Brian Raiger and Kyle Busch will be at the World Under-17 Challenge held in Windsor, ON. Check them out on Twitter (@raiger89 & @KyleBusch11) for the latest updates as well as their blogs on games at the tournament.
Ontario started strong but lost Jordan Maletta of the hometown Windsor Spitfires to an apparent knee injury on a kneeing call to Czech Republic’s Jan Stencel. On the ensuing five minute powerplay, Brent Pedersen scored off of a perfect pass from Stephen Nosad to take a 1-0 lead. But, only 41 seconds later, Adam Zboril sent Patrick Zdrahal in on a breakaway and he beat Brent Martin for a shorthanded tying goal. The period was fast paced, but bot...
Spitfires Owners, Hockey Canada representatives and Tecumseh and Windsor Mayors hold Team Canada jersey for the U-17 Championships hosted in Windsor
The Christmas season is around the corner, and that means it’s time for junior hockey! While most people watch the World Junior Championships every year, one tournament that is overlooked is the Under-17 World Championships. This year, they are being hosted by the town of Windsor, Ontario and will have games at the Spitfires home arena the WFCU Center as well as Tecumseh Arena and Lasalle’s Vollmer Complex. The Windsor region has successfully hosted a number of...
In a championship final that was not meant for fans with a weak stomach, the Saint John Sea Dogs became the first QMJHL team from the Maritimes to take home the MasterCard Memorial Cup, and with it all the bragging rights of a team that set numerous highs over the course of the season. They beat the hosts of the Memorial Cup, the Mississauga St. Michael's Majors, by a count of 3-1.
Pittsburgh first-rounder Simon Després, who was reportedly at odds with bronchitis and several other ailments throughout the tournament, opened the scoring with a shorthanded unassisted goal, his first marker of the Memorial Cup. Zack Phillips followed up later on in the period with his first of the tour...
Every year, the cream of the crop gather for the CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game. Over the years, the CHL has done an excellent job marketing this as the premier scouting event on the CHL calendar. Only at the summer Ivan Hlinka tournament, are there as many draft prospects available for viewing and even then, they're not all playing in the same game.
So what, or rather who, were the big storylines this year?
There's only one place to start and that's Ryan Nugent-Hopkins. He was starting to fall off the map a little. After all, Gabriel Landeskog and Sean Couturier were ranked ahead of him by Central Scouting. Adam Larsson had a moment in the sun at the World Juniors. But from start to fini...
Today in Toronto, it was announced which prospects would participate in which events this upcoming Tuesday for Team Cherry and Team Orr in this season's Home Hardware CHL/NHL Skills Competition leading up to the 2011 Home Hardware CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game.
The 40 selected participants, all eligible to be drafted in Minnesota this upcoming June in the NHL Entry Draft, will be divided up and featured in fastest skater, hardest shot, shooting accuracy and show-down breakaway events. They break down as follows:
Ryan Murphy, Kitchener Rangers
Mark McNeill, Prince Albert Raiders
Tobias Rieder, Kitchener Rangers
Rickard Rakell, Plymouth Whalers
You'll remember where you were. There wasn't a defining moment. Marc-Andre Fleury wasn't there to fire the puck off Patrick O'Sullivan's rear end. John Carlson wasn't there to fly down the wing and beat Martin Jones short side.
But it was memorable and tragic all the same.
The Canadians jumped out to a three goal lead after two periods. Everything was humming along. Ryan Ellis, Carter Ashton and Brayden Schenn had all potted pucks behind Dmitri Shikin. The Russians had been forced to go to Igor Bobkov who floundered and flopped around in his first meeting with the Canadians on Boxing Day.
Everyone thought the Canadians were headed for a gold medal. That they had it locked down. Ap...
On Monday night, Canada dominated the USA.
On Tuesday night, it was a very different game.
On Monday night, the Canadian side of the rivalry got to indulge in a little schadenfreude as a superior Canadian team rolled over its American adversary. The Canadians were faster, stronger and hungrier. Monday night was an old Western movie for Canadian hockey fans. Wyatt Earp gunned down the Clantons and the good guys won.
On Tuesday night, it was war. It was fast, it was physical, it was back-and-forth, it was tense, it was a game that was anyone's for the taking. Everyone tried to get their fingers on it, everyone left it all out on the ice.
And if you missed it, Team Canada-Ontario ...
It was the rematch. It was a year in the making. Last year's heroes and ghosts would be laid to rest in favour of this year's heroes and ghosts. It was the latest chapter in the great modern hockey rivalry.
And it was almost tragically anti-climactic.
In the end there will be apologists. People who say the United States was set up for failure from the beginning. They weren't given tough enough competition. Their stiffest challenge came from a team who couldn't make it to the semi-finals. Meanwhile the Canadians have known since Boxing Day that they were in a heavyweight bout.
But the Americans had eight returnees who played in this tournament last year. So, in the end, this excuse...
For the first time in the last three tournaments, Team Canada lost on New Year's Eve. The loss had plenty of people asking if this year's Canadians were simply not good enough. Team Sweden's coach even came out after the match and stated that his team had played tougher matches against Russia and the Czech Republic.
If you're a Canadian player hearing that, you can thank him for the bulletin board material. Canada dominated Switzerland in their quarter-final match up. Benjamin Conz was the only reason that the Swiss were still in this game at the start of the third period. There were some tight checking moments in the second period until Casey Cizikas froze Conz on a two-on-one with Louis...
It's the holiday season. And in Canada, the holidays mean the World Juniors. Boxing Day rolls around, family members invade your house and there are two respites left to entrance them and keep them from antagonizing you to within an inch of your sanity.
Alcohol and the World Juniors. Have you been to a liquor store at this time of year?
That's what I thought.
But the future of scouting isn't at the World Junior tournament. Yes, you will see Canada's Sean Couturier, Sweden's Adam Larsson and Gabriel Landeskog and the Czech Republic's Martin Frk in Buffalo this week. But most of the other big names for this draft were at the Under 17 World Hockey Challenge last year. Most of the name...