An Interview with Danny Bois

by Jason Ahrens

Danny Bois is a gritty forward who can be deployed in a number of ways, as a defensive forward, as an agitator or as an offensive winger.

Hockeys Future– Dan can you tell our readers a bit about yourself, where you grew up, what style of play you play?

Dan Bois– I grew up in Thunder Bay a city in northern Ontario. I’m a power forward who likes to go up and down the wings and hit everyone I see.

HF– At what point growing up did you realize that you had a future in the OHL?

Bois– Probably two years ago.(laughs) The year I was drafted by the Knights, that’s pretty much it, I never thought that it would happen.

HF– Were there any major influences growing up on your hockey career?

Bois– Both of my parents, my Mom and Dad were big supporters of me.

HF– This is your 2nd season with the Knights, what type of progress have you seen in your game?

Bois– Its supposed to get easier each year, but I haven’t been scoring much this year as well as I did last year, but I’ve been trying to play defensively and put the team first.

HF– As you mentioned your offensive numbers are down this year, do you feel the added pressure, or the extra responsibilities of being Captain have been a factor in this?

Bois– Well, no. Last year I was left alone in front of the net on the power play, nobody knew who I was. This year teams are paying more attention to me and its been a lot harder.

HF– Tell me a bit about your draft day experience, did you attend it and wh Read more»

Oilers youngsters named to AHL All-Star game

by Steve Morrow

Sven Butenschon, Jason Chimera, and Brian Swanson all participated in the AHL All-Star game on February 14th. Butenschon led the way with three assists, Chimera had one goal and one assist, while Swanson chipped in one assist. Although Swanson may not have had the game he would have liked, he did tie with Nathan Dempsey in the Koho Accuracy Shooting event, as both hit four targets in seven attempts.

Also, Ales Hemsky has now been the player of the week in the QMJHL twice this season.

Interview with Lightning Prospect Sascha Goc

by Chapin Landvogt

German defenseman Sascha Goc was traded from the New Jersey Devils to the Tampa Bay Lightning organization in the fall of 2001. In what has been a bit of a whirlwind season, Sascha is currently playing with the Springfield Falcons of the AHL, thus wearing his fourth different jersey in this season alone. He was kind enough take some time to answer some questions.

Hockey’s Future: Sascha, you played a handful of games in the NHL last season and had a very nice plus/minus statistic in the process. You were also summoned to duty as an extra body by the New Jersey Devils during the playoffs and you even gave an interview with Germany’s Premiere World cable system. You began this season in the NHL with the Devils which the German audience got to see as you logged a great deal of ice time in a 4-6 loss to the New York Islanders. At this point in the season, did you think you had finally made it to the NHL for good?

Sascha Goc: Well, more or less, I had a good feeling about it. The coaching staff (Robinson and Fetisov) also let me know that they were pleased with me and I should just keep up the good work. Even Scott Stevens said that I had earned myself a spot on the team. Since all three are Hall of Fame defensemen, I was feeling pretty sure of myself. However, in New Jersey as elsewhere in the NHL, the general manager makes the decisions and he (Lamoriello) obviously had a different opinion.

HF: Did you get along well with Hall of Fame defenseman and, at the time, Devils head coach Larry Robinson, and were you surprised by his being fired?Read more»

Everyone’s Culpable in the Olympic Hockey Fiasco

by HF Staff

As preliminary round play in Salt Lake City comes to a close, many hockey fans around the world are probably wondering, “What went wrong?” Other hockey observers are probably muttering, “What didn’t?” Mostly due to complications arising from the involvement of the National Hockey League, the men’s hockey portion of the Salt Lake City is quickly becoming an embarrassment. It’s a situation where everyone involved loses, and everyone involved in the decision-making is culpable.

The idea of having NHL players in the Olympics has always raised two questions, one of philosophy and one of logistics. In other words: Should they play? And how should they play? I’m not going to tackle the thorny question of whether NHL players should be allowed in the Olympics. There are compelling arguments on both sides of the issue, and a thousand different points to consider. (What’s truly an amateur? What’s really the spirit of the Olympics? And so on.) Frankly, it’s a topic that’s been beaten to death by many wiser than I am. So let’s look at the second consideration…

When the NHL, National Hockey League Players’ Association, International Ice Hockey Federation, and International Olympic Committee decided that NHL players should be allowed to play at Salt Lake City, they created a huge logistical problem. There are many proposed solutions floating around the hockey world. Shorten the NHL season and take a longer break. Limit NHL involvement to players under 25. Simply lengthen the break. Move the preliminary round to the fall before t Read more»

Habs’ draft picks…Where are they now?

by Chris Boucher
The NHL Draft produces both hits and misses as far as prospects are concerned. Until recently the Montréal Canadiens had not enjoyed much success over the last 7 draft years. Some players who were drafted did not develop as hoped, while others were lost for purely financial reasons. Here’s a quick look at how and where eleven of the Habs’ former draft picks are continuing their professional hockey careers.

Matt Higgins was chosen in the first round (18th overall) of the 1996 NHL Entry Draft. A Moose Jaw Warrior for his entire junior hockey, Higgins entered the draft having just enjoyed a season of 63 points (30-33-63) through 67 games. The left winger played his first NHL game during the 97-98 season, and eventually played 57 games with the Habs over a span of 4 seasons.
Higgins signed a contract with the AHL’s Bridgeport Sound Tigers on February 8th, 2002. He had joined the team by way of a PTO, but played well enough to earn an official contract. Through 21 AHL games this season, the 6’2″, 175-lbs forward has 20 points (9-11-20), and is plus-1 with 16 minutes in penalties.

The Canadiens drafted Jonathan Desroches in the sixth round (145th overall) of the 1997 NHL Entry Draft. The 6’0″, 200-lbs defenseman played an unusual defensive game while in the QMJHL. He managed 22 points (7-15-22) through 58 games during the 96-97 season (his draft year), but was never able to earn an NHL contract.
Desroches is currently playing his second year of CIAU hockey with the University of Moncton. Through 25 games this season the 22-yea Read more»

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