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Hrdel Returned to Johnstown

The Falcons have also announced that they have returned winger Zbynek Hrdel to Johnstown of the ECHL. Hrdel was recalled from the Chiefs when a rash of injuries hit the Falcons with Justin Keller out with a high ankle sprain, Randy Rowe out with a bad lower back and Norm Milley shelved with a broken jaw. The move likely signals that Keller or Rowe will be returning this week as Milley is projected to be out 2-4 weeks.

Karri Ramo Named to AHL All-Star Team

The Springfield Falcons have announced today that goaltender Karri Ramo has been selected to appear for its PlanetUSA team at the upcoming AHL All-Star Game taking place on January 29th. Ramo is 12-9-0 this season with a 3.13 GAA, a .904 save percentage and 1 shutout. The 20 year old netminder made his NHL debut earlier this year making an appearance in relief during a brief callup against the Ottawa Senators.

Choose Your Own Theme

Ok...

I enabled an option that allows site users to select their own theme from a set of "approved" themes. One of the themes will be the site default theme. You can customize your viewing theme by clicking My Account -> Edit and then scrolling down and selecting a theme from the list of loaded themes.

At this moment, there's only about three or four available. I've got a more, but I need to review them before activating some for user selection. I'll get to this later today, so check the comments on this post for some updated info from me.

New Look & Message Boards

Leave some feedback regarding the new look... like/dislike?

Also, there has been some chatter here and over at some of the other Lightning-focused message boards about Bolt Prospects getting into the message board business. First of all... the software that we use at BP has discussion forums built into it. So, it's really just a mouse click and a little configuration to get them up and rolling. Not much effort. But...

The BP staff have not really decided if we want to compete with the various message boards. We can probably be persuaded, but message boards are only fun if a lot of folks are contributing. And, even though our software has discussion forums built in, the software's main purpose is not to be a message board, but to be a knowledge base and community publishing forum. That can include discussion forums, but they won't be feature rich like some message board specialty software. But the forums integrate well with all the other community publishing options we are trying to grow here. Maybe the time has come... I can promise they won't ever be orange, but I can't promise you an ignore feature. But there are other ways to handle that.

CHL Stat Update: 1/8

Stats for Lightning prospects in the Canadian Hockey League as of January 8, 2007:
Key:
Teams: Wins-Losses-Overtime/Shootout Losses
Skaters: Goals-Assists-Points, Plus/Minus, Penalties in Minutes
Goalies: Wins-Losses-Overtime/Shootout Losses, Goals Against Average, Save Percentage, Shutouts

Ontario Hockey League
Marek Bartanus
Left Wing, Owen Sound Attack (19-17-5; 4th of 5 in Midwest Division)
6-4, 220 lbs.
Drafted: 2005 – 4th Round
2006-07: 30 Games Played; 4-12-16, -4, 35 PIM
2005-06: 49 Games Played; 7-12-19, -14, 47 PIM

Kevin Beech
Goaltender, Sudbury Wolves (18-16-6; 3rd of 5 in Central Division)
6-4, 180 lbs.
Drafted: 2005 – 6th Round
2006-07: 36 Games Played; 15-14-5, 3.16 GAA, .898 sv%, 1 S.O.
2005-06: 63 Games Played; 33-25-4, 2.94 GAA, .906 sv%, 0 S.O.

Chris Lawrence
Right Wing/Center, Mississauga Ice Dogs (24-13-2; 2nd of 5 in Central Division)
6-4, 217 lbs.
Drafted: 2005 – 3rd Round
2006-07: 35 Games Played; 24-25-49, +20, 70 PIM
2005-06: 67 Games Played; 23-30-53, -20, 91 PIM (with Sault Ste. Marie/Mississauga)

Western Hockey League
Dane Crowley
Defense, Swift Current Broncos (21-19-2; 2nd of 6 in East Division)
6-3, 208 lbs.
Drafted: 2006 – 6th Round
2006-07: 33 Games Played; 4-15-19, -2, 96 PIM
2005-06: 71 Games Played; 1-20-21, -15, 149 PIM (with Saskatoon/Swift Current)

Vladimir Mihalik
Defense, Prince George Cougars (15-19-5; 3rd of 5 in B.C. Division)
6-8, 241 lbs.
Drafted: 2005 – 1st Round
2006-07: 24 Games Played; 3-9-12, -4, 40 PIM
2005-06: 62 Games Played; 3-9-12, -12, 86 PIM (with Red Deer)

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