Cibak Gets a Look-See
After a disappointing trip to Springfield following an impressive training camp, center Martin
Cibak has finally managed to find his way back to Tampa Bay. The 21 year old had 4 goals
and 8 assists in 45 games with the Springfield Falcons (AHL) this season, though serving
limited third line duties.
Injury to Alternate Captain Vincent Lecavalier opened the door for Cibak, who averaged over
13 minutes through his first two NHL games. He recorded his first NHL point, as assist on
Zdeno Cigar’s first period goal, last night in Washington and created numerous other scoring
While he names physicality and his solid defensive play as his biggest attributes, Cibak is also
a very talented play maker, with good vision of the ice. Given the mounting injuries to the
struggling Tampa Bay Lightning, Cibak could easily find himself donning Blue and Silver for
the remainder of the season.
GM Gives In
After nearly three hair-pulling season as the Tampa Bay Lightning General Manager, Rick
Dudley has finally thrown in the towel. Plagued by budget constraints and trade restrictions,
Dudley recently realized that Palace Sports & Entertainment ( Lightning owners) would never
make it to his page, and in fact, had closed the book long ago.
How to build a team by Rick Dudley is a very intriguing story. Wit Read more»
Two words describe the Washington Capitals’ four games in six night
the All-Star Break and Olympic Break: “hard work.” Washington went
taking 7 of 8 points during the most critical part of their season.
the All-Star Break, the
Capitals’ season seemed like a lost cause. The team had lost 7 of 8 games
and was struggling to
produce offensively. The worst part of the team’s slide was a complete lack
of effort. Now,
entering the Olympic Break, the team is working harder than they have all
season and the team’s
youth is a very large part of the newfound commitment to playing spirited,
During the last days before the Olympic Break, the Capitals added two
players to the roster, recalling forward Glen Metropolit and goaltender
(to replace the injured Olaf Kolzig) from Portland. Charpantier did not play
in any games during
his brief stint with the Caps and Metropolit played in both games against
Tampa Bay during his
time with Washington. During the second half of Monday night’s 3-1 victory
over Tampa Bay,
Metropolit was very effective playing on Jaromir Jagr’s left wing. Despite
having no points in
the game, he finished with a +2 defensive rating. If Metropolit can maintain
the intensity with
which he played during the first two games of this stint with the Caps, he
may be able to hold
onto a place on the team’s top line.
During the four game unbeaten streak, no young player has been more
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He led the rookies in assists with 10, was second among the rookies in scoring and goals, was voted co-rookie of the year by his teammates in the 2000-2001 season as a freshman at the University of Alaska, Anchorage (UAA), and is currently tied for first with four other skaters for game winning goals in the WCHA. “Who is it?” you may ask. #37 of the Seawolves, Dallas Steward.
I have had the wonderful opportunity to develop a friendship with Dallas in my short time of going to school here so far. We both can relate to many things, the main one, being so far from home since he is a native of Wisconsin and I am from Michigan. Going to every home game and watching Dallas play along with the others is great enjoyment! He may be small, but his sheer determination and speed doesn’t let anything get in the way. Just recently I had the chance to sit down one-on-one to interview him.
Steward a 5’5, 172 lb, sophomore forward sure has many fond memories in his hockey career with more along the way. However he credits those that have helped him along his path of success. When asked who he felt has helped him in making it this far in hockey, Steward was sure to recognize everyone with the response, “Definitely great coaches! Jim Cherrier (youth hockey coach), and Scott Parker for two years at home. Then at the age of 16, I left home for Minnesota to play for Beniled St. Margarets, coached by Ken Pauly. After playing there I headed to Green Bay to play for Mark O’Seiky of the Green Bay Gamblers, a Junior A team in the USHL. Last, but not least, the support from s Read more»
GUELPH STORM SLIP INTO BANK OF MONTREAL MASTERCARD TOP 10 RANKINGS
The Guelph Storm, the host team of the 2002 MasterCard Memorial Cup, slipped
into the Bank of Montreal MasterCard Top 10 rankings for the first time this
season in Week 17 of the CHL’s ranking of top 10 teams, as selected by a
panel of National Hockey League scouts.
The Storm has won four consecutive games and moved into second place in the
Western Conference standings and third overall in points in the Ontario
Hockey League. That surge was enough to nudge Guelph into 10th spot in the
weekly rankings, as the Toronto St. Michael’s Majors are dropped from the
list after two weeks in the number 10 position.
The rest of the Bank of Montreal MasterCard Top 10 remains the same as last
week, with the Acadie-Bathurst Titan of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey
League leading the way for the 10th consecutive week.
Acadie-Bathurst managed just one point from two games this week, an overtime
loss, but the Titan managed to cling to top spot over the Plymouth Whalers
of the OHL, who remain in second place after a 2-2 record in four games this
week. The Red Deer Rebels of the WHL, on a 14-game winning streak, are still
third after winning another two games this week.
The remainder of the list is identical to last week’s. The Shawinigan
Cataractes of the QMJHL won a pair of games and they stay in fourth; the
Barrie Colts of the OHL were 1-2 but still held on to fifth spot, and the
Swift Current Broncos of the WHL went 1-1-1 and remain in sixth spot.
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On January 18, 1958 Fredericton, NB’s Willie O’Ree stepped onto the ice
at the Montreal Forum and became the first black to play in the NHL. As
a member of the Boston Bruins being black wasn’t the only challenge for
Willie, he also was blind in his right eye. A fact he kept hidden from
management and his fellow players. Willie played over 1,200 games as a
professional in the NHL and Western Hockey League.
Willie presently works with the NHL/USA Diversity Task Force and in
Youth Development. He has also served as a role model for many present
day NHLers such as Jarome Iginla and Anson Carter.
Willie has been recognized in his adopted hometown of San Diego and just
recently received a standing ovation at an NHL game in St Louis as part
of Diversity Week. He also was asked to carry the Olympic Torch as part
of the Salt Lake City Olympic Games.
Despite being recognized elsewhere the City of Fredericton, New
Brunswick has done next to nothing to honor Willie. The present Mayor of
Fredericton, Les Hull, when a Provincial Cabinet Minister was involved
in having Willie inducted into the New Brunswick Hall of Fame – this
brings with it an automatic listing on the Fredericton Wall of Fame.
There are a number of us who feel that the City of Fredericton has not
done enough for Willie O’Ree and are suggesting that a Statue, Bust,
Street Name or the old York Arena (where many old timers got their
start) be renamed in his honor. It has also been suggested that a local
fredericton artist be commissioned to do the statue.
If you think Willie s Read more»