January 19th, 2016 In International Hockey, NHL Entry Draft, Prospects 0 comments

With mid-term ranking for the 2016 NHL draft slowly trickling out, the debate between Auston Matthews and Jesse Puljujarvi is gaining steam following Puljujarvi's historic performance at the 2016 World Junior Championship. After a performance like that, any NHL scout would be remiss to skip the conversation of Matthews vs. Puljujarvi. But it...

January 18th, 2016 In International Hockey, News, Olympics 0 comments

Josef Jandac has been named the new coach of the Czech national team, starting with this fall's World Cup of Hockey in Toronto. His contract also includes the 2017 World Championship in Germany/France, the 2018 World Championship in Denmark and the 2018 Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea, according to an announcement at the IIHF...

January 17th, 2016 In International Hockey, KHL, News 0 comments

The Kontinental Hockey League has recently announced the full 2016 All-Star game rosters on its official website. The 2016 All-Star game will be held on January 23rd at the brand-new VTB Arena in Moscow, which opened less than one year ago. It will be the second All-Star game held in the Russian capital city, after the famous 2009 game on the Red...

January 15th, 2016 In News, World Junior Hockey Championship 0 comments

How excited is Finland about their recent World Junior Championship gold medal performance? They're putting Kasperi Kapanen's overtime goal celebration on a postage stamp, commemorating the Finnish World Juniors team's gold medal. The stamp is a photograph, taken by photographer Yelena Rusko, of Kapanen celebrating his golden goal with...

January 12th, 2016 In International Hockey, Top 10 Lists 0 comments

The Champions Hockey League (CHL) is set to kick off the first leg of the semifinals on Tuesday with HC Davos of the NLA facing Frolunda Gothenburg of the SHL, and Lukko Rauma and Karpat Oulu, both of the Finnish Liiga, taking each other on. The winner on aggregate of each two game series heads to the CHL championship. Whether you follow...

January 9th, 2016 In International Hockey, Maple Leafs Prospects, World Junior Hockey Championship 0 comments

For the second time in three years Finland has captured World Juniors gold by way of the overtime golden goal. First it was Buffalo Sabres defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen knocking off the home country of Sweden in Malmö, and most recently, Toronto Maple Leafs prospect Kasperi Kapanen secured the gold against Russia in front of a home crowd in...

January 8th, 2016 In Minnesota Wild, World Junior Hockey Championship 0 comments

It was a good year for Minnesota Wild prospects at the World Junior Championships. After a couple of years of few prospects making appearances and even fewer showing up in medal rounds, Wild prospects brought home a gold, a silver and a bronze medal at the 2016 edition of the tournament. Here's a look over how the Minnesota Wild prospects fared...

January 8th, 2016 In Flyers Prospects, Philadelphia Flyers, World Junior Hockey Championship 0 comments

Over the past few seasons, general manager Ron Hextall and the rest of the Philadelphia Flyers front office has gone out of their way to improve the Flyers prospect core. This effort was on full display at the recent World Junior Championships. Tied for the NHL lead with seven prospects at the tournament, Hextall spent the week in Finland...

January 7th, 2016 In Column, Hockey History, International Hockey 0 comments

Most North Americans think that Bunny Ahearne, president of the International Ice Hockey Federation is a bit off the mark with most of his ideas, but his latest thoughts on improving the game might some day have a measure of validity. Would Put Refs in a Gondola Above the Ice Ahearn wants to remove from the ice two key components of...

January 6th, 2016 In Prospects, Toronto Maple Leafs, World Junior Hockey Championship 0 comments

The World Junior tournament is arguably some of the best hockey fans can watch. It gives them a chance to see the top teenagers from across the world come together in a three week tournament with the prospect of winning gold and glory for their country. Members of NHL teams, as well as fans, also get the opportunity to watch their teams' prospects...

January 6th, 2016 In International Hockey, Prospects, World Junior Hockey Championship 0 comments

It has been a good ride for Team Russia, with yet another appearance on the finals, but also another silver medal after last year's 5-4 loss to Team Canada. The Russians are doing well in the latest few years: the 2016 silver is the sixth straight medal, but with only one win, in 2011. The gold medal game was a great show, with plenty of emotions...

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