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Ducks: Balmochnykh Suspended

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The Mighty Ducks of Anaheim are not the only Duck team feeling the effects of suspensions. On Wednesday, the Cincinnati Mighty Ducks learned they have lost top flight prospect Maxim Balmochnykh for eight games.

Apparently aggrevated by pesky play from Louisville Panthers tough guy Curtis Doell, he speared Doell in the face causing him to bleed and receive stitches. The injury was not serious though since Doell came back to play in the game later.

Balmochnykh will miss almost a month of playing time due to the suspension, not exactly the best way to develop and learn the North American style of play. It could be called a rookie mistake, but in reality, it was bad judgment by the youngster who still has learning to do. This is certainly one that should help him mature by learning from his mistakes.

Balmo had been off to a hot start in the AHL. In Game 1 against the Kentucky Thoroughblades he scored two goals and demonstrated his great scoring sense. He had 4 shots on goal that night and was the second star. He still cant speak English, yet he still has the knack for putting the puck in the net.

FIGHT NIGHT AT FREEDOM HALL
The spearing incident between Balmo and Doell created a night of aggressiveness and brawls between both teams. Read more »

OHL Season Preview

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Now that the OHL season has opened, it is time to take a look at the teams and how they should fare in the upcoming season.

Western Conference
West Division
1> Sault Ste. Marie
The Sault should come out on top in the West this year. They will be led by Cory Pecker and Ryan Jardine up front and Daniel Passero on the blueline. With those combinations they will definitely be able to score some goals. Rookies Trevor Daley and Jeff Richards have impressed in the early going. They will be looked upon to add some depth. The only real question mark for Sault this season will be in net where Jason Flick will carry the load. Look for a trade for Ottawa goalie Seamus Kotyk at the trade deadline. If that happens, they will be a force to be reckoned with, leading up to the play-offs.
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USHL – Feature Prospect: Jon Waibel

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Name: Jon Waibel
Pos: F
Height: 5-11
Weight: 180 lbs.
Born: 5/19/82
Hometown: Baudette, MN
Last Year’s Team: NTDP Under-17 Team (NAHL)

1999-2000 Stats (USHL): (as of 10-9-99)

GP G A Pts PIM
9 2 6 8 8

1998-1999 Stats (NAHL):
GP G A Pts PIM
41 15 4 19 20
(6ppg, 1shg)

1998-1999 Stats (USHL):
GP G A Pts PIM
14 1 3 4 10

JH: How would you describe your style of play? is it comparable to any current NHL player?
- hard worker, grinder. sorta like john leclair or eric lindros.

JH: Who is your favorite NHL player and why?
- Mike Modano. He plays hard, fast and scores goals. He’s a leader on and off the ice.

JH: What are your best skills and what are the skills you feel you need to improve on?
- My best is my skating. What I need to work on is stick handling and shooting.

JH: At what age did you first start playing hockey?
- I started at the age of four.

JH: What colleges are you looking at, would you like to attend or are looking at you?
- I’m going to be attending the University of Minnesota next year.

JH: Who has been the most important influence on you in your hockey career up to this point?
- My dad. He always pushed me, never let me be satisfied with mediocre. He always pushed me to do the best I could.
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Luongo Debuts

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The highly anticipated NHL debut of Roberto Luongo came on Sunday night and the highest drafted goaltender ever did not disappoint. Luongo was solid throughout the game and was spectacular down the stretch preserving a 2-1 victory against the Boston Bruins. Luongo recorded 43 saves in his first appearance, a Islanders record. Loungo’s performance ended a three game skid for the Isles. Roberto’s dazzling play throughout training camp caused many rumors that Felix Potvin would be traded to make room for the emerging star. Now that backup Wade Flaherty is out indefinitely, Luongo will get a chance to prove himself without the pressure of being a number one goaltender. This is an ideal situation as Luongo will get to break in slowly and acclimate himself to NHL play. Luongo will most likely return the AHL when Flaherty returns, however Potvin’s trade value continues to climb an account of his strong play this year.
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USHL – Feature Prospect: Joe Krmpotich

