Habs’ Prospects Break Camp

by Chris Boucher
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The Canadiens’ prospects were on the ice for the second time Wednesday morning as André Savard led them through their morning workout. The mood during warm-up was low-key, but that quickly changed as Savard, along with Michel Therrien, Roland Melanson , and Éric Lavigne began the real on-ice workout.
The practice began with a 6-man neutral zone drill. Six players were given pucks and made to skate at medium/high intensity between the two bluelines. The object of the drill was to force the players to handle the puck while keeping their heads up at all times. Marc-André Thinel really excelled during this drill. It allowed him to showcase his speed and puck-handling ability.
Due to the language barrier, Andrei Markov was given some special attention. Markov showed good speed, and a quick first step. His mobility was excellent. He paid especially close attention to the on-ice direction, and seemed to respond well to suggestions.
Mike Ribeiro was definitely the best puck-handler on the ice. He was able to have his way with opposing defensemen during drills. Until they got a hand on him. This tactic would invariably result in Ribeiro being pushed off the puck. The extra 20 pounds of muscle that Ribeiro was reported to have put on during the summer didn’t seem to help in this regard. Read more»

Nate Miller signs with Kings

by Brian Schultz
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Former Minnesota Gopher Nate Miller signed a contract with the LA Kings last week. Miller, who had his most prolific season during his senior year with the Gophers, joins fellow former Wisconsin Badger Steve Reinprecht in joining the Kings since the season ended. According to former pro coach and current Minnsota Wild scout Glen Sonmor, the Kings, “got themselves an outstanding player. He is steady, shows good leadership and it’s great for him to get a chance. He makes contributions all the time, and I don’t see that changing at the pro level.” Terms of the contract were not released.

Career stats:

Freshman-5-9-14

Sophomore-8-6-14

Junior-6-8-14

Senior-16-19-35

Totals-35-42-77

Toronto’s Keys to Success – Part 1

by Randy Nicholson
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This is the first in a two part series providing a detailed look at players who will determine Toronto’s destiny in 2000 / 2001. For the purposes of this discussion, superstars (Sundin, Joseph) and dependable veterans (Thomas, Yushkevich, Domi, Perreault etc.) have been excluded. These articles will focus on players whose contributions have yet to be established over the long term. If a majority of the players listed herein can rise to new levels this season, the Leafs will do battle with perennial powerhouses in Detroit, Dallas, Denver, St. Louis, Philadelphia and New Jersey for league dominance. Conversely, if they fail to step forward sufficiently, the team may once again fall short of its Stanley Cup aspirations.

This week we’ll examine a group of returning players and next week the spotlight will swing over to several key newcomers.
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Swedish Hockey 101

by Peter Westermark
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If you know the basic facts regarding the structure of Swedish clubs – stop
reading now. If you don´t, you might learn something new.

Most teams started as non-profit organizations as a way to get people living
in the area interested and active in sports. The only thing one had to do to
become a member of the club was to pay a small fee to enter. The active
members elected a board that should run the club. This structure is still
common in Sweden, although the importance of money in hockey has grown. The
structure of most major clubs are similar to the structure of most
companies, although hockey is not a profit oriented business designed to
please an owner or a group of owners. Teams can not be sold or moved.

Some clubs are even introducing themselves at the stock exchange, turning
themselves into a profit-oriented business. The thinking behind the
metamorphosis is that teams have to have a sound economy if they want to be
successful in the Elitserien, although this sounds pretty ironic considering
the vast amount of Swedish clubs that are in debt.

One key source of revenue is local businesses as they supply sponsoring and
advertise on boards and jerseys. Teams whose Elitserien status can be
attributed to having a large company in the town include MoDo, who has even
assumed the name of the company, and Luleå, who is heavily sponsored by
SSAB(Swedish Steel).
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Whatever happened to Jared Hope?

by pbadmin
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I know that most of you are saying – Jared who?style=”mso-spacerun: yes”>  Unless you follow the Western Hockey League,
you probably don’t know much about him. 
Jared Hope was the Leafs final draft choice (230th overall)
in the 1996 Draft.  Jared had played
that season with the Spokane Chiefs and suffered two serious head injuries.

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On September 27, 1995 in a game versus the Kelowna Rockets,
Hope was knocked unconscious, taken to the hospital and diagnosed with a
concussion.  Twenty-four days later,
Hope played again for the Rockets after recovering from the injury.style=”mso-spacerun: yes”>  In that game versus the Tri-City Americans,
Hope suffered another blow to the head that would put his playing career in
jeopardy.  Hope did play briefly the
next year (1996-97) with the Edmonton Ice but his career was essentially over.

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Hope was once considered one of the brightest of WHL
prospects.  He was drafted 3rd
overall in the 1993 WHL Draft.  Jared Read more»