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The Curtain falls on Kootenay’s season

by Jeff Bromley

The Curtain falls on Kootenay’s season
Signaling the finale of the 2000-01
season, the Kootenay ICE returned to
their Cranbrook Rec/Plex dressing room
this past Thursday to clean out their
stalls and attend individual departure
meetings with management before
scattering to their respective hometowns
for the summer. It is an arduous process
unless you happen to be the last team
taking part in the tedious task and for
some, it would be the last time in their
junior careers that they would do so.
For Dean Arsene, the last remaining
member of the club that came with the
club from Edmonton, the sun has set on
a long and prosperous junior career. A
career of which by his own admission
was chock full of successes,
disappointments and some incredible
memories. “It’s been the best time of my
life, playing five years for this team,”
said the popular ICE captain. “Even
though I’m an old guy and the guys joke
around about it, it’s been the best time of
my life playing in this league and
especially here in Cranbrook with the
teammates I’ve got and all the fans and
all the support I’ve gotten throughout
the years, it’s been quite unbelievable.”
Arsene, who along with Bret DeCecco
and Mike Lee will be graduating from
the WHL was quick to point out and
thank the fans of Cranbrook as was
evident during the goodbye skate Arsene
did after the seventh game loss against
Swift Current. Arsene, while receiving a
rousing ovation from the ICE faithful,
gave the fans themselves a round of
applause in return in recognition of their
support. “If Read more »

Under-18 WJC: Czech Republic preliminary round games

by Robert Neuhauser

On April, 12th, 2001, was the time to start the biggest event for the Under-18 teams in the
season. The Under-18 WJC began in the Finnish cities of Lahti and Heinola on that day. The
Czech team appeared in the Group B along with teams from Russia, Sweden, Norway and Germany.
Those were the opponents they had to beat if they wanted to win the group. All the players
were eager to jump into the action and show something to the NHL scouts, but the main task
remained the victory of the team.
There was one change on the roster during the last minute. Peterborough Petes Lukas Krajicek
suffered a shoulder injury recently, which prevented him from playing at the Under-18 WJC.
He was replaced by Ondrej Danicek, 2001 eligible defenseman who played this season for the
juniors of Zlin. Danicek is a steady defenseman with good positional play, good passing skills,
but only average shot. But he did fit into the team quite well, he played at most of the
tournaments of the Under-18 teams this season.

The first opponent were the Russians, a team stocked with NHL prospects. Ilya Kovalchuk shouldn’t
be picked lower than second at this year’s draft, Stanislav Chistov is a projected top 5 pick,
Alexander Perejougin could also slip into the first round just like the goalie Andrei Medvedev
and the defense boasts top prospects Fedor Tyutin or Viktor Uchevatov. Russia is the hottest
favorite at this WJC and a solid game with them would boast the Czech confidence a lot.
But it didn’t look like that. Igor Grigorenko scored a shorthanded marker in the last minute Read more »

Free agent Ty Conklin signed

by pbadmin
Funny how age is such a factor with judging a players worth but in Ty Conklin’s case that seems to be true. At the age of 25 he is a little old to be considered a prospect but since he has yet to play a pro game he falls into that catigory. He started things a little later than most by playing a couple years with Green Bay of the USHL before enrolling at the University of New Hampshire. Unfortunately due to NCAA rules he had to sit out the 97-98 season but he made up for it in fine fashion by posting outstanding numbers the following three seasons. As a rookie at the age of 22 he spilt the year in net and managed to receive accolades for rookie goalie of the year. His following statistics are something to behold considering he had not been picked up by a NHL team.

