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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?
CANUCKS MOVE FARM CLUB TO KANSAS CITY
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
IHL TEAMS PLACE IN IHL HISTORY
Detroit Vipers: The Vipers had a league high 122 points in 1997 on their way
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
For only the 3rd time in the 11 drafts that Craig Patrick has presided
The Pens have needed a strong physical defenseman ever since Ulf
Orpik still has two years left at Boston College and the Pens aren’t known
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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.
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 »
IHL PLAYER PROFILE
First season as a Griffin. Fifth year as a pro. Jani is in his third pro season
in North America. Ottawa resigned Jani to a multi-year deal on August 19,
1999 which runs through the 2000-01 season.
Here is a quick look at three of the four BCHL players picked in this years draft.
- 6’2″ forward is a natural goal scorer…. deadly from twenty feet or closer.
- Needs to improve his quickness, has decent, not great flat out speed.
- Does not like the tough going, and struggled in the playoffs because of this.
- 6’2″ 170lb forward has played the last three seasons for his hometown Chilliwack Chiefs of the BCHL Junior A Hockey League.
-Has accepted a full four year scholarship with the New Hampshire Wildcats.
- Has great on ice vision, sees the complete ice very well.
- Needs to improve his skating and upper body strength
- Great showing at the Viking Cup tournament over the Christmas holidays solidified his draft ranking.
- Was named Team Playoff MVP this season after tallying 48 points in 25 games, leading the Chiefs to a berth in the National Championship tournament.
- Very safe fifth round pick by the Rangers, should develop very nicely over the next four years, playing for the Wildcats, former team of another Chilliwack Chief alumni, and Hobey Baker winner Jason Krog.
- Nathan Marsters is a 6’4″ butterfly style goaltender Read more »