View Archives:
  • News & Features

Training Camp Profile with Stephen Weiss

by HF Staff
on

We hope you will enjoy the following look at an NHL training camp as seen through the eyes of rookie centerman Stephen Weiss. Weiss, 18, a native of Toronto, Ontario, played in 62 games last season with the Plymouth Whalers of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) scoring 40 goals and 47 assists (87 points). He was the Panthers’ first selection and fourth overall in this year’s entry draft held at National Car Rental Center.

Week One / Part One:

I’d like to start out by saying hello to my family and friends that I know are going to be reading this on the Panthers’ website. I’m doing great here in Hull and looking forward to rookie training camp. I’m rooming with Niklas Hagman. He was drafted in ’99 with the Panthers and played in Finland last year. He speaks English well so there’s no problem communicating. He’s a good guy and all the other guys seem like good guys too.

How was your off-season?

I had a good summer. I had a chance to train hard. We had the rookie camp in Thunder Bay with the Panthers. That went real well. I got to meet some of the guys and that was a neat experience. The summers start to fly by once you get older. It was good to get some training in and put on some weight, which was good for me. And it was nice to spend time with my family.

How do you feel physically coming into this camp? What’s your mindset?

I feel real good right now. I put on a lot of weight, feel strong, and I’m looking forward to getting camp started. Even just last year compared to where I am now it’s totally different. I was just 170 Read more »

Pittsburgh Penguins Prospects Update

by Erik Johnson
on


Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins


Shane Endicott, F

Season: 7 games, 4 goals, 0 assists, 4 points, 8 PIM


Jan Fadrny, F

Season: 4 games, 0 goals, 1 assist, 1 point, 0 PIM


Tom Kostopolous, F

Season: 8 games, 3 goals, 1 assist, 4 points, 14 PIM


Alexander Mathieu, F

Season: 7 games, 1 goal, 0 assists, 1 point, 4 PIM


Eric Meloche, F

Season: 8 games, 1 goal, 4 assists, 5 points, 8 PIM


Michal Sivek, F

Season: 8 games, 1 goal, 4 assists, 5 points, 6 PIM


Tomas Surovy, F

Season: 2 games, 1 goal, 0 assists, 1 point, 0 PIM


Billy Tibbetts, F

Season: 5 games, 3 goals, 1 assists, 4 points, 31 PIM


Alexandre Zevakhin, F

Season: 8 games, 1 goal, 4 assists, 5 points, 2 PIM


David Koci, D

Season: 8 games, 0 goals, 1 assist, 1 point, 27 PIM


Ross Lupaschuk, D

Season: 6 games, 1 goal, 1 assist, 2 points, 7 PIM


Brooks Orpik, D

Season: 7 games, 1 goal, 2 assists, 3 points, 11 PIM


Darcy Robinson, D

Season: 5 games, 0 goals, 1 assists, 1 points, 6 PIM


Rob Scuderi, D

Season: 7 games, 0 goals, 4 assists, 4 points, 18 PIM


Sebastian Caron, G Read more »

Svitov, Chistov and Kiril Koltsov forcefully drafted into the Army

by Eugene Belashchenko
on

On Thursday, October 25, 2001 in the afternoon the Moscow Police visited the hotel where Avangard Omsk was staying after their Wed. game with CSKA Moscow. They took Alexander Svitov, Stanislav Chistov and Kiril Koltsov under their escort and took them to the local military base of the Moscow garrison. It appears that the Moscow Military garison is the body drafting the players into the army. The players are already part of Avangard, which counts as service in the Airborne Forces (VDV), but Moscow’s military priorities superceed that of Omsk.

A likely version that has been suggested is that CSKA Moscow is not doing well and Vladimir Krutov is looking for additional reinforcements. If the players are drafted into the Moscow garison they could play for CSKA to serve their time in the army. Another version is that this could be a move directed at Avangard president Bardin from the political system. There will be an Avangard Omsk press conference on Friday regarding the Thursday incident.

WHAT THIS MEANS FOR NHL TEAMS:
Read more »

Bolt Bits

by Megan Sexton
on

Lobb to Guelph

2001 4th round draft pick Aaron Lobb was traded
from the London Knights to the Guelph Storm.
A much needed change for the struggling prospect. Through the first ten games of the season,
Lobb posted one goal and two assists for the Knights. Since his trade, he has added two more assists in three games,
both on game winning goals.

“He needed a change,” said London General Manager Mark
Hunter of Lobb. “Sometimes a player
gets in a rut and it becomes an anchor on his back. I’ve been there myself.”

Ollie Slowly Making His Mark

Rookie Jimmie Olvestad has not scored since opening night in
Tampa Bay, but the young Swede is making his mark in other areas. He led the team in hits for most of the
season and is currently ranked second behind Pavel Kubina, with 10 hits in 8
games. While averaging 13:25 minutes a
game, Olvestad is one of only seven Lightning players ranked in the plus side
of the goal differential category.

Invitee Inked & Brother Tags Along

The Lightning have signed camp invitee Gaetan Royer and
assigned him to the Pensacola Ice Pilots of the East Coast Hockey League.Read more »

Avalanche Notes & News

by pbadmin
on

Here are some of my random notes and observations from the Avs season so far.

