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In the game of hockey, from the Junior ‘B’ level though Major Junior right up into the NHL, the practice of trading players has always been a part of the game. Not exactly earthshattering news as any hockey afficionado would tell you that it’s as much a part of the game as curved sticks and frozen discs of rubber. Hockey, unlike other major sports in North America, trading is an integral part of the sport. Likely because of the use of salary caps and advent of true free agency is more prominent in the other big three sports of Basketball, Football (NFL) and Baseball. The NFL had its trading deadline go by the other day without a single deal being made. I don’t think anyone even noticed. Whereas in hockey, trading is still a major contributing factor in composing a team and in junior it’s even more of an imposing factor. Perhaps that’s why fans of the game tend to get wrapped up in the inner workings of the sport almost as much as the actual games themselves.
Who’s going where and for what? It’s a phenomenon almost exclusive to the sport of hockey, until the trading deadline of course.
A few trades of late in the WHL have brought on some confusion to some in the sense of not ‘who’s going where’ but rather ‘who’s coming back’ or ‘wasn’t he with???’.
Confusion meaning that the players that were supposed to have already been traded have somehow ended up back with their clubs of origin and then traded again.
Just before last year’s trading deadline the Regina Pats, in building their club for an Read more»
Kristian Huselius Nabs Rookie of the Month
Highly touted Calder Candidate Kristian Huselius wraps up an exciting month of October by being named the Rookie of the Month. In getting this award, Huselius beat out Mark Bell, and Atlanta’s Kovalchuk and Heatley, and Jeff Jillson
Huselius ranks fourth among NHL goal scorers (9), leads all rookies in goals (9), tied with Mark Bell for rookie points leader (11), tied with Kovalchuk with Power-play goals (3), tied with Jeff Jillson for Power Play Points (5), and leads rookies with Short Handed points (1 goal)
Huselius’s season started with scoring his first NHL goal against Philadelphia on a 2 on 1 effort, where he was able to beat Cechmanek with a shot that trickled over his right pad. The goal-scoring was absent for the next 4 games, as he was getting plenty of chances but was unable to put the puck in the net, most notably in a rematch against Philly on Oct 13th. In his 6th game vs Vancouver on Oct 16th, Huselius notched his 1st power-play goal of the season. But it wouldn’t be till after the Panthers Western road trip that Huselius finally caught on fire.
At home against Washington, Huselius notched his first multi-point game in the 4-3 OT loss against Washington, which also saw his first PP assist on a Bure crashing of the net goal. Against the Los Angeles Kings, Huselius scored his second PP goal on a blast from the left circle which beat Potvin left on the short side. Highlighting what is Huselius’s play-making ability less than 2 minutes later, he added an assist on the PP with a b Read more»
By: Yevgeniy Bogdanov
By: Eugene Belashchenko
Chistov and Koltsov are returning to Omsk!
president Anatoli Bardin reported to SE correspondent Yevgeniy Bogdanov that
Friday morning forwards Alexander Svitov, Stanislav Chistov and defenseman Kiril
Koltsov are returning to Omsk.
us remind that on the 25th of October – several hours prior to the
departure of Omsk’s club from Moscow to Habarovsk for another regular season
match, a police sq Read more»
With the their third pick of the 2001 NHL draft, the LA Kings selected
University of Michigan center Mike Cammalleri. Drafting Cammalleri 49th
overall is a really credit to the Kings scouting staff and Dave Taylor.
According to the Hockey News (October 31, 2001), Mark Bavis, KIngs scout who
was killed aboard one of the planes that crashed into the Trade Centers on
September 11, campaigned for Cammallerri, as well as, Ohio State forward,
David Steckel, the Kings 2nd pick. It is truly unfortunate that Bavis will
be unable to see Cammallerri succeed in the NHL because I am fairly confident he will.
It is hard to believe he is already in his junior year. It seems like only
yesterday I witnessed Mike take the Ontario Peewee Championships by storm,
as he nonchalantly smashed the tournament record for points. After that
week, I felt obligated to track his career because I believed, exactly what
many people believed after watching him; we had just saw a player who had a
future in the game.
Cammelleri continued through the Toronto Minor system and then easily
adapted to Tier 2 with the Bramlea Blues. In his rookie year, he recorded
103 points and helped lead his team to the Royal Bank Cup. Following that
year, he received a full scholarship to the NCAA most storied hockey
program, U. of Michigan. And to date he has not disappointed.
In his freshmen year, he recorded a respectable 26 points, which was
reasonable considering he was the youngest player in the CCHA by a full
year. Last in his sophomore year, he was forced to take Read more»