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Home Sweet Home for the Monarchs

by Kristy Gleason
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The long-anticipated arrival has occured, and the results have been very promising. The Manchester Monarchs finished their extended season-beginning road trip with a dismal record of
2-8-2. The team’s new arena, the Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester, NH, was christened on November 16, 2001 with a renewing of the Monarchs-Lock Monster rivalry. Before the first game puck was dropped, the Monarchs and Kings’ banners were raised to the rafters. Then the Monarchs and the fans paid tribute to our every day local heroes, the police and fire department, who unfurled a huge American flag that covered almost the entire space between the blue lines, which the Lock Monsters and Monarchs lined, and received a long and well-deserved standing ovation. A lengthy moment of silence was held in memory of Garnet “Ace” Bailey and Mark Bavis, both of whom were scouts with the LA Kings organization, and the thousands of others who lost or gave their lives in the September 11th tragedies in New York City, Pennsylvania, and Washington, DC. All 27 teams in the AHL have dedicated the 2001-02 season in their memory. Rene Rancourt serenaded the masses with a dramatic rendition of the national anthem… and then it was game time.

The Monarchs began the season in the Lock Monsters’ arena, and had lost to them twice in their 14-game journey on the road. The tables were turned, however, on that night of firsts for the Monarchs and their fans. They soundly beat the Lock Monsters, 3-1, in the home opener. The first goal ever to be scored in the VWA was by Monarchs defenseman, Joe Corvo. Read more »

The Pittsburgh Forge Update

by Ron Valerino
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PITTSBURGH FORGE NAHL JUNIOR A …… NEWS :
Find all the info you need on Pittsburgh’s new Junior A team at:
http://www.pittsburghforge.com/
http://www.nahl.com/

The Pittsburgh Forge had a very busy 3 game week playing a rare Wednesday
night road game in Cleveland and hosting the USA National Under-17 Team in a
weekend series.

Forge 5 Cleveland 8 :
The Forge trailed 6-2 after 2 periods with Carson Strang and Andy Cote
netting goals. In the third Ken Trombetta netted his sixth goal of the
season to cut the deficit to 6-3. Andy Cote and Carson Strang both added
their second goals of the game, but the rally wouldn’t be enough. The Barons
scored a late goal and added an empty net score with a little over a minute
left. The newest Forge acquisition, Larry Sterling, relieved starter Tim
Heneroty and stopped 17 of 19.

Forge 2 USA 3 (Shootout) : Read more »

Jackets AHL Player Update

by Aaron Vickers
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First, transactions that have taken place between the Blue Jackets and their AHL affiliate the Syracuse Crunch. The Jackets have reassigned goaltender Karl Goehring to Syracuse(from Dayton). Goehring, finished up his NCAA career last season, posting an 80-20-13 record in the NCAA ranks, setting a new record. Goehring replaces Gardner, who is reassigned to Dayton.

Columbus has returned forward Mathieu Darche to Syracuse of the AHL after being called up on November 1st. Darche tallied for one goal (1-0-1) in 7 games with the Jackets.

Defenseman Darrel Scoville is still expected to miss 4-6 weeks after suffering a 3rd Degree shoulder separation a few weeks ago.

Stats as of Thursday, November 22nd

Mathieu Darche(LW) – Darche was just recently relocated to Syracuse after an unsuccessful stint with the Jackets. Darche had 7 points (6-1-7) in 9 games before being recalled. What has he done since being returned? About as much as I have in Syracuse…nothing. He’s only played 2 games since his return, but has yet to put up any points.
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Too Deep on D?

by Megan Sexton
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That’s a foreign concept to the Tampa Bay Lightning and their fans. The Bolts are just grasping the need for depth and beginning to acquire it. Now, to tell them their blueline is too deep is likely to daze and confuse them.

The notion of excessive prospects in the Tampa Bay organization is a rare one, but it is a challenge that the team is currently experiencing and one that could case a major traffic jam in the system. A shared affiliation, enough veterans to fill the big club and a few too many defensive prospects has gotten the Bolts in quite a predicament that will have to be rectified–soon.

Due to the dual affiliation between Phoenix and Tampa Bay, the Lightning can only place ten prospects with their AHL affiliate in Springfield. The rest will have to go down to the ECHL and even the UHL. Last season, this situation would have been ideal for the baby Bolts, who played much of the season with virtually half a team. As GM Rick Dudley trudges on with Tampa Bay’s rebuilding process, he continues to add quality prospects to the system, hence our dilemma.

