Halifax Notebook
December 29, 2002

Scottie Upshall’s opening goal against the Czechs was not officially a power-play score. Time of the goal was 18:34, but Lukas Krajicek’s penalty was at 16:34. Both the NHL and IIHF believe that goals exactly two minutes after a minor are not power play ones…

Only Russia, Finland, and the U.S. are picking up TSN’s feed of the tournament…

Yuri Trubachev of Russia and Carlo Colaiacovo of Canada lead the points race with five each…

despite leading the tournament with 12 goals, Canada doesn’t have a player in the top 25 of the plus-minus stats because they scored seven of their goals on the power play which doesn’t factor in plus-minus calculations…

Matt Greene of the U.S. leads the tournament with 18 penalty minutes…

Czech goalie Martin Falter is the only netminder to be penalized so far—he has incurred a minor penalty, but he has quietly taken over as the starter over pre-tournament favourite Lukas Mensator, a Vancouver draft choice in 2002…

if there is a two-way tie in the round-robin standings, priority placement will be given based first of all on head-to-head meetings and then on goal differential…

if there is a three-way tie, the first tiebreak is goals differential in games played ONLY between the three tied teams…average attendance in Halifax so far is 9,835 and in Sydney it’s 2,999…

former NHLer and current Atlanta scout Pete Mahovlich calls Finnish goalie Kari Lehtonen the best goalie he has ever seen and feels Lehtonen will become better than Patrick Roy. The Thrashers drafted Lehtonen in 2002…

the Slovaks registered only 21 players on Christmas night and filled their last roster spot three days later by adding forward Anton Zagora…

Swedish goalie Michal Zajkowski is of Polish origin. The last Polish puckstopper to make the NHL was Peter Sidorkiewicz…

When the Czechs played Canada yesterday at 3:10 pm they were stepping onto the ice less than 17 hours after leaving the building from their previous game. The IIHF stipulates that teams must have at least 20 hours between games (the Czech-Germany game started at 7pm the previous night) and all teams approved the schedule in the summer, at which time the Czechs raised no objections.

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Lisa Dornan
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Hockey Canada
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Morgan Bell
Coordinator, Media Relations
Hockey Canada


Esther Madziya
Coordinator, Media Relations
Hockey Canada


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