Off season moves

by Anthony Patrick
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Possible off-season moves that could affect the Flames depth chart.

The minor league affiliate in Saint John had a stellar season, winning the Canadian Division crown, then going on to capture the Calder Cup as league champions. The success on the farm and the failure of the NHL squad should have some sort of impact on the roster in the upcoming season. The uninspired play of many veterans may also force a shuffling of personnel. So what can we really expect between now and training camp?

Promotions, Demotions, Minor League Shuffling

On the Farm

The success for a minor league affiliate is normally great news for any NHL team. Especially when the average age on that team is 22 years of age. It usually means that the minor league team is stacked with some great talent that could help out a weak NHL squad. But the Flames are not lucky enough to fall into that category. While the team they played in the Calder Cup finals, the Wilkes Barrie-Scranton Penguins, sported young AHL scoring stars like Milan Kraft and Andrew Ference, the Saint John Flames success can be tied to their great team play. There is not a single NHL star player in development in Calgary’s farm team. There is no expected impact player to be delivered that could change the NHL team’s fortunes. But there are a few players that could help out the Flames become a better scoring team, and provide more depth and balance to the roster.

Former first round pick Daniel Tkaczuk had an amazing run after coming back from a late season concussion. He stepped in and Read more»

1949-50 Chatham Maroons Last Canadian Team To Win Turner Cup

by Andrew Bourgeois
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The Chatham Maroons will forever remain the final Canadian team to hoist the Turner Cup.

The International Hockey League’s long-expected announcement Monday that it was folding assured the 1949-50 Maroons of their place in history.

“I read it about a week ago and I thought, “Good God,”‘ said Albert Plouffe, one of five Maroons who moved from Timmins, Ont., to play in Chatham. “It was the reason we came down here and now it’s gone.

“It’s disappointing.”

The IHL ceased operations after 56 years. The Maroons came aboard during its fifth year and won the championship that season, defeating the Sarnia (Ont.) Sailors in a seven-game series.

The Maroons left two years later for the OHA Senior league. They hadn’t expected to be the last Canadian champs.
“It’s sort of depressing,” said Earl Towers, another Timmins player who settled in Chatham. “It’s sort of sad. But I’m glad we did it.”

Their victory began a local IHL championship connection which continued until 1999, when Chatham’s Brian Wiseman, a former Toronto Maple Leafs’ farmhand, raised the Turner Cup with the Houston Aeros.

“It’s kind of disappointing the end result was this one,” Wiseman said, “whereas a few years back, it looked like one of the premier leagues in hockey.”

Wiseman played five years in the IHL. He was named the league MVP and won the scoring title in the 1998-99 championship season. He also played in three all-star games and was twice named an all-star in post-season voting.

A series of concussions sidelined him this season. H Read more»

NHL DRAFT 2001: Ilja Kovalchuk’s Draft Manual

by Eugene Belashchenko
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Whose play was so amazing during the 1999 Canada Cup Challenge Under-17 that his stick was demanded so it could be placed in the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto for the first time in the history of international hockey? Ilya Kovalchuk, that’s who! Ilya is one of the most exciting prospects, or more likely the most exciting prospect in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft.

(for more information, interviews, articles, photographs and etc. please
visit http://www.russianprospects.com)


Talent Analysis:

At 6’2 and 205 pounds, Ilya Kovalchuk already has the size to be a force in the NHL. As many Russian players, he will probably add more bulk after crossing over to North America. This young star has the skills to complement his great athleticism. As one scout put it “He’s big, tough and he’s got the puck all night,”. His explosive skating has been compared to that of the likes of Bure and is able to maneuver through heavy traffic. Besides being a powerful goal scorer, Ilya is also a great playmaker, possessing great puckhandling skills. Ilya’s great size would not have been as an effective asset without his great intensity. Ilya uses his size to fight for the puck and does not hesitate to get his hands dirty in a physical game, leading this season Spartak Moscow with 78 penalty minutes. Ilya is also a very feisty player, constantly getting into fights with his opponents. In an interview with the Sport Express Newspaper that is available in a link below, he explained hi Read more»

Red Wings draft preview

by Zoran Manojlovic
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This years draft looks to be the best ever. There are tons of players that looks like future NHLers. It`s not only the regular draft guys that are interesting, there are also guys that re-enter the draft that are good and could be good investments. But unfortunately Red Wings don`t have the so important 1st round pick, they miss the 3rd round pick to. 1st round pick was traded to Chicago in a deal for Chris Chelios, and the 3rd round pick belongs to Nashville because Detroit made a trade for a 4th round pick in the 2000 draft to pick goalie Stefan Liv.

Detroit will start the draft in the second round.

Here are some players that I think would fit good in the Detroit Red Wings organization.

1. Yered Hagos

Country: Sweden
Club: AIK J20
Position: Center
Height: 6.1
Weight: 201
Shoots: Left

First player I would draft but unfortunately I don`t think he will be available when Red Wings make there first pick, is Yered Hagos. This guy has it all, nice size, very good leadership, great skater, a lot of toughness, EVERYTHING! He has already made his debut in the Swedish Elite leagues playoffs! This IS a future Nhl player. He is ranked 24th overall in Europe, but I think he should be Top 30 in the draft!

2. Jay McClement

Country: Canada
Club: Brampton OHL
Position: Center
Height: 6.2
Weight: 195
Shoots: Left

Unfortunately I don`t think he`ll either be there when Detroit draft, but you can always hope. Jay is a very good all-round player, good size, scoring touch, great skater, very responsible defensiv Read more»

Turner Cup Champions Orlando Solar Bears Cease Operations and Detroit Vipers Cea

by Andrew Bourgeois
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IHL NEWS

The Orlando Solar Bears has ceased business operations, RDV Sports COO John Weisbrod announced today.

The Solar Bears became a member of the International Hockey League in December of 1994. Since beginning play in 1995-96, Orlando compiled an all-time regular season record of 286-162-44 (.626), the best mark in the IHL during that time frame.

In six seasons, the Solar Bears captured one division title (1995-96 Central Division), three Eastern Conference crowns (1996, 1999, 2001) and the 2001 Turner Cup championship. Orlando also advanced to the IHL Playoffs every year. The International Hockey League, which was founded in 1945, ceased operations on June 4, 2001.

The Solar Bears completed a historic 2000-01 season by defeating Chicago, 4-1, to capture its first Turner Cup championship. Orlando picked up numerous postseason accolades along the way. Goaltender Norm Maracle was named IHL Most Valuable Player during the regular season and playoffs, defenseman Brian Pothier earned both the IHL’s Rookie of the Year and U.S.-born Rookie of the Year awards, while Peter Horachek picked up the IHL Coach of the Year.

Other Solar Bears highlights have included: becoming the first Eastern Conference expansion team to reach the Turner Cup Finals (1996), posting a 16-game winning streak in 1996-97 (the third-longest winning streak in professional hockey history), and becoming the first and only team in IHL history to win a seven-game playoff series after overcoming a 3-0 deficit (1999 Eastern Conference Finals vs. Detroit).

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