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from Kevin Kurtt of Let’s Play Hockey,
In the world of NCAA hockey, the vast majority of players on the 58 Division I and 78 Division II/III men’s teams will not make the jump to the NHL, AHL, ECHL or any other of the various professional hockey leagues around the world. But for a growing number of players, college hockey is a steppingstone to the bright lights of the National Hockey League.
In fact, according to next week’s issue of Let’s Play Hockey, 267 players who saw at least one regular season NHL game in 2009-10 honed their skills in college before making the leap to the professional ranks. That number represents nearly a third of all NHL players from the current season. In 2009-10, 39 former collegiate hockey players made their NHL debut.
Leading the list of former college players now in the NHL are standouts such as Tampa Bay’s Martin St. Louis (Vermont), Ottawa’s Dany Heatley (Wisconsin), New Jersey’s Zach Parise (North Dakota), Colorado’s Paul Stastny (Denver), Vancouver’s Ryan Kesler (Ohio State), Chicago’s Patrick Sharp (Vermont) and Jonathan Toews (North Dakota), Edmonton’s Dustin Penner (Maine), San Jose’s Dan Boyle (Miami), Calgary’s Rene Bourque (Wisconsin) and Buffalo’s Ryan Miller (Michigan State).
from Mike G. Morreale of NHL.com,
While the most visible pick undoubtedly will be the top choice, there will be plenty of other talented prospects on the board when the 2010 Entry Draft is held June 25-26 at Staples Center in Los Angeles.
NHL Central Scouting’s top evaluators made that point rather clear at their offices in Toronto last month during the final meetings to determine North America’s top draft-eligible players.
Those results were made public Wednesday, when Central Scouting released its final ranking list of the continent’s best 210 skaters and top 30 goalies, as well as the best 150 international skaters and 10 best goaltenders.
The battle at the top of the North American list was as close as it’s ever been, with Tyler Seguin of the Ontario Hockey League’s Plymouth Whalers earning the nod over Taylor Hall of the OHL’s Windsor Spitfires. Seguin, one of 19 players among the top 30 to improve on their midterm ranking, had been No. 2 on Central Scouting’s midterm list, which was released in January.
A KK reader in Germany passed this on to me and I just shake my head at times when I read stories like this. I will give you the Google translated version, then click to read the rest.
If you check below, I will then give you the translation (all lower case, it was easier for him) from the KK reader too.
from sportal.de (translated),
Everything could be so beautiful in Jesenice, but then was the master of ceremony the first of a sad story with an accident, a fight and six ads.
Coach Mike Posma had properly celebrated with his players a day after winning the championship. At the end of six players to the 42-year-old coach beat hospital. DThis was now the president of the association, Slavko Kanalec confirmed. “His injuries, although only slightly, but Posma remained overnight for observation at the hospital,” said the club chairman.
from George Sipple of the Detroit Free Press,
Frozen Four co-chairmen William Clay Ford Jr. and Christopher Ilitch spoke to reporters today at Ford Field while workers put the finishing touches on the ice rink and temporary seating that will be used for the NCAA Division I men’s hockey championship this week in Detroit.
Detroit Mayor David Bing and Central Collegiate Hockey Association commissioner Tom Anastos also were on hand.
“When we built Ford Field, we wanted to build the finest multipurpose arena in the country,” Ford said. “I think we’ve done just that. We’ve obviously had the Super Bowl, the Final Four and now we’re going to have the world’s largest indoor game here at Ford Field. We’ll set an attendance record for the Frozen Four.”
Organizers expect more than 30,000 fans to watch Thursday’s semifinals.
Believe it or not, the NHL needs to make sure the KHL continues to move forward, especially now that it is trying to fund junior teams as well. But, the Russians must be more reasonable in their demands.
-Elliotte Friedman of CBC/HNIC. Read on th find out why Elliotte feels that way.
from Elliotte Friedman of CBC,
The quality of hockey is much better than I had been led to believe. I’m not a fan of the international ice surface, but if you removed the team jerseys in the one playoff game I saw in person, you’d have thought you were watching two NHL teams (I watched a couple other games on TV, and both were very good). There is more clutching and grabbing, fewer dump-ins, and thousands of drop-passes in the neutral zone that would get you choked by an NHL coach. But there was plenty of hitting and some very aggressive play. It’s also a real skater’s league.
I loved - absolutely loved - that the KHL adopted sudden-death overtime in the post-season. No shootouts when it matters. Nothing like watching a triple-OT game in late March to get me ready for the NHL playoffs.
Most North Americans who played and coached there really enjoyed the experience. Barry Smith would like to brief the NHL GMs about the KHL and why there needs to be a deal with the Russian league. His is a good perspective.
from Joanne C. Gerstner of the New York Times,
Since birth, William Clay Ford Jr. and Christopher Ilitch have been judged by their last names and their families’ businesses. It comes with being the great-grandson of Henry Ford and, for Ilitch, being the son of the founder of Little Caesars Pizza.
As children, they both found an escape from the pressure of their famous names on a hockey rink. Skates laced tight, a stick in their hands, they could blend in on a hockey team. Years later, bearing responsibility for billions of dollars of business, they still do.
“Once you’re out on the ice, nobody cares about who you are or what you do,” said Ford, who is known as Bill. “It’s all washed away the moment the game begins, and I love that.”
thanks to a KK reader for the pointer
from Bob Duff of the Windsor Star,
All season long, hockey people have debated the merits of Hall and Plymouth Whalers centre Tyler Seguin, rated to go1-2 in the draft.
Starting Thursday, these bird dogs will be offered the chance to see these two young men go head-to-head at the most important time of the year, as the Spitfires and Whalers open their best-of-seven Ontario Hockey League Western Conference semifinal at the WFCU Centre.
Expect the rink to be populated with enough scouts to fill a jamboree.
“That would be something you’d like to see,” said Pat Quinn, coach of the Edmonton Oilers, who lost 5-4 at Joe Louis Arena Tuesday and figure to be the team with the first choice in the 2010 draft.
“I would like to see that.”
Word in hockey circles is that the Oilers, in dire need of strength down the middle, are leaning slightly toward Seguin.
from the CP at the Record,
Abbotsford Heat coach Jim Playfair is paying for his meltdown during a game over the weekend.
An American Hockey League spokesman says that Playfair has been fined an undisclosed amount after breaking two sticks and ripping off his jacket in protest of a call by referee Jamie Koharski.
Playfair was upset after Abbotsford’s J.D. Watt was given a five-minute charging penalty and game misconduct for running into Hamilton Bulldogs goalie Cedrick Desjardins on Saturday night.
The coach stood on the bench and smashed two sticks over the boards, throwing the remaining pieces on the ice.
Read on if you missed the video earlier of the incident…
So says Sergei Zubov who talked with Elliotte Friedman during the Inside Hockey segment on the HNIC pre-game show.
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