Bob Crawford Wins Ellery Award
Hartford Wolf Pack Radio Broadcaster Bob Crawford is named winner of the 2001 James H. Ellery Award for outstanding media contributions in the radio category.
Bob has spent 13 seasons doing radio broadcasts in the AHL for Adirondack, Providence, Binghamton, and Hartford. Bob was also an on ice reporter during the 2001 AHL All Star Game.
Hartford Wolf Pack Raise Ticket Prices and Charge More On Game Day
The Hartford Wolf Pack raised ticket prices for the fourth time since 1997-98. Ticket Prices went up $1.50 on both the upper and lower level. Ticket prices are now $20.00 for the lower level and $17.50 for the upper level.
In addition to the increase from last seasons ticket prices, the Wolf Pack also charges another dollar on game day. Raising the increase $2.50 from last season. The lower level will now be $21.00 and the upper level will be $18.50 at the box office on game day. This is the first time that the Hartford Wolf Pack are charging more money on game day, and are one of two teams that charge more money on game day.
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Vadim Tarasov and Ray Emery were the starting goalies for the Canadiens and Senators, respectively, as Montreal and Ottawa faced off for the honour as the top Hull tournament squad.
The game started off with plenty of physical action, as teams matched each other hit for hit. Jérôme Marois showed his awesome slap shot early as he unleashed one just high and wide of the net. Andrew Archer, the 6’4 defenseman for Montreal set the tone early with a bone-shattering open-ice hit. Till the very end, the game remained a tough, vigorous match.
Ron Hainsey, Montreal’s quarterback looked good early, delivering crisp, accurate passes. The Senators, on the other hand, had trouble staying consistent and made many mental mistakes.
The Canadiens struck first as the speedy Michael Ryder put Montreal up 1-0, with the assists from Hamelfarb and Thinel. Soon after, on the powerplay, the Canadiens equaled the previous accomplishment, as Ryder unloaded one by hapless Emery, to make it 2-0. Emery had allowed 2 goals on the first 4 shots of the game, but had deserved a better fate. To his credit, he settled down and played admirably.
Alexandre Tremblay, a 5’11 winger showed his speed early, with a partial breakaway, but was stopped in part to Emery’s quick reflexes. Marcel Hossa showed some great on-ice smarts with tape-to-tape passes, and good work along the boards.
Ottawa seemed to run out of steam late in the period, as the Canadiens managed to get the final 5 shots of the period. Ray Emery kept his team in it. All in all, Read more »
Impressive bunch at ICE Training Camp ’01
It’s always a treat to experience the first weekend of WHL hockey in town as the Kootenay ICE held their training camp kickoff to the 2001-2 season over the weekend at the Rec/Plex. As an added bonus this year the club held both their rookie and veteran camps simultaneously, offering anyone who was desperate for hockey more than enough to satisfy their craving.
Starting Friday with forty-five rookies split into two squads taking to the ice, anticipation was high for the 200 or so parents, fans and onlookers curious for a glimpse of the future of the Kootenay ICE. Most of the players, born in either 1985 or 86, did not disapoint. Some stood out enough amoung the young charges to satify Kootenay ICE fans that the future was indeed, in good hands. One in particular stood head and shoulders above the rest. Nigel Dawes, a fifth round Bantam Draft pick (73rd overall) in 2000 is a name you might want to familiarize yourself with because after an impressive camp that included a bump up to the veterans portion of the camp due to the domination of the rookies and barring a total colapse, Dawes has all but sewn up a lucrative rookie spot on the 2001-02 edition of the Kootenay ICE. The diminuitive forward, listed at 5’8″ 175lbs, makes up in talent, speed and touch around the net for what may be a perception of lack of size in today’s WHL in which the players seemingly get bigger and bigger every year.
Kootenay ICE Director of Player Personnel Roy Stasiuk agreed that Dawes has impressed at camp Read more »
Minnesota’s Comeback Kids
There’s a new team in camp this year and you better watch out!
The Minnesota Wilds first game, of the six team Prospect Tournament in
Traverse City, Michigan, didn’t have a good beginning. They fell behind
three to zero in the first period but came back to win the game five to
The first goal came for the Detroit Red Wings fifty seconds into the
game the first shot was taken and Tomas Kopecky’s wrister slipped past
With three minutes and twenty seconds left in the first period,
Minnesota’s Brian Passmore was called for hooking. With the power play
it only took the Red Wings twenty-one seconds to score. Ryan Barnes
received the puck from Tomas Kopecky and drilled it into the net and
then followed head first to join the puck in the net.
