For the first time in seven years, the QMJHL will have close to equal representation compared to the rest of the CHL at the Team Canada World Junior Evaluation Camp.
The odds of the 2018 Memorial Cup coming to Ontario look good at this point. While it would normally be the Quebec League’s turn to host the event, next year’s instalment will be up to a national bidding process for the special 100th anniversary edition.
The Canadian Hockey League Import Draft has been fairly good to the Gatineau Olympiques. Since the annual late June draft, which was instituted in 1992, the organization has used their picks to bring in a variety of players from numerous locations in Europe.
Let the debate begin: Is the CHL better with or without European imports? I’ll get right to the point and answer the question with a yes, the CHL is better with Europeans in it.
On Thursday night, the curtain fell on the 2016 CIBC Canada-Russia series as Team QMJHL swept their leg of the tour with a 4-1 win at the Henry-Leonard Centre in Baie-Comeau, Quebec.
In May 2012 the Shawinigan Cataractes had a dream come true when they won the MasterCard Memorial Cup on home ice. Five seasons later, the Cats, as they are affectionately called in the Shawinigan/Trois-Rivières corridor of Quebec have set themselves up nicely to take a run at the QMJHL championship and possibly another national championship.
There won’t be any drama in the 2016 CIBC Canada-Russia series as far as the outcome is concerned. This year’s edition of the annual showdown between the two junior hockey powers is done when it comes to crowning a winner.
It’s still early in the season, but the Charlottetown Islanders are showing a fierce offensive streak – and have no intention of slowing down. With huge numbers and a wealth of goal scorers, the Islanders have sprinted out of the starting gates to open the season.
You know you’re getting old when you can say, “I remember when his dad used to play.” I guess I’m showing my age because I do recall watching Igor Larionov, Philippe Boucher, Petr Klima, Pat Verbeek, Denis Gauthier and Peter Marsh from their NHL and World Hockey Association playing days.
Curtis Clairmont will always have a soft spot for two young Russian goalies, Leo Lazarev and Evgeny Kiselev. As president and director of hockey operations for the Waterloo Siskins, Clairmont signed both goalies to play in the Junior B Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League in back-to-back years, Lazarev in the 2013-14 season and Kiselev in 2014-15.
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