Bolt Bits

by Megan Sexton

Lobb to Guelph

2001 4th round draft pick Aaron Lobb was traded
from the London Knights to the Guelph Storm.
A much needed change for the struggling prospect. Through the first ten games of the season,
Lobb posted one goal and two assists for the Knights. Since his trade, he has added two more assists in three games,
both on game winning goals.

“He needed a change,” said London General Manager Mark
Hunter of Lobb. “Sometimes a player
gets in a rut and it becomes an anchor on his back. I’ve been there myself.”

Ollie Slowly Making His Mark

Rookie Jimmie Olvestad has not scored since opening night in
Tampa Bay, but the young Swede is making his mark in other areas. He led the team in hits for most of the
season and is currently ranked second behind Pavel Kubina, with 10 hits in 8
games. While averaging 13:25 minutes a
game, Olvestad is one of only seven Lightning players ranked in the plus side
of the goal differential category.

Invitee Inked & Brother Tags Along

The Lightning have signed camp invitee Gaetan Royer and
assigned him to the Pensacola Ice Pilots of the East Coast Hockey League.Read more»

Svitov, Chistov and Kiril Koltsov forcefully drafted into the Army

by Eugene Belashchenko

On Thursday, October 25, 2001 in the afternoon the Moscow Police visited the hotel where Avangard Omsk was staying after their Wed. game with CSKA Moscow. They took Alexander Svitov, Stanislav Chistov and Kiril Koltsov under their escort and took them to the local military base of the Moscow garrison. It appears that the Moscow Military garison is the body drafting the players into the army. The players are already part of Avangard, which counts as service in the Airborne Forces (VDV), but Moscow’s military priorities superceed that of Omsk.

A likely version that has been suggested is that CSKA Moscow is not doing well and Vladimir Krutov is looking for additional reinforcements. If the players are drafted into the Moscow garison they could play for CSKA to serve their time in the army. Another version is that this could be a move directed at Avangard president Bardin from the political system. There will be an Avangard Omsk press conference on Friday regarding the Thursday incident.

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Pittsburgh Penguins Prospects Update

by Erik Johnson

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins

Shane Endicott, F

Season: 7 games, 4 goals, 0 assists, 4 points, 8 PIM

Jan Fadrny, F

Season: 4 games, 0 goals, 1 assist, 1 point, 0 PIM

Tom Kostopolous, F

Season: 8 games, 3 goals, 1 assist, 4 points, 14 PIM

Alexander Mathieu, F

Season: 7 games, 1 goal, 0 assists, 1 point, 4 PIM

Eric Meloche, F

Season: 8 games, 1 goal, 4 assists, 5 points, 8 PIM

Michal Sivek, F

Season: 8 games, 1 goal, 4 assists, 5 points, 6 PIM

Tomas Surovy, F

Season: 2 games, 1 goal, 0 assists, 1 point, 0 PIM

Billy Tibbetts, F

Season: 5 games, 3 goals, 1 assists, 4 points, 31 PIM

Alexandre Zevakhin, F

Season: 8 games, 1 goal, 4 assists, 5 points, 2 PIM

David Koci, D

Season: 8 games, 0 goals, 1 assist, 1 point, 27 PIM

Ross Lupaschuk, D

Season: 6 games, 1 goal, 1 assist, 2 points, 7 PIM

Brooks Orpik, D

Season: 7 games, 1 goal, 2 assists, 3 points, 11 PIM

Darcy Robinson, D

Season: 5 games, 0 goals, 1 assists, 1 points, 6 PIM

Rob Scuderi, D

Season: 7 games, 0 goals, 4 assists, 4 points, 18 PIM

Sebastian Caron, G Read more»

Training Camp Profile with Stephen Weiss

by HF Staff

We hope you will enjoy the following look at an NHL training camp as seen through the eyes of rookie centerman Stephen Weiss. Weiss, 18, a native of Toronto, Ontario, played in 62 games last season with the Plymouth Whalers of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) scoring 40 goals and 47 assists (87 points). He was the Panthers’ first selection and fourth overall in this year’s entry draft held at National Car Rental Center.

Week One / Part One:

I’d like to start out by saying hello to my family and friends that I know are going to be reading this on the Panthers’ website. I’m doing great here in Hull and looking forward to rookie training camp. I’m rooming with Niklas Hagman. He was drafted in ’99 with the Panthers and played in Finland last year. He speaks English well so there’s no problem communicating. He’s a good guy and all the other guys seem like good guys too.

How was your off-season?

I had a good summer. I had a chance to train hard. We had the rookie camp in Thunder Bay with the Panthers. That went real well. I got to meet some of the guys and that was a neat experience. The summers start to fly by once you get older. It was good to get some training in and put on some weight, which was good for me. And it was nice to spend time with my family.

How do you feel physically coming into this camp? What’s your mindset?

I feel real good right now. I put on a lot of weight, feel strong, and I’m looking forward to getting camp started. Even just last year compared to where I am now it’s totally different. I was just 170 Read more»

Rangers News and Notes: Anders Myrvold

by Evan Andriopoulos

Anders Myrvold, signed as a free agent in September out of Norway spent last season taking the bus between Springfield and Nassau on Long Island with the Islanders. Myrvold a 6-1 200 smooth skating defender spurned offers from the Montreal Canadiens and New York Islanders as well as the St.Louis Blues in order to sign with the Rangers and have a chance at playing in Madison Square Garden with the Rangers.

Myrvold`s stay with the big club lasted exactly three days and was re-assigned to the group going to Hartford (AHL). Upon arrival and impressing the Rangers Myrvold signed a 25 game tryout contract and has not seen much playing time as he has a nagging shoulder injury. Myrvold`s one note of the AHL season came in a game against Bridgeport assisting on Jeff Toms goal before nearly 11000 at the Civic Center in Hartford.

The Norwegian defender hopes to earn another contract and a shot at the NHL and his play during rehabilitation has been impressive.

Originally drafted by Quebec with their 6th choice (127th overall) in the 1993 NHL Entry Draft Myrvold played little with Quebec/Colorado and then went onto Boston along with Landon Wilson, afterward back to Europe(AIK-Sweden) and back again to North America with the Islanders/Springfield. Myrvold has already shown an interest at playing for Norway in the World B Championships, a stint that can only help.

In final, with the Rangers defense in such disarray it is only time before the Lørenskog boy get`s a shot at a shift on MSG ice…

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