You get what you pay for, goes the old consumer’s adage. If you want quality, you have to give up quality, goes an old hockey adage. When Kootenay G.M. Jeff Chynoweth traded team captain Jason Jaffray along with Aaron Rome, Jeff Harvey and the club’s first round pick in next year’s Bantam Draft to Swift Current for B.J. Boxma, Duncan Milroy and a fifth round pick in the 2004 Bantam Draft, immediately those truths could be applied to the deal. The biggest question now is that, did the club sell its soul in order to improve itself in the areas needed most – goaltending? Did the ICE give up too much? That’s the $64,000 question.
This trade could turn out to be the most significant trade in the history of the ICE franchise. The club just dealt arguably the most popular, hardest working, trench warfare fighting, durable, community-minded player in the club’s history in Jason Jaffray. Aaron Rome and Jeff Harvey were big parts of the Kootenay ICE – there is no denying that fact – but both were with the club less than fourteen months. Rome, a talented d-man that seemed to be on the cusp of a breakout season, who went about his business in contributing to one of the best defensive corps this club has ever had. How much of a contributor Rome was to the ICE blueline depends on who you ask. Nevertheless, we are about to find out.
Harvey, an enigmatic goalie who never quite seemed to be able to step out of the shadow of Dan Blackburn. Yes, they were some big shoes to fill but what Harvey was unable to do was live up to the expectations of both team management and its fan Read more»
It could be called an ironic twist of fate. It will most certainly be called the blockbuster of the year. Call it what you want but Kootenay fans weren’t the only ones surprised at the monumental trade involving the Kootenay ICE and the Swift Current Broncos. B.J. Boxma and Duncan Milroy, the two guys coming the other way, weren’t exactly expecting it. “I couldn’t believe it,” said former and now current ICE goaltender B.J. Boxma. “I even said to them ‘is this a joke?’. I was absolutely shocked.”
Duncan Milroy, the high-scoring, second round pick (37th overall) of the Montreal Canadiens in last season’s NHL Draft didn’t exactly see it coming either. “My reaction was that I was very disappointed at the beginning, to be honest,” said Milroy. “I haven’t really had time to think about it. We had to pack our bags right away to play here last night so I still really hadn’t had a chance to think about it.”
Boxma, who experienced success in Speedy Creek in backstopping the Broncos to the Eastern Conference Final last season, was somewhat let down that the club would trade him. “I was kind of disappointed from Swift Current’s standpoint,” said Boxma. “I thought there would’ve a been a little more loyalty as we went to the third round last year, the furthest they’ve went in eight years. I thought I would’ve been the man this year but (Broncos’ goalie Todd) Ford is the up and comer and possible NHL Draft pick and I guess they thought they had to get him into more games.”
At the cusp of his four-year long WHL career, Boxma has now assumed the role of undisputed, Read more»
You never really ever can prepare yourself for it. Even players who know almost certainly know that they’re going to be moved are always taken a little off guard by the announcement. In the case of Jeff Harvey, Aaron Rome and Jason Jaffray, to say that the trade that saw them headed to Swift Current in exchange for B.J. Boxma and Duncan Milroy, surprise would be perhaps the understatement of the year.
Even Jeff Harvey, who had been the subject of trade rumors of late, didn’t see this one coming, at least not at this particular point in the season.
“I had no idea why they called me into the office,” said Harvey before the former ICE players left for their new surroundings on the Prairies. “I thought maybe it was that I was playing well after three wins. Then they tell me I was traded. I was speechless.”
By his own admittance Harvey had agreed that his season hadn’t gone the way he would’ve liked but of late he felt something was different, that his game was improving.
“I thought I’d turn the corner,” said Harvey. “I thought I’d started to turn it around here but obviously they felt different in that they want more experience in that position.”
Aaron Rome expressed that same shock but seemed somewhat more at ease with the transaction. He reasoned that being traded once before that landed him in Kootenay last season from Saskatoon had prepared him somewhat. That being said, the detection of sadness at leaving his former teammates was still glaringly evident.
“I didn’t really expect it but I guess you try and prepare yourself for it al Read more»
Two recent draft picks of the New York Rangers, Bryce Lampman and Ryan Hollweg, made the final roster for the USA Junior team that will compete in the upcoming World Junior Championships. This year’s tournament takes place in the Czech Republic during late December and early January.
|Bryce Lampman, a 19-year-old native of Minnesota, was the captain and a stud defenseman for the Omaha Lancers of the USHL last season. Drafted by the Rangers in the fourth round (113th overall) this past June, Lampman had to make a difficult decision this summer concerning where he would be playing for this season. He had the option to play in juniors with the Kamloops Blazers of the WHL, or head to college and play for the Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks. In a move that was easily foreseeable, Lampman chose to take the college route, and so far it seems to have paid off for him.
Photo Courtesy of the University of Nebraska-Omaha
Lampman has suited up for 16 games so far with the Mavericks, and has registered 3 assists and 22 penalty minutes along with a -2 rating. The numbers do not exactly stand out at you, but most of the time statistics do not Read more»
2002 United States National Junior Team
No. Name Ht. (cm.) Wt. (kg.) Birthdate S/C Hometown Current Team NHL Rights
29 Bacashihua, Jason 6-1 (186) 165 (75) 9/20/82 R Dearborn Hts., Mich. Plymouth (OHL) DAL
1 LaBrosse, Dwight 6-1 (186) 170 (77) 10/6/83 L McMurray, Pa. Guelph (OHL) 2002
2 Ballard, Keith 5-11 (181) 200 (91) 11/26/82 L Baudette, Minn. Minnesota (WCHA) 2002
31 Hope, Joey 6-0 (184) 174 (79) 1/1/82 R Anchorage, Alaska Portland (WHL) 2002
8 Komisarek, Mike 6-4 (193) 230 (104) 1/19/82 R Islip Terrace, N.Y. Michigan (CCHA) MTL
26 Lampman, Bryce 6-1 (186) 193 (88) 8/31/82 L Rochester, Minn. Neb.-Omaha (CCHA) NYR
13 Lebda, Brett 5-10 (178) 186 (85) 1/15/82 L Buffalo Grove, Ill. Notre Dame (CCHA) 2002
5 Reitz, Erik 6-0 (184) 192 (87) 7/29/82 R Plymouth, Mich. Barrie (OHL) MIN
6 Welch, Noah 6-3 (191) 212 (97) 8/26/82 L Brighton, Mass. Harvard (ECAC) PIT
3 Whitney, Ryan 6-4 (193) 192 (87) 2/19/83 L Scituate, Mass. Boston Univ. (HE) 2002
23 Brown, Dustin 6-1 (186) 203 (92) 11/4/84 R Ithaca, N.Y. Guelph (OHL) 2003
9 Eaves, Ben 5-8 (173) 176 (80) 3/7/82 R Faribault, Minn. Boston College (HE) PIT
18 Globke, Rob 6-3 (191) 205 (93) 10/24/82 R W. Bloomfield, Mich. Notre Dame (CCHA) 2002
24 Helminen, Dwight 5-10 (178) 184 (83) 6/22/83 L Brighton, Mich. Michigan (CCHA) 2002
21 Higgins, Christopher 5-9 (176) 190 (87) 6/2/83 L Smithtown, N.Y. Yale (ECAC) 2002
11 Hollweg, Ryan 5-11 (181) 185 (84) 4/23/83 L Downey, Calif. Medicin Read more»