Archives for the 'Columbus' Category

Peca preaches confidence to Columbus youngsters

Michael Peca has two Selke Trophies to his name (1997, 2002) and one trip to the Stanley Cup final (1999). Yet only the most ardent Columbus Blue Jackets fan would believe this 33-year-old center has a chance of getting his name engraved on Lord Stanley’s mug come June. Sure, the Jackets are now just five […]

Fedorov: “I still love the game”

Sergei Fedorov is alive and well and living in Columbus. In his 17th NHL season, the 37-year-old center is averaging just over 17 minutes a night, taking key faceoffs, serving as an assistant captain, and sitting one point away from 100 in a Blue Jackets uniform. Although he lacks the explosive acceleration of his glory […]

Spacek set to compete in Sweden

Originally published on IHWC.NET in 2002 By Lucas Aykroyd Jaroslav Spacek has excelled on the international stage before, but life in the NHL hasn’t always been as kind to him. Chicago and Columbus are both cities in the American Midwest, but as Spacek is finding out, they’re worlds apart in the hockey universe. The skillful […]

Selivanov tries to sell his game again in Columbus

Originally published on in 2001 By Lucas Aykroyd Sometimes Alexander Selivanov must wonder if his career is doomed to consist of a series of bad jokes. Last season, playing for the Edmonton Oilers on a line with Doug Weight and Ryan Smyth, the 29-year-old Moscow native led the NHL with 18 goals at the […]

Fedorov battles to bring NHL respectability to Columbus

Originally published in Eishockey News in 2007 By Lucas Aykroyd In a parallel universe where the Soviet Union didn’t collapse, Sergei Fedorov might still be centering USSR national team coach Viktor Tikhonov’s top line with Pavel Bure and Alexander Mogilny. In actuality, this NHL legend celebrated his 37th birthday on December 12 with a fifth […]

Gilbert Brule: A Giant in the Making

By Lucas Aykroyd At 5-10 and 165 pounds, Gilbert Brule isn’t the biggest player in the WHL. But since breaking in with the Vancouver Giants this season at age 16, he’s towered above his peers as one of the league’s most gifted scorers. Already, scouts project Brule as a high first-round pick in the 2005 […]