GUELPH – The Canadian Hockey League and the Ontario Hockey League announced
Monday that the 2002 MasterCard Memorial Cup has been awarded to the city of
OHL Commissioner and CHL President David Branch, along with members of the
OHL’s Memorial Cup Selection Committee, made the official announcement
Monday afternoon in Guelph.
“We are delighted to be able to announce that the 2002 MasterCard Memorial
Cup will be held in Guelph, Ontario,” Branch said. “We are confident the
community of Guelph and the Guelph Storm hockey club will do an excellent
job in playing host to our championship tournament, which continues to grow
The OHL allowed the top four teams in each of its two conferences at the
30-game mark of the regular season to make bids to host the 2002 MasterCard
Memorial Cup. The Guelph Storm, Erie Otters, Barrie Colts and Ottawa 67’s
all made bids to the MasterCard Memorial Cup committee.
The committee was comprised of Paul Beeston, chief operating officer,
commissioner’s office for Major League Baseball, Frank Bonello, director of
Central Scouting for the National Hockey League and Bryan O’Neill, former
Vice-President of the NHL and current NHL director of consulting services.
Gordon Kirke, Ontario Hockey League counsel, and Branch were non-voting
members of the committee.
“The quality of the four bids we received were absolutely outstanding,”
Branch said. “All of the OHL teams that bid realized the magnitude of
hosting a Memorial Cup and their presentations to the MasterCard Memorial
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Toronto – The Ontario Hockey League today announced that Windsor Spitfires
centre Steve Ott is the OHL Player of the Week for the week ending Sunday
January 20, 2002 after scoring four goals and three assists for seven
points, leading the Spitfires to three wins last week.
Ott, a 19-year-old native of Summerside, P.E.I., scored two goals, including
the game-winner, as the Spitfires skated to a 3-2 win against the Greyhounds
in Sault Ste. Marie on January 16. He followed up with two goals, including
his second game-winner in as many days, as the Spitfires defeated the
visiting Brampton Battalion on January 17 and chipped in with two assists in
a 5-1 home-ice win over the Mississauga IceDogs on January 20.
Ott, who won a silver medal with Canada’s National Junior Team earlier this
month, leads the Spitfires with 25 goals and 28 assists for 53 points in 33
games this season.
Born: August 19, 1982 Summerside, P.E.I.
Position: Centre Shoots: Left
Height: 6.01 Weight: 184 lbs.
Windsor’s 2nd round choice, 41st overall, in the 1999 OHL Priority Selection
NHL – Dallas’ 1st round choice, 25th overall, in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft
Season Club GP G A PTS PIM
1998-99 Leamington Jr. B 48 14 30 44 110
1999-00 Windsor Spitfires 66 23 39 62 131
2000-01 Windsor Spitfires 55 50 37 87 164
2001-02 Windsor Spitfires 33 25 28 53 104
OHL Totals 154 98 104 202 399
St. Louis Blues:
Drafted 1988, 2nd rnd, 30th overall
Curent team: ZSC Lions
Adrian, not any longer Adrien, Plavsic is one of the most elegant players to be seen on the Swiss ice. After a long NHL career that started in 89/90 with the Blues and ended in 96/97 with the Anaheim Mighty Ducks he signed for German team Revier Löwen Oberhausen. There his experience in the NHL also with Vancouver and Tampa Bay was vey valuable and he scored 19 points in 36 games beforee Swiss giants ZSC Lions offered him a bag of money. Read more»
Rastislav Stana…has declined to participate in the ECHL All-Star game, and instead remain up with the AHL Portland Pirates. He has appeared in 3 games since his call-up to replace the injured Corey Hirsch. He has also not been notified yet as to whether or not he will be traveling to Salt Lake City for the 2002 Olympics in order to play for the Slovak National Team.
J.F. Fortin…has sparkled for the injury depleted Capitals blueline. His time spent in the ECHL last season may have been a wake-up call for Jean-François. Coach Hanlon for the AHL Portland team has worked with the blueliner, and has impressed Ron Wilson and staff for a prolonged stay with Caps (along with minor league veteran Todd Rohloff).
As Roman Tvrdon returns from his injury, Martin Hlinka goes down…In AHL Portland this season the LW position has been injury plagued. But, since his return Tvrdon has scored 1 goal and is +2 in his 3 games. Hlinka struggles continue, not only in scoring but now also with his latest injury. Hlinka suffered a separated shoulder earlier this month, and could be out at least a month.
OTHER NEWS…the Washington Capitals have signed Colin Forbes to a one-year contract.
The Capitals have also picked-up Ivan Ciernik off of waivers. Originally selected by the Ottawa Senators in the 1996 entry draft (9th round). Ciernik, could be a big banger, with offensive potential but so far this season in his 23 games with the Senators has been loathe. He is currently earning $325,000/year.