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Curtis Murphy scored two goals and Norm Maracle made 18 saves as the Orlando Solar Bears beat the Chicago Wolves 5-1 to capture the IHL’s 56th and final Turner Cup championship.
Orlando, the top minor-league affiliate of the NHL Atlanta Thrashers, won the best-of-seven series 4-1 in the swan song for both the league and the Solar Bears.
Four IHL teams, including the runner-up Wolves, are expected to join the AHL next season and form a single developmental league for the top prospects of the NHL.
IHL TURNER CUP FINAL RECAP
This has been quite a season for Igor Knyazev. After first being replaced as the captain of the Russian Junior National Team and then not being picked for the 2001 U20 WJC team at all, Igor never dissapeared and once proved that he is one of the best all around defensemen in the upcoming 2001 NHL Entry Draft. After being slowed by injuries at the end of the 1999-01 season, Igor was one of the leading defensemen with Spartak Moscow, helping to lead that team into the Super League after a 2 year absense. After being ranked by the CSB 13th in the midseason report, he jumped 6 spots to the 7th place among European skaters.
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Standing at 6’1 and 196 pounds at only the age of 18, Igor definitely has the size to play in the NHL. Besides possessing the physical size, Igor uses it well to play a solid all around defensive game. Igor is an above average skater and is a solid puck carrier from the defensive zone. Igor loves playing defense and played at this position his whole life. In an interview with Moscow Hockey he himself said: “I always liked the role of the defense – to disrupt the offense of the opponent and to begin our own”. Igor is very good in this role. He is an aggressive defenseman who racks up the penalty minutes, but he also has great hockey sense. He is able to read the play well, make a quick decision and potentially Read more »
Coming from Munich
Coming from Munich
Christoph Schubert, a 19 year old defenseman, who was born in the bavarian capital München (Munich). He is a eligible draft prospect for the upcoming Draft and maybe a NHL-team picked him up. Is he talented enough? Yes, Schubert are always in the first line of every bantam, midget and junior team he played for. The coaches saw his big potential and gave him many ice-time. They know, that they could have a great defender talent on their roster.
His junior days
His first junior season where he appeared the full length of the season in a junior team was 1998-99. He played for the EV Landshut junior team; their pro team spent the season in the DEL and the best juniors maybe get a shot there. Marco Sturm for example was in the same situation, but Sturm make the team in the pre-season and there wasn’t so much foreign players in the pro team. The terrific number of 18 players haven’t a german passport, so the young prospects had no chance to play. Also, Landshut had eight defenders on their roster, to hard to get a shot to play in th DEL for Schubert.
But he played a solid season in their junior team, appearing in 28 games, scoring 10 goals and recording 35 points. A good number for a def Read more »
Thank you to the people who corrected the information that I had on Danius Zubrus’s contract.
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Alexander Buturlin -RW (Drafted-99(2/39))
Day long-weekend signifying not only
the start of camping season in these
parts but the culmination of the year’s
Major-Junior hockey in the Memorial
Cup in Regina. Four teams, round-robin
and playoff format with the hardware of
the Memorial Cup clearly in sight.
Parker made to sacrifice the near future
of the Pats in the name of
competitiveness with the champions of
the WHL, OHL and QMJHL as host of
the Memorial Cup and it appears that he
may of forgot one key aspect – goal-
tending. Not to put too fine of point on
it but Pats goaltender Donald
Choukalous has had better outings.
Regina looked like it could play with any
one of the Cup teams save for one
aspect – goal-tending. If the Pats are to
have any hope at all even to make it to
Friday’s Tie-Breaker game stopping the
puck has to be essential. Otherwise the
Pats will have be content with their
‘Host’ moniker and bow out quickly.
Near the conclusion
of the first game of the Memorial Cup
involving the Pats and the OHL
champion Ottawa 67’s, a 5-2 win by the
67’s, Ottawa captain Joe Talbot scored
an empty net goal to seal the victory.
Shortly there after Pat Captain Barret
Jackman leveled him. Of course, a melee
ensued involving almost everyone on the
ice with the TV cameras rolling. Not
exactly a ringing endorsement for the
CHL on national TV. Nevertheless this
is hockey and sometimes this stuff
happens. Jackman pulled a bonehead
move, misconducts were handed out and
Jackman probably Read more »
the first overall pick in this years OHL priority draft. Making him only the
second USA born player to be selected 1st overall. “This O’Sullivan kid is
gonna be something, we watched him play one night in his junior A league and
he was the most dominant player on the ice scoring 2 goals and 2 assists, we
decided right then that he was the best player available in the 1985 draft.”
said Ice Dogs GM Don Cherry. While only 16, he’s shown that he has the
talent and the heart to make the jump into the Ontario Hockey League, and his
competitive attitude should make the transition easy on him.
This past season O’Sullivan was the youngest on his U.S.A. Development Team
(Under-17). In league and international play O’Sullivan lead his team,
scoring 33 goals with 51 assists in just 63 games this season. Which was
good enough to earn him spots on both the NAHL All Star Game and the All
rookie team. “He’s got a great hockey sense and always knows where everyone
is on the ice.” says team mate Greg Goodnough. Although he shows a lot of
maturity and confidence on the ice, he won’t let his early success get to his
“I had an alright year, I’m pretty happy with the way things turned out. I
would have liked to make the playoffs in the NAHL but winning the gold at
Christmas was the best moment of my life.” said O’Sullivan. “Pat has great
hands, and can stick handle and ma Read more »
Notebook — 5/21/2001
The CHL Memorial Cup playoffs is now taking place but the OHL championship has not come and gone without some play (and thus
analysis) of a few Dallas Stars prospects in the Onatario Hockey League. Naturally, many scouting eyes were upon highly
touted rookie Jason Spezza and his somewhat disappointing playoff performance for the Windsor Spitfires. Spezza’s rather
quiet playoffs, in which he was outplayed and kept fairly in check by opposing forward Stephen Weiss (4 goals, 5 assists, 9
points in 9 games), has caused some scouts to rank him lower in the draft. The Red Line report, for instance, proposed that
he may be moved as far as 4th or 5th in the draft this year because of his playoffs.
I mention Spezza because (naturally) Spezza’s performance calls to mind that of teammate (oft linemate) Steve Ott’s
own performance. 18-year old Ott (3 goals, 8 assists, 11 points in 9 games) lead his team in playoff scoring this postseason
and proved to be an antagonostic presence throughout much of the Spitfire’s admittedly short run (27 PIM). Still, things
could have been better for the Windsor Spitfires. Windsor’s top line was not able to muster much against Plymouth’s during
the Spitfire’s quick exit in the 2nd round. A sign of their offensive stars (and Ott himself) being overrated? Or merely a
natural result of having too many offensive eggs in one basket in a highly defensive-oriented postseason?
The new AHL would grow to also include the Grand Rapids Griffins, Milwaukee Admirals, Manitoba Moose, Chicago Wolves, Utah Grizzlies and Houston Aeros.
Efforts by the IHL to find a Cleveland buyer for the Lumberjacks have been fruitless.
With the addition Read more »