Every year in the NHL they have their annual awards show after the Stanley Cup Finals are over. And usually the same guys, like the Jagr’s take home trophies every year. Yet one award that is never won by the same guy more than once is the Calder Trophy. Given to the NHL’s annual Rookie of the Year. It seems nowadays though that pretty much all of the candidates for this award are supplied from the CHL or a few like Mike York of the Rangers, are from college’s around the United States. This year’s winner of the award Scott Gomez of the New Jersey Devils had 70 points this year as a rookie. Most in the league by a rookie since 1993. And for the past couple years Gomez harnessed his game with the Tri-City Americans of the Western Hockey League. Gomez was a huge producer with Tri-City in the 98-99 finishing with 30 goals and 78 assists for 108 points in 58 games. Yet Gomez was still a late first round pick being selected 27th overall by the Devils in the 98 Entry Draft. Obviously no one expected this kind of offensive outburst from Gomez. Yet perhaps others like Tim Connolly of the Islanders and an Erie Otters native was rushed to the NHL due to a lack of offense on Long Island. Yet guys like Connolly and Halifax Mooseheads product Alex Tanguay continued to put up numbers and show flashes of brilliance in the first campaign. Other guys with big time first season’s were Simon Gagne of the Flyers, who was moved along from the QMJHL’s Quebec Remparts. Brendan Morrow who played in Dallas this year and before that was a member of the WHL’s Portland Winterhawks. And defenseman B Read more »
WOLVES GOALIE ONLY PLAYER TO WIN CHAMPIONSHIPS IN 4 LEAGUES
Wendell Young is the only player with championships in the NHL, AHL, IHL
and major junior, the 36-year-old Young added another IHL ring this season
when his Chicago Wolves defeated the Grand Rapids Griffins 3-1 in Grand
Rapids, Mich., for the Turner Cup.
Young won his Memorial Cup with Kitchener (1981), his Calder Cup with
Hershey (1988) and his two Stanley Cups with Pittsburgh (1991, 1992).
“I’ve always said I’ve been blessed to play on great teams. A lot of great
athletes never get the chance to play for a championship. When I sit back I
realize how fortunate I’ve been.”
Young, healthy all year, shared time throughout the season with ex-NHLer
Andrei Trefilov. Young had a 32-12-4 record in the regular season with a 2.77 goals-against
average. He was 5-3 in the playoffs with a 3.32 average. He said sharing time with Trefilov, his close friend, was a huge plus as the
Wolves kept running into tired goalies in the post-season.
Young played 187 NHL games over 10 NHL seasons with Vancouver, Philadelphia,
Pittsburgh and Tampa Bay. He’s played the last six years with the Wolves and his time with the club
dates back to opening night in franchise history.
The Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto wanted to take a picture of Young with
his four major trophies after the 1998 victory. Read more »
Boston College is a school that is full of hockey history and tradition, one of those traditions has been a winning hockey program. So it should come as no surprise to find out the man responsible for upholding said legacy is one who once played for the Eagles himself, Jerry York Since returning to his alma mater, York has lead the team to back to back Frozen Fours and with his recruiting haul this year, widely conceded to be the best in college, there is no doubt even more pressure, justified or not, on him to come home with the NCAA Championship. Recently Hockey’s Future had the opportunity to talk with Coach York about last season, this season, and all things Boston Hockey.
Hockey’s Future: While it’s obvious that it would have been nice to win the NCAA Frozen Four, how do you rate the season just passed? What were some of the things you had set out to accomplish with your team at the beginning of the year and did you get those things accomplished?
Jerry York: I think it was an excellent year from our perspective because our goal was to be among the elite of college hockey. I think traditions are built upon post-season play. We understand how difficult it is to win a national championship, but we also understand how hard it is to just get to the Frozen Four.
HF: Your team is a perennial threat in Hockey East. How would you compare this past season with the two before it?
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CANUCKS MOVE FARM CLUB TO KANSAS CITY
The Vancouver Canucks have changed their farm team from the Syracuse Crunch
of the American Hockey League to the Kansas City Blades of the International
Kansas City’s proximity to Vancouver factored into the switch, Brian Burke,
general manager of the NHL Canucks, said Monday.
The Canucks have signed a two-year agreement, the second year being
Vancouver’s option, with the Blades. Under terms of the deal, Vancouver will
supply 18 players to the Blades, plus a coaching and training staff.
Stan Smyl, who guided the Crunch to a 35-36-9-1 record in his first season
as a head coach, will be the Blades coach.
On January 17, 1962 the Saint Paul Saints win the most lopsided game in IHL
history, a 20-3 drubbing of the Toledo Mercurys.
IHL TEAMS PLACE IN IHL HISTORY
Detroit Vipers: The Vipers had a league high 122 points in 1997 on their way
to capture the Turner Cup. That championship allowed the city of Detroit to
be the first city to capture two cups as the Detroit Red Wings won the
Stanley Cup the same year.
TODAY IN HOCKEY
June 28, 1985 the Detroit Red Wings sign undrafted free agent Adam Oates.
