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Isles Fans Voice Their Displeasure With Team USA Omitting Kyle Okposo From Their Roster

You really could not have written it up any better for Kyle Okposo's game-winning goal last night against the Chicago Blackhawks.

Just a day after the management personnel of Team USA announced their roster for the Olympic games, choosing to omit Okposo from the competition, KO would come in and score the decisive goal in overtime against the defending Stanley Cup Champions at Nassau Coliseum

(Photo credit: bridgetds/Flickr).

John Tavares Set For Breakout Year

Saying that John Tavares will have a breakout season when he recently became a Hart Trophy finalist and has scored 249 points in 291 played NHL games in just four seasons might sound a bit ridiculous. But it very well may be true (Photo credit: theseoduke/Flickr).

Tavares was just one point shy in each of the past two seasons from establishing himself as an official point-per-game player (47 in 48 games in 2013, 81 in 82 games in 2012). He also has only eclipsed the 30 goal mark once, scoring 31 in 2012 with a whopping 50 assists to go along with his scoring touch.

With all of that being said, it is very possible that John Tavares still has not reached his full potential.

Russia defeats USA for U-17 Gold, Ontario takes Bronze

ONTARIO vs SWEDEN

In the early game, Max Domi scored twice in the third period, part of a four-goal explosion by Ontario in the final 20 minutes, as the two-time defending gold medalists settled for bronze at the 2012 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge with a 5-2 win over Sweden on Wednesday afternoon.

“The tide definitely turned in the third. We made that push and got the win,” said Domi, “Winning a medal means a lot.”

It’s the first time since the 2002 tournament in Selkirk, Man., that Ontario has taken home the bronze medal, while Sweden was denied an opportunity to win bronze in back-to-back appearances; it finished third in 2010 in Timmins...

U-17 Championships Day 5 Recap

Sweden vs Atlantic

With a big game at stake for Sweden, they had to beat the Atlantic team. The first period was a back and forth style game with the Atlantic team being more physical. After a while in the period though, Sweden scored on a André Burakowsky goal. That goal seemed to upset Atlantic as they would take a penalty for tripping. Sweden could not take advantage with the extra man, but instead after their powerplay, they would take a penalty themselves. Burkowsky would go to the box for slashing, and Atlantic would take advantage. Kameron Kielly scored a goal with the assists going to Nathan MacKinnon and Mike Lyle. There would be one last Swedish penalty, but Atlantic...

Ontario VS Czech Republic – Exhibition Game – December 28, 2011

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.

1st Period

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...

Canadiens Well Represented at World Juniors

With the 2012 World Junior Championships just around the corner, Canadiens fans can take great pride in knowing that three prospects of the team will suit up for Team Canada when the tournament opens on December 26th in Alberta. Forwards Brendan Gallagher and Michael Bournival will play for Canada, along with this years first round draft pick Nathan Beaulieu.

 

This is no small feat for the organization, considering Team Canada has featured no more than one Habs prospect per year in the past few years. To have three on the final roster for this years tournament not only provides a lot of hop...

Five Wings prospects to represent in 2012 WJC

It's always wise to invest in the future, right?

Well the Wings will get a chance to see what their potential investments can do as five of the team's prospects will represent their countries in the 2012 World Junior Championships. 

So who are these five young players?

2011 Draft picks: Mattias Backman (Sweden), Tomas Jurco (Slovakia) and Marek Tvrdon (Slovakia)

Backman is a defenseman in the Linkoping junior league and has 9 points in 34 games. Jurco, a YouTube sensation among hockey fans, is a right wing for the Saint John Sea Dogs (QMJHL) and has 21 goals and 24 assists this season. Tvrdon is a forward for the Vancouver Giants (WHL) and has 14 ...

Will El Nino Strike The Island?

We all know that an earthquake in Virginia was felt throughout Long Island and upwards into Canada yesterday, but the question that is looming on most minds of Islanders fans is if Nino Niederreiter will be cracking the line-up this season.

El Nino, (which is Spanish for, "the Nino"), is a 6'2, 203 pound left winger that is coming off a spectacular year with the Portland Winterhawks of the WHL. After a 60 point season in 2010, Niederreiter tallied 41 goals and 29 assists for 70 points in 55 games played this year; a 10 point improvement in 10 fewer games played. He also captained Team Switzerland in this year's World Junior Championships and was second on the team ...