ICE Training Camp 2000

by Jeff Bromley
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Why do they call it a camp? There’s no
campfires, no wiener or marshmallow
roast, no fishing and the only singing
around the fire you might hear are the
ones singing the blues because they
didn’t make the cut. No, this isn’t your
run-of-the-mill weekend at the lake kind
of camp. Miles of skating, the odd puck
and buckets of sweat – Welcome to ICE
Training camp 2000.

With Rookie camp opening over the
weekend and main training camp for the
Kootenay ICE set to begin later this
week on Friday Sept 1st, the anticipation
will be mounting on a daily basis leading
to the ICE’ first game of the 2000-01
regular season, beginning their defense
of the WHL Championship.

The anticipation level will also be rising
on whose going to make the veteran-
laden club that has as many as 20
returning veterans to the team this
season. Out of a roster of 24 players, to
say the competition for those few spots
on the club will be fierce would be
somewhat of an understatement. Here’s
what we do know. Mike Green, Wade
Burt and Graham Belak have all
graduated onto bigger and better things.
After that, things tend to get a little
complicated. On the European front
things are somewhat clearer. With
Jaroslav Svoboda in Carolina’s (NHL)
camp, it is certain that he won’t return.
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Toronto’s Keys to Success – Part 2

by Randy Nicholson
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This is the conclusion of 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.

Last week we examined a group of returning players and this week the spotlight swings over to several key newcomers.
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Rangers Prospect Analysis: Jeff Ulmer

by Evan Andriopoulos
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Is Ulmer another Rangers smallish centerman in the likes of Christian Dube and Marc Savard or is he like Mike York or Mike Rogers?

COUNTRY: Canada
SHOOTS: Right
HEIGHT: 5.11
WEIGHT: 185 lbs.
BORN: 04/27/77
Wilcox, Saskatchewan, Canada
DRAFTED: Not Selected
HOW ACQUIRED: Free agent signee on 07/27/00
LAST CLUB: Houston (IHL), Canadian National (Intl.)

Jeff Ulmer is another product of the University of North Dakota Fighting Sioux where he played from 1995-1999. During the 1999-2000 season with the Canadian National Team he registered 14 goals and 39 points in 48 games around the globe, toiling against such teams as Norway, Britain and Slovakia. A late season signee of the IHL Houston Aeros he was coached by newly signed Rangers boss Ron Low. Low mentioned that the reason the Rangers signed the smallish center was that he was a hard worker who earns everything he gets.

Ulmer posted solid US Collegiate Numbers at North Dakota totaling 39 goals and 46 assists in 135 games in four seasons.

All signs point to Ulmer impressing at Rangers camp early next month and may suprise a few with his work ethic that will most likely see him at Hartford (AHL) but if injuries strike Tim Taylor as they do… Ulmer may have a “cup of coffee” with the Rangers before next season is over. He can also bring the Rangers a breath of fresh air as he plays much bigger than he is…

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Habs’ Development Camp (Day 7)

by Chris Boucher
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André Savard was the only instructor on the ice, as the Habs’ Prospects camp continued Wednesday. Groin problems remain the injury of choice for many of the players, as Éric Chouinard became the latest in a list of seven players that have suffered some sort of groin injury during camp.
Chouinard however was the first player on the ice, testing out the groin injury he suffered in Tuesday’s on-ice session. He was skating quite gingerly, and ended up leaving the ice just 30 minutes into practice. Alexander Buturlin also seemed to suffer an injury during today’s practice. At one point, while the rest of the players continued the drill, he skated off to the corner in order to do some stretching exercises.
Add Ron Hainsey to the list of missing. Hainsey was not on the ice Wednesday morning, as he’s now returned to school. Fellow first-rounder Marcel Hossa, and ninth-rounder Jerome Marois, continue to receive treatment for their injuries. There was however, some good news on the injury front, as Dusty Jamieson made his first on-ice appearance of the year. Jamieson showed no signs of his injury. In fact, he demonstrated good speed, and some solid puck-handling skills.
Evan Lindsay also returned to the ice, as did Jean-Francois Houle. Lindsay didn’t look very comfortable on the ice. He seemed to favour his groin, hesitating to drop down to his knees. Preferring instead to remain on his feet, relying mostly on his hands and legs to stop shots. Read more»

Islanders announce signing of RW sniper Juraj Kolnik and other team notes

by Bill Bennett
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Last season with the Rimouski Oceanic of the Quebec League, the 19-year old right wing posted 53 goals and 106 points in just 47 games. Kolnik also notched 15 goals and 37 points for the Quebec League Champions in 18 postseason games.

His two year junior totals produced 95 goals in 109 career games. His linemate Brad Richards was signed to a three year deal with Tampa Bay earlier this summer.

Kolnik is likely to spend a year in the Islanders minor league affiliate in Lowell because the Isles have few spots open on the teams depth chart at right wing with Maruisz Czerkwski and Mark Parrish on the first two lines, Dave Scatchard, Bill Muckalt, or Mats Lindgren as right wing on the third line, and Steve Webb as the 4th line right wing. Mike Stapleton and Claude La Pointe will likely be on the teams 4th line with Webb.

As Al Arbour once said about another right wing named Mike Bossy, ” Give me the homerun hitter ”

In Juraj Kolnik the Islanders have got one.

Taylor Pyatt from all indications is ready to join the Islanders and is likely to be the rookie forward who joins the team this year.

Dimitri Nabakov and former Hobey Baker winner Jason Krog, who looked very good after going to Providence after a poor start at Lowell will also get a chance to make the team so its going to be very competitive.
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