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.
"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.
Hockey season is generally over in May for most young players, but since 2004, the Challenge Cup has been bringing top talent to Vancouver for a massive tournament.
1) Owen Lalonde named HockeyNow's 2016 Ontario Minor Hockey Player of the Year
2) BC Junior Canucks Win 2016 Brick Invitational Tournament
3) Josh Williams named HockeyNow's 2016 B.C. Minor Hockey Player of the Year
4) Bowen Byram named HockeyNow's 2016 Alberta Minor Hockey Player of the Year
5) And the 2016 HockeyNow Minor Hockey Players of the Year are…