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.
A few last minute trades went down in the WHL this week as the preseason wraps and the 2016-17 campaign is about to begin. The Saskatoon Blades have acquired 17-year-old defenceman Jackson Caller from the Portland Winterhawks in exchange for a fourth round pick in the 2018 WHL Bantam Draft.
Thirty years ago, Canadian Hockey League players might have lived fairly anonymous lives. But, in 2016, social media has made the world a much smaller place.
Western Hockey League franchises have begun preparations for the 2016-2017 season. Across the west, players have begun reporting to training camps, captains have been named, expectations are being set.
Despite the best efforts of 22 young men, Canada fell short at the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament for the first time in nine years. Making matters worse, it was Team Canada’s inability to close games out that sealed their fate.
Kelly McCrimmon has long been known as a builder in the game of hockey. The longtime Brandon Wheat Kings owner, head coach and general manager has been a staple in the WHL community for decades, but now he’s taking his tools to the NHL with the role of helping lay the foundation for the league’s newest franchise as an assistant general manager in Las Vegas.
There were a few surprises early on in the NHL Draft, starting off with Pierre-Luc Dubois. For several months, it was a foregone conclusion that Auston Matthews, Patrik Laine and Jesse Puljujarvi would be the first three players drafted, which would have marked the first time in the event’s history that the top three picks came from European teams.
It was the last headline in a press release, but it was arguably the most important one. Summarizing a handful of decisions made at the Western Hockey League's annual general meeting, the release highlighted more evolutions of major junior hockey west of Ontario.
1) OJHL Regular Season Fast Approaching
2) Stars Align for University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds to Repeat as CIS Hockey Champs
3) Markham Royals add size and youth to blueline for upcoming season
4) Let the Games Begin
5) BC Hockey Adopts Lessons From Behind the Glass