IHL Playoff Update

by Andrew Bourgeois
on

IHL NEWS

CHICAGO WOLVES CAPTURE 1999-2000 IHL TURNER CUP.

The Chicago Wolves defeated the Grand Rapids Griffins in Game 6 of the
Turner Cup Finals Monday night and were crowned the 2000 Turner Cup
Champions. It was Chicago’s second title in three years.

After a scoreless first, the Wolves started the scoring on an unassisted
goal by Derek Plante at 6:54 of the second stanza. He followed up with his
second of the game and his fifth of the playoffs just 26 seconds later when
he took a feed from Dan Plante and Glen Featherstone giving the Wolves a 2-0
lead.

Grand Rapids narrowed the lead to one as Petr Schastlivy scored at the 13:30
mark of the second with assists from John Gruden and Slava Butsayev, but the
Griffins would never come closer as netminder Andrei Trefilov held strong
for Chicago through the final 26 minutes.

Trefilov’s efforts did not go unnoticed as he was named the Turner Cup
Playoff MVP and will have his name inscribed on the N.R. “Bud” Poile Trophy.
He finished the post-season with a 7-1 record and a 1.20 GAA. It was only
the third time in Turner Cup history that a goaltender was named Most
Valuable Player.

Chris Marinucci added an insurance goal for the Wolves midway through the
third period even though the Wolves took only two shots on Griffins’
netminder Jani Hurme in the final 20 minutes. Read more»

Behind the Bench with…….Red Berenson

by Stephen J. Holodinsky
on

If you played in the NHL around the time of the first expansion and you were up against the Detroit Red Wings or the St. Louis Blues, the last person you wanted to see on the ice in the final two minutes was Red Berenson. If you did, it invariably meant that your team was down a goal and there wasn’t going to be much you could do about it. Once his playing career came to a close, and after a short stint in Buffalo, Berenson took his modus operandi to his alma mater, the University of Michigan. There he continued to build upon a championship tradition. Recently, Hockey’s Future had the opportunity to talk with Coach Berenson about the Wolverines and hockey in general in the state of Michigan. Here is what he had to say.

Hockey’s Future: While you had a pretty good season, you can’t help but feel some disappointment for not attaining the ultimate goal of the NCAA Hockey Championships which is to win the Frozen Four. How would you qualify the Wolverine’s 99/00 season in terms of offense, defense, and goaltending and what do you think you can expect next year in this regard?

Read more»

Columbus Enters NHL with Denis

by pbadmin
on
The Columbus Blue Jackets are now officially part of the National Hockey League. They have a very agressive General Manager/President in Doug MacLean. They have several very talented scouts who have already led the Jackets to sign several young players (Reich, Schill, Nielson, Moran). And now, pre-expansion draft, the Jackets have a number one goalie. Marc Denis is the newest member of the Blue Jackets. He was traded from Colorado to Columbus for a second round draft pick.

“We never would have considered making this trade, but we had Marc Denis rated as the premier young goaltender in the National Hockey League,” said MacLean. “We think he will be an outstanding goaltender for the Columbus Blue Jackets for many years to come.”

Who am I to argue? Denis posted 9 wins last season, including 3 shutouts. He appeared in 23 games and posted a sparkling 2.54 goals against average and a .917 save percentage. Denis, if not traded, would have been one of (if not the) top pick in the expansion draft. He is only 22 years young, and showed signs of brilliance last season.

“I’m excited about the opportunity. It is indeed a challenge, but I’ve never been a person who shies away from challenges,” said Denis. “The trade is a little bit of a shock, but that doesn’t mean it is a negative. I think this is a positive for me. I’m looking forward to visiting Columbus this summer and playing there next season.”
Read more»

Hartford has a Champion

by Evan Andriopoulos
on

The State of Connecticut and the New York Rangers have a Champion in the
Hartford Wolf Pack, the top minor league affiliate of the New York Rangers.
Not only did the Rangers of New York win… but the state of Connecticut and
the city of Hartford, the former home of their beloved “Whale”, have won. After a
season of up and down crowds, usually nearing 6,000, the Pack held the season
records for attendance per game in the finals drawing 11,000 and 12,000 in
their last two home games and much to the ire of Hurricanes Owner Peter
Karmanos, who fled Hartford for the southern climates of North Carolina
three seasons ago, and the NHL for allowing such a move. These crowds would
have made both the NHL and Peter a very happy party.

After 25 years of professional hockey, minus the last few years when the
Whalers played under its last ownership… Hartford has a champion, and
it was brought in by Ex Rangers-Whalers player and current Pack GM Don
Maloney.

Hartford skated to a 4-1 win over Rochester in the Calder Final on away ice
giving the brass and new GM in New York hope of future riches with this win.
Sadly enough as the face on minor league hockey continues to mimic it`s NHL
parent many of these players will be gone via expansion, retirement, release
or what have you… but for at least a summer… everyone has something to
smile about.

Read more»

Ottawa Goaltending Moves

by Nathan Estabrooks
on
The Ottawa goaltending plans are slowly taking shape. It still is unsure what the Senators will do in the long run but these are the early sketches. To begin with the Senators have officially split with prospect, Mathieu Chouinard. He will re-enter the draft in Calgary. One bad year doesn’t ruin a career and this is most true with netminders. Don’t be surprised if a team looks back to his QMJHL Defensive player of the year award. He still has the tools.

The Senators acquired goaltender Rich Parent from the Tampa Bay Lightning for a 7th round pick. Parent saw limited duty with both Tampa and St. Louis yet unless his game drastically improves, he’ll be a career minor leaguer with a few NHL backup stints. This move is strictly a expansion draft slight of hand. Parent was promptly signed to a one year deal and will most certainly be left unprotected on June 22nd. The Parent trade is a sign the Sens are planing to protect two goaltenders.