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.
"You don't know Jack!" Actually, if you hung around Toronto rinks last season and paid attention to the goings-on of the Greater Toronto Hockey League (GTHL), there's a pretty good chance you do know something about Jack.
Many youngsters don’t have hockey on their mind during a hot weekend in July, but that’s not the case for some of the country’s top nine- and 10-year-olds, who just competed in the biggest tournament in their lives to date.
Jamaica’ and ‘hockey’ aren’t often coupled in the same sentence just as the sport isn’t familiar to the tropical country. But that is all looking to change with the Jamaican Olympic International Hockey Federation (JOIHF).
The sun is shining and the puck is dropping on spring tournaments across the country. We check in on just a few in our 2017 Season of Tournaments. Don’t miss the full spread in our May edition, now available in print at your local rink and online here.
The GTHL Red capture the OHL Gold Cup in dominant fashion as they beat OMHA Black 3-1 in the title game. GTHL Red managed to go undefeated the entire tournament, finishing with a sparkling 5-0 record and only allowing eight goals over the five games.
The OHL Gold Cup, part of Hockey Canada’s Program of Excellence is heading into the semifinal rounds and has seen some top notch talent from this year’s Under-16 players from the GTHL, OMHA, HEO, ALLIANCE, HNO and NOHA.
The race for first place at the 2017 Telus Cup just got tighter as three teams are tied for the top spot. The Leduc Oil Kings were able to hand the Mississauga Rebels their first loss of the tournament after building a healthy lead and not looking back in the first game of the day.
The second day of the 2017 Telus Cup saw Mississauga and Cape Breton continue their winning ways. The Rebels established their lead early with a goal from Bair Gendunov and didn’t look back from there.
The game of hockey is evolving all the time, and the same is true for the tools available to minor hockey associations. But in a hockey system populated with old-school veterans of the game who have always used the same management strategies, are teams making the most of the resources available to them?
The 2017 Telus Cup kicked off with the eastern teams taking an early advantage after Day 1 action. The teams from out east didn’t have any trouble adjusting to the time change as this year’s tournament is out west in Prince George.
1) Yale Hockey Academy forward Jake Chiasson named the 2018 HockeyNow Minor Hockey Player of Year in B.C. powered by HockeyShot
2) OHA Edmonton forward Sean Tschigerl named the 2018 HockeyNow Minor Hockey Player of Year in AB powered by HockeyShot
3) Former HockeyNow Player of the Year Bowen Byram making Giant strides in the WHL
4) The 2018 HockeyNow Minor Hockey Players of the Year ready for the next level
5) Toronto Marlboros defenceman Jamie Drysdale named the 2018 HockeyNow Minor Hockey Player of Year in ON powered by HockeyShot