It’s the time of the year when strong teams get even stronger, and 2017 was no exception. The Western Hockey League’s four juggernauts all made moves leading up to Tuesday’s trade deadline, but the Regina Pats and Prince George Cougars managed to stand out above the rest with some blockbuster deals.
The disparity between the OHL’s Western and Eastern conferences is even greater now that the London Knights and other powerhouses in the west loaded up around this year’s trade deadline.
When the clock struck noon on Friday, January 6, it signalled the end of trading in the QMJHL this season. The last official trade period for 2016-2017 got underway on Dec. 18 and lasted for about three weeks.
The power in the OHL may be in the West, but the hottest team entering the Christmas break is in the East. With eight straight wins, the Peterborough Petes have soared up the Eastern Conference standings and must be in a buying mentality come the trade deadline in January as they look to contend in the East.
For the third time in hockey history the NHL Draft is shuffling off to Buffalo, with the big show slated for June 24th and 25th. In 1991, "The Big E" hit "The Big B,” as Eric Lindros was selected first overall at the first-ever NHL draft in Buffalo.
"Hockey... Here's Howe!" That was the title of a 1963 book that I took home from the school library dozens of times. It was an instructional guide written by Gordie Howe that contained a bunch of great hockey tips from Mr. Hockey himself.
A football, a few baseball gloves and a pile of tennis balls. Not the collection of sports paraphernalia you might expect at a typical minor hockey practice. But with a lengthy season that seems to get longer every year, a coach sometimes has to shake things up to prevent tired young players from suffering a case of “hockey burnout.”