It’s time for this year’s class to get ready for the spotlight. Players like Nolan Patrick and Nico Hischier have spent most of their lives honing their hockey skills in pursuit of their dream of making it to the NHL. Now they’re closing in on that reality as we get closer to the 2017 NHL Draft.
With no dominant player as a consensus No. 1 and a field which many consider weak on the back end, a Canadian defenceman headed to an NCAA Division 1 program this fall is rated as one of the top prospects in the final rankings of candidates released by the International Scouting Service (ISS).
When the Pittsburgh Penguins captured their second straight Stanley Cup on Sunday they also set a record for the most former NCAA Division 1 players appearing in the championship final with 15 getting to hoist the precious mug in Nashville.
A total of 29 players linked to NCAA Division 1 men's programs took part in the 2017 NHL Scouting Combine last week in Buffalo, N.Y. Three current student-athletes and 26 college hockey recruits, including five Canadians, went through interviews, medical testing and fitness testing under the watchful eyes of NHL team reps over the week-long event in preparation for this year's NHL Entry Draft.
The dogfight to hoist this year's Stanley Cup is down to two combatants whose rosters in 2016-17 featured a total of 22 players who honed their skills in NCAA Division 1 prior to turning pro. The Eastern Conference champion Pittsburgh Penguins, who are the defending Cup winners, had 16 former student-athletes perform during the past season while the challenger and Western Conference winning Nashville Predators had six.
As the curtain closed on the 2016-17 Canadian Hockey League season on Sunday in Cobourg, Ont., at least 35 players from the championship tournament now set their sights on becoming student-athletes in 2017-18.
After just four head coaching changes prior to the 2016-17 NCAA Division 1 men's hockey season, the bench boss carousel has almost doubled this off season.
Apair of U SPORTS (formerly CIS) men's hockey coaches have had the interim tag removed from their portfolios after successful campaigns in 2016-17.
While the NHL remains steadfast about not allowing its players to participate in the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang, South Korea, Canada announced Thursday the 28 players who will be vying for spots on the national women's team over the next year.
The Canadian university sports calendar came to an end recently with U SPORTS naming its top male and female athletes for 2016-17. In a battle with four other worthy nominees, Philippe Maillet of the University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds hockey club was tabbed as the nation's best athlete this past season.
Two hockey players from the Atlantic University Sport (AUS) conference are among the eight finalists for the U SPORTS (formerly CIS) male and female athlete of the year award.
A total of 17 hockey players were named as athletes-of-the-year at their respective schools as the U SPORTS university programs held awards banquets from coast-to-coast.
An amazing performance from an unlikely source and a rink silencing injury were just two of the many storylines involving Canadians at the 2017 NCAA Division 1 men's hockey championship finals which wrapped up April 8 at the United Centre in Chicago.
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