There’s a lot to be excited about as the last month of 2015 approaches. Hockey season is in full swing, teams are starting to find their place in the standings and of course, the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship is just around the corner.
November was a busy month for both men’s and women’s national and provincial tournaments with the Men’s U17s Hockey Challenge, the CHL Canada-Russia Series, the U16 Western Canada Challenge Cup, as well as the the 4 Nations Cup and National U18 Championships on the women’s side, all taking centre stage.
Each of these events featured some exciting hockey, culminating in a gold medal for our national U17 men’s team and silver for the ladies at the 4 Nations Cup in Sweden.
The Canada-Russia series saw Team WHL and OHL dominate the Russian Selects squad on their way to four straight wins in the first four games to claim the series and bragging rights heading into the WJC. The series gave coaches and fans alike a glimpse into what Team Canada’s roster might look like when the still-to-be-determined squad hits the ice on Dec. 26.
Stay tuned, because we’ll be bringing our readers all of the news and updates throughout the next few weeks as the roster comes together leading up to our annual World Juniors preview edition in December.
There was a lot to talk about in the hockey world in November. From the fiasco in Flint to a new study about the cost of minor hockey in Canada, there was no shortage of controversy to go along with the on-ice action and storylines highlighted by the above-mentioned tournaments. You will find those stories and more on the pages of this issue and online at HockeyNow.ca.
In this issue’s cover story we’re exploring the business side of Junior Hockey and you won’t want to miss it. We spoke to those in the know to get the low-down on the ever-evolving business of the sport at the junior level and how it’s affecting the hockey landscape from the pros down to the minors.
Our annual HockeyNow Crave holiday gift guide is back this issue and packed full of great gift ideas for the hockey players or fans on your list. From equipment, hockey-themed books, collectables, toys, games and more, we’ve got you covered with great gift ideas for all ages.
Voting for HockeyNow’s first annual Fans’ Choice Awards continues and we’ve had a great turn out so far. Thanks to all of our readers who’ve taken the time to help us recognize some the great organizations, tournaments, venders and manufacturers who help keep us on the ice throughout the season. Head over to HockeyNow.ca to cast your vote now and have your say. Finalists and winners will be announced in our upcoming Dec. 5 issue.
As usual, we have a full sleight of exciting contests on tap for the rest of November, including your chance to win six custom Vaughn goalie sticks from our good friends over at Vaughn Hockey and our monthly Billy Blueliner contest. Find Billy hidden somewhere in an image in this issue, snap a pic and submit it on our contest page for your chance to win a great prize. You can find details about those two and more on our contests page at HockeyNow.ca/contests.
In closing, while hockey is an important part of many of our lives, some world events give us pause and force our attention off the ice. As such, we at HockeyNow would like to take a moment to express our sincerest condolences and support for the people of France and Mali following the tragic events of the past couple of weeks.
As always, thanks for reading and talk to you again next issue!
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2) Where Are They Now: 2016 Player of the Year Owen Lalonde
3) Justin Sourdif Named 2017 HockeyNow Player of the Year for B.C.
4) Introducing the 2017 HockeyNow Minor Hockey Players of the Year
5) Peter Goulet Leaves Pro Ranks To Focus On OJHL’s Kingston Voyageurs