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April 1, 2008

April 1, 2008

The Hockey News has been providing the most comprehensive coverage of the world of hockey since 1947. In each issue, you'll find news, features and opinions about the NHL and leagues across North America and the world.

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TEACHING ONDREJ TO BE MORE GIANT

AFTER EVERY GAME, the Chicago Wolves coaches grade their players and the report card doesn’t always mirror the scoreboard. In December, goalie Ondrej Pavelec’s goals-against average wasn’t pretty (3.43), nor was his save percentage (.887). In January, the numbers improved (3.39, .902) but still didn’t look great. Ah, but numbers can sometimes lie. “I was giving him a good rating night after night,” said goalie coach Wendell Young. “They’d still be getting four or five by him and I’d be giving him a good rating. That was a statement about the way our team was playing.” The Wolves are now playing a much more sound all-around game, which is how they vaulted to the top of the West Division. And Young’s grading of Pavelec now makes perfect sense. Between Feb. 2 and March 9, Pavelec…

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Three Kings tearing it up

Good luck picking the Brandon Wheat Kings’ rookie of the year. Three prime candidates – Matt Calvert (18 years old), Brayden Schenn (16) and Scott Glennie (16) — are on one line with the team. “Every now and then, you get the Brandon situation, where you get three young kids who are absolutely fantastic,” said Regina Pats coach Curtis Hunt. “Bang, out of nowhere you get over 150 points from three rookie players. It’s outstanding. It’s a credit to their scouting, but it’s not the norm.” Brandon coach-GM Kelly McCrimmon said Wheatie supporters love the trio. “Our fans clap when they leave the ice,” he said. “It won’t be because they scored. It’s just because they have great energy and great enthusiasm.”…

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New Mark for goalies

Colgate senior goalie Mark Dekanich has it all – size, athleticism and now, the ECAC record for consecutive shutout minutes. In February, the 6-foot-2, 195-pounder pitched 217:15 of shutout hockey, breaking the old record of 198:44 set by Trevor Koenig of Union in 1996-97. The streak ended when Dekanich, a Nashville pick, gave up a goal in a 7-2 loss to Princeton. The last of his three consecutive shutouts, an 8-0 whitewashing of Union, was Colgate coach Don Vaughan’s 252nd career win, making him the winningest coach in school history.…