98-99 Gp-22 Min-1338 Ga-41 Gaa-1.84 Svs-483 S%-.922
W-18 L-3 T-1

99-00 Gp-37 Min-2194 Ga-91 Gaa-2.49 Svs-893 S%-.908
W-22 L-8 T-6

00-01 Gp-34 Min-2048 Ga-70 Gaa-2.05 Svs-804 S%-.920
W-17 L-12 T-5

Total Gp-93 Min-5580 Ga-202 Gaa-2.17 Svs-2180 %.915
W-57 L-23 T-12

Over the past three seasons Conklin has garnered much reconigtion from the University of New Hampshire and Hockey East. The last two years must have seemed like one big award banquet with having been a Hobey Baker finalist twice, named to the All-American second team in 1998-99 and first team in 1999-00 ahead of Rick DiPietro. Is the only goaltender in Hockey East history
to be the goalie of the month two months in a row on November/December. His life time winning percentage at the college level Read more »

Germany News from the U18-WJC

by Oliver Janz

News from the U18-WJC

The sensational german U18 national-team results:

Germany – Norway 2:2
Germany – Russia 3:8
Germany – Sweden 2:1
Germany – Czech republic 3:1

The team finished second in group B behind russia.

On Thursday, the 19th, they will play against switzerland in the quarterfinal! Read more »

Broncos Buck the ICE out of the Playoffs

by Jeff Bromley
Revenge, they say, is a dish best served
cold. For B.J. Boxma it is a dish that
will probably taste sweeter, if you’ll
excuse the pun, on ice. Boxma, the
former Kootenay ICE goaltender who
was traded to the Swift Current Broncos
for a third round pick in this year’s
Bantam draft to get the chance at being
a starting goaltender in the WHL,
decidedly had the last laugh on his
former teammates as the Swift Current
Broncos downed the Kootenay ICE 3-2
in the seventh and deciding game of the
WHL semi-finals to take the series 4-3
and move on to face the Red Deer
Rebels in the Eastern Conference final.
For Boxma and the Broncos, the game
was an almost perfect example of how
to win a game on the road in the
playoffs. Even though it was a seventh
game Boxma felt the pressure was
squarely on the shoulders of the ICE. “It
was a hard fought series,” said Boxma.
“We thought they had all the pressure
on them being at home. We just had to
come out and play solid defensively and
capitalize on our chances and that’s
exactly what we did.” In beating his
former club and in the process, beating
his former goal-tending mate in Dan
Blackburn, Boxma has now come full
circle and emerged from Blackburn’s
shadow in proving to everyone that he is
indeed a number one goaltender in the
WHL. “Danny’s a great guy but when
we’re out on the ice we’re enemies,”
said the Edson, Alta. native
affectionately known as ‘Boxer’. “I for
sure wanted to come in and win the
series no matter how many games it
took and I guess I can look back b Read more »

USHL’s Clark Cup Finals – The Battle of Nebraska

by Jason Shaner
Only 2 are left standing in the USHL playoffs. One mild surprise visitor and the team everyone expects to win it. Can you say drama? Two teams separated by less than 100 miles and neither team likes each other one bit, especially when the Clark Cup Title is at stake. The top seeded Lincoln Stars handled the 6th seeded Tri-City Storm easily by sweeping them 3 games to none while the 4th seeded Omaha Lancers pulled a mild upset in beating the 3rd seeded Sioux Falls Stampede 3 games to 1. Both the Lancers and Stars dominated their series against their respective opponents. Now they face each other, this matchup has definitely got the makings of a great series. The winner not only gets the Clark Cup trophy but they also stamp their ticket to the National Junior “A” Championships where they will compete for the coveted Gold Cup.

The Stars and Lancers are two teams that are stockpiled with talent from top to bottom. On offense for the Stars you have the likes of Brandon Bochenski and Chris Fournier. The Lancers will bring forth Dan Welch and Riley Riddell. All 4 are in the top of the scoring list and each has extraordinary talent. Defensively the Stars have the edge from the physical standpoint but both the Lancers and Stars have very solid defense. The Stars have physical bruisers such as Lee Marvin, Andy Schneider and of course, Nick Fouts. Omaha answers with the likes of Keith Ballard, Jason Krischuk and Bryce Lampman. What all of this means is that we could be in for a stalemate as both teams high powered offenses could be grounded by the Read more »

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