PLYMOUTH, MICH. – Kailer Yamamoto hasn’t made the U.S. world junior team yet, but if history is any indicator, he’ll bring a ton of offense if he does make the squad. Though he is only 5-foot-9 and 160 pounds, Yamamoto has been lightning every time he has donned the Stars and Stripes.
Ryan Kennedy is the associate senior writer and draft/prospect expert at The Hockey News. He has been with the publication since 2005 and in that span, Don Cherry, Lil Jon and The Rock have all called his house. He lives in Toronto with his wife and kids where he listens to loud music and collects NCAA pennants.
Anaheim’s hockey and baseball teams have come together and the sartorial results are spectacular.
The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim will wear special jerseys and caps during batting practice on Aug. 16, in honor of Ducks Night. The cap, seen above, mashes up the logos of the Angels and the Ducks, with awesome results. Here’s a shot of Ducks mascot Wild Wing rocking the jersey:
With hockey being such an important part of the Canadian identity, Tom Renney had to make an important disclaimer when he was introducing Team Canada’s new international jerseys: it’s OK to want to be the best. In a nation known for its humility off the ice, it was probably a good idea for Hockey Canada’s president and CEO to reinforce the notion that on the ice, there are no friendly rivals.
With the world juniors returning to Toronto and Montreal this winter, Canada will be pressed to win gold on home ice, just as the team did in Toronto two years ago. And they’ll do so in the jersey above and the one below:
For the second time in his career, Sidney Crosby hoisted the Stanley Cup this year. He also won his first Conn Smythe trophy as playoff MVP with the Penguins. Pretty good, considering his campaign started with an uncharacteristic offensive slump. But once Mike Sullivan replaced Mike Johnston as coach, Sid and the boys went into overdrive and blazed their way to the Cup, shaking off formidable teams along the way.
So how does a champion spend his summer? I caught up with Crosby to find out.
The best-before date on “crucial season for the Oilers,” expired long ago, but the goal is still the same for 2016-17: get back to the post-season for the first time in, now, more than a decade. Milan Lucic has replaced Taylor Hall as a top-line winger, while Jesse Puljujarvi is the latest lottery pick to bring excellent skill as a potential top-six forward.
But defense is going to be the bellwether.
Buffalo Sabres power forward Evander Kane has officially been charged with criminal trespass and up to four counts of non-criminal harassment stemming from an incident at a local nightclub, notes the Buffalo News. In a surreal scene, Kane was even handcuffed when he met with detectives outside of the city’s Central Booking Bureau:
Dominic Moore’s Smashfest charity event celebrated its fifth installment Thursday night in Toronto and the veteran center couldn’t have been happier with how things have grown since the first year.