Nabokov Loses Out On The Salt Lake Bid

by Jake Dole
on
Late on Wednesday, January 30, 2002, Evgeni Nabokov’s appeal to play for team Russia at the Salt Lake Olympics was denied by the Arbitration court in Laussane, Switzerland.
Nabokov’s eligibility has been in doubt ever since the IIHF disallowed his request to don the Russian jersey. Evgeni was a back-up goaltender with Kazakhstan at the 1994 Olympic games in Lillehammer. However, Nabokov and Russia’s General Manager Vyacheslav Fetisov decided to appeal the decision, challenging IIHF’s guidelines as a result.
The IIHF’s rule stated that players participating with one country when over 18, cannot suit up for another. To Russia’s chagrin, that ruling was made after Nabokov’s stint with Kazakhstan’s Olympic squad.
Nabokov, an All-Star and the NHL’s Calder Trophy winner last year, will monitor Russia’s success in front of the television set, as all the pressure will be placed on the overworked shoulders of Nikolai Khabibulin.

Now What?

The Russians will have to name a third goaltender to accompany Khabibulin and Egor Podomatsky. Montreal Canadiens’ future hopeful and former Superleaguer Vadim Tarasov could be the leading candidate for the position. Veteran Mikhail Shtalenkov and the Anaheim Mighty Ducks prospect Ilya Bryzgalov will also be considered.
No matter which goalie will be picked, Podomatsky (Lokomotiv Yaroslavl) is the clear choice for the back-up role. Enjoying an excellent year in the Russian Superleague, Egor has emerged as a clutch performer and a fan favorite.

Flyers Prospect Stat Update

by Jim Segrest
on

AHL

Maxime Ouellet, Goaltender, Philadelphia(AHL)
Stats: 29 GP, 2.61 GAA, .911 SV%

Pavel Brendl, Right Wing, Philadelphia(AHL)
Stats: 34 GP, 7 G, 16 A, 23 P

Bruno St. Jacques, Defenseman, Philadelphia(AHL)
Stats: 26 GP, 2 G, 8 A, 10 P

Tomas Divisek, Center, Philadelphia(AHL)
Stats: 45 GP, 10 G, 14 A, 24 P

Vaclav Pletka, Left Wing, Philadelphia(AHL)
Stats: 42 GP, 17 G, 16 A, 33 P

Francis Lessard, Defenseman, Philadelphia(AHL)
Stats: 44 GP, 0 G, 5 A, 5 P

Jim Vandermeer, Defenseman, Philadelphia(AHL)
Stats: 45 GP 1 G, 7 A, 8 P

Joe DiPenta, Defenseman, Philadelphia(AHL)
Stats: 47 GP, 0 G, 2 A, 2 P

Jesse Boulerice, Left Wing, Philadelphia(AHL)
Stats: 36 GP, 1 G, 5 A, 6 P

Guillaume Lefebvre, Left Wing, Philadelphia(AHL)
Stats: 50 GP, 14 G, 8 A, 22 P

Dan Peters, Defenseman, Philadelphia(AHL)
Stats: 41 GP, 5 G, 7 A, 12 P

Mike Lephart, Right Wing, Philadelphia(AHL)
Stats: 19 GP, 6 G, 4 A, 10 P

James Chalmers, Center, Philadelphia(AHL)
Stats: 46 GP, 3 G, 8 A, 11 P

Craig Brunel, Right Wing, Philadelphia(AHL)
Stats: 32 GP, 1 G, 1 A, 2 P

Kirby Law, Right Wing, Philadelphia(AHL)
Stats: 50 GP, 14 G, 19 A, 33 P

Read more»

Phantoms’ News and Notes

by Mike Castor
on

There is some news to report on a few prospects and young players on the Flyers. Bob Clarke traded defenseman Jason Beckett and center Peter Hubachek to Nashville for veteran forward Yves Sarault.

This move was done in part to add more veteran leadership to a team that is a serious threat to make a run at the Calder Cup. The Flyer’s were very high on Beckett last season and he split time between the Phantoms and Trenton of the ECHL. This season however he has struggled to take the next step to become a fulltime AHL defenseman. Phantom’s center Peter Hubachek never caught on to the Phantoms and was mostly a healthy scratch after a torrid start with the Flyers in the 2001 preseason.

