Under The Rock

by Steve Gandour

Name: Markus Seikola
Position: D
Shoots: Right
Height: 6 ft 2 ” (185 cm)
Weight: 185 lbs (84 kg)
Born: May 6, 1982 / Laitila, Finland
Drafted: 7th Round, 209th Overall (2000 NHL Entry Draft)

European League (Regular Season)

TPS TurkuJr. C SM-Sarja96/97410124
TPS TurkuJr. B SM-Sarja97/98200000
TPS TurkuJr. B SM-Sarja98/993621012324
TPS TurkuJr. A SM-Sarja99/009213-26
TPS TurkuSM-Liiga00/01231011016
TPS Turku Jr. A SM-Sarja00/012613720146

European League (Playoffs)

TPS TurkuJr. C SM-Sarja96/97100000
TPS TurkuJr. B SM-Sarja97/98100012
TPS TurkuJr. A SM-Sarja99/0013101-50
TPS TurkuSM – Liiga00/011010150
TPS TurkuJr. A SM-Sarja00/01310100

International Competition

Team FinlandWJC Under-182000714534 Read more»

The Great Goalies of the USHL

by Jason Shaner

In the USHL as well as any other league, goaltending is the key element to success. It’s been proven in many a league that you can win with sub-par goaltending during the regular season relying solely on your offense and defense. But if your goaltender can’t make a stop to save his life, it becomes a different story in the postseason. The USHL is a league that is continually broadening its horizons and the level of play continues to get better with each year, as has its goaltenders. It sounds somewhat like a broken record but this season’s crop of goaltenders appears to be one of the best groups to come through the league.

To back up the fact the USHL has sent quality netminders on to the Division I level you need to look no further than players such as Josh Blackburn(Dubuque/Lincoln), Michael Ayers (Dubuque), Darren Gastrock (Waterloo), Matt Carney (Des Moines), Bernd Buckler (Tri-City), Dan Ellis (Omaha) and David Bowen (Sioux Falls). Each of these goalies has made a contribution at the college level. A few have already seen NHL ice. John Grahame (Sioux City), Scott Clemmensen (Des Moines) and Ty Conklin (Green Bay) have all seen action this season in NHL rinks.

Below is the list of the elite in the league this season. All of whom should become names you’ll hear regularly in the hockey world in the coming years.

1.Bobby Goepfert (Cedar Rapids RoughRiders) Read more»

The Home Stretch: A Look at the Rangers Prospects

by Michael Theodore

Here’s a report on the Rangers prospects. Some continued to be pleasant surprises while others were disappointing, but all in all this is still a solid system despite some of the Rangers deadline dealings.

Jamie Lundmark has made great strides since the beginning of the year. His awareness on the ice is perhaps what has made the greatest improvment over the season, which allows him to better use his skills to his advantage. There’s whispers about him being a bust but it’s not fair to say just yet. While Lundmark would best be served to come to camp with the greatest physical and mental preparation possible, the Rangers understand he is a work in progress. Lundmark didn’t adjust immediately to his added bulk over the summer and at times it looked as if he added too much a la Christian Dube, however in time he seemingly made the necessary changes and has played a very encouraging second half of the season. Lundmark needs to concentrate better on his positioning with opponents so that they don’t steam role over him, and if he can make this necessary change he could be an effective two way center. If he doesn’t though, he’ll have a very difficult time making the jump to the NHL.

Garth Murray showed a bit more of a scoring touch then hoped for in his last junior season. Not a natural scorer, Murray topped the 30 goal plateau and averaged over a point per game for the Regina Pats. Murray is the ultimate team player and is a safe bet for becoming an NHL player. He likely needs a season in the AHL before challenging for a spot but he could Read more»

2001-2002 WHL Playoff Preview

by League Press Release

The 2001-02 Western Hockey League regular season was a smashing success. Record smashing, that is.

A season in which geographical realignment was the big story, the WHL topped the 2.5 million mark in attendance for the seventh straight year, finishing with an eye-popping 2.95 million to eclipse last year’s total of 2.7 million.

With the help of the popular Vancouver Giants, who were a huge hit at the gate in their first season, an average of 4,250 people watched Western Canada’s top junior hockey players compete each night. Other success stories include the Kamloops Blazers, who topped 200,000 for the first time in their history, and reigning Memorial Cup champion Red Deer Rebels, who played to a 99-per-cent capacity at the Centrium.

The addition of the Giants led to some division shuffling and the creation of an all-United States grouping, and an all-British Columbia Division, less travel and more intense play brought about by the rejuvenation of some heated rivalries.

It all makes for some interesting first-round playoff match-ups starting Friday.

In the West, the Western Conference’s top team, the Portland Winter Hawks square off against nearby Seattle Thunderbirds in a best-of-seven that opens at Portland’s Rose Garden. The Winter Hawks, led by 51-goal scorer Josef Balej, were 6-0 at home this year against the Thunderbirds, the WHL’s most penalized team.

Last year at this time the Winter Hawks had to travel into B.C. to start the playoffs against the Prince George Cougars while the Thunderbirds did likewise against the Kelo Read more»

The CHL Daily News

by League Press Release

Raiders to Select First Overall in 2002 WHL Bantam Draft

The Bantam Draft Lottery was held this afternoon at the Western Hockey
League office in Calgary, Alberta and a Prince Albert Raiders’ ball was
drawn, giving the Raiders the first overall pick in the 2002 WHL Bantam
Draft. The second selection will be by the Vancouver Giants, and the third
selection will be by the Vancouver Giants (transferred from the Medicine Hat
Tigers). The 2002 WHL Bantam Draft will be held in Calgary on May 2nd,

Following is the order of selection for the 1st round of the Bantam Draft.

1) *Prince Albert
2) *Vancouver
3) *Medicine Hat (Van)
4) Seattle
5) Saskatoon
6) Moose Jaw
7) Tri-Cities
8) Lethbridge
9) Calgary
10) Kelowna
11) Prince George
12) Spokane
13) Portland (Leth)
14) Kootenay (SC)
15) Kamloops
16) Regina
17) Brandon
18) Swift Current
19) Red Deer

* Indicates via lottery.

Following is the order of selection for the 2nd and all further rounds of
the Bantam Draft.
Note: Traded selections in the 2nd round do not show.

1) Vancouver
2) Seattle
3) Prince Albert
4) Saskatoon
5) Medicine Hat
6) Moose Jaw
7) Tri-Cities
8) Lethbridge
9) Calgary
10) Kelowna
11) Prince George
12) Spokane
13) Portland
14) Kootenay
15) Kamloops
16) Regina
17) Brandon
18) Swift Current Read more»

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