The intensity ramps up for several teams in the 39th annual Mac’s Midget Tournament as playoffs begin on New Year’s Eve. On the men’s side, the top eight teams move onto the elimination round and all had at least three wins in four games. The top four teams in the women’s division will fight for a spot in the final.
On Jan. 21, Alberta will be hosting Alberta Hockey Day for the first time. The day will be a celebration and showcase of female hockey. The main event will take place in Grand Prairie, highlighted by both on-ice and off-ice activities, along with two-time gold medalist and former Team Alberta player Carla MacLeod.
It's not difficult to find successful people in the game of hockey. Sidney Crosby is coming off one of the best year's of his hockey life, capturing a Stanley Cup, a Conn Smythe trophy, a World Cup and a tournament MVP award.
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.
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.
Practice without improvement is meaningless. Former NFL coach Chuck Knox, to whom the statement is attributed, might have been having a bad day at practice and muttered it in frustration. Then again, perhaps he was in a circumspect mood and the pithy aphorism was suitable at the moment.
"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.
I've got all the time in the world for Peter DeBoer. Prior to becoming a talented NHL bench boss, DeBoer had a tremendous run in the OHL, highlighted while serving as coach and general manager of the Kitchener Rangers when they captured the Memorial Cup in 2003.
Does he have a steady girlfriend? What are his hobbies and interests away from the rink? Would he vote for Donald Trump? These are some of the questions about Sidney Crosby, a notoriously private hockey superstar, that we don't have definitive answers for.
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