Team Canada will be out for vengeance on Boxing Day. With seven players returning to the IIHF World Junior Championship from last year’s silver medal winning Canadian squad, the young men in red and white boast one of the strongest team’s in recent memory — and it starts from the goaltender out.
The days where Canada can run away with the tournament are over. Most of us are old enough to remember Canada winning five straight golds on two separate occasions (1993-97 and 2005-09), but hockey is a much different game now and it’s clear that there are plenty of powerhouse nations who will put Canada to work. Here’s a look at this year’s competition.
Team Canada is finalized and ready to play for World Junior gold. Hockey Canada released the final five players Friday night after the team completed its four-day selection camp with a 5-2 win over Team Denmark in St. Catharines.
Pascal Laberge and Maxime Comtois would like nothing better than to spend Christmas and New Years together. The two Victoriaville Tigres forwards have been skating alongside each other since 2015 when Comtois joined the team after being selected in the first round (third overall) in the QMJHL Draft.
The new year is always centred around rumours and speculation about who will go where leading up to the OHL trade deadline. It’s a period fans look forward to for sure, but while the dominoes always fall in the week leading up to the early January trade deadline, there are usually a few big trades that are orchestrated in the fall as general managers find the need to bolster their lineups earlier.
2015’s HockeyNow Minor Hockey Player of the Year for Alberta, Ty Smith broke the first ISS Hockey prospects list of the season at #10 and has slipped one spot this month.
The Kootenay Ice have seen more changes to their roster than any other team in the Western Hockey League through the first quarter of the season, but one constant continues to be rookie standout Peyton Krebs.
Charlottetown, PEI-It wasn’t the prettiest of games but Team QMJHL is happy with the outcome as they knocked off their Russian opponents 3-1 in Game 5 of the CIBC Canada Russia Series.
Grab your parkas and fill up a thermos with something hot because major junior hockey is going to brave the elements with a game outside. The Ottawa 67s will host the Gatineau Olympiques on Sunday, December 17 at 3pm in The Stadium of TD Place in Ottawa’s Glebe district.
We’re halfway through the Canada Russia Series, and like this point last year, the Russians are one win ahead after completing the WHL portion and half of the OHL loop.
One thing is for sure, Eric Landry will never get lost when he drives to and from the Robert Guertin Arena in Gatineau. He probably knows every short cut to the rink on his daily commute during the season.
ISS Hockey just releases their first list of top prospects for the 2018 NHL Draft, and the QMJHL looks poised to make a strong draft showing, with five players listed in the Top 31 and the predicted 1 and 2 goalie picks also from the Q. Saint John captain Joe Veleno is occupying the #3 spot after a career year and Memorial Cup run with the Sea Dogs
Hockey is home to a wide range of statistics. Some can be the driving force behind a player’s rise to the professional ranks, while others are just for the sake of enjoyment. Regina Pats forward Matt Bradley has been the owner of both to start the Western Hockey League season.
In one sense, you could say the Mississauga Steelheads and London Knights are victims of their own success. Major junior hockey is a development stream after all and they’ve each developed multiple players well enough for extended stays in the NHL this season, albeit they could still come back to the OHL.
1) ISS Hockey Releases May Top 31 Rankings for 2018 NHL Draft
2) Chilliwack Chiefs win 2018 RBC Cup on Home Ice
3) Ontario Hockey Association Announces 2017-18 Prospects
4) 2018 Memorial Cup
5) Meet Matthew Savoie, the NAX Forward Taking the CSSHL by Storm