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by Andrew Bourgeois


The Nashville Predators gave their IHL farm club in Milwaukee a helping hand Tuesday by assigning defenceman Pavel Skrbek just in time for the playoffs.

Skrbek has recovered from a mild concussion suffered March 17. The Kladno, Czech Republic, native appeared in 48 games with Milwaukee earlier this season.

Frederic Chabot of the Houston Aeros has been named the IHL’s goalie of the week after going 3-0-0 in three games.

Chabot, 33, is 21-15-4 this season with a 2.69 goals-against average and .913 save percentage. He has previously played for Montreal Los Angeles and Philadelphia in the NHL.

Grand Rapids Griffins winger Derek King was named the player of the week after collecting four goals and three assists in four games.

King leads the Griffins in scoring with 74 points (29 goals, 45 assists) and is third in the league. He has previously played in the NHL with the New Islanders, Hartford, Toronto and St. Louis.

Veteran centre Dody Wood of the IHL’s Kansas City Blades, who has been plagued by injuries this season, is contemplating retirement.

Wood played 106 NHL games with the San Jose Sharks from 1992 to 1998.

“If I retired, I’d be happy because I played in the NHL and I’d be happy because I played there,” says the 28-year-old native of Chetwynd, B.C. “There wouldn’t be any regrets.”


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Edo Turglav scored a pair of goals, including the game-win Read more »

Interview with Rick Nash

by Robert Neuhauser

Name: Rick Nash
Position: forward
Team: London Knights (OHL)

Rob: At what age did you start playing hockey?
Rick: It was at two.

Rob: Where did you start playing hockey?
Rick: It was in Brampton, where I grew up.

Rob: Your favorite NHL team?
Rick: Toronto Maple Leafs.

Rob: Your favorite NHL player?
Rick: Mario Lemieux, Pittsburgh Penguins.

Rob: The biggest success in your hockey career?
Rick: Playing major junior and winning the top OHL rookie last season.

Rob: How would you describe yourself as a player?
Rick: I think that I’m a solid all-round player and that I can play
defensively, too.

Rob: What do you do in your free time?
Rick: I like to hang out with my freinds, have a rest or play golf.

Rob: Thank you and good luck.

Legwand carves path from hockey in Michigan to pros

by Derek Berry
The player they compare to Mike Modano, another state of Michigan
hockey superstar, is making a name for himself in the ranks of the
National Hockey League. It will only be after several years in the
league that those comparisons will start to diminish.

In the meantime, the high-profile draft pick and native Detroiter
continues to create excitement on the ice with his talent and
ability…talents that many saw him use to his full capacity while playing
in the Compuware system and with the Plymouth Whalers of the OHL.

“You can see the signs that he’s going to be a great player,” says
Nashville Predators assistant coach Brent Peterson. “He’s only
20-years-old, he’s still learning the game, and yet we’ve thrown him
into the lineup every night and he’s handled it well.”

Certainly Peterson says Legwand has a lot to learn about the pro game,
but the tools are there.

“He has the potential to be an outstanding player as soon as he
matures,” says Peterson, a former Detroit Red Wing, who played with the
Wings back in the late 1970s and early 1980s, before Legwand was even
born. “He’s a Modano-style player, with terrific skills and he’s done
as much as we want him to.”

Adjusting to the long season schedule in the NHL and the travel has
been a big part of the climb for Legwand, who has 9 goals and 23 assists
for 32 points in 64 games so far this season for the Predators.

“It’s a different game up here,” says Legwand. “You get better every
game and you realize it’s all about total team effort,” h Read more »

Prospect Profile: Rick DiPietro

by Drew Bennett
At the 2000 National Hockey League Entry Draft, the New York Islanders,
with the first overall selection, shocked the world by selecting Goaltender
Rick DiPietro, and trading Roberto Luongo and Kevin Weekes. DiPietro
instantly made hockey history by being selected the highest drafted
Goaltender ever, surpassing Luongo, who was selected by the Islanders with
the 4th overall choice in 1997.

At Boston University, DiPietro had a 18-5-5 record with a 2.45 goals
against average and a .913 save percentage. DiPietro won the Kevin Mutch
award as the Most Valuable Player of the Boston University vs. Boston College
Series. One of DiPietro’s top qualities are his confidence and his puck
handling ability. His ability to play the puck was the reason that Mike
Milbury, General Manager of the New York Islanders, believed he would be a
better Goaltender than Luongo. Milbury was quoted a few weeks after the
draft saying “DiPietro will revitalize the goaltending position.”

After struggling at training camp, where he suffered a groin injury, he
was sent to the Chichago Wolves of the International Hockey League. He also
struggled in Chicago where he posted a sub-par 3.39 Goals Against Average.
In the World Junior Championships for Team USA, DiPietro played almost 360
minutes, and allowed only 8 goals on 109 shots. He played in six games, and
had a 5-1 with a 1.33 goals against average and a .927 save percentage.

After the World Junior Championships, DiPietro finally got his chance to
play in the NHL. In Read more »

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