Now that the bevies of rookies have
moved on to make room for returning
veterans and up and comers looking to
make their mark on the 2000 edition of
the Kootenay ICE, one thing has
become abundantly clear – there isn’t
much room at the Kootenay ICE inn.
About 50 players will hit the pond at
Cranbrook’s Memorial Arena over the
weekend, including five holdovers from
Rookie camp who earned a longer look
from ICE brass at the Main camp held
Sept 1-4. Joining the Main camp is local
products Alex Staudt (Cranbrook),
Brayden Snopek (Cranbrook), Ryan
Mcleod (Fernie) along with Travis
Featherstone (Calgary) and Zac Fisher
(Trail). Although all five of these
prospects are considered longshots to
make the club, the experience will no
doubt help their development for future
ICE training camps.
Rookies- The one enduring quality of a
club that could be returning possibly 18
- 20 WHL veterans is that with a 24-
man limit to the teams’ roster, it pares
down dramatically the decision making
process that must be made in assessing
the 2-3 rookies (16 yr old’s) that the
club will in all likelihood carry with them
this season. North Delta B.C. product
Andy Thompson (6’3″ – 205lbs) and
Courtenay, B.C. native Adam Taylor
(6’0″ – 180lbs) are two names that you
should probably familiarize yourself with
as the two highly touted 1st and 2nd (7th
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To All of you at Hockeysfuture,
I want to thank all of you at hockeysfuture, particularly Bryan and Eric Taylor, for your support and generous comments on my
writing for this great website over the past 2 1/2 years. Thank you Bryan, for giving me the latitude as the Maple Leafs’ editor.
From time to time, we must venture out and take a chance and that is what I’ve decided to do. Over the past year, I have closely
followed the Maple Leafs across a good portion of North America. I have interviewed most of their European and North
American prospects and spent countless hours conversing with each Maple Leafs’ player and reviewing every Maple Leafs
game over the 99-00 season. I have had the great opportunity to see, speak with or talk with a Leafs’ official or scout in
reference to almost every player in the Toronto organization. I have been able to obtain a behind the scenes viewpoint of the
team in action. I have been able to touch upon the underlying philosophy which permeates the organization on largely a firsthand
This work has resulted in the formation of a yearbook style magazine called “The Blue and White Report”. This hockey annual is
now available for the “serious Maple Leafs fan”. It will provide you, as the reader, with a unique look at all of the Toronto
players, often delving into their own analysis, goals and philosophies of play. Each Leafs’ player has an extensive scouting
report/profile and seasonal projections which you just might enjoy. Read more »
As the 2000/01 approaches, the Sharks have question marks ranging from who will make it, who will be signed, and who will be thrust into action sooner than expected.
With the number of potential holdouts, it would not be inconceivable to see faces like Jim Montgomery, Shawn Heins, Robert Jindrich and Jarrett Deuling to see action, where otherwise, they would almost assuredly be in Kentucky of the AHL. They are combined with the possible debuts of Mark Smith and Matt Bradley, which adds up to some very interesting, and frightening possibilities for the Sharks.
The first hurdle the Sharks are faced with is signing many of their young players. There are still eight players who are restricted free agents, including the team’s identity, Owen Nolan, their goaltender, Steve Shields, and their possible future in Patrick Marleau. Also on the list are Yevgeni Nabokov, Marcus Ragnarsson, Marco Sturm, Todd Harvey and Alex Korolyuk. Read more »
The annual Maple Leafs Rookie Camp and Tournament will start soon in Kitchener. This is an incredibly significant event, as it is the ultimate realization of Ken Dryden’s stated promise to build a team that will contend for the Stanley Cup every season.
The best thing about Cliff Fletcher’s time as the Maple Leafs’ boss was that the club became so startlingly successful in such a relatively short period of time. But in many respects, this was also the worst thing about Fletcher’s reign in Toronto. Sudden play-off success encouraged the club to take a “win now” approach and make several trades involving the young players/picks who should have been there to take over when Gilmour, Clark, Ellett, Andreychuk and the other core veterans collectively ran out of steam. As a result, the club that Dryden inherited following the 1996-1997 season had one of the thinnest collection of prospects in the entire league.
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The Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds held their first ever Bantam mini-camp on Monday August 28th and Tuesday August 29th. The camp was for all players selected in the 1999 OHL Bantam Draft or in the 2000 OHL Priority draft who were of Bantam age. In total 23 players attended the 2 day camp.
10 players from the Bantam camp are eligible to attend the Greyhounds main camp and compete for a spot on the Greyhounds roster when the team opens up the full camp on August 30th. Those 10 players include defensemen Chris Martin, Dustin Van Ballegooie, Tyler Campbell, and Jeremy Swanson, centres Brent Crawford, Cliff Miller and Craig Meredith as well as wingers Mike Melinko, Tyler Barath and Brett Trudell. Swanson and Trudell were the Greyhounds top 2 selections in the 2000 OHL draft. Swanson was selected in the 1st round (16th overall) while Trudell was selected in the 2nd round (36th overall). The other 8 players were selected in the 1999 OHL Bantam Draft.