For the first time in the Davidson era, the Lightning are able to fill their blueline with–get this–NHL-quality players. Of course they don’t have a Stevens or a Pronger or even a Hamrlik, but they are not playing with three and four rookies either, as they were forced to do in past years. Off-season additions have pushed the rookies down the depth chart to the minor leagues, where they belong.

The season began with relative ease: Mike Jones arrived to camp with heel fractures, s Read more »

All current NHL-Players with a german history

by Oliver Janz
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24 Players found the way (back) from Germany into the NHL

24 Players found the way (back) from Germany into the NHL. Here are the teams and some interesting stats from their spell in Germany:

Sergej Berezin (Phoenix Coyotes)
1994-96 Kölner Haie/DEL (120 GP, 184 PTS)

Pavel Bure (Florida Panthers)
1994-95 EV Landshut Cannibals/DEL (1 GP, 3 G)

Vincent Damphousse (San Jose Sharks)
1994-95 EC Ratinger Löwen/DEL (11 GP, 12 PTS)

Jiri Dopita (Philadelphia Flyers)
1992-95 Eisbären Berlin/1.BL and DEL (96 GP, 122 PTS)

Sascha Goc (Tampa Bay Lightning)
1994-96 Schwenninger ERC Juniors/GER Jr.
1996-98 Schwenninger Fire Wings/GER3
1996-98 Schwenninger Wild Wings/DEL

Dany Heatley (Atlanta Trashers)
His father, Murray Heatley, played for EHC Freiburg as Dany was born. Dany isn’t a german citizen and didn’t played for a german team, but he was born in Freiburg, Germany.

Jochen Hecht (Edmonton Oilers)
1993-94 Mannheimer ERC Juniors/GER Jr.
1994-98 Adler Mannheim/DEL

Jaromir Jagr (Washington Capitals)
1994-95 Schalker Haie/GER3 (1 GP, 1 G, 10 A)

Olaf Kölzig (Washington Capitals) Read more »

Reviews of Canucks defensive prospects

by Kirk Pedersen
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Now that the Canucks have acquired another ‘top-six’ forward, and with Andrew Cassels due back in two weeks or so, our biggest weakness is clearly on defense.

What do we have in our organization in the way of defensemen? Not too much, almost all of our NHL-calibre Defensemen are already in the NHL, and we have a lot of wild-cards. (See Komarniski, Zenith; Vydareny, Rene.) Here is the Canucks’ depth on defense, with seasonal reviews to this point for the defensive prospects.

Bryan Allen was supposed to arrive this year. He began the season with the Canucks, going scoreless, and being victimized on several plays early in the season. Marc Crawford and his assistants decided that it’d probably be best for Bryan to go back down to Winnipeg, and play for the Moose until the Canucks need him again. He’s still a top-drawer defensive prospect, and he’s on pace for a better offensive season than last year in Manitoba, but he’s not much more than a sixth or seventh defenseman on the Canucks now, even in our poor state of affairs on the blueline. More was expected out of him this season, but there’s still time to recover. But it’s better to play 20-25 minutes per game in Winnipeg, than 5-10 minutes in the NHL.
Grades Thus Far:
AHL: B+ Read more »

Capitals’ Prospects in Portland

by Caitlin LoCascio
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Jason Ulmer continues to give 100 percent. He definitely has talent and ended the weekend with a goal, an assist, and more time with the Pirates’ special unit teams. Definitely one to watch as he gets better and better with every game.

After a disappointing second half of last season for Brad Church, he has really learned from previous mistakes. His biggest improvement of all is he seems to have learned patience, and it has increased the level of his game tenfold. He is another player who knows how to utilize his size and strength and he is playing at a personal best right now.

Todd Rohloff was out and about at the Civic Center this weekend and all reports are that his physical therapy is going well. He is expected to be back on the ice sometime before Christmas.

Peter Ferraro continues to play well and work hard. However, he is spending too much time in the penalty box on unnecessary penalties and is just a tad sloppy. Peter is a good player; he just needs to clean it up a little to be a great player.

Whilst Chris Ferraro is technically still called-up with the Capitals, he will be indefinitely on ‘day to day’ status. My thoughts and prayers go out to both him and his wife.

