by Ryan Kennedy - January 4, 2012 5:55 AM EST
The two powerhouses reached the gold medal game after unfortunate luck and lackluster effort conspired against Canada and Finland.
For the two teams who fell in the semifinal of the World Junior Championship in Calgary, some very harsh “ifs” loom over their heads.
by Ryan Kennedy - January 3, 2012 1:09 PM EST
While Russia squeaked by the Czech Republic in overtime, the Finns got past the Slovaks in a game all about offense.
In an unpredictable tournament, Calgary got a pair of dream semifinal games thanks to quarterfinal victories by Finland and Russia. The Finns now take on archrival Sweden, while Russia renews acquaintances with Canada.
by Ryan Kennedy - December 27, 2011 1:19 PM EST
Both Minnesota and Florida have a bright future based on the talent playing in the WJC alone.
Of all the proud papas at the World Junior Championship this year, I’d have to think Minnesota Wild GM Chuck Fletcher and his Florida Panthers counterpart Dale Tallon have the most to brag about.
by Ryan Kennedy - December 14, 2011 1:05 PM EST
There were a few surprise cuts and some interesting trends as Canada finalized its roster for the annual event.
Team Canada’s world junior roster is now set and though there are always surprises, there is also obvious logic in the final choices. Let’s break down the final cuts, shall we? Hockey Canada just doesn’t love Ryan Murphy The Carolina Hurricanes first-rounder seemed to be a natural heir to WJC legend Ryan Ellis, who played a similar undersized dynamic offensive role on the blueline.
by Ryan Kennedy - December 7, 2011 1:20 PM EST
Do politics play a role for certain countries when they choose their rosters for the world juniors? Let's hope not.
Someone always has to stay home. It’s a fact of life a team can only have so many members and those talented enough to play outnumber the spots available.
by Ryan Kennedy - November 30, 2011 12:36 PM EST
Canada will once again ice an imposing lineup at the annual junior tournament, but they'll also have a problem that's been familiar recently.
With the release of its preliminary camp roster for the World Junior Championship, Team Canada’s architects can give themselves a pat on the back - just in time to feel the arrows coming from the pundits.
by Ryan Kennedy - November 28, 2011 12:10 PM EST
With the Hurricanes struggling and showing no signs of turning a corner, the team had little choice but to dump its coach
Paul Maurice seems to have a certain shelf life as an NHL coach. Today in Carolina it expired. Maurice, who led the Hurricanes to the Stanley Cup final in 2002, was fired and replaced by Kirk Muller, formerly an assistant with the Montreal Canadiens and the head coach of the American League’s Milwaukee Admirals until the hiring this morning.
by Ryan Kennedy - November 25, 2011 10:20 AM EST
The Penguins netminder has a way to go yet, but if he keeps on pace, he'll eventually pass his idol.
PITTSBURGH – Lost among the throngs of reporters proselytizing over Sidney Crosby’s performance in his 2011-12 debut (and rightly so – I was doing it too) was the fact Penguins netminder Marc-Andre Fleury posted a shutout in the 5-0 whitewashing of the New York Islanders.
by Ryan Kennedy - November 21, 2011 11:05 PM EST
The Penguins captain fit in seamlessly in his return and the city of Pittsburgh welcomed him back.
PITTSBURGH - With less than six minutes ticked off the clock in his return to hockey, Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby charged down the right side, fended off New York Islanders defender Andrew MacDonald and roofed a backhand over rookie netminder Anders Nilsson.
by Ryan Kennedy - November 16, 2011 1:15 PM EST
If you can't get at the player who wronged your team, why not grab a different partner to get your point across?
There has been a lot of talk lately about Boston’s Milan Lucic running over Buffalo’s star netminder Ryan Miller and the lack of reaction from the other Sabres on the ice at the time.
by Ryan Kennedy - November 9, 2011 3:35 PM EST
Even the greatest players can have their images tarnished in their post-playing days - and sometimes it doesn't take all that much.
If you’re of a certain generation, you may remember Pro Stars, the cartoon (and breakfast cereal, naturally) that combined the awesome powers of Michael Jordan, Wayne Gretzky and Bo Jackson as sporting superheroes who helped kids.
by Ryan Kennedy - November 2, 2011 2:04 PM EDT
The NHL standings have a very strange look to them right now, but how many of those upstart teams will stay on pace?
All energy flows according to the whims of the great magnet. And what fools we’d be to defy it. Hunter S. Thompson may not have been a big hockey fan (I can’t think of him mentioning the sport, even though he lived in Colorado), but he was certainly on to something there, particularly when one considers the early results of this NHL season.
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