We hope you will enjoy the following look at an NHL training camp as seen through the eyes of rookie centerman Stephen Weiss. Weiss, 18, a native of Toronto, Ontario, played in 62 games last season with the Plymouth Whalers of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) scoring 40 goals and 47 assists (87 points). He was the Panthers’ first selection and fourth overall in this year’s entry draft held at National Car Rental Center.
Week One / Part One:
I’d like to start out by saying hello to my family and friends that I know are going to be reading this on the Panthers’ website. I’m doing great here in Hull and looking forward to rookie training camp. I’m rooming with Niklas Hagman. He was drafted in ’99 with the Panthers and played in Finland last year. He speaks English well so there’s no problem communicating. He’s a good guy and all the other guys seem like good guys too.
How was your off-season?
I had a good summer. I had a chance to train hard. We had the rookie camp in Thunder Bay with the Panthers. That went real well. I got to meet some of the guys and that was a neat experience. The summers start to fly by once you get older. It was good to get some training in and put on some weight, which was good for me. And it was nice to spend time with my family.
How do you feel physically coming into this camp? What’s your mindset?
I feel real good right now. I put on a lot of weight, feel strong, and I’m looking forward to getting camp started. Even just last year compared to where I am now it’s totally different. I was just 170 Read more»
Anders Myrvold, signed as a free agent in September out of Norway spent last season taking the bus between Springfield and Nassau on Long Island with the Islanders. Myrvold a 6-1 200 smooth skating defender spurned offers from the Montreal Canadiens and New York Islanders as well as the St.Louis Blues in order to sign with the Rangers and have a chance at playing in Madison Square Garden with the Rangers.
Myrvold`s stay with the big club lasted exactly three days and was re-assigned to the group going to Hartford (AHL). Upon arrival and impressing the Rangers Myrvold signed a 25 game tryout contract and has not seen much playing time as he has a nagging shoulder injury. Myrvold`s one note of the AHL season came in a game against Bridgeport assisting on Jeff Toms goal before nearly 11000 at the Civic Center in Hartford.
The Norwegian defender hopes to earn another contract and a shot at the NHL and his play during rehabilitation has been impressive.
Originally drafted by Quebec with their 6th choice (127th overall) in the 1993 NHL Entry Draft Myrvold played little with Quebec/Colorado and then went onto Boston along with Landon Wilson, afterward back to Europe(AIK-Sweden) and back again to North America with the Islanders/Springfield. Myrvold has already shown an interest at playing for Norway in the World B Championships, a stint that can only help.
In final, with the Rangers defense in such disarray it is only time before the Lørenskog boy get`s a shot at a shift on MSG ice…
Report Card on Philadelphia Flyer’s Youth
The Philadelphia Flyer’s season has not started off with a bang thus far. Jiri Dopita and Pavel Brendl were both lost in the opening game and the lines since have been mixed up. Bill Barber said the team has looked the best against the Panthers. The Flyers have crushed Florida two times. In both the victories there was some questionable play from the Panthers. Jiri Dopita was hit low by defenseman Dan Boyle. In the rematch with Florida, Paul Laus jumped Ruslan Fedtenko. Jason Weimer jumped blue liner Eric Weinrich in the closing seconds of the contest. The overall feeling around the team is of an upbeat nature.
Bill Barber and Bob Clarke are not concerned over the slow start, because the scoring has picked up and the injured players will return shortly. There is just too much talent on this roster to keep them down for long. Philadelphia will only get better the longer the team plays together and cuts down on costly turnovers. The shining spot on the team is the play of the youth. The youngsters have carried the team thus far with Mark Recchi and Keith Primeau struggling. Here is a report on the young players lacing them up for the orange and black.
Justin Williams – Justin steamed rolled into the first game with 2 goals and an assist. He worked very well with Gagne and Roenick on a line. In the first 3 games this was the best line the Flyers had on a nightly basis. Williams added some much-needed weight to battle in the corners and to take a beating from physical Read more»
The Kings acquisition of Jason Allison was another great move by Dave Taylor- not just because of who he received, but more because of who he kept.
Glen Murray and Josef Stumpel are talented players who at one time or another have underachieved in L.A.. Murray is at the end of his contract and Stumpel had worn out his welcome in Los Angeles. While I am sure both will prosper in Boston, the fact that the Kings got the size up the middle they have long coveted and some depth at left wing without giving any of their newly prized prospects is nothing short of amazing. Aulin, Lehoux and Frolov are still Kings, along with Jason Allison.
I have, in this very space, said that Kings’ management would not pay for talent any longer. The Kings have showed their fans that they are not stopping spending money, just trying to stop spending it unwisely.
I like my crow medium rare.
Hard work now powering the ICE
Excuses, like a Phillips head screwdriver in a room full of Robertson screws, doesn’t do anyone much good. Sure they provide you with a reason why you can’t get the job done but eventually those screws are going to have to come out one way or another. To complete a bad analogy, I guess you could say the Kootenay ICE are throwing out the excuses and tightening the screws on the competition.
After rattling off a four game unbeaten streak that saw the ICE garner two wins and two hard-fought ties in the shadow of losing their leading scorer in Marek Svatos during game one of the streak, the club is showing a lot of something the ICE coaching staff and management have been stating the club had all along – depth. But another attribute that the club has been stressing all season is hard work, a quality that can never be underscored. “We’ve come up big (with the effort) and the young guys have played really well,” said ICE forward Colin Sinclair. Leading best by example, Sinclair knows that getting cute on the offensive side of things isn’t going to work with Kootenay’s depleted line-up. “We’re just doing the simple things like crashing and banging and some bounces are starting to go our way.” Although off to a good start with four goals and six helpers in fourteen games, the hard-working center has some high standards set for himself and considering the amount of chances he’s had, including a couple of great ones against the Cougars Saturday night, thinks that hard work will pay off. “Pretty much the story of my life,” said Sinclair Read more»