Tim Connolly: Rising Star

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At last year’s draft Islanders GM Mike Milbury claimed that highly touted centerman Tim Connolly breaking his leg and missing half of his OHL season was a blessing. Connolly was on pace to score better than 50 goals and 100 points, which would have likely moved him up the draft charts. The skilled pivot was touted as the best stick handler in the draft and drew comparisons to the likes of Steve Yzerman. The Islanders brass were thrilled to take Tim with the 5th overall pick, the first of four first rounders.

Tim’s leg healed completely and he was in great shape for training camp. He had a strong camp, and though only 18, it was apparent that he was the most skilled player in the organization. Still, the Islanders were cautious about Connolly. They had made the mistake of rushing players into the NHL only to see their careers take a down turn before (see Dave Chyzowski, Eric Fichaud, and the jury is still out on Eric Brewer after a massive sophomore slump) and Tim had played only 46 games the year before. Hockey common place would be to let the phenom return to juniors, challenge for a scoring title, make a playoff run, and build up his confidence. However, the recent trade of super star Ziggy Palffy left the Islanders in dire need of a big time talent and fan draw in the lineup.
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From the UHL to the NHL: Goalie gets a chance to show his stuff

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His name is virtually unknown but his play is turning heads. Dieter Kochan, 25, has bounced between 8 different hockey leagues including the International Federation of Roller Skating (FIRS) an inline league. He is finally getting a shot at the big time though, recently signing with the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Kochan was originally drafted by the Vancouver Canucks in the 1993 NHL Entry Draft 98th overall. He never came to terms with the team and went on to attend Northern Michigan University. In 106 games with the Wild Cats he posted a 4.09 GAA and went 32-60-7. While playing with NMU, Kochan received numerous awards including Best Defensive player in 1996-97 and Most Valuable Player along with Most Valuable Defensive player in 1995-96.

Kochan led the USA Roller Hockey National team to a gold medal in the 1997 FIRS Roller Hockey World Championship in Austria last June. He was also a member of the 1996 National team who captured the gold in Italy.

After college, Kochan went on to play for the Louisville River Frogs of the ECHL posting a 3.73 GAA in 18 games. He started the 1998-99 season with the BC Icemen of the OHL and had a decent season going 18-16-5.
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Kitchener Rangers- A Postmortem

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The Rangers had a wild and crazy 1999-2000 season, there were plenty of changes,
on the ice and off. After numerous personnel changes and a coaching change, the
Rangers made a run at the Midwestern Division title, only to fizzle down the stretch, finishing 2nd in the division and 6th overall. This 66 point performance was a 14 point improvement from last year, when they finished tied for 8th and lost a one game showdown with Windsor for the right to be pummeled by the Plymouth Whalers.

This season the Rangers faced the Sault Greyhounds and bowed out in five games. Three of the four losses were close, two were decided by one goal, and the other, by two.

The Rangers scored 229 goals, an improvement of 24 goals, but they gave up 256, which was actually one better than last year. This is obviously an area of concern, as the team had trouble breaking out of their zone all year. But, there is a lot to be positive about on this team, as they have 13 players born in 1982 or later. So for the Rangers, 2001-2002 may be their year, but they should be better next year too.

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Washington Capitals Prospect Report

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Hello and welcome to the latest Capitals Prospect Update. In addition to all the news and notes, I will give you up-to-date stats on all of the players on the top 50 list.

The Portland Pirates (AHL) have finished their regular season with a record of 46-23-10 placing them second in the New England Division behind Hartford (N.Y.R.). Portland starts the playoffs on Wednesday against Worcester (St.Louis). Goaltender Martin Brochu completed his amazing season by being named team MVP, the AHL’s top goaltender and AHL league MVP. The Pirates will have to start the post-season without leading scorer Glen Metropolit, who will make a run for the Stanley Cup with the Capitals.

The Hampton Roads Admirals (ECHL) have started their playoffs with a first round series against Huntington. They are up 2-1 in the best of five series, with game 4 going tonight. The Admirals have five players on loan from Portland: Forward Mike Omicioli, Defensemen Gerad Adams, Mike Siklenka and Dean Stork, as well as Goaltender Curtis Cruickshank.

The NCAA held their “Frozen Four” final tournament last week and Boston College (Kevin Caulfield) lost the finals to North Dakota 4-2. The IHL Houston Aeros (Scott Swanson) finish the regular season next week, and should make the Western Conference Wild Card series. In the OHL, Guelph (Charlie Stephens) lost their first round series to Plymouth 4-2, while London (Krys Barch) missed the post-season.

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Kings Organizational Roster

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                      LOS ANGELES KINGS ORGANIZATIONAL ROSTER
"Tough to Play Against."
As of April 7, 2000

Owners: Philip F. Anschutz and Edward P. Roski Jr.
Governor: Robert Sanderman
President/Alternate Governor: Timothy J. Leiweke
Senior Vice President/General Manager: Dave Taylor
Assistant General Manager: Kevin Gilmore
Assistant to the General Manager: John Wolf
Director of Player Personnel: Bill O'Flaherty
Director of Amateur Scouting: Al Murray
Director of Professional Scouting: Ace Bailey
Scouting Staff: Serge Aubry, Greg Dreschel, Gary Harker, Rob Laird, Vaclav
Nedomansky, Parry Shockey, John Stanton, Victor Tjumenev and Ari Vuori
TV Commentators: Bob Miller and Jim Fox
Radio Commentators: Nick Nickson and Daryl Evans
Head Coach: Andy Murray
Assistant Coaches: Ray Bennett Mark Hardy Dave Tippett
Goaltending Consultant: Don Edwards
Trainer: Peter Demers ATC
Captain: D Rob Blake
Alternates: D Garry Galley and LW Luc Robitaille
Arena: Staples Center [18,500]
Training Center: Healthsouth Training Center
Team Colors: Purple White Black and Silver
Affiliates Lowell AHL, Long Beach IHL Mississippi ECHL and Trenton ECHL
Flagship Station: KRLA-AM 111 [Los Angeles]
Radio Network: KBET 1220 AM Santa Maria, CA, KGEO 1230 AM Bakersfield, CA,
KHJJ 1380 AM Palmdale/Lancaster, CA, KSHP 1400 AM Las Vegas, NV, KAMP 1430 Read more»