Detroit was put on the power play again just twenty-one seconds later
when Rod Sarich was sent to the penalty box for holding. A minute into
the power play Danny Groulx passed the puck across the front of the net
to Pavel Datsyuk who one-timed it past Block.
With one minute and two seconds left in the period Dan Cavanaugh of the
Wilds went to the box for interference but a minute later Detroit’s
Jason Baird took a tripping call to nullify the power play and end the
Minnesota came back from the intermission with hunger. Fifty-three
seconds into the second period Eric Johansson scored with the extra room
on the ice, with Cavanaugh and Baird still in their respective penalty
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HULL, Quebec – The four-team 2001 NHL prospects tournament continued on Friday at the Robert-Guertin Arena just outside of Ottawa with the Phoenix Coyotes defeating the Florida Panthers 4-2. Florida’s record in the tourney dropped to 0-3-0. The Panthers will play in the consolation game at 4:30 PM on Saturday. Florida’s goal scorers on Friday were LW Josh Olson (Florida’s sixth choice in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft) and C Stephen Weiss. Selected in the first round of this year’s NHL Draft (fourth overall), Weiss tied the score at two in the second period on a top right corner power play goal. Weiss was named the Player of the Game for the Panthers. G Davis Parley stopped 24 shots. Phoenix’s final goal was an empty net tally. The Panthers outshot the Coyotes 36-28.
FIRST PERIOD: Florida fired 15 shots on goal and opened a 1-0 lead on Olson’s second goal in as many nights. He was assisted on the power play tally by RW David Morisset and C Mike Green. The Panthers outhsot the Coyotes 15-6 and benefited from five power play opportunities.
SECOND PERIOD: Weiss evened the score and notched his first goal of the tourney with a wrist shot to the top right corner of the net. D Lucas Krajicek and RW Sean O’Connor each assisted on the power play goal. Phoenix scored twice on the power play, connecting for a pair of goals just 0:51 seconds apart. Florida held a 12-10 advantage in shots in the period, and a 27-16 edge for two periods combined. Morisset finished the game with three shots and six hits before being ejected for fighting in t Read more »
A few hours before the Vancouver Giants began their third pre-season game out at Queen’s Park Arena in New Westminster, I spoke with Scott Bonner, GM, about the organizational plans for the newest team to enter the WHL. A laid-back gentleman, Bonner was warm and relaxed but at the same time candid, and left me with the impression that he was pulling together a wealth of hockey knowledge that had worked collaboratively in formulating a solid game-plan for the full development of the club.
The first order of business for these Giants under Bonner’s tutelage was to put an entertaining product on the ice. He pared it down to bringing together a close-knit group of young players—no bad apples need apply—that realized they are privileged to be playing in the best under-20 league in the world, and who are going to buy into Head Coach Milan Dragicevic’s proven approach: hard work every night.
If the first local pre-season game held earlier in the week at the South Surrey Arena against the Kamloops Blazers—one that they won 6-5 with 16 seconds remaining in OT—is any indication of what is in store for the fans, the Giants will indeed satiate all appetites for some earnest, never-say-die hockey.
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HULL, Quebec – The four-team 2001 NHL prospects tournament began on Wednesday at the Robert-Guertin Arena just outside of Ottawa. The Ottawa Senators defeated the Florida Panthers 5-1 by scoring the game’s final five goals. RW Josh Langfeld and LW Alexandre Giroux each scored a pair of goals for the Senators. C Mike Green tallied the lone Panthers goal. G Davis Parley made 27 saves for Florida, while G Ray Emery stopped 15 shots for Ottawa. The Senators held a 32-16 shot advantage. Ottawa was 1-for-11 on the power play.
The Panthers failed to score on all five of their power play chances. Florida played the final two periods of the game with just four defensemen after D Vladimir Sapozhnikov (right shoulder injury) and D Michel Periard (headache from hit from behind) left the game due to injury. RW David Morisset, acquired from the St. Louis Blues in a trade for RW Scott Mellanby last February, was named the player of the game for Florida. He registered an assist and eight hits in the game. The round robin tournament will continue on Thursday with the Panthers taking on Montreal at 4:30 PM. Ottawa faces off against Phoenix in the late game at 7:30 PM.
