Month: October 2016 (page 1 of 4)

Canada tops Finland in Four Nations tuneup

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By Canadian Press

Finland — Bailey Bram scored the eventual winner near the midway point of the second period as Canada’s national women’s team topped Finland 4-1 on Sunday in a tune-up match ahead of the Four Nations Cup.

Meghan Agosta, Laura Fortino and Marie-Philip Poulin also scored for Canada. Emerance Maschmeyer and Genevieve Lacasse shared goaltending duties for the win. Maschmeyer turned aside 7-of-8 shots, while Lacasse made nine saves.

Jenni Hiirikoski responded for Finland in the first period. Goaltender Noora Raty stopped 19 shots.

Bram created a turnover in the Finnish zone, then went five-hole for the unassisted goal at the 13:26 mark of the second to give Canada a 2-1 lead. Canada outshot Finland 23-17 overall.

“It was a good first game for us, I think we did a lot of little things well,” said Canada’s head coach Laura Schuler. “Finland always plays a hard game against us and I think moving forward that was a great game that will help us identify the areas where we need to continue to get better, but for the most part I was really happy with our effort.”

Sunday’s game was Canada’s only pre-competition contest. It faces Finland once again on Tuesday on the opening day of the Four Nations Cup. Canada then meets Sweden on Nov. 2 and the United States on Nov. 4. The medal games will be played on Nov. 5.

Canada took silver last year. It’s won the gold medal 14 times in 20 tournaments, overall, mostly recently in 2014.

USA, Canada to meet outdoors at 2018 world juniors

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By Justin Cuthbert – The Score

The United States and Canada will take their long-standing junior rivalry outdoors for the first time at the 2018 World Junior Hockey Championship in Buffalo.USA Hockey confirmed Friday afternoon that the rivals’ preliminary-round matchup – on Dec. 29, 2017 – will be staged at New Era Field, home of the NFL’s Buffalo Bills.

The Orchard Park, NY., venue is easily accessible to fans of both countries on either side of the border, ostensibly making it the ideal spot to host the first-ever outdoor game for a top-level IIHF-sanctioned event.

“The U.S.-Canada rivalry is as good as it gets in sport,” USA Hockey executive director Dave Ogrean said in a press release. “And to have an outdoor game between the two countries as part of the World Juniors in hockey-rich Western New York will be spectacular.”

KeyBank Center and HarborCenter – both also based in Buffalo – will host the other games throughout the tournament.

Brianna Decker Front And Center For U.S. Women’s Hockey Team In Quest For Olympic Gold

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By Karen Rosen – teamusa.org

It takes quite a feat to become the answer to a sports trivia question.

Who scored the first hat trick in the National Women’s Hockey League?

That would be Brianna Decker, a forward for the Boston Pride, against the Buffalo Beauts on Oct. 25, 2016.

Now Decker wants the ultimate hat trick. She has an NCAA championship (for the University of Wisconsin in 2011) and not just one, but four world championships titles with Team USA in 2011, 2013, 2015 and 2016. All that’s left is an Olympic gold medal.

“That would cap off my career,” she said.

Decker, 25, was part of the Team USA squad that took silver at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games. Along with many of her Olympic teammates, she’s wearing the red, white and blue jersey again for the Four Nations Cup in Vierumaki, Finland, Nov. 1-5.

Team USA, comprised of 19 world championships veterans, is the defending champ and will face Canada, Sweden and Finland – three of its toughest opponents on the world stage.

“It’s a good opportunity for us to see where our team stands at the beginning of the season,” said Decker, who is playing in her eighth Four Nations Cup going back to 2008.

The 2016-17 campaign culminates in Plymouth, Michigan, with Team USA seeking to defend its title on home ice at the 2017 IIHF Ice Hockey Women’s World Championship.

“It’s in the back of your mind that we’re hosting world championships, but we’re a team that really focuses on the present and what we can do now and take care of business now,” Decker said.

