Dicaire hopes to add new dimension to ICE blueline
Surprisingly enough, it’s becoming almost a symbiotic relationship in that you might be expecting Pearl Jam to record their next album here or StarBucks to open their next coffee outlet in the Key City. Almost as astonishing as the fact that StarBucks doesn’t have an outlet here – yet, is the steady stream of impact hockey players coming via the trade route of the Seattle Thunderbirds. Seattle, and in particular its hockey team, has been very good to the Kootenay ICE when looking to play the WHL’s version of ‘Let’s Make a Deal’. Following in the footsteps of Zdenek Blatny, Bret DeCecco, Brennan Evans and Igor Agarunov, offensive defensemen Girard Dicaire arrived in Cranbrook to join the Kootenay ICE after being obtained for Trevor Johnson at the trade deadline last Monday.
It is a move that the pride of Taylor, B.C., a small hamlet just south of Fort St. John, welcomes, looks forward to and even asked for. “We had talked about it,” said Dicaire before practice last Thursday about being traded out of Seattle. “Kind of, if there was something there, then to do it. And there happen to be (a trade possibility).”
Picked 48th overall in the 2000 NHL Draft by the Buffalo Sabers, Dicaire is eager show the high form that so many held him in the past two seasons. Never left wanting on the offensive side of the score-sheet, Dicaire thinks the change in scenery will do him a world of good. “Hopefully it does,” said Dicaire of the trade helping his pro hockey fortunes. “Hopefully I can find some consistency playing here, Read more»
Switzerland isn’t automatically qualified for the main Olympic hockey tournament. They will first have to qualify in a group with Belarus, Ukraine and France. During the tournament the league will be halted. Also will there be a transfer freeze during that period to prevent Nationalliga B teams to acquire players in a bid to boost their teams for a short period.
The following players have been selected to deal with the task of qualification:
David Aebischer Colorado Avalanche (NHL)
Martin Gerber Färjestads BK (SWE)
Lars Weibel HC Davos
Martin Höhener EHC Kloten
Olivier Keller HC Lugano
Edgar Salis ZSC Lions
Mathias Seger ZSC Lions
Martin Steinegger SC Bern
Mark Streit ZSC Lions
Patrick Sutter HC Lugano
Julien Vauclair Grand Rapids Griffins (AHL)
Jean-Jacques Aeschlimann HC Lugano
Björn Christen HC Davos
Flavien Conne HC Lugano
Gian-Marco Crameri ZSC Lions
Patric Della Rossa ZSC Lions
Patrick Fischer (HC Davos>
Sandy Jeannin HC Lugano
Marcel Jenni Färjestads BK (SWE)
Martin Plüss EHC Kloten
André Rötheli HC Lugano
Ivo Rüthemann SC Bern
Reto von Arx HC Davos
Headcoach: Ralph Krueger
Assistants: Jakob Kölliker, Bengt-Ake Gustafsson Färjestads BK (SWE)
Marco Bührer SC Bern
Patrick Fischer EV Zug
David Jobin SC Bern
Alain Demuth Ambrì-Piotta Read more»
Ron Hainsey -D (Drafted-00(1/13))Hainsey managed 4 points through 5 games since our last update. He’s currently on a 3-game point-scoring streak, and has 4 points over the same span. Overall, the 6’3″, 200-lbs defenseman has played 28 games. He has 17 points (6-11-17), and is +4 with 12 minutes in penalties. Four of his goals were scored on the powerplay, and he’s directed 56 shots on goal. The 20-year old rookie will play for Team PlanetUSA during the upcoming AHL all-star game.
Mathieu Garon -G (Drafted-96(2/44))Garon recorded a 2-1-2 record through 5 games since our last update. Wednesday’s game against Portland was Garon’s 16th straight start. Overall, the 6’2″, 192-lbs goalie has played 23 AHL games. He has an 11-4-7 record with 2.70 GAA, and a .918 save percentage.
Eric Chouinard -F (Drafted-98(1/16))Chouinard was shutout through 1 game since our last update. He returned to action on January 16th, after missing 9 straight games with a shoulder injury. Overall, the 6’3″, 207-lbs left winger has played 31 games. He has 26 points (11-15-26), and is -1 with 10 minutes in penalties. Surprisingly, he has only one powerplay goal; which actually speaks volumes for Chouinard’s 5-on-5 play this season. He’s also directed 94 shots on goal, and was leading the team in this category prior the shoulder injury.
Francois Beauchemin -D (Drafted-98(3/75))Beauchemin was shutout through 5 games since our last update. The natural defenseman has been forced to play up front during recent games due to a short Read more»
The Los Angeles Kings have two enforcers currently patrolling the ice at AHL Manchester. King draft pick Kip Brennan, who just returned from his first stint in the NHL, and the recently signed free agent Ryan Flinn. Both are big, both are young and 21, and both can handle themselves and protect their teammates. It would appear than neither will win any scoring titles, so it would be difficult for both play for the Kings at the same time (although fans would love it). So the question is, who will be the future enforcer?
Kip Brennan (6’4, listed at 222 but closer to 200) was chosen in the fourth round of the 1998 draft by the Kings and has emerged as the top fighter in the system. Brennan went to Lowell last season but was clearly not ready for the AHL and was returned to Sudbury for the balance of the season. This seaso, that appears to have helped because Brennan has taken on all comers in the AHL and more than held his own. Brennan has an enforcer’s demeanor and is learning to pick his spots effectively. Brennan’s recent stint is the NHL was effective if not impressive. He fought two of the most difficult players to fight in the NHL- the awkward Steve McKenna, who he struggled to stand up with, and Andre Nazarov who grabbed the rear numbers of his jersey and held on until the officials came in. He also tried and failed to get Steve Webb to go on the island and drew his first NHL penalty. He used this as a lesson (that was in his NHL debut) and he seemed to learn from that. As he became more comfortable, he was more effective in the low cycle with his lin Read more»