Kyle Clark may need to be sent back to Richmond to try and develop some more and give his spot to one of our ECHL prospects – Garret Prosofsky immediately comes to mind. The fact is, Clark is the only forward to have played with the team this season thus far that has no points, and he has accumulated a negative p Read more »

Albany Rats End a Few Streaks

by Mike Buskus
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By Mike Buskus

ALBANY, NY. (November 24, 2001). The weight that the Albany River Rats lifted over their shoulder tonight was not extra poundage they put on with a Thanksgiving turkey dinner. No, instead, the River Rats lifted a proverbial albatross around their neck. Two streaks were ended tonight. The league’s longest winless streak (a baker’s dozen, 13) belonged to the River Rats, dating back to October 20. Also, the home-ice winless mark (half a dozen, dating to October 27), also had Albany’s name on it.

Those dubious marks of distinction may remain in the record books for a while this season, but the emotional outburst on the ice cleared the entire bench and brought the 4,385 fans at the Pepsi Arena to their feet as Albany defeated Rochester, 3-1.

The visitors from Rochester got on the board first, with a turn-and-shoot wrister from right winger Milan Bartovic, midway through the first period. Bartovic’s fourth marker on the season came from the right face-off dot as he spun and snapped the shot past a stationary Ari Ahonen.

Over the next five minutes and change, Rochester got into penalty trouble, with three consecutive infractions giving the Rats power plays that included 4-on-3 and a brief stretch of 5-on-3. However, the Rochester defense was particularly sturdy and Albany had trouble getting the puck in deep. Albany managed only two shots on goal during those three power plays. The best scoring chance came from Pierre Dagenais, at the 15:36 mark. Mika Noronen’s glove stopped Dagenais from the right wing circle.

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Belleville Bulls update

by Bill Thompson
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There has been a lot of action in the hockey world as of late. The trades are starting to happen in the NHL, certain OHL teams such as Sudbury have been trading like mad and the preliminary rankings for the 2002 NHL draft are out from NHL Central Scouting. With the hockey world usually looking elsewhere, the Belleville Bulls manage to keep a low profile amongst the hockey action.

The Bulls have had a very active season so far, starting with trading OHL star defenseman Michael Jacobsen to the Sudbury Wolves at the start of the season for Adam Sturgeon. Many Bulls fans were upset at this deal, but it was a necessary one in order to keep the 2 superstar forwards Mike Renzi and Nate Robinson and the much-improved Matt Coughlin who was selected as the Bulls captain this year; all of those players were overagers so one had to go. This looked to be a good deal as Sturgeon was a highly touted d-man that just didn’t get along with the Wolves management and Jacobsen is a wuss who doesn’t like to hit or get hit, but unfortunately none of the Bulls defensemen have stepped up to fill the offensive role Jacobsen had. Also going to Sudbury were defenseman Rob Dmytruk and forward Brad Efthimiou who have both been released. Jacobsen was subsequently traded to Owen Sound.

The Bulls started off the season well debuting at #4 on the CHL’s first set of weekly rankings. But it has been up and down since then. With a record of 15-12-0-0 the Bulls are not the tying type. It’s all or nothing, with most of the nothing co Read more »

Philadelphia Flyers System Mini-Review

by Bill Meltzer
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Here’s a look at the progress of twelve prospects in the Philadelphia Flyers system through the first quarter of the season. A full system report with more in-depth reviews will be forthcoming at the midpoint of the season.

Stepping Forward

Bruno St. Jacques : The rookie is making a strong case for a full-time job in the NHL. After an eye-opening training camp with the Flyers and a solid beginning to the American Hockey League season, Bruno has gotten a pair of callups to the big team. He has made the most of his time with the Flyers. St. Jacques’ combination of poise, physical play, and mobility has translated well to the NHL game. With Luke Richardson out for an extended period of time with a broken foot, St. Jacques will have time to further solidify his NHL roster spot.

Colin Shields : If the Scottish winger was adversely affected by being disqualified from playing last season by the NCAA, he hasn’t shown it. The Maine forward has emerged as one of the top snipers in Hockey East. In 12 games to date, he has 11 goals. He also has a 3 assist game to his credit this season.

Antero Niittymäki : The 1999-2000 Finnish league rookie of the year has put his uneven sophomore season behind him and re-established himself as one of the top young goaltenders in Europe. Ranking at or near the top of several key SM-Liiga goaltending categories, Niittymäki has a dazzling .952 save percentage and a 1.49 goals against average in 11 games. Of late, veteran TPS goalie Fredrik Norrena has been hot and has gotten four Read more »

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