The four teams in the NWHL – the Pride, Buffalo Beauts, Connecticut Whale and New York Riveters – take a break for the Four Nations Cup. Boston leads the standings with a 4-0 record, with Decker tallying three goals and three assists.

Team USA has not won Olympic gold since the inaugural women’s tournament in 1998, taking home silver in 2002, 2010 and 2014, and bronze in 2006. Yet the United States has won four of the last five world championships.

On the flip side, arch-rival Canada has won four straight Olympic gold medals, but hasn’t won a world championship since defeating Team USA in 2012 in Burlington, Vermont.

“Honestly, with Canada, a game can go either way,” Decker said. “It’s like a chess match. It’s really hard to put a finger on why that happens (Canada prevailing at the Olympic Games and Team USA at the world championships). I hope we’re going to change our pattern this time around at the Olympics.”

Decker can play a big part in that, centering a line that includes fellow Olympians Hilary Knight and Kendall Coyne.

“Knighter is probably the best scorer you have on the ice in the world and you have Coyner’s speed,” Decker said. “Put those together, and I just try to jell the line a little bit, being in the middle. My job is to go out there and get the puck to Hilary if I can. Coyner can score as well and I know I can find the back of the net, too.

“Also, we’re very positive with each other and we jell pretty well off the ice, so that helps as well.”

Team USA coach Ken Klee, who first put Knight and Decker together on the line two years ago, said “it’s exciting that other teams can’t just key on one player. They’re awesome players in their own right, but together as a unit that’s what really raises them above others.”

Klee calls Decker “just one of those complete players that you love to have on your team. She does everything. She can score, she can pass, she can be responsible defensively.

“Decks just brings a different skill set that’s one of the best in the world and I think she realizes playing with two other great players how much they can all just enhance each other to really make an awesome unit that has tremendous success.”

He said Decker isn’t overshadowed by Knight.

“If you were to ask other teams if they worry about one more than the other, I would say they probably don’t,” Klee said. “They know how good the three of them are together, and Decks is a big part of that being the center. There’s no question playing with two other great players adds to her game.”

Decker and Knight are also teammates with the Boston Pride.

“They have good chemistry,” Klee said. “They know where each other are on the ice, they get open for each other, the work hard for each other and they communicate very well.”

Decker was destined for a hockey career while growing up in Dousman, Wisconsin. She followed older brothers Bryan and Ben onto the ice at age 3 1/2 , and younger brother Brody is playing collegiate hockey for Concordia University Wisconsin.

Decker credits her brothers with instilling her competitive drive, while her parents carted the quartet to practices and games every weekday and weekend.

“I tried to pass my first puck when I was 4,” Decker said, but she doesn’t remember when she scored her first goal.

“I don’t think I had too hard of a shot when I was 4,” Decker said.

By high school, she knew she had a shot at the Olympic Games. She remembers thinking, “I really want to be able to play in the Olympics and win a gold medal. That’s what triggered me to go for it and fulfill it.”

Decker never aspired to be a goalie, always wanting to be at the forefront of the action.

“There’s something about when you’re making plays out there and scoring goals,” Decker said, “that feeling you get inside that keeps you striving to do more. Once you get that feeling, you don’t want it to leave.”

For Decker, explaining that feeling is harder than finding the back of the net.

“When you’re working your butt off to try to make things happen, and you score a goal,” she said, “happiness fills your whole body.”

In college at Wisconsin, Decker was such a prolific goal scorer that she set a single-season record with 11 game-winning goals as the Badgers won the national title.

“One of my favorite moments was winning the national championship,” Decker said. “It’s one of the hardest things to do and that was a huge aspiration for me and I was able to do that.”

She also won the Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award as the top female player in the NCAA while at Wisconsin. As a senior, she led the team with 29 goals and 26 assists, ending her career as the second-leading point scorer at Wisconsin behind Knight.

