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Philly Phantoms Report

by Mike Castor
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The Philadelphia Phantoms’ 2001 season is off to a blazing start. Leading the way are the young players that Bob Clarke and staff have drafted. Flyer’s management has put these players in a great spot to excel. The team has several AHL veterans to help assist the young players during the long season. The Philadelphia Flyers have already dipped into the promising youth of the Phantoms. Manning the ship is one of the brighter young coaches in the AHL, John Stevens.

John has been through the wars of the AHL and is very patience with his youth. The Phantoms will only improve as the season progresses. This article will go in depth with the young players on the Phantoms roster and where they fit into the parent club’s plans. The future of this organization is very bright. Not since the mid 80’s can the Flyers possess such a ray of young talent.

Vaclav Pletka – Pletka has been the brightest player on the roster this far into the season. In only his second pro year, he has shown immense talent. He is not your prototypical European player. Vaclav has a real nose for the net and has displayed a great deal of grittiness. His speed is slightly above average. Currently Vaclav is tied for second on the team with 52 shots on goal. He also has excellent ice vision and puck skills. The Flyers called him up for a game to fill a roster spot due to injury. With the way the Flyers are playing right now, he may get another call very soon. The Phantoms’ coaching staff likes the way he is committed to improving his all around game. This is another example of the Read more »

Andy Chiodo Named OHL Player of the Week

by HF Staff
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Toronto – The Ontario Hockey League today announced that Toronto St.
Michael’s Majors goaltender Andy Chiodo is the OHL Player of the Week for
the week ending Sunday December 2, 2001 after posting back-to-back shutouts
on November 29 and 30.

Chiodo, opened the week with a 24 save performance as the Majors defeated
the Mississauga IceDogs 3-0 at St. Michael’s College School Arena. He
followed up with a 32 save effort backstopping the Majors to a 4-0 road win
over the North Bay Centennials on November 30.

Chiodo, an 18-year-old native Toronto, improved his season record to 4-4-2
with a 2.95 goals against average and .906 save percentage in 15 games. He
was a sixth round pick of the New York Islanders in the 2001 NHL Entry
Draft.

Andy Chiodo
Position: Goal Catches: Left
Height: 6.00 Weight: 195 lbs.
Toronto’s 2nd round choice, 23rd overall, in the 1999 Bantam Selection

Season Club GPI Mins GA Avg. SO
2000-01 Toronto St. Michael’s Majors 38 2069 86 2.49 4
2001-02 Toronto St. Michael’s Majors 15 712 35 2.95 2
OHL Totals 53 2781 121 2.61 6

Delisle A Rarity Among Baby Buds

by Stephen J. Holodinsky
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In a system full of promising two-way rearguards and with a goodly amount of grinders and playmakers, when Miguel Delisle finally graduates from the CHL next season, he should have little problem finding a spot for his talents on The Rock. You see, Delisle is that rarest of birds in minor Leafland, he is a born and bred sniper. Unlike Jeff Farkas, the big club’s next hope to take a spot on the wing of a scoring line, who is a converted pivot, the Ottawa 67 is a finisher through and through. Jake Dole, Hockey’s Future’s Analyst in the nation’s capital points out that while his slap shot is “nothing to sneeze at” it’s his wrist shot that makes him. He describes it as being “very quick and deadly accurate”and goes on to say he “likes to go high and goalies have trouble adjusting to the way he hides the puck with his stick.”

“Another part of his game that defines him as a pure sniper” maintains Dole is his puckhandling at speed. “(Delisle) can motor like a train with and without the puck.” He goes on to say that the flanker is “very agile and hard to pinpoint at any time on the ice.” Because of this and the factthat he is “very strong on his skates, (he) works well in traffic and checking does not intimidate him.” That said, our man in Ottawa readily admits that the winger is “not your typical intimidator. Doesn’t spend enough time in the corners (and) likes to stay and wait for pass.” Although he “has no problems going to the net with authority, he’s not a Tomas Holmstrom, preferring to stay on the wing or at the point.

