ECHL All-Star Game Report

by Steve Feldman

Trenton, NJ – The ECHL All-Stars took the ice on Tuesday night. In the skills competition the night before the Southern Conference dominated. The two teams were evenly matched in the first period, while the Southern Conference dominated the second and the Northern Conference made their comeback in the third period, but fell short.

The two teams were evenly matched and that shod in the opening period with each team scoring once. The goaltenders both played a strong period turning away 15 shots and allowing one goal each. Frederic Cloutier from the Louisiana Ice Gators was representing the Southern Conference and Chris Sanford of the Peoria Rivermen represented the Northern Conference.

The South was the first team to score; it came at the 9:17 mark when Mat Snesrud of the Columbus Cottonmouths scored with help from Mikko Sivonen of the New Orleans Brass and Steve Rymsha of the Greensville Grrrowl. With under a left to play in the opening period the North tied the game when Preston Mizzi of the Dayton Bombers scored. Arvid Rekis from the Peoria Rivermen and Lars Pettersen from the Richmond Renegades picked up the assists.

In the second period it was South that picked up the pace. With Joel Laing from the Wheeling Nailers in net for the North and Chris Madden from Macon Whoopee in net for the South it was the South that outscored the North and took a 4-2 lead after periods.

The South had the first three goals of the period, was Greg Pankewicz of the Pensacola Ice Pilots, with the assists coming from Allan Sirois of Pee Dee Pride and Louis Read more»

Higher Education

by Pete Choquette

Incredible size, strong skating, exceptional skill, and a winning work ethic; it would seem like formula necessary to be a high draft pick
in the NHL draft, wouldn’t it? But for winger Dennis Packard, a 6’5″ 215 lb. right handed shot from Kingston, PA, there were simply
matters more important than hockey. You see, Dennis Packard is not only a hockey player, but also a student at one of the most
prestigious institutions in the world, and he also was the 7th round selection of the Tampa Bay Lightning in the 2001 entry draft. How
could a player with such a coveted combination of tools have fallen to the 7th round? To answer that question it is necessary to
understand where Dennis Packard came from.

As a high schooler, Packard attended Wyoming Seminary Prep School where he not only starred in ice hockey but also in lacrosse,
which his brother Michael also plays at Harvard. He attended the Select -15 and -16 festivals representing the Atlantic/Southeast
region, and at 17, he left home to join the United States National Developmental Team in Ann Arbor, Michigan for the opportunity to
play with the best teenagers in the nation. In 67 games with the under-18 squad he accumulated 28 points, good for ninth on the
squad, and secured an invitation to the USA Hockey Summer Challenge team for Lake Placid, which played the Finnish under-20
team in a week long tournament. By the end of that summer Dennis Packard had not Read more»

New Rankings for Rangers Prospects

by Brandon LeBourveau
Well, it’s been half a year since the rankings have been updated but the waiting is finally over. Here’s a quick run down on how these rankings were produced: Evan, Edge and Brandon each made their own top 20 list. From there, Brandon awarded points to each prospect on each writers’ list. The 1st ranked prospect got 20 points, and so on down the line until the 20th prospect got 1 point. All the points were added up from the three lists, and after assorting the prospects from most points received to the least, we were able to form these final rankings. If there were any ties, the tie-breaker was who appeared on more lists, or who had the highest average ranking.

Finally we’re on to the rankings. Leave all comments below! Info on the prospects were provided by Edge and Brandon.

1. Dan Blackburn, Goaltender, New York Rangers
The 10th overall selection in the 2001 Entry Draft, Blackburn was ranked as the number 1 prospect by all three writers and was the easy choice for this spot. His emergence this season as a definite NHL caliber goalie and a potential all-star has made many fans and scouts drool over this youngsters potential. Fans are still thanking the Chicago Blackhawks for passing up on him to take Tuomo Ruutu, although Ruutu also happens to be a great talent. Expect many great things from Danny Blackburn in the future.

2. Jamie Lundmark, Center, Hartford Wolf Pack (AHL) Read more»

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