Decker played for the Boston Blades of the Canadian Women’s Hockey League, where she was the Rookie of the Year after scoring 16 goals and 32 points in 12 games, and helped her team win the 2015 Clarkson Cup.

With the NWHL starting in 2015 as the first women’s ice hockey league in North America to offer salaries to players, Decker joined the Boston Pride. Her team won the Isobel Cup and Decker was named the NWHL’s Most Valuable Player.

“Last year was huge for us, being able to launch the league and it being pretty successful,” Decker said.

Players share in a small portion of their jersey sales and Decker said it’s exciting to see some No. 14s around Boston. “It’s nice to see any Pride jerseys out there,” Decker said, “whether it’s me or one of my teammates. It just shows the support around our community.”

With women’s salaries paling in comparison to their NHL counterparts, Decker augments her income by giving lessons to girls ranging in age from high school to 10-and-under.

“I enjoy coaching, so I look forward to that during the year as well,” Decker said. “It’s awesome to see how many skills that the girls pick up on in such a short period of time. There’s kind of instant gratification in being their coach.”

Klee said working with younger players can give Decker a new perspective on the game. And he added, “Any time you have a situation where you feel like you’re connecting with a kid and helping them to love the game that you love, it’s a great feeling.”

Decker said it’s important to help bring up the next generation.

“I’m doing my best,” she said. “It’s just awesome to see where women’s hockey has come in the past 10-15 years. The speed and the movement of the puck has increased so much. It’s good for our sport. “

Team OHL Roster announced for 2016 CIBC Canada Russia Series

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By CHL.ca

The Ontario Hockey League in association with the Canadian Hockey League, the North Bay Battalion, and the Hamilton Bulldogs hockey clubs today announced the Team OHL rosters for the 2016 CIBC Canada Russia Series.

Team OHL will compete against the Russian National Junior Team in Game 3 of the series in North Bay on Thursday November 10, with Game 4 to be played in Hamilton on Monday November 14.  The series also includes two games in the Western Hockey League prior to both OHL games, and ends with two games hosted by the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.

25 players will represent the OHL in the 2016 CIBC Canada Russia Series including eight players who received invites to Canada’s National Junior Team Summer Showcase.  Among that group is Tampa Bay Lightning prospect Mitchell Stephens of the Saginaw Spirit who represented Team Canada at the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship last season in Finland.  The group also includes Spirit netminder and New Jersey Devils prospect Evan Cormier, along with Lightning prospect Matthew Spencer of the Peterborough Petes and New York Islanders prospect Mitchell Vande Sompel of the Oshawa Generals on defence.  At forward, Summer Showcase invites on Team OHL include Lightning prospect Anthony Cirelli of the Generals, Chicago Blackhawks prospect Graham Knott of the Niagara IceDogs, Devils prospect Michael McLeod of the Mississauga Steelheads, and Boston Bruins prospect Zachary Senyshyn of the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds.

Both 2016 CIBC Canada Russia Series hosts will be represented by hometown players including Vancouver Canucks prospect Brett McKenzie of the North Bay Battalion, and Montreal Canadiens prospect Will Bitten of the Hamilton Bulldogs.

Behind the bench for Team OHL in North Bay will be Canadian National Junior Team assistant coach and 2016 OHL Coach of the Year Kris Knoblauch of the Erie Otters alongside Battalion head coach and Director of Hockey Operations Stan Butler who won gold with Canada’s Summer Under-18 Team at the 2015 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup and previously served as head coach of Canada’s National Junior Team at the 2001 and 2002 IIHF World Junior Championship.  In Hamilton, Knoblauch will be joined behind the bench by Canadian National Junior Team head coach Dominque Ducharme of the QMJHL’s Drummondville Voltigeurs.

