In cities like Havirov, Trinec and Ostrava (Vitkovice is a part of Ostrava) hockey blossoms
and future gems begin often their career there. When looking at the Czech roster from the
previous Four Nations tournament of the Under-16 teams, eight players learn the tools of the
hockey trade either in Trinec, Havirov or Vitkovice. One of them is Jan Danecek, the small
rocket from Trinec.
Jan was born on February, 15th, 1986, in Havirov. At that time only Vitkovice represented
The reality of today’s hockey can be defined by a great many things.
Exuberant NHL salaries that the common fan has trouble relating to.
The transformation of the game from a pastime to a business.
Better, lighter equipment. Bigger, more talented players, the list could go on and on.
Perhaps one of the most defining aspects of today’s game, concussions and the enormous increase in their occurrence, would have to rate at or near the top any list. In doing so, concussions have not only changed the game but also the lives of former players who’ve had to retire due to them. Brett Lindros, Pat LaFontaine, Nick Kypreos to name only a few.
Kootenay ICE forward Colin Sinclair has experienced that change and it’s an encounter that the hard-working forward doesn’t want to make a habit of being a part of. Over Christmas the gritty forward spent most of the holidays in bed trying to recover from one. One that he didn’t even know that he had, at least not when it first happened.
The hit, a check from Seattle forward Danny LaPointe, occurred November 16, a full month before Sinclair was even out of the lineup. The derailment of his Christmas vacation with his family notwithstanding, another setback was that fact that the ICE would be missing a good portion of their first line players due to various world tournaments for up to ten games. It was a chance for Sinclair to shine in a scoring and leadership role that never materialized.
Not to be deterred, Sinclair made his way back from the post-concussion syndrom and was declared symptom-free on January 19. Read more»
1. Allen, Bryan (D), Manitoba Moose (AHL). Drafted: ’98 (1/4)
Manitoba (AHL) 49 GP, 5 G, 13 A, 18 P, 85 PIM.
2. Umberger, R.J. (C), Ohio State University (CCHA). Drafted: ’01 (1/16)
Ohio State (CCHA) 30 GP, 18 G, 18 A, 36 P, 21 PIM
3. Auld, Alex (G), Manitoba Moose (AHL). Acquired through a trade with Florida (2001).
Manitoba (AHL) 17 GP, 10 W, 6 L, 0 T, 3.48 GAA, .883 SV %
4. Smith, Nathan (C), Swift Current Broncos (WHL). Drafted: ’00 (1/23)
Swift Current (WHL) 38 GP, 18 G, 27 A, 45 P, 44 PIM.
5. Vydareny, Rene (D), Manitoba Moose (AHL). Drafted: ’99 (3/69)
Manitoba (AHL) 42 GP, 2 G, 7 A, 9 P, 9 PIM.
6. Bell, Thatcher (C), Rimouski Oceanic (QMJHL). Drafted: ’00: (3/71)
7. Reid, Brandon (C), Manitoba Moose (AHL). Drafted: ’00 (7/208)
8. Gladskikh, Evgeny (LW), Metallurg Magnitogorsk (RUS). Drafted: ’01 (4/114)
9. Brown, Mike (LW), Vancouver Canucks (NHL). Acquired through a trade with Florida (1999).
LEAFS BANK ON CENTOMO
With the recent injury to Curtis Joseph, the Leafs have reached deep into their pockets and pulled out a relative unknown to take over with the parent club. Sebastien Centomo came on high recommendations from St. John’s coach Lou Crawford . . . and has impressed many in the Leafs organization by literally leaping up the ladder this season of prospect talent.
Sebastien Centomo was an undrafted junior player from the QMJHL. He earned a contract with an impressive tryout at the Leafs rookie camp. The Leafs assigned Centomo to the Memphis River Kings of the Central Hockey League for the start of this season.
Sebastien had a dominant start to the season in the CHL. In November, Centomo posted a perfect eight and zero record, with a 95.3 save percentage and sparkling 1.58 GAA. He was awarded Goalie of the Month honors in November, and named starting goalie for the Northern Conference in the CHL All Star Game. Centomo left Memphis with a record of 16 wins and one loss in 19 starts for the River Kings. He boasted a .934 save percentage and 2.09 GAA during that stretch.
Centomo played for Canada in the Spengler Cup and went a perfect two and zero in the tournament. Included in the two victories was a huge victory over the Finnish Turku team where he held the Finnish players to two goals on twenty-nine shots in a four to two victory. Leaf scouts were so impressed by Centomo that when Tellqvist continued to struggle . . . Sebastien got the call up to try his luck at the AHL level. Since the call up, Sebastien has Read more»