Lonny Bohonos has become the second Manitoba Moose (Michael Stewart signed with Frankurt Lions of the German League.) to bolt for Europe as he signed with HC Davos of the Swiss League. The Moose were not even given the opportunity to have Bohonos back in a Moose uniform for the 2000-01 IHL season. Last season the Toronto Maple Leafs had agreed to assign Bohonos to the Moose instead of their AHL farm club in St. John’s Newfoundland. This years contrat negotiations had a different twist to it when the Leafs told Bohonos that he would have to report to the baby Leafs so he signed with Davos of the Swiss Elite League for bigger money.
“After last year, when he didn’t get called up, he was left wondering, ‘How long am I going to hang on to this dream?’ “ said Jim Sedgwick, Bohonos’s Winnipeg-based agent.
Sedgwick said since Bohonos didn’t get a sniff from the Leafs last year, Bohonos figured their actions spoke volumes about what they thought of him, although the money was big by minor-league standards.
Bohonos who left for Switzerland in early August where he will earn twice as much as he was earning in North America knows that there is also a downside when playing in Europe. “I know that while in Europe I will be out of sight and out of mind from NHL teams, but its something that I felt was right for me and it was something that I felt I had to do.” said Bohonos.
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The Portland Pirates will start their season in about a month’s time with more than half of last year’s roster intact. This will be a very different team however, as they will no longer have superstar goaltender Martin Brochu leading them into battle. Brochu signed with Calgary recently in an attempt to get to the NHL quicker.
The 2000-01 edition of the Pirates will have an overhauled defense corps, and should have a more potent offense. They will be counting on at least four rookies and four veteran additions to get them back to the form that had them first overall for an extended stretch last year.
Trying to predict a lineup before training camp begins is very difficult, as anything can and will happen before opening night. Using the entire organizational roster as a starting point, I have constructed what I think think the Pirates roster will look like.
The top line will consist of centre Jeff Nelson between wingers Mike Peluso and Matt Pettinger. Nelson is an offensive force for the Pirates and is a veteran leader among the forwards. Peluso has proved time and time again that he is top-line material and should once again be among the Pirates’ top scorers. Pettinger is a rookie, and would not normally be considered for the top line. However, the Pirates lost their top three left wingers in the off-season (Elomo, Moore, Toms) and are very thin at that position.
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I know a lot of Ranger fans and other hockey fans around the world are
waiting for top prospect Pavel Brendl to make his mark on the NHL. Will Pavel
impress Ron Low, Glen Sather and the rest of the New York Rangers’ management
during training camp and earn a roster spot? I sure think so.
Brendl has been training very hard this summer with Adam Graves, Jamie
Lundmark and Stefan Cherneski. He’s already up to 6’1 205 lbs. and a lot of
knowledgeable hockey people suggest he will gain more weight before training
camp starts. It’s good news to Ranger fan’s ears to hear that Pavel is
training and working hard this summer. Most fans remember Brendl coming to
camp last year out of shape and with an attitude that he was already good
enough to make the team and he didn’t need to work hard. He was proven wrong
and the Rangers made sure he would turn things around this summer and so far
he has done just that.
So where should we expect Pavel to play? If he falters again in training
camp, he will be sent back to his junior team.
However, there’s a good chance he’ll do well and if he does, he should be 3rd
line RW for the Rangers this season. 10-15 goals and 30 or so points is good
numbers to project for Brendl’s rookie season. If things go EXTREMELY well,
the sky is the limit for Brendl, and we may see him score 50 goals in a
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The Leafs Rookie Camp roster has now been set. The team listed below will participate in two-a-day workouts at the Kitchener Memorial Auditorium on August 29th and 30th and will then take part in a round robin tournament against the prospects of the Buffalo Sabres, Carolina Hurricanes and New York Rangers. The tournament will also take place in Kitchener and will run between September 1st and September 4th. Here is Toronto’s final roster.
Goaltenders: Sebastien Centomo, Jamie Hodson, and Jean-Francois Racine
Defensemen: Jean-Philippe Cote, Peter Reynolds, Allan Rourke, Petr Svoboda, Lubos Velebny, Vaclav Zavoral, and Jonathan Zion.
Forwards: Brad Boyes, Luca Cereda, Miguel Delisle, Jonathan Gagnon, Lance Galbraith, Jacques Lariviere, Franticek Mrazek, Mirko Murovic, Ben Ondrus, Alex Ponikarovsky, Vadim Sozinov, Michal Travnicek, Kris Vernarsky, Morgan Warren
The majority of these youngsters are already under contract with the Maple Leafs’ organization or are unsigned selections from the team’s previous drafts. Galbraith and Ondrus are free agents hoping to secure a professional contract just as Centomo and Lariviere did last year with solid play in the Rookie Tournament.
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The Stanley Cup Champion New Jersey Devils should open the 2000-01 season without a great number of new players on the roster. However, training camp should still be quite interesting for Devil watchers.
Goaltender Ari Ahonen, New Jersey’s first round pick in the 1999 draft, will be attending his first NHL camp. The 19 year old Finn has played well in his native country but the Devils are anxious to see how this will translate to the North American game.
