2020 NHL Draft: 15 Risers From Hlinka Gretzky Cup

The Hlinka Gretzky Cup always impacts my preseason rankings for the NHL draft. This year was no exception, with several prospects on the rise for 2020 thanks to their performances at that best-on-best showcase to start the draft year. Others improved their stock, even if they didn’t rise much in my rankings. That includes the […]

Hlinka Gretzky Cup: Canada Dethroned By Russia Thanks To Goaltender

Alexander Pashin kept his hot hand but Yaroslav Askarov was the real hero for Russia in dethroning Canada with a 3-2 victory in the gold-medal game of the Hlinka Gretzky Cup. Askarov was amazing in making 35 saves and Pashin scored twice — including what stood up as the winner — after previously netting a […]

Hlinka Gretzky Cup: Canada Shades Sweden in Semifinal Shootout

Cole Perfetti finally got his hat trick — as part of an incredible five-goal game, two in regulation and three more in the shootout — in lifting Canada to a 3-2 win over Sweden in the semifinals of the Hlinka Gretzky Cup in Breclav, Czech Republic. It was shades of Jonathan Toews from 2007 as […]

Hlinka Gretzky Cup: Canada Proves Too Powerful For Host Czechs

Canada stayed unbeaten — and nearly stayed unblemished — in downing the host Czech Republic 7-1 in Wednesday’s round-robin finale at the Hlinka Gretzky Cup. Quinton Byfield led Canada with his first two goals of the tournament, including what stood up as the winner. Cole Perfetti, with his tournament-