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News & Features
By Robert Neuhauser and Ivana Paulova
Czech and Finnish teams, consisting of players who weren’t selected to play for the Under
quite soon and they are only a step away from being promoted to the Under-20 team. This year the Under-19 teams
consist of players born 1983 where almost everyone was overlooked at the NHL Entry Draft or are late-born 1983’s and so not eligible for the 2001 draft. The top 1983 born prospects moved from the Under-18 team to the Under-20 team and it’s up to those who didn’t make that jump to make a name for themselves.
On the Czech side, two players were claimed by NHL teams this past June. Slavia Praha center/left winger Zbynek Novak, an alternate captain for the Under-19 team, is a Washington Capitals draft choice and HC Bili Tygri Liberec defenseman Jan Holub was picked by the New York Islanders. Then there are players like captain Lukas Chmelir or Jan Rehor who were expected to hear their names selected at the draft, but unfortunately this didn’t happen. Read more »
PLAYER OF THE WEEK : Louisiana center Cory Cyrenne
GOALIE OF THE WEEK : Charlotte’s Scott Meyer
NORTHERN CONFERENCE NOTES :
WHEELING : Read more »
Western Hockey League
Shane Bendera – G – Red Deer Rebels
Ben Knopp – RW – Moose Jaw Warriors
Kiel McLeod – C – Kelowna Rockets Read more »
2001-2002 USHL College List
Every year the best of the best go on to the College Ranks. This year looks to be no different as already there is a long list of USHL Star’s who have committed to move on to the Collegiate level next season. Below is a list of the current USHL College commitments and their current statistics.
Cedar Rapids RoughRiders
9-2-1, 2.20 GAA, .938 saves percentage
2.Danny O’Brien F – University of Massachusetts-Lowell
4 goals, 2 assists
1.Danny Richmond D – University of Michigan
4 goals, 14 assists, 41 PIM
2.Ben Tharp D – University of Miami-Ohio
3 goals, 4 assists, 27 PIM
Des Moines Buccaneers
1.Ryan Dingle F – University of Denver
3 goals, 2 assists, 23 PIM
2.Mike Hutchins D – University of New Hampshire
4 goals, 11 assists, 36 PIM
3.Brett Skinner D – University of Denver
5 goals, 14 assists
Green Bay Gamblers
1.Joe Crabb F – Colorado College
2 goals, 4 assists, 23 PIM
2.Josh Gartner G – Yale University
0-2, 4.89 GAA, .827 saves percentage
3.Nate Guenin D – Ohio State University
1 goal, 4 assists, 40 PIM
4.Tim Stapleton F – University of Minnesota-Duluth
6 goals, 5 assists
1.David Backes C – Minnesota State University-Mankato
5 goals, 4 assists, 31 PIM Read more »
In a league where offensive stars like Jason Spezza, Derek Roy, Patrick
Daniel Paille (6’0″ – 184lbs) In only his second year in the league,
Kris Vernarsky (6’2″ – 207lbs) Kris is a veteran of the Ontario Hockey
Springfield, Ma. The U-Mass Minuteman took on the U-Conn Huskies Sunday at the Springfield Civic Center. The Minuteman jumped out to a 3-0 start before the Huskies scored late in the second period. The two teams each played a hard fought third period with the Minuteman sneaking by with a 6-5 win.
The U-Mass Minutemen dominated the first period, but U-Conn Sophomore goalie Artie Imbriano only let one goal by him. Minutemen Freshman Sean Regan scored at the 4:25 mark of the period. U-Mass had the only penalty when senior Martin Miljko was called for interference.
U-Mass continued the domination they had in the first period scoring three more goals in the second period, including two on the power play. The Minutemen scored the first goal of the period by Miljko only 10 seconds into a power play. U-Conn Senior Trent Landry was spending time in the penalty box for hooking. Miljko picked up his second goal of the game when he lit the lamp at the 14:29 mark. The Minutemen added to their lead when Freshman Greg Mauldin scored 3:03 later, while the Minutemen were on a power play. At the time of the goal U-Conn Senior Mike Boylon was in the penalty box for cross checking. U-Conn finally beat U-Mass Senior goaltender Mike Johnson. The U-Conn goal was scored when Boylon made up for his penalty, which led to the fourth U-Mass goal.
The third period started with a goaltender change. The U-Mass Minutemen put Freshman Tim Warner in the net. U-Conn took advantage of the goalie change and Boylon scored his second goal of the game. U-Mass put a three go Read more »
Patrick DesRochers is off to a shaky start this year. His statistics look so poor mostly due to an 8-4 loss he suffered a couple of weeks ago when he allowed all eight goals on 30 shots. He played decent in both games this weekend, losing in Worcester (4-2 with 30 saves) and winning against Manchester (5-4 with 28 saves).
He’s done a better job in controlling rebounds this season. Being a butterfly style goalie, he’s down on the ice a lot, so the majority of goals he allow are top shelf. He does not play the puck very well and needs to stay in the net more often until he improves on that. DesRochers certainly doesn’t look like a former first-round pick and has a long way to go if he plans on making it to the NHL.
Kirill Safronov is still very sound defensively, leading the team with a plus-minus rating of +9. The second-year professional leads all defensemen on the team in scoring with seven points (one goal, six assists). Safronov has seen a lot of time on the power play this season. Safronov has been called up with the Coyotes but hasn’t played in any games yet.
Dan Focht defensive play has improved greatly over the last couple of seasons, but he’s still slow and doesn’t contribute anything to the offense (he’s scored only four goals in over 200 professional games). He’s a big guy at 6’6″ and 240 pounds, however he doesn’t fight very well. Focht has a tendency to take a lot of unnecessary minor penalties. It doesn’t appear as if he’ll ever be a consistent player at the NHL level.
David Cullen is a small, offensive-min Read more »