Thunder Bay a Great Hockey Town (Part 1: Minor Hockey)

by pbadmin
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For all of you who don’t know Thunder Bay is located in Northwestern Ontario
at the head of Lake Superior. The Lakehead as it is occasionally called has
a population of approximately 113,000. Cities of note around Thunder Bay is
Winnipeg eight hours to the west, St. Paul eight hours to the South and
Sault Ste. Marie eight hours to the northeast.

Now that you know where this place is it time to hear about what it does
well: Play Hockey! Thunder Bay has a good minor hockey system with two
associations managing hockey from Novice to Minor Pee Wee. Lakehead South
and Port Arthur Minor both have AA teams and house league teams at each age.
Once players get to Bantam and Midget age you go into a city wide draft
organized by Thunder Bay Minor Hockey. At Bantam there is house league,
single A and AA, in Midget there is only single A and AA. These teams are
usually very competitive in out of town tournaments. The Midget AA Fort
William Hurricanes captured the Ontario Winter Games Gold Medal in 1998 in
Peterbourgh.

The pride of the towns hockey program has to be the Thunder Bay Kings AAA
program. It consists of three teams at Pee Wee, Bantam and Midget levels.
The Pee Wee program plays in the Ontario Provincial Championships each year
after playing 28 games in the Bantam AA league. This helps to get the kids
AAA experience and develop their skills for the Bantam program. The Bantam Read more»

Swedish prospect update

by Johan Nilsson
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Prospect Watch – round 29

>>>>>Prospect of the round< <<<<

Samuel Pahlsson, MoDo

Samuel who’s drafted by Colorado and will most likely play with the Colorado
Avalanche next season, had a great game against Leksand. MoDo had two
successful lines, the Sedins together with Anders Soderberg and Samuel
Pahlsson together with tough guy Magnus Wernblom and Boston draftee Matias
Karlin. Pahlsson played outstanding and showed some great offensive talents.
He scored to fine goals and delivered a great pass to Wernblom that resulted
in a goal.


# Player Team Drafted by G A TP
1 Samuel Pahlsson MoDo Colorado 2 1 3
2 Magnus Nilsson Malmo Detroit 2 0 2
3 Daniel Sedin MoDo Vancouver 1 1 2
4 Pierre Hedin MoDo Toronto 1 1 2
5 Henrik Sedin MoDo Vancouver 0 2 2
6 Henrik Malmstrom Malmo 0 2 2
7 Anders Soderberg MoDo Boston 1 0 1
8 Henrik Andersson Linkoping 1 0 1
9 Pelle Prestberg Farjestad Anaheim 0 1 1
10 Toivu Suursoo Malmo Detroit 0 1 1


Elitserien round 29 - 1/6/2000



Brynas vs Frolunda 4-1
BRY: Roger Kyro 2, Daniel Olsson, Jan Larsson
FRO: Pasi Saarela

Linkoping vs Lulea 3-2
LIN: Henrik Andersson, Mike Helber, Peter Casparsson
LUL: Tomas Berglund 2

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Reflections on the World Junior Championships 2000

by Lasse Johansson
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The Czech Republic won their first ever
World Junior Championships gold medal after beating Russia in the penalty shootout
following a scoreless and pretty boring game.

Team Ukraine (10th place, relegated):

The Ukrainian team was packed with small players, and relied heavily on technique, skating and goalkeeping. Goalkeeper Vadim Seleverstov really stood out in the first relegation game against Slovakia, but displayed an unconsistent play in the other games. He is also very small and has probably had his fifteen minutes of hockey fame. The defenders didn’t play with maturity, often making simple mistakes in their own zone leading to a scoring opportunity for the opposing team. Denis Isaenko and Evgeny Pisarenko were the two most physical defensemen, and the two most suited for play in the NHL. Artem Gnidenko scored the goal of the tournament against Slovakia, when he in the final stages of the game scored a goal very similar to the one scored by Khlebnikov against Canada. Defender Alexander Skorohod, born in 1983 was the most interesting player in the Ukranian team.

Stars: Vadim Seleverstov G – Denis Isaenko D

Team Slovakia (9th place):

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IHL Notebook

by Andrew Bourgeois
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IHL RECAPS FOR WEDNESDAY JANUARY 5, 2000


Utah Grizzlies 3
Detroit Vipers 2 (shootout)

Cincinnati Cyclones 2
Michigan K-Wings 3

IHL FASTFACTS

Cincinnati’s Steve Bancrofts next point will be his 400th point of his pro career.

Detroit Vipers are the highest penalized team in the IHL with 1138 PIM.

David Ling is the IHL’s top goal scorer with 21 goals in 34 games.

IHL TRANSACTIONS

Manitoba Moose: Reassign centre Cory Cyrenne to Flint of the UHL

IHL TV SCHEDULE

Friday January 7:
Milwaukee at Michigan 7:30 pm Midwest Sports Channel

Utah at Cleveland 7:30pm FSN (Ohio)

Long Beach at Houston 7:30pm Aeros TV

THE IHL LOCKEROOM A LOOK INSIDE

When you walk into the Manitoba Mooses dressing room its nothing spectacular like you would see at the Molson Centre with the Montreal Canadiens
or at the ACC with the Toronto Maple Leafs. Once you open the big blue door leading inside the dressing room, your first glimpse inside you cannot help but to
notice the pictures around the room of past Moose players. Everything is placed in the stalls nice and neat courtsey of equipment manager Dale
Coulthard who puts in countless of hours seeing that all aspects of the equpiment is ready to go. To your left is the gatorade machine and the coaches Read more»

Criticism of Canadian juniors doesn’t help cause

by Jeff Bromley
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So-called experts seem to be doing nothing but condemning Canada’s World Junior hockey team. A bronze medal. That’s all the hard working juniors came back with from that icebox in northern Sweden. They ask why Canada isn’t producing the best hockey players in the world anymore. This unattainable goal that we’ve supposedly set for ourselves of coming home with the gold every year from every major tournament has become ridiculous. The one drawback to hitting gold five years in a row at this tournament (’93-’97) is that now it’s gold or nothing.

‘The Russians and Czechs are more talented players than the Canadians are now’, the experts say. ‘We produce nothing but muckers and grinders instead of talented hockey players’. Newsflash; the Russians have been pretty good since the ’50′s and the Czechs, Slovaks, Swedes and Finns aren’t exactly slouches. Witness Jaromir Jagr, Dominik Hasek, Ziggy Palffy, Peter Forsberg and Teemu Selanne. Could it be that the rest of the world has just caught up to us in the standards of hockey? After all, every time we won at whatever level all it did was breed complacency and arrogance. Nobody can win the gold every year. That’s why they play the games. And another thing, if the European system is so much better than ours, (better passers, more offence) how come the gold medal game at the WJC between Russia and the Czech Republic was a classic battle featuring all the scoring and excitement of a Ottawa-New Jersey game. That’s right, they trapped. In fact, they trapped so well that neither team scored in three periods of hockey and one more of Read more»