The Team OHL rosters were assembled by a Selection Committee that includes Attack General Manager and member of Hockey Canada’s Program of Excellence Management Group Dale DeGray, and Storm General Manager Mike Kelly.  Both DeGray and Kelly worked in consultation with Hockey Canada Director of Player Personnel Ryan Jankowski.

In 13 years of competition against the Russian National Junior Team, the OHL has a record of 22-3-1 in this series following 2015 victories of 3-0 and 2-1 in Owen Sound and Windsor respectively.

Team OHL Roster – North Bay – November 10

*players competing in both games

Goaltenders (2):
Evan Cormier (Saginaw Spirit)*

Dylan Wells (Peterborough Petes)

Defencemen (5):
Kyle Capobianco (Sudbury Wolves)

Nicolas Hague (Mississauga Steelheads)*
Matt Spencer (Peterborough Petes)
Logan Stanley (Windsor Spitfires)
Mitchell Vande Sompel (Oshawa Generals)

Forwards‎ (11):
Will Bitten (Hamilton Bulldogs)*

Anthony Cirelli (Oshawa Generals)
Jordan Kyrou (Sarnia Sting)*
Adam Mascherin (Kitchener Rangers)*
Brett McKenzie (North Bay Battalion)*
Michael McLeod (Mississauga Steelheads)*
Zachary Senyshyn (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds)*
Givani Smith (Guelph Storm)*
Blake Speers (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds)*
Mitchell Stephens (Saginaw Spirit)*
Gabriel Vilardi (Windsor Spitfires)

Team OHL Roster – Hamilton – November 14

*players competing in both games

Goaltenders (2):
Evan Cormier (Saginaw Spirit)*

Michael McNiven (Owen Sound Attack)

Defencemen (5):
Jacob Friend (Owen Sound Attack)

Nicolas Hague (Mississauga Steelheads)*
Garrett McFadden (Guelph Storm)
Victor Mete (London Knights)
Markus Phillips (Owen Sound Attack)

Forwards (11):
Will Bitten (Hamilton Bulldogs)*

Graham Knott (Niagara IceDogs)
Jordan Kyrou (Sarnia Sting)*
Adam Mascherin (Kitchener Rangers)*
Brett McKenzie (North Bay Battalion)*
Michael McLeod (Mississauga Steelheads)*
Taylor Raddysh (Erie Otters)
Zachary Senyshyn (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds)*
Givani Smith (Guelph Storm)*
Blake Speers (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds)*
Mitchell Stephens (Saginaw Spirit)*

 

Chinese women hit Vancouver for exhibition games

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By Lucas Aykroyd – IIHF.com

The Chinese women’s national team is on a two-pronged mission. They’re eager to qualify for both the 2018 Olympics in PyeongChang, Korea – and even more excited about the 2022 Olympics in their capital city, Beijing. So where better to prepare by playing some exhibition games than Canada, the motherland of hockey?

On 23rd October, the Chinese downed the Pacific Steelers 7-2 at the Richmond Olympic Oval, an Olympic venue about a half-hour drive south of downtown Vancouver. Xin He and Xin Fang staked the visitors to a 2-0 first period lead and the Lady Dragons never looked back.

“I thought it was fun,” said 17-year-old Steelers captain Amy Potomak, who won U18 Women’s World Championship silver with Canada in St. Catharines, Ontario in January. “It was a really cool experience playing against Team China. It was definitely faster than what we’re used to, and a different style of game, especially on the big ice. I think it’s a good opportunity for everyone to see what the national team level is like, how quick it is, and get that experience. I think it’s really motivating for a lot of younger players on our team.”

This was the final installment in the five-game “Harmony Through Hockey” exhibition series in Metro Vancouver between China and local clubs. China lost 4-1 to the University of British Columbia (UBC) Thunderbirds on 17 October, beat the Richmond Devils 2-1 on 18 October, blanked South Fraser TNT 3-0 on 20 October, and defeated the South Coast Women’s Hockey League (SCHWL) Selects 3-1 on 22 October.

