Sebastien Piche
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Sebastien Piche

Hometown:

Evain Quebec

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1988-02-04

Position:

D

Eligible for draft:

2006

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

Height:

6-0

Acquired:

Trade with Detroit, 2012

Weight:

202 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • D

History

2008-09: Had a breakout year for Rimouski, scoring 72 points in 62 games.

2009-10: In his first pro season, Piche appeared in 9 AHL games with Grand Rapids with no points and 4 PIMs. He skated in 36 ECHL games with the Toledo Walleye, scoring 5 goals, 23 assists for 28 points. He added 2 assists in 4 playoff games.

2010-11: Piche spent most of his season on the ECHL’s Toledo Walleye, playing in 48 games and scoring 12 goals and 21 assists for 33 points. He also saw time with the Griffins where he put up 2 assists through 11 games.

Talent Analysis

Is an offensive-oriented defenseman. Piche does very well on the powerplay, as he has good puck control and possesses an impressive, strong shot. He also plays a steady defensive game when needed.

Future


Projects as a depth defenseman. Will really need to step up and show he can play at the pro level.  Piche was dealt to the Tampa Bay Lightning in the deal that brought Kyle Quincey back to the Detroit Red Wings.

Zetterberg Enroute to Stardom

by Peter Westermark
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Young Henrik Zetterberg led Timrå offensively last year when his newly
promoted team surprised and finished ninth in the Elitserien, a 12-team
league. This year, the points have been harder to come by both for
Zetterberg and his team. Timrå is currently last in the league with only
five wins after 33 games, and they are trailing 11th place Linköping by
eleven points. After coming off a point-a-game campaign last season, the Red
Wings prospect has a disappointing five goals and 14 assists in 32 games.
Still, Zetterberg was among the players named to the Swedish Olympic team,
and few hockey people are surprised.

First of all, observers refuse to put any blame on Zetterberg for his team’s
struggles. “He’s a loyal player and he has assumed a more defensive role
this year,” said coach Peo Larsson who resigned due to the team’s poor start
after four successful years at the helm. “The points will come for him. He
hasn’t performed badly.”

That Zetterberg, who plays centre for Timrå, has a ton of offensive ability
was evident in the last game of the Sweden Hockey Games where Zetterberg
suited up in a more offensive role. He scored four goals against the Finns –
one of them after a beautiful move that gave Swedish fans a déjà vu of Peter
Forsberg’s famous “stamp goal”. Detroit Red Wings General Manager Ken
Holland was in attendance and praised his prospect in the Swedish press
right after the game, stating “I think he’s good enough to play in the
Olympics right now.”

Perhaps there’s a personal agenda reflected in those c Read more»

HF Chats with Hawks prospect Mikhail Yakubov

by Jonathan Litterine
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Red Deer Rebels center Mikhail Yakubov was selected 10th overall in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft by the Chicago Blackhawks. This is his first year in North America. He previously played for Lada Togiatti in Russia.

Hockey’s Future: What were your thoughts about being drafted by such a classic team like Chicago?

Mikhail Yakubov: I was just happy to be selected, it really didn’t matter which team.

HF: Many Russians stay at home in Russia and play before trying to crack an NHL roster, why did you come over to North America?

MY: I signed with Chicago and they sent me to Red Deer, they felt I would get more playing time.

HF: How so enjoy playing in Red Deer?

MY: It’s been a lot of fun, the team is good and I get to play a lot. The long road trips are tough though.

HF: Being that this is your first season in North America, how has the lifestyle adjustment affected you?

MY: It’s been a very easy transition. The lifestyle in Canada is a little different than Russia but not that much.

HF: What do you feel the strongest/weakest parts of your game are?

MY: I’m not really sure. I’m always trying to improve both offensively and defensively.

HF: The Blackhawks never even interviewed you prior yo the Draft because they didn’t think you would be there at Number 10, were you surprised they selected you?

MY: I didn’t try to guess who would take me. I just figured I would go in the first round and that’s what happened.

HF: You had Read more»

Centennials On The Move

by Brad Coccimiglio
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After 20 years, the city of North Bay is losing their junior hockey franchise.

