Connor McDavid, hoping to rapidly recover from his broken hand sustained in a Nov. 11 fight, headlines Canada’s world junior selection camp roster for the 2015 tournament. The 29-player group includes 27 players already drafted to NHL teams. The complete list:
The Val-d’Or Foreurs had only been in the Quebec League two years when a young goaltender named Roberto Luongo moved up from Montreal for the 1995-96 season. By his third year in the small mining town, Luongo hoisted a championship trophy.
“We won in four straight against Rimouski, and the fourth game was at home,” Luongo said. “It was just craziness. It was unreal. The city was going nuts. You can’t top that as the best moment there.” Read more
After weeks of voting, we have reached the conclusion of our tournament to determine the best name in the Western League. And Calgary’s Carsen Twarynski is your victor.
Nashville’s Filip Forsberg has a pretty commanding lead in the race for the Calder Trophy, but he’s not alone in the impressive rookie category. New Jersey defenseman Damon Severson was a second-round pick of the Devils in 2012, but he’s already become a staple on the blueline this season, even if he didn’t have the name recognition of an Aaron Ekblad on his way in.
For those who like to portray junior hockey as a string of Mom and Pop operations that struggle to make ends meet in the face of mounting efforts to unionize the players, today could not have been a good-news day.
According to multiple reports, the Quebec Remparts of the Quebec League have been sold to media giant Quebecor. (Which, in the interest of full disclosure, recently negotiated the purchase of 15 magazines from Transcontinental Media, one of which is The Hockey News.) Read more
It comes down to this. After weeks of voting and narrowing down the field, what began as a list of 32 unique names is now down to two. One final vote on Twitter will determine who has the best name in the Western League for the 2014-15 season. Below, your candidates. Final voting runs until Friday at noon Eastern.
The big stories in the prospect world lately have been college related. Specifically, players changing their minds about where they want to go. Brock Boeser was headed to Wisconsin, but the 2015 prospect has re-opened matters. And Notre Dame has been bit twice in the past couple days, first by Matthew Tkachuk (2016) and now by Brent Gates (2015). Will these talented players end up in major junior, or just elsewhere on the college scene? We’ll keep you posted, but for now let’s look at some of the other kids making noise in the hockey world right now.
The end is coming, people. We’re down to just four names in our Western League best name showdown and it’s a competitive bracket. But who will break through to the final? The choice is yours. Head to our Twitter page to vote and take note: Voting ends Tuesday at noon, with the final head-to-head ending Friday. Here are the semifinal match-ups: