Tuesday, August 18, 2009

2009 Fedorin Cup at THE RINKS

2009 Fedorin Cup at THE RINKS - Anaheim IceCharity Game Picks a FIGHT Against Cancer Friday, 08.07.2009 / 1:09 PM / News Athletic Sports Fund of America is proud to present the 12th annual Fedorin Cup charity hockey game, to be held at THE RINKS - Anaheim Ice on Saturday, August 29. Anaheim Ducks players Todd Marchant, Teemu Selanne and others to be added soon are expected to participate in this year’s event.

This year’s event will consist of a charity exhibition game between current and former NHL players, local pros and standouts in a Team Canada vs. Team USA format. There will be both a live and silent auction; postgame VIP Anaheim ICE plaza party with exclusive VIP live auction and casino-style gaming, opportunity drawing and celebrity appearances to be announced.

Anaheim Ducks players who have supported this event in the past include Teemu Selanne, Todd Marchant, Ryan Getzlaf, Chris Pronger, Bobby Ryan, George Parros, Doug Weight, Todd Bertuzzi, Jeff Friesen, Steve Rucchin, Jason Marshall, Mike LeClerc, Pavel Trnka, Travis Green, Vitaly Vishnevski, Brian Salcido, Mikhal Stahlenkov, Bobby Dollas, Keith Carney, Sean Pronger, Ladislav Kohn, Brent Severyn, Craig Johnson, Tony Semenov, Ted Drury, Tory DiRiberto, Matt Cullen, Jeff Nielson, David Karpa, Johan Davidson, Niclas Havelid, Ladislav Kohn, Jay Legault, and other Ducks draft picks/future prospects. Ducks coaching staff who have also played in the games include Newell Brown, Lorne Henning, Paul MacLean and Mike Babcock.

Other notable past NHL participants in the fast-paced pro-level game include Charlie Simmer, Phil Bourque, Dmitry Yushkevich, John Blue, Noah Clarke, Manon Rheaume, and Brian Hayward. Local elite pros Don Johnson and event founder Rick Hutchinson will also be in the game showing their stuff.

In addition to players, Phil Hulett, Anaheim Ducks PA announcer and KFWB newsman, will for the ninth straight year donate his time to announce the game and MC the event happenings at the VIP postgame dinner/Casino Night. Wild Wing is also expected to appear again this year as will a team of Power Players to help out in the stands.

The Fedorin Cup was established in 1998 when Eric Fedorin, a 36-year-old local California hockey player, was diagnosed with brain cancer and passed away a short time after the inaugural event. In is his memory, the Athletic Sports Fund of America-ASFA will donate a portion of all proceeds to NHL Hockey Fights Cancer, the American Cancer Society and offer grants to athletes in need.

Tickets for the event are available at $10 for adults, $5 for youth 11-17, and FREE for children 10 and under with an adult. For more information on the event or to order tickets or VIP packages online, visit www.asfamerica.com.

The event doors open at 2:30 p.m. at Anaheim ICE at 300 W. Lincoln Ave. near downtown Anaheim. Silent auction begins at 3:30 with warmups and the game to follow.

The Athletic Sports Fund would appreciate a product donation or gift certificate from your business to enhance their live and silent auction, as well as the opportunity drawing. This would provide great exposure for your company through printed recognition in the event Program and on t-shirts. Major event sponsors will receive special banner recognition during the event and VIP Casino night. This event will be attended and covered by the media, NHL players, celebrities as well as many hockey fans.

Please send your contribution to:
ASFA/Live-Silent Auction Donations
20763 Northampton St.
Diamond Bar, CA 91789

Please contact event chair with any additional questions or to arrange immediate pick-up of donations at 714.342.7347 or kathypat7@aol.com

Through your generosity, the fight against cancer continues. Come out and support this worthy cause and have a great time doing it.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Another Cup in the OC I can feel it!!!