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Name: Joe Krmpotich
Pos: F
Height: 5-10
Weight: 188 lbs.
Born: 3/16/80
Hometown: Eden Prairie, MN
Last Year’s Team: Rochester Mustangs

1999-2000 Stats (USHL): (as of 10-9-99)

GP G A Pts PIM
1 0 0 0 0

1998-1999 Stats (USHL):
GP G A Pts PIM
51 13 15 28 87
(4 ppg)

JH: How would you describe your style of play? is it comparable to any current NHL player?
- I’m an aggressive forward. I go hard to the corners and work hard. Hopefully get the puck out to the front of the net to score some goals.
JH: Who is your favorite NHL player and why?
- Pavel Bure. He’s a very skilled player.

JH: What are your best skills and what are the skills you feel you need to improve on?
- I’m a hard worker. I need to work on my stick handling and shooting the puck a bit more.

JH: At what age did you first start playing hockey?
- I started when I was three.

JH: What colleges are you looking at, would you like to attend or are looking at you?
- I would like to play in the WCHA and if not there, then out East would be nice.

JH: Who has been the most important influence on you in your hockey career up to this point?
- My father. He’s been very supportive of my choices.

JH: Who were some of your inspirations growing up and who do you try to mold your game after?
- The 1980 Olympic team.
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Canadiens Junior Prospect Update

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Montreal Canadiens’ Junior Prospects Weekly Update Here is the first of our year-long installments of the weekly update. (Week ending 10/10/99)

Stand Outs
-Michael Ryder had a decent week with 4 points in 2 games.
-Jerome Marois had an over-achieving week with 3 points in 4 games.
-Dusty Jamieson had a superb week with 6 points in 3 games.
-Marc-Andre Thinel had an incredible week with 10 points in 3 games.

Awards -Michael Ryder was named the QMJHL’s offensive player of the month for September.

Eric Chouinard
POS HT/WT AGE DRAFTED
(C) 6’4″/192 Lbs. 18 D-Mtl98(1/16)

GP G A PTS +- PIM PPG SHG
1999-00 Quebec 9 10 6 16 +2 12 2 0

#1 Strength- Scoring ability
#1 Weakness- Doesn’t use size
Chouinard played 2 games this past week. He scored 2 goals and added 1 assist in a 4-3 win over Rimouski. and was shut out in a 5-2 Loss to Moncton. He was also -2 in the Moncton game.

NHL Projection – Second line center
Current Stock Status- Stagnant

Francois Beauchemin
POS HT/WT AGE DRAFTED
(D) 6’0″/190 Lbs. 19 D-Mtl98(3/75)

GP G A PTS +- PIM PPG SHG
1999-00 Acadie-Bathurst 13 3 7 10 +8 39 0 0

#1 Strength- Intelligence
#1 Weakness- Injuries Read more »

Jardine Off To A Blazing Start

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Name: Ryan Jardine
Born: March 15, 1980
Hometown: Ottawa, Ontario
Position: Left Wing
Number: 21
Height: 6’1”
Weight: 170 lbs
Shoots: Left

So far this season in the OHL there have been a lot of players that have been tearing up OHL goaltenders. Bryan Kazarian lit up the Soo Greyhounds for 5 assists en route to 9 points in the first week of the season. Rookie defenceman Trevor Daley of the Soo Greyhounds has 9 points in 6 games so far this year.

Third year winger Ryan Jardine of the Soo Greyhounds is another player that has been tearing up the OHL early this season. In his first 6 games this season Jardine has 10 points, including 7 goals. In the first two games of the season Jardine potted 4 goals and, although he has cooled off a bit, he is remaining consistent.

