Islanders Sign D Branislav Mezei

by Bill Bennett
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The Slovakian-born defenseman played the last two seasons with the Belleville Bulls of the OHL.

This past season, he was named to the OHL All-Star Team, First Team, in a postseason vote by league coaches after going 7-21-28, a +35 with 99 penalty minutes in 58 regular season games.

He was the first runner-up in the voting for the Max Kaminsky Trophy, awarded yearly to the OHL’s Most Outstanding Defenseman.

Mezei was one of the final cuts during last year’s training camp.

Mezei is considered a very heady and mobile defenseman. At 6’4, 230 pounds, the Slovak also has the size to match his skills and smarts.

With another year of junior hockey under his belt, he’s sure to make a run at a spot on the Islanders’ blueline.

Mezei, who will turn 20 on Oct. 8, has been enjoying himself on Long Island all week working out with several of his teammates.

A Salute to Hockey’s Future

by pbadmin
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Two summers ago, I had the good fortune of working on the Hockey’s Future website. I appeared in a column entitled ”Gabbing Hockey”, and I thoroughly enjoyed the experience. In fact, I would probably be writing a weekly column for this site today, if it weren’t for the tremendous exposure that this site creates for any struggling sportswriter. Today, I have a new full-time job working on player profiles and team previews in sports magazines and websites. A large reason for my newfound success is the work I did for Hockey’s Future. It was my work on this site, which was noticed by my current employers, which turned out to be my big break.
Therefore, I wanted to take this opportunity to thank Hockey’s Future, for all their excellent work. If anyone has aspirations as a hockey writer, this is the place to get started. Hockey’s Future reaches far away places, and all hockey fans from around the globe should not miss out on the contents of this site.

Sincere thanks,

Gabriel Farnesi

Staff Writer

The Sports Forecaster Magazine

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ICE Training Camp 2000

by Jeff Bromley
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Why do they call it a camp? There’s no
campfires, no wiener or marshmallow
roast, no fishing and the only singing
around the fire you might hear are the
ones singing the blues because they
didn’t make the cut. No, this isn’t your
run-of-the-mill weekend at the lake kind
of camp. Miles of skating, the odd puck
and buckets of sweat – Welcome to ICE
Training camp 2000.

With Rookie camp opening over the
weekend and main training camp for the
Kootenay ICE set to begin later this
week on Friday Sept 1st, the anticipation
will be mounting on a daily basis leading
to the ICE’ first game of the 2000-01
regular season, beginning their defense
of the WHL Championship.

The anticipation level will also be rising
on whose going to make the veteran-
laden club that has as many as 20
returning veterans to the team this
season. Out of a roster of 24 players, to
say the competition for those few spots
on the club will be fierce would be
somewhat of an understatement. Here’s
what we do know. Mike Green, Wade
Burt and Graham Belak have all
graduated onto bigger and better things.
After that, things tend to get a little
complicated. On the European front
things are somewhat clearer. With
Jaroslav Svoboda in Carolina’s (NHL)
camp, it is certain that he won’t return.
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Toronto’s Keys to Success – Part 2

by Randy Nicholson
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This is the conclusion of a two part series providing a detailed look at players who will determine Toronto’s destiny in 2000 / 2001. For the purposes of this discussion, superstars (Sundin, Joseph) and dependable veterans (Thomas, Yushkevich, Domi, Perreault etc.) have been excluded. These articles will focus on players whose contributions have yet to be established over the long term. If a majority of the players listed herein can rise to new levels this season, the Leafs will do battle with perennial powerhouses in Detroit, Dallas, Denver, St. Louis, Philadelphia and New Jersey for league dominance. Conversely, if they fail to step forward sufficiently, the team may once again fall short of its Stanley Cup aspirations.

Last week we examined a group of returning players and this week the spotlight swings over to several key newcomers.
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Rangers Prospect Analysis: Jeff Ulmer

by Evan Andriopoulos
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Is Ulmer another Rangers smallish centerman in the likes of Christian Dube and Marc Savard or is he like Mike York or Mike Rogers?

COUNTRY: Canada
SHOOTS: Right
HEIGHT: 5.11
WEIGHT: 185 lbs.
BORN: 04/27/77
Wilcox, Saskatchewan, Canada
DRAFTED: Not Selected
HOW ACQUIRED: Free agent signee on 07/27/00
LAST CLUB: Houston (IHL), Canadian National (Intl.)

Jeff Ulmer is another product of the University of North Dakota Fighting Sioux where he played from 1995-1999. During the 1999-2000 season with the Canadian National Team he registered 14 goals and 39 points in 48 games around the globe, toiling against such teams as Norway, Britain and Slovakia. A late season signee of the IHL Houston Aeros he was coached by newly signed Rangers boss Ron Low. Low mentioned that the reason the Rangers signed the smallish center was that he was a hard worker who earns everything he gets.

Ulmer posted solid US Collegiate Numbers at North Dakota totaling 39 goals and 46 assists in 135 games in four seasons.

All signs point to Ulmer impressing at Rangers camp early next month and may suprise a few with his work ethic that will most likely see him at Hartford (AHL) but if injuries strike Tim Taylor as they do… Ulmer may have a “cup of coffee” with the Rangers before next season is over. He can also bring the Rangers a breath of fresh air as he plays much bigger than he is…

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