IHL NEWS: Young Has them All

by Andrew Bourgeois
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He’s the only player who’s captured the Calder Cup, taken the Turner Cup, manhandled the Memorial Cup and sipped from the Stanley Cup.

In his seven years in Chicago as a member of the Chicago Wolves, Young has achieved a comfortable level of celebrity.

And as a member of Wolves, league champions last season and in 1998, he gets to experience perks the rest of us can only write and read about.

“I got to throw out the first pitch at a Cubs game,” said Young.

“Last year, four of us sang Take Me Out to the Ball Game during the seventh-inning stretch.

“Before the game, we were behind home plate with the Turner Cup. They introduced all of us, gave a bit of a bio and the place was going crazy. It’s amazing the amount of people that knew us.

“Stuff like that makes it pretty cool.”

Besides his two Turner Cups, Young has won two Stanley Cups with the Pittsburgh Penguins, a Calder Cup American Hockey League championship with the Hershey Bears in 1988, and a Memorial Cup major junior title with the Kitchener Rangers in 1982.

Young is the only player in hockey history to win all four titles.

“The guys that are really good hockey players will never get a chance to do it, because they’ll never play in the minors,” said Young.

“I was bad enough to play in the minors, good enough to play in the NHL, then bad enough to play in the minors again.

“Overall, how lucky was I to be on so many teams? … Whatever my talent level is, you could have that Read more»

Final CSB List

by pbadmin
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CSS Rankings Provided Courtesy of NHL.com


Central Scouting Service Final Rankings
North American Forwards and Defensemen

First Round

Rank Player (Previous Rank)    Team                    Birthdate   HT      WT  Pos Shot
  1  Spezza, Jason (1)         Windsor                 13-Jun-83  6'2     214   C   R
  2  Hamhuis, Dan (3)          Prince George           13-Dec-82  6'0 ½   195   D   L
  3  Weiss, Stephen (2)        Plymouth                03-Apr-83  5'11 ½  178   C   L
  4  Komisarek, Mike (9)       U of Michigan           19-Jan-82  6'4     225   D   R
  5  Umberger, R.J. (4)        Ohio State              03-May-82  6'2     200   C   L
  6  Krajicek, Lukas (16)      Peterborough            11-Mar-83  6'1 ½   183   D   L
  7  Milroy, Duncan (5)        Swift Current           08-Feb-83  6'0     180  RW   R
  8  Armstrong, Colby (15)     Red Deer                23-Nov-82  6'1 ½   180  RW   R
  9  Hemsky, Ales (11)         Hull                    13-Aug-83  6'0     170  RW   R
 10  Colaiacovo, Carlo (12)    Erie                    27-Jan-83  6'1     184   D   L
 11  Popovic, Mark (8)         Toronto-St. Mike's      11-Oct-82  6'1 ½   194   D   L
 12  Gleason, Tim (10)         Windsor                 29-Jan-83  6'0 ½   199   D   L
 13  Woywitka, Jeff (17)       Red Deer                01-Sep-83  6'2 ½   197   D   L
 14  Watson, Greg (14)         Prince Albert           02-Mar-83  6'1 ½   177   C   L
 15  Bell, Brendan (19)        Ottawa                  31-Mar-83  6'1     198  Read more»

Roberto Luongo’s Rookie Season Review

by Mark Fischel
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What does a NHL team do with their franchise goalie when his own teammates can barely score more than 2 goals with him in net? This was the problem that Florida management faced when assessing the teams play in front of Trevor Kidd and the back-up goalie at the time, Roberto Luongo.

In the early part of the season, The Panthers were decimated with injuries to their already thin defense, and at times this left the unfortunate burden on the two goalies to keep the Panthers in each game. Thrown into the fire was the confident and technically proficient Roberto, who struggled mightily in providing the necessary clutch goaltending. One of the early criticisms that he faced was the tendency of some teams to win or tie the game in the waning moments of the game.

Luongo started the season going 1-11-2, in which he got his first shut-out against Minnesota on Oct 22nd before he was able to get his first win against Tampa Bay on Dec 25th. At the time, he had a steady, but unspectacular .901 save percentage and 2.5 GAA. Clearly not good enough to put the Panthers in the win column when the offense rarely scored over 2 goals a game, and for the season Luongo had the unfortunate luck of being the starting goalie in 5 of the 6 games that the Panthers were shut out in.
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The couple missing pieces

by pbadmin
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Over the season and especially in the playoff’s it became apparent that a little tinkering is needed to the roster. Veteren experience and reliability seems to be the new mantra coming out of the front office in Edmonton but not at the expenses of dismantling the core group. Finding a defenseman and a winger whom both have leadership qualities and Stanley Cup experience will weigh heavily on the minds of Kevin Lowe and his staff. Around draft day in June seems the most likely time a decision will be made since one way or another the Doug Weight contract scenerio will have been played out. The funds left over either way will determine who they can obtain to fill those roles and if the ownership group would be willing to spend an extra million or two to make it all come together.

Down the road the Calgary Flames spent more on thier rosters this season and perhaps they didn’t get the results they wanted, but if the ownership group and the fans and have a little give and take it could be accomplished. If in Edmonton the season tickets could be in the 16,000 area with only 1,100 to spare they could sell out 30-35 games a year the funds could be available. That essentially with the 5% increase in tickets prices could be allocated in signing Doug Weight to a three year contract and adding the two veterens needed.

Now barring if the money is available whom would be considered a good candidates for the veteren positions and what would be the cost. Now if someone were to mull over the current rosters in the NHL to see what is available they may find that Edmon Read more»

BCHL Players to watch in 2002

by Glenn Fugate
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Nathan Schwartzbauer: This Quesnel Millionaire defenseman is one of the biggest in the league at 6’5 210 lbs. Schwartzbauer (82) is reputed to be the fastest skater on the Mills up and down the ice. For a player this size that`s not a easy task. If this big d-man can work on his lateral movement and anticipation he should be a big influence on the Millionaires and the BCHL next year. This Alaskan has alot of size and teams are looking for that on defense. Look for Nathan to take a step up if the rest of his game does. Players will not find it pleasant in front of the Millionaires net next season, when Nathan is on the ice.


Alex Nikiforuk:
Alex plays right wing for the Burnaby Bulldogs of the BCHL. Not many rookies can rack up over a point a game in the BCHL but this native of Kelowna did. Not big at 5’8 165 Alex relies more on speed and smarts to make his game talk. Nikiforuk( 83) was one of the top point getters on Burnaby this season and should have a even bigger role next season. As in most BCHLers a scholarship is his goal and this should not be a problem. A season near 100 points could be in the future for this smart player.


Rod Pelley:
Rod Pelley had a great first year in the BCHL. This player at only 16 years old played a regular shift on the Prince George Spruce Kings. Pelley (84) is listed by the Seattle Thunderbirds of the WHL and will have to make the decision whether to play in the Dub or pursue a scholarship. This kid from Kitimat B.C. is a strong skater and has pretty good size for a 16-year-old at 6’0 180. Rod played wel Read more»

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