2009-2010 Regular Season Schedule/Results

October 2009
Date Visitor Home Score Dec Time (PT) TV Nat'l Local (A) Local (H)
Sat Oct 3, 2009 Sharks Ducks 7:00 PM
Tue Oct 6, 2009 Ducks Wild 6:00 PM
Thu Oct 8, 2009 Ducks Bruins 4:00 PM
Sat Oct 10, 2009 Ducks Flyers 4:00 PM
Sun Oct 11, 2009 Ducks Rangers 2:00 PM
Wed Oct 14, 2009 Wild Ducks 7:00 PM
Sat Oct 17, 2009 Blues Ducks 7:00 PM
Wed Oct 21, 2009 Stars Ducks 7:00 PM
Sat Oct 24, 2009 Blue Jackets Ducks 7:00 PM
Mon Oct 26, 2009 Maple Leafs Ducks 7:00 PM
Fri Oct 30, 2009 Canucks Ducks 7:00 PM
Sat Oct 31, 2009 Ducks Coyotes 6:00 PM
November 2009
Date Visitor Home Score Dec Time (PT) TV Nat'l Local (A) Local (H)
Tue Nov 3, 2009 Penguins Ducks 7:00 PM
Thu Nov 5, 2009 Predators Ducks 7:00 PM
Sat Nov 7, 2009 Coyotes Ducks 7:00 PM
Wed Nov 11, 2009 Ducks Devils 4:00 PM
Fri Nov 13, 2009 Ducks Blue Jackets 4:00 PM
Sat Nov 14, 2009 Ducks Red Wings 4:00 PM
Mon Nov 16, 2009 Ducks Penguins 4:30 PM
Thu Nov 19, 2009 Lightning Ducks 7:00 PM
Sat Nov 21, 2009 Sharks Ducks 7:00 PM
Mon Nov 23, 2009 Flames Ducks 7:00 PM
Wed Nov 25, 2009 Hurricanes Ducks 7:00 PM
Fri Nov 27, 2009 Blackhawks Ducks 1:00 PM
Sun Nov 29, 2009 Coyotes Ducks 5:00 PM
December 2009
Date Visitor Home Score Dec Time (PT) TV Nat'l Local (A) Local (H)
Tue Dec 1, 2009 Kings Ducks 7:30 PM
Thu Dec 3, 2009 Ducks Stars 5:30 PM
Fri Dec 4, 2009 Ducks Wild 5:00 PM
Sun Dec 6, 2009 Senators Ducks 5:00 PM
Tue Dec 8, 2009 Stars Ducks 7:00 PM
Fri Dec 11, 2009 Ducks Red Wings 4:30 PM
Sat Dec 12, 2009 Ducks Blue Jackets 4:00 PM
Wed Dec 16, 2009 Ducks Canucks 7:00 PM
Thu Dec 17, 2009 Ducks Sharks 7:30 PM
Sat Dec 19, 2009 Coyotes Ducks 1:00 PM
Tue Dec 22, 2009 Ducks Avalanche 7:00 PM
Wed Dec 23, 2009 Ducks Coyotes 6:00 PM
Sat Dec 26, 2009 Ducks Sharks 7:30 PM
Tue Dec 29, 2009 Wild Ducks 7:00 PM
Thu Dec 31, 2009 Ducks Stars 5:00 PM
January 2010
Date Visitor Home Score Dec Time (PT) TV Nat'l Local (A) Local (H)
Sat Jan 2, 2010 Ducks Predators 5:00 PM
Sun Jan 3, 2010 Ducks Blackhawks 4:00 PM
Tue Jan 5, 2010 Red Wings Ducks 7:00 PM
Thu Jan 7, 2010 Blues Ducks 7:00 PM
Sat Jan 9, 2010 Ducks Predators 5:00 PM
Sun Jan 10, 2010 Ducks Blackhawks 4:00 PM
Wed Jan 13, 2010 Bruins Ducks 7:00 PM
Thu Jan 14, 2010 Ducks Kings 7:30 PM
Sun Jan 17, 2010 Flames Ducks 5:00 PM
Tue Jan 19, 2010 Sabres Ducks 7:00 PM
Thu Jan 21, 2010 Ducks Sharks 7:30 PM
Sat Jan 23, 2010 Ducks Blues 5:00 PM
Tue Jan 26, 2010 Ducks Thrashers 4:00 PM
Wed Jan 27, 2010 Ducks Capitals 4:00 PM
Fri Jan 29, 2010 Ducks Lightning 4:30 PM
February 2010
Date Visitor Home Score Dec Time (PT) TV Nat'l Local (A) Local (H)
Mon Feb 1, 2010 Ducks Panthers 4:30 PM
Wed Feb 3, 2010 Red Wings Ducks 7:00 PM
Thu Feb 4, 2010 Ducks Kings 7:30 PM
Mon Feb 8, 2010 Kings Ducks 7:00 PM
Wed Feb 10, 2010 Oilers Ducks 7:00 PM
Sat Feb 13, 2010 Ducks Flames 7:00 PM
Sun Feb 14, 2010 Ducks Oilers 4:00 PM
March 2010
Date Visitor Home Score Dec Time (PT) TV Nat'l Local (A) Local (H)
Wed Mar 3, 2010 Avalanche Ducks 7:00 PM
Sat Mar 6, 2010 Ducks Coyotes 5:00 PM
Sun Mar 7, 2010 Canadiens Ducks 5:00 PM
Tue Mar 9, 2010 Blue Jackets Ducks 7:00 PM
Fri Mar 12, 2010 Predators Ducks 7:00 PM
Sun Mar 14, 2010 Sharks Ducks 5:00 PM
Wed Mar 17, 2010 Blackhawks Ducks 7:00 PM
Fri Mar 19, 2010 Islanders Ducks 7:00 PM
Sun Mar 21, 2010 Avalanche Ducks 5:00 PM
Tue Mar 23, 2010 Ducks Flames 6:00 PM
Wed Mar 24, 2010 Ducks Canucks 7:00 PM
Fri Mar 26, 2010 Ducks Oilers 6:00 PM
Mon Mar 29, 2010 Stars Ducks 7:00 PM
Wed Mar 31, 2010 Ducks Avalanche 6:00 PM
April 2010
Date Visitor Home Score Dec Time (PT) TV Nat'l Local (A) Local (H)
Fri Apr 2, 2010 Canucks Ducks 7:00 PM
Sat Apr 3, 2010 Ducks Kings 7:30 PM
Tue Apr 6, 2010 Kings Ducks 7:00 PM
Thu Apr 8, 2010 Ducks Stars 5:30 PM
Fri Apr 9, 2010 Ducks Blues 5:00 PM
Sun Apr 11, 2010 Oilers Ducks 5:00 PM