FIRST PERIOD: C Mike Green opened the scoring just five minutes into the contest connecting on the Panthers second shot of the game. Morisset recorded an assist and a team-high four hits in the period. Ottawa tied the score on a shorthanded unassisted goal when Giroux tallied with 11:01 gone in the period. The Panthers outshot the Senators, 8-6.
SECOND PERIOD: Ottawa scored the Read more »
This season’s training camp at Lake Placid, NY is an all-out battle of men hungry for jobs and a place in that “dream” game. There is almost nothing more pure in the world. The situation is set up for a fall of three, but here we have the tale of five goalies.
First, there are five capable people in the mix, though some are greener than others.
Echoes of Philadelphia’s import Roman Cechmanek are waived at us through the media. Dusan Salficky is the first guy since Tommy Salo was exiled to Edmonton to bring international experience in net for the Islanders. This slippery net-minder played the typical Czech sprawled out style, and was 10th overall with 2.63 goals against, after 52 contests in the Czech Republic Extraleague. At 27, this Long Island hopeful is a big question mark. He raises the bar significantly.
The first to feel this could be Rick D. He had his fair share of bumps and bruises last year in white, blue and orange. Considering the company that has been invited to camp, one has to believe that Rick D. will be ushered intentionally to their minor league affiliate. Though he was impressive most of the time, his weak 5-hole and concentration lapses are signs of needed seasoning.
Stephen Valiquette has been a pleasant surprise, though he could be viewed as a long shot at the moment considering his competition. Stephen is a large man at 6’5”, and obviously keeps himself light at 212 pounds. Islander fans in general like this guy as he represents the hard Read more »
The 1999 draft offered solid depth of Russian, Belorussian and Kazakhstan-born prospects. Although there was no clear-cut future superstar from Russia, plenty of players with unlimited potential were drafted. Youngsters like Koltsov and Kuleshov all offered exceptional pure offensive skills, though neither showed signs of performing consistently. It is safe to say that GM’s crossed their fingers and swallowed hard before each selection.
Out of the few well scouted names, Denis Shvidki suffered a recession in value. Previously a potential top-10er, Denis fell to number 12 at draft time. Konstantin Koltsov and Mikhail Kuleshov were surprise selections in the eyes of many. Although neither displayed great finishing ability to compliment their raw skills, the two stickhandlers became potential first-round jackpots. Giant Alexei Semenov showed little on-ice results up to the draft, but was swapped largely due to his size and toughness.
The consensus opinion among the General Managers was, “let’s wait 2 or 3 years and then we’ll see”. Ironically enough, 2+ years later, many teams are still waiting for progress from some members of the 1999 draft class. Hopes are still high on many fronts, but thus far results have not been astounding.
11th overall: Oleg Saprykin. LW/C. 6’0, 190. 1981-02-12. (Calgary Flames)
Plus: Saprykin plays a fearless, intense style of hockey. A great skater, he has great hands and first-line scoring potential. Oleg doesn’t shy away from contact and is sound at both ends of the ice, as indica Read more »
HULL, Quebec – The four-team 2001 NHL prospects tournament continued on Thursday at the Robert-Guertin Arena just outside of Ottawa with the Montreal Canadiens defeating the Florida Panthers 2-1. Florida attempted to rally from a 2-0 deficit and dominated play in the second half of the game. LW Josh Olson tallied the lone Panthers’ goal with 0:19 seconds remaining in the second period. He was assisted on the play by D Lucas Krajicek and D Paul Elliott. Florida registered 26 shots on net in the final 30 minutes of the game. Montreal goaltender Olivier Michaud was named the Player of the Game for the Canadiens as he stopped all but one of those shots.
Florida’s Player of Game G Billy Thompson made 27 saves. Florida killed off all seven Montreal power plays. The Panthers only had two power play chances. Florida outshot Montreal 35-29. With the loss, the Panthers record drops to 0-2-0 in the tourney. The round robin tournament will continue on Friday with the Panthers taking on Phoenix at 4:30 PM. Ottawa faces off against Montreal in the late game at 7:30 PM.
FIRST PERIOD: Montreal RW Marc-Andre Thinel scored the lone goal of the first period at the 15:29 mark. Florida’s Thompson was solid stopping 10 shots. The Panthers were outshot by the Canadiens, 11-7.
SECOND PERIOD: After falling behind 2-0, the Panthers battled back with a goal in the final minute of the period. Sustained pressure in the Montreal zone resulted in a goal with just 0:19 on the clock as Olson connected on a scramble in front. He was assisted o Read more »