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U18 Team Canada downed in World QFs

  April 20, 2017 By Jason La Rose – SPISSKA NOVA VES, Slovakia – Ian Scott (Calgary, Alta./Prince Albert, WHL) made 27 saves, but Canada’s National Men’s Under-18 Team had its run at the 2017 IIHF U18 World Championship come to an end with a 7-3 quarter-final loss to Sweden on Thursday. Matthew Strome (Mississauga, Read More »

Team Canada names first 18 on World Roster

  Duchene, O’Reilly in position to three-peat as world champions   April 18, 2017 Calgary – The first 18 players announced to the Team Canada roster for the 2017 IIHF World Championship have collectively amassed international hardware from some of the game’s marquee events, including the IIHF World Junior Championship, IIHF World Championship, and Olympic Winter Read More »

BCHL – Teams set for Western Canada Cup

  April 20, 2017 Penticton, BC The five team field for the 2017 Western Canada Cup, presented by Sun Life Financial, is set and it may just be the deepest one yet. The five teams competing in WCC are the host Penticton Vees, Chilliwack Chiefs (BCHL), the Alberta Junior Hockey League (AJHL) champion Brooks Bandits, Read More »

Spruce Kings HC van Diemen stepping down, Maglio promoted

April 19, 2017 The Prince George Spruce Kings announced last week a change behind the bench. Due to family reasons, Chad van Diemen is stepping down from his role as head coach. Van Diemen joined the Spruce Kings in April 2015 and guided a young rebuilding team to a 14-38-4-2 record during the 2015-16 season. Read More »

WHL – Everett releases HC Kevin Constantine

  April 18, 2017 Everett, Wash. The Everett Silvertips have declined to extend the contract of head coach Kevin Constantine, who lead the team to two US division titles (2014-15, and 2016-17) and a .625 winning percentage in over eight years with the club (326-182-68). “First, I want to thank Kevin for his most recent four years Read More »

WHL: Wong OT winner clinches series for Canes

April 18, 2017 Medicine Hat by Taylor Rocca Lethbridge Hurricanes (5) at Medicine Hat Tigers (4) – OT Hurricanes win series 4-3 No matter how beaten, battered and bruised his Lethbridge Hurricanes were, captain Tyler Wong was not ready to see his WHL career come to a close in the second round of the 2017 Read More »

BCHL – Vees take 2-1 series lead over Chiefs

  April 18, 2017 Penticon Vees affiliates Massimo Rizzo (#27, 2001) and Cassidy Bowes (#64, 1999) combined on the powerplay just 3:56 into the first to kickstart a 5-2 win over visiting Chilliwack Chiefs, in game 3 of the BCHL championship series on Tuesday. The win gives the Vees a 2-1 lead in the series, Read More »

WHL – Rockets Gardiner Player of the Week

    April 17, 2017 Calgary – The Western Hockey League has announced Kelowna Rockets forward Reid Gardiner as the WHL Player of the Week for the week ending April 16, 2017. Gardiner exploded for 12 points (6G-6A) in three games, helping the Rockets advance to the Western Conference Championship series for the fourth consecutive year following a five-game victory Read More »

Watch that Space

  I was 12 years old the first time someone showed me the five hole. My U13 coach called us all over to the net after one of our practices had ended. He had the goalie stand in a ready position. He told us where to shoot, where to look. He explained the art of Read More »

BCMML: seven head coaches set

    April 13, 2017 The BC Major Midget League (MML) has announced seven of eleven team head coaches for the 2017-2018 season. The following team staff are returning for the 2017-2018 season: Okanagan Rockets: Eric Blais Thompson Blazers: Tanner Cochran Valley West Hawks: Jessie Leung Vancouver North East Chiefs: Jamie Jackson New staff will Read More »

