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Top 25 Defenseman Prospects posted

by HF Staff

To continue our coverage of the “Big List” week, Hockey’s Future is glad to announce the unveiling of our top 25 defenseman.

Head to the link “2001 top 50 Prospects” link in our top features section to see the list!

Mark Fischel
Managing Editor
Hockey’s Future

Boston Bruins Training Camp Preview

by Michael Karlstrom
A very quick breakdown of the few NHL roster spots that will be up for grabs this camp and the main contenders for each spot.
The Boston Bruin situation is a little interesting this season, for the first time in recent memory the biggest news of the off-season wasn’t the deep pockets and short arms of team owner Jeremy Jacobs. Sure, the off-season is turning into camp-time now with the high-profile Jason Allison holdout dominating the news on the team, but in-between the decision not to meet contract demands on 1999 draftees Kyle Wanvig, Martin Grenier, and Seamus Koytk, and the current troubles finding a happy meeting ground to ink a deal with Mr. Allison, the Bruins signed some fairly high-profile and pricey unrestricted free agent help.
Five of Boston’s top six forward spots should be accounted for. This leaves one spot open and no real proven talent locked into taking the spot. Here is the first possible rookie battle to keep an eye on.
If Jason Allison is signed, the spot is his, but if he isn’t the two most likely rookies to compete for the spot will be 2001 Hobey Baker finalist Andy Hilbert, and 2002 NCAA goal scoring leader Lee Goren. Of the two players, Hilbert’s game seems more NHL polished. His combination of grit and skill should serve him well in his attempt to step straight into the NHL without having to serve an AHL apprenticeship. Compared favorably in some circles in style to the way that Chris Drury plays the game, Hilbert may end up resembling Drury in that he could get shifted around in positions and ro Read more »

Red Wings Camp Report, Day 1

by Jessica Haskin

Life still goes on despite the attacks yesterday, the most tragic day in
American history. The Detroit Red Wings took to the ice for their first
day of training camp in Traverse City, MI.

“We’re here and we’re working out, but everybody’s heart and soul in
our organization are with the families of those who were lost yesterday”
said the Red Wings General Manager Ken Holland.

Holland also said that there was much discussion the night before to
decide whether or not to hold training camp as scheduled. The final
decision was to hold camp as planned to offer a little happiness to
those who had planned on coming and give them the opportunity to take
their minds off of the attacks for awhile.

The fans got their first glimpse of Dominik Hasek, Luc Robitaille, and
Brett Hull practicing as a team with the Detroit Red Wings.

Darren McCarty brought a smile to a young boys face as he gave a playful
punch to the glass where the boy was leaning his chin on the boards.

The veteran Igor Larionov and prospect Paul Ballantyne battled along the
boards this morning in a drill in Team C’s practice. Ballantyne defended
Larionov amazingly well, keeping Larionov from passing the puck out from
behind the net. The 19 year old Ballantyne will most likely be seen as a
regular on the Detroit blue line in coming years.

When Team C’s practice was over teams A and B came onto the ice for two
scrimmage games. Each scrimmage consisting of one twenty minute period.

The crowd cheered as the players skated onto the ice recognizing their
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Hitmen Freeze up against ICE

by Jeff Bromley

Coming off a 3-2 overtime win in Lethbridge, the Kootenay ICE kicked off their home debut of the 2001 exhibition season against an old rival that hardly needed any introduction, the Calgary Hitmen. If the weekend’s exhibition series are any indication, the loss of goal scoring through the graduation of high-scoring forwards such as Bret DeCecco and Zdenek Blatny from last season isn’t of any concern to the ICE. Outscoring their big-city rivals by a combined score of 15-5 over the two game, home and home set (with Calgary’s home date being in Okotoks), Kootenay’s scoring came from the usual suspects, some pleasant surprises and a fresh face in the name of Nigel Dawes.

At the home date on Saturday the local squad came out a little flat and had trouble measuring up against a Hitmen squad loaded with toughness. During the first ten minutes of the first frame a total of six players saw the showers early as fisticuffs between Brennan Evans and Robin Gomez, Steve Makway and Mike Egener and Andy Thompson and Wes Rypien highlighted a first period that ended in a one-one stalemate. The second and third frames were marked by one thing – goals. Five in the second and four in the third to be exact as the ICE dusted off the Hitmen by a count of 10-4. The good thing about exhibition is that if you lose, it’s just that, exhibition. If you win it’s a sign that things are going right and there are lots of positives to build on but it’s still preseason. That attitude was echoed by ICE assistant coach Cory Clouston who took over the reigns of head coach for Saturday night’s tilt. “In g Read more »

A Day of Silence

by pbadmin

Out of the respect for all the innocent victims and their families of this horrendous tragedy in New York City and Washington D.C. we at Hockey’s Future would like to have a day of silence. From our entire staff from other countries to all our American staff and readers our condolences for your loss. We all hope one day that these events will longer be necessary in any part of the world.Respectfully,Shane MalloyAsst. Managing Editor/Director of Media RelationsHockey’s Future

Traverse City Wrap-up, Day 5

by Jessica Haskin

Columbus vs. St. Louis

The Columbus Blue Jacket’s and St. Louis Blues faced off for the final
game of the tournament to determine who would be the champions of the
The Blue Jacket’s Pascal Leclaire and the Blues’ Phil Osaer were the
goalies for the night.

The first action to make the score sheets were penalties. Three were
handed out three minutes and twenty-one seconds into the game. Simon
Skoog of the Blues was sent to the box for roughing. St. Louis’ Mahon
and Columbus’ Tyler Sloan each received five minute fighting majors.
Sloan got a few good punches in with Mahon only punching him once to the
back of the head. Sloan was worn out at the end of a shift though and
went down fairly easily when Mahon wrestled him to the ice.