The series was organized by the 2015-founded Canada China Sports Foundation.

At UBC, the Chinese players also got an on-ice training session with ex-NHL stars Cliff Ronning and Glenn Anderson. Ronning told CBC News: “The skating ability is amazing with the team, and they’re having fun out there. We’re trying to bring that Canadian passion to the team and a little skill set on shooting. They have great speed. They handle the puck well. It’s just the shooting side of it.”

Much work remains to be done on the current Olympic quest. The Chinese currently sit 16th in the IIHF Women’s World Ranking, behind Latvia and ahead of Hungary. China has not competed at a top-level Women’s World Championship since finishing ninth in 2009 and getting relegated to Division I. The last Olympic appearance for the Chinese women was here in Vancouver. They finished seventh in 2010.

Current head coach Rick Seeley previously coached women’s hockey at Quinnipiac University in Connecticut. It’s a challenge rounding up talent. There are less than 300 registered female players in China, whose population is 1.3 billion.

“It’s going to take a few years, but I think we’ve got the right pieces in place,” said Seeley, a Toronto native. “We’re very young. Our average age is about 19. They’ve come a long way in the year I’ve been with them. I’m pretty excited about the prospects.”

The national team needs worthy successors to former captain Sun Rui, who played at two Olympics and eight Women’s Worlds from 1999 to 2013, and goalie Guo Hong, who was nicknamed “The Great Wall of China” for backstopping her nation to its best finishes ever at the top level, fourth place at the 1998 Olympics in Nagano, Japan, and at the Women’s Worlds in 1994 and 1997.

“We’ve got great leadership,” said Seeley. “Our captain, Baiwei Yu, is our oldest player at 27. The others are mostly 17 to 24. Our top line chipped in the most. Menying Zhang and Minghui Kong are a force. And Xin Fang and Naiyuan Tian on the next line are pretty awesome. All five of our blueliners are playing really solid. If we move the puck like that, we’ll have success for sure.”

China’s next step toward the 2018 Olympics comes at a qualification tournament in Cergy-Pontoise, France from 15 to 18 December. China will face host France, Latvia, and another team to be determined in the six-game round robin. The nation that finishes first will compete in the Final Olympic Qualification phase with two tournaments held in Japan and Switzerland in February 2017.

“I think we have to make tonight’s effort consistent,” said Seeley. “That’s been an issue with us in the past. But we’re building. It’s very encouraging.”

As the site of the final “Harmony Through Hockey” game, the Richmond Olympic Oval was spectacularly fitting in more ways than one. More than 50 percent of Richmond’s population identifies as Chinese. Nearby Alexandra Road, nicknamed “Food Street,” offers more than 200 Asian restaurants in a three-block span, and huge Asian malls grace No. 3 Road.

Known for its spectacular wood wave roof, the Oval hosted long-track speed skating during the 2010 Olympics. Today, the 33,630-square metre venue next to the Fraser River has been converted into a state-of-the-art public fitness centre. It has two Olympic-sized rinks, six hardwood sport courts, and a 200-metre running track, plus a climbing wall, zumba classes, and state-of-the-art fitness equipment. The Richmond Olympic Experience museum showcases Winter Games memorabilia and thrilling interactive exhibits from hockey target shooting to a bobsleigh simulation.

Now, the Chinese women must find a way to thrill their fans by clinching a berth at the next Winter Games. That would be another big step on the road to 2022. Seeley said the Chinese government is on board.

“They’re very focused on it,” said Seeley. “That was one reason they invested in the women’s program, more so than the men’s, starting last year when they got the bid. They want to invest a lot in development too, which is lacking a bit in China in women’s hockey. I feel nothing but support.”

Ice Hockey : How The Indian Team Awaits Recognition At Home

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By Anthony Rozario – The Quint

Groomed in the Himalayas and neglected by the government, India’s budding Ice hockey players are now reeling under the absence of professional training.

