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Monday, August 24, 2009

Aeros Training Camp set for 9/21; Traverse Prospect Tourney

T3I has learned that the Aeros will begin training camp at Sugar Land Ice (SLICE) on Sept. 21.

That's less than a month away, with Wild Training Camp starting a week earlier on Sept. 13 in St. Paul.

Later this week, we'll try and get you a peek at possible camp invitees and info on pre-season games.

Also, we tweeted about it earlier but the Wild released their roster for the Traverse City Prospect Tournament, which several NHL teams participate in to get another look at their prospects before everyone heads to their respective training camps.

Last year, the NHL Network showed the tournament games, but looking at their schedule, nothing is listed yet, but they do this stuff last minute a lot of times, so maybe it's still a possibility. It was fun watching Clutterbuck be the "veteran" last year. Looks like Morten Madsen and Justin Falk will be the vets this year.


FinnAir said...

I guess a Wild-Finnish-Prospect update would not be completely out of place here?

First old news, but I can't remember that this would have been mentioned here:
Niko Hovinen will be learning how to assemble and dismantle his machine gun and will also stop a few pucks for the Finnish Army this year. I'm sure guys like him will make people feel much safer and stop the Russian threat.
He joined the Army "gray" already on the 1st of June.
Full roster for the Finnish army team here under "Jääkiekko":

I'm just wondering whether Lauri-Erik Tukonen is the same guy who played 5 times for the Kings and plenty more for the Monarchs...

Not sure whether Harri Ilvonen has served his compulsory time in the army yet, but he will be among 5 players (Pekka Tuokkola, Mikko Kalteva, Masi Marjamaki and Tomi Maki are the others) to make their debuts for the Finnish "A" national team in the Czech Tournament (3-6th September). From the 5 rookies Ilvonen gets an extra mention from the Finnish head coach Jukka Jalonen: "The expectations are high especially for Ilvonen. -He has a lot of potential and I believe that he will be a very important player for Tappara this year, Jalonen said."

FinnAir said...

Hockey's future has also listed the Top 20 Wild Prospects. Interesting read:

FinnAir said...

Harri Ilvonen and rest of the Finnish team live today at 10:50am Houston time against Czech Republic
on Czech TV (CT4).

Should get fairly brutal as the Finnish team consists mainly of 20year olds whereas Czech Republic has seasoned NHL/AHL veterans such as Jiri Hudler, Karel Rachunek, Josef Melichar and Jiri Novotny in their team.

FinnAir said...

That link works only in Czech Republic, had to find the stream otherwise....

Probably the more interesting match for most here is the CSKA - Spartak match going on at the moment. Not sure if that familiar face from Houston is in the net yet though...2-1 for CSKA at the moment.

Ms. Conduct said...

If you ever find a CSKA game we can watch online, let me know. I'd love to see Nolan play over there!

F***A** said...

Sure. Just watched the Czech Republic - Finland one. 2-0 for the Czechs, not much happening in that one....Empty net goal for the Czechs.

That CSKA - Spartak match was also available, but it was on at the same time so didn't watch that. CSKA won 3-2, (I think) but not much info so far since it was a pre-season match. Not even sure if Nolan played.
You can watch practically every game online, but since I'm not quite sure about the legality (honestly) of streaming in here you might not want to publish this add: http://www.myp2p.eu/competition.php?competitionid=&part=sports&discipline=icehockey

Click on the tv symbol after each match (during the listed time) and you get a list of available streams online. Some might not work, but because there are always several of them you eventually get one to work...
The times listed are either 7-8 hours ahead of us (I think the latter), so if you want to watch Metallurg Magnitogorsk take on Traktor Chelyabinsk tomorrow you would have to wake up about 3am! :-)

But usually most European games would be starting between 10-12 in the morning Houston time...

FinnAir said...

If you are really desperate to see Nolan in Red try this:

Nice shootout victory for Nolan and there is even a Russian style "fight" when a Torpedo player comes too close:
CSKA vs Torpedo NN 4-3

and only for the hardcore:
First day of training gul...sorry camp:

I bet Nolan is happy that he hadn't signed yet for this. (Warning!!! naked torsos towards the end)

Nolan has apparently started 5 in a row(including an earlier pre-season tournament in Salzburg), and kept CSKA alive today against Spartak. This was according to Sergei Nemchinov on the team website...
p.s. just wanted to add that the match against Torpedo reportedly had only 1000 spectators. Unbelievable racket for such a few people!

Ms. Conduct said...

Ahhh! Thanks Finn! Wish someone would get me some pictures of his new mask. Always like to see what he's done given his art background.

Man, I can't wait to see real hockey again (no offense to the folks I play with but... you know... REAL hockey).

FinnAir said...

This is the best I could come up with, pics from two recent games:



The local Fred Trask is not that good.
But if you double-click on the pics you have a zoom.
Move on the carousel until you see the CSKA goalie with the
colourful mask. That's your Nolan.

Don't despair the hockey season is already here!

(in fact it never goes away)

Ms. Conduct said...

Ahhh, how nice. I need to set a google alert on him so I can keep track of him.