A few hours before the Vancouver Giants began their third pre-season game out at Queen’s Park Arena in New Westminster, I spoke with Scott Bonner, GM, about the organizational plans for the newest team to enter the WHL. A laid-back gentleman, Bonner was warm and relaxed but at the same time candid, and left me with the impression that he was pulling together a wealth of hockey knowledge that had worked collaboratively in formulating a solid game-plan for the full development of the club.
The first order of business for these Giants under Bonner’s tutelage was to put an entertaining product on the ice. He pared it down to bringing together a close-knit group of young players—no bad apples need apply—that realized they are privileged to be playing in the best under-20 league in the world, and who are going to buy into Head Coach Milan Dragicevic’s proven approach: hard work every night.
If the first local pre-season game held earlier in the week at the South Surrey Arena against the Kamloops Blazers—one that they won 6-5 with 16 seconds remaining in OT—is any indication of what is in store for the fans, the Giants will indeed satiate all appetites for some earnest, never-say-die hockey.
HULL, Quebec – The four-team 2001 NHL prospects tournament continued on Friday at the Robert-Guertin Arena just outside of Ottawa with the Phoenix Coyotes defeating the Florida Panthers 4-2. Florida’s record in the tourney dropped to 0-3-0. The Panthers will play in the consolation game at 4:30 PM on Saturday. Florida’s goal scorers on Friday were LW Josh Olson (Florida’s sixth choice in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft) and C Stephen Weiss. Selected in the first round of this year’s NHL Draft (fourth overall), Weiss tied the score at two in the second period on a top right corner power play goal. Weiss was named the Player of the Game for the Panthers. G Davis Parley stopped 24 shots. Phoenix’s final goal was an empty net tally. The Panthers outshot the Coyotes 36-28.
FIRST PERIOD: Florida fired 15 shots on goal and opened a 1-0 lead on Olson’s second goal in as many nights. He was assisted on the power play tally by RW David Morisset and C Mike Green. The Panthers outhsot the Coyotes 15-6 and benefited from five power play opportunities.
SECOND PERIOD: Weiss evened the score and notched his first goal of the tourney with a wrist shot to the top right corner of the net. D Lucas Krajicek and RW Sean O’Connor each assisted on the power play goal. Phoenix scored twice on the power play, connecting for a pair of goals just 0:51 seconds apart. Florida held a 12-10 advantage in shots in the period, and a 27-16 edge for two periods combined. Morisset finished the game with three shots and six hits before being ejected for fighting in t Read more»
Minnesota’s Comeback Kids
There’s a new team in camp this year and you better watch out!
The Minnesota Wilds first game, of the six team Prospect Tournament in
Traverse City, Michigan, didn’t have a good beginning. They fell behind
three to zero in the first period but came back to win the game five to
The first goal came for the Detroit Red Wings fifty seconds into the
game the first shot was taken and Tomas Kopecky’s wrister slipped past
With three minutes and twenty seconds left in the first period,
Minnesota’s Brian Passmore was called for hooking. With the power play
it only took the Red Wings twenty-one seconds to score. Ryan Barnes
received the puck from Tomas Kopecky and drilled it into the net and
then followed head first to join the puck in the net.
Detroit was put on the power play again just twenty-one seconds later
when Rod Sarich was sent to the penalty box for holding. A minute into
the power play Danny Groulx passed the puck across the front of the net
to Pavel Datsyuk who one-timed it past Block.
With one minute and two seconds left in the period Dan Cavanaugh of the
Wilds went to the box for interference but a minute later Detroit’s
Jason Baird took a tripping call to nullify the power play and end the
Minnesota came back from the intermission with hunger. Fifty-three
seconds into the second period Eric Johansson scored with the extra room
on the ice, with Cavanaugh and Baird still in their respective penalty
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Impressive bunch at ICE Training Camp ’01
It’s always a treat to experience the first weekend of WHL hockey in town as the Kootenay ICE held their training camp kickoff to the 2001-2 season over the weekend at the Rec/Plex. As an added bonus this year the club held both their rookie and veteran camps simultaneously, offering anyone who was desperate for hockey more than enough to satisfy their craving.
Starting Friday with forty-five rookies split into two squads taking to the ice, anticipation was high for the 200 or so parents, fans and onlookers curious for a glimpse of the future of the Kootenay ICE. Most of the players, born in either 1985 or 86, did not disapoint. Some stood out enough amoung the young charges to satify Kootenay ICE fans that the future was indeed, in good hands. One in particular stood head and shoulders above the rest. Nigel Dawes, a fifth round Bantam Draft pick (73rd overall) in 2000 is a name you might want to familiarize yourself with because after an impressive camp that included a bump up to the veterans portion of the camp due to the domination of the rookies and barring a total colapse, Dawes has all but sewn up a lucrative rookie spot on the 2001-02 edition of the Kootenay ICE. The diminuitive forward, listed at 5’8″ 175lbs, makes up in talent, speed and touch around the net for what may be a perception of lack of size in today’s WHL in which the players seemingly get bigger and bigger every year.
Kootenay ICE Director of Player Personnel Roy Stasiuk agreed that Dawes has impressed at camp Read more»
HULL, Quebec – The four-team 2001 NHL prospects tournament continued on Thursday at the Robert-Guertin Arena just outside of Ottawa with the Montreal Canadiens defeating the Florida Panthers 2-1. Florida attempted to rally from a 2-0 deficit and dominated play in the second half of the game. LW Josh Olson tallied the lone Panthers’ goal with 0:19 seconds remaining in the second period. He was assisted on the play by D Lucas Krajicek and D Paul Elliott. Florida registered 26 shots on net in the final 30 minutes of the game. Montreal goaltender Olivier Michaud was named the Player of the Game for the Canadiens as he stopped all but one of those shots.
Florida’s Player of Game G Billy Thompson made 27 saves. Florida killed off all seven Montreal power plays. The Panthers only had two power play chances. Florida outshot Montreal 35-29. With the loss, the Panthers record drops to 0-2-0 in the tourney. The round robin tournament will continue on Friday with the Panthers taking on Phoenix at 4:30 PM. Ottawa faces off against Montreal in the late game at 7:30 PM.
FIRST PERIOD: Montreal RW Marc-Andre Thinel scored the lone goal of the first period at the 15:29 mark. Florida’s Thompson was solid stopping 10 shots. The Panthers were outshot by the Canadiens, 11-7.
SECOND PERIOD: After falling behind 2-0, the Panthers battled back with a goal in the final minute of the period. Sustained pressure in the Montreal zone resulted in a goal with just 0:19 on the clock as Olson connected on a scramble in front. He was assisted o Read more»