In 2015, Zia Rehman Mir scaled new heights as he made his way to the International Ice Hockey Tournament in Kuwait. Hailing from an agrarian family in Kashmir’s Dras (Kargil), the 27-year old athlete would often give up on practice to support his family.

Having failed two earlier attempts, the athlete now requests the local administration to arrange better coaching facilities for the team.

A highly popular sport in Leh, Ice Hockey is hardly on the Indian Sport board’s agenda. The Indian team comprises mostly of Army personnel and residents of Leh, Ladakh, Jammu and Kashmir regions..

Iya Gavrilova ready to start new chapter in CWHL

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By Kristi Patton – The Ice Garden

There is no one better to scrutinize how the CWHL’s Calgary Inferno will do this year than Iya Gavrilova.

Crunching stats and constant evaluation come second nature to her as she splits time in Calgary working for a paycheck as a cost-analyst and for ice time as a rookie with the Clarkson Cup champion Inferno.

“It has crossed my mind that I would like to win a Clarkson Cup. I mean, that is why we are here,” said Gavrilova, who graduated from the University of Calgary last year where she played for the Dinos. “This is a great team and I believe they can go for it again.”

The excitement in her voice to get into her first CWHL game is palpable- Gavrilova didn’t suit up for the Calgary Inferno’s first two games, both wins. However, her analytic mind still has its doubts. On a roster that includes 14 players out of 26 that were invited to the Canadian National Women’s Team Fall Festival (an evaluation camp for upcoming international tournaments such as the 4 Nations Cup Nov. 1 to 5 in Finland) it still hasn’t hit Gavrilova where she fits in. This is despite having a successful career with the Dinos, where she lined up with Inferno teammate Hayley Wickenheiser, won a CIS championship and was named the top female hockey player in the CIS in 2015.

“I don’t know, we will see I guess. There is a lot of good players there so it is an honor to be a part of the Inferno,” said Gavrilova. “I honestly don’t care who I line up with. Everyone is so good that it doesn’t matter. I just hope I can keep up with them.”

A snapshot of her background would lead anyone to believe she will, even if Gavrilova doesn’t just yet. After all, she does have three Olympics (2006, 2010 and 2014) under her skates with the Russian national team. She helped them win a gold medal at the 2015 World University Games (beating Canada) and a bronze at the 2016 IIHF Women’s World Hockey Championship — just the third time in that tournament’s history that Russia has won a medal. The 29-year-old, who has established herself as an elite forward in women’s hockey, has come a long way since she landed in North America barely speaking English in 2008.

Gavrilova played in the NCAA for the University of Minnesota-Duluth under the guidance of Shannon Miller. After one season, where the Bulldogs won the NCAA championship, Gavrilova lost her eligibility. Miller then introduced her to former Canadian Olympian Danielle Goyette, head coach for the U of C Dinos.

“Moving from Russia to America was a life-changer for me,” said Gavrilova. “The approach to the game is so different here. I learned so much from Shannon, and then Danielle has helped me improve as a player, improve my skills and teaching me to play both sides of the ice. I don’t know where I would be without those two.”

Gavrilova said she is still evaluating her own performance as the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics inch closer.

“I am taking it year by year now. I’m getting old, too,” she said with a chuckle. “This league will be all new to me so I will see how it goes and if I do well I will continue on with the national program.”

The ever-so-cautious Gavrilova said she will analyze her play after Christmas, and of course wait to see if she is invited, to determine if she will suit up for Russia at the 2017 IIHF Women’s World Championship in April.

Team WHL Roster Announced

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By WHL

The Western Hockey League, in collaboration with the Canadian Hockey League, Kelowna Rockets, Kamloops Blazers and Hockey Canada, announced the roster for Team WHL which will compete against Team Russia in the 2015 CHL Canada Russia Series.

