Tracking a Phenom, Jason Spezza – 2nd Installment

by Bob Chery
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I will post my preliminary rankings of OHL players eligible for the NHL Draft early next week. I don’t foresee any changes to the Top Five that I posted in my pre-season rankings, but there will be some shuffling beyond that point. There are a couple of power-forwards rising through the ranks, plus of course the birthdate issues. Perhaps by then we’ll know where Spezza ends up.

WHL: Rants and Ravings

by Jeff Bromley
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Reports of panic and bedlam hitting the streets of Cranbrook due to the circulating rumors of ICE scoring sensation Mike Comrie signing a pro contract and heading to greener pastures
are greatly exaggerated. There are reports of ICE fans at centers all over the WHL protesting the possibility of losing their superstar at his father’s BRICK Furniture stores. These protests
failed to materialize however, due to the incredible, DON’T PAY UNTIL 2010 sale offered only to ICE fans. Being upset about losing your favorite hockey player is one thing but getting a
great deal on appliances is another story altogether……. Seriously though folks, this whole hullabaloo about the possible Edmonton Oiler offer to Comrie for first round draft pick money
(pegged at about $1.1 million per year with a lucrative bonus structure) doesn’t wash with me. Why would he (and his agent) sacrifice a kick at unrestricted free agency next June by
signing now? My money’s on him staying with the ICE.

A report out the OHL states that possible number one draft pick for this June’s NHL Draft, Jason Spezza, has asked for, and will
receive a trade from the cellar-dwelling Mississauga Ice Dogs.

The bids for the Canadian host city for the 2003 World Junior Championships are now being accepted. No fewer than ten cities are bidding
from Calgary to Halifax. When are they going to wake up and realize that the WJC’s only draws any real interest from fans in Canada? The organizers can’t be making any money over there from the obviously mediocre fan support. It’s time we host Read more»

Stars Notebook (11/08/2000)

by Keith Riskey
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Notebook — 11/08/2000

Utah Grizzlies Update

The (IHL affiliate) Utah Grizzlies season record dropped to 7-5-0 after two absymal road games this weekend. On Friday, they lost 4-0 to Milwaukee and on Saturday they lost 5-3 to Cleveland. During this road trip, the Grizzlies have continued to exhibit numerous special teams problems. In both games over the weekend, the power play (which received 10 chances) did not convert, and the penalty kill was exceptionally poor (giving up 4 goals on 11 tries).

But don’t start jumping off bridges just yet, Grizzlies fans. Rugged defensive-minded coaches Bob Bourne, Craig Ludwig, and Jason Taylor, should whip these green mommas-boys into proper penalty killing shape soon — it’s their speciality.

The Grizzlies are 2-2-0 on their current road trip. Their next game is Friday in Detroit against the Vipers.

Top Utah Scorers
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Czech NHL rookies – Martin Havlat

by Robert Neuhauser
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In the first part I’m going to feature a possible Calder trophy winner, Czech winger Martin Havlat, who is currently among the top NHL scoring rookies. And it’s most likely that he’ll stay there till the end of the season.

Martin was born on April 19th, 1981, already with a god-given hockey talent. His father, former Brno defenseman and a current coach, soon recognized the talent of his son. At the age of 2 Martin already stood on skates. He sometimes followed his father to the practices and so he had a lot of opportunities to learn skating.

As time passed, little Martin found himself a player for the HC Ytong Brno 1st grade kids team with his father as his coach. The god-given hockey sense and good skating immediately made him the superstar of the team. He had to score goals and he knew how to do it, besides it is said that Martin was treated bad by his father if he failed to score in a single period! The purpose was to force Martin to fight for the puck as hard as he could to score that goal. And he scored, but not everyone was pleased with his play, people raved that he was too afraid to fight along the boards and the skinny Martin wasn’t the king when it came to weight-lifting. At the bantam age Martin wasn’t satisfied with the ice time he got in Ytong and so he moved to a much weaker Div II bantam team, where he played up to 30 minutes a game. After that year he returned to Ytong in great shape and became a regular with the Under-16 team. Michal Sivek was the star of this team, with Martin following him closely. After the 1996-97 season Sivek mo Read more»

ECHL: Pensacola Sets Team Record

by Parker Neale
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Wayne Cashman has definitely had an impact on the success of the Ice
Pilots after joining the team in the off-season. His numerous
transactions that created an entirely new look for the team on the ice
produced negative results initially as the team started off the season
by losing their first four games. However, since then, the Ice Pilots
have been on a tear. A new team record was set for the franchise when
they defeated the Birmingham Bulls, 6-5, in overtime this past Sunday.
That win has brought their winning streak to 7 consecutive games.

The Ice Pilots are led on offence by Jeff Bes. The veteran forward has
tallied 17 points on 4 goals and 13 assists, thus far. This total ties
him for second in the league in points and he has been nominated for
Player of the Week honors for this past week. Bes also recorded a point
in each of the seven wins during the streak.
The Ice Pilots have also received solid contributions during that
stretch from Allan Egeland (14 points), John Tripp (10 points) and Kevin
Colley (10 points). Tripp has been able to pop in goals during
opportune times as he sits atop the league with 3 game-winners. The Ice
Pilots have 6 players that have tallied 10 points through the season
thus far and 18 players that have notched at least one point. These
figures definitely signal a well-balanced attack.

On defence, Briane Thompson, Jay McGee and Scott McCallum have been able
to contribute points of their own. This threesome has also combined for
a plus/minus rating of +10.
And, in goal, Shawn Degagne an Read more»

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