The most significant early season play for young Alyn McCauley was not one where he blistered a wrist-shot past a stunned goaltender, or when he slipped a beautiful, blind pass to an open teammate for a goal. It was a play which caused the young, Leafs’ centerman to be shoved hard from behind as he was charging the net and run headlong into Blues’ netminder, Roman Turek. Alyn bounced off the crossbar and was sent sprawling between the pipes himself. As we all held our collective breath, Alyn got back up on his skates and came away in one piece. Despite his injury history, here was Alyn, in just his fourth game back on the ice, driving to the net leaving caution to the wind. The timing may still be off a bit, but the heart and soul of the player is still there.
To see what makes McCauley tick, one gets a glimpse into that heart and soul when you watch the Maple Leafs go through their rounds of a pregame skate. The last one off the ice is always Alyn McCauley. “When your best player is also your hardest worker, it makes it easier for the other players to follow his lead”, states Ottawa 67′s coach, Brian Killrea. “Alyn meant everything to us”. He should know, as he coached Alyn on the 67′s for four years.
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They are the most talked about players in Swedish hockey at the moment, Daniel and Henrik Sedin. Together with another 19-yearold, Mattias Weinhandl (a 3rd round, 78th overall pick by the Islanders in the ’99 draft), they have formed the very succesful ”Line 19”. So far this season they have combined for a total of 54 points in 19 games in the Swedish Elite League. Daniel has 8 goals and 11 assist for 19 points and a +/- of +21, Henrik has 6-11–17, +18 and Weinhandl 10-8–18, +17. But the end of this season will mean the end of this succesful line for now. Next season two thirds of this line will be heading west, to Vancouver. Leaving buddy Weinhandl at home means the twins will be needing a new linemate. Because they will be playing together, otherwise all the pre-draft trades from GM Brian Burke would have been worth nothing.
Up until today they have been dominating the Swedish Elite League but they will not be able to dominate the game nearly as much next season. Not only because they will be rookies in the toughest league of them all, but also because the game in the NHL is so much different from the game in the Swedish Elite League. This brings out the question who Vancouver should play along side them. Should they try to convert ”Line 19” into ”Line 20” playing the Sedins with another young guy or should they let them play with a veteran? Should they play with a power-forward or a defensive-first forward?
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This is the first time the Swiss U-16′s have played as a natioanl team, against opposing national teams. Until just last season the U-16′s played only against regioanl teams.
It was time to adjust to the international standard and build an U-16 national team.
This team has never had a training camp let alone played a hockey game
together. Despite that, the team traveled to the Czech Republic to
battle the U-16′s of a leading hockey nation.
“We played excellent. Very fresh. I’m very satisfied with my team”, coach
Roger Bader said. “There was no player in the team of whom I could say it
a wrong selection.”
In a high scoring first game Mattia Bianchi, Gianrico Vivalda (2 goals),
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As the axe over Coach John Muckler`s head continues to move downward, the baby Rangers most promising picks continue on their journey to the National Hockey League. Their prospect listing is bright and here is a taste of what may come…..
PATRICK AUFIERO: Has tallied two goals and four assists for six points in eight games with the Boston University Terriers .. Leads the team with two game-winning goals . Is tied for first on the team with four points (two goals, two assists) in three conference games. Can he be like Jay Pandolfo? or Euro Pro… Dave Emma?
GARRETT BEMBRIDGE: Has skated in 17 contests with the Saskatoon Blades (WHL), collecting four goals and six assists for 10 points . Places seventh on the club with 10 points and ranks second on the team with a plus five rating . Is tied for first on the team and tied for fourth in the league with three game winning tallies.
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Today may seem like a normal day for Kings’ fans, but according to the hype, the greatest player in the history of hockey, Jere Karalahti, will arrive in LA today to lead the Kings to the first of several Stanley Cups. Karalahti is 7’3″ and weighs a svelte 356 pounds. His slap shot has been clocked at light speed and he had 85 goals in 36 games last season. His hip checks have nearly ended the careers of dozens of players and he posted 1,456 PIM’s last year.
While these numbers are false, Jere Karalahti comes to LA amid so much hype that it is difficult to discern fact from fiction. This column will attempt to separate what is rumor and what is truth.
Jere Karalahti was drafted by the Kings with the 146th pick in the 1993 NHL draft. This 6’2, 210 pound defenseman is now 24 after playing in the Finnish Elite League and the hockey World Cups since 93. Much of the hype surrounding Jere came a couple of years ago when Sports Illustrated disclosed that nearly every potential King trade that season hit a snag when teams would demand that this European defenseman be included in any deal. While that may have been true, Karalahti was exposed in the Nashville expansion draft. There are several reasons for that, the most likely is that Dave Taylor made side deals (Marian Cisar and Vitali Yachmenev) with the Predators so they would not take certain players, like Karalahti.
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From pros to juniors – the best Swiss players were called to the
National Teams or regional selections. Read a little series about the
different national teams’ performaces. Today I start with the A- and
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While the top 4 European nations played the Karjala-Cup, Switzerland had
to be satisfied with travelling to Slovakia for two games.
