WHL West Division: At The Half

by Glen Crichton
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Here are the standings for the Western Hockey Leagues West Division just past
the half way point on the schedule.


GP W L T RT GF GA Pts

Spokane Chiefs 37 25 10 2 1 139 101 53
Prince George Cougars 39 18 17 4 4 141 132 44
Seattle Thunderbirds 36 16 16 4 2 125 112 38
Kamloops Blazers 37 17 16 4 0 125 119 38
Kelowna Rockets 39 17 21 1 2 109 114 37
Tri-City Americans 39 14 20 5 1 135 156 34
Portland Winterhawks 39 9 25 5 0 94 147 23

The Spokane Chiefs are a surprise to me and many others to be leading the division with a nine point bulge, however, they are starting to make
believers out of many as they’ve maintained their strong start and continue to make progress and pull away from the pack. A solid trade to pick up
twenty year old offensive defenceman Scott Roles from the Kootenay Ice along with the addition of another overager, sparkplug Brent McDonald who
was picked up after he became a casualty of the twenty year old numbers crunch in Prince George, have added offence and experience to a solid young
nucleus of players. Eighteen year old Tim Smith has led the charge offensively for the Chiefs, amassing 48 points in thirty-six games, thirty four of Read more»

A look at the prospects playing in AIK

by pbadmin
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Forsberg, Anger, Enblom, Tallinder, Sandstrom, Lundstrom — Profiles, stats
and comments on how they are doing this season and their chances of playing in
the NHL

Jonas Forsberg

Position: Goalie, Born: 1975, Height: 5-10, Weight: 175

Drafted: 9/1993 (210 overall) by San Jose

Current Stats: GP: 19, GAA: 3.06, SVS%: 89.19

Forsberg who once was a very promising goalie has had some rigid seasons
behind him. He has always got enough of ice-time but he has been very uneven.
Some games Forsberg was incredible and other nights terrible. He is currently
playing his 2 nd season with AIK and he’s the starting goalie. Last year he
shared the job with Mattias Pettersson but now he is the nr.1 goalie. This
season Forsberg has been acting more solid than ever and it appears like his
development is continuing. But still he is considered as a longshot when it
comes to making a name for him self in the NHL.

Per-Anton Lundstrom

Position: Defenseman, Born: 1977, Height: 6-2, Weight: 188

Drafted: 3/1996 (62 overall) by Phoenix

Current Stats: GP: 28, G: 3, A: 4, P: 7, PIM: 26

Just like goalie Jonas Forsberg, this guy has had some difficulties with his
development, the past seasons. Per-Anton was a great prospect when he was a
junior player with MoDo. Phoenix “saw” his skills and drafted him in the 3 rd
round in the NHL draft in 96. The same year (96/97) Lundstrom had a terrible Read more»

Hawks Nest

by pbadmin
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Late Midterm grades

Yes the grades come after the Christmas break and midway point of the
season, but better late than never. So without further adieu:

Goaltending: Overall grade: A-

Jason LaBarbera has all but stood on his head for the Hawks this
season. Despite a relatively high GAA (3.69 now, about where its been
all season), its the save percentage statistic that is more telling
for Jason. His save percentage is .903 now. He faces a lot of rubber
most nights, and has kept Portland in many a game. His saves have
ranged from ordinary looking from solid positioning, to spectacular
make up for defense mistakes or not clearing a rebound type. Jason
recently recorded his sixth career shutout, shutting out the Moose Jaw
Warriors, breaking a Winterhawk’s record. He was also named to the
West Conference all star team recently. Currently, trade rumors swirl
around Jason, guess we’ll all know on the tenth if he’s still a
Winterhawk or not.

Lanny Ramage has shown that he has the “stuff” to be a solid WHL
goalie, if not a excellent one. The rookie has posted a .915 save
percentage and a 3.33 GAA. He works hard in practices, and seems to be
filling the role of backup well, although with his talents, he
certainly won’t be a backup for long.

Defense: Overall Grade: C- (that might be generous)

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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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