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May 25, 2001

May 25, 2001

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Hibernation ends for surging Bears

Aaron Downey will never be confused with Mark Messier, on the ice or as a predictor of fate. The Norfolk Admirals’ gritty, hard-nosed captain issued a verbal guarantee after a Game 2 loss to the Hershey Bears that his club wouldn’t lose another game in the Calder Cup Western Conference semifinal. He was wrong. The resilient Bears promptly won the next three games and advanced to the conference final for the second year in a row. “I said what I said and I believed in my team,” Downey said. “You’ve got to believe in yourself to go to the Calder Cup final and that team (the Bears) believes in themselves.” Hershey (34-39-4-3) battled until the final weekend of the season just to earn a playoff berth in the Southern Division. The Bears qualified because…


Sakic on deck for triple crown

Impending free agents listen up, this is how you play when your contract is about to expire: Just go out, play all 82 league games, place second in league scoring and get yourself nominated for three major awards. That’s what Joe Sakic did and you can bet the 31-year-old Colorado Avalanche center will cash in big-time this summer when he becomes eligible for unrestricted free agency July 1. Sakic, who finished second to Pittsburgh’s Jaromir Jagr in scoring with 54 goals and 118 points, is nominated for the Hart Trophy as the NHL’s most valuable player, the Selke Trophy as the outstanding defensive forward and the Lady Byng Trophy as the most gentlemanly player. It’s Sakic’s first nomination for the Hart and he’s THN’s choice to win it. The other two finalists are…


Upcoming In The Hockey World

Here’s what to look for in the coming weeks Sat., May 19 Memorial Cup begins in Regina, Sask. Sat., May 26 Last possible date for NHL conference finals to end Tues., May 29 Stanley Cup championship begins Fri., June 1 Unsigned 1999 junior picks become eligible to re-enter 2001 draft Mon., June 11 Last possible date for Stanley Cup final game Thurs., June 14 NHL awards presented in Toronto Sat., June 23 Day 1 of two-day NHL entry draft in Sunrise, Fla. Sun., July 1 Unsigned players become free agents Sun., July 15 Deadline for Group II players to elect salary arbitration For the latest news, visit Next Issue Draft Preview The countdown is on for Jason Spezza fend the other 2001 entry draft hopefuls. We rank and profile each of the top 60 prospects, give team-by-team analyses and provide need-to-know information…



ONTARIO LEAGUE ONTARIO LEAGUE DRAFT Listed below are the results of the OHL Bantam draft conducted via the internet on May 5. Players are listed by position, height, weight and 2000-01 team. Players bom in 1985 and after were eligible. Round One 1 Mississauga: Patrick O’Sullivan. LC. 5.11185, US-Under 17; 2 Oshawa: Nathan Horton. RC, 6.03 195, Thorold Jr. B; 3. Sault Ste. Marie: Jeff Carter, RC, 6.04 165, Strathroy Jr. B; 4. Kitchener: Mike Richards. LC, 5.09 160, Kenora Midgets; 5 London: Corey Perry. RW. 5.10 155, Peterborough Bantam; 6. Sarnia: Dan Fritsche RC, 6.01 195, Cleveland Jr. A; 7. Kingston: Anthony Stewart, RC, 6.02 210, North York Canadiens Bantam; 8. Barrie: B.J. Crombeen. RW, 6.00 195, Newmarket Jr. A, 9. Peterborough: Jamie Tardif, RW. 6.00 195, Welland Jr. B; 10. Owen Sound:…