Team Canada have defeated the Czech Republic 6-2 to win gold at the under-18 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup for the seventh consecutive year and 19th time in 24 total tournaments.
Erie Otters forward and upcoming NHL draft prospect Dylan Strome opened the scoring at 3:34 into the first period, only to have Lawson Crouse make it a 2-0 game a few minutes later. The first period would end up being a total slaughter fest, as both Mitchell Marner and Travis Konecny continued their strong efforts at the Memorial Tournament with goals of their own to make the lead 4-0 heading into the first intermission.
“After our first goal, we just kept rolling,” Marner said. “We’re a hard team to stop when we play as one and I think we did that very well in this tournament and in the gold medal game.”
The Czech’s wouldn’t go down without potting a marker of their own. In the second, Radek Koblizek beat netminder Zach Sawchenko, who was forced to make only 17 saves during the contest. Lukas Jasek scored for the Czechs late in the frame to give his team some hope, but an extra goal from Nicholas Roy and a second one from Crouse ended any chance of the hosts coming back and taking the gold.
Earlier in the day, the Americans beat Sweden 5-4 to take the bronze medal, just a day after falling 11-5 to the red, white and black champions from up north.
St. Michael’s Buzzers forward Jake Evans has been selected in the seventh round by the Montreal Canadiens.
A rotating forward with the ability to play center and right wing, Evans collected 79 points in only 49 games in the OJHL this season. He is committed to join the University of Notre Dame Fighting Irish beginning in the 2014-15 season and will surely continue to climb the ranks in hopes of fulfilling his projection as a bottom six two way forward.
Evans is still a long shot, but he could develop into a solid bottom six two way forward. He possesses great vision, he’s a powerful skater and he doesn’t make a lot of defensive mistakes. The Habs have selected twice before from the OJHL, with John Van Boxmeer being chosen in the first round back in 1972, and more recently Dustin Walsh in the 6th round back in 2008.
The Chicago Blackhawks have drafted Dylan Sikura in the 6th round, 178th overall.
Unranked heading into the draft, Sikura recorded 64 points with the Aurora Tigers of the OJHL last year. After decommitting from Dartmouth last year, it was announced that he would join the Northeastern University Huskies beginning with the 2014-15 Hockey East season. For the second consecutive year, he was named to Team East helping them win a second consecutive President’s Cup championship at the CJHL Prospect tournament. A draft pick of the Erie Otters back in 2011,
The Tigers had a very strong season this year, losing to the Toronto Lakeshore Patriots during the OJHL championships.
Toronto Jr. Canadiens defenceman and CJHL Top Prospect Award winner Jake Walman was selected by the St. Louis Blues in the 3rd round, 82nd overall, of the 2014 NHL Draft on Saturday.
Walman had a breakout developmental year in his only season of OJHL hockey, putting up 33 points in 43 games on the blueline as the Jr. Canadiens squeaked past the Oakville Blades to claim an OJHL playoff berth, before being knocked out by RBC Cup participants, the Toronto-Lakeshore Patriots. Despite starting the offseason at about 5-foot-7, Walman sprung up to a solid 6 feet to begin the year, and was able to use this newfound size to improve his puck protection abilities and to muscle up to the opponent’s bigger forwards. Walman is one of the better skaters in the 2014 draft, and can accelerate to his top speed very quickly.
Walman wasn’t the only OJHL defenseman to see his name called on the second day of the draft, as Toronto Lakeshore Patriots defender Michael Prapavessis found his name called by the Dallas Stars in the fourth round, 105th overall.
Prapavessis had a fantastic season while playing under the OJHL’s Toronto Lakeshore Patriots banner this past season. While posting 5 goals and 54 points in 47 games, the talented defenseman went on to win the OJHL Championship, Ontario National Jr. A Championship, OHA Top Prospect honors, the OJHL Best Defenseman award and more at the young age of 18. If he continues to excel when he heads off to the College level with RPI next season, Prapavessis could develop into a very solid two way defenseman.
So, yes. This is kind of interesting. The first episode of The Hockey House Podcast on TheHockeyHouse.net features Steven Ellis, Curtis Morrison and the internet’s newest sensation, Brendan Saunders. Interested in hearing their thoughts on the draft? Stick around, you’ll be entertained.