By the looks of things the Greyhounds may be in for another successful season. Four players in particular, all defensemen, used this 2 day mini-camp to showcase themselves to Greyhounds management. They include Dustin Van Ballegooie, Jeremy Swanson, Chris Martin and Tyler Campbell. Read more »
When I saw someone had written an opening day roster
for the American Hockey League’s Portland Pirates I
resist wondering what the Saint John Flames would look
on paper come early October. Now I work for the team,
many of the players’ attitudes and work ethics, so
all taken into account when I try to decide who will
won’t make the big team. So here it goes…
The Flames will be coached this season by IHL veteran
Jim Playfair, formerly of the Michigan K-Wings.
GM Craig Button and Playfair are believed to have a
relationship having worked for the same organization
Stars) for many seasons. Mr. Playfair has already
as saying Button is very understanding as to the needs
a prospect needs to develop and that’s veterans to
Therefore you can expect a few names that have kicked
the fringe of the NHL for quite awhile to play under
and his assistant coach, former St.Louis Blue Ron
At forward, the Calgary Flames already have 10
starters and they all have one-way contacts; therefore
cannot be demoted without clearing waivers first.
Cory Stillman (LW)
Bill Lindsay (LW)
Dave Lowry (LW)
Andrei Nazarov (LW)
Jason Weimer (C/LW) Read more »
The upstart Norwegian Under 18 Team lead by Patrick Thoresen and Peter Lorentzen started the tourney by shocking Slovakia by way of a 5-5 tie after being down 2-0 early in the first. Thoresen added a goal and teammate Thomas Tangnes added 2 goals and 1 assist.
In the second game Norway downed Germany 3-0 on goals by Thomas Tangnes, Erik Johansen and Peter Lorentzen. Thoresen assisted on the game winner 14 minutes into the first period.
In the final game Norway rallied from a 2-1 deficit to tie Switzerland 3-3. Norway received goals from Peter Lorentzen, Thomas Tangnes and Patrick Thoresen whose third period goal tied the game for good.
The showing in the tourney was a solid move forward for the Norwegian National Side as they have been struggling to rebuild after years of being outclassed by their European Neighbors and North American Competitors.
Player POS GP G A TP
Peter Lorentzen FW 3 2 4 6
Thomas Tangnes FW 3 4 1 5
Patrick Thoresen FW 3 1 4 5
Henning Thorsnes FW 3 1 0 1
Rene Bøe FW 3 1 0 1
Kenneth Andersen DF 1 0 1 1
Tom Martin Hammerstad FW 3 0 1 1
Erik Wallace Johansen FW 3 0 1 1
***Thoresen, Tangnes and Lorentzen all finished +3 in plus/minus.
A fine showing by Norway`s future Stars…
The Nashville Predators have released their roster for the upcoming rookie camp and tournament in Traverse City, Michigan, Sept. 2-5. There are several top propsects on the roster this year, including Denis Arkhipov, who recently signed a contract has finally come to North America. Arkhipov is one of the top prospects in the organization and an excellent goal scorer. He has an outside chance to make the Predators this season and his initial performance at the rookie tournament could be the first step toward the NHL.
Other strong prospects include Jonas Andersson, who was the most impressive rookie in last year’s camp. Andersson also has a chance to make the Predators this season, especially after spending an entire season in North America with the North Bay Centennials of the OHL. Martin Bartek has completed his QMJHL career and could also be a candidate to play in the NHL this season, but he will likely spend the year in Milwaukee of the IHL.
Scott Hartnell is perhaps the biggest name among this group of prospects, after he was selected sixth overall by the Predators in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft. Hartnell will look to impress the Nashville staff and show the team that he is closer to the NHL than the scouts believe, but it is almost certain that he will be back with Prince Albert of the WHL this season.
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Lonny Bohonos has become the second Manitoba Moose (Michael Stewart signed with Frankurt Lions of the German League.) to bolt for Europe as he signed with HC Davos of the Swiss League. The Moose were not even given the opportunity to have Bohonos back in a Moose uniform for the 2000-01 IHL season. Last season the Toronto Maple Leafs had agreed to assign Bohonos to the Moose instead of their AHL farm club in St. John’s Newfoundland. This years contrat negotiations had a different twist to it when the Leafs told Bohonos that he would have to report to the baby Leafs so he signed with Davos of the Swiss Elite League for bigger money.
“After last year, when he didn’t get called up, he was left wondering, ‘How long am I going to hang on to this dream?’ “ said Jim Sedgwick, Bohonos’s Winnipeg-based agent.
Sedgwick said since Bohonos didn’t get a sniff from the Leafs last year, Bohonos figured their actions spoke volumes about what they thought of him, although the money was big by minor-league standards.
Bohonos who left for Switzerland in early August where he will earn twice as much as he was earning in North America knows that there is also a downside when playing in Europe. “I know that while in Europe I will be out of sight and out of mind from NHL teams, but its something that I felt was right for me and it was something that I felt I had to do.” said Bohonos.
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