Forty-two Hurricanes and hopefuls gathered in Cary, North Carolina on September 5th for physicals and photos. From there they flew to Ft. Myers, Florida for the opening of Carolina Hurricanes training camp. Veterans and rookies took the ice at the TECO Arena on September 6th. Twenty-four returning Canes from 1998-1999, three NHL’ers signed over the summer, four players from juniors, two collegiate players, and nine minor leaguers practiced on Monday and Tuesday. On Wednesday the squad split to play an intrasquad game. The Hurricanes White team defeated the Red 2-1 in overtime. Jaroslav Svoboda and Jeff Heerema scored regulation goals, while Kent Manderville netted the winner during an overtime using the NHL’s new four on four format.
On Saturday the preseason schedule began with the Hurricanes hosting the Tampa Bay Lightning. Canes fans were treated to physical play and a Carolina 2-1 victory. Arturs Irbe played all sixty minutes. Ron Francis, Robert Kron, and Gary Roberts each tallied for the home squad. The following night, Tampa Bay hosted the Hurricanes. This time the Hurricanes came up on the short end of a 2-1 score.
Camp was set to leave Florida after a September 14th game versus the Florida Panthers. However, an uninvited hurricane, Floyd, threatened the state and the game was canceled. Before returning home, the Canes returned Jeff Heerema to Sarnia, Jaroslav Svoboda to Kootenay, and Josef Vasicek to Sault Ste. Marie in the Juniors.
At first it looked like a good game but it turned out not to be so good. Kärpät played very well in the first period, but the 3-0 lead came too easily, and more or less Kärpät stopped playing and started to surf around the rink waiting for the final buzzer. It was much easier for Sport to get back in the game, and in second and third period, Sport was the better team on the ice.
Luckily for Kärpät, the crushing start was enough. Kärpät had a few
break-aways in the third period, but didn’t manage to score. Both teams
must improve their play as soon as the season starts.
One’s first impression upon meeting Luca Cereda is, wow!! This guy looks
like he’s 17 years old!! Then you realize, he is just 17 years old (He
turned 18 on September 7th, 1999)!! When you watch him on the ice, he
looks anything but 17 years old.
The Leafs chose Luca in the first round of the 1999 NHL entry draft with
the 24th overall selection. He was the youngest player chosen in the
entire draft, but according to former NHL coach and GM, Pierre Page, he was
the “smartest” player in the draft.
He certainly had a whirlwind tour last season, playing on 4 different teams
in his native Switzerland. Luca played for his country in the World Read more»
The Los Angeles Kings training camp has been filled with positives to date. There are some “knowns” in camp so far- the line of Palffy, Stumpel and Robitaille will give the kings their best offensive line since the Gretzky era- and some unknowns- who will fill in the last two defensive spots and when will Jere Karalahti arrive in camp?
The lines seem to be taking shape without much input from young prospects. Donald MacLean played about as quiet an exhibition game as possible against Colorado on Tuesday, and has not yet impressed the new coaching staff. Younger players like Kip Brennan and Brian McGrattan showed some spark but have already been returned to their respective teams, and none of the leftover prospects seem to have done enough to warrant their stay on the big club. The good news is that the Kings seemed prepared for this and have filled the potential voids with more savvy players who know Coach Murray’s system. Players like Brad Chartrand and Len Barrie have shown some spark and Chartrand will likely make the squad. 27-year-old winger Marko Tuomainen has shown an aggressiveness that should make him stick. He plays a sound defensive game, and has the grit needed to dominate a player on that side of the ice.
The New York Rangers began the 1999 Exhibition season splitting their first two games. In Game one, Free Agent Signee Steve Duchesne broke a 1-1 tie early in the second period to guide Detroit to a 3-1 win over the Rangers. The loss did not overshadow Theoren Fleury, as he scored his first goal in a Rangers jersey at 3:54 of the first period off a pass from Valeri Kamensky. The Rangers however managed just one shot in the third period.
Game 2 featured some offense from more of the Rangers newly signed players. Stephan Quintal scored two goals and Valeri Kamensky added a goal and an assist. Mike Knuble sent a pass to Quintal, whom one timed his first goal in a Rangers jersey. Valeri Kamensky tipped a shot by defenseman Sylvain Lefebvre for his first goal as a Ranger. Quintal made it 4-1 with his second goal and Adam Graves added his first 1:12 later to ice the game for the Blue Shirts. Goalies Milan Hnilinka and J.F.Labbe played superb hockey combining for 20 saves and the win. Kim Johnsson again played tremendous hockey adding two assists. The Swedish import is moving closer to securing the no.5 or 6 spot.