The Dallas Stars have signed goaltender Philippe Desrosiers to a three-year, entry-level contract.
The Rimouski Oceanic puck stopper was selected by the Stars in the second round of the previous NHL Draft. Prior to getting drafted, Desrosiers was in net for Canada’s gold medal team at the 2013 U18 World Junior Championship following a 22-8-5 record in the QMJHL. The young netminder would see the crease more frequently in 2013-2014, posting a 31-14-7 record to go along with five shutouts.
In terms of depth, Desrosiers sits behind Jack Campbell on the Dallas depth chart while beating out fellow junior goaltender Maxime Lagace. With Campbell and current starter Kari Lehtonen expected to take control of the Dallas net for at least the next couple years, Desrosiers has a few extra years to develop before eventually cracking the squad or finding a spot elsewhere.
The 2014 OHL Draft hasn’t even commenced yet, but the Sarnia Sting has chosen Toronto Jr. Canadiens defenseman Jakob Chychrun as the first overall selection.
“Jakob is a special kind of player that doesn’t come around too often,” commented Sting Head Scout & Director of Player Personnel, Nick Sinclair. “He is a prototypical modern age defenceman that can do it all. He is a rare combination of size, speed, and strength, but his greatest asset as a player is his hockey sense.
Chychrun, who just turned 16 on Monday, led all Greater Toronto Hockey League defencemen in goals (16), assists (27) and points (43) through 29 games played this season. Despite missing the OHL Cup last month with an injury, Chychrun his team to a GTHL Championship title this year before the Jr. Canadiens fell to the Toronto Marlboros without the star defenseman in Toronto during March Break.
“It’s truly an honour and a thrill to be chosen by the Sarnia Sting” stated Chychrun. “I’d like to thank the Sting for their confidence in choosing me with the first pick in the OHL draft. I realize this is just the first step in my junior hockey career, but I’m excited to meet my future teammates and getting started in the fall.”
Chychrun also competed for Team Ontario at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge, potting four points in five games.
“He sure doesn’t look 15, that’s the first thing,” Belleville Bulls forward Adam Laishram said after playing with Chychrun at the U17’s. “He’s got great height. And he’s not just lanky; he’s filled out, quite a bit more developed than some of the guys my age (16) and even older.”
At the 2014 OHL Cup back in March, I was fortunate enough to interview Toronto Jr. Canadiens forward Kevin Hancock following a come from behind victory over the Ottawa Jr. Senators. The Toronto Lakeshore Patriots AP is known to have fantastic skill and has the potential to become a very effective OHLer in the near future.
At the recent 2014 OHL Cup in Toronto, I was fortunate enough to interview Vaughn Kings goaltender Spencer Stewart. The Oakville, Ontario native put up good stats with the team that also featured Adam Mascherin at forward.
The Edmonton Oilers have announced two deals today, signing forward Mark Arcobello and free agent defenseman Jordan Oesterle to contracts.
Arcobello has posted 18 points in 41 games with the Oilers this season, mainly in a limited role. Currently the all time points record holder in Oklahoma City Barons team history, the centreman has managed to record 10 goals and 28 points in just 15 games this season. Arcobello was sent down to the AHL in early February after sitting out three games as a healthy scratch after recording only two points in his final ten games.
During his college hockey career, Oesterle played three seasons with Western Michigan, accumulating 34 points in 113 contests. Last year, Danny DeKeyser a former defense partner of Oesterle’s, was signed by the Detroit Red Wings in what was considered one of the biggest college free agent signings of the year. A few years prior, the Oilers won the Justin Schultz sweepstakes after the defenseman chose not to sign with his draft team, the Anaheim Ducks.
“I’m very excited to be joining the Edmonton Oilers,” Oesterle said in a press release. “It has been a dream of mine and I want to thank everyone involved here at Western Michigan. Without them this couldn’t be possible.”
At the 2014 OHL Cup in North York earlier this month, I had the opportunity to interview Vaughn Kings star Adam Mascherin following a 3-0 victory over an American select team. In 61 games with Vaughn this year, Mascherin recorded 67 goals and 62 points for 129 points. Additionally, the Maple, Ontario 15 year old was a dominant force at the Ontario Junior Hockey League level, recording 12 points in just five games of action while facing players four and five years his senior.