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Kyle Palmieri is turning heads in his return to competitive action at the U.S. National Junior Evaluation

Back on Track Kyle Palmieri is turning heads in his return to competitive action at the U.S. National Junior Evaluation CampAug 13, 2009, 8:09 PM EDT Of the 29 players left at the U.S. National Junior Evaluation Camp being held in Lake Placid through Saturday, one that has possibly left the biggest impression thus far is Ducks prospect Kyle Palmieri.

The forward has been one of the U.S. team’s best players through two exhibition wins over Russia, scoring two goals and adding an assist. It’s been a rewarding return to action for Palmieri, who had previously not played competitive hockey since February.

Ducks prospect Kyle Palmieri has scored two goals and added an assist in the U.S. team's first two exhbition games against Russia at the National Junior Evaluation Camp being held in Lake Placid.
“There was a little bit of an adjustment period, but that built-up energy and being anxious to play again and just wanting to get back out on the ice really helped me out, got me hungry to play these few games,” said Palmieri, who was selected by the Ducks with the 26th overall selection in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.

Although it’s been six months since his 2008-09 season with the U.S. National Team Development Program came to an abrupt end over a rules violation, Palmieri is simply picking up where he left off. He was averaging nearly a point a game (30 points in 33 games) before being sent to the sidelines.

Playing Palmieri on both wings through the first two games, U.S. coach Dean Blain was somewhat surprised by the 18-year-old’s high conditioning level considering the layoff, but definitely not by the production.

U.S. coach Dean Blais could see the extra jump in Palmieri from the time camp opened last Friday. While the coach has been somewhat surprised by the high conditioning of the 18-year-old considering the layoff, he never doubted the skills of the Notre Dame-bound forward.

“Right away we saw he was in pretty good shape, ready to go,” Blais said. “It was the timing-type things, and the physical part of it we were worried about, nothing else. He's a sniper. We know he can put the puck in the net and when he gets chances, his eyes get as big as silver dollars.”

"There was a little bit of an adjustment period, but that built-up energy and being anxious to play again and just wanting to get back out on the ice really helped me out, got me hungry to play these few games.” - Kyle PalmieriWhile it was tough only being able to watch several of his former teammates from the U.S. program win the gold medal at the World Under-18 Championship last April, Palmieri is back in the fold now and hopes his camp performance garners him another shot at the international stage.

He and 28 others (including defenseman Jake Gardiner, Anaheim’s 2008 first round pick) in Lake Placid have two more games against Russia (Friday and Saturday) to show Blais and other USA Hockey evaluators if they belong on the country’s squad for the 2010 World Junior Championship in Saskatchewan. Palmieri is happy to at least have that chance once again and is so far running with it.

"It's great to be back out there,” he said. “Putting on the USA jersey again is an honor. I feel right at home. That first game I had to do a little adjusting, going from shinny hockey to that was a little tough, but I think I settled in pretty well.”

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Anaheim Ducks acquire Evgeny Artyukhin in trade with Tampa Bay

Anaheim Ducks acquire Evgeny Artyukhin in trade with Tampa Bay

2009-08-13 17:40:00
ANAHEIM, Calif. - The Ducks acquired right-winger Evgeny Artyukhin from Tampa Bay on Thursday for left-winger Drew Miller and a third-round selection in the 2010 NHL draft.

Artyukhin had six goals and 10 assists in 73 games with the Lightning last season, his second in the NHL. He set career highs in goals, appearances and penalty minutes.

The winger was selected by Tampa Bay in the third round of the 2001 draft. He also played for the Lightning in 2005-06, when they reached the Eastern Conference quarterfinals.

Miller had four goals and six assists for the Ducks last season. He appeared in all 13 playoff games, with two goals, one assist and two penalty minutes.

He was selected by Anaheim in the sixth round of the 2003 draft.

Dangling Donger Pronger breaks Free from Ducks

He is the man who skates slow and carries "big stick" Chris Pronger a top defensive player is on his way out of Anaheim. This towering adulterer 6'6" at 214lbs who gets boo'd at every rink but at Anaheim will be missed. His ogre like reach and powerful slap shot from the point was a clear advantage in the Ducks offense and defense. But he's also getting old, he's slow, and the Ducks seem to be right at the cap.

When you really think about trades and team building has for quite some time been so focused on building an all star defense. Bobby Ryan who knew he's be such a scoring machine so early. That was not expected. Imagine where the ducks would be without such scoring - ya we'd be suffering.

Saku Koivu shows light at the end of the tunnel. Ducks management is starting to build a stronger offensive bench. The Perry Getzy combo can not survive on bread alone. Now we have the two Finland natives who can talk dirty together in Finish. Maybe Saku will sport a dirty mustache kind of like the one Salanne recently sports.

I will trade Pronger for more speed and agility on the puck any day as long as I have Scotty back on defense. I just can't wait to Boo Pronger when he plays the Ducks I can't imagine how that must feel? It sure seems fun.

Ducks Acquire Goaltender Pogge from Toronto

Pogge, 23 (4/22/86), made his NHL debut with Toronto last season, posting a 1-4-1 record with a 4.36 goals-against average (GAA) and .844 save percentage (SV%) in seven appearances. In his NHL debut, Pogge stopped 19-of-21 shots to help lead the Leafs to a 6-2 win over the Atlanta Thrashers on Dec. 22, 2008 at Philips Arena. With the victory, Pogge became the first Toronto goaltender to start and win in his NHL debut since Mar. 22, 1991 (Damian Rhodes at Detroit). The 6-3, 204-pound goaltender spent the rest of the season with the Maple Leafs’ American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Toronto Marlies, going 26-21-5 with a 2.70 GAA and .895 SV% in 53 appearances.

Originally selected by Toronto in the third round (90th overall) of the 2004 NHL Entry Draft, Pogge made his professional debut with the Marlies in 2006-07. In three AHL seasons with Toronto from 2006-09, Pogge went 71-56-11 with seven shutouts, a 2.71 GAA and .899 SV% in 142 career appearances. A native of Fort McMurray, Alberta, Pogge helped lead Team Canada to the gold medal at the 2005 World Junior Hockey Championships in Grand Forks, ND with a record of 6-0-0, three shutouts, a 1.00 GAA and .952 SV% in six games.

Justin Pogge Highlights
Among tournament leaders, he ranked first in wins, GAA and SV%. Pogge split his amateur career with Prince George (2003-05) and Calgary (2005-06) of the Western Hockey League (WHL), posting a 79-44-7 record with 20 shutouts, a 2.29 GAA and .911 SV% in 151 games. Following the 2005-06 WHL season, Pogge was named the league’s Player and Goaltender of the Year and the Canadian Hockey League’s (CHL) Goaltender of the Year.

Ducks Senior Vice President of Hockey Operations David McNab spoke to reporters via conference call on Monday afternoon. Following is a transcript:
Pogge has been a guy that Bob, Rick Paterson and all our staff have liked for the last few years. He’s a good goalie. Bob has talked with Toronto quite a bit over the last year and this year. You can never have enough good, young goaltenders in an organization. These trades always take time to manufacture themselves, but this was somebody that Bob was trying to get for awhile.

