IceCaps unveil beautiful tribute jersey, honor 100th anniversary of World War One battle

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Gabriel Dumont models the IceCaps' newest jersey (via St. John's IceCaps)

On July 1, 1916, approximately 733 men from Newfoundland and Labrador were killed or injured during the Battle of the Somme at Beaumont-Hamel. In the 100th anniversary year of that battle, the St. John’s IceCaps want to commemorate and pay tribute to those who fought in the battle and are doing so with a tribute jersey.

The new uniform, which was unveiled Thursday in St. John’s, is a striking jersey that honors the Royal Newfoundland Regiment and the province of Newfoundland and Labrador. Using the color scheme of the parent club Montreal Canadiens, the jersey uses both broad and narrow striping, a two-color collar and the wide horizontal band of color across the torso that has been used for years on Canadiens jerseys. Take a look: Read more

AHLer Alden Hirschfeld has seizure on bench, in stable condition

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Alden Hirschfeld (Dave Reginek/NHLI via Getty Images)

Friday night’s AHL game between the Grand Rapids Griffins and Milwaukee Admirals had an incredibly scary moment when Griffins winger Alden Hirschfeld collapsed on the Grand Rapids bench.

Hirschfeld, 27, was on the bench with less than seven minutes remaining in the second period when the game was halted because of a medical emergency. Hirscheld, who had recently been recalled from the ECHL’s Toledo Walleye, was quickly attended to by medical staff at Van Andel Arena and both teams were sent to the dressing room.

While the game was delayed, the medical staff continued to attend to Hirschfeld. The delay lasted several minutes, after which time Hirschfeld was placed on a stretcher and taken off the ice. Per the Griffins, Hirschfeld “was transported to a local hospital in stable condition for further evaluation.” Read more

Finland jumps Sweden as captain Mikko Rantanen heats up

Mikko Rantanen (left) celebrates (photo by Sarah Fuqua)

HELSINKI, FINLAND – Swedish defenseman William Lagesson let out a primal scream, then loudly muttered to himself as he stalked off the ice. The rugged Edmonton Oilers prospect had, after all, managed to shut down Finnish super-teen Jesse Puljujarvi; something unheard of in this edition of the world juniors. But while Puljujarvi’s deadly line with Carolina pick Sebastian Aho and another 2016 draft phenom, Patrik Laine, was held off the scoresheet, Finland had a Plan B.

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AHLer Kurtis MacDermid gets 12-game suspension after vicious check to the head

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Kurtis MacDermid (Andrew D. Bernstein/NHLI via Getty Images)

Los Angeles Kings prospect Kurtis MacDermid is no stranger to suspensions, and he’ll be serving a 12-gamer for a vicious hit he threw on San Diego Gulls winger Matt Bailey.

The hit occurred during a Dec. 26 game between the Kings’ AHL affiliate Ontario Reign and Ducks’ AHL affiliate Gulls. Bailey had received a pass as San Diego was exiting the zone and had chipped it around an attacking Reign player when MacDermid came out of nowhere and obliterated Bailey with a dangerous hit that left him down on the ice: Read more

Prospect Need to Know: Tyson Jost is a Canadian hero

Tyson Jost (photo courtesy Tim Bates/OJHL Images)

This will be the final Prospect NTK for at least a week or two, as the holidays and my travelling to Finland for the world juniors conspire. Expect a lot of world junior stuff on the web site in the meantime, so with that in mind I’ll concentrate more on the World Jr. A Challenge right now, since that tourney is done. There was some nice talent there once again, culminating in a Canada West gold medal.

Elsewhere in the prospect world, trades and other movements are heating up in the Quebec League, one of which I cover off below. Let’s get to our weekly wrap.

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Why Sweden is the favorite to win this year’s World Junior Championship

William Nylander (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images)

The reason the World Junior Championship is so fun is that in the past five years, five different countries have won the gold medal. That parity is a blessing to the tournament, but it also makes it difficult to handicap a showdown in which two teams with championship aspirations often meet in the quarterfinal, as Russia and the United States have done in the past two years.

But if we’re talking favorites for the 2016 installment, which kicks off in Helsinki on Boxing Day, I will take Sweden. And here’s my logic:

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AHL netminder Troy Grosenick makes incredible glove stop, contender for save of the year

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Troy Grosenick glove save (via San Jose Barracuda/YouTube)

San Jose Barracuda goaltender Troy Grosenick is cutting is close to the deadline for the best save of 2015, but his incredible glove stop Sunday is going to earn him some consideration for the year-end top 10 list.

Grosenick, 26, made just the type of lunging, stretching, how-did-he-do-that style save that will earn him a spot on a ton of highlight reels. In the first period, with the Barracuda already down two goals to the visiting Heat, Stockton were working the puck around the San Jose zone and eventually back to defenseman Oliver Kylington.

Kylington let a shot go from the blueline, which Grosenick dove to his left to stop. But upon making the save, the puck shot out to the left of the net, right onto the tape of Drew Shore. Shore had an empty net to shoot at, settled the puck and blasted it on net only to be robbed by the outstretched glove of Grosenick: Read more