With season-long projected No. 1 OHL prospect Jacob Chychrun out with an injury during the OHL Cup, Mascherin took his opportunity to prove himself in Canada’s largest midget hockey tournament, scoring four goals and seven points in five games, good for 13th in the entire tournament. Expected to be one of the first five players to have their name called when the OHL draft rolls around in April, watch for Mascherin to develop into an effective scoring winger in the NHL in the future.
Brandon Wheat Kings forward Jayce Hawryluk has collapsed after complaining of chest pains following the third game of Brandon’s playoff series with the Regina Pats.
Hawryluk had scored a hat-trick, including the game winner, in the game, which the Wheat Kings won 5-4. Earlier this month, he was named the CHL Player of the Week for the week after scoring six goals and four assists for 10 points in three games.
Phil Andrews, the Play by Play voice for the Pats, tweeted that there were reports that Hawryluk was alert and talking shortly after the incident took place.
We will keep you updated with any news that comes out regarding the situation.
Israel’s national ice hockey team will compete against the Ryerson University Rams of CIS (Canadian Interuniversity Sport, for American readers, roughly Canada’s NCAA equivalent) in Toronto at the famed Maple Leaf Gardens on March 27, 2014, at 3:00 p.m., as a warm up/practice game prior to the International Ice Hockey Federation World Division 2A championship to be held in Serbia from April 9-15, 2014. This will give Israel’s dual passport holding Israeli-Canadian players, all of whom are based in either Toronto or Montreal, a chance to play together before the Worlds.
Israel will face host Serbia, along with Australia, Belgium, Estonia, and Iceland, in Belgrade.
Israel recently faced ACHA university club team MIT in Boston on March 1, 2014. In actuality, Israel faced the “MIT Selects,” as the current MIT team would not have been a strong enough opponent. MIT sent its strongest current players together with its best alumni in their twenties and thirties to face the Israeli squad, coached by Jean Perron. As for the Israelis, the lineup for that game was split roughly 50/50 between Israeli national team players and Canadian-Jewish and American-Jewish guest players, as Israel’s pro players and the players based in Israel proper were unavailable for the game and the Israelis needed to fill out their lines. A crowd of 800, including the Israeli Consul General to New England, watched Israel win that game by a 7-6 score. MIT led 1-0 and 2-1 before the first period ended 2-2. MIT led 3-2 in the second period before Israel exploded to lead 6-3 after 40 minutes. Israel led 7-3 in the third period before a furious MIT rally fell short. Israel’s goals were scored by Evan Levy, Ron Oz (x2), Isaac Levy, Shlomi Levy, Avishai Geller and Daniel Mazour. Evan Levy’s tally was the only goal scored by a non-Israeli national team regular.
As with the MIT game, Israel’s Israeli League-based bottom line players won’t be able to be at the Ryerson game. Likewise, several of the Israeli pro players, such as Max Birbraer, Daniel Spivak and Oren Eizenman, will join their teammates in Serbia, so there will again be Canadian- Jewish guest players to fill out the lines for this practice game. As any Jewish person can automatically qualify for Israeli citizenship, the guest players could potentially play for Israel one day under IIHF rules, provided they obtained their Israeli passports and spent two consecutive years playing in an Israeli league.
Two of Israel’s top players will be at the Ryerson game. Eliezer Sherbatov plays professionally in Kazakstan (a KHL feeder league), and led his team, HK Astana, in scoring this past season. He played two professional seasons in France prior to this year for Neuilly Sur-Marne. He previously played Major Junior in the QMJHL for Montreal and Baie-Comeau. Daniel Erlich has played professionally in Austria in 2011-12 for Red Bull Salzburg, and played Major Junior for the London Knights and Guelph Storm. He led all of CIS in scoring this season as a sophmore for Western Ontario.
Israeli national team regulars Ron Oz (who has played professionally in Holland and Belgium), Isaac (Itzhak) Levy (who has played professionally in France and Serbia), Shlomi Levy, Daniel Mazour (who is a Ryerson student), and Sergei Frenkel (who is a Ryerson hockey alumni) will all take the ice against Ryerson, as will Israeli national team members past and present, including Ron Soreanu, Jonathan Rebibo, Navot Kantor, Ilan Kilimnik, Ron Berman, Ely Oosterhuis, and Daniel Berman.