On Pogge’s strengths
He’s a big guy. Everywhere he’s gone, he’s played well. He’s been a top prospect in the Toronto organization for the past three years. I think everybody knows with the way the game is now, we’ve been preached when Francois (Allaire) was here, about the big goalies and the necessity to have bigger guys. He’s just somebody that we think has a chance to be a real good goalie in the NHL.

It seems like Canadian goalies sometimes, who were the big stars in the World Junior tournament, they become instant celebrities. Maybe there was added pressure in that situation. I think here, we’re targeting him as our No. 3 guy and a guy that we thought just added to the depth of the organization. Because of his contractual situation, he can play in the minors. He gives us a goalie that we’re comfortable with if we get an injury or two injuries.. A lot of times people look at an organization and say ‘Well, you have to have two good goalies in case you can an injury’. But should you get an injury, the organizations that are well prepared are the teams that still would have two good goalies. Should something happen and one of our two guys go down, this would still allow us to bring up someone from the American League, who is capable of playing in the NHL we feel and can win games. Everybody can have a third goalie, but you don’t want a third goalie that is not capable of playing or not capable of the players having confidence in him. We think Pogge is a guy can come up if needed. He can not only be the backup, but he can play games. He’s a guy that the coaches will have confidence in and can help you win games, not just play in the games.

On the team’s third goalie situation
We got Timo Pielmeier from San Jose in the one trade, but we didn’t feel he was ready to be the third goalie. We didn’t feel Levasseur was ready to a third goalie. That was the reason we needed to go out and get somebody. If you have a team that you think has a chance to do well, you don’t want it to all the sudden have it be derailed because of an injury in goal. If you need to go get a goalie, it’s pretty tough to get one. Our plan is for him to get more experience, to play more in the American League and be ready if it’s needed.

We’re good now. Both Pielmeier and Levasseur are really good prospects, as far as developing into being a third goalie and obviously higher. They are both very young in their development stage. Pogge is a lot farther along and more ready to battle to play in the National Hockey League. I think right now, we’re comfortable in what we have.

On if the move is a sign of another possible move
No, it’s not a precursor. You have to have three goalies. Your third has to be somebody that the organization is comfortable can play and can win. That is what we think we have in Justin. This has nothing to do with leading into something else. This is strictly to get depth at a position that you have to be strong in.

On where Pogge will play in the minors
We’re still working on exactly where he’ll be playing. But we’re comfortable that we’ll figure something out and he’ll play plenty.

On Pogge’s contract status
He’s on a two-way contract. The way that the Collective Bargaining Agreement works is that the “skaters” – the forwards and defensemen – get three years of pro hockey before they need waivers to go to the minors. But because goaltenders take longer to develop, the CBA is written in such a way that goaltenders can go to the minors for four years before they need waivers. He does not need waivers to go to the American League. He’s in year four. He finished his entry-level contract this summer and signed a one-year contract with Toronto.

Pogge commented on the trade during a conference call with reporters on Tuesday afternoon

On the trade and leaving Toronto
It was a little bittersweet, but for the most part I’m really excited to have a new situation and a fresh start. I think it’s a great move.

On his season last year
It was kind of a battle, but I had some really good times and some mediocre times. But overall I gained a lot of experience last year and I’m moving on with it.

On whether he's spoken to former Calgary Hitmen teammate Ryan Getzlaf about the trade
No, I’m going to give him a call in the next couple of days and kind of get the lowdown on what to expect (in Anaheim). Ryan is a great guy and I’m known him for a couple years now. He’s an unbelievable player.

On needing a fresh start
I think everyone needs a fresh start every once in awhile when things aren’t going the best. It’s just a new situation. You kind of get into routines when you’re in the same old place and I think just changing everything up is definitely a healthy move.

On whether he was rushed into the NHL
I don’t think I was rushed into the NHL. I put in my time in the minors and got a chance. I would have liked to stay up there a little bit longer but that’s how life goes. I’m looking forward to my next chance at the NHL and hoping to prove myself and that I can play.

On preparing for this upcoming season
I think it’s just taking everything I’ve learned over the last three years and putting that into this year. I put a lot of work in this summer and I’m looking to come into camp a better goaltender, in shape and with a better style and more efficient style in net.