We’re less than two months out from making our final selections for the HockeyNow Minor Hockey Player of the Year award winners in B.C., Alberta and Ontario. The 2018 nominees have been impressing us all season long and some were fortunate enough to make their mark at the Telus Cup in Sudbury late last month.
After the Esso Cup was held in Bridgewater, N.S. last month, another big-time national championship came to Nova Scotia, bringing the top Aboriginal hockey players from across the country.
A new crop of talented players is bound to hit the Canadian Hockey League (CHL) and major junior hockey, many bound to be stars in hockey for years to come.
In 2009, the Canadian Sports School Hockey League (CSSHL) was born, with five member schools in B.C. and Alberta taking on the task of developing elite players in a high-quality athletic and educational environment.
The Toronto Jr. Canadiens had a certain flare this season when it came to playing on the big stage. After winning the Toronto Marlboros International Hockey Classic during the holidays, the club added more silverware to their collection winning the 2018 OHL Cup.
Only a few months remain until the winners are announced. For the 19th year, HockeyNow will soon be awarding some of the best minor hockey talent in B.C., Alberta, and Ontario with the annual Player of the Year Award.
The way the game is played at lower levels in Ontario will officially change with a new mandate in place. Skill development will be on the forefront with smaller ice, lighter pucks and “station-based practices” as the Ontario Minor Hockey Association (OMHA) looks to bring changes across the province.
Hockey is in a state of constant evolution. From technological advancements to the shifting focus onto specific areas of the game, players, coaches and trainers alike have been finding new ways to adapt to the ever-changing environment, both on and off the ic
For a young hockey player, 200-foot rinks are massive and playing can be daunting. It’s unnecessary for those learning the game. Following the lead of other countries in order improve skill in players, Hockey Canada mandated cross-ice hockey will now be played across the nation for kids under seven years old this season.
For now, Hockey Canada and the North York Hockey League (NYHL) have reached a compromise when it comes to ushering in the cross-ice/half-ice mandate.
Year after year, the Great White North continually set the bar for goaltending, but over the past decade and a half, other nations have seemingly surpassed Canada in training, prospects and development.
Another summer is drawing to a close. That means it’s time to put away the baseball gloves, soccer cleats and lacrosse sticks and bring out the hockey bags. Let’s face it, everyone loves what the summer brings: the heat, longer days and of course, summer break.
They know. When contacting the players who win the HockeyNow Minor Hockey Player of the Year awards, one fact clearly stands out.
1) ISS Hockey Releases May Top 31 Rankings for 2018 NHL Draft
2) 2018 RBC Cup Kicks Off in Chilliwack
3) Ontario Hockey Association Announces 2017-18 Prospects
4) Western Canada Cup No More
5) Meet Matthew Savoie, the NAX Forward Taking the CSSHL by Storm