Chouinard was unable to match his point total of last year. But, he
finished the season with an average of 2.08 points per game. Up from
1.76 the year before. Eric had a 25 game point scoring streak October
12th through December 11th. The streak ended when
Eric went to the Canadian World Junior Team evaluation camp. He returned
after the tournament to add 3 more games to the streak. Chouinard’s play
at the world tournament was less than stellar. Although he scored 3
goals, he was unable to register an assist, and finished the tournament
-1. He proved to be a defensive liability and was not used in any key
defensive situations.

Chouinard was twice named the QMJHL’s player of the week, and was
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Habs’ class of 1999 year end review

by Chris Boucher
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POS HT/WT DOB DRAFTED
Marc-Andre Thinel (F) 5'11"/170Lbs. March 24/80 D-Mtl99(5/145)

GP G A PTS +- PIM PPG SHG
1999-00 Victoriaville 71 59 73 132 +2 55 19 2

#1 Strength

- Offensive prowess

#1 Weakness-Strength

Thinel averaged 1.86 points per game for the season. Up from last years mark of 1.58 points per game. Marc-Andre showed more consistency this year, although he continues to fall into periodic scoring slumps. His plus/minus is very low for someone who contributes so much offensively. This stat demonstrates Thinel’s need to focus on the defensive side of his game. Something he hasn’t been able to do as Victoriaville’s “go to guy” offensively.

Thinel was named the QMJHL’s offensive player of the week on 2 different occasions this season. He scored 5 points in a game 5 different times, and he registered 4 points in a game 8 times. Marc-Andre also had and amazing 18 game point scoring streak which lasted January 30th through March 11th. Nobody in the Canadiens’ organization doubts Thinel’s offensive abilities. What is questioned is his ability to play both ends of the ice surface, as well as his size and strength. Only time will tell with Thinel.

NHL Projection

-Anywhere from second line player to career AHLer.

Current Stock Status- On the rise.



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Behind the Bench with….. Brian Kilrea

by Stephen J. Holodinsky
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Brian Kilrea, affectionately called ‘Killer’ by some, is the Head Coach and GM of the OHL’s Ottawa 67′s. Kilrea, has just finished his 25th season behind the bench with the club, and in the high pressure world of junior hockey, that qualifies him for Gordie Howe status in terms of longevity. Recently, I had the opportunity to speak with Coach Kilrea following his team’s demise in a tough six game series vs the Belleville Bulls.

Hockey’s Future: Outside of the fact that you failed to defend your Memorial Cup how was the Ottawa 67′s year?

Brian Kilrea: We had a good team but we’re a bit snakebit in the playoffs with injuries. Belleville, at that time, were the better team.

HF: Did any players take a big step forward?

BK: Biggest step forward would have to have been our goaltender, Levente Szuper. His overall game jumped to a new level and became a difference-maker for us

HF: Try to define the following players on your team by matching them up with the NHLer their style is closest to:

Dan Tessier – Peter Zezel. Great on face-offs.

Joe Talbot – Keith Acton. Pesky, in your face type player.

Jonathon Zion – Phil Housely. Smooth handling the puck.

Lance Galbraith – Wendel Clark. A battler, never say die attitude.

Miguel Delisle – Has the release to be a Mike Bossy type-sniper

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Recaps & Stats of all Swiss Games in WJC

by Christian Steven Schaub
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Game 1 – SWEDEN BASH LOUSY SWISS

RECAP

Switzerland got of to a good start in front of the home crowd. Sweden got an early opening goal through power play by Jungbeck, but the hosts reacted quickly! Monnet notched the first Swiss goal in these championships just 2 minutes later. From then on the home team was closer to the lead than their Nordic opponents.

But Martin Samuelsson had something against these annoying Swiss and recorded a shorthander at beginning of the 2nd. The game turned to Swedens favour and the Swiss started to make everything wrong one possibly can: defenders didn’t move up, forwards forgot to backcheck, bad passing, orientation problems in own slot or just pure lack of concentration! Two quick goals in the 6th minute sealed their fate and gave Sweden a comfortable win!

Luckily the Swiss will face the inferior Ukrainians (18-1 loss against Russia in opener) tomorrow. Hopefully it will bring back the spirit and put the team back on track.

BOXSCORE


SWITZERLAND 2 - SWEDEN 8
Kloten, 14.04.2000

1st 2nd 3rd TOTAL
Switzerland 1 0 1 2
Sweden 1 5 2 8

First Period:

Scoring: 1, SWE, A Jungbeck (power play) (M Hedlund, P Andersson), 1:00. 2, SUI, T Monnet (S Helfenstein), 2:48.

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ICE/Hitmen East Conference Final – WHL Playoffs

by Jeff Bromley
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Hitmen on the Ropes

In the land of make-believe and movies, rarely does the sequel ever live up to the billing of the original blockbuster or the hype of the ensuing
drama posed by the second installment of a hit. If the first four games of ICE/Hitmen II – The WHL Freezes Over, are any indication, somebody
should call Hollywood because we’ve got a genuine hit on our hands.

After gaining a well-deserved split of the first two games of the series in Calgary, thus gaining home-ice advantage away from the Hitmen, the
series shifted back to the cozy, hostile confines of the Memorial Arena. Needless to say, more than 10.000 fans in the Canadian Airlines
Saddledome does not compare to 1703 fans jam-packed into the ‘Silverdome’. No, it does not compare in the obvious shear numbers advantage
enjoyed by the Hitmen faithful in the Saddledome. No, it does not compare with the comfortable seats, $5 beverages and popcorn and a
Jumbotron that tells you when you can cheer. Where it also doesn’t compare is it’s sheer ability to add another dimension to the home team’s
effort against the opponent.

Consecutive sellouts of 1703 screaming faithful (ok, hands up everybody who thinks that just 1703 were crammed into the joint on both nights.
Mr. Fire Chief you can put your hand down) were on hand to witness what was in all likelihood the two most exciting games seen in these parts Read more»


POS HT/WT DOB DRAFTED
Eric Chouinard (c) 6'4"/192 Lbs. July 8/80 D-Mtl98(1/16)

GP G A PTS +- PIM PPG SHG
99-00(final)Quebec 50 57 47 104 +23 105 16 6

 

#1 Strength

- Scoring ability

#1 Weakness- Doesn’t use size