Under-18 WJC: Czech Republic playoff games

by Robert Neuhauser
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The Czech Republic team looked to be in serious trouble after the preliminary round. They lost
the last game against Germany and this surprise caused them this trouble. They wanted to face
the third placed team of the Group A, but with a third place they had to play against the
second best team of the Group A. And this team was the USA squad. As usual, the Americans play
an aggresive in-your-face style of game, with lots of shooting and hitting. The Czech team,
used to the style of passing and passing, could have problems with the American style. But
the guys were motivated enough to beat the US guys and advance to the fight for a medal, which
would mean a great success.

The US team, where most of the team will not opt-in for this year’s draft, boasts a lot of
future NHLers. The names of Eric Nystrom, Jason Ryznar, Brian McConnell or smallish Dwight Helminen will be
soon the names to remember. The most outstanding star is Ryan Whitney, a player who could be
a top 10 pick if he opts in either in 2001 or 2002.
And the USA team stormed on the Czechs. They were very good in front
of Miroslav Kopriva in the net for the Czech Republic, where they tried to deflect and rebound
the shots. This led to two quick goals after five minutes played, Gionta and Brian McConnell
scored those goals while standing in front of Kopriva. After that was Kopriva replaced by
Martin Laska, who started playing well. And in the 15th minute Frantisek Bakrlik was able
to bring the puck behind the back of Travis Weber after passes from Lukas Chmelir and Petr
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IHL NEWS: Young Has them All

by Andrew Bourgeois
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He’s the only player who’s captured the Calder Cup, taken the Turner Cup, manhandled the Memorial Cup and sipped from the Stanley Cup.

In his seven years in Chicago as a member of the Chicago Wolves, Young has achieved a comfortable level of celebrity.

And as a member of Wolves, league champions last season and in 1998, he gets to experience perks the rest of us can only write and read about.

“I got to throw out the first pitch at a Cubs game,” said Young.

“Last year, four of us sang Take Me Out to the Ball Game during the seventh-inning stretch.

“Before the game, we were behind home plate with the Turner Cup. They introduced all of us, gave a bit of a bio and the place was going crazy. It’s amazing the amount of people that knew us.

“Stuff like that makes it pretty cool.”

Besides his two Turner Cups, Young has won two Stanley Cups with the Pittsburgh Penguins, a Calder Cup American Hockey League championship with the Hershey Bears in 1988, and a Memorial Cup major junior title with the Kitchener Rangers in 1982.

Young is the only player in hockey history to win all four titles.

“The guys that are really good hockey players will never get a chance to do it, because they’ll never play in the minors,” said Young.

“I was bad enough to play in the minors, good enough to play in the NHL, then bad enough to play in the minors again.

“Overall, how lucky was I to be on so many teams? … Whatever my talent level is, you could have that Read more»

Final CSB List

by pbadmin
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CSS Rankings Provided Courtesy of NHL.com


Central Scouting Service Final Rankings
North American Forwards and Defensemen

First Round

Rank Player (Previous Rank)    Team                    Birthdate   HT      WT  Pos Shot
  1  Spezza, Jason (1)         Windsor                 13-Jun-83  6'2     214   C   R
  2  Hamhuis, Dan (3)          Prince George           13-Dec-82  6'0 ½   195   D   L
  3  Weiss, Stephen (2)        Plymouth                03-Apr-83  5'11 ½  178   C   L
  4  Komisarek, Mike (9)       U of Michigan           19-Jan-82  6'4     225   D   R
  5  Umberger, R.J. (4)        Ohio State              03-May-82  6'2     200   C   L
  6  Krajicek, Lukas (16)      Peterborough            11-Mar-83  6'1 ½   183   D   L
  7  Milroy, Duncan (5)        Swift Current           08-Feb-83  6'0     180  RW   R
  8  Armstrong, Colby (15)     Red Deer                23-Nov-82  6'1 ½   180  RW   R
  9  Hemsky, Ales (11)         Hull                    13-Aug-83  6'0     170  RW   R
 10  Colaiacovo, Carlo (12)    Erie                    27-Jan-83  6'1     184   D   L
 11  Popovic, Mark (8)         Toronto-St. Mike's      11-Oct-82  6'1 ½   194   D   L
 12  Gleason, Tim (10)         Windsor                 29-Jan-83  6'0 ½   199   D   L
 13  Woywitka, Jeff (17)       Red Deer                01-Sep-83  6'2 ½   197   D   L
 14  Watson, Greg (14)         Prince Albert           02-Mar-83  6'1 ½   177   C   L
 15  Bell, Brendan (19)        Ottawa                  31-Mar-83  6'1     198  Read more»

Roberto Luongo’s Rookie Season Review

by Mark Fischel
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What does a NHL team do with their franchise goalie when his own teammates can barely score more than 2 goals with him in net? This was the problem that Florida management faced when assessing the teams play in front of Trevor Kidd and the back-up goalie at the time, Roberto Luongo.

In the early part of the season, The Panthers were decimated with injuries to their already thin defense, and at times this left the unfortunate burden on the two goalies to keep the Panthers in each game. Thrown into the fire was the confident and technically proficient Roberto, who struggled mightily in providing the necessary clutch goaltending. One of the early criticisms that he faced was the tendency of some teams to win or tie the game in the waning moments of the game.

Luongo started the season going 1-11-2, in which he got his first shut-out against Minnesota on Oct 22nd before he was able to get his first win against Tampa Bay on Dec 25th. At the time, he had a steady, but unspectacular .901 save percentage and 2.5 GAA. Clearly not good enough to put the Panthers in the win column when the offense rarely scored over 2 goals a game, and for the season Luongo had the unfortunate luck of being the starting goalie in 5 of the 6 games that the Panthers were shut out in.
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