Welcome to the first installment of the Cub report, a weekly
look at the North American prospects of the Boston Bruins. In our first
installment, we’re going around the leagues to catch up on the young Bruin cubs.
Jiri Jakes has been hot as
of late. In the last 5 games, the rugged Czech winger has tallied 3 goals, 2
assists, and 14 penalty minutes. The Brandon Wheat Kings are currently tied with the Regina Pats for first place in the WHL’s eastern division heading into the final week of the regular season.
It looks as though the injury bug
has once again bitten Seattle Thunderbird winger Darren McLachlan. The rugged forward appears to be out for the remainder of the season with a
shoulder injury. The second last place Thunderbirds will oppose either the Portland Winter Hawks or Spokane Chiefs in a best-of-seven first round series in the WHL playoffs.
Shaone Morrisonn ended the Kamloops Blazers 0-29 Power play drought,scoring on a 5-on-3 opportunity against the Moose Jaw Warriors. Morrisonn,who
missed action with a concussion after taking a stiff check from Tri-City RW
Scott Kelman back in January, was selected to play in the WHL all-star game but
was replaced by Seattle Thunderbird rearguard Matt Spiller.
Blazers tough guy Colton Orr has yet to return to action after breaking his hand during his first game of the season. The Blazers have lost
four straight games for the first time this season.
University of Denver winger Greg Barber e Read more»
LAST FULL WEEKEND OF CHL REGULAR SEASON, PLAYOFFS START NEXT WEEK
The 2002 Canadian Hockey League regular season wraps up in the next few
days, with a full slate of games as the CHL playoffs draw near.
Playoff berths are still up for grabs in all three leagues as the Ontario
Hockey League ends regular season play Sunday, while the Quebec Major Junior
Hockey League and the Western Hockey League end their regular season
schedules on Tuesday.
Playoff action in all three leagues will begin late next week. The OHL is
scheduled to start March 21 while the WHL and the QMJHL will begin first
round games the next night. You can follow all of the playoff races at the
official website of the CHL, www.chl.ca.
Listed below are the full schedules of all remaining games in the three
leagues as we head into the final few days of the regular season. On Monday
the final Bank of Montreal MasterCard CHL Top 10 ranking will be announced,
as there will be just eight CHL games slated for Tuesday night and none on
The three league champions will join the host Guelph Storm at the 2002
MasterCard Memorial Cup, May 18-26, 2002, at the Guelph Sports and
Entertainment Centre. If Guelph wins the OHL title, then the OHL finalists
will also participate to ensure a four-team tournament.
Remember to follow all of the action leading up to the 2002 MasterCard
Memorial Cup at the official website of the CHL, www.chl.ca, with a new
MasterCard Memorial Cup section starting next week.
WESTERN HOCKEY LEAGUE
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Coming on Tuesday, March 19th, Hockey’s Future is proud to be part of a hosted chat with USA Hockey Asst. Coach Lou Vairo. To take part in this free chat, please follow the banner on the top of Hockey’s Future.
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To take part, you will need speakers with your computer and any questions you may have. This is an exciting opportunity to get a behind the scenes look at the Olympics in Salt Lake City.
With the American Hockey League’s stretch run in full swing, many of the
Houston Aeros are fighting to keep their spot in the Minnesota Wild
According to The Houston Chronicle, one of the toughest decisions the Wild
will face involves newcomer Tony Virta, who leads the Aeros with 55 points.
Virta’s contract includes an option that will allow Minnesota the
opportunity to renew over the summer.
“I would not exercise the option unless I thought he could play at the NHL
level,” said Wild GM Doug Risebrough. “I’m trying to look at our lineup and
find a way to say, ‘This guy deserves a chance,’ because he has been
arguably the best player (in Houston).”
Aeros goaltender Jamie McLennan is an unrestricted free agent this summer,
and has spent the entire season in Houston while Manny Fernandez and Dwayne
Roloson have been strong between the pipes for the parent club. If he isn’t
moved before the March 19th trade deadline, he will have the opportunity to
sign with another NHL club this off-season.
Approximately 50 percent of the Wild’s 50-man roster is under contract for
next season. That leaves some very important decisions ahead for the
National Hockey League club, as they will have to decide who is staying, who
is leaving, and who will be arriving.
Crucial time of year
Nine of the Aeros’ 13 remaining games will be played against West Division
rivals Chicago, Milwaukee, Utah and Grand Rapids, including a crucial two
game homestand on Thursday and Friday against Utah, a team they lost 6-2 on