Wins by Waterloo and North Iowa keep teams 6-9 separated by just 4 points
The Waterloo Black Hawks and North Iowa Huskies, who are both fighting for their playoff lives managed to take a pair of games each from teams they are battling for the remaining playoff births in the USHL. Waterloo took a pair of 2-1 wins from Thunder Bay north of the border on Saturday and Sunday afternoon. The Black Hawks played a pair of tight defensive games headlined by goaltender Mike Walsh, who made 61 of 63 saves over the weekend to earn the league’s defensive player of the week. The losses could spell big trouble for the Flyers who have only 4 games remaining, 2 against USA (18 & Under), 2 with Omaha, and have a combined 0-2-2 record against those 2 teams so far this season. Thunder Bay is leading 9th place Rochester by just 4 points, while the Mustangs have 4 games in hand.
North Iowa bounced back from an 11-0 loss on Wednesday to the red hot Des Moines Buccaneers, and swept a home and home series with the Dubuque Fighting Saints. The Huskies won a 4-1 decision on Saturday in Mason City, IA with goals from Josh Schlipp(2), Effren Larranago, and Marty Goulet. They then capped the weekend by traveling to Dubuque and blanking the Saints 2-0. Jason Gregoire got the Shutout on Sunday stopping all 23 of Dubuque’s shots on goal.
When Steve Passmore, the native of Thunder Bay Ontario, was drafted he was considered a longshot prospect at the time. He was selected in the ninth round by the Quebec Nordiques, 196th overall, in the 1992 entry draft. His size and lack of technique had been his downfall throughut his junior career. Despite his lack of size and technique, however, Passmore played spectacular and was named a first team All-Star in the WHL the next two seasons (1992-93, 1993-94). In the 1993-94 campaign he led his Kamloops Blazers team to the Memorial Cup. Before ever playing in an NHL game Passmore was involved in a trade deadline deal on March 21st, 1994 which saw Brad Werenka go to Quebec from Edmonton. Passmore was now Edmonton Oiler property, but still the consensus was he would need grooming in the AHL.
Hockey will begin a new era next year and what better way to bring in a new millenium
than with a fresh young group of talented players, especially from the OHL. The OHL is
represented very strongly in the 2000 draft. The OHL has a mix of fine young defenseman to go
along with some outstanding forwards. Here is a profile on the top youngsters from the OHL
looking to make it big in the 2000 NHL draft.
Height/Weight: 6’0 168
Birthdate: April 17, 1982
Current stats: 54 points in 51 games in Erie
Member of Ontario U-17 team
Had 77 points in 44 games with Mississauga Bantams
HF Comments: Erie Otter’s young sniper Brad Boyes is currently having a fantastic season with the
Otters as a 16 year old, and has also earned himself a spot on Ontario’s Under 17 team. His
excellent vision and ability to make a play out of anything has made him one of the most
dangerous players in the OHL in the offensive zone. Sounds too good to be true? Boyes has some
weaknesses simply because of his inexperience. His skating will need to improve in order for him
to dominate on both ends of the ice. The native of Mississauga has already been mentioned as a
‘magician with the puck.’
Players eligible for the 2000 Draft currently in the AJHL:
PLAYER TEAM D.O.B. HT. WT. POS. S GP G A PTS PIM
MATTHEW HUNTER Bonnyville 08-Feb-82 5'10" 160 F L 48 12 14 26 25
Just now coming into form. Was a large reason why Bonnyville surged to
make the playoffs in the last month of the season. Had several multiple
goal and multiple point games over the final few weeks of the year. Not
property of any WHL club and may have to go the Dany Heatly/Krys Kolanos
route. That is, continue on in the AJHL and hope you get noticed by the
scouts. (Heatly and Kolanos are rated 103 and 105 respectively in the
ALTON JACKSON Bonnyville 05-Aug-82 6' 1" 192 D R 40 5 14 19 64
Property of Medicine Hat Tigers. Ninth round selection in the Bantam
Draft, but may turn out to be a steal. He put up a fair number of points
this year with the Pontiacs given his age and limited ice time. If he
can grow another couple inches I see him making an impact in the future.
Could be a late round steal in the 2000 Draft.
ADRIAN FOSTER Calgary C 15-Jan-82 6' 1" 200 C L 18 15 17 32 18
Property of the Saskatoon Blades. Did not play often for the Canucks but
put up huge numbers when he did. He’ll need to have a big season next Read more»