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The Nashville Predators gave their IHL farm club in Milwaukee a helping hand Tuesday by assigning defenceman Pavel Skrbek just in time for the playoffs.

Skrbek has recovered from a mild concussion suffered March 17. The Kladno, Czech Republic, native appeared in 48 games with Milwaukee earlier this season.

Frederic Chabot of the Houston Aeros has been named the IHL’s goalie of the week after going 3-0-0 in three games.

Chabot, 33, is 21-15-4 this season with a 2.69 goals-against average and .913 save percentage. He has previously played for Montreal Los Angeles and Philadelphia in the NHL.

Grand Rapids Griffins winger Derek King was named the player of the week after collecting four goals and three assists in four games.

King leads the Griffins in scoring with 74 points (29 goals, 45 assists) and is third in the league. He has previously played in the NHL with the New Islanders, Hartford, Toronto and St. Louis.

Veteran centre Dody Wood of the IHL’s Kansas City Blades, who has been plagued by injuries this season, is contemplating retirement.

Wood played 106 NHL games with the San Jose Sharks from 1992 to 1998.

“If I retired, I’d be happy because I played in the NHL and I’d be happy because I played there,” says the 28-year-old native of Chetwynd, B.C. “There wouldn’t be any regrets.”

IHL RESULTS FROM TUESDAY APRIL 3, 2000

Milwaukee Admirals    3
Detroit Vipers        4
Edo Turglav scored a pair of goals, including the game-win Read more »

Interview with Rick Nash

by Robert Neuhauser
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Name: Rick Nash
Position: forward
Team: London Knights (OHL)

Rob: At what age did you start playing hockey?
Rick: It was at two.

Rob: Where did you start playing hockey?
Rick: It was in Brampton, where I grew up.

Rob: Your favorite NHL team?
Rick: Toronto Maple Leafs.

Rob: Your favorite NHL player?
Rick: Mario Lemieux, Pittsburgh Penguins.

Rob: The biggest success in your hockey career?
Rick: Playing major junior and winning the top OHL rookie last season.

Rob: How would you describe yourself as a player?
Rick: I think that I’m a solid all-round player and that I can play
defensively, too.

Rob: What do you do in your free time?
Rick: I like to hang out with my freinds, have a rest or play golf.

Rob: Thank you and good luck.

Rangers top 10 prospects reranked

by Michael Theodore
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On the Rangers roster right now, one will find several emerging talents who are all under the age of 25. Wingers Radek Dvorak and Jan Hlavac showed they could net 30 goals ands 60 points at the pro level, and they are only expected to improve. Mike York showed that he could play in situations other then offensively and may just be the most versatile member of the whole team. Tomas Kloucek jumped from AHL rookie team member and all-star to a solid NHL rookie who is logging close to 20 minutes a game and may earn a spot on the NHL’s All Rookie squad. Kim Johnsson battled slumps but improved upon his point totals and defensive play from his freshman campaign, while Dale Purinton made the seemingly impossible jump from the AHL to a semi-regular spot on the Rangers blue line. Mike Mottau learned the pro game and after a successful season in the minors finds himself playing the point with his idol Brian Leetch. Peter Smrek was acquired in a late season deal and looks like he may be a quality defenseman who isn’t always noticed but always gets the job done. Most importantly once forgotten first round pick Manny Malhotra returned to the NHL having learned a new position which lately has been put to excellent use. While not only chipping in with the odd point or so, Manny has added speed, energy and size to a line that appears to possibly stick as the first line next season. At the very least the combination has shown the Rangers brass what Malhotra and Dvorak are capable of with a little development.

Yet with all the developments at the NHL level, progress at the minor, Read more »

Avalanche Interview: Radim Vrbata

by Billy Gilliam
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HF: How is your relationship with fellow Avalanche draft pick Vaclav Nedorost, and is there a rivalry going with him to see who will become the better player?

RV: I have to say that me and Vaclav are very good friends. We were roommates in Russia at the WJC. We keep in touch a lot during a season over the internet and we are also planning to go on vacation in the summer together. I don’t think there is any rivalry between me and him at all. How I said we are good friends and we hope that we will play for Colorado Avalanche together one day.

HF: What was the best moment when you won the gold medal in the World Junior Championships?

RV: The whole tournament in Russia was a special time for me. Even the training camp in Czech before. We had a lots of fun as a team and I was very happy to be on that team. But the best moment was probably right after the final game against Finland. After the final buzzer we realized that we achieved something what we come for so it was a big relief and lot of happiness. So winning the gold medal for my country was probably the best moment in my hockey career.

HF: How will playing for the best team in the QMJHL prepare you for playing for the Stanley Cup contending Colorado Avalanche?

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