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Familiar Faces and Former Foes in Kootenay

by Jeff Bromley
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It could be called an ironic twist of fate. It will most certainly be called the blockbuster of the year. Call it what you want but Kootenay fans weren’t the only ones surprised at the monumental trade involving the Kootenay ICE and the Swift Current Broncos. B.J. Boxma and Duncan Milroy, the two guys coming the other way, weren’t exactly expecting it. “I couldn’t believe it,” said former and now current ICE goaltender B.J. Boxma. “I even said to them ‘is this a joke?’. I was absolutely shocked.”

Duncan Milroy, the high-scoring, second round pick (37th overall) of the Montreal Canadiens in last season’s NHL Draft didn’t exactly see it coming either. “My reaction was that I was very disappointed at the beginning, to be honest,” said Milroy. “I haven’t really had time to think about it. We had to pack our bags right away to play here last night so I still really hadn’t had a chance to think about it.”

Boxma, who experienced success in Speedy Creek in backstopping the Broncos to the Eastern Conference Final last season, was somewhat let down that the club would trade him. “I was kind of disappointed from Swift Current’s standpoint,” said Boxma. “I thought there would’ve a been a little more loyalty as we went to the third round last year, the furthest they’ve went in eight years. I thought I would’ve been the man this year but (Broncos’ goalie Todd) Ford is the up and comer and possible NHL Draft pick and I guess they thought they had to get him into more games.”

At the cusp of his four-year long WHL career, Boxma has now assumed the role of undisputed, Read more »

Big trade for Kootenay, but at what price?

by Jeff Bromley
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You get what you pay for, goes the old consumer’s adage. If you want quality, you have to give up quality, goes an old hockey adage. When Kootenay G.M. Jeff Chynoweth traded team captain Jason Jaffray along with Aaron Rome, Jeff Harvey and the club’s first round pick in next year’s Bantam Draft to Swift Current for B.J. Boxma, Duncan Milroy and a fifth round pick in the 2004 Bantam Draft, immediately those truths could be applied to the deal. The biggest question now is that, did the club sell its soul in order to improve itself in the areas needed most – goaltending? Did the ICE give up too much? That’s the $64,000 question.

This trade could turn out to be the most significant trade in the history of the ICE franchise. The club just dealt arguably the most popular, hardest working, trench warfare fighting, durable, community-minded player in the club’s history in Jason Jaffray. Aaron Rome and Jeff Harvey were big parts of the Kootenay ICE – there is no denying that fact – but both were with the club less than fourteen months. Rome, a talented d-man that seemed to be on the cusp of a breakout season, who went about his business in contributing to one of the best defensive corps this club has ever had. How much of a contributor Rome was to the ICE blueline depends on who you ask. Nevertheless, we are about to find out.

Harvey, an enigmatic goalie who never quite seemed to be able to step out of the shadow of Dan Blackburn. Yes, they were some big shoes to fill but what Harvey was unable to do was live up to the expectations of both team management and its fan Read more »

USHL Season Update

by Jason Shaner
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The 2001-2002 USHL season is already heading into December and getting towards the Christmas break. Most teams have played about a third of their games and position in the league standings is still undetermined at this point. Currently in the Eastern division the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders stand at the top of the mountain. A 14-6-1 records gives them 29 points to lead the way. However, the Des Moines Buccaneers are not far behind with 26. Des Moines has not played up to preseason expectations but remain in the hunt for the time being. The Green Bay Gamblers who year in and year out are tops in the Eastern division until this season, are tied with Des Moines for second place. Cedar Rapids has been rather impressive to start off the season. Cedar Rapids has posted a league high 10 wins on the road. What that means is that the RoughRiders are getting many of their road games out of the way early this season and they will have a favorable schedule the second half. If the Eastern division hopefuls do not get moving, Cedar Rapids may end up running away with the Division title.

In the Western division the Sioux City Musketeers have been magnificent. The Musketeers have experienced unprecedented success at home posting a 13-0 record so far en route to a Western division and league leading 37 points. Their rink is very small and their big forwards and defensemen use that to their advantage to make it quite difficult for a visiting team to come in and win a game. That advantage will be monumental heading into the playoffs should they end up with home ice adva Read more »

Game Misconduct: The Vincent Sweepstakes

by Tony Bryson
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Lightning Hope for a Princely Return on Investment

It’s not much fun working for the Tampa Bay Lightning right now. The boss isn’t in a very good mood. Rick Dudley is a little steamed right now and no one is sure what has put his mood in such a bad state. It could be the fact that his shopping of Vincent Lecavalier has gone public, or maybe just Vince’s (le) cavalier approach to the game since signing a fat new deal at the start of the season. What ever it is, Rick is not a happy camper.

Then again, who could really blame a guy for being in a surly mood when he’s contemplating dealing away a guy that was called, “the Michael Jordan of hockey” by previous team owner Art Williams? Especially when he’s completely unsure of what he can, or should, expect back in return. There have been a number of high profile players change teams in the past nine months, and Dudley wants to be sure he makes a good deal. So what is a good deal for Tampa? Should they go after one guy, or try and scramble for as many guys as they can get? It’s an interesting conundrum, one worth examining and picking apart.