Neither player was thought to be a challenger for a roster spot with the Flyers anytime soon. With the trading of Beckett, this opens up space for Bruno St. Jacques and Francis Lessard. Bruno St. Jacques continues to draw rave reviews for his all around steady play.

The Flyers also have a great assembly of impressive defensemen that were drafted last year. Last year’s first round pick Jeff Woywitka has scouts impressed with his all around play. Woywitka has worked on being more of a physical presence behind the blue line.

The Flyers are in a great position to evaluate their farm system. Bob Clarke has made the first steps to prepare the organization for this summer‘s entry draft. Maxime Ouellet remains one of the hottest young netminders in the AHL. His workload has lightened since the return of veteran Neil little to the Phantom’s roster.

Several young pl Read more»

The Goon Syndrome

by Jessica Haskin
on

I had the opportunity and privilege of talking with Jeff Crouse and Adam Smallman, two goons of the Bay County Blizzard, the most penalized team in the Continental Elite Hockey League.

The two players are good friends who met when Crouse was traded to the Blizzard after he’d requested a trade from the Downriver Bombers.

“How’d we become friends? Just through the hockey and just hit it off right away” Crouse said.

“But we get along with everyone on the team,” Smallman quickly added.

“Yep, the whole team gets along pretty good,” Crouse agreed.

“Your styles are similar,” I say.

“Oh, yeah!” Smallman replies.

Their style isn’t the finesse play of a Steve Yzerman or Sergei Fedorov, but would come closer to the crashing and banging of a Derian Hatcher or Tie Domi.

It’s the Goon Syndrome.

A goon in this case fits under the description of someone who’s been hired to intimidate the opponents. A player, who isn’t afraid to get his nose dirty, often accused of dirty plays. If they’re on your team you love them, if they’re your opponent you love to hate them.

Smallman, who is not a small man at 6-foot-3, 225 lbs., a native of Elmsdale, Prince Edward Island, has been nicknamed “Moose.”

Crouse hails from Oshawa, Ontario, and stands 6-foot-2 and weighs in at 205 lbs. Crouse’s main nickname is Crouser but is also know as the “Bounty Hunter.”

Crouse and Smallman rank 2nd and 3rd respectively on their team for most penalty minutes. Crouse has a total of 185 penalty min Read more»

The CHL Daily News

by League Press Release
on

TEAM WILLIAMS WINS CHL TOP PROSPECTS SKILLS CHALLENGE

Team Tiger Williams routed Team Kelly Hrudey in the inaugural CHL Home
Hardware Top Prospects Skills Competition, held in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
before 6,133 fans at Saskatchewan Place Wednesday night.

Team Tiger Williams defeated Team Kelly Hrudey 20-7 in the Skills Classic.
The skills competition featured all 40 players who will take part in
Thursday night’s CHL Home Hardware Top Prospects Game, which will be
broadcast live nationally by Rogers Sportsnet at 7 p.m. local time, 8 p.m.
ET.

Points were awarded to the team which accumulated “bests” in individual and
team skill events. Leading the way for Team Tiger Williams was Jay
Bouwmeester of the Medicine Hat Tigers, who was tagged as the fastest skater
with a time of 14.463 for one complete lap.

The Hardest shot was awarded to Calgary Hitmen forward John Boychuk, who
registered a 94.7 miles per hour blast. Pierre-Marc Bouchard of the
Chicoutimi Sagueneens for Team Tiger was the most accurate shooter by
destroying four targets in just six attempts.

Another highlight from the inaugural Home Hardware Top Prospects Skills
Competition was Jeff Deslauriers of the Chicoutimi Sagueneens being named
the top goaltender.

The 2002 CHL Home Hardware Top Prospects game takes place at 7 p.m. local
time Thursday night at Saskatchewan Place. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. Tickets
are available for $15. For more information, call the Saskatoon Blades
office at (306) 975-8844, or call Select-A-Seat at 938-7800.

2002 Read more»

Related Articles