Monthly Archives: October 2009

The Hockey News/Hot List: Home cooking

7. Andrei Loktionov, C – Windsor Spitfires (OHL): It’s been a tough go for the Spits at the Mem Cup, but at least Loktionov looked dangerous in the tight loss to Rimouski. The skilled Russian import had two goals in the game and was close to a third. Drafted 123rd overall by Los Angeles in…

The Hockey News/Hot List: Draft aftermath

10. Brandon Kozun, RW – Calgary Hitmen (WHL): Think of Kozun as this year’s Justin Azevedo; a high-scoring small forward passed over in previous drafts, but picked up by the Kings nonetheless. Kozun wrecked the Dub for 108 points this year, good for second on the circuit. Drafted 179th overall by Los Angeles in 2009.…

The Hockey News/Hot List: Beefing up Broadway

9. Kyle Clifford, LW – Barrie Colts (OHL): The Kings grabbed Clifford ostensibly for his toughness and the Barrie winger paid them back right away. Clifford dropped the gloves four times in two games against the Phoenix rookies last week and will get a chance to do big things with what promises to be a…

Bernier nominated for AHL Player of the Week as a Right Wing — I guess he heard about Peter Harrold suiting up as a goalie

Other nominees for Reebok/AHL Player of the Week include Adirondack center Jon Matsumoto, Albany left wing Zach Boychuk, Binghamton left wing Josh Hennessy, Bridgeport left wing Justin DiBenedetto, Chicago right wing Spencer Machacek, Grand Rapids right wing Jeremy Williams, Hamilton left wing Tom Pyatt, Hartford right wing P.A. Parenteau, Hershey right wing Francois Bouchard, Lake…

Dirty Hits, Cheap Shots

First off, I wish people would stop referring to “dirty” hits as something other than “intent to injure.” No intent = no dirt. Second, there are plenty of ways to check someone illegally — with the elbow, with the knee, with a cross-check, by charging, by boarding, interference, kicking, slew-footing — but a hip-check is…