There are those that look at the player movement in the past year to point to a trend of players not returning what they traditionally have in trade. Jaromir Jagr going to Washington for three unproven prospects is usually the first example that is trotted out to defend this stance. If one of the best players in the world were to garner such a poor return, why would an unproven pup like Lecavalier return more? Well, those that use that a Read more »

ICE, Broncos make blockbuster trade

by Jeff Bromley
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If it wasn’t the biggest trade ever made in the history of the Kootenay ICE, it will certainly go down as the most shocking. In a deal to address a perceived shortcoming between the pipes, Kootenay ICE G.M. Jeff Chynoweth did what many had thought unthinkable. He traded ICE captain and forward Jason Jaffray, 20 along with goaltender Jeff Harvey, 18 defenseman Aaron Rome, 18 and Kootenay’s first round draft pick in the 2002 Bantam Draft to the Swift Current Broncos for a familiar face in goaltender B.J. Boxma, 20 forward Duncan Milroy, 18 and the Broncos’ fifth round pick in the 2004 Bantam Draft. For Boxma, it is his second tour of duty with the ICE after being dealt to the Broncos just over thirteen months ago. In Milroy, a second round draft pick (37th overall) of the Montreal Canadiens in last June’s draft, the ICE receive a proven scorer who amassed 34 g and 54 a for 92 points last season.

Even though Harvey had played well in the club’s three wins over the weekend, Chynoweth said he had to make this deal to shore up the club’s biggest weakness, goaltending. “We felt we had to address the situation in goal,” said Chynoweth in his office shortly after the trade was announced. “Not that we were displeased with Bryan (Bridges) and Jeff but we felt we needed a proven number one guy.”

Chynoweth pointed out that the fact that the amount of proven, playoff goaltenders weren’t exactly in abundance in the WHL and that there were other clubs in the league that were in the market for a premier puckstopper as another reason for pulling the trigger on a trade of this Read more »

Czech Extraliga Prospect Report

by Jes Golbez
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Tracking the exploits of
selected prospects plying their trade in the Czech Extraliga.

We will monitor prospects already drafted by NHL teams, as well as 2002 and
2003 draft eligible prospects who have made their way onto Extraliga rosters.
The Czech Extraliga is one of the top European league
in terms of level of play and overall competitiveness. Although the Extraliga
lacks the physical play of the NHL, it takes a high level of skill to get
into the Extraliga and then succeed on top of that. As we monitor these
prospects, keep in mind that many of these prospects are kids playing among
men, gaining valuable game experience and developing the tools to
possibly succeed in the NHL.
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Lecavalier on his way out?

by Chad Schnarr
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For many Lightning fans, the unthinkable is becoming expected. The future “Michael Jordan of Hockey,” and Lightning franchise player could be dealt within the coming days or weeks.

There was a time when both the Jordan comparison and trade idea was looked at as absurd.

Vincent Lecavalier has struggled with confidence and injuries the last two years, and after some over-publicized spats with coach John Tortorella, Tampa Bay GM Rick Dudley is no longer hanging up the phone when Vinny’s name is mentioned in trade talks. This is due in part to the rumors of Lecavalier’s camp demanding a trade, not the Lightning’s unhappiness with the young star, nor its siding with the unproven coach over the player.

This potential trade has armchair GM’s from Mexico to the North Pole (we think Santa has a separate list of picks and prospects he thinks are fair value for Lecavalier) working out deals.

A lot of thought has gone into thinking up what could be given up (or held onto) for the 1998 #1 overall pick.

What is the Lightning looking for?

Well, that’s the question most seem to ignore.

There are two sides to every deal, and you can bet whomever gets Lecavalier is going to have to give. Core players are no longer safe.

The Lightning is currently among the league leaders in save percentage and goals against. The goaltending is fine. If you’re thinking about dealing a ready for prime-time ‘tender to Tampa as the deal’s centerpiece, forget it. The top-four, no-name defense, has also played well, at least by the nu Read more »

OHL Announces Performers of the Month

by HF Staff
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Toronto – The Ontario Hockey League today announced the performers of the
month for November 2001.

Molson OHL Player of the Month – Darryl Bootland, Toronto St. Michael’s
Majors

The Molson OHL Player of the Month for November is Toronto St. Michael’s
Majors right winger Darryl Bootland, who scored 12 goals and 11 assists for
23 points in 13 games to help the Majors to a 7-2-4-0 record last month.

Bootland, who turned 20 on November 2, led all OHL scorers with 12 goals and
23 points during the month of November, and is tied with Frantisek Lukes for
the team scoring lead.

Bootland recorded points in 11 of 13 Toronto games last month, including
multiple point games on eight occasions. He posted a four point game (one
goal, three assists) on November 25 against Peterborough. The Toronto native
was a 12th round pick of the Colorado Avalanche in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft.

OHL Rookie of the Month – Fedor Tjutin, Guelph Storm

The OHL Rookie of the Month for November is Guelph Storm defenceman Fedor
Tjutin, who scored three goals and 10 assists for 13 points in nine games.

Tjutin, an 18-year-old native of Izhevsk, Russia, recorded points in seven
of the nine November games he played, including seven points in a three game
stretch from November 11 – 16.

Tjutin, the Storm’s first pick in the 2001 CHL Import Draft, was a second
round pick of the New York Rangers in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft. He is second
in scoring among OHL defenceman behind teammate Kevin Dallman with 31 points
in 26 games.

OHL Read more »

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