Well, they say that first impressions count for a lot. The first time you come home with an “A” paper. That first kiss in the tree fort out in your back yard and of course the first time you witness a credulous, proficient hockey team playing in your own rink.
Fans of the Lowell Lock Monsters got just that this past weekend. They were treated to what looks like an superbly experienced hockey club.
What’s diffrent, you might ask? Almost everything is the answer. The Lowell Lock Monsters are newly affiliated with the Carolina Hurricanes. Which means a complete new team (mostly comprised of former IHL Cinncinatti Cyclones), new uniforms (incorporates the Carolina look) a new head coach,assistant coach,trainer, front office staff..so on and so forth. Most noticible though, is a new winning attitude.
Games played this week featured division rivals Manchester Monarchs and long time foes St. John Leafs.
Lowell 6 Manchester 3
Home town hero Greg Koehler opened the scoring, taking a pretty dish from between the net from Mike Zigomanis, with a one-timer in front at 6:38. Lowell and Manchester both played with a lot of pep but Lowell seemed to get the breaks when they were needed.
Manchester scored 55 seconds apart on tallies by Jerred Smithson and Eric Healey to go up 2-1.
Newly appointed captain Byron Ritchie would put Lowell ahead. Ritchie scored the final two goals of the period, including a shorthanded tally with 10 seconds left that deflected off the stick of Tomas Zizka and between Fiset’s pads.
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The Calder Corner
Erik Cole: 1 Assist, 4 shots, +4
Ivan Novoseltsev: 1 goal, 5 shots, +1
Willie Mitchell: 1 goal, 2 shots
As a general rule, I will always list goals and assists and other noteworthy stats. If there is more to be noted, HF encourages our readers to talk about them below!
Almost everyone of the core players of the mighty seven-time Czech Extraleague champion HC
Vsetin packed his baggage and said goodbye to the small arena Lapac in the provincial Czech
city Vsetin. Team’s owner Roman Zubik sits in jail and no salary was paid to the players,
therefore lots of them didn’t hesitate to sign with other Extraleague teams or move to another
country when the season was over. During the summer it wasn’t even sure that Vsetin will
be permitted to start the new season. No wonder that the summer acquisitations weren’t huge.
Former captain Rostislav Vlach returned to the city and stellar center Jiri Burger was
resigned, which brought a modest smile to the faces of Vsetin staff. But there were still
holes on the roster to fill. It was time fill those spots with youngsters hungry for a chance
among the seniors. Jiri Hudler and Ondrej Nemec practiced the whole summer with the seniors
and they were obviously ready for the promotion.
Jiri Hudler was an Extraleague rookie in no way. Still only at 17, he has already two
Extraleague seasons under his belt. But it must be said that the first season consisted
only of two games (Jiri still recorded an assist in his first Extraleague game ever) and in the
last season Jiri saw lots of ice time in the Extraleague only in the second half when he
was playing for HC Havirov Panthers. In the first half Jiri played for Vsetin and played
only sparingly, but still amassed 5 points (1 goal, 4 assists) in 22 games. In the second half Jiri rebounded
with other 6 points (5 goals, 1 assist) in 15 games. Read more »
Admirals’ rookie net-minder Michael Leighton rebounded from a disappointing exhibition appearance in Philadelphia
a week ago which he allowed the Phantoms to score 3 goals against him. Leighton displayed his natural talent
between the pipes turning aside 25 of 26 Springfield shots, he did not look the least beat nervous or shaken as he was appearing in his first professional game.
Last Sunday’s trade of Marty Wilford to the Toronto Maple Leafs left a vacancy in the assistant captain role.
Matt Henderson (LW),Rumun Ndur (D), and Casey Hanknison (RW) each wore an “A” on their sweaters respectfully.
Their is a vacancy for captian as former team captain Aaron Downey is now wearing a Chicago Blackhawks sweater.
It is speculated that Ajay Baines (Center) will take over that role. Baines had a breakout year last season with the Admirals playing
in 73 regular season contests -netting 18 goals, recording 18 assists for an impresive +14 he also spent 92 minutes in the sin bin.
For his achievements on and off the ice Ajay was rewarded with AON/AHL Man of Year Honors
Casey Hankinson, is still recovering from a puck that deflected off his right hand in training camp with the Chicago Blackhawks, he has the injury wrapped up and protected but isn’t expected to miss any ice time.
Rookie’s take center stage:
Goalie Michael Leighton made his first professional debut and it was a memorable one as he picked up his first win in the AHL.
Allowing only 1 goal on 26 Springfield shots. The twenty year old played last seas Read more »
Join me, if you will, for a trip back to March of the year 2000. The Blues were comfortably cruising along to their first President’s Trophy. The goaltending duo of Roman Turek and Jamie McLennan manned the nets, allowing fewer than two goals per game. Marc Bergevin, Rico Persson and Dave Ellett patrolled the blueline while Craig Conroy and Scott Pellerin handled the penalty killing duties.Seems like decades ago, doesn’t it? It’s only been eighteen months. If the St. Louis Blues team of a year and a half ago were to take one look at today’s offering, they probably wouldn’t be able to recognize half of them. In fact, over that short period, the Blues have for one reason or another, parted ways with a group of players large enough to start their own franchise; complete with 3 goaltenders, 18 forwards, and 12 defensemen.For the duration of that record-breaking season, the talk of the town was the Cycling Slovak line, consisting of Pavol Demitra, Michal Handzus, and Lubos Bartecko. Best known for their puck-moving style, the Slovak Pack, as they were also known, would buzz around the opposing faceoff circle and with a series of short drop passes, making defenders utterly dizzy. Their circus-like moniker, highlight-reel goals, and undeniable chemistry made the entertaining Slovaks the most recognizable symbol of Blues’ hockey in ’99-’00.A singular moment in March of 2000 would forever change the face of the organization, not to mention that of winger Pavol Demitra. The
scintillating success of the Cycling Slovaks came to a screeching
halt a Read more »
Albany Week in Review #1
Devs’ AHL Club starts 9th season
Coaching changes highlighted the off-season activity of the Albany River Rats, who this week began their ninth American Hockey League season, all as the affiliate of the New Jersey Devils. Bob Carpenter was promoted to head coach of the Albany River Rats, from associate coach. Hired as assistant coaches were Geordie Kinnear, who retired last year from the Rats due to injury and who holds a number of defense records for Albany, and Chris Terreri, recently retired from NHL goaltending, to serve as goaltender coach for the Rats.