Jr. B – Beaver Valley to play for Gold vs Wainwright

April 16, 2017 Arborg, Manitoba BC Jr. B champion Beaver Valley Nitehawks are advancing the Western Canadian Jr. B championship Keystone Cup Final on Sunday, facing the Wainwright Bisons on Sunday in Arborg, Manitoba. The Nitehawks dominated the opening round, finishing first overall with a 4-0-1 record. The finished second, also undefeated, with 3 wins and 2 ties. Read More »

WHL: Canes take 3-2 lead vs Tigers

  April 15, 2017 Medicine Hat, AB The Lethbridge Hurricanes visited the Medicine Hat Tigers on Good Friday in hopes of taking a 3-2 series lead and the ‘Canes did just that earning a 5-4 victory at the Canalta Centre. It was a see-saw first period that saw the Hurricanes hold the lead 3-2 after Read More »

WHL: Pats tie series vs Broncos 3-3

  April 16, 2017 Regina Pats (5) at Swift Current Broncos (3) Series tied 3-3 Game 7: Monday, April 17 – Brandt Centre, Regina – 7 p.m. MT For the second consecutive night, the Regina Pats have staved off elimination. Trailing the Swift Current Broncos by a 3-1 spread in their best-of-seven Eastern Conference semifinal, the Read More »

WHL: Pats bounce back, but trail Broncos 3-2

  April 15, 2017 Swift Current Broncos (2) at Regina Pats (3) Broncos lead series 3-2 Game 6: Saturday, April 15 – Credit Union i-Plex, Swift Current – 7 p.m. MT The Regina Pats aren’t done just yet. With their backs against the wall and a pivotal Game 5 on home ice at the Brandt Centre Read More »

WHL – T-Birds sweep Tips

    April 14, 2017 For the second consecutive season, the Seattle Thunderbirds will compete for a Western Conference championship. The Thunderbirds made that reality with a 4-1 win over the Everett Silvertips, completing a four-game sweep of their U.S. Division rivals Friday night at the ShoWare Center in Kent, Wash. Seattle set the tone Read More »

BCHL – Vees even series with 5-1 win over Chiefs

  April 16, 2017   The Penticton Vees are leaving Chilliwack Saturday night with a win and a series split, after a 5-1 Game Two win at Prospera Centre in the Fraser Valley. Ryley Risling, Cassidy Bowes, Duncan Campbell, Nicholas Jones and Chris Klack all scored for the Vees, and Mat Robson kicked-out 37 shots Read More »

BCHL – Chilliwack down Vees 4-2 in Game 1

  April 15, 2017 The Chilliwack Chiefs’ big guns wasted little time making an impact on the BCHL Fred Page Cup Final. BCHL playoff points leader Jordan Kawaguchi had a goal and two helpers, and he and his line combined for five points, as the Chiefs topped the Penticton Vees 4-2 Friday at Prospera Centre Read More »

WHL – Rockets down Hawks 6-2, clinch series, Seattle next

  April 15, 2017 by Kevin Bain / Marissa Baecker photo The Kelowna Rockets defeated the Portland Winterhawks 6-2 on Friday night in game five of the second round of the 2017 WHL Playoffs eliminating the Hawks in the best-of-seven series 4-1 to advance to the Western Conference Finals for the fourth consecutive season. The Rockets Read More »

12U Q-and-A: Honing hockey sense

  March 22, 2017 By Scott Paluch, American Development Model, Regional Manager Q: What defines age-appropriate hockey-sense training for 12U players? A: We continue to hear from coaches of 12U and older teams who tell us many players are coming to them highly deficient in hockey sense or game awareness. The fact is, too many coaches Read More »

Canada U18s down Slovaks in OT

    April 15, 2017 Poprad, Slovakia By Jason La Rose Stelio Mattheos (Winnipeg, Man./Brandon, WHL) scored his second goal of the game at 2:38 of overtime, sending Canada’s National Men’s Under-18 Team to a 4-3 win over Slovakia on Saturday at the 2017 IIHF U18 World Championship. With the Canadians controlling the puck in Read More »

