It’s been a year to remember in the Western Hockey League. Over the past six weeks, three players and two coaches have etched their names into franchise and league history books with unbeatable contributions either on the ice, between the pipes or behind the bench.
ISS Hockey releases their February Top 31 Rankings for the 2018 NHL Draft, with forward Barrett Hayton climbing up as he has steadily all season to land at 13.
Drake Batherson has finally been able to catch his breath. After landing in Blainville-Boisbriand during the second week of January via a trade with his former team, the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles, the newest member of the Armada was able to take the time to collect and express his thoughts following a frantic time in his budding hockey career.
It’s been a long time coming for Ty Ronning. The overage right winger has spent his entire Western Hockey League career with the Vancouver Giants, but it’s been four long years since he’s had a taste of the postseason.
Ty Dellandrea needed only 20 seconds to seal his place in the record books at the CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game Thursday night in Guelph. The Flint Firebirds forward scored two goals 20 seconds apart to set the event’s record for fastest two goals scored by one player as part of Team Cherry’s 7-4 win over Team Orr.
Smooth skating London Knights D Evan Bouchard isn’t a flashy player but he gets the job done. Well. The Oakville, Ont. native is sliding into sixth in ISS Hockey’s latest Top 31 Rankings for the 2018 NHL Draft, moving up from his 13th spot in December.
Joel Bouchard is tickled pink for a couple of reasons. Besides sporting a stylish tie in the month of October to honour Breast Cancer Awareness, his giddiness centres around his quest for success this season along with the time, dedication and energy needed to accomplish these lofty goals.
The OHL’s playoff push is now underway. While teams spent the first half of the year assessing what kind of club they have and what kind of moves they could make to improve it – whether that’s immediate or for the future – the second part of the year will be dedicated to making a long run through the playoffs for some teams with new star talent in the fold.
Even before the closing stretch before the OHL’s Jan. 10 trade deadline, the action has been fast and furious when it comes to contending teams picking up blockbuster talent.
As a 14-year-old playing in one of the top leagues in Western Canada, it can feel like the next options for hockey are overwhelming. They can consider the American college route and play Junior A for a few years, or if possible, join the Western Hockey League (WHL), play for the goal of becoming a professional and build up the years of free education.
There was never going to a huge contingent of QMJHL players on the Canadian roster at this year’s IIHF U20 World Championship in Buffalo, N.Y.
A late addition from the NHL could pay dividends for Canada’s World Junior team. Victor Mete, a London Knights product who earned a spot with the Montreal Canadiens as a 19-year-old, has been loaned to Team Canada in the hopes of pushing them to gold.
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.
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