In his rookie season Jardine scored 28 goals which is very good, especially for a rookie. Also in his rookie year he was named to the OHL’s all-rookie team. In his second year he scored 27 goals. This year he is on pace to score 74 goals if he continues his torrid pace. It’s highly unlikely that he will get 74 goals this year but, with the way that he has played so far this season, 50 is definitely not out of the question. If he does get 50 he would be the first Greyhound player to score 50 since Joe Seroski scored 54 in 1996-97. Remember though, Seroski was on a line with former 1st overall NHL draft pick Joe Thornton.
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New Kids on the Rangers Block

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With the NHL regular season already one week old, the New York Rangers have already seen a bit of what their “kids” can do. Mike York and Kim Johnsson have already earned regular shifts on ice. Johnsson perhaps at this juncture, the Best Rangers back liner. His smooth skating style and soft hands have prompted him to the no.2 unit with Stephane Quintal. Quintal, more of a defensive defenseman, will cover for the often up wandering Johnsson, together making a potentially lethal no.2 unit, offensively and defensively. Mike York has nailed down the no.2 center for the time being. The smallish York has been perhaps New York`s top forward, showing excellent hands and a nose for open ice, somewhat remeniscent of Wayne Gretzky, although no one is comparing him to The Great One. York possesses a team attitude and will to work, something that dogged Marc Savard last year in New York, as his commitment was questioned from time to time by Coach John Muckler.

Other young Rangers Jan Hlavac and countryman Milan Hnilicka have yet to earn sufficient ice time to be fairly judged. Hlavac with the injury to Valeri Kamensky may earn additional ice time in the coming days. Hnilicka will assume the role of back up netminder behind Kirk McLean until Mike Richter resumes play. Hnilicka has proven on an international level, that he can play “the game” but can he play in the NHL? My answer is yes.
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Where are they now? – Mark Jackson

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It was a bittersweet moment this summer when St. Albert Saints General Manager Marcel Viveiros got word that Mark Jackson would not be joining the club for the 1999-2000 season.

“I’m really happy for Mark. I’m sad to see him go but I wish him nothing but the best,” said Viveiros. “Mark’s another example of how successful our program has been over the years in terms of players earning hockey scholarships in the United States.”

While it was difficult to lose a budding superstar like Jackson, the role of the Alberta Junior Hockey League is to develop people and players alike for the challenges they may experience.
For Jackson, going to the University of Wisconsin and joining fellow Saints grads Steve Reinprecht (94-96), Dave Hukalo (95-98) and Scott Kabotoff (97-99) will certainly be a challenging endeavour – especially considering that he is entering the college one year earlier than expected.

“I’m very excited. It’s going to be great. I can’t wait. I want to get on with it and go to the next level,” Jackson told the St. Albert Gazette prior to departing for Madison in late August.

There were doubts over whether or not Jackson would be able to play with the Badgers this season as him joining the team hinged upon Carolina Hurricanes draft pick David Tanabe leaving the club to go pro. When Tanabe did leave, Jackson jumped at the opportunity. “It was frustrating just sitting there waiting for the phone to ring,” he said.
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Paul Jowett Player Profile

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Paul Jowett, in less than a year, went from being a depth forward on the St. Albert Saints hockey club to their top defenceman during the 1998-99 season.

Despite the extraordinary achievements made by Jowett during that short time frame, he has even higher expectations for himself as the 1999-2000 season moves into full force.

“I want to be a leader here. I want to make sure the team has a good year,” Jowett stated prior to the start of the year.

Back in 1997-98, Jowett’s outlook as a member of the St. Albert Saints hockey club was much different as his main goal was simply to make the club. Going into the season he had played for a short period in the SJHL and was a product of the St. Albert Minor Hockey system – having played for the St. Albert AAA Midget Elite Raiders.

Jowett played the majority of that season as a forward and did not make it past the January 10th AJHL roster freeze. He played 23 games, had two goals and seven assists for nine points as well as 40 penalty minutes during the Saints’ last championship season.

“It was a tough decision to make,” Saints General Manager Marcel Viveiros said about cutting Jowett.

He was back with the club to start the 1998-99 season, however, and made a huge impact upon arrival. While spotted on defence the year before, Jowett converted to the position full time and it was an remarkably successful transition.
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