The American Hockey League announced today that Norfolk Admirals forward and Tampa Bay Lightning prospect Steve Downie will play for Team Canada at the 2009 AHL All-Star Classic presented by Charter Communications, to be played later this month at the DCU Center in Worcester, Massachusetts.
Downie, a 5-foot-10, 192-pound native of Newmarket, Ontario, has posted six goals and 14 assists for 20 points in just 15 games for Norfolk this season. Among his notable accomplishments with the Admirals this season are a franchise-record tying four-assist game on December 13 versus Bridgeport, a hat trick on December 27 versus Philadelphia and a Norfolk season-high eight-game scoring streak from November 16 â€“ December 27 during which he registered five goals and ten assists.
Downie was acquired by the Tampa Bay Lightning from the Philadelphia Flyers along with Steve Eminger on November 7 in the deal that sent Matt Carle to the Flyers. Prior to the trade, he also appeared in four games with the Flyers' AHL affiliate, the Philadelphia Phantoms, recording one goal and seven assists. In 19 total AHL games this season, Downie has seven goals and 21 assists for 28 points. In 41 career AHL contests between Norfolk and Philadelphia, the second-year professional has scored 12 goals and 38 assists for 50 points.
TSN.ca is announcing Team Canada's final roster for the upcoming World Junior Championship, and for the first time two Lightning draftees will be on the squad.
Two-way winger/center Dana Tyrell of the WHL's Prince George Cougars, a 2007 2nd round draft choice, is one of just 12 forwards named to the team. Goaltender Dustin Tokarski, a 2008 fifth round pick from Spokane of the WHL, is one of two goalies, joining Tri-City's Chet Pickard.
A character forward known for his work ethic, physical play, and scoring, Tyrell currently leads Prince George with 19 goals and 21 assists for 40 points in 30 games. The 19 year old nicknamed "Whiskers" also serves as captain of the Cougars.
Tokarski leads the WHL in save percentage (.938) and shutouts (4) and is second in goals against average (1.97) to Vancouver's Jamie Tucker, who has now played in the minimum amount of games to be counted among that category's leaders.
The Lightning have not had a draftee on Team Canada since Brad Richards in 1999-2000.
Tampa Bay joins St. Louis, L.A., and Buffalo as the only NHL teams to place multiple prospects on the team.
(CHL Photo and Release) The Canadian Hockey League today announced that Lightning prospect Torrie Jung of the Edmonton Oil Kings is the ADT CHL Goaltender of the Week for the week ending November 30.
Today the BCHL announced its Coastal Conference all-stars and Lightning prospect Justin Courtnall made the list. Courtnall's father, Geoff, will be coaching the Coastal squad at the January 14 game vs. the Interior Conference.
Courtnall is in his third year in the BCHL, and is tied for the team lead in scoring with fellow all-star Evan Pighin. Both were participants in the Lightning's prospect camp this past summer. Pighin is a free agent.
Courtnall is averaging a career-best 1.1 points per game as he has accumulated nine goals and 25 assists for 34 points in 31 games. He is second on his club in penalty minutes with 53. Last year he was 19-32-51 in 60 games with Victoria. The year previous he split between Victoria and Burnaby, scoring five goals and 14 points in 48 games.
(CHL Release) â€“ The Canadian Hockey League on Wednesday announced that Lightning prospect Dana Tyrell of the Prince George Cougars is the Boston Pizza CHL Player of the Week for the week ending November 2. Tyrell scored three goals and four assists for seven points helping the Cougars to a 1-0-0-1 record on the week.
Tyrell was named the first star of the game on Wednesday night playing the Brandon Wheat Kings at home. He netted two goals on the power play and added an assist in the 6-5 shootout loss. On Saturday Tyrell would score one goal and three assists for third star of the game honours as the Cougars would beat the Kamloops Blazers 7-2 at home.
Tyrell, a 19-year-old from Airdrie, AB is in his fourth WHL season with the Cougars. In 16 games this season he has scored 14 goals and nine assists for 23 points. Tyrell was a second round selection of the Tampa Bay Lightning in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft. He will be representing Team WHL in the 2008 ADT Canada Russia Challenge November 26 in Swift Current and November 27 in Prince Albert.
(WHL Release) The BOSTON PIZZA WHL Player of the Week is forward Dana Tyrell of the Prince George Cougars.
Tyrell picked up seven points, scoring three goals and four assists, in two games over the past week, helping the Cougars post a 1-0-0-1 record in that span.
On Wednesday, October 29th, the Cougars played host to the visiting Brandon Wheat Kings at the CN Centre in Prince George. Tyrell netted two power play goals and an assist in a game that saw the visiting Wheat Kings erase a four goal deficit to down the Cougars 6-5 in a shoot-out. He was also named the games 1st Star.
Lightning prospect and Harvard University commit Alex Killorn of Deerfield Academy was named by the NEIPSHA to its Division I All-New England West team.
Deerfield finished their regular season with a 16-6-2 record. Killorn had a goal in his final home game, a 4-3 Deerfield win over Westminster. (Stat update coming soon)
The Canadian Hockey League today announced that Thomas McCollum of the Guelph Storm and Lightning prospect Riku Helenius of the Seattle Thunderbirds were both named ADT CHL Goaltender of the Week after posting practically identical numbers last week.
McCollum was 2-0-0-0 with a 0.50 goals against average and .987 save percentage in two games while Helenius was 2-0-0-0 with a 0.50 goals against average and .980 save percentage in two games.
Helenius stopped 27 of the 28 shots faced as the Thunderbirds downed the Prince Albert Raiders 3-1 on Wednesday and he stopped all 22 shots faced as the Thunderbirds shut-out the Portland Winter Hawks 4-0 on Saturday. Helenius, a 19-year-old from Ilves-Tampere, Finland, improved to 15-9-5-1 this season with a 2.37 goals against average and .917 save percentage in 30 games as a WHL rookie.
Fellow Lightning prospect Torrie Jung won the ADT CHL Goaltender of the Week Award January 8.
Our Sports Central is reporting the Lightning prospect Justin Keller will represent the Norfolk Admirals at the upcoming AHL All-Star Classic. The honor falls to Keller after Kyle Wanvig is unable to play due his current recall to the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Keller, Tampa's 8th round selection in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft, is a second year pro and has scored 17 points (8 goals, 9 assists) in 25 games since November 21.
(Norfolk Admirals release)
Norfolk Admirals leading scorer and current Lightning winger Kyle Wanvig has been selected as a member of Team Canada for the 2008 AHL All-Star Classic presented by Reebok. The All-Star Classic takes place later this month in Binghamton, New York.
Wanvig, a 6-foot-2, 210-pound right wing, was recalled by the parent Tampa Bay Lightning last week. He remains the Admirals leader with 13 goals, 23 assists, 36 points and seven power play goals. He also is tied for eleventh in points, tied for fifteenth in assists and tied for twelfth in power play goals in the American Hockey League. In 321 career AHL games, Wanvig has 91 goals and 97 assists for 188 points and 648 penalty minutes.