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.
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.
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According to www.del.org, the Shark’s 2001 1rst round draft pick, Marcel Goc, has made a surprising late season DEL transfer from the Schwenningen Wild Wings to the Mannheim Adler. This move comes as a bit of a surprise seeing as how Mannheim only has 10 more games this season and Schwenningen in no way receives any reported form of compensation. More surprising is that Goc, who currently has a rather disappointing 8-9-17 and -7 rating in 45 games, has signed a contract with Mannheim, valid until April 30th, 2005. Ironically enough, he was the only player on the Wild Wings who had a valid contract in place for next season, leading to further speculation that this is Schwenningen’s last season in the DEL.
The Wild Wings are now also void of the NHL transfer rights of Marcel, which also go to the Mannheim Adler. He will wear the number 57 and is first eligible to play with Mannheim on the 22nd of February. Marcel will partake in the upcoming Olympics in Salt Lake City as a member of Team Germany.
As an aside, there is nothing yet indicating that the San Jose Sharks were involved in this move. However, the Wild Wings are almost mathematically out of contention for a playoff spot. The Adler, who are coached by former Islanders coach Bill Stewart, are already ensured of making the playoffs and are the favorites to win the DEL championship. Should they do so, the experience would surely be invaluable for Marcel, the younger brother of Tampa Bay prospect Sascha Goc.
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Just like the NHL, Hockey’s Future is always growing and adding new features for our readers. Over the last few months, we have added several new features and are planning to add several new things for your enjoyment. To follow is a quick breakdown of some notable news…
2002 Draft Center: Coming in March, our 2002 Draft Center will be launched with a redesign and more information than ever. With our staff of over 30 credentialed writers, this years edition of the Draft Center is shaping up to be the most comprehensive one yet, and we are looking to remain the most informative site on the internet for draft coverage and prospect information.
Assisting Hockey’s Future again in this role will be long-time HF contributor “The Prospect Advisor”. Glen Gawronski and his staff of 8 professional scouts will provide us with their Draft Rankings on a regular basis. As the draft gets closer, these ranking will be updated for all the leagues and will be readily placed on HF’s front page. For information on subscribing to the monthly newsletter Prospect Advisor, click on the link and drop them a line.
In addition, Paul McDonald’s statistical updates for all the top CSB Ranked players from North America and Europe will be updated regularly and located on the HF front page under the Draft Center Heading. Why search around the internet for these stats when you can come right to Hockey’s Future and get them in one place?
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In the 2nd part of a 3 part series, Hockey’s Future looks at most of the Florida Panthers prospects playing in the CHL, NCAA, and European ranks.
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Jeff Woywitka, the Philadelphia Flyers 1st round selection (27th overall) is having an excellent season with the Red Deer Rebels in the WHL. To date Jeff has played in 50 Games netting 9 Goals and 18 Assists for 27 Points. 2 of Jeff’s 9 goals came on the power play and one is a shorthanded goal, he also has 2 game winning goals. Jeff is an impressive +19 for the season and has 77 penalty minutes. Here is a quick interview I did with Jeff:
AR- How did you feel on Draft Day when you heard your named called 27th overall?
JW- It was a dream come true. I had always thought about the NHL draft and sitting
there in the stands and hearing my name was almost surreal.
AR- How has it been so far being a part of the Philadelphia Flyers
JW- They are a class organization and have kept in touch with me all season long.
It’s great to be part of such a solid team.
AR- What would you list as the best part of your game?
JW- Getting it out of my own end.
AR- What part of your game do you think you need to work on the most to
make it to the NHL level?
JW- The physical side of the game.
AR- Who would you liken your game to in the NHL?
JW- Chris Pronger
AR- What NHL player did you idolize the most as a child?
JW- Ray Bourque
AR- What NHL team did you grow up following?
JW – Vancouver Canucks
AR- I realize how little spare time you probably have but what do you do
when you are not on the ice?
JW- Go to school
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