Monthly Archives: September 2008

>Monday’s NHL Training Camp Notes

>Los Angeles Kings:

Split squad game in Kansas City vs. St. Louis tonight. Jeff Zatkoff and Alec Martinez will both dress for tonight’s game.

Nasvhille Predators:

Brandon Felder over at HockeyBuzz has some great Predators news & notes and some great observations on Ryan Jones: (Thanks to Bill for the heads up)

“Ryan Jones is very good with the puck in tight around the goalie. He scored a couple times on the drill in which the forward comes out from behind the net and shoots near side.

Felder’s Friday Fantastic Five:

3. Ryan Jones – A pretty significant difference in Jones play today. I would have to say that Jones game translates much better 5 on 5 than it does in drills like yesterday. Jones took a pass from Mike Ryan, who had to dig the puck out from the corner, and set up Weber for a real nice goal. Also, Jones showed a real drive and played physical when needed. One of his hits even took out two Silver squad players at one time…

Ryan Jones on his first impressions of Predators camp:

“Well it’s a little different. It’s my first camp so I didn’t really have anything to base it off of. I came in early to skate with the guys and this is obviously a step up from that, the games will be a step up from this and then regular season games will be a step up from that so it’s a lot faster, the guys move the puck quicker, so basically I’m just trying to stay with my game and not really step away from it too much.”

Jones on his style of play :

“I’m a power forward player so I play a puck possession game, try to grind it out down low, look for guys open out front, and I just try to get to the front of the net, get in front of the goalie and clean up the garbage.”

Preds head coach Barry Trotz on Ryan Jones:

“Sometimes you just watch practice and Jonesy in practice blends in. But when you put 5 opponents on the ice and the game starts he always seems to be around the puck and the net. He made a real good play on that goal. That’s part of our game. It was textbook. Get on the forecheck, separate someone, get a loose puck with quick support and activate people from the backend and that’s how they score so it was sort of the textbook Predator game right there.”


>McKenzie Accepts Scholarship

>According to the Penticton Western News , Penticton Vees (BCHL) forward Curtis McKenzie, has accepted a scholarship offer from Miami and apparently chose to attend college and play in the NCAA, as opposed to going to the WHL.

McKenzie will not sign a letter of intent until November, therefore the University had no official comment. The 6’1, 190 lb-seventeen year old split time last season on the third and fourth lines, and finished the 07-08 campaign with 3 goals, 7 assists and 81 penalty minutes.

Here’s what the Golden, Brtish Columbia native had to say about the University and what led to his decision to choose Miami:

“I flew down there last week and I really liked it. Nice facilities, great coaches, great teammates, great academics. They made me feel really comfortable and it’s the perfect spot for me.”

Teammates consider McKenzie “a power forward who is strong in front of the net and in the corners, but can also score goals.”

His scholarship begins in the 2009-2010 season, but an option is available for deferment until the 2010-2011 season.

>Musitelli In Camp

>Nino Mustielli has received an invite to the Wilkes-Barrre Scranton Penguins training camp, on a tryout basis. As you know, Nino signed on to play for the ECHL’s Dayton Bombers this season.

You can view the WB/Scranton camp roster by clicking here.

(Thanks to Andrew for the heads up)

>TV Schedule

>This just in from a CCHA office staffer who said Miami will again have several games on regional and national television this year in addition to the schedule of home games on ONN. ONN is planning to televise all home games not otherwised televised, so the entire home season will be on TV somewhere.

The national/regional games are:

November 15 at Michigan State – Comcast Local

November 22nd vs. Michigan (7:05pm) – Comcast Local

December 7th at Western Michigan- ESPNU

January 9 at Michigan – FSN Plus (Detroit Production)

January 10 at Michigan – Comcast Local

January 16th vs. Michigan State (8:05pm) – CBS College Sports

January 17th vs. Michigan State (5:05pm) – CBS College Sports

January 23 at Nebraska-Omaha – CBS College Sports

January 24 at Nebraska-Omaha – CBS College Sports

I’ve also learned that the following game time changes are being made to the following home games for television:

Friday, October 31st will be at 7:05pm, instead of 7:35pm

Friday, November 7th will be at 7:05pm, instead of 7:35pm

>Ganzak Cut by Senators

>Former RedHawk defenseman Mitch Ganzak has been cut…meaning, he was assigned to the Ottawa Senators AHL affiliate, the Binghamton Senators training camp, which begins on Sept. 22.