BCHL – Chilliwack vs Vees Championship starts Friday

  April 14, 2017 For the second year in a row, the Chilliwack Chiefs are in the Fred Page Cup BCHL Finals and will try to achieve what they were not able to last season against West Kelowna. Penticton was last here in 2015 when they defeated Nanaimo on the way to the Western Canada Read More »

Canada U18s open with 4-1 W vs Latvia

    April 13, 2017 Poprad, Slovakia MacKenzie Entwistle (Hamilton Bulldogs) had a goal and an assist to lead Canada to a 4-1 victory over Latvia to open their 2017 World Under-18 Hockey Championship schedule. Stelio Mattheos (Brandon Wheat Kings) scored a first period penalty shot as the two sides came out of the first Read More »

WHL – Rockets up 3-1, Game 5 preview

  April 14, 2017 by Regan Bartel  / Marissa Baecker photo Tonight’s Preview: It is game five of the Kelowna Rockets second round playoff series with the Portland Winterhawks. The Rockets lead the series 3 games to 1. If a game 6 is necessary, it will be played Sunday night at Veterans Memorial Coliseum. These two Read More »

NHL Releases Final Rankings For 2017 Draft

  Brandon’s Nolan Patrick is the top prospect, Halifax’s Nico Hischier follows at No. 2 by National Hockey League / NHL.com  April 11th, 2017  Share Forward Nolan Patrick (Winnipeg, Man.), who skates for the Brandon Wheat Kings of the Western Hockey League, has been named the top draft-eligible skater for the 2017 NHL Draft as the NHL Read More »

WHL – T-Birds now up 3-0, Barzal with OT win

April 11, 2017 KENT, WA— Mathew Barzal scored 1:30 into overtime Tuesday night at ShoWare Center to get the Seattle Thunderbirds a 5-4 win in Game 3 of their Western Conference Semifinal series with the Everett Silvertips. Ryan Gropp came off the left boards at the blue line and skated to the high slot. Gropp took Read More »

Beaver Valley Captures Cyclone Taylor Cup

    April 10, 2017 by Jim Bailey, Trail Times The 67th game and 56th win of the Beaver Valley Nitehawks season was the biggest one to date as B.V. hoisted the Cyclone Taylor Cup trophy for the fourth time in their 35-year history after beating Campbell River 6-2 on Sunday in Creston. “It was unbelievable,” said Read More »

Anderson-Dolan to Captain Canada at World U18 Hockey Championship

April 12, 2017   POPRAD, Slovakia – Jaret Anderson-Dolan (09.12.99, Calgary, Edge Prep, Spokane Chiefs) will wear the ‘C’ on his Team Canada jersey at the 2017 IIHF U18 World Championship in Poprad and Spisska Nova Ves, Slovakia, April 13-23. Alternate captains are Stelio Mattheos (06.14.99, Winnipeg, Winnipeg Wild Midget AAA, Brandon Wheat Kings) and Maxime Read More »

WHL – Tigers tie series with 3-2 OT win over ‘Canes

April 12, 2017 Medicine Hat Tigers (3) at Lethbridge Hurricanes (2) – OT Series tied 2-2 Game 5: Friday, April 14 – Canalta Centre, Medicine Hat – 7:30 p.m. MT John Dahlstrom has extended the Tigers’ season. It wasn’t that Medicine Hat had exhausted its nine lives, but falling behind 3-1 to the Lethbridge Hurricanes wouldn’t Read More »

WHL – Rockets now up 3-1, with 7-2 road win

  April 12. 2017 by Kevin Bain The Kelowna Rockets defeated the Portland Winterhawks 7-2 Wednesday night in Portland in game four of the second round of the 2017 WHL Playoffs, to take a 3-1 series lead, headed back to Kelowna for game five. The line of Reid Gardiner (2G-2A), Calvin Thurkauf (2G-1A) and Nick Read More »