HF’s Interview with Martin Hyun

by Oliver Janz
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HF’s Germany writer Gerd Hahn interviewed Martin Hyun

As Germany`s National team is preparing for Salt Lake City 2002 Winter Olympic Games – German National Team Coach Hans Zach has many players to choose from. Despite giving chances to younger players of the German Hockey League ( DEL ), German players in north american Colleges or Juniors have not yet been given a chance. Oliver Jonas of Harvard University, Nils Antons of the University of British Columbia, Paul Weismann of Bowling Green State University and last but not least St. Michael`s College Martin Hyun. I had a chance to meet Martin Hyun at the Duesseldorf International Airport and talked with him about his future.

HF: Welcome to Germany Martin ! Did you have a long flight ?

MH: Thank you, my flight was not bad. It usually takes up to 10 hours pure flying excluding the waiting.

HF: Let`s talk hockey – How was your season last year ?

MH: Generally I would say it was okay but there is still room for improvement. I ended up fourth in scoring but you can never be satisfied. During our Air Force tourney in Colorado I had a severe shoulder injury and was not able to play Read more»

The Kaberle Question

by David Lau
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Tomas Kaberle’s Contract Situation A Disaster Waiting To Happen?

He was one of the most underpaid and overworked players in the NHL last season and now Tomas Kaberle may choose to stay in Europe for 2001/2002 – that is if he can’t secure a new deal that would pay him something in excess of one million dollars per season. It is widely speculated that he is seeking a 2 year pact that would take him up arbitration eligibility after the deal expires. However, Leafs management is seemingly not willing to give him that opportunity and they would like to get Kaberle onto a long-term deal (perhaps lasting 3 or 4 years) that would effectively eliminate his first year or two of arbitration rights. Failing this, Toronto is offering the smooth Czech defender only the minimal 10 percent raise mandated by the current CBA. This arrangement would still leave Kaberle’s annual stipend just shy of $300,000 for the upcoming season.

If Kaberle chooses to stay home, maintaining a high level of conditioning and fitness will become a big concern – despite the fact that he intends to play for the Czech National Team and also in the Czech Elite League. The potential impact upon Tomas’ long-term development (bearing in mind that he is coming off a season during which he amassed 6 goals and 40 assists – leading all Leafs’ defensemen in scoring) is another serious concern. Consider similar holdouts from the past.

Fellow Maple Leaf blueliner Aki Berg held out in 1998-99 because of a contract dispute when he was still a member Read more»

Thoughts and Questions going into Oilers Training Camp

by John Christie
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The Edmonton Oilers open their 22nd NHL training camp in Sherwood Park, Alberta on September 12, 2001. Here are some random musings heading into training camp and other things to loom for.
Who will be the New Oilers Captain? The top three candidates are Ryan Smyth, Todd Marchant and Jason Smith with Rem Murray, Mike Grier, Ethan Moreau and Steve Staios as long shots. The Oilers have three excellent choices and they can’t go wrong with any of them. Oilers GM Kevin Lowe and Craig MacTavish will determine the Oilers captain after the last pre season game. It looks to be a race between Todd Marchant (longest serving Oiler) and Ryan Smyth who was captai Read more»

Devils NCAA prospects

by Andrew Clark
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It is very refreshing to see more and more future NHLer’s and hockey prospects playing for College and University programs. NHL franchises and their scouts are looking towards the NCAA as a source of fresh, new, young potential talent. In due time, the NCAA will be to American skaters as what the CHL is to Canadian prospects. And, who else to pave the way for this eventual event is none other than the one and only Lou Lamoriello. He, himself, basically made the jump to the NHL through the collegiate ranks, first as a coach, then Athletic Director at Providence College. Also, during his tenure with the Friars, he was one of the founders and first elected commissioner of what is now considered the best conference in college, Hockey East.

Here are seven prospects in the Devils organizations currently enrolled in a collegiate program. And who else better to start with then the teams that meet in the Frozen Four Championship, Boston College and University of North Dakota.

Coach Jerry York has a lot on his plate for the upcoming year. Or maybe had. The defending champs lost speedy sniper Brian Gionta and improving starting netminder Scott Clemmensen to graduation and the Devils. But it also looks like he lost Underclassmen standouts Chuck Kobasew, Brooks Orpik and Krys Kolanos so that they could make a jump to the CHL and the NHL. So that leaves us with 1999 late round selection Justin Dziama. He is entering his sophomore year after only posting one goal, one assist and 36 penalty minutes in 28 games. The 6’3” 220 pound forward hopes he will get more i Read more»

Interview with Pierre-Marc Bouchard

by Robert Neuhauser
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Name: Pierre-Marc Bouchard
Position: forward
Team: Chicoutimi Sagueneens (QMJHL)

RN: At what age did you start playing hockey?
PMB: It was when I was three years old.

RN: Where did you start playing hockey?
PMB: I started in Sherbrooke.

RN: What is your favorite NHL team?
PMB: It’s the Colorado Avalanche.

RN: Your favorite NHL player?
PMB: Wayne Gretzky.

RN: Do you have a special team you would like to be drafted?
PMB: I don’t care about the team that selects me.

RN: The biggest success in your previous hockey career?
PMB: Playing major junior.

RN: How does it feel to win the tournament?
PMB: It’s really a good feeling, I enjoy it very much.

RN: Thank you

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