TSN reporter Rick Westhead had hockey Twitter all a-flutter yesterday, putting out a nugget that the 2016 World Cup of Hockey could include advertisements on the national team sweaters, paving the way for the NHL to follow suit.
Needless to say, the masses were not happy.
Anthony Cipollone won’t be old enough to head to college until 2020-21, but the 13-year-old forward has already committed to play for the NCAA’s University of Vermont.
Cipollone announced that he had committed to the program earlier this week and it appears he could be suiting up as soon as he’s old enough. He won’t be the first in his family to commit to the program, however, as his brother, Joseph, who’s three years Anthony’s elder, committed to the program in January of this year.
It’s not unusual for players to commit to schools years before they’re of age to actually suit up for the programs, but it’s more likely they commit at Joseph’s age, 16, than Anthony’s. That said, it has happened before where a not-yet-high school aged player has committed to a college program. Read more
Brent Sopel’s journey to the NHL really began in Saskatoon, where he played his major junior with the WHL’s Blades. Sopel is hoping he can help spark some other major league dreams by giving back to his community.
Sopel held a hockey camp in Saskatoon this past week that carried a fee of $950 per player. However, Sopel surprised the families of the 30 girls participating in the camp by waiving the registration fee and refunding it to the families. His hope, he told CBC, was that his gesture could help him promote future camps.
“Essentially, what I want is them to go back and build this camp little by little, year by year, just by the word of mouth, that they had a great time,” Sopel told CBC. Read more
There aren’t many players on Canada World Championship roster that went overseas with hopes of taking home a million-dollar jackpot for Hockey Canada, but thanks to the team’s incredible play over the past two weeks, they’ve done exactly that.
For the first time in World Championship history, the tournament’s media and marketing sponsor, Infront Sports & Media, offered up a $1 million jackpot to any club that could make it through the entire tournament winning every single game they played in regulation. Infront likely weren’t planning on the Canadian roster being one of the most talented World Championship rosters ever assembled, but that’s exactly how things shook out, and now Hockey Canada is $1 million richer.
Meg Hishmeh and her son, Blake, will spend Mother’s Day doing exactly what they’ve done for the better part of the past month. Blake will do four hours of therapy at a rehabilitation hospital in Denver, then they’ll watch the hockey games together.
Don’t worry, the story will have a happy ending when 18-year-old Blake is discharged May 20 and returns to finish up his high school year in New Jersey. And with him will be Meg, who took a break from her job as World’s Busiest Hockey Mom™ to help usher her son back to what it is expected to be a full recovery from a traumatic brain injury after a back flip off a jump at the Breckenridge Ski Resort in Colorado went horribly awry during spring break. Blake was airlifted from the ski hill and spent eight days in intensive care before being transferred to the rehab hospital on April 14. Read more
Colin DeAugustine isn’t currently committed to a school to play college hockey. The exposure he’s about to get for his save of the year candidate may very well change that.
DeAugustine, 19, plays for the USHL’s Youngstown Phantoms and this past Friday in a game against the Waterloo Black Hawks, he made one of the most incredible stick saves you’ll see this season, next season and probably any season in the future: Read more
A dream season for Shannon Szabados keeps getting better. With wins over Huntsville and Knoxville, Szabados was named the SPHL Player of the Week for the second time this season.
In her two victories, Szabados, who plays for the SPHL’s Columbus Cottonmouths, posted a 1.00 goals-against average and monster .970 save percentage. In Tuesday game against Huntsville, Szabados stopped 34 of the 35 shots she faced and turned aside 16 of 17 attempts Friday against Knoxville. Read more
New York Islanders center Ryan Strome notched two points on Saturday in a 3-0 win over the Devils, earning him second star of the game honors. And as good as that was, his two younger brothers had even better finishes in the past few days.