With the hockey season underway, it’s time for HockeyNow to once again begin the search for our Player of the Year in B.C., Alberta and Ontario. The Player of the Year award has a rich history and was first given to Colin Fraser in 2000, who went on to win two Stanley Cups.
Twelve straight wins. That’s the dominance of Alberta in the Western Canada U16 Challenge Cup, which includes three straight titles. Their last loss came in the finals of the 2012 edition and they have been perfect since.
Ice in Nigeria is an incredibly rare sight. In fact, there is only one rink in all of Lagos, a city with over 17 million residents. Hockey is even more uncommon, so don’t blame Lagos-born Sean Afolabi for not even knowing about the sport before he came to Canada two years ago.
The defending Clarkson Cup champions are giving a huge boost to girls in Calgary who play hockey. The Calgary Inferno of the Canadian Women’s Hockey League (CWHL) and Girls Hockey Calgary (GHC) have partnered to create the Jr. Inferno program.
What are hockey parents willing to put up with nowadays? I’ll admit it wasn’t the first thought that came to mind when I read the story out of Quebec this week that the head coach of an elite peewee AAA team in the Montreal region had forced his team to do hundreds of pushups in full equipment, immediately following a 7-2 loss.
Even after some of the toughest battles on ice, players from opposing teams always line up at centre ice and skate across to the other team while exchanging handshakes.
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.
The opening face-off. You can feel the anticipation in the air as a pair of steely-eyed centres square off on a pristine sheet of ice, ready for the start of a brand new game.
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