It has become something of a Christmastime tradition for the rookie 16-yr-olds of the Kootenay ICE. Adam Taylor and Andy Thompson played last year, and Dan Blackburn and Duncan Milroy played the year prior and Jarrett Stoll the year before that. This season isn’t any different as a record three members of the ICE first-year player club have been selected to represent their respective regions at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge held this year in Selkirk and Stonewall, Manitoba. Nigel Dawes (Team Western), Dale Mahovsky and Bryan Bridges (Team Pacific) will all be competing for the gold medal signifying the best 16-yr-old players on the planet the week of Dec. 29 – Jan 4.
The tournament is one of the most heavily scouted by NHL talent finders – a fact made more clear because the players at the World Junior Hockey Tournament have all, for the most part been drafted. A prospect that now makes the tournament that much more important for the NHL possibilities of the three players.
For first year goaltender Bryan Bridges, it’s a pressure that he tries not to focus on. “Yeah, but you know there’s going to be some pressure with all the media, TV and scouts,” said Bridges before the Christmas break. “I don’t know, I guess all I can do is play my best and hope the scouts like what they see.”
Dawes sees it somewhat different. For him he’ll play it almost identical to what it looks like when he’s playing at the Cranbrook Rec/Plex, that is, just have some fun. “Not really,” said Dawes of being under a microscope. “I’m sure when I get out there I’ll be a little ne Read more»
Switzerland isn’t a candidate for the gold medal but should try to build on the progression they’ve made the past few years. On the roster are 4 drafted players and several players that are 2002 eligible. Expect an update on those players on Hockeysfuture after the tournament.
Three goalies will travel to the Czech Republic. Two of them being 2002 draft eligible
Daniel Manzato 01.17.84 Victoriaville Tigers, QMJHL (2002 Draft Eligible)
Matthias Schöder 07.20.82 GCK Lions, NLB (Schöder was called up to NLA-team ZSC Lions for a short period due to injuries this season)
Tobias Stephan 01.21.84 EHC Chur, NLA (2002 Draft Eligible)
The Swiss defense will have 6 players available that are currently full time NLA-players. 2 of them being drafted already. Also their defense will hold 1 2002 draft eligible player:
René Back 09.08.82 EHC Chur, NLA
Lukas Baumgartner 03.15.84 EHC Kloten, Elite Jr.A (2002 Draft Eligible)
Severin Blindenbacher 03.15.83 EHC Kloten, NLA (Drafted by Phoenix Coyotes) Read more»
PITTSBURGH FORGE NAHL JUNIOR A …… NEWS :
Find all the info you need on Pittsburgh’s new Junior A team at:
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Once again this year, the best junior hockey players in the world will be on
display at the World Junior Hockey Championships and therefore once again,
so will the top stars from the Canadian Hockey League.
The final roster for Canada’s National Junior Team was announced on the
weekend and of the 22 players on the team, 21 of them are Canadian Hockey
League players. The breakdown of Team Canada: 10 players are from the
Western Hockey League, nine players are from the Ontario Hockey League, two
players are from the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League and there is one
player from the U.S. college ranks.
The World Junior Hockey Championship will be held from Dec. 25, 2001 to
January 4, 2002 in the Czech Republic. Numerous other CHL import players are
also participating in the event on teams from other countries.
All of Team Canada’s games from the World Junior Hockey Championship will be
broadcast live on TSN. Team Canada plays two exhibition games, Dec. 20
(against Liberec, a Czech Republic Division 1 team) and on Dec. 22 (against
Finland), before opening the World Junior Hockey Championship tournament
Christmas Day against France.
You can also follow the exploits of Team Canada at www.canadianhockey.ca,
which will contain up to date information on the WJHC throughout the event.
WESTERN HOCKEY LEAGUE
There are no games in the WHL on Thursday night.
On Wednesday night in the WHL, Kamloops (6) edged Seattle 6-5, Prince Albert
stopped Kelowna 3-2, Saskatoon and Regina played to a 1-1 tie and Brandon
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