Michal Sivek is considered to be one of the biggest talents of Czech hockey (1998 draft 29th position). Not only is he very intelligent and clever but is down to earth and he is very polite. He is the player who is worth your attention. His play does not lack in courage and enthusiasm. All his abilities help him to create his smart style of play. He has a good hockey sense which has been developing from the age of 3 when he started with hockey. He has a brother who is 2 years older and he played for Sparta so Michal has been going there with his brother. He was always in contact with the older players so he knew how to play against them
He has been criticized by some observers for returning to the Czech republic but this criticism is unfair. Players not only need good hockey conditions but also good living conditions. He is still very young and he has family and friends in Prague. He is very happy that he plays for an excellent team at home and being at home means he can spend his free time with his parents or friends. We have to remember that players have to play on ice but that doesn’t mean to say they have to live on ice also! For the rest of the time they need to feel good and secure and these circumstances are best provided at home. Michal missed this in North America.
If he had made the first team of Washington Capitals he would have stayed in there but he did not want to play on the farm. The reason is not that he finds it less attractive there but AHL and IHL are mostly the leagues where the players show off for their NHL teams. So fighting i Read more»
Offence has been pretty hard to come by this year in the IHL. Goals,
shots and power-play goals are all quite low, as a whole. This decrease
can be attributed mainly to the strong goaltending now present in the
league. As opposed to many previous seasons, goaltenders have stepped
up to be valuable contributors of their teams this year. The
backstopper who has really gotten off to a torrid pace is Mike Fountain
of the Grand Rapids Griffins as he has sparkled in the absence of
now-Senator Jani Hurme. Fountain has produced a 1.75 GAA and 0.933 save
percentage in 10 starts thus far. While Fountain has provided the
defence, Todd White has been the sparkplug on the offensive end for the
Griffins. Grand Rapids is not alone as the majority of IHL teams have
certain players that are leading them in their quest towards the Turner
In Cleveland, Christian Matte has had no problems in his transition from
the AHL to the IHL as he has tallied 12 goals in his first 18 games. He
has been assisted by Brian Bonin, who has 19 points thus far. In net
for the Lumberjacks, Zac Bierk has been stellar, registering 8 wins and
a 0.913 save percentage.
In Orlando, Curtis Murphy has had to step up his play in the absence of
Mark Beaufait and has 18 points in 20 games. The Solar Bears have also
received top-notch goaltending from Norm Maracle, who already has 9 wins
to go along with his 0.912 save percentage.
It has been a different story in Cincinnati in terms of goaltending, as
they do not have a netminder within the top ten in the league
sta Read more»
The news that Eric Lindros has been cleared to make his return to NHL hockey after suffering the sixth concussion of his oft-injured career is disturbing at best. Not that any hockey fan worth his or her weight in pucks wouldn’t salivate at the site of the big, hulking center returning to the game that he loves, it comes down to the question of priorities.
In his career, Eric Lindros has been the center of attention. Whether it’s coming out of junior as the highly touted ‘Next One’ or admittedly refusing to report to the Quebec Nordiques both when and after the club drafted him first overall in 1990, being traded to two different teams at the same time (New York Rangers and Philadelphia), there definitely hasn’t been any shortage of copy or water-cooler talk on the big ‘E’ since he emerged as a hockey force over ten years ago. Now Lindros suffers attention of another kind, mostly of the medical variety. In a drama that’s playing out eerily similar to that of the fate of Eric’s younger brother Brett, who had to retire after two seasons with the New York Islanders due to Post-Concussion syndrome the elder Lindros is tempting fate by refusing to succumb to the many knocks to the noggin he has suffered in his nine-year career.
The strained relationship that has developed between himself and the Philadelphia Flyers or more appropriately, Flyers G.M. Bob Clarke has deteriorated to such a state that Lindros is openly courting the Toronto Maple Leafs to trade for the rights to sign him. A restricted free-agent, the talks between the Leafs and Flyers are movi Read more»
Stefan Liv joined Henrik Zetterberg as the second player to be nominated
as rookie of the year for the Sweden Elite League. There will be four
nominations before the seasons end.
The winner will have the honor of the title and his team will receive
$5000 (US dollars) and the same to his home team, which in Liv’s case is
The jury unanimously voted on Liv as the second nominee. “Stefan Liv
has handled strong pressure during this fall. Even when his team lost
seven games in a row he played well. He has already made his debut in
the national team Tre Kronor, keeping in mind that he never before
played in any junior national team.”
The nineteen year old goalie is third in the league for his goals
against average at 2.10. His save percentage of .902 is sixth best in a
league that some consider to be the second best league in the world
after the NHL.
Liv commented on his nomination saying “Of course I am honored to be
nominated, but as far as I am concerned itÂ´s my team HV-71 and what we
can do in the Elite League that is number one for me.”
Last season Liv began as the third string goalie for HV-71. He was
loaned to Tranas AIF in Allsvenskan where he posted exceptional numbers
in nine games. His 2.17 GAA and .920 save percentage impressed the
coaches who gave him the nod for HV-71 in the Swedish Elite League.
By the end of the year Liv had taken over the starting position playing
27 games. He posted a 2.09 GAA and .919 save percentage in that time.
Former Philadelphia Flyer, Mi Read more»
The Under-20 team
The Under-20 teams of Czech Republic, Russia and Finland headed to Sweden in the second week of November to participate in a tournament held in Uddevalla, Sweden. This 4-nations tournament was scheduled as the last chance to meet the opponents from the top Euro countries before the WJC in Russia, beginning Dec., 26th. Every country built a strong squad, where most of the players are projected to play in Russia, especially the players from the Sweden and Finland rosters. But for example the Czechs are going to invite up to 8 players, playing in the CHL this year. The last season’s team invited 5 – and it won the championship. The team in Sweden was good, too, even if it missed injured Michal Sivek of HC Sparta Praha (Washington Capitals draft pick) and Vaclav Nedorost of HC Ceske Budejovice, drafted by the Colorado Avalanche. The players of the Under-20 team don’t see a lot of ice time in their respective Elite league teams (mostly on powerplay and penalty killing units) and they split time between the Extraleague and the Junior league. Two NHL draftees competed in Sweden, Ivan Rachunek, a Tampa Bay Lightning prospect and Ladislav Vlcek, draft choice of the Dallas Stars. 4 serious NHL prospects showed their skills for Sweden, 2001 eligibles Tomas Plekanec of HC Vagnerplast Kladno and Petr Puncochar of HC Becherovka Karlovy Vary along with 2002 top talents Jiri Hudler of HC Slovnaft Vsetin and Marian Havel of SK Jihlava.
The Czech guys started out the tournament playing very well. Goalie Tomas Duba of HC Sparta Praha Jr. had a Read more»