The IHL LockerRoom: Through The Eyes Of A Player

by Andrew Bourgeois
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IHL RECAP FROM THURSDAY JANUARY 6, 2000


Kansas City Blades 2
Orlanado Solar Bears 7

IHL FASTFACTS

Kansas City Blades lead the IHL with 57 major penalties.

Utah Grizzlies lead the IHL with 9 shorthanded goals which have been scored by 7 different players.

Mike Crowley of the Long Beach Ice Dogs is 2nd among IHL defenceman with 4 goals and 21 assists for 25 points.

THE IHL LOCKEROOM: THROUGH THE EYES OF A PLAYER

For some the dressing room is just another room to get changed into your hockey gear and go out on the ice and play hockey. For the players its more
than just a place to change. “Its kinda like going to the office everday only thing is you wear hockey gear instead of a three piece suit.” said Moose
defenceman Brett Hauer on describing the dressing room. Going to the office and play hockey all day. How many of you can say that? For most
players its a way to relax and get away from everday life. ” I love coming here and just relaxing on the huge couch and watching the tv and talking with
the guys.” said Moose winger Jimmy Roy. For Moose goalie Jason Elliot just coming to the rink everyday is exciting enough. ” I love coming to the
rink everday and playing hockey, hanging out with my teammates, being in the dressing room is like a getaway from everyday life.” All players regard
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Kings: Pipeline Awards at the Halfway Mark

by pbadmin
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As we approach the halfway mark of the season, here are the highs and lows of the system.

The best story so far is Joe Rullier. He is quickly emerging as the top defensive prospect in the Kings system. He has shown the grit the Kings like at the blue line and has added some solid offense. Rullier was the only Kings’ representative on Canada’s WJC team and has put up solid numbers for Rimouski of the QMJHL.

The most concerning story is Scott Barney. The Kings have been so hush-hush about this that one can only wonder what the problem is. To the best of my knowledge, Barney is still nursing a back injury and is not even skating right now. This is the big centerman the Kings have longed for. An unfavorable diagnosis would make a thin pipeline even thinner.

What to watch out for is firstly, Barney. Will he play this season? Secondly is how Pavel Rosa emerges. He has been decent in Long Beach, but where is the goal scoring? Is he moping in Long Beach or is this what the guy is? The Kings seem like they would have to at least give him a cup of coffee this season, even if it is to show him for trade.

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Wings’ Prospect Fastest in the NHL

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Darryl Laplante, 58th overall selection in 1995 by Detroit, posted the NHL’s fastest time in the skating portion of the skills competition. He edged out Red Wing forward Sergei Fedorov (13.670 ) and Carolina’s Sami Kapanen (13.716 ) with a time of 13.597. Laplante was one of the last Red Wings to skate and wowed the crowds by edging out 1994 champion Sergei Fedorov who jokingly claimed a clock error and challenged Laplante to a rematch.

The youngster from Calgary gave credit to his mother who forced him to take figure skating lesson from ages 5-12, something that Laplante was a bit shy about admitting. Laplante also turned in a great showing in the agility competition but was finally edged out by Detroit captain Steve Yzerman who gave the rookie a hug following the closely contested skate through the cones.

Laplante was Detroit’s final cut following training camp this fall and was assigned Cincinnati of the AHL. There, Darryl lead the team in goal scoring and following a plethora Detroit injuries, was recalled by the Red Wings in November.
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THE IHL DRESSING ROOM: AN INSIDE LOOK

by Andrew Bourgeois
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IHL RECAPS FOR MONDAY JANUARY 10, 2000

No games scheduled

IHL FASTFACTS

50% of all seats in the IHL or minimum of 5000 seats are to be priced at $10 or less in IHL arenas.

IHL TRANSACTIONS

The Manitoba Moose and the Orlando Solar Bears completed a trade today. The Moose sent forward Jason MacDonald to Orlando in exchange for
defencemans Terry Hollinger.
Milwaukee Admirals: Announce Nashville has reassigned defenceman Richard Litner
to the Admirals.
Michigan K-Wings: Announce Dallas Stars have recalled left wing Ryan Christie.

IHL DRESSING ROOM: AN INSIDE LOOK

You see them all the time but give them no particular thought. You see them give players towels to wipe the sweat from their eyes after a shift. The
equipment manager plays a huge role on any professional hockey team and Dale Coulthard plays a huge role with the Manitoba Moose. “Dale plays a
huge role on the team even though its a behind the scene role he is really appreciated on the team and it does not go unnoticed.” says Moose winger
Jimmy Roy.

Dale returns to the Moose after spending one season as equipment manager with the Dayton Bombers of the ECHL. Prior to going to Dayton, Dale
was the assistant equipment manager of the Moose during the teams first two seasons in Winnipeg.

Q. When did you get involved as an equipment manager?
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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»