FOLLOW CHL STARS AT THE WORLD JUNIOR HOCKEY CHAMPIONSHIPS STARTING DEC. 25
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 recently
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 three games in the WHL Friday night. Prince George (3) plays in
Vancouver, Kelowna is at Saskatoon and Portland visits Tri-City.
There were no games in the WHL Thursday night. In the final game before the
Christmas break Saturday, Tri-City is at Portland.
ONTARIO HOCKEY LEAGUE
There are four games in the OHL Friday night, the last night of play until
after the Christmas break. Mississauga plays in Kingston, Sault Ste. Marie
(7) is at Kitchener, Sarnia travels to London and Ottawa plays at Oshawa.
On Thursday night in the OHL, Toronto St. Michael’s doubled Oshawa 4-2,
Kingston beat Peterborough 6-5, London stopped Windsor 3-1, Owen Sound
defeated Barrie 3-1 and Sault Ste. Marie doubled Brampton 4-2.
At Toronto, Ryan Rorabeck scored the game-winning goal at 18:04 of the
second period to lift the Majors. Scott Heffernan had three assists for
Toronto, while Jon Hedberg added two assists for the Generals. At
Peterborough, Ed Van Herpt made 43 saves in goal to lead Kingston. Justin
McCutcheon scored the game-winning goal at 15:01 of the third period, with
Andrew Ianiero adding one goal and two assists. Greg Chambers scored his
24th goal of the season for the Petes, while Jason Penner had three assists.
At Windsor, Mike Stathopulos had one goal and one assist for the Knights
while David Bowman scored the lone Windsor goal. Chris Houle made 25 saves
in the London goal. At Barrie, Kyle McAllister scored twice for Owen Sound,
while Michael Jacobsen added a pair of assists. Joey Tenute had the lone
goal for Barrie on Justin Day, who made 29 saves.
At Brampton, Jeff Carter scored twice to lead the Soo to its win. Brock
McGillis made 23 saves in goal for the Greyhounds, who out-shot Brampton
QUEBEC MAJOR JUNIOR HOCKEY LEAGUE
There are seven games in the QMJHL on Friday night. Cape Breton is at
Montreal, Halifax (8) travels to Hull, Acadie-Bathurst (1) plays in Quebec,
Baie-Comeau visits Rimouski, Sherbrooke is at Drummondville, Moncton plays
at Rouyn-Noranda and Chicoutimi is in Shawinigan (4).
On Saturday, the final day before the QMJHL’s Christmas break, Halifax (8)
is at Sherbrooke and Shawinigan (4) plays at Victoriaville.
On Thursday night in the QMJHL, Val-d’Or defeated Moncton 7-4 and
Victoriaville doubled up on Chicoutimi 6-3.
At Val-d’Or, David Cloutier, Jonathan Charette, Eric Fortier and Seneque
Hyacinthe all had one goal and one assist to lead the Foreurs, while Michel
Dube had a pair of goals for the Wildcats. At Victoriaville, Matthew
Lombardi had three goals and two assists for the Tigres, while Mathieu
Brunelle added one goal and three assists. Jean-Francois Nogues made 33
saves for the winners, while Francis Lemieux had two goals for the losers.
For complete QMJHL summaries, statistics and standings, visit the official