Month: May 2017

COBOURG, Ont. – The Cobourg Cougars, hosts of the 2017 RBC Cup, have been crowned this year’s national Junior A champions following a 3-2 overtime win over the Brooks Bandits. The Cougars opened up the scoring 3:56 into the first period on a goal by Jamie Huber (Goderich, Ont.). Conner Jean (Oakland, Mich.) tied it
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COLOGNE, Germany – Canada’s National Men’s Team are coming home with a silver medal after a 2-1 shootout loss to Sweden in Sunday’s gold-medal game at the 2017 IIHF World Championship. Canada had to fight back from a one-goal deficit after Sweden scored shorthanded in the final minute of the second period. Ryan O’Reilly (Varna,
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Whether you want to be able to play a hard-hitting, ‘heavy’ game, a strangling defensive system or a fast-paced skill game, championship teams still need timely scoring, shutdown defense, and a hot goalie, all traits of a Stanley Cup-winning team. Pekka Rinne and Ryan Kesler (Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports) Different teams find different solutions, each according
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It’s no secret that the New Jersey Devils are barren at defense. The main roster blue line has noticeable shortages and the prospect pool has dried up. An important part of John Hynes’ fast, attacking, supportive strategy relies on defenders to drive play up ice to create chances. A low scoring team cannot go far unless its
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COBOURG, Ont. – With preliminary-round action concluded and the semifinal match-ups set at the 2017 RBC Cup, it was time to recognize individual player contributions at the annual awards banquet on Friday. Cale Makar (Calgary/Brooks, AJHL) made event history, walking away with back-to-back MVP and Top Defenceman awards at the 2016 and 2017 RBC Cup.
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CALGARY, Alta. – Canada’s National Women’s Team is travelling east for its upcoming training camp that will be hosted in Fredericton, N.B., from May 26-June 12, 2017. For the 28 players recently named to Canada’s Olympic centralization roster, the camp will focus on off-ice training, which includes dryland training, fitness-testing, and physical and mental preparation.
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With the Czech Republic team eliminated from the World Championships, Jan Rutta is set to make his future in the NHL known. According to inside hockey reporter and always trusted analyst Darren Dreger, the finalists seem to be the Edmonton Oilers and the Calgary Flames. Player agent Allen Walsh represents Rutta and Walsh didn’t waste
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CALGARY, Alta. – Twelve coaches have been selected to lead Canada’s National Men’s Summer Under-18 Team and Canada’s national men’s under-17 teams throughout development and selection camps, and 2017 events. Paul McFarland (Richmond Hill, Ont./Kingston, OHL) will return as head coach of Canada’s National Men’s Summer Under-18 Team, while Daniel Jacob (Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu,Que./Blainville-Boisbriand, QMJHL) and Brent
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Another playoff series between the Washington Capitals and Pittsburgh Penguins has come and gone, and once more the Penguins won and advanced. Phrases such as, “They’ve got the Caps’ number” abounded in the aftermath, as did observations like, “Alex Ovechkin just can’t win the big one.” It is hard to argue otherwise, given the history
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The fast-approaching NHL Expansion Draft for the Vegas Golden Knights could very well lead to a flurry of trade activity in the final hours beforehand. Several teams are in a bind with the draft’s exposure requirements, as they risk losing good players and getting nothing in return. One of those teams that looks to be
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After disappointing finishes a season ago, the Brooks Bandits and Trenton Golden Hawks are back. Both teams lost out in the semifinals at the 2016 RBC Cup in Lloydminster, but have returned with their sights set on redemption, and the two wins they didn’t get in the Border City. “Being on that team last year,
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Six games. If everything goes according to plan, Gabe Bast has six games remaining in his junior hockey career. Problem is, things haven’t quite gone as planned the last few years. The 20-year-old defenceman from Red Deer, Alta., joined the Penticton Vees for the 2014-15 season and had a stellar rookie campaign, recording nine goals
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When Hockey Canada announced in June 2015 that the Cobourg Cougars would host the 2017 RBC Cup, Brent Tully, general manager of the Cougars, went to work. He began with research – how were other championship teams were built, and who did he need to assemble a winning roster? “There was a lot of learning
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COBOURG, Ont. – The teams are set and ready for puck-drop at the 2017 RBC Cup in Cobourg, Ont., May 13-21. Five teams – including the host Cobourg Cougars – are ready to lace them up in the final stretch of their journey to capture the RBC Cup. What started as 132 teams in 10
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HOW TRENTON GOT TO COBOURG Ontario Junior Hockey League Preliminary round: defeated Newmarket 4-2 (2-3, 1-0, 2-3, 3-2 OT, 4-1, 2-1) Quarter-final: defeated Stouffville 4-0 (4-0, 5-1, 7-0, 4-2) Semifinal: defeated Cobourg 4-0 (4-3, 3-2 OT, 3-2 OT, 3-1) OJHL championship: lost to Georgetown 4-3 (1-3, 3-0, 2-3, 2-1 OT, 5-2, 0-5, 0-1) Dudley Hewitt
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When the idea was hatched, they were just like any other hockey moms. They’d bundle up and head to the rink on a cold winter day, watching their Novice-aged sons in the early stages of their minor hockey careers. But as they saw their children develop a love for Canada’s game, they thought, ‘Why not
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CALGARY, Alta. – Laura Schuler (Scarborough, Ont./Dartmouth College, ECAC) will be the first National Women’s Team alumna to lead Team Canada behind the bench at the Olympic Winter Games. Schuler will be joined at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang, South Korea by assistant coaches Dwayne Gylywoychuk (Winnipeg, Man./Hockey Manitoba) and Troy Ryan (Spryfield,
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“Why do you guys want to talk to me? I’m nothing special,” joked Patrik Laine of the Winnipeg Jets after a late-March game in New Jersey. Quite modest for a kid who just turned 19-years-old after completing his first full NHL season with the Winnipeg Jets. The Jets, who jumped from 6th to 2nd in
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