With Columbus already on the power play Brett Scheffelmaier got a delay
of game call giving the Blue Jackets a five-on-three advantage for
thirty-nine seconds.

Four seconds after St. Louis was allowed to have one of their men back
on the ice Columbus’ Preston Mizzi received the puck from Kiel McLeod
and lifted it over Osaer’s left shoulder.

Eleven minutes and fifty-four seconds into the period Ben Knopp was
called for tripping giving St. Louis a power play. Eight seconds into
the power play Greg Davis scored for St. Louis with an assist from Brad

Mizzi went to the penalty box for holding giving St. Louis another power
play opportunity with five minutes and one second remaining in the first
period. Half way through the power play the Blues scored with a goal
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Senators announce training camp roster

by Jake Dole
A list of 49 players was announced by the Ottawa Senators on Sunday, September 8, 2001. The camp itself begins on Tuesday, September 11, with fitness and medical testing. Practices and intra-squad games will take place from Wednesday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m, as the roster will be divided into two teams for the time being.
Out of the Hull tourney invitees, Antoine Vermette, Jason Spezza, Alexandre Giroux, Simon Lajeunesse, Ray Emery, Josh Langfield, Toni Dahlman, Chris Kelly, Scott Bala and Tim Gleason will participate at the training camp. The likes of Tessier, Konopka, Maleyko, Byfuglien, Platil, among others were promptly left off.
The Senators rookies had a successful tournament, despite the recent 3-0 loss to the Montreal Canadiens hopeful.

The Roster

Player Name. Pos. Height, Weight. Birth Date.

Alfredsson, Daniel. RW. 5’11, 198. 1972-12-11.
Avredsson, Magnus. LW. 6’2, 198. 1971-11-25.
Bala, Chris. 6’1, 180. LW. 1978-9-24.
Bonk, Radek. 6’3, 220. C. 1976-01-09.
Brookbank, Wade. D. 6’4, 225. 1977-9-29.
Chara, Zdeno. D. 6’9, 255. 1977-03-18.
Chouinard, Mathieu. G. 6’1, 211. 1980-11-04.
Ciernik, Ivan. LW. 6’1, 234. 1977-10-30.
Dahlman, Toni. RW. 5’11. 194. 1979-09-03.
Demidov, Ilya. D. 6’3, 188. 1979-04-14.
Doig, Jason. D. 6’3, 228. 1977-01-29.
Emery, Ray. G. 6’3, 192. 1982-09-28. Read more »

Top 10 Goalie Prospects Posted!

by HF Staff

Hockey’s Future has kicked off the “Big List” week with the posting of our Top 10 goalie list!

Click on the link in the “Top Features” section on the upper left of the page, and discuss the lists on our message board.

Check back in two days for the top 25 Defenseman!

Tampa Bay Lightning Training Camp Preview

by Megan Sexton

A growing number of Tampa Bay Lightning players, past and
present, have been accumulating in Brandon at the Ice Sports Forum, preparing
for training camp.  These morning scrimmages saw ex-bolt Rob Zamuner
paired with Free Agent signee, Dave Andreychuk, taking on prospect,
Evgeny Konstantinov
and Ryan Johnson, who was traded to Florida
during the off-season, skating one final time with his former teammates.

As entertaining as these practices were for those fortunate
enough to sneak out of the office for an early lunch…nothing compares to the
real thing.  The Tampa Bay Lightning will officially kick off the 2001-02
Pre-Season September 11, 2001, when players and invitees report to Brandon.

The first two days of camp will consist of physicals and
fitness tests.  The guys will hit the ice Thursday morning for the first
scrimmage game.  This year’s camp will be divided into two sections with the
NHLers in the mornings and the prospects in the afternoons.  This is a welcomed
change from last year’s format, which forced fans to run from rink to rink
during the simultaneous games in order to catch all the action.

Team 1 – Black Team

Fredrik Modin,
Brad Richards, Martin St. Louis, Juha Ylonen, Tim Taylor, Jimmie Olvestad,
Jassen Cullimore, Pavel Kubina, Nolan Pratt, Andrei Zyuzin, Mike Jones, Kevin

Noticeably a Read more »

Panthers-Coyotes Game Recap

by HF Staff


HULL, Quebec – The four-team 2001 NHL prospects tournament concluded on Saturday at the Robert-Guertin Arena just outside of Ottawa. The Florida Panthers captured third place by defeating the Phoenix Coyotes 3-2. The Panthers netted the game’s first three goals. D Paul Elliott opened the scoring in the first period and assisted on LW Niklas Hagman’s second period tally. Hagman, the Panthers’ third choice (70th overall) in the 1999 NHL Entry Draft, swept in the rebound of an Elliott shot for a 2-0 lead. RW Kyle Bruce, an eighth round pick in this year’s draft, gave the Panthers a 3-0 lead midway through the second period. C Janis Sprukts earned his second assist of the game on the play. 18-year-old G Billy Thompson, a fifth round pick this year, made 26 stops for the win. He posted a 1-1-0 record and allowed just four goals in two games. Florida finished the tournament with a 1-3-0 record. The Panthers will begin their main training camp in Florida next week with on-ice sessions beginning on Wednesday at Incredible Ice in Coral Springs.

FIRST PERIOD: Elliott blasted the Panthers’ first shot of the game by the Coyotes netminder on a slap shot from the top of the left circle. Sprukts and McCormick earned assists on the play. The Panthers held an 8-6 advantage in shots.

SECOND PERIOD: Hagman and Bruce notched back-to-back goals to give the Panthers a 3-0 lead. Elliott earned his second point of the night with an assist on Hagman’s goal, and Spruk Read more »

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