Let’s face it, 2001-2002 has not been the year for the Waterloo Black Hawks. Has the season been a total disappointment? No. Could the team have done better? Maybe if they had made the moves they did in January earlier in the season. But nonetheless the trades the Black Hawks made were good moves. Early in the season Waterloo dumped two of last years top players in Ryan Langenbrunner and Dan Krmpotich due to lack of production. In return the Black Hawks got Patrick Knutson from Lincoln and Nate Hansen from Rochester. Waterloo then quickly turned around and dumped Hansen to Des Moines along with another brief addition, Keith Boyer in return for Ross Carlson and Andy Nelson. That trade has turned the season around for Waterloo. No, they won’t make the playoffs but they have regained the respect of the league and the hope of the fans that this team once again has a future.
Not all the moves turned out to be good. Both trades with the Lincoln Stars turned sour. Each for different reasons. Patrick Knutson ended up leaving the team due to lack of playing time. It was obvious he wasn’t happy with the situation in Waterloo and decided to go elsewhere. Waterloo traded a high draft pick to Lincoln in return for the services of Beau Fritz. While Fritz was here he was sporadic but decent in replacing Josh Siembida. Perhaps one of the best goalies ever to play in the USHL on one of the worst teams. Fritz left after 11 games due to concern that he may lose years of NCAA eligibility if he played past his 21st birthday.
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Islander Prospects Bridgeport:
Trent Hunter RW 54 gp, 19 g, 22 a, 41 pts, +12, 22 pim, 7 ppg, 156 shots.
Ray Giroux D 53 gp, 11 g, 30 a, 41 pts, + 11, 57 pim,
Jason Krog C 38 gp, 17 g, 21 a, 38 pts, -13, 6 pim,
Jurak Kolnik RW 41 gp, 9 g, 17 a, 26 pts, -8, 36 pim,
Ben Guite C 54 gp, 9 g, 15 a, 24 pts, + 11, 33 pim,
Justin Mapletoft C 54 g, 8 g, 15 a, 23 pts, + 13, 35 pim, 2 ppg, 112 shots.
Raffi Torres LW 34 gp, 12 g, 7 a, 19 pts, -1, 27 pim,
Evgeny Korolev D 41 gp, 5 g, 7 a, 12 pts, -3, 22 pim, 1 ppg, 1 shg, 72 shots.
Branislav Mezei D 46 gp, 1 g, 7 a, 8 pts, + 9, 96 pim, 46 shots.
Ray Schultz D 43 gp, 0 g, 7 a, 7 pts, + 3, 150 pim.
Rick DiPietro 39 gp, 17 w, 16 L, 6 tie, 2 so, 2.52 gaa, 9.06 spct.
Stephen Valiquette 14 gp, 5 w, 6 L, 1 tie, 1 so, 3.04 gaa, 9.06 spct.
Graham Belak LW 50 gp, 5 g, 6 a, 11 pts, -6, 227 pim, 4 ppg, 35 shots
David St.Germain G 20 gp, 9 w, 4 L, 0-6 shootout, 2.73 gaa, 9.01 spct.
Bryan Perez, Michigan Tech LW 32 gp, 6 g, 10 a, 16 pts, 20 pim, 2 ppg
Brian Collins, Boston Uni C 30 gp, 8 g, 6 a, 14 pts, -5, 20 pim, 77 shots.
Cory Stillman, Kingston OHL, 37 gp, 10 g, 21 a, 31 pts, + 4 r Read more»
A sold-out crowd, the first for Kootenay this season, the Red Deer Rebels, the defending Memorial Cup Champions, the top team in the league and perhaps the country again this season, in town on a Saturday night, Kootenay coming on strong as a club that was starting to fulfill its early season hype as one of the top contenders in the CHL. Hollywood scriptwriters couldn’t set the stage any better.
Of course they could always leave out a few key actors.
One look at the game-night roster and there is a stunning omission; Duncan Milroy and Shaun Norrie, two huge cogs in Kootenay’s success in recent weeks, are healthy scratches. Western Conference All-Star and steady overage d-man Craig Weller and emerging winger Richard Hamula would be left in the stands of the Red Deer Centrium the following night and two more, defensemen Cole Fischer and forward Colin Sinclair will sit out Friday’s game in Portland against the WinterHawks. All suspensions the result of disciplinary action stemming from the six players breaking club rules of being in one of the Key City’s fine drinking establishments the Thursday prior to the weekend’s action.
The weekend’s results? A 6-4 Rebel win Saturday that was a seesaw shootout from the start with only an empty-net marker by Rebel forward Boyd Gordon to seal the win. Sunday’s tilt was a low scoring 3-2 affair in which two quick tallies by the Rebels halfway through the final frame earned the club the weekend sweep of the ICE. Although the games were hardly one-sided without the key personnel in the lineup, one wonders with the aforementio Read more»
Now take Mikael Tellqvist. He turned 22 last September before he’d ever played a game in North America. Many, upon hearing of his signing had already anointed him the Leafs back-up goalie for the 2001-2002 season, or at the very least the starter in St. John’s. Now he’s struggling in the AHL to the point that Sebastien Centomo, an afterthought in the Leafs pipeline, has stolen his thunder. What happened? First off, we we’re all to guilty of knee jerk reactionism, in that we expected so much from the kid, anything less than the Vezina would have been a disappointment.
Czech hockey cities. The team, which made the industrial city in the north of Czech Republic famous,
doesn’t carry the name Ostrava, though. It is the Vitkovice team which is usual one of the
top squads in the Czech Extraleague. So it was very likely that also Michal Gulasi will
have a chance on a hockey career. This is much increased when you take into account, that his
dad was and still is an active hockey player. Even this season he guards the blue line of
Frydek-Mistek of a Czech regional league. So since the very beginning of his life Michal
had contact with the game as he often followed his dad to the practices and was sitting in
the arena when he dressed up for the games. Like most kids, Michal liked to be active and do
some sports. During winter his father directed his first strides at the rink and very soon
the little Michal began to carry the stick in his hands. Read more»