After a disappointing 1:6 loss in the first game, the Swiss team was highly critizized by the Swiss press.
The only Swiss goal was scored by Edgar Salis, who is more known
for his rugged defense. The team had problems adjusting to the higher
intensity on the international level. (Maybe this is also the reason why
Lugano struggles in the Euro-League?)
In the second game the Swiss were down 0:2 after the first period. But
they didn’t give up and turned the game into a 4:2 victory.
Michel Zeiter, Julien Vauclair and Mattia Baldi (2) scored the
Swiss goals. Ottawa draftee Vauclair was called to the team, cause
Marc Gianola was injured. Baldi (drafted by Montreal) seldomly scores
two goals, but he is always working hard, and when he stays healthy he
could become more than just a great forechecker and defensive safeguard.
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They say “Home is where the heart is.” For the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins a homecoming was long overdue, but well worth the wait. After starting the season off in a slump, and starting the season on the road, the “Jr. Pens” finally had their chance to embrace a town which had been anxiously awaiting their arrival. To say it was love at first sight would be an understatement. The home opening game against Kentucky was sold out within an hour after tickets went on sale (Oct. 22nd). Wilkes-Barre had high hopes for this new team, and the Penguins were not about to disappoint them. Victory was inevitable.
Greg Crozier started off the scoring with a power play goal (assisted by Morozov & Bonvie) at 3:24 of the first period. From that moment forward it seemed as though the hockey gods were playing for the Penguins. At one point Kentucky tried to rally back, tying the game 2-2, but failed to keep Pomichter and Slaney from joining their determined teammate, Crozier, on the scoreboard. What better way to say, “Thank you,” and “Welcome Home,” to the fans, than with a 4-2 victory dance.
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Prince George may have come second in the Randy Lindros Memorial Tournament, held Nov. 11- 14 in
Kamloops, but their team speed and relentless work ethic was a pleasure to watch. Kelowna, another very
good team in their own right, won in overtime after allowing the Cougars to claw their way back from a 3-1
deficit in the third period, but it was a couple of Prince George kids who really caught my eye. Paul Brown, a
fourth overall pick by the Regina Pats of the WHL in the first round of this years annual Bantam Draft and
Gary Gladue, a third round selection, taken 46th overall by his hometown WHL P.G. Cougars were standouts
all tournament long and led a well coached, disciplined team to within one goal of the tournament
championship. Speedy and slick passing Mark Nelson and Tyler Scofield were another pair of young
Cougars who stood out but it seemed when the chips were down it was Brown and Gladue that took the
team to the next level.
Paul Brown was a highly touted prospect going into the 99 WHL Bantam Draft and ended up going to the
Regina Pats, who must be delighted with their pick if this tournament was any indication of his talents. In
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The Kamloops Blazers found another diamond in the rough, drafting Eric Christensen in the sixth round, 101st overall in the 1998 WHL Bantam Draft and the young man, who doesn’t turn 16 until mid-December, is already turning heads with his early season play. The 6’1, 170-pound winger has drawn praise for his awareness on the ice and gritty play at such a young age, leading Barry Trapp of the Canadian World Junior Team selection committee, who was attending a recent Blazer game to scout talent for the upcoming WJC, to shake his head at the unlimited potential of this guy. During an early season game against the Prince George Cougars, Christensen stood out not only for his heads up offensive play, but also for bloodying the nose of 17-year-old Jonathan Parker during a line brawl. This combination of skill and toughness is not often found in 15-year-old rookies in the WHL nevermind a sixth round pick. The Blazers also have the first and second round picks from the same draft in their line up, but Christensen is drawing most of the attention as a potential franchise player.
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News And Notes:
It is now the eighth week of the season and the Ice stand with a record of 11-5-4-0 (7-3-1-0 at home and 4-2-3-0 on the road.) The Ice are currently in second place in the Central division and are closing in on rivals, the Calgary Hitmen. The Ice are on a six-game unbeaten streak and have won their last 5 games.
What A Trip:
The Ice became the first Eastern Conference team in history to ever win all three games on the road against Canadian Western Conference teams. (Kamloops 3-2, Kelowna 4-2 and Prince George 6-2.) The Ice have tied their franchise record for consecutive road wins (3) and are unbeaten in their last four road games (3-0-1.)
Green Almost Number One:
Mike Green needs only nine more points to become the all-time franchise leader in career points (154 set by Jay Henderson 1996-1998.) Green leads the team in scoring on the road and also leads the team in plus minus with a plus 13. Green is the all-time Kootenay leader in career assists with 83.
Forward Tyler Beechey still remains out of the line-up with a shoulder injury and Steve McCarthy has missed the last three games with a slight knee strain.
Who’s Doing What?:
Goaltender Dan Blackburn is 5-1-0-0 in his last six starts with a .233 GAA, .910 Save Percentage and has had eight shutout periods.
Jason Jaffray has scored at least one point in his last four games (2-6-8 in span.)
Brad Tutschek scored the game-winning goal against both Kamloops and Kelowna on this last road trip.
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