When the Minnesota Wild signed left-wing Pascal Dupuis as a free agent on
September 18, 2000, they knew they were getting a hard-nosed winger who
would one day provide them with the two-way defensive style they apply.
Little did they know, he would deliver so soon.
In his rookie National Hockey League season, Dupuis has adjusted comfortably
to the NHL level after spending the majority of last season in the
now-defunct International Hockey League with the Cleveland Lumberjacks.
Dupuis, who saw action in four games with Minnesota a season ago, recorded
19 goals and 24 assists with Cleveland.
Heading into training camp in September, the 22-year-old’s chances of making
the team were seen by some as very slim. The Wild had an abundance of depth
on the left wing, but with a potential season ending concussion suffered by
Cam Stewart during the pre-season and several players shifting positions,
room on the roster opened up for Dupuis and he has taken advantage of a
Dupuis, one of two rookies with the Wild, now patrols the left wing on the
Wild’s first line with eleven-year veteran Jim Dowd and sophomore sensation
Marian Gaborik, giving Dupuis the opportunity to play his gritty style while
contributing on the scoresheet at the same time. Dupuis is making $350,000
this season, and is ranked 11th in rookie scoring with ten goals and ten
assists in 58 games played, as of March 6.
The Laval, Que. native split his junior career between the Shawinigan
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If there were any reservations left about the Kootenay ICE goaltending capabilities they can be put firmly to rest. B.J. Boxma is doing just fine thank-you very much.
That reality was never more evident Wednesday night as the twenty-yr-old Free Agent turned aside 26 shots and shut-out the Kamloops Blazers 2-0. The victory kept the slim hopes of Kootenay catching the Blazers for first place in the B.C. Division alive as the magic number for Kamloops remains at two Blazer wins and/or ICE losses for the division pennant.
The shutout, Boxma’s fourth of the season and third in the last two months reaffirmed the fact that the reserved goaltender seems to be getting steadily better between the pipes as the season wears on. Better not in the aspect of ability, Kootenay fans will remember well of the Swift Current Broncos’ edition of B.J. Boxma that beat the ICE in the seventh game of the Eastern Conference semi-finals last season, but in the department of confidence. Confidence in himself, his abilities and perhaps most of all, in his teammates around him. And in turn, their confidence in him.
It started at the beginning of a topsy-turvy season says Boxma. One that will no doubt be filled with even more peaks and valleys. “When I started the year in Swift Current I got off to a bad start. I didn’t have a lot of confidence,” said Boxma. “When I got traded my confidence went down even more. I was thinking ‘why did they trade me? Am I doing that bad?'”
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By Mike Buskus
Albany Week in Review #22
The road woes continue. Despite support from about 80 members of the Albany River Rats Booster Club, who made the trip to Portland, Manchester and Saint John (New Brunswick), the Albany River Rats failed to win a game on their recent road trip. The Rats took an overtime loss in Portland (3-2), tied in Manchester (4-4), and were soundly defeated at Harbour Station in Saint John, New Brunswick (6-2).
The current road troubles bring the winless streak away from home to ten games, the second time this season that the River Rats have traveled 10 games in a row without a win. The earlier winless on the road streak ran from October 5, 2001 (the season opener in Providence) to December 1, 2001. The current streak, of equal length, started on January 26 and, at the moment anyway, continues. Only the Cleveland Barons (at 11 in a row without a win) and the Hershey Bears (same number) have had worse road winless streaks this season. However, it is the second time this season for the Rats in the winless-in-ten situation.
The game in Portland went into overtime thanks to a late third-period goal by Steve Guolla (his 21st, leading the team). Jiri Bicek had opened the scoring early in the first, but a pair of Portland goals gave the Pirates the lead. With only seven seconds left in overtime, Trent Whitfield of the Pirates got his second of the night, to send away the Rats, 3-2.
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U20 WJC 2002 TEAM RUSSIA PLAYER REVIEW
U20 WJC 2002 TEAM RUSSIA PLAYER REVIEW
PART II: Forwards
By: Eugene Belashchenko (Special thanks to Robert Neuhauser and a Finnish
observer for their assistance on preparing this article.)