Pre-season:

Unfortunately, I did not get to see as much of the rookies as I would have like to this year. The Avs spent most of their time in Sweden or Hershey and I mistakenly planned my vacation around a failed attempt to check out the USA Olympic practice in Colorado Springs. Little did I know that they would not let me in to watch. So I drove up Pike’s Peak to over look the World Arena and to get closer to the Hockey God’s. I ask them for good things to happen for team USA. Little did I know that less than a week later, patriotism would take on a whole new meaning. What I did see of the rookies were in their 3 preseason games:

Mikhail Kuleshov: By now everyone knows about the impression he made on Dallas Star goalie Ed Belfour. Kuleshov scored two spectacular “goal scores goals” in a short period of time. Both goals were unassisted goals in which he picked the pocket of a Dallas defender and whisked the puck past Belfour before he knew what had happened. After a very moving moment of silence and a great rendition of “ God Bless America” the crowd was ready and willing to show Eddie our love with a big round of BELLLLLLL-
FOOOOOORRRR chanting. Looking down on the bench from my nose-bleed seats, I distinctly remember Coach Hartly discussing some strategy with Kuleshov and he was listening very intensely. To me, this was a good sign that these two flashy goals weren’t going to his head.

Czech mates: It can’t really be call Read more »

Hard work now powering the ICE

by Jeff Bromley
on

Hard work now powering the ICE

Excuses, like a Phillips head screwdriver in a room full of Robertson screws, doesn’t do anyone much good. Sure they provide you with a reason why you can’t get the job done but eventually those screws are going to have to come out one way or another. To complete a bad analogy, I guess you could say the Kootenay ICE are throwing out the excuses and tightening the screws on the competition.

After rattling off a four game unbeaten streak that saw the ICE garner two wins and two hard-fought ties in the shadow of losing their leading scorer in Marek Svatos during game one of the streak, the club is showing a lot of something the ICE coaching staff and management have been stating the club had all along – depth. But another attribute that the club has been stressing all season is hard work, a quality that can never be underscored. “We’ve come up big (with the effort) and the young guys have played really well,” said ICE forward Colin Sinclair. Leading best by example, Sinclair knows that getting cute on the offensive side of things isn’t going to work with Kootenay’s depleted line-up. “We’re just doing the simple things like crashing and banging and some bounces are starting to go our way.” Although off to a good start with four goals and six helpers in fourteen games, the hard-working center has some high standards set for himself and considering the amount of chances he’s had, including a couple of great ones against the Cougars Saturday night, thinks that hard work will pay off. “Pretty much the story of my life,” said Sinclair Read more »

Kings Acquire Jason Allison

by Tony Calfo
on

The Kings acquisition of Jason Allison was another great move by Dave Taylor- not just because of who he received, but more because of who he kept.

Glen Murray and Josef Stumpel are talented players who at one time or another have underachieved in L.A.. Murray is at the end of his contract and Stumpel had worn out his welcome in Los Angeles. While I am sure both will prosper in Boston, the fact that the Kings got the size up the middle they have long coveted and some depth at left wing without giving any of their newly prized prospects is nothing short of amazing. Aulin, Lehoux and Frolov are still Kings, along with Jason Allison.

I have, in this very space, said that Kings’ management would not pay for talent any longer. The Kings have showed their fans that they are not stopping spending money, just trying to stop spending it unwisely.

I like my crow medium rare.

Flyer’s Young Guns Report Cards

by Mike Castor
on


Report Card on Philadelphia Flyer’s Youth

The Philadelphia Flyer’s season has not started off with a bang thus far. Jiri Dopita and Pavel Brendl were both lost in the opening game and the lines since have been mixed up. Bill Barber said the team has looked the best against the Panthers. The Flyers have crushed Florida two times. In both the victories there was some questionable play from the Panthers. Jiri Dopita was hit low by defenseman Dan Boyle. In the rematch with Florida, Paul Laus jumped Ruslan Fedtenko. Jason Weimer jumped blue liner Eric Weinrich in the closing seconds of the contest. The overall feeling around the team is of an upbeat nature.

Bill Barber and Bob Clarke are not concerned over the slow start, because the scoring has picked up and the injured players will return shortly. There is just too much talent on this roster to keep them down for long. Philadelphia will only get better the longer the team plays together and cuts down on costly turnovers. The shining spot on the team is the play of the youth. The youngsters have carried the team thus far with Mark Recchi and Keith Primeau struggling. Here is a report on the young players lacing them up for the orange and black.

Justin Williams – Justin steamed rolled into the first game with 2 goals and an assist. He worked very well with Gagne and Roenick on a line. In the first 3 games this was the best line the Flyers had on a nightly basis. Williams added some much-needed weight to battle in the corners and to take a beating from physical Read more »

London Knights Report

by Jason Ahrens
on

LONDON KNIGHTS PROGRESS REPORT

The London Knights have stumbled a bit of late as they have entered the second phase of the OHL season. A hot start had the town buzzing, but other teams have seen a steady trickle of veterans back from pro camps and have their rosters filled out and the young Knights have found things a lot more difficult. The Western Conference will be very competitive, entering the weekend, 7 teams were within 2 points of each other, and it appears that it will be Plymouth out in front, but Erie and Windsor may pull away from the pack and challenge the Whalers as the season moves on.

Over agers-London has used 5 already in the young season, John Eminger has been moved to Mississauga, and the team is currently carrying 4, as they added Colorado draftee Charlie Stephens in a trade with Guelph on October 19. He joins fellow Av draftee Aaron Molnar, who has returned from the Hershey Bears camp and has struggled between the pipes. He is the most likely candidate to be moved as the Knights struggle in their own end and would be hard pressed to replace Sean Dixon and Ian Turner on the point. Stephens joins his third OHL team in his 5th year in the league, and fills the void that London has had all year, an experienced right shooting center to play with Rick Nash.

In their first game together against Belleville, they had several excellent shifts and scoring chances, which is a positive sign since they hadn’t practiced together as the trade was finalized just 2 hours before game time. Stephens will have to use his size t Read more »

Related Articles