Israel will use a Canadian Jewish guest goalie for the game – 1989 born Daniel Stein. Stein played in the OPJHL (Canadian Jr. A) for a few teams including the North York Rangers & Streetsville Derbys, and has played for the Jewish team that has won the Canadian Multicultural championships. That team has featured Israeli national team players who hold both Canadian and Israeli passports, as well as Canadian Jews who played for Canada in the World Jewish Cups in 2007 and 2009.
Ryerson is expected to use its full roster for the contest, including two of the top scorers in the CIS this season in Domenic Alberga and Jamie Wise, who is the son of Rams’ coach Graham Wise. Alberga and Wise finished 4th/5th in CIS scoring and 2nd/3rd in the OUA (Ontario collegiate conference of the CIS) right behind Israel’s Erlich. Ryerson just completed the best season in program history, having recorded 17 wins.
Ryerson will be a formidable opponent for Israel, and a stiff (and much needed) test prior to Israel’s departing for Belgrade.
The game was put together in just three weeks thanks to the hard work and efforts of Israeli player and Ryerson student Daniel Mazour, who had contacted Ryerson coach Graham Wise and the Ryerson athletic department to gauge interest and arrange for the ice time at the classic Maple Leaf Gardens.
Jean Perron, Israel’s longtime head coach (who coached the Montreal Canadiens to the 1986 Stanley Cup) will be coaching Israel in Serbia at the Worlds. However, he cannot attend Thursday’s game. Instead, Israeli assistant coach Dusan Kralik will take the head coaching reins for the day. Kralik is an ex-pro, having played for Slovan Bratislava prior to Czechoslovakia’s breakup, and trains current NHL players in the offseason including John Tavares, PK Subban and Steve Stamkos. He will be assisted by NHL veteran Pat Flatley.
Israel’s roster for the game vs. Ryerson is set forth below. The years set forth next to the national team players indicate their most recent activity with Israel’s national team.
Daniel Stein Goalie 06/02/1989 Streetsville Derbys (OPJHL)
Ilan Kilimnik Goalie 28/06/1987 Team Israel (2006)
Ron Oz Defense 07/05/1977 Team Israel (2014)
Ron Soreanu Defense 29/08/1980 Team Israel (2014)
Navot Kantor Defense 29/05/1991 Team Israel (2013)
Jonathan Rebibo Defense 07/05/1989 Team Israel (2014)
Ron Berman Defense 07/06/1980 Team Israel (2007)
Mick Mitrovic Defense 18/06/1971 University of Toronto (former Ryerson Coach)
Daniel Mazour Forward 05/01/1992 Team Israel (2014)
Daniel Erlich Forward 13/03/1991 Team Israel (2014)
Eliezer Sherbatov Forward 09/10/1991 Team Israel (2014)
Itzhak Levy Forward 02/05/1982 Team Israel (2014)
Shlomi Levy Forward 16/03/1976 Team Israel (2014)
Sergei Frenkel Forward 06/08/1984 Team Israel (2014)/Ryerson Rams Alumni
Ely Oosterhuis Forward 31/10/1977 Team Israel (2009)
Daniel Berman Forward 29/01/1991 Team Israel (2008)
Aaron Berisha Forward 05/03/1995 Bellevile Bulls (OHL)
Beni Berisha Forward 02/06/1992 Watertown Privateers (FHL)
Aaron Spivak Forward 13/01/1995 Toronto Jr. Canadians (OJHL)
Shane Urowitz Forward 23/02/1985 Ryerson Rams Alumni
Kenny Erlich Forward 15/06/1986
Head Dusan Kralik NHL Player Skill Development Coach
Assistant Pat Flatley 14 year NHL career For NYI & NYR
Rouyn-Noranda Huskies forward and Swiss prospect Jason Fuchs lost a finger in a game against the Quebec Remparts today, after blocking a shot late in third period of the Huskies 7-3 loss.