Ahonen has no chance of being on the opening night roster. New Jersey would love for the young netminder to agree to play this season at Albany of the AHL which would likely accelerate his progress.
Six 2000 draft choices plan on being in training camp, none of whom are even being considered for spots at this time. Still, defensemen Phil Cole and Deryk Engelland along with forwards Michael Rupp, Max Birbraer, Mike Jefferson and Warren McCutcheon hope to make a lasting impression on Coach Larry Robinson.
Of that group expect 6-5, 230 lb. Rupp to get a long look. 5-9, 190 lb. Jefferson will get some attention if only due to the fact that he is likely to start some skirmishes based on his abrasive style.
Training camp opens on September 8th at South Mountain Arena in West Orange, New Jersey. The first exhibition game vs. Pittsburgh is scheduled for September 16th in Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania.
Today the St. Louis Blues announced that training camp will officially open Sept. 7th, however, players won’t actually hit the ice until Sept. 11th. Workouts will be held at U.S. Ice Sports Complex in Chesterfield , MO. Prior to training camp Blues prospects will participate in a six team tournament Sept. 2-5. Other teams involved inclued the Atlanta Thrashers, Detroit Red Wings, Nashville Predators, Columbus Blue Jackets, and Chicago Blackhawks. The Blues will look to defend last years championship with a somewhat interesting roster. The most noteable observation is the size of the players listed. Check out both the rookie camp and training camp rosters below.
2000 St. Louis Blues Rookie Camp Roster
Graham Belak 6-5 230 Kootenay (WHL)
Andy Burnham 6-4 271 Sarnia (OHL)
Randy Copley 6-2 225 Montreal (QMJHL)
Aaron Fox 6-0 190 Minnesota (WCHA)
Tony Hutchins 6-2 221 Boston College (NCAA)
Kevin Karlander 6-0 195 Univ. of Vermont (NCAA)
Brett Lutes 6-0 182 Montreal (QMJHL)
Shawn Mamane 6-0 190 Worcester (AHL)
David Morisset 6-2 195 Seattle (WHL)
Justin Papineau 5-11 180 Belleville (OHL)
Yevgeny Pastukh 5-11 179 Red Army CSKA (Moscow)
Mark Rycroft 6-0 190 Univ. of Denver (WCHA)
A. Troschinsky 6-5 187 Ust-Kamenogorsk (KAZ)
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Another in a series of weekly articles summarizing activity in Leafland during the previous 7 days – with some personal observations, commentary, prospect updates and fun thrown in for good measure.
Mikael Tellqvist news: The player now widely considered to be the Maple Leafs’ “goaltender of the future”, Mikael Tellqvist, is under contract with Djurgarden of the Swedish Elite League for the upcoming season … Tommy Soderstrom, the former Djurgarden starter, has retired and Mikael (the SEL Rookie of the Year in 1999 / 2000) expects to handle the bulk of the work there this year … Tellqvist was recently named to the Swedish National Team for the Ceske Pojistovna Tournament in the Czech Republic later this month and he should get the bulk of the playing time there as well … Tellqvist’s primary competition for the #1 job with the Swedish National Team, Johan Holmqvist, is not playing in the tournament as he has already left for the New York Rangers camp … Mikael feels strongly that he’d like to get at least a year of significant National Team experience before coming over to play in North America … at this time, he plans to re-evaluate his situation at the conclusion of this season … Mikael Tellqvist is an extremely important player in Toronto’s long range plans and we will be following his progress closely on behalf of all Leaf fans here at Hockey’s Future …
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The Slovakian-born defenseman played the last two seasons with the Belleville Bulls of the OHL.
This past season, he was named to the OHL All-Star Team, First Team, in a postseason vote by league coaches after going 7-21-28, a +35 with 99 penalty minutes in 58 regular season games.
He was the first runner-up in the voting for the Max Kaminsky Trophy, awarded yearly to the OHL’s Most Outstanding Defenseman.
Mezei was one of the final cuts during last year’s training camp.
Mezei is considered a very heady and mobile defenseman. At 6’4, 230 pounds, the Slovak also has the size to match his skills and smarts.
With another year of junior hockey under his belt, he’s sure to make a run at a spot on the Islanders’ blueline.
Mezei, who will turn 20 on Oct. 8, has been enjoying himself on Long Island all week working out with several of his teammates.
This is the conclusion of a two part series providing a detailed look at players who will determine Toronto’s destiny in 2000 / 2001. For the purposes of this discussion, superstars (Sundin, Joseph) and dependable veterans (Thomas, Yushkevich, Domi, Perreault etc.) have been excluded. These articles will focus on players whose contributions have yet to be established over the long term. If a majority of the players listed herein can rise to new levels this season, the Leafs will do battle with perennial powerhouses in Detroit, Dallas, Denver, St. Louis, Philadelphia and New Jersey for league dominance. Conversely, if they fail to step forward sufficiently, the team may once again fall short of its Stanley Cup aspirations.
Last week we examined a group of returning players and this week the spotlight swings over to several key newcomers.
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