The CHL Daily News

By League Press Release


Edition number four of Inside the CHL, the Canadian Hockey League’s audio
show, will be available late Friday afternoon at the official website of the

Inside the CHL is an audio program featuring interviews and news from around
the CHL, hosted by the league’s Director of Information, Roger Lajoie. On
the new show, members of Team Canada’s national junior team talk about
getting ready for the World Junior Hockey Championships, which take place
starting Christmas Day in the Czech Republic.

Pascal Leclaire, goaltender with the Montreal Rocket of the Quebec Major
Junior Hockey League, Stephen Weiss, forward with the Plymouth Whalers of
the Ontario Hockey League and goalie Shane Bendera of the defending Memorial
Cup champion Red Deer Rebels, all talk about their experiences at the camp,
playing for Canada and their current CHL teams.

Also on the show is a feature interview with Eugene Melnyk, who took over as
owner of the Toronto St. Michael’s Majors of the Ontario Hockey League
before the 2001-2002 OHL season began. Melnyk, a St. Michael’s College
School alumnus and successful businessman, talks about his reasons for
buying the historic franchise and his plans to construct a new arena for the
team within the next two years.

Inside the CHL is available during the season every two weeks, usually on
Fridays, at The program is also heard on junior hockey radio
broadcasts across the country as an intermission feature, with CHL media
members encouraged to use the show as they see fit to work into their

After edition four, the next edition of Inside the CHL will be on-line on
Friday, Jan. 11, after Team Canada returns from the World Junior Hockey
Championships, and every second Friday after that until the end of the
hockey season.


There are seven games in the WHL Friday night. Saskatoon is at Portland,
Spokane visits Seattle, Lethbridge is at Brandon, Swift Current travels to
Kamloops (3), Prince Albert is in Moose Jaw, Kootenay visits Red Deer (9)
and Vancouver is at Tri-City.

There were no games in the WHL Thursday night.


There are eight games on the busy as usual Friday night OHL schedule.
Kitchener is in Guelph (7), Belleville travels to Kingston, North Bay
battles London, Erie plays in Mississauga, Peterborough travels to Ottawa,
Windsor is at Plymouth (2), Brampton visits Sault Ste. Marie (10) and Barrie
(6) is in Sudbury.

There were three games in the OHL on Thursday night. Ottawa got past
Peterborough 3-1, Brampton edged Sarnia 3-2 in overtime and Windsor beat
Guelph (7) 5-2.

At Peterborough, Zenon Konopka’s goal in the second period turned out to be
the winner as the 67’s edged the Petes. J.F. Perras made 26 saves in the
Ottawa net while Greg Chambers had the lone goal for Peterborough.

At Sarnia, Chris Rowan’s second goal of the game 29 seconds into overtime
gave Brampton its win. Brad Topping was brilliant for the Battalion, making
37 saves as Sarnia out-shot the visitors 39-20. Adam Henrich tied the game
for Brampton with one minute left in regulation time while Dusty Jamieson
had a pair of goals for the Sting.

At Windsor, Craig Kennedy scored twice in the third period to lead the
Spitfires to their win. Ryan Aschaber stopped 44 shots while Leonid Zvachkin
had two assists for the Storm.


There are five games on tap in the QMJHL Friday night. Victoriaville is at
Moncton, Quebec plays at Cape Breton, Montreal visits Chicoutimi,
Acadie-Bathurst (1) is in Rimouski and Val-d’Or is at Rouyn-Noranda.

There were three games in the QMJHL on Thursday night. Halifax (8) stopped
Victoriaville 6-2, Baie-Comeau blanked Montreal 3-0 and Rimouski slid past
Hull 2-1.

At Halifax, Brandon Benedict had two goals and one assist while Robbie
Sutherland added one goal and two assists to lead the Mooseheads. Pierre-Luc
Sleigher had one goal and one assist for the losers, while Dany Dallaire
made 22 saves in goal for Halifax before 6,271 fans.

At Baie-Comeau, Louis-Philippe Martin had two goals and one assist to lead
the Drakkar past the Rocket. Yanick Lehoux had the other Baie-Comeau goal
while Ghyslain Rousseau made 29 saves for the winners to earn the shutout.
Jonathan Cayer made 27 saves in the Montreal goal.

At Rimouski, Nicolas Poirier scored a pair of goals to lead Rimouski past
Hull. Eric Salvail had to make just 15 saves in goal for the winners while
Martin Vagner scored the lone Hull goal.

For complete QMJHL statistics and standings, visit the QMJHL site.