Top seeds gain huge advantage in major junior

By: Tim Kolupanowich @TimKolupan_ We’re now in the final week of the Canadian League season and the final playoff spots and matchups in all three major junior leagues are being determined. The Quebec Major Junior League’s Halifax Mooseheads and Ontario League’s London Knights have secured the top spot in their respective leagues while the Western […]

Plymouth the best of OHL’s west

By: Chris Messina @cmessina85 Who’s the best in the Ontario Hockey League’s Western Conference? The London Knights have won the regular season crown already, but that doesn’t mean they are the best team today. They are really good, but so are the Plymouth Whalers. The Whalers are red-hot right now having won 12 of 13 […]

Ducks, Blackhawks, Rocket most improved teams this season

By: Tim Kolupanowich @TimKolupan_ The NHL is nearing its halfway point while the major junior and minor leagues are starting to get their playoff pictures in order. Like every year, teams rise and fall, but some much more than others and this season, no team has improved their fortunes more than the Anaheim Ducks who […]

U.S. NTDP, Windsor Spitfires best at producing NHL players in recent years

By: Tim Kolupanowich @TimKolupan_ When it comes to producing top talent in recent years, no team has churned out more young NHLers than the U.S. National Team Development Program. Looking at all the players who played at least one game this year who were 23 or younger when the season started and what team there were […]

Jones or MacKinnon: Who should go first overall?

By: Chris Messina @cmessina85 Seth Jones or Nathan MacKinnon? That is the question for the team picking first in this June’s NHL draft. Teams still have several months to make up their to decide, but with all the different independent scouting agencies releasing their mid-season rankings not long ago, the debate has heated up once […]

Two Ontario League games added to 2013 Winter Classic schedule

By: Tim Kolupanowich, Executive Editor @TimKolupan_ The festivities for the 2013 Winter Classic being held in Detroit keep growing larger. Two days ago it was announced there would be two alumni games featuring 100 past greats from two storied, Original Six francises the hometown Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs on Dec. 31 in Comerica […]

Three leagues, four teams, ten days, one title: the Memorial Cup

After another exciting and story-filled season of major junior hockey, four teams are now preparing to do battle for the Canadian League’s most prestigious title: the Memorial Cup. Hosted by the Quebec’s Shawinigan Cataractes, the “Mem Cup” will also feature the defending champion Saint John Sea Dogs (also of the QMJHL), the OHL-champion London Knights, and last […]

Blay: IceDogs fighting for life in Game 5 of OHL Final

Jeff Blay, Executive Editor @JeffBlay Just three periods away from elimination, the Niagara IceDogs head into Friday’s Game 5 battle with the London Knights, fighting for their postseason lives. As of Game 1 of the OHL Final, it seemed as if the series could have gone either way – Niagara took a 1-0 series lead […]

QMJHL Final

The Saint John Sea Dogs are two wins away from heading back to the Memorial Cup final, to be held from May 18 to 27 in Shawinigan, Quebec. They are facing the Rimouski Oceanic for the President’s Cup final, the third consecutive season the Sea Dogs have advanced to the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League […]

Rennie: WHL Final preview; Ty Rattie, playoff MVP history and, Jewel?

Scott Rennie, Managing Editor @scott_rennie Maybe all we’ll remember about Ty Rattie is that he’s named after the bull riding champion who is married to Jewel. Though that’s an absolutely true fact, it’s a weird thing to say, because the Portland Winterhawks winger has followed up a phenomenal 2011-12 season with a whatever-is-better-than-phenomenal playoff — […]

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