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The Swiss Hockey League System National Team

by Martin Locher
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Swiss Junior System

Age group (99/00)       Name of the group

1980 and younger        Juniors

1983 and younger        Novices

1985 and younger        Minis

1988 and younger        Moskito

1989 and younger        Piccolo

1990 and younger        Bambini

 

 

JUNIORS

The Juniors age group is splitted into “Elite Juniors” and just “Juniors”.
The Elite Jrs. play in two national wide leagues called Elite A and Elite
B. The worst A-League team gets relegated to Elite B and the best B-Team
replaces it in the Elite A. Further, the B-League is splitted into an Eastern
and Western division.

The Juniors are divided into Eastern Switzerland, Central Switzerland,
Suisse Romande. All of the three leagues are splitted into different divisions,
named Top, A1 (or A), A2 (or B).

Under these categories, there is a “Level B”.

Below I have tried to put all this together into an easy graph.

Elite A

                                                                          
Elite B West       Elite B East

 

Juniors


                                    
Eastern Switzerland                Read more »

Preview of the Swiss millennium season

by pbadmin
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An overview of the Swiss National League A (NLA). How strong are the teams? What about prospects? These are the main questions I asked myself.

The whole league will me much more balanced, than it was last season, but there are still teams who could dominate this season

Teams in alphabetic order:
HC Ambri-Piotta
Goaltenders:
Pauli Jaks, drafted by the Los Angeles Kings and the first ever Swiss player to play an NHL game, was the best goalie in last year’s regular season, but struggled in the playoffs. This year there will be a lot of pressure on him with the team not being strong up front. If the team is to succeed he will have to hold them in most games and if he does he will be one of the top goalies this season. Back-up Peter Martin is one of the best backup goaltenders in the league.
Defense:
Last season Ambri had one of the best defenses in the league and they shouldn’t be much worse this season. The defense corps is strong, and the injuries that hurt them last year shouldn’t crop up this time with prospects Andreas Hänni and John Gobbi around. Swedish native, and one time Vancouver Canuck, Leif Rohlin was the best defensive defenseman in the league last season, but the team is relying on him to put up better offensive numbers this time around.
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London Knights 1999-00 preview

by pbadmin
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What awaits the Ice House this year? Will it be a version of the 95-96 London Knights or the Knights of the last two seasons?

This Knights team can do some more damage if they get some keys guys returning. Teams like Barrie, Sarnia and Plymouth will be taking the brunt of a lot of games this year instead of giving them. Then again that all depends on how Finley plays for Barrie or if Sarnia gets back Sarno and if Plymouth can get back Legwand. As for the Knights, if the first exhibition game is any indication then the Knights are in good shape. They are coming off a birth in the OHL finals. Last year nobody thought they would make it out of the first round let alone make it to Game 7 of the finals.

WHO IS GONE:
Richard Pitirri – A excellent center. What can’t be said about this guy. He is a faceoff artist who was voted third in the league at faceoffs. Last season he decided to comeback to the London Knights as an overager. He turned down playing with Cincinnati of the IHL to play for them. Well it was probably his best choice as he finished the season with 76 points leaving him 4th on the team. Plus his 34 points in the playoffs was a great accomplishment. This season he will be playing with Portland of the AHL.
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1999-2000 QMJHL Season Preview

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The Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) kicked off its thirty-first season this week with the league’s oldest team, the Shawinigan Cataractes, facing its newest, the Montreal Rocket. With sixteen teams, the league will be divided into the Lebel and Dilio conferences, each comprising two divisions of four teams. Here’s what to look for in the coming season.

LEBEL CONFERENCE

Western Division

Hull Olympiques (Coach: Claude Julien)—The Olympiques figure to be one of the teams to beat in the QMJHL this season and are the favourite to finish first in the Western division. Hull possesses a strong offensive team, which includes returning NHL draftees such as Michael Ryder, Ryan Lauzon, Paul Spadafora, Radim Vrbata and Brock Boucher. The Olympiques are also excited about Czech rookie Michael Pinc who could play in Hull this year if his release from his Czech team can be arranged. The key player on defense for Hull is 1998 Red Wings draft pick Jiri Fischer. However, he could remain at Detroit’s training camp for a while and may even graduate to the NHL this season. Should that occur it would be a big blow to the Olympiques.

