Recap of the tournaments of the Czech Under-16 and Under-17 teams

by Robert Neuhauser
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In the first half of November it’s time for the junior national teams to challenge the teams from other countries to a series of games or a tournament. This is a chance welcomed by the NHL scouts, who can see the future stars together on the ice, competing against top prospects from other countries. And how were the Czechs doing?

The Under-16 team
The 1985 born guys had 3 games against the Under-16 team of Switzerland on their schedule. The event took place in small Czech cities Trutnov, Nove Mesto and Lomnice and the games were attended mostly by the parents of the players. Although the senior national team of Switzerland isn’t sometimes taken seriously by the other teams, the junior teams have to be. So has the new Under-16 team. The young guys have beaten the Czechs with a 2-1 record, proving they are a top team. They won the first game 5:3, the second the 3:1 and just in the third game the Czechs recorded a victory, 4:3, on goals by Petr Vrana and Ivo Kratena, each scoring two. The whole Under-16 team is led by the star first forward line with Olomouc “twins” Vrana and Kratena and scoring wonder Vojtech Polak of HC Becherovka Karlovy Vary (registered 7 goals in the last Under-16 team game in the series against Slovakia!) Also in this series Kratena and Vrana combined for 7 of the 8 goals overall scored by the Czechs (Kratena 3, Vrana 4). The first line is absolutely dominating in the Under-16 team and all three forwards can be taken as serious 2003 NHL draft prospects. It’s likely that they’ll have some size at that time (Polak is 5’11”, 160 lbs. by now, Read more»

Making the Grade – ICE Report Card

by Jeff Bromley
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With over one-third of the 2000-01
season already in the books, the
Kootenay ICE encountering some
adversity of late and crucial tests coming
up in the next two weeks with two home
dates against Red Deer and games
against Regina, Kamloops and Calgary,
these next two weeks will be a good
indicator of just how good a club the
Kootenay ICE are. That being said, here
is a player by player, coaching and
management report card of performance
so far this season. There are some raving
reviews, some needs to be addressed
and concerns to be dealt with and some
question marks. Play along at home and
see who’s making the grade.

Management – Bob Tory
Have to admit that the ICE headman has evolved
into one of the shrewdest traders within
the WHL and his record proves it. The
solving of the ICE twenty-yr-old
situation by bringing in DeCecco and
Evans establishes definite foresight.
Evans will prove to be the steal in the
deal. Questions still remain about
another big d-man and protection for the
skilled forwards – I don’t think that
Tory’s trading days for this season are
done yet.
Grade – A-

Coach – Ryan McGill Read more»

Flyers Minor League Report

by Bill Meltzer
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Philadelphia Phantoms (AHL) Report:

The Phantoms have really scuffled this season. Goals and wins have been hard to come by. Going into Saturday night’s game against Norfolk, the club sported an unsightly 6-11-0 record and had scored a paltry 37 goals (to 51 goals against) in the 17 games played.

After encouraging wins on Saturday and Sunday, however, Coach John Stevens is breathing a little easier. The goals came in bunches on Saturday, as the Phantoms blew out Norfolk 8-2. On Sunday, goaltender Brian Regan and the defense stepped forward, recording a 2-0 shutout.

Comings and Goings

Struggling backup goalie Dan Murphy has been demoted to Trenton (ECHL). Brian Regan , who was a perfect 8-0 and had a stellar .933 save percentage for the Titans, has been called up in Murphy’s place.

Since our last update, Petr Hubacek was recalled to the Flyers. He played one game before being sent down again. Hubacek has been battling the effects of a slight groin pull that kept him out of two games before his Flyers recall. The same problem led to one injury-related scratching for the big club before he was returned to the farm team. He has not missed any action since coming back to the Phantoms. For the AHL season, Hubacek has 1 goal and 2 assists in 8 games. The two helpers came on Saturday against Norfolk.

Ruslan Fedotenko and Todd Fedoruk are still on recall to the Flyers. Both have been impressive. Fedotenko, in fact, has played so well that may not be coming back to th Read more»

Thoresen Shines

by Evan Andriopoulos
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Patrick Thoresen lead Storhamar to a 4-1 win over arch rival Valerenga(VIF-Oslo) before more than 4000 in Hamar. Thoresen just 17 has been very very impressive he scored a goal and assisted on player coach Alexander Smirnov`s goal. Smirnov at 36 is the elder statesman and Thoresen at 17 the future.

Swedish Teammate Jocke Persson said “he is out of the ordinary”… refering to the young Thoresen. It was Persson who cleared the way for Thoresen`s goal to make it 2-0 Storhamar.

Patrick…one to watch!

Rangers Weekly Prospects Update

by Brandon LeBourveau
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Week Of 11/12 to 11/18

Player         Team    League  GP   G   A   P  PIM  +/-
Pavel Brendl  Calgary   WHL    17  21  16  37   12   19

This Week: 2 GP, 3 G, 1 A, 4 P, 4 PIM, +3


Player           Team    League  GP   G   A   P  PIM  +/-
Jamie Lundmark  Seattle   WHL    10  10   6  16  17  -2

This Week: 3 GP, 3 G, 2 A, 5 P, 8 PIM, -2


Player         Team    League  GP   G   A   P  PIM  +/-
Filip Novak   Regina    WHL    21   9  16  25   17   11

This Week: 2 GP, 0 G, 1 A, 1 P, 0 PIM, -1


Player              Team    League  GP   G   A   P  PIM  +/-
Garret Bembridge  Saskatoon  WHL    21  13  13  26   12   -6

This Week: 2 GP, 2 G, 1 A, 3 P, 2 PIM, -1


Player             Team      League   GP   G   A   P  PIM  +/-
Evgeny Gusakov  Baie-Comeau   QMJHL   23   6   12   18  60  -1

This Week: No Games Played


Player             Team      League   GP   G   A   P  PIM  +/-
Premsyl Duben   Baie-Comeau   QMJHL   17   0   6   6   20  -6

This Week: 1 GP, 0 G, 0 A, 0 P, 0 PIM, N/A


Player            Team      League  GP   G  A   P  PIM  +/-
Nathan Martz  New Hampshire  HE     10   1  3   4   6   -1

This Week: 2 GP, 0 G, 2 A, 2 P, 0 PIM, Even


Player              Team    League  GP   G   A   P  PIM  +/-
Patrick Aufiero   Boston U.   HE     8   1   2   3   6   -1 
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