DID YOU KNOW
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In the press conference announcing Ivan Hlinka as the new Pens head
coach, Ivan talked about needing to get a little bigger at both the
forward and defensive positions. It didn’t take very long for the new
coach to have an impact on the draft as the Pens stocked up on tough,
gritty, hard hitting players.
For only the 3rd time in the 11 drafts that Craig Patrick has presided
over, the Pens took a non-European player in the first round (the others: Chris Wells 94 and Craig Hillier 96) when they drafted hard
hitting Boston College defenseman Brooks Orpik with the 18th overall
selection. The Pens were so sure that Orpik would be drafted before
their selection that they didn’t even conduct a pre-draft interview with
him. The Pens, however, were thrilled that he was around to select as
he was a unanimous selection at the draft table.
The Pens have needed a strong physical defenseman ever since Ulf
Samuelsson was traded to the Rangers in 1995 and they could have that in
Orpik. His hard-hitting style is likely to make him an immediate fan
favorite. The Pens were sold on his talent at the NCAA Western Regional
Final when he was paired against #2 pick Dany Heatley.
Orpik still has two years left at Boston College and the Pens aren’t known
as a team that pressures kids to leave school early. Orpik seems to
love the college atmosphere and it’s a good bet he’ll stay at BC for at
least another year.
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The Kings left Calgary with more questions than answers last week after taking a serious blow in the loss of Sean O’Donnell and the rumours about Eric Lindros coming to Los Angeles. Where do the Kings go from here, and just how did they do in Calgary?
The weekend didn’t exactly get off to the best start when the Kings lost Steve McKenna and Sean O’Donnell to the expansion Minnesota Wild on Friday. The Kings went through some painful growing pains with Sean O’Donnell to see him become a solid defenseman. Now another team, almost certainly a contender by year’s end, will enjoy the fruits of the Kings labors. On paper, the King lost their #3 defenseman who is in his prime, was a feared fighter, and was a leader in the clubhouse. They also lost a fringe enforcer in McKenna. The biggest losses will be felt in the locker room where Mac and Odie were well liked and looked to as leaders. McKenna will be a hit with Minnesota because of his size and personality, and I personally saw some improvement in his skills this season. On a team with other enforcers, McKenna could grow into a contributor. O’Donnell has become a physical, stay at home defender who could either be a captain or great trade bait to a contending team. Either way, it leaves the Kings already softening lineup with no enforcer and no blue liner who will drop the gloves. With Galley, Odie and a likely Berg holdout, the Kings are in trouble where they were once strongest.
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If the 2000 NHL Entry Draft did anything, for the Lightning, it added
depth to a young talented pool of prospects. The Bolts went in with three
goals: add a goaltender that will contribute immediately, add some
goaltending depth, and add a group of talented forwards to the system. All
of these goals appear to be accomplished. By trading the number five
selection (plus a fourth and seventh round picks), the Lightning added
goaltender Kevin Weekes and defenseman Kristian Kudroc from the New York
Islanders. Instead of adding a veteran to mentor Dan Cloutier, the lightning
added another kid to push Cloutier. The throw in to the deal is Kudroc. He
simply adds to the already ample defense core of the Bolts. He does.
However, bring a big body (6’6” 230 lbs.), more physical style of play, and
the ability to put up some points.
Once the Lightning were done playing the trading game, they were able to
draft an entire line of Russian forwards. With the eight overall selection
GM Rick Dudley chose Nikita Alexeev. Alexeev is big and fast, and hopefully
able to generate some offense. He will score most of his points from in
close, but also has the speed to create his own offense. He will need to
improve his puck handling before he is able to blow by opponents. He is
compared to Calgary Flames winger, and ex-bolt, Andrei Nazarov but with
better hands. In the second round, Dudley took solid 6’2” 202lbs. Winger Read more »
With most of the hockey world expecting the Habs to choose a European with both of their first round picks, Rejean Houle again went with his infamous, “Rejean Logic.” The Habs were unable to pick up a European playing in Europe until the fourth round, passing on such players as Martin Samuelsson, Vaclav Nedorost, and Alexander Frolov. Here are the Habs first 4 picks of the 2000 NHL Entry Draft. Picks 5 through 11 will follow shortly.
Hainsey is a very good skater, and a confident puckhandler. He has all the tools necessary to become an NHL caliber defenseman; He’s poised. He has good hockey sense, and he anticipates plays very well. He has good size, but must improve his physical strength in order to compete with the big boys in the NHL. He was ranked 9th in North America by the CSS.
POS HT/WT DOB DRAFTED
Ron Hainsey (D) 6'3"/187 Lbs March 24/81 D-Mtl00 (1-13)
99-00 Stats GP G A PTS +/- PIM PP SH
(U-Mass Lowell) 30 3 8 11 +1 - - -
(WJHC) 7 1 1 2 +1 - - -
#1 Strength- Some offensive skill
#1 Weakness- Physical strength
POS HT/WT DOB DRAFTED
Marcel Hossa (C) 6'1"/200 Lbs Oct 12/81 D-Mtl00 (1-16)
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