Are you surprised by this move? Do you think the Sens gave Mitch a fair look?

>Updated: Miami Alumni In Training Camps

>As training camps begin to open for many leagues, here is a running list of former RedHawks who’ll be involved. Obviously, some of the names won’t be a shock, as there are a few “established NHL-ers” here. If you find a name I’ve missed, please contact me.

Binghamton Senators:
Mitch Ganzak, Defenseman
(Link to Official Release)

Chicago Blackhawks:
41- Nathan Davis, Center
(Blackhawks Team A Camp Roster)

17- Kevyn Adams, Center
**Adams was a free agent invitee**
(Blackhawks Team C Camp Roster)

Los Angeles Kings:
53- Alec Martinez, Defenseman
36- Jeff Zatkoff, Goaltender
(Kings Training Camp Roster)

Montreal Canadiens:
98- Mike Glumac, Forward
(Canadiens Training Camp Roster)

Nashville Predators:
28- Ryan Jones, Left Wing
(Predators Training Camp Roster)

New Jersey Devils:
6- Andy Greene, Defenseman

San Jose Sharks:
22- Dan Boyle, Defenseman
(Sharks Training Camp Roster)

Toronto Maple Leafs:
*Joe Cooper, Forward
(Maple Leafs Rookie Training Camp Roster)

Wilkes Barre/Scranton Penguins:
Nino Musitelli, Forward
(WB/Scranton Training Camp Roster)

*Denotes rookie camp attendee

>Kings/Coyotes Rookie Series: Day 2

>Just a few notes here, from looking at the boxscore:

– Alec Martinez was a scratch, as he played last night.

– Jeff Zatkoff (pictured, in goal) started for LA, and gave up two goals, the first to Chad Kolarik on the powerplay and the other to Daine Todd.

(Photo credit to

>Kings/Coyotes Game Re-Cap


Game Notes:

– Jeff Zatkoff did not dress for LA tonight as he was a healthy scratch.

– Alec Martinez (pictured near top of crease) started on the top defensive pairing for LA and also worked on LA’s powerplay.

– Martinez looked very good in transition. Such a fluid skater. Played the body and held his defensive ground very well.

Other Thoughts:
– Kevin Porter and Chad Kolarik played on the same line for Phoenix and on the power play together. Their chemistry was frighteningly good, as it has been.

***Box Score***

2- LA – Moller 1 (Simmons) 14:12
2- PHX – Johnson 1 (Perry, Motherwell) 14:42
3- LA – 57 Simmonds (Moller, Campbell) 5:13

1- PHX – 76 Perry – 2 min. holding – 8:16
1- PHX – 54 Billingsley – 2 min. hooking – 12:53
1- LA – 45 Bernier – 2 min. tripping – 15:19
1- PHX – 46 Brodeur – 5 min. fighting – 17:45
1- LA – 56 Clune – 5 min. fighting – 17:45
1- LA – 56 Clune – 2 min. instigating – 17:45
1- LA – 56 Clune – 10 min. misconduct – 17:45
2- LA – 80 Doughty – 2 min. tripping – 7:45
2- LA – 50 Holloway – 2 min. hooking – 12:05
2- LA – 60 Dravecky 2 min. hooking – 15:06
3- PHX – 46 Brodeur – 2 min. hooking – 9:01
3- LA – 80 Doughty – 2 min. holding – 11:37

Shots on Goal:
Phoenix: 38 (10-17-11)
Los Angeles: 27 (10-9-8)

Final: LA 2, Phoenix 1

>Catching Up With Andy Greene

>Great article at this link from the New Jersey Devils. They’ve done a “catching up” off season interview with Andy Greene. Here is a short preview:

“I’ve had a good summer. I’ve been working out and training hard with [Devils strength and conditioning coordinator] Mike Vasalani, and I’m feeling confident about the shape I’m in both mentally and physically. I’m hoping to use everything I’ve done this summer to go right into training camp and into the season ready to have a good year.”

Also, you can see some video of Andy “in-action” with the Devils below:

>Reminder: Kings/Coyotes Game Online Tonight

>Just as a reminder to those of you who almost forgot (myself), the LA Kings vs. Phoenix Coyotes rookie game will be broadcast online tonight at 9pm EST.

For those who are interested in the rosters for each team, here is the link.

Zatkoff will wear 36 and Martinez will wear 53 for the LA Kings.

You can visit either the Kings or the Coyotes website to watch the game broadcast.