals and 37 points for the Quebec League Champions in 18 postseason games.

His two year junior totals produced 95 goals in 109 career games. His linemate Brad Richards was signed to a three year deal with Tampa Bay earlier this summer.

Kolnik is likely to spend a year in the Islanders minor league affiliate in Lowell because the Isles have few spots open on the teams depth chart at right wing with Maruisz Czerkwski and Mark Parrish on the first two lines, Dave Scatchard, Bill Muckalt, or Mats Lindgren as right wing on the third line, and Steve Webb as the 4th line right wing. Mike Stapleton and Claude La Pointe will likely be on the teams 4th line with Webb.

As Al Arbour once said about another right wing named Mike Bossy, ” Give me the homerun hitter ”

In Juraj Kolnik the Islanders have got one.

Taylor Pyatt from all indications is ready to join the Islanders and is likely to be the rookie forward who joins the team this year.

Dimitri Nabakov and former Hobey Baker winner Jason Krog, who looked very good after going to Providence after a poor start at Lowell will also get a chance to make the team so its going to be very competitive.
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Habs’ Development Camp (Day 7)

by Chris Boucher
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André Savard was the only instructor on the ice, as the Habs’ Prospects camp continued Wednesday. Groin problems remain the injury of choice for many of the players, as Éric Chouinard became the latest in a list of seven players that have suffered some sort of groin injury during camp.
Chouinard however was the first player on the ice, testing out the groin injury he suffered in Tuesday’s on-ice session. He was skating quite gingerly, and ended up leaving the ice just 30 minutes into practice. Alexander Buturlin also seemed to suffer an injury during today’s practice. At one point, while the rest of the players continued the drill, he skated off to the corner in order to do some stretching exercises.
Add Ron Hainsey to the list of missing. Hainsey was not on the ice Wednesday morning, as he’s now returned to school. Fellow first-rounder Marcel Hossa, and ninth-rounder Jerome Marois, continue to receive treatment for their injuries. There was however, some good news on the injury front, as Dusty Jamieson made his first on-ice appearance of the year. Jamieson showed no signs of his injury. In fact, he demonstrated good speed, and some solid puck-handling skills.
Evan Lindsay also returned to the ice, as did Jean-Francois Houle. Lindsay didn’t look very comfortable on the ice. He seemed to favour his groin, hesitating to drop down to his knees. Preferring instead to remain on his feet, relying mostly on his hands and legs to stop shots. Read more »

Habs’ Prospects Camp (Week 2)

by Chris Boucher
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Week 2 of the Prospect Camp began with the much anticipated return of Guy Carbonneau to the Canadiens’ family. Carbonneau, who expects it to take a couple of months to settle into his new position, looked quite comfortable on the ice. The prospects looked very anxious to be around him, almost colliding with one another in order to take passes from Carbonneau during warm-up.
Jason Ward and Eric Chouinard were on the ice nearly 45 minutes before the morning practice was scheduled to begin. Ward and Chouinard were joined by Roland Melanson. Melanson would feed the players the puck in front of the net. The passes would alternate between the backhand and forehand. Surprisingly, Ward seemed to be more comfortable than Chouinard, although Chouinard’s quick release and accuracy were prominent during the drill. Mathieu Garon also joined the drill, but that was just prior to the start of practice.
Canadiens’ assistant coach Clément Jodoin made his first on-ice appearance. He took over for André Savard, running most of the drills during practice. Savard was more of an observer, although he did contribute a few of his own drills.
Practice seemed to focus mainly on offensive and defensive triangles. Many of the drills were set up to be three on three’s . Jodoin was very specific as to how exactly the players were to cycle the puck. Carbonneau was a close observer during this section of the practice, occasionally offering some words of advice to the players. Read more »