Team WHL will face Team Russia in Game 1 of the 2015 Canada Russia Series in Kelowna, BC on Monday, November 9th and will continue the series on Tuesday, November 10th with Game 2 in Kamloops, BC. The OHL will host Games 3 and 4 while the QMJHL will conclude the series as hosts for Games 5 and 6.

Team WHL’s roster boasts hometown talent this season. Kamloops, BC products Joe Hicketts (Victoria Royals) and Ryan Gropp (Seattle Thunderbirds) will suit up for Team WHL in Game 2 on November 10th while the Kelowna Rockets will be represented by current Rockets Rourke Chartier and Nick Merkley in Game 1 on November 9th.

The roster also boasts a total of eight first round NHL Draft selections including Jake Debrusk (Swift Current), Mathew Barzal (Seattle), Noah Juulsen (Everett) and Nick Merkley who were chosen in the first round this past year.

Each of the three CHL member Leagues assembled a selection committee, working closely with Hockey Canada, to select the players for this year’s series. This year, Team WHL will once again be coached by 2014 WHL Coach of the Year Dave Lowry (Victoria Royals) who will also serve as head coach for Team Canada at the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship.  Kelly McCrimmon (Brandon Wheat Kings) and Don Hay (Kamloops Blazers) will be the assistant coaches for Team WHL. Scott Hoyer (Kelowna Rockets) and Colin “Toledo” Robinson (Kamloops Blazers) will handle athletic trainer duties for both games.

Should Jake Virtanen (Calgary Hitmen / Vancouver Canucks) be returned to the WHL prior to the start of the series, he will be added to Team WHL’s roster.

Forwards

Player Hometown WHL Club NHL Draft
Barzal, Mathew Coquitlam, BC Seattle Thunderbirds NYI 2015, Round 1, 16th
Bleackley, Conner High River, AB Red Deer Rebels COL 2014, Round 1, 23rd
Chartier, Rourke Saskatoon, SK Kelowna Rockets SJS 2014, Round 5, 149th
DeBrusk, Jake Edmonton, AB Swift Current Broncos BOS 2015, Round 1, 14th
Gropp, Ryan Kamloops, BC Seattle Thunderbirds NYR 2015, Round 2, 41st
Harkins, Jansen North Vancouver, BC Prince George Cougars WPG 2015, Round 2, 47th
Hawryluk, Jayce Roblin, MB Brandon Wheat Kings FLA 2014, Round 2, 32nd
Merkley, Nick Calgary, AB Kelowna Rockets ARI 2015, Round 1, 30th
Patrick, Nolan Winnipeg, BM Brandon Wheat Kings Eligible 2017
Point, Brayden Calgary, AB Moose Jaw Warriors TBL 2014, Round 3, 79th
Pollock, Brett Sherwood Park, AB Edmonton Oil Kings DAL 2014, Round 2, 45th
Quenneville, John Edmonton, AB Brandon Wheat Kings NJD 2014, Round 1, 30th

 

Defencemen

Clague, Kale Lloydminster, AB Brandon Wheat Kings Eligible 2016
Fleury, Haydn Carlyle, SK Red Deer Rebels CAR 2014, Round 1, 7th
Guhle, Brendan Sherwood Park, AB Prince Albert Raiders BUF 2015, Round 2, 51st
Hicketts, Joe Kamloops, BC Victoria Royals DET (Signed as Free Agent)
Juulsen, Noah Abbotsford, BC Everett Silvertips MTL 2015, Round 1, 26th
Sanheim, Travis Elkhorn, MB Calgary Hitmen PHI 2014, Round 1, 17th

 

Goaltenders

Hart, Carter Sherwood Park, AB Everett Silvertips Eligible 2016
Sawchenko, Zach Calgary, AB Moose Jaw Warriors Eligible 2016

 

The schedule for the 2015 Canada Russia Series is as follows:

Game 1 – Monday, November 9 at Kelowna, BC

Game 2 – Tuesday, November 10 at Kamloops, BC

Game 3 – Thursday, November 12 at Owen Sound, ON

Game 4 – Monday, November 16 at Windsor, ON

Game 5 – Tuesday, November 17 at Rouyn-Noranda, QC

Game 6 – Thursday, November 19 at Halifax, NS

The 2015 Canada Russia Series will be nationally broadcasted in its entirety live on Sportsnet and TVA Sports.

