Podkolzin leads WJAC alumni at NHL Draft

From the 10th pick to the 216th, World Junior A Challenge alumni made a little bit of tournament history last weekend at the 2019 NHL Draft in Vancouver. Thirty-three alumni had their names called on Friday and Saturday, the most ever taken in a single year – the old mark of 30 was set at […]

Learning his way through life

There might not be a more cosmopolitan coach in the history of Canadian hockey. If there is, George Kingston has few peers. From Atlanta to San Jose in the National Hockey League and from Norway to Mexico internationally, the 79-year-old has coached, tutored, advised and instructed in the game for over a half century. But […]

Built behind the bench

Contrary to hockey lore, Ken Hitchcock did not start out his legendary career by sharpening skates full-time in his hometown. Of course as a young man selling sporting goods in the early 1970s, he wasn’t exempt from the duty, but it wasn’t his exclusive responsibility. As part of the sales team at United Cycle in […]

The humble warriors

Howie Draper and his staff went online to formulate a group identity that would drive Canada’s National Women’s Under-18 Team to gold at the 2019 IIHF U18 Women’s World Championship. Ideally, the team-building notion would connect to Japanese culture, with the northern city of Obihiro hosting the eight-nation competition. They found their answer by uncovering […]

From Victoria to Nur-Sultan

The 7,096 fans that packed the Barys Arena in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan went rapturous over their boys in blue and gold, who captured the country’s first IIHF World Championship Division I, Group A gold medal on home ice in early May. But the celebrity treatment from the synchronized-chant-generating, percussion-drum-banging crowd was not limited to just the […]

A day in the life

The Niagara IceDogs strive to be a positive and active member of the community, not only in St. Catharines, but throughout the Niagara Region, with players visiting schools and talking to students about the importance of education, teamwork and a healthy lifestyle.   This year the Ontario Hockey League team also started a ‘Just Stop […]

Hockey Day in Moose Lake

The Hockey Canada Skills Academy programs at Frontier Collegiate Institute (Cranberry Portage, Man.) and Frontier Mosakahiken School (Moose Lake, Man.) have come together for a few days of skill development, mini games, creating friendships and an appreciation for Canada’s game. The events bring together more than 60 student-athletes of varying abilities and skill levels, from […]

Building skills and passion

What are two things that Minor Midget stand-outs Ethan Del Mastro (Toronto Marlboros), Connor Punnett (North Central Predators) and Tyson Jugnauth (Okanagan Rockets) have in common? Answer No. 1: All three were drafted in the first round by CHL teams this year. The two-way rearguard Del Mastro was selected 12th overall in the OHL draft […]