The announcement was made this morning at an 11 a.m. news conference. Centennials co-owner has sold the team to a Saginaw, Michigan group that is headed by Wren Blair and Richard J. Garber.

Garber is the owner and president of Garber Management Group, which operates Garber Buick as well as seven other car companies in Michigan, Illinois and Florida.

Through their first 15 home games this season the Centennials have reportedly lost around $5000 per game and over the past several seasons have lost more than $200,000 per season. The team was averaging 2,298 fans per home game through the end of November. Only the Kingston Frontenacs, Toronto St. Michael’s Majors and Brampton Battalio have averaged less fans per game.

The Centennials will play out of the 6,000 seat Saginaw County Event Center next fall. The arena underwent a $14 million American renovation project recently as well.

This isn’t the first time that the Centennial franchise has been sold or re-located. The franchise entered the OHL as the St. Catharines Blackhawks in 1973-74, then moved to Niagra Falls before the 1976-77 season before moving to North Bay in 1982-83.

New co-owner Wren Blair had initially attemted to bring an expansion OHL franchise to the city of Saginaw but was turned down. The city was reportedly on a list of possible sites for the OHL to expand to but when Blair attempted to bring a franchise to the city the OHL was not yet ready for another expansion.

Blair has been involved i Read more»

WJC games recap – Day 3

by Ivana Paulova
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Written by Ivana Paulova and Robert Neuhauser

Another playing day in Pardubice and Hradec Kralove ended by disappointment for Czech players.
Czechs lost to Slovakia 0:1, USA tied with Sweden 2:2, Canada beaten Switzerland 6:1 and Finland
won over Russia 2:1. Team Canada is performing extremly well where as young Czechs are still
struggling. You can read more about each of these games in our report.

Group A

Czech Republic – Slovakia 0:1

33:12 SVK Kopecky (Pohanka, Velebny) 1:0

Czech team started the game with offensive pressure which was due to a high number of Slovak fouls.
But the Czechs were not able to take advantage of three five on three power plays. Goalie of the Slovak
selection Peter Budaj had a great day and thanks to his unbelievable saves none of the Czech 45
shots ended in goal, Peter Budaj’s comment: “The whole team performed really well, we all
promised to work for the team and we were able to do it for the whole game. It was probably the
best game in my career and I’m happy that it was heplful for the team”
. The only goal of the
game was scored by Tomas Kopecky who performed really
well and he appears to be in a great shape at this tournament. On the Czech side Ales Hemsky was
awarded the best player and he responded to the game: I think we played well but didn’t
have luck on our side. We didn’t score so we couldn’t win. During power plays we missed
explosiveness. We were a bit nervous as well”
. He had couple of good opportunities but did not
manage to score Read more»

Western Hockey League – Standings and Scoring Leaders

by HF Staff
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WESTERN HOCKEY LEAGUE – STANDINGS AND SCORING LEADERS



Eastern Conference GPWLTOTLGFGAPtsLast 10Streak

East Division

Regina Pats 3921113413096498-1-11T Brandon Wheat Kings34211102127105447-3-03W Moose Jaw Warriors41162041125140374-5-11L Prince Albert Raiders37132013119150306-4-02W Saskatoon Blades37112042101134281-8-11W

Central Division

Swift Current Broncos38231032140113516-4-01L Red Deer Rebels 3621105011988473-6-13W Lethbridge Hurricanes36181260132107423-5-22L Calgary Hitmen 36171810135139357-3-01L Medicine Hat Tigers40152311141181325-5-01L

Western Conference

B.C. Division

Prince George Cougars352193213093475-4-11L Kamloops Blazers34211012133109455-5-01W Kootenay Ice 38191630138121414-6-03L Kelowna Rockets 36141723123123333-7-05L Vancouver Giants369232 2107171224-6-01W

U.S. Division

Spokane Chiefs 39221232127113494-4-21W Portland Winter Hawks35171233137117405-4-11L Tri-City Americans37161830122135353-6-11W Seattle Thunderbirds36102321106157234-4-22L LEADING SCORERS Player, Club GPGAPts+/-PIMPPGSHGGWGGTG Barrett, Nathan, LET362433576529351 Kopecky, Tomas, LET3221284916587121 Balej, Josef, POR33262248122212220 Jo Read more»

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