Hat trick by Patrik Laine ignites social media

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By NHL.com

The game between the No. 1 and No. 2 picks from the 2016 NHL Draft in Winnipeg on Wednesday did not disappoint.

Patrik Laine, drafted by the Winnipeg Jets with the No. 2 pick, pulled even with Auston Matthews, the No. 1 pick by the Toronto Maple Leafs, as the leading goal-scorer in the NHL with a hat trick.

Laine’s third goal, at 3:40 of overtime, capped Winnipeg’s furious five-goal rally in a 5-4 win against the Maple Leafs and came seconds after Jets goalie Michael Hutchinson stopped Matthews on a breakaway, setting social media ablaze.

The finish, when Matthews was stopped and Laine scored, conjured flashbacks to the time the top two picks of the 2015 NHL Draft faced off. Buffalo Sabres forward Jack Eichel, the No. 2 pick, was stopped on one end, and Edmonton Oilers center Connor McDavid, the No. 1 pick, scored the game-winning goal in a 2-1 overtime victory on March 1 in Buffalo.

Report: List of 30 highest-paid KHLers revealed

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By Luke Fox – Sportnet

Alexander Radulov turned down an opportunity to become the KHL’s highest-paid player in order to join the Montreal Canadiens for $5.75 million this season.

The 30-year-old Russian sniper reportedly turned down an offer from CSKA Moscow that would’ve paid him $7 million U.S. annually and seen him supplant ex-NHLer Ilya Kovalchuk as the KHL’s highest-paid skater.

This information was reported by Sportfakt.ru as part of a list of the 30 highest-paid KHLers and tweeted out in English by KHL reporter Aivis Kalnins — who notes that these numbers do not include bonuses.

Fun timing. SKA St. Petersburg’s Kovlachuk and Pavel Datsyuk ($4.5 million), the league’s top-two salaried stars, combined to score a goal in 11 seconds from face-off Monday:

After a controversial playoff run last spring, Kovalchuk is off to a torrid start with SKA, scoring 29 points in his first 22 games with the league’s top club this season. Datsyuk, the former Red Wings star, is nearing a point-per-game pace as well.

Other notable names on the KHL’s highest-paid list include former Los Angeles Kings defenceman and suspended NHLer Slava Voynov ($4.5 million), St. Louis Blues property Vladimir Sobotka ($3 million), and KHL all-time scoring leader Sergei Mozyakin ($2.177 million).

Valeri Nichushkin left the Dallas Stars this fall after failing to reach an agreement on a new contract as a restricted free agent. The 21-year-old CSKA winger ranks 24th on the list, with a salary of $1.21 million.

Here is the full list, translated via Sportfact.ru:

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Notes

Stratford goalie joins Croatia-based squad coached by Gordie Dwyer, Connor Cameron

Drew MacIntyre has been given a chance to play again. The Stratford goalie is in Croatia after signing a three-month contract with HC Medvescak of the KHL.
MacIntyre, 33, signed a contract in April to play for the Hamburg Freezers in Germany. The team folded in late May, leaving the veteran of 13 professional seasons searching for work.

Wisniewski close to signing in KHL

Former NHL defenceman James Wisniewski is close to signing in the KHL, the deal would be with Barys Astana.
The 32-year-old missed basically the entire 2015-16 season after tearing his ACL in the opener with the Carolina Hurricanes. The team bought out the remainder of his deal (one year) this summer.
Wisniewski has 53 goals and 221 assists over 552 career NHL  games.

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