German defenseman Sascha Goc was traded from the New Jersey Devils to the Tampa Bay Lightning organization in the fall of 2001. In what has been a bit of a whirlwind season, Sascha is currently playing with the Springfield Falcons of the AHL, thus wearing his fourth different jersey in this season alone. He was kind enough take some time to answer some questions.
Hockey’s Future: Sascha, you played a handful of games in the NHL last season and had a very nice plus/minus statistic in the process. You were also summoned to duty as an extra body by the New Jersey Devils during the playoffs and you even gave an interview with Germany’s Premiere World cable system. You began this season in the NHL with the Devils which the German audience got to see as you logged a great deal of ice time in a 4-6 loss to the New York Islanders. At this point in the season, did you think you had finally made it to the NHL for good?
Sascha Goc: Well, more or less, I had a good feeling about it. The coaching staff (Robinson and Fetisov) also let me know that they were pleased with me and I should just keep up the good work. Even Scott Stevens said that I had earned myself a spot on the team. Since all three are Hall of Fame defensemen, I was feeling pretty sure of myself. However, in New Jersey as elsewhere in the NHL, the general manager makes the decisions and he (Lamoriello) obviously had a different opinion.
HF: Did you get along well with Hall of Fame defenseman and, at the time, Devils head coach Larry Robinson, and were you surprised by his being fired?Read more»
As preliminary round play in Salt Lake City comes to a close, many hockey fans around the world are probably wondering, “What went wrong?” Other hockey observers are probably muttering, “What didn’t?” Mostly due to complications arising from the involvement of the National Hockey League, the men’s hockey portion of the Salt Lake City is quickly becoming an embarrassment. It’s a situation where everyone involved loses, and everyone involved in the decision-making is culpable.
The idea of having NHL players in the Olympics has always raised two questions, one of philosophy and one of logistics. In other words: Should they play? And how should they play? I’m not going to tackle the thorny question of whether NHL players should be allowed in the Olympics. There are compelling arguments on both sides of the issue, and a thousand different points to consider. (What’s truly an amateur? What’s really the spirit of the Olympics? And so on.) Frankly, it’s a topic that’s been beaten to death by many wiser than I am. So let’s look at the second consideration…
When the NHL, National Hockey League Players’ Association, International Ice Hockey Federation, and International Olympic Committee decided that NHL players should be allowed to play at Salt Lake City, they created a huge logistical problem. There are many proposed solutions floating around the hockey world. Shorten the NHL season and take a longer break. Limit NHL involvement to players under 25. Simply lengthen the break. Move the preliminary round to the fall before t Read more»
What are the greatest accomplishments of the Rick Dudley era?
What are the biggest failings?
CHAD – DudleyDudley gave more attention to scouting in
three years than has been done for the Lightning in the previous seven. He drafted 4 goaltenders in 3 drafts (Konstantinov, Eklund, Polukeyev, Lanicek). In the previous 7, only 3 goaltenders had
been drafted (Tyler Moss, Derek
Wilkinson, Zac Bierk). He also
went in with an agenda, drafting first for size and speed and paying close
attention to the European style of player development. Murdoch seemed to draft with a
spoke favorably about the European way of developing players — concentrating
on practices, rather than the North American way on concentrating on
games. He gave the draft and prosp Read more»
JEAN-FRANCOIS RACINE OF DRUMONDVILLE IS THE CHL PLAYER OF THE WEEK
The CHL Player of the Week for the week ending Feb. 10, 2002 is goaltender
Jean-Francois Racine of the Drummondville Voltigeurs of the Quebec Major
Junior Hockey League.
Racine turned in brilliant performances in two games this week, allowing
just one goal while stopping 65 of the 66 shots he faced for a save
percentage of .985 as Drummondville won both of its games this past week.
His goals against average for the week was 0.50.
On Friday, Racine made 30 saves as the Voltigeurs edged the Rimouski Oceanic
4-1. Then on Sunday he posted the seventh shutout of his career, stopping
all 35 shots he faced, as Drummondville edged the Baie-Comeau Drakkar 1-0.
Racine was also selected as the QMJHL Defensive Player of the Week. He takes
the CHL Player of the Week honours over the other league nominees, including
Philippe Lacasse of the Hull Olympiques, the QMJHL Offensive Player of the
Week, Jason Spezza of the Belleville Bulls, the OHL’s Player of the Week and
Joffrey Lupul of the Medicine Hat Tigers, the Husky WHL Player of the Week.
The CHL Player of the Week is selected from among the three leagues’
nominees and announced in Tuesday’s editions of the CHL Daily News. The CHL
Player of the Month for January will be announced in Wednesday’s CHL Daily
WESTERN HOCKEY LEAGUE
There are three games in the WHL on Tuesday night. Kootenay is at Kelowna,
Portland plays at Medicine Hat and Vancouver is in Moose Jaw.
There were no games in the WH Read more»