In keeping up with the changing times of All-Star exhibitions of hockey, the Canadian Hockey League announced that it has changed it’s format in dramatic fashion. In a bold move to increase both interest and exposure of all three leagues under the CHL umbrella organization, President David Branch announced this past week that the tried and true format of conference vs. conference within each league would be changed to envelope an inter-league, conference vs. conference model. The three leagues (WHL, OHL, QMJHL) will still hold All-Star games but the respective leagues will now host a conference from one of the other Major-Junior loops. Held on three consecutive Wednesdays starting January 17, 2001, the action will start with the QMJHL’s LeBel Conference hosting the OHL’s Eastern Conference in Montreal’s Molson Centre, January 24 with the OHL’s Western Conference hosting the WHL’s Eastern Conference in Guelph, Ontario and on January 31 in Kamloops when the Western Conference All-Stars of the WHL host the Dilio Conference of the QMJHL. “The Canadian Hockey League and its member leagues are excited about this new format for the three All-Star games. The format will give fans across Canada the opportunity to see the top stars of the CHL go head to head in the three interlocking games,” stated CHL President David Branch by conference call in joint press conferences held in Kamloops, Guelph and Montreal. Branch further added “this new format is another illustration of the continuing growth of the Canadian Hockey League.”
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Ohio State won’t play again in the friendly confines of Value City Arena
for another month, but the Buckeyes gave fans a performance to remember
in their last home game of 2000. The Bucks pasted Findlay 10-0 Nov. 28.
That’s no misprint: Ten goals for Ohio State, zero for Findlay. The
score is what happens when a fledgling Findlay program (the school is at
the front end of a two-year transition to Division I hockey status)
collides with a Buckeye team that’s starting to put it together. And
with the next six games on the road, Ohio State (8-4-0, 5-3-0 CCHA)
couldn’t have picked a better time to get a shot of offensive
Freshmen center R.J. Umberger had his run of the rink, creating space
for himself and his teammates with his wheels and blowing by Findlay
checkers for a pair of breakaways. He fanned on the first attempt and
was stoned on the second, but Umberger still finished with 2-1-3 for the
game. Meanwhile, the hot line of C Dave Steckel, LW Jean-Francois
Dufour and RW Paul Caponigri continues to torment opposing goaltenders
with a combined 2-5-7 against Findlay. The trio has racked up 23 points
in the last five games.
Of course, with ten goals on the board, everybody gets in on the action.
Thirteen players tallied at least one point. Four goals came from
defenseman, including two by sophomore blueliner Eric Skaug, playing in
just his fifth game of the season after sitting out a year and eight
games because of eight games of he played in major junior hockey.
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Michal Sivek is considered to be one of the biggest talents of Czech hockey (1998 draft 29th position). Not only is he very intelligent and clever but is down to earth and he is very polite. He is the player who is worth your attention. His play does not lack in courage and enthusiasm. All his abilities help him to create his smart style of play. He has a good hockey sense which has been developing from the age of 3 when he started with hockey. He has a brother who is 2 years older and he played for Sparta so Michal has been going there with his brother. He was always in contact with the older players so he knew how to play against them
He has been criticized by some observers for returning to the Czech republic but this criticism is unfair. Players not only need good hockey conditions but also good living conditions. He is still very young and he has family and friends in Prague. He is very happy that he plays for an excellent team at home and being at home means he can spend his free time with his parents or friends. We have to remember that players have to play on ice but that doesn’t mean to say they have to live on ice also! For the rest of the time they need to feel good and secure and these circumstances are best provided at home. Michal missed this in North America.
If he had made the first team of Washington Capitals he would have stayed in there but he did not want to play on the farm. The reason is not that he finds it less attractive there but AHL and IHL are mostly the leagues where the players show off for their NHL teams. So fighting i Read more»
Offence has been pretty hard to come by this year in the IHL. Goals,
shots and power-play goals are all quite low, as a whole. This decrease
can be attributed mainly to the strong goaltending now present in the
league. As opposed to many previous seasons, goaltenders have stepped
up to be valuable contributors of their teams this year. The
backstopper who has really gotten off to a torrid pace is Mike Fountain
of the Grand Rapids Griffins as he has sparkled in the absence of
now-Senator Jani Hurme. Fountain has produced a 1.75 GAA and 0.933 save
percentage in 10 starts thus far. While Fountain has provided the
defence, Todd White has been the sparkplug on the offensive end for the
Griffins. Grand Rapids is not alone as the majority of IHL teams have
certain players that are leading them in their quest towards the Turner
In Cleveland, Christian Matte has had no problems in his transition from
the AHL to the IHL as he has tallied 12 goals in his first 18 games. He
has been assisted by Brian Bonin, who has 19 points thus far. In net
for the Lumberjacks, Zac Bierk has been stellar, registering 8 wins and
a 0.913 save percentage.
In Orlando, Curtis Murphy has had to step up his play in the absence of
Mark Beaufait and has 18 points in 20 games. The Solar Bears have also
received top-notch goaltending from Norm Maracle, who already has 9 wins
to go along with his 0.912 save percentage.
It has been a different story in Cincinnati in terms of goaltending, as
they do not have a netminder within the top ten in the league
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The news that Eric Lindros has been cleared to make his return to NHL hockey after suffering the sixth concussion of his oft-injured career is disturbing at best. Not that any hockey fan worth his or her weight in pucks wouldn’t salivate at the site of the big, hulking center returning to the game that he loves, it comes down to the question of priorities.
In his career, Eric Lindros has been the center of attention. Whether it’s coming out of junior as the highly touted ‘Next One’ or admittedly refusing to report to the Quebec Nordiques both when and after the club drafted him first overall in 1990, being traded to two different teams at the same time (New York Rangers and Philadelphia), there definitely hasn’t been any shortage of copy or water-cooler talk on the big ‘E’ since he emerged as a hockey force over ten years ago. Now Lindros suffers attention of another kind, mostly of the medical variety. In a drama that’s playing out eerily similar to that of the fate of Eric’s younger brother Brett, who had to retire after two seasons with the New York Islanders due to Post-Concussion syndrome the elder Lindros is tempting fate by refusing to succumb to the many knocks to the noggin he has suffered in his nine-year career.
The strained relationship that has developed between himself and the Philadelphia Flyers or more appropriately, Flyers G.M. Bob Clarke has deteriorated to such a state that Lindros is openly courting the Toronto Maple Leafs to trade for the rights to sign him. A restricted free-agent, the talks between the Leafs and Flyers are movi Read more»