success/failure of the Canadian entry in the World Junior Hockey
Championships. The selection camp is set for Dec. 13-18 at the Beatrice
Ice Gardens in North York, Ontario.
Out of the 34 players, 22 will be selected to represent Canada at the
2001 World Junior Tournament in Russia.
winning team from the 2000 tournament. One player, Brian Finley of the
Barrie Colts, was a member of the silver medal winning team from the
1999 tournament in Winnipeg. Finley will be unable to play in the
tournament though due to the fact that he re-aggravated a groin injury.
form of redemption after falling short of the gold medal the last 2
years. The Canadian entry has not won a gold medal at the World Junior
Tournament since 1997.
Oullet’s to lose. Oullet will likely be the starter throughout the
tournament. Rob Zepp, Pascal Leclaire and Alex Auld would all make
capable backups for Oullet. The Canadian goaltending will be a strong
point as it almost always is.
McCarthy, Jay Bouwmeester and Barret Jackman will anchor this years
defensive corps. There will be a great deal of size on the Team Canada
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the WHL’s winter break. He will also miss this month’s World junior
tournament in Russia. Brian was expected to be a key role player for team
behind on fellow Caps prospect Kris Beech. There was no suspension as the
league felt Beech turned his back at the last second. This is the second
time since being drafted that Yonkman has had a run-in with a fellow
prospect. Last season he fought Ross Lupaschuk after Lupaschuk came in to
defend a teammate that had been boarded by Yonkman. Both players claim they
are friends now and they joke about that fight.
Sergei Gonchar were injured late in the season from cheapshots. In the
offseason, the Caps acquired Craig Berube, Remi Royer, and Stephen Peat in
seperate deals. Royer has played well lately, earning alot of ice time and
doing very well in his fights. Peat has won both of his fights last week,
before reinjuring his groin. He may play this weekend. In the games I’ve
seen he’s made the transition to forward much faster than I expected. He and
Royer could be called up this season if they can stay healthy and continue to
I expected the Caps to try to stockpile picks in the coming draft. In
essence, the Caps traded Yogi Svejkovsky for Khristich. I Read more»