Month: June 2017

With only one day until free agency, the pieces are starting to fall into place. It’s coming down the wire and players are using teams as leverage, making their final visits and creating backup plans in the event their first choices are not an option come July 1. Marleau and Thornton Playing Hardball? (Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA
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While names like Andreychuk, Drake, Goyette, Kariya and Recchi got the headlines as this year’s inductees into the Hockey Hall of Fame, they aren’t the only Team Canada alumni to be celebrated. Across the country, provincial sports and hockey halls of fame opened their doors to players, coaches and executives who helped shape the game,
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QUEBEC, Que. – The top players in women’s hockey are set to go head-to-head in Quebec City when Canada’s National Women’s Team takes on the U.S. Women’s National Team in advance of the 2018 Olympic Winter Games. Canada’s 28-player Olympic centralization roster will open a cross-border exhibition series against its southern rivals in Quebec City
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Canada’s economy has seen its slowest pace of growth in 60 years, and that impact has trickled down to impact Canadian families. Some of the hardest hit by the economic slowdown are having to make difficult decisions about their children’s organized activities. All too often, those decisions result in kids who just can’t play. Thankfully,
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Cale Makar continues to make World Junior A Challenge history. The only player to be named an all-star twice at the tournament, Makar went to the Colorado Avalanche with the fourth-overall pick in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft, becoming the highest-drafted defenceman ever, the second-highest Canadian, and the third-highest alumnus overall. Makar, who helped Canada
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It was a milestone Monday for five Team Canada alumni, who learned they will be part of the Class of 2017 to be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame. Dave Andreychuk, Danielle Goyette, Paul Kariya and Mark Recchi will go into the player category this fall, while legendary coach Clare Drake will enter as
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Canadian hockey was front and centre this past weekend in Chicago, Ill., with 81 prospects (77 Canadian-born, four with dual citizenship) selected at the 2017 NHL Entry Draft. The 77 players born in Canada were the most of any country, 27 ahead of the second-place United States. Nolan Patrick was the first of 11 Canadians
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CALGARY, Alta. – A newly-minted Memorial Cup champion, Trevor Letowski (Thunder Bay, Ont./Windsor, OHL) has joined the coaching staff of Canada’s National Junior Team for the 2017-18 season following the departure of assistant coach Kris Knoblauch, who recently accepted an NHL coaching role with the Philadelphia Flyers. This will be Letowski’s second turn as assistant
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NHL Central Scouting released its final rankings of prospects eligible for the 2017 NHL Entry Draft in mid-April. Of the top 100 North American skaters and top 20 North American goaltenders, 38 of them have either been a part of Hockey Canada’s Program of Excellence (POE) or played at a Hockey Canada domestic event. They’ve
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CALGARY, Alta. – The RBC Cup, Canada’s National Junior A Championship, is headed to Brooks, Alta., where the Brooks Bandits of the Alberta Junior Hockey League will play host to the 49th edition of the tournament from May 11-19, 2019 at the Centennial Regional Arena. Hockey Canada, in partnership with the Canadian Junior Hockey League
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Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby joined Mario Lemieux and Bernie Parent as the only other players in NHL history to win the Conn Smythe Trophy in back-to-back years. Crosby deserved it, posting eight goals and 27 points in 24 playoff games. But he wasn’t the only member of the Penguins who played at an MVP
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Late in the 2015-16 season, Pittsburgh’s third round (83rd overall selection) of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, got his shot in the NHL when Marc-Andre Fleury fell to a concussion. Murray, a standout performer in the American Hockey League with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton in 2014-15 and the early part of 2015-16, was called up. His record in
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It took 213 games, 49 of those playoffs appearances, to make history. It was the 66th playoff series in Penguins history and the 87th game of the 2017 playoffs — some things are just meant to be. Kris Letang hadn’t played since February, they were outshot in more than 70% of games played these playoffs,
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The Pittsburgh Penguins have played a ridiculous amount of hockey these past two years. After going all the way to a championship in 2016, they barely had enough time to eat French fries out of the Cup before their stars were whisked away for the World Cup of Hockey. Between two four-round postseasons, the World
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As Yogi Berra first uttered 40 years ago, “It ain’t over ’til it’s over.” Some fans might find it difficult to tune into Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final on Sunday night after the Pittsburgh Penguins destroyed the Nashville Predators, 6-0, in Game 5. It was no contest from start to finish, as Sidney
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Despite a three-point performance and first star honors in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final, Sidney Crosby’s night would be defined by a scrum with P.K. Subban and a water bottle. USA TODAY’s “For The Win” called Crosby’s Game 5 “a night of bad behavior,” and that seems to sum it up. However, many
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Kale Howarth 2016-17 Team: Trail Smoke Eaters (#16)Date of Birth: June 10, 1997 Place of Birth: Red Deer, Alberta Ht: 6’5″ Wt: 207 lbs Shoots: Left Position: Center NHL Draft Eligibility: 2017 third-year eligible Rankings THW (Pike’s Picks): not ranked (final) Future Considerations: not ranked (Spring) ISS: not ranked (May) Bob McKenzie: not ranked (Mid-season)
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In a week or less, the Stanley Cup Finals will come to an end. Once this happens, the NHL offseason will be in full swing. Almost all the teams have already begun their work, prepping for a busy month full of trades and blockbuster free agent signings. The Minnesota Wild are one of many teams
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The Edmonton Oilers are dealing with an injury to defenseman Andrej Sekera, who’ll be out for 6-9 months. One of the short-term options might be journeyman Chris Lee, who spent the past four seasons playing in the KHL. According to KHL insider Aivis Kalnins, the 36-year-old has decided to leave Magnitogorsk Metallurg to pursue his
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April 5 was a dark day for Pittsburgh Penguins fans. You probably remember it; that was the day it was announced that Kris Letang, core of the Penguins’ defense, irreplaceable in everything from 5 on 5 play to special teams, would be out for four to six months with a herniated disc in his neck.
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