Florida Panthers Training Camp Preview
For the first time in several years, the Florida Panthers are holding their training camp in their own home town. Looking to put last season’s miserable campaign behind them, a campaign that saw the departures of veterans Scott Mellanby, Ray Whitney, Todd Simpson, Rob Neidermayer, Mike Sillinger and Igor Larionov. With a turnover of nearly a quarter of their roster, the Panthers are giving new and hungry players a chance to turn the Panthers around. Coming to South Florida this year are Jason Weimer, Valeri Bure, Jeff Norton, Bernie Kosar, and the promise of several rookies who are anticipated to make the team. As Tool’s Maynard Keenan sings in the line “I know the pieces fit”, it will be up to the Panther coaching staff to make sure all the pieces fit.
Each position will be analyzed for the current mix of veterans and rookies that will be competing for the spots. Some positions will not have an opening available for some rookie to make the team and will rely on whatever veterans are available to fill in the roster. After each position is analyzed, I will make my “fearless prediction” on what rookies will make the team. My only disclaimer is that I reserve the right to be very wrong in these predictions and will ignore all mocking derisive comments that I probably will earn and deserve. So with that being said, onto the rosters!
Training Camp Rosters
Center: Olli Jokinen, Kevyn Adams, Ryan Johnson, Viktor Kozlov, Serge Payer, Nick S Read more»
Atlanta Thrashes the Wild
The Atlanta Thrashers soundly beat the Minnesota Wild six to three.
Minnesota’s Derek Boogaard went to the penalty box for roughing two
minutes and eighteen seconds into the game.
Forty-five seconds later Atlanta’s Carl Mallette took a slashing penalty
just as his teammate Chad Wolkowski put the puck in the net past Brady
Block. The goal and power play were nullified by Mallette’s penalty.
It only took Atlanta six more seconds to get on the board though after
Mallette went to the penalty box when Dany Heatly scored.
Back at even strength four and a half minutes into the game Atlanta
scored again from Karl Stewart, assisted by Heatly.
Stewart was then caught holding with Luke Sellars already in the penalty
box for slashing. Block went to the bench on the delayed penalty, giving
the Wild a six-on-four advantage. Stephan Veilleux scored at five
forty-nine with assists from Eric Johansson and Travis Roche.
Minnesota opened the second period with two goals in the first five
minutes of play. The first goal was scored a minute and sixteen seconds
into the period from Chris Heid with assists from Veilleux and Nick
Schultz. The second goal was put in the net five minutes into the
second from Matt Dzieduszycki with assists coming from Lyle Rolling and
Atlanta scored three goals before the period ended taking away
Minnesota’s lead. Jeff Dessner scored the first of three with a helper
from Zdenek Blatny. Then Ilja Kolvachuck skated down to the Wild’s net
and just slipped the puck be Read more»
PANTHERS PROSPECTS BEAT PHOENIX 3-2
HULL, Quebec – The four-team 2001 NHL prospects tournament concluded on Saturday at the Robert-Guertin Arena just outside of Ottawa. The Florida Panthers captured third place by defeating the Phoenix Coyotes 3-2. The Panthers netted the game’s first three goals. D Paul Elliott opened the scoring in the first period and assisted on LW Niklas Hagman’s second period tally. Hagman, the Panthers’ third choice (70th overall) in the 1999 NHL Entry Draft, swept in the rebound of an Elliott shot for a 2-0 lead. RW Kyle Bruce, an eighth round pick in this year’s draft, gave the Panthers a 3-0 lead midway through the second period. C Janis Sprukts earned his second assist of the game on the play. 18-year-old G Billy Thompson, a fifth round pick this year, made 26 stops for the win. He posted a 1-1-0 record and allowed just four goals in two games. Florida finished the tournament with a 1-3-0 record. The Panthers will begin their main training camp in Florida next week with on-ice sessions beginning on Wednesday at Incredible Ice in Coral Springs.
FIRST PERIOD: Elliott blasted the Panthers’ first shot of the game by the Coyotes netminder on a slap shot from the top of the left circle. Sprukts and McCormick earned assists on the play. The Panthers held an 8-6 advantage in shots.
SECOND PERIOD: Hagman and Bruce notched back-to-back goals to give the Panthers a 3-0 lead. Elliott earned his second point of the night with an assist on Hagman’s goal, and Spruk Read more»
Bob Crawford Wins Ellery Award
Hartford Wolf Pack Radio Broadcaster Bob Crawford is named winner of the 2001 James H. Ellery Award for outstanding media contributions in the radio category.
Bob has spent 13 seasons doing radio broadcasts in the AHL for Adirondack, Providence, Binghamton, and Hartford. Bob was also an on ice reporter during the 2001 AHL All Star Game.
Hartford Wolf Pack Raise Ticket Prices and Charge More On Game Day
The Hartford Wolf Pack raised ticket prices for the fourth time since 1997-98. Ticket Prices went up $1.50 on both the upper and lower level. Ticket prices are now $20.00 for the lower level and $17.50 for the upper level.
In addition to the increase from last seasons ticket prices, the Wolf Pack also charges another dollar on game day. Raising the increase $2.50 from last season. The lower level will now be $21.00 and the upper level will be $18.50 at the box office on game day. This is the first time that the Hartford Wolf Pack are charging more money on game day, and are one of two teams that charge more money on game day.
Emile Francis and Norman Poile Honored with New AHL Trophies Read more»