Carpenter’s promotion to top bench boss followed two years under the tutelage of John Cunniff, who resumes scouting duties for the Devils after a five-year tenure as Albany coach. Carpenter began his post-NHL playing days as an assistant coach in Albany on August 12, 1999, with a promotion to associate coach the following season.
The former standout centerman who was the first American player ever drafted in the first round (3rd overall in the 1981 entry draft), Carpenter gained notoriety by making the cover of Sports Illustrated as a high school senior. He retired from play in 1999, after 728 points (320G; 408A) in 1,178 NHL games.
For a hockey guy new to the coaching business, Carpenter was in the right place at the right time for some on-the-job training. When the Albany River Rats were eliminated in the first round by Rochester in the 2000-2001 Calder Cup playoffs, Carpenter got called up by recently-hired Devils’ coach, Larry Rob Read more »
To kick off the beginning of the AHL season, Hockey’s Future has merged with the AHL Report to bring you full and complete coverage of the primary minor league for the NHL, the American Hockey League!
We launched the redesigned AHL Report yesterday, and while it is not fully up to speed yet, the AHL Report writers are starting to send their reports from the games. So go over to the http://www.ahlreport.com or click on the link below in “Affiliates” section and it will take you there.
Please do keep in mind that the site, especially the team pages are not completed yet. The efforts of the AHL Report Editors, Doug Manners and Andrew Bourgeois, and team editors will have the page fully functional over the next few weeks, so please enjoy it in it’s “Beta” state.
Over the next month, AHL Team message boards will be functional, a regular power-poll, articles appearing on both AHL Report and HF, and player profiles will be appearing.
So as they say at places under construction “Pardon our Dust, we are making improvements” is applicable here, we hope you visit our new feature and enjoy it while it evolves!
The Calder Corner
Ilya Kovalchuk: 1st professional goal, 4 shots, -2
Kamil Piros: 1 Assist, -2
Clark: 1 Assist, 2 Shots, +1
Mike Ribeiro: 1 goal, 2 Shots, -1
Boumedienne: 1st professional goal, -1
Krys Kolanos: 1st Professional Goal, 2 Shots, -1
As a general rule, I will always list goals and assists and other noteworthy stats. If there is more to be noted or we missed something, HF encourages our readers to talk about them below!
Justin Morrison is the evidence of Wayne Gretzky’s effect on hockey in Southern California. Morrison grew up in Los Angeles. It was not exactly known as hockey hotbed when he was a kid. Now he is in Winnipeg as a member of the Manitoba Moose. Definitely known as hockey hotbed.
“Nobody in my family played, none of my friends played. I just started on my own and I took it from there,” said Morrison. “No one in my high school played. A lot of people thought I was cool because I was doing something different.”
Just like Canadian kids, the 6-foot-3, 200-pound right-winger caught the puck bug early. “I was going public skating, just learning how to skate, and after the public session was over I’d always see the recreation hockey players coming on afterward,” recalled Morrison. “I’d just sit there and watch. I was just amazed, I couldn’t believe it. I didn’t know much about it at all, but right after I saw them play with all the equipment and stuff. I just went straight home and told my mom that’s what I wanted to do.”
“They thought I was crazy. They didn’t know anything about the sport of hockey,” said Morrison. “They were saying, ‘No way.’ I finally had to convince them I wanted to play and after that they loved it.
“I only played at a local rink for one year and then after that it was select teams and we would practise all over Southern California. It took a lot of work for my parents.” “I didn’t really notice the Kings, or know much about them, until Gretzky came to L.A.,” said Morrison. “There are a lot more rinks now than ther Read more »
For the first time in the team’s relatively short history, the Philadelphia Phantoms have a crew of young, potentially NHL-caliber prospects to go along with their usual foundation of veteran minor league standouts. In defeating the Worcester Ice Cats 4-3, Philadelphia got contributions from youth and vets alike.
The Phantoms got goals from four different players, including young Czech players Tomas Divisek and Vaclav Pletka. The other two goals were scored by veterans Mark Greig and Kirby Law. Rookie goaltender Maxime Ouellet turned back 27 of 30 shots to get the win.
Prior to the game, Phantoms coach John Stevens said, “I’m really excited about our club this season. There’s a real good mix of players. You never know what can happen in the American League with callups and injuries, but I think we’ve got a lot of depth and a lot of talent.”
Tonight’s performance from Philadelphia was a bit uneven, with a rather listless first period. The active whistle of referee Jay Sharrers didn’t help matters, either. The flow of play– for both clubs– was broken up by the frequent special teams play. The Phantoms, however, played much better hockey over the final forty minutes.
The Ice Cats’ Justin Papineau opened the scoring with a powerplay goal late in the first period. Hanging out at the red line, he caught defensemen Bruno St. Jacques and John Slaney napping. Papineau took a lead pass from ex-Flyer Darren Rumble and split the gap over the middle to go in all alone on Ouellet. Max made the first stop, but Papineau f Read more »