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.
With the middle of August upon us, training camp and tryout season are just around the corner. It may be the most stressful time of the year for hockey players looking to take their competitive careers to the next level.
Being persistent is always a good thing as this summer’s edition of the BC Junior Canucks will be quick to point out. After eight unsuccessful attempts trying to be crowned the top team at The Brick Invitational Hockey Tournament, it all came together in 2016 for this group of nine- and 10-year-olds.
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.
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.
Earlier this week, Hockey Canada announced their list of 196 players that were invited to join the National Teams Summer Showcase. The national under-17 development camp will take 111 of those players to the Markin MacPhail Centre in Calgary, Alta. from July 26 to Aug. 1.
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