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Red Wings’ September 8 Training Camp Notes

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Thank you to our correspondent Sarah Lindenau, who is attending camp in Traverse City and continues to provide us with valuable prospect information.

Team B vs. Team D
Final Score: 7-1 for Team B

Team B Notes

Team B features regulars Kozlov, Holmstrom, Maltby and Dandenault.
Team B features prospects Jesse Wallin, Ryan Barnes, John Wikstrom and Jake McCracken.
Scoring: Kozlov (2g, 3a), Rodgers (1g, 3a), Avery (1g, 1a), Holmstrom, Maltby and Harkins.
The top line featured Harkins centering Maltby and Holmstrom.
Sean Avery centered Kozlov and Marc Rodgers.
Wikstrom was again paired with Dandenault on the blue line.
Manny Legace was tremendous, playing aggressively and displaying excellent flexibilty.
Golubovsky worked hard and played well. Despite the occasional lapse, he is definitely in contention with Fischer and Wallin for a regular spot in Detroit.
Avery displayed good skills, aggressiveness, heart, and desire.
Wallin was again impressive and appears to be locking up a roster spot in Detroit.
McCracken redeemed himself in goal somewhat, although he still requires further development.
Team D Notes

Team D features regulars Murphy, Duchesne, Wregget, Draper, Roest and Kocur.
Team D features prospects Philippe Audet, Aren Miller, Jeremy Goetzinger, and contract hopefuls Randy Burridge and Sandy Moger.
Scoring: J.J. Hunter (Duchesne, Murphy)
The top line was Draper centering Burridge and Kocur. Read more »

Portland Winterhawks Prospect Outlook

by pbadmin
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558 miles to Kimberley, BC, the training camp home of the Portland Winterhawks, from Portland, OR was every bit worth the effort. My travel woes aside, here’s the latest on the Portland Winterhawks and their new breed of NHL prospects.

Impact players for 1999-2000:
Blake Robson (Center, 6’0″, 185lbs) – Blake is playing with a confidence that I only saw a glimmer of last year. He is playing bigger and is definitely a step ahead of the rest of the camp. He’s going to be the offensive leader this year, and already has one tournament under his belt. Blake was selected to Team Canada’s World Under 18 Team and brought home the gold medal playing in a tournament featuring the best 17 year olds from the Czech Republic, Slovakia, USA and Canada. I asked Blake if he thought he would be expected to be a leader this year, “yes, but Kiesman and Walker will also be looked to for leadership.” When asked about some of the new guys, Robson responded, “I don’t know many of them yet, but there’s a big kid from California who everyone’s talking about.” (That big kid is Eric Bowen from Canoga Park, CA, he’s huge and is opening a lot of eyes at this training camp). I asked Blake about playing for second year coach Harold Snepts, “He’s definitely a lot more comfortable this year and with Willy as assistant it’s a great combo to play for. They know a lot about hockey.” Blake Robson will be a top performer in the WHL this year, and he has a bright future to look forward to. Read more »

HIFK crushes KÄRPÄT 6-2. (1-0, 2-2, 3-0)

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It was a weak game by Karpat, and the stronger team showed how to play. Karpat Didn’t skate at all, although they are a faster team than HIFK. Anyway, HIFK had at least 15 great scoring chances, including five or so breakaways, so there was no doubt which was the better team on the ice today. Karpat-defense was simply pathetic. Even on the power-play, HIFK had three consecutive 2 on 1 attacks. With a little more accuracy, HIFK could have easily scored over ten goals, especially because Antti Kangas on Karpat-net Wasn’t playing well either.

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Rookie Camp Successful for Canes

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The Carolina Hurricanes hosted twenty-nine players at their rookie camp in Detroit last week. Twelve players were given tryouts. Out of the remaining seventeen, all but one had been drafted by the Canes. The camp, and ensuing rookie tournament, was a chance to get an invitation to the Hurricanes Training camp in Ft. Myers, Florida.

