Player Profiles

Billy Moskal 2016-17 Team: London Knights (#76)Date of Birth: March 22, 2000Place of Birth: Sudbury, OntarioHt: 6’0” Wt: 176 lbs.Position: CNHL Draft Eligibility: 2018 first-year eligible Rankings NHL Central Scouting: 130th (among NA Skaters) Billy Moskal played his first full OHL season with the London Knights in 2017-18 after the team drafted him in the
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Blade Jenkins 2017-18 Team: Saginaw Spirit (#19)Date of Birth: August 11, 2000Place of Birth: Jackson, MIHt: 6’2” Wt: 194 lbsShoots: LeftPosition: LW/CNHL Draft Eligibility: 2018 first-year eligible Rankings NHL Central Scouting Mid-Term: 24th The Saginaw Spirit took a huge gamble in the 2016 OHL Priority Selection. Knowing this player was already committed to the University
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It’s never supposed to happen. When it does, the “guilty” player is typically (and often unfairly) spoken of in mockery or with scoffing for many years. Hockey fans take their sport seriously and swear allegiance to their respective teams. When a player is drafted who does not pan out, the legend of their failure often
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Few players in the NHL have dealt with a rollercoaster-like career quite like the one Phil Kessel has. From being drafted high in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft to his battle with cancer and subsequent trade to the Toronto Maple Leafs, Kessel’s career started off with as many peaks as it had valleys. After a
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This article was originally written in August, 2010. Little Big Men have always been a staple in the NHL.  You know the type: fast as the wind, nimble on their feet, quick with their hands, tough to play against.  Henri Richard, Marcel Dionne, Brian Gionta. Martin St. Louis of the Tampa Bay Lightning, standing tall
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Perhaps one of the most revolutionary players to ever play the game of hockey, Maurice Richard brought hockey in Montreal to an elite level and set the bar high for every generation to come. Richard overcame nearly every level of adversity to become the greatest hockey player of his generation and one of the best
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This article was originally published in October, 2014. What ever happened to Wojtek Wolski? Wotjek Wolski, Budding Star Wolski was born in Zabrze, Poland in 1986 and is now 28 years old. Wojtek began his career in the Ontario Hockey League with the now relocated Brampton Battalion. It was in Brampton where Wolski established himself
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This article was originally written in August, 2015. In 2005-06, a 25-year-old native of Moose Factory, Ontario, one of the most northern settlements in the Province located at the base of Hudson Bay, shattered expectations and won the Rocket Richard Trophy as the NHL’s leading goal scorer. Four year later, he had played in his
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The year is 1994. The location is Lillehammer, Norway. It’s a sudden death shootout in the Olympic Hockey finals. With the crowd screaming, Peter Forsberg is at the opposite blue line staring at Canada’s goalie, Corey Hirsch. Forsberg skates in and makes a move towards Hirsch’s right. All of a sudden with one hand he moves the
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Great captains bring success to lesser teams and take good teams to new heights. They lead in the locker room and on the ice. Responsibilities Being named captain of an NHL team is both a prestigious honor and a tremendous responsibility. Each team may select one captain and two alternate captains per game, although having
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This article was originally published in November, 2012. Say what you will about Eric Lindros, but the former Flyers captain changed hockey both with his on-ice presence as well as his off-ice headlines. On Wednesday, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported that the 39-year-old native from London, Ontario will be inducted into the Philadelphia Sports Hall of
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This article was originally published in November, 2009. Everyone has a sports record locked in their mind that will live with them forever. Somebody asks a question regarding it; you automatically yell out the player, year, stats and what they accomplished that was so incredible. For myself, it’s Teemu Selanne’s rookie campaign with the Winnipeg
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This article was originally published in April, 2013. Rod Gilbert and the New York Rangers were a perfect match. It’s been over half a century since Gilbert made his debut at the old Madison Square Garden (located on Eighth Avenue between 49th and 50th Streets), yet many of the franchise records he set during his
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This is the second installment of my three-part series on the Vancouver Canucks’ ‘X’ factors for the coming, 2017-18 season. Erik Gudbranson takes the spotlight for this edition and will hopefully take some spotlight with him on to the ice when hockey returns. Gudbranson is a towering defenceman, standing at 6-foot-5 and around 220 pounds,
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Since his debut in the 2016-17 season, Chicago Blackhawks forward Nick Schmaltz has proven to himself to be essential to the bottom two lines. Despite having six goals and 22 assists in 61 games, Schmaltz finished his rookie season with a plus/minus of plus-10, making him one of the many rookies to shine on the Hawks. Although he’s
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This article was originally written in September, 2010. Lorne “Gump” Worsley, born and raised in Montreal, was the last NHL goalie to play without a mask.  “My face is my mask,” he would say, refusing to don facial protection.  He acquired the nickname Gump as a youngster due to his facial resemblance to Andy Gump,
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This article was originally written in August, 2009. “Pavel Bure was – and is – the best player to ever wear a Canucks’ uniform.” —Pat Quinn, former Canucks GM The Beginning of Pavel Bure’s Iconic Career Discussions involving Pavel Bure’s talent always inspire an incredible amount of praise. Songs were written after his arrival, fans
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The subject of elite defencemen in the National Hockey League is one that can be debated in perpetuity. With players like Erik Karlsson, Brent Burns, Shea Weber and Victor Hedman, it’s easy to understand why the debate of the NHL’s best defenseman is such a complex one. There’s no denying that Karlsson, Burns, and Hedman
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This article was originally written in June, 2010. University of Wisconsin’s Blake Geoffrion, winner of the 2010 Hobey Baker Memorial Award for college hockey’s best player, is the new Crown Prince of NCAA Hockey.  Like a champion thoroughbred racehorse, Blake’s hockey blood lines can be traced back four generations. Howie Morenz, his great-grandfather, who played
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Chicago Blackhawks fans had something to celebrate on July 1 when the Hawks signed 3-time Stanley Cup champion Patrick Sharp. With the additional arrival of Brandon Saad, Hawks fans feel more optimistic than ever to bring the Cup back to Chicago after being eliminated in the first round of the playoffs two years in a row. However,
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Drafted 14th overall in the 2003 NHL Draft, the Blackhawks did well with their pick of defenseman Brent Seabrook. Seabrook has become essential to the Hawks’ core and serves as one of the team’s alternate captains alongside Duncan Keith. Known for his greasy goals and strong leadership skills, there is much more than meets the eye when
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This post was originally written in 2009 by Michael DiFranco and has since been updated. Roman Cechmanek was one of these European players whose star risen as fast as declined. He was not a widely known draft pick, burst onto the scene in the NHL later in his career and had several solid to great
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Antoine Morand 2016-17 Team: Acadie Bathurst Titan (#88)Date of Birth: Feb. 18, 1999Place of Birth: Mercier, QuebecHt: 5’10” Wt: 170 lbsShoots: LeftPosition: CNHL Draft Eligibility: 2017 first-year eligibleTwitter: AntoineMorand18 Rankings THW Alternate Rankings: 54th (May) Future Considerations: 41st (Spring) Pronman: 41st (Jan) Craig Button: 47th (March) Though undersized at 5 foot 10 and 170 pounds, Antoine
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