You never really ever can prepare yourself for it. Even players who know almost certainly know that they’re going to be moved are always taken a little off guard by the announcement. In the case of Jeff Harvey, Aaron Rome and Jason Jaffray, to say that the trade that saw them headed to Swift Current in exchange for B.J. Boxma and Duncan Milroy, surprise would be perhaps the understatement of the year.
Even Jeff Harvey, who had been the subject of trade rumors of late, didn’t see this one coming, at least not at this particular point in the season.
“I had no idea why they called me into the office,” said Harvey before the former ICE players left for their new surroundings on the Prairies. “I thought maybe it was that I was playing well after three wins. Then they tell me I was traded. I was speechless.”
By his own admittance Harvey had agreed that his season hadn’t gone the way he would’ve liked but of late he felt something was different, that his game was improving.
“I thought I’d turn the corner,” said Harvey. “I thought I’d started to turn it around here but obviously they felt different in that they want more experience in that position.”
Aaron Rome expressed that same shock but seemed somewhat more at ease with the transaction. He reasoned that being traded once before that landed him in Kootenay last season from Saskatoon had prepared him somewhat. That being said, the detection of sadness at leaving his former teammates was still glaringly evident.
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Two recent draft picks of the New York Rangers, Bryce Lampman and Ryan Hollweg, made the final roster for the USA Junior team that will compete in the upcoming World Junior Championships. This year’s tournament takes place in the Czech Republic during late December and early January.
|Bryce Lampman, a 19-year-old native of Minnesota, was the captain and a stud defenseman for the Omaha Lancers of the USHL last season. Drafted by the Rangers in the fourth round (113th overall) this past June, Lampman had to make a difficult decision this summer concerning where he would be playing for this season. He had the option to play in juniors with the Kamloops Blazers of the WHL, or head to college and play for the Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks. In a move that was easily foreseeable, Lampman chose to take the college route, and so far it seems to have paid off for him.
Photo Courtesy of the University of Nebraska-Omaha
Lampman has suited up for 16 games so far with the Mavericks, and has registered 3 assists and 22 penalty minutes along with a -2 rating. The numbers do not exactly stand out at you, but most of the time statistics do not Read more»
2002 United States National Junior Team
No. Name Ht. (cm.) Wt. (kg.) Birthdate S/C Hometown Current Team NHL Rights
29 Bacashihua, Jason 6-1 (186) 165 (75) 9/20/82 R Dearborn Hts., Mich. Plymouth (OHL) DAL
1 LaBrosse, Dwight 6-1 (186) 170 (77) 10/6/83 L McMurray, Pa. Guelph (OHL) 2002
2 Ballard, Keith 5-11 (181) 200 (91) 11/26/82 L Baudette, Minn. Minnesota (WCHA) 2002
31 Hope, Joey 6-0 (184) 174 (79) 1/1/82 R Anchorage, Alaska Portland (WHL) 2002
8 Komisarek, Mike 6-4 (193) 230 (104) 1/19/82 R Islip Terrace, N.Y. Michigan (CCHA) MTL
26 Lampman, Bryce 6-1 (186) 193 (88) 8/31/82 L Rochester, Minn. Neb.-Omaha (CCHA) NYR
13 Lebda, Brett 5-10 (178) 186 (85) 1/15/82 L Buffalo Grove, Ill. Notre Dame (CCHA) 2002
5 Reitz, Erik 6-0 (184) 192 (87) 7/29/82 R Plymouth, Mich. Barrie (OHL) MIN
6 Welch, Noah 6-3 (191) 212 (97) 8/26/82 L Brighton, Mass. Harvard (ECAC) PIT
3 Whitney, Ryan 6-4 (193) 192 (87) 2/19/83 L Scituate, Mass. Boston Univ. (HE) 2002
23 Brown, Dustin 6-1 (186) 203 (92) 11/4/84 R Ithaca, N.Y. Guelph (OHL) 2003
9 Eaves, Ben 5-8 (173) 176 (80) 3/7/82 R Faribault, Minn. Boston College (HE) PIT
18 Globke, Rob 6-3 (191) 205 (93) 10/24/82 R W. Bloomfield, Mich. Notre Dame (CCHA) 2002
24 Helminen, Dwight 5-10 (178) 184 (83) 6/22/83 L Brighton, Mich. Michigan (CCHA) 2002
21 Higgins, Christopher 5-9 (176) 190 (87) 6/2/83 L Smithtown, N.Y. Yale (ECAC) 2002
11 Hollweg, Ryan 5-11 (181) 185 (84) 4/23/83 L Downey, Calif. Medicin Read more»
Where are they now? (Switzerland – part 1)
Apart from the traditional big 5 (Finland, Sweden, Russia, Czech Republic, Slovakia) in Europe, Switzerland has made some siginificant progress the past few years and has established themselves as a genuine A-pool country. This upbeat is not only displayed on the national team level but as well in the Swiss Leagues (National Liga A and National Liga B). There are currently around 60 players which are either drafted or have had an NHL career playing in Switzerland, most of them being North-Americans. Where exactly are they playing now and what happened to them after they crossed the pond? An overview per NHL team
Anaheim Mighty Ducks
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The Canadian Hockey League Player of the Month for November is forward
Pierre-Marc Bouchard of the Chicoutimi Sagueneens of the Quebec Major Junior
Bouchard, a centre, turned in a spectacular month for Chicoutimi while
appearing in 11 games. Bouchard fired 12 goals and added 16 assists for a
total of 28 points in those 11 games, while also posting a plus 11. Bouchard
was also selected the QMJHL Offensive Player of the Month.
Bouchard becomes the second winner of the CHL Player of the Month Award.
October’s winner was forward Nathan Robinson of the Belleville Bulls of the
Ontario Hockey League. The three CHL leagues – the Quebec Major Junior
Hockey League, the Ontario Hockey League and the Western Hockey League – all
select Players of the Month and starting last month, the CHL then selects a
CHL Player of the Month from among the leagues’ nominees. The CHL also
selects a Player of the Week from among the three leagues’ nominees every
Goaltender Adam Russo of the Acadie-Bathurst Titian was the QMJHL Defensive
Player of the Month after winning all nine games he started in November
while posting a 2.32 goals against average and a .915 save percentage.
The OHL’s Molson Player of the Month was forward Darryl Bootland of the
Toronto St. Michael’s Majors. Bootland scored 12 goals and added 11 assists
for 23 points in 13 games to help the Majors post a 7-2-4-0 record for the
month. The OHL Goaltender of the Month was David Chant of the Barrie Colts.
He posted a 7-2-2 record, along with a 2.24 goals aga Read more»