When the Canadian Hockey League Import Draft wrapped up on Tuesday, not a single goaltender’s name had been called. To be fair, that was expected. In fact, it has been the norm since the CHL decided in 2013 to ban import players at the position, in an effort to fix what was being called a crisis in Canadian goaltending.
Many men are built up like legends, but so few live up to the lore. Gordie Howe was one of those few. His accomplishments on the ice are insurmountable, but it was his character away from the game that truly made him the man known as Mr. Hockey.
The Western Hockey League’s Vancouver Giants have signed their first round draft pick in last month’s WHL bantam draft. Defenceman Bowen Byram was selected third overall after spending last season with the Lethbridge Golden Hawks of the Alberta Major Bantam Hockey League where he put up 22 goals and 37 assists in 34 games. He led the league in scoring amongst defencemen.
Auston Matthews or Patrik Laine, there will be a change in trends at this year’s NHL Entry Draft. Eight of the last 10 first overall draft picks hail from Canada, while Russia’s Nail Yakupov was taken by the Edmonton Oilers in 2012 and Patrick Kane topped the charts in 2007 when he joined the Chicago Blackhawks.
At first glance, it may seem the Western Hockey League is under-represented entering the 2016 NHL Entry Draft. But when all is said and done, International Scouting Services projects 19 per cent of the top 200 prospects at the draft will hail from the Dub.
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.
Don’t fret, Canadian hockey fans, when an American forward goes first overall at the 2016 NHL Draft in Buffalo next week. Player development north of the border is doing just fine.
"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.
Goaltender Carter Hart from the Everett Silvertips and Brandon Wheat Kings defenceman Ivan Provorov have made the WHL proud by taking home two CHL awards for the 2015-16 season.
The curse continues for the Brandon Wheat Kings. Seeking redemption after coming up short in five previous Memorial Cup appearances, things unraveled in a third-straight loss at the tournament, 2-1 in overtime to the host Red Deer Rebels.
The Red Deer Rebels may not have been the home team in terms of line changes during Sunday’s MasterCard Memorial Cup matchup at the Enmax Centrium, but an overwhelming showing of fan support helped the host underdogs pull off an unforgettable upset.
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