In the defensive zone, Fuchs lined himself up between a Remparts defenseman, and blocked a shot infront of the net with his hand. He immediately threw his left glove off, and noticing his fingertip was completely missing, ran to the bench to receive immediate medical attention. The full play can be seen here on TVA Sports.
This is Fuchs’ first season in the QMJHL, coming over to the team after three years in Switzerland’s Elite Junior A league. He has 45 points in 57 games, and is considered one of the top undrafted Swiss prospects. He is still eligible for the upcoming 2014 NHL Entry Draft.
Fuchs leaves the team only two games into their playoff series against the Remparts, with the series tied 1-1.
UPDATE: Fuchs is very lucky, as he only needed stitches to fix up the gruesome injury. Still no timetable on his return, but this good news certainly reduces the amount of time to recover.
The Buffalo Sabres have sent 19-year-old forward Mikhail Grigorenko back to the Quebec Remparts of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.
Or so they thought.
According to a report from Le Soleil in Quebec City, Grigorenko is refusing to report to the Remparts and is currently looking at future plans. It isn’t known what exactly those future plans could be, whether it means hightailing it out of the Sabres organization or escaping to the KHL to play in his native country.
Grigorenko just recently returned from representing Russia at the recent World Junior Championship, where he helped lead the team to the bronze medal with eight points in seven games.
Think about it. After burning the first two years of Grigorenko’s entry-level contract on just 43 games and a measly eight points, how many prospects can say they’ve been so mis-treated like Grigorenko has? Nikita Filatov comes to mind, but part of the whole mess in Columbus was the fact that he didn’t seem too interested to play with the Blue Jackets in the first place. For Grigorenko, that doesn’t seem to be the case.
Grigorenko released a statement today on the whole situation.
I just want to apologized for the situation going on right now.
We just need to find a place for me where i can develop and be the best hockey player I can be.
I came to North America 3 years ago coming from a home in Russia where I never had a bed, a shower or heat…I work everyday to be the best hockey player I can be so I can provide for my family, have a better life… Because hockey is all I have, my passion, who I am.
I am so grateful I played in Québec with one of the best coach in the world, amazing fans, people and city. I got to play against great players who are now doing amazing in the NHL. I’m also so proud I was drafted in the NHL by the Buffalo Sabres organization. I love the city and people there. I love my neighborhood and I love the guys. They also have owners who want everyone to be happy and love their team so much.
Now I would just ask all of you guys to respect me and the time I’m taking to think about my career. It might be hard to understand but it is even harder for a teenager.
The Winnipeg Jets have announced that they have signed goaltender Eric Comrie to three-year entry level contract with an average annual value of $925,000.
Comrie was originally drafted by the Winnipeg Jets in the second round, 59th overall, in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft. In 30 games this season with the Tri-City Americans, Comrie has earned a 14-13-3 record, 2.52 goals against average and .923 save percentage. Despite a strong performance so far in the WHL, Comrie wasn’t one of the two goalies named to Team Canada for the World Juniors, which came as a surprise to some due to the not so impressive campaigns held by Zach Fucale and Jake Paterson.
Here’s what Ben Kerr from Last Word On Sports had to say about Comrie prior to the 2012 NHL draft:
Comrie has decent size and good technique as a hybrid goalie. He has very good lateral movement and gets side to side quickly and efficiently. He reads the play well and shows excellent puck tracking as he is rarely caught out of position. His quick legs do a great job of taking away the bottom of the net. He also has a very quick glove hand which helps him to take away the top portions.
There is always pressure for a big team like Sweden to take home the gold, but this time, its on home ice. The Swedes did win gold at home when the country hosted the 2013 World Hockey Championships in May, so it’s up to the junior squad to help make start off the 2014 IIHF season off right. The Tre Kronor have had a successful past few tournaments at the Juniors, winning gold in 2012 and silver in 2013 for a total of five medals in the past six years. Can they add another one this time around in front of their own fans?
USA Hockey unveiled its roster for the 2014 World Junior Championships in Sweden. The roster includes three players (Riley Barber, Ryan Hartman and Jon Gillies) that helped lead the Americans to gold following a strong statement from future NHL star Seth Jones, who claimed early in the tournament that USA was the team to beat. Despite a rocky start, the Americans backed up their claims, taking home gold in the championship game against the Swedes. Can they repeat as champions again?