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.
Rounding out the Bank of M Read more»
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»
Jason Spezza Named OHL Player of the Week
Toronto – The Ontario Hockey League today announced that Belleville Bulls
centre Jason Spezza is the OHL Player of the Week for the week ending Sunday
February 10, 2002. Spezza recorded three goals and five assists for eight
points in the Bulls’ lone game last week, an 8-2 win over the visiting
London Knights on February 9.
Spezza’s eight point game equaled a team record established by Dan Quinn in
1983 and equaled by Jason Lafreniere in 1985, co-incidentally also against
the Knights, and Brad Gratton in 1987.
In the 10 games since joining the Bulls in January, Spezza, the second
overall pick of the Ottawa Senators in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft, has scored
11 goals and 20 assists for 31 points. He has been named OHL Player of the
Week three times this season, including January 29 when he scored 10 points
in three games for the Bulls.
Spezza, an 18-year-old native of Etobicoke, improved his season totals to 30
goals and 46 assists for 76 points in 37 games. He is currently tied for
seventh among OHL scorers this season.
Born: Etobicoke, ON, Birthdate: June 13, 1983
Position: Centre Shoots: Right
Height: 6.03 Weight: 200 lbs.
OHL – Mississauga’s 1st round choice, 1st overall, in 1999. Read more»
Winger Brad Church began the season down with the ECHL’s Richmond Renegades, but since he was called up, has continued to play some of the best hockey we have ever seen from him here in Portland. He works incredibly hard and knows how to get in the other team’s face without drawing an unnecessary penalty. The Pirates just finished a run of seven games in nine days and it was admirable to see Church continue working at 100% despite the visible fatigue the entire team was feeling.
When defensemen Dean Melanson joined the Pirates late last season, I used my usual wait-and-see approach. On paper, he looked to be a good match. But, as any hockey fan knows, past numbers and playing styles can also mean nothing. It did not take too long for me to decide that he was a good fit and I liked him a lot. When I read that the Capitals signed him to a proper contract over the summer, I was excited. I do not know what has happened, but he is not the same player he was last year, and play like we saw this weekend, especially from a team’s captain, is unexcusable. Dean Melanson can be a good player – he has proven this many times – but right now his play is sloppy, half-hearted (at best), irresponsible and the whole team is suffering for it. I am not out to get the guy; I want nothing more than a chance to stand up and cheer for him. But right now, that is just not the case.
Defenseman Nate Forster suffered a concussion last week and will be out until at least the beginning of March. Wingers Chris Corrinet (Achilles’), Marti Read more»