On September 1, the rookies moved to Kitchener, to participate in the Maple Leafs Rookie Tournament. Here the Canes, Leafs, Sabres, and Rangers rookies played in a round robin tournament. The Director of Amateur Scouting for Carolina, Sheldon Ferguson, told The Kitchener Waterloo Record, “The good thing with this tournament is they’re playing against kids their own age, so you get to accurately see how your own guys stackup.”

Game one saw the Leafs youngsters top the Canes 5-3. The Leafs offense poured it on in the third to break a 3-3 tie, before the Canes gave up an empty net goal. Jeff Ulmer, Brett Lysak, and Jaraslav Svoboda notched goals for the Canes. As with most training camp games, play was physical, with Greg Kuznik and Michal Dvorak showing off for the scouts.
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Red Wings’ September 7 Training Camp Notes

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Thank you to our correspondent Sarah Lindenau, who is attending camp in Traverse City and continues to provide us with valuable prospect information.

Team B vs. Team C
Final Score: 5-2 for Team C

Team B Notes

Team B features regulars Kozlov, Holmstrom, Maltby and Dandenault.
Team B features prospects Jesse Wallin, Ryan Barnes, John Wikstrom and Jake McCracken.
Scoring: Wikstrom and Brett Harkins. Wikstrom also added an assist.
The top line featured Harkins centering Maltby and Holmstrom.
Sean Avery centered Kozlov and Marc Rogers.
Wikstrom was paired with Dandenault on the blue line. Although he requires improvement in several areas he played well defensively and chipped in with a goal and an assist. Wallin and Rogers also made an impression. Wallin is making a strong bid to begin the season in Detroit.
McCracken looked weak in net, allowing several weak goals and had difficulty in 1-on-1 situations.
Legace was solid – although he seemed to commit himself too early on several occasions.
Team C Notes

Team C features regulars Lidstrom, Osgood, Shanahan, Larionov and Lapointe.
Team C features prized prospect Jiri Fischer along with Yuri Butsayev, Maxim Kuznetsov, Toivo Suursoo, Alexandre Jacques, and contract hopeful Mike Hurley.
Scoring: Jacques (2g and 1a), Hurley (1g and 2a), Suursoo and Shanahan.
The top line featured Larionov centering Shanahan on the left and Lapointe on the right.
Fischer again looked strong paired with Lidstrom. Read more »

Rangers Training Camp notes

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1999 New York Rangers Training Camp Roster and Reserve Roster has been announced. This list is as of September 8,1999. Some changes have already been made and squads split into groups run by Coach John Muckler(NYR), Bob Crocker(NYR Scout) and John Paddock(Hartford-AHL). Rangers training camp roster/reserve list:

Goaltenders
Derek Doson-Oshawa(OHL)
Jeff Heil-Charlotte(ECHL)
Milan Hnilicka-Sparta Praha (Czech)
Jason Labarbera-Portland(WHL)
Jean-Francois Labbe-Hartford (AHL)
Kirk McLean-Florida (NHL)
Mike Richter- N.Y. Rangers (NHL)
Alexander Korobolin-Mechel (Russia)
Johan Asplund- Gavle (Sweden)

NOTES: Jeff Heil and Jason Labarbera have been assigned to John Paddock and look to start the season in Hartford(AHL). Also it is expected that J.F.Labbe and Milan Hnilinka will join Paddock`s Hartford Wolf Pack.

DEFENSE:
Terry Virtue- Providence (AHL)
Brian Leetch- N.Y. Rangers (NHL)
Patrick Aufiero-Boston Univ. (HE)
Arto Laatikainen-Espoo (Finland)
Alexei Vasiliev- Hartford (AHL)
Mathieu Schneider- N.Y. Rangers (NHL)
Tomas Kloucek-Cape Breton (QMJHL)
Stephane Quintal-Montreal (NHL)
Mario Joly Hull- (QMJHL)
Dale Purinton-Hartord(AHL)
Kim Johnsson-Malmo(Sweden)
Wes Jarvis-Kitchener(OHL)
Peter Popovic-NY.Rangers(NHL)
Rumun Ndur-NY.Rangers(NHL)**NOT IN CAMP**
Burke Henry-Brandon(WHL)
Jeff Brown-Charlotte (ECHL)
Sylvain Lefebvre-Colorado (NHL)
Jason Doig-Springfield-Hartford (AHL) Read more »