Defensively, the Cornwall, Ontario native Read more »

Czech WJC team will need CHL help

by Robert Neuhauser
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After the home tournament in Olomouc and Prostejov, Czech Under-20 team head coach Jaroslav
Holik stated that there will be changes needed before the last preparational tournament
for the upcoming the WJC that was held in Vaasa, Finland. Now we see that the changes will have to be
more serious. The Czech team finished at the last place again and that makes lots of Czech
fans, who are hoping in keeping the WJC gold medal streak alive, quite mad. They want to
see their players fight for gold and not to struggle. So let’s have a look who could be named
to the final roster and there will be lots of CHL names there. They are more needed than
ever. The Czechs don’t have a very strong 1982 birthyear and with the problems the teams
build of players playing in Europe had expect at least seven CHL players to make the team.
The only problem is that the arrival of Columbus Blue Jackets’ blueliner Rostislav Klesla
and Colorado Avalache left wing (but played his whole career at center) Vaclav Nedorost
remain a dream. So who is the reality?

Goaltenders

Lukas Hronek – HC Slavia Praha goalie got his chance after the starter Roman Malek suffered
a broken jaw and he stunned the Extraleague with his savvy play and spectacular saves.
Along with Martin Barek played for all junior teams consisting of 1982 born players. A very
mature goalie for his age with exceptional quickness and reflexes, Lukas couldn’t play in
Finland because of an injury but he seems to be a lock on the WJC team.

Martin Barek – Barek backstopped Pardubice juniors on Read more »

Hurricanes Sharpen Game Against Blades

by Dustin Nielson
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Hurricanes Sharpen Game Against Blades

The Hurricanes continued their march back to the CHL top 10 tonight by handing the Blades a 4-1 loss. Lethbridge used a great first period to push their home record to an an impressive 11-3-1, the Blades fell to 4-7-1 on the road.

The Canes came out flying in the first just as they’ve done all year long. It was the usual suspects getting the scoring started as Ryley Layden notched his 11th marker of the year, Nathan Barrett and Tim Green assisted on the goal. Less then two minutes later the Canes added another to their total as Brett O’Malley took advantage of a Blades give-away and flipped a shot low blocker side on Michael Garnett, who started in net for Saskatoon. The second goal silenced the Blades fans in attendence, which was quite a surprise amount since a trip from Saskatoon is a mighty trek. The Blades continued what was turning into a bad period when Tim Preston took a cross-checking minor. The Canes put the league’s fourth best powerplay to work and it wasn’t long before it clicked.Tim Green finished off a beautiful pass from New Jersey Devil draft pick Phil Cole. Green fired home a one timer from the side of the crease after Cole made a bullet of a pass across from the opposite point, Garnett didn’t have a chance. The Canes weren’t done yet and either was Tim Green. Green scored his second of the game, 16th of the season, with less then a minute left when he took a soft Nathan Barrett pass and fired the puck high blocker side past Garnett. The assist to Barret was his second of the night, he now has a league l Read more »

Between the Pipes

by Jason Hegler
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I must say that I am somewhat surprised regarding the nature of responses my last article on the Canadian Olympic dilemma provoked. I have watched a number of interviews with Wayne Gretzky and detected a level of stress under his calm demeanor and Hollywood smile. Surely, he is looking forward to when the selection process is finally over and he can pass off this carefully chosen team to a coaching staff that will further shape and test this squad. Once this occurs, he will be able to become a fan again along with millions of other Canadians. In response to the last commentary, many of you debated over who should and should not be selected. One name in particular stood out from the rest…..this being Patrick Roy. This is especially interesting given the events of the past week and warrants further discussion.

Recently, star goaltender and future Hall of Famer Patrick Roy announced that he would not be attending the upcoming Olympics in Salt Lake City. Roy is staying “true to form” by avoiding media and being reclusive. Although documented reasons for his decision have not come forth, many speculate that he is not willing to fight for a job or play second fiddle to another netminder. Consequently, there have been mixed reactions from the general public.
Some individuals may actually be relieved by this news.

There are those of us who feel that Patty may be too old and that his career is winding down. Others feel that he has been fortunate to play on elite teams and that his numbers do not accurately represent his level of talent. Supporters o Read more »

Brampton’s Jays Hoping To Shine On World Stage

by Mark McDonald
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The Brampton Battalion’s two Jays – Jay Harrison and Jay McClement, earned invitations to the 2002 Canadian Junior Team selection camp to be held at York University’s Beatrice Ice Gardens in Toronto from December 10th to 17th. The two OHL veterans are hoping to join their coach, Stan Butler, to the Czech Republic to help Canada reclaim the gold medal that has eluded them since 1997.

Harrison (Toronto, 3rd round 2001), vying for a spot on the team for the second consecutive year, is a fourth-year defenseman enjoying his best offensive season thus far in 2001-02. With five goals and 13 assists in 26 games thus far, he has already reached a personal high in goals for a season and is two away from his personal best in points.

Harrison saw little ice time as the 7th defenseman on the Canadian team that won bronze in Moscow last year, but gained valuable experience and hopes to use that to his advantage during the selection camp and during the tournament. While his offensive numbers are relatively impressive this season, Harrison’s real and natural strengths are found in his own end. If he does in fact make the team, Harrison’s defensive abilities will likely see him called on to kill important penalties and to neutralize some of the opposition’s top marksmen.

However, despite his extensive experience in international play (he also played in the 1999 World Under-18 tournament, earning top defenceman honours) and his presence on last year’s National Junior Team roster, Harrison is no lock to make this year’s squad. Besides the fact that names like Bouwmees Read more »

Colorado Prospect Update (12/1/01)

by Brandon LeBourveau
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Juniors:

Marek Svatos, Center, Kootenay (WHL)
Stats: 23 GP, 22 G, 15 A, 37 P, 22 PIM, -2

Kurt Sauer, Defenseman, Spokane (WHL)
Stats: 24 GP, 0 G, 8 A, 8 P, 30 PIM, +15

Blake Ward, Goaltender, Lethbridge (WHL)
Stats: 15 GP, 7-5-3, 3.02 GAA. .889 SV%

Charlie Stephens, Center, Guelph/London (OHL)
Stats: 20 GP, 5 G, 10 A, 15 P, 31 PIM, -19

Danny Bois, Right Wing, London (OHL)
Stats: 27 GP, 6 G, 7 A, 13 P, 89 PIM, -9

Aaron Molnar, Goaltender, London (OHL)
Stats: 14 GP, 4-8-2, 4.05 GAA, .870 SV%

Agris Saviels, Defenseman, Owen Sound (OHL)
Stats: 25 GP 1 G, 18 A, 19 P, 17 PIM, -7

Colt King, Left Wing, Guelph/North Bay (OHL)
Stats: 22 GP, 4 G, 5 A, 9 P, 49 PIM, -11

Cody McCormick, Right Wing, Belleville (OHL)
Stats: 28 GP, 6 G, 6 A, 12 P, 56 PIM, Even

Darryl Bootland, Right Wing, Toronto (OHL)
Stats: 23 GP, 15 G, 20 A, 35 P, 50 PIM, +17

Peter Budaj, Goaltender, Toronto (OHL)
Stats: 19 GP, 10-5-4, 2.43 GAA, .921 SV%

Pierre-Luc Emond, Center, Cape Breton (QMJHL)
Stats: 32 GP, 9 G, 7 A, 16 P, 25 PIM, +5

Sergei Klyazmin, Left Wing, Halifax (QMJHL)
Stats: 25 GP, 14 G, 21 A, 32 P, 22 PIM, +6


College

Brian Fahey, Defenseman, Wisconsin (WCHA) Read more »

Jackets CHL Player Update

by Aaron Vickers
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Jackets CHL PROSPECT UPDATE



Western Hockey League

Shane Bendera – G – Red Deer Rebels
Shane Bendera was one of two Columubs goaltending prospects to be named to Canada’s World Junior Tryout for the 2002 World Junior Championships. And why not? The tale of the tape shows that Bendera definitely deserves to take the trip to not only the camp, but to the Czech Republic as well. Bendera has posted an impressive 11-3-3 record, registering a 2.03 GAA and a .926 GAA. Bendera leads the WHL in both statistical categories, and is 4th in the league in wins, only 4 back of the leader, despite playing 8 fewer games.

Ben Knopp – RW – Moose Jaw Warriors
When I see the statistics on the season Ben Knopp is having, I get discouraged with his progress. He’s managed 17 goals in 29 games, adding 12 assists as well (17-12-29). However, a trip to the +/- column quickly shows that Knopp is still a one-dimension player. His –12 is second worst on the team, and is easily the most disgusting stat on the team considering Knopps offensive production. He’s been much more of a liability on the ice than he should be, and needs to desperately work on defensive zone play.

Kiel McLeod – C – Kelowna Rockets
McLeod has began to have the season the Blue Jackets organization has hoped he will. Although he sits fourth in team scoring with 9 goals and 22 points (9-13-22), he’s second on the team in Points Per Game with 1.22, behind only Calgary superprospect Chuck Kobasew. McLeod i Read more »

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