Once again this year, the best junior hockey players in the world will be on
display at the World Junior Hockey Championships and therefore once again,
so will the top stars from the Canadian Hockey League.
The final roster for Canada’s National Junior Team was announced on the
weekend and of the 22 players on the team, 21 of them are Canadian Hockey
League players. The breakdown of Team Canada: 10 players are from the
Western Hockey League, nine players are from the Ontario Hockey League, two
players are from the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League and there is one
player from the U.S. college ranks.
The World Junior Hockey Championship will be held from Dec. 25, 2001 to
January 4, 2002 in the Czech Republic. Numerous other CHL import players are
also participating in the event on teams from other countries.
All of Team Canada’s games from the World Junior Hockey Championship will be
broadcast live on TSN. Team Canada plays two exhibition games, Dec. 20
(against Liberec, a Czech Republic Division 1 team) and on Dec. 22 (against
Finland), before opening the World Junior Hockey Championship tournament
Christmas Day against France.
You can also follow the exploits of Team Canada at www.canadianhockey.ca,
which will contain up to date information on the WJHC throughout the event.
WESTERN HOCKEY LEAGUE
There are no games in the WHL on Thursday night.
On Wednesday night in the WHL, Kamloops (6) edged Seattle 6-5, Prince Albert
stopped Kelowna 3-2, Saskatoon and Regina played to a 1-1 tie and Brandon
edged Moose Jaw 2-1.
At Kamloops, Keegan McAvoy scored a pair of goals for the winners, including
the game-winner, before 5,201 fans. Aaron Bader added a pair of goals for
Seattle, which out-shot Kamloops 26-21. At Prince Albert, Paul Deniset
scored the game-winning goal at 8:48 of the third period to give the home
side the win. Jon Kress added one goal and one assist to the Prince Albert
attack while Ryan Cuthbert had one goal and one assist for the losers.
Thomas Vicars was outstanding in goal for Prince Albert, making 52 saves
while Shane Bendera made his debut in goal for Kelowna.
At Saskatoon, Regina’s Matt Hubbauer and Saskatoon’s Trent Adamus exchanged
first period goals in the tie. Chad Davidson made 29 saves in the Regina
goal while Michael Garnett stopped 26 shots for the Blades. At Brandon,
Jordin Tootoo scored the game-winning goal in the third period to spark the
Wheat Kings, who out-shot the visitors 43-19. Kyle Kettles made 41 saves for
Moose Jaw to keep the game close.
ONTARIO HOCKEY LEAGUE
There are five games on the OHL’s Thursday night schedule. Owen Sound is in
Barrie (5), Sault Ste. Marie (7) is at Brampton, Kingston plays in
Peterborough, Oshawa travels to Toronto St. Michael’s and London plays at
On Wednesday night in the OHL, Peterborough edged Belleville 4-3, Erie
doubled Mississauga 4-2 and Sault Ste. Marie(7) blanked Owen Sound 6-0.
At Belleville, Greg Chambers scored twice and added one assist to lead the
Petes past the Bulls. He also scored the game-winning goal, breaking a 3-3
tie, at 14:30 of the third period. OHL scoring leader Nathan Robinson had
one goal and one assist for Belleville, while Mike Renzi picked up a pair of
At Erie, Cory Pecker had one goal and two assists while Chris Berti and
Chris Eade both had one goal and one assist, to lead the Otters past the Ice
Dogs. Matt Passfield had one goal and one assist for the losers while Adam
Munro made 30 saves in the Erie goal.
At Owen Sound, Ray Emery made 36 saves to post the shutout in the Greyhounds victory. Jeff Richards had one goal and three assists for the winners
while Mike Nelson scored twice and added one assist.
QUEBEC MAJOR JUNIOR HOCKEY LEAGUE
There are two games in the QMJHL on Thursday night. Montreal travels to
Val-d’Or while Chicoutimi plays in Victoriaville.
On Wednesday night in the QMJHL, Halifax and Montreal played to a 3-3 tie,
Rouyn-Noranda defeated Cape Breton 7-3, Baie-Comeau upset Acadie-Bathurst
(1) 4-1 and Quebec got by Rimouski 3-2.
At Montreal, Michael Lambert and Jerome Bergeron both had one goal and two
assists to lead the Rocket, while Jonathan Cayer made 39 saves. Halifax
out-shot Montreal 42-19, with Dany Dallaire making 16 saves in the
At Rouyn-Noranda, Marc-Andre Binette had two goals and one assist while
Sebastien Lapierre added one goal and two assists for the Huskies. Mathieu
Poitras made 32 saves for the winners, while Stephen Dixon had one goal and
one assist for Cape Breton.
At Baie-Comeau, Benoit Mondou had two goals and one assist while Charles
Linglet added one goal and one assist for the winners. Ghyslain Rousseau
only had to make 11 saves for Baie-Comeau in goal, with only Jonathan
Ferland managing to score for the number one ranked Titan.
At Quebec, Sebastien Thinel had one goal and one assist for the Remparts
while Michel Ouellet added one goal and one assist for Rimouski. Kevin
Lachance made 39 saves in goal for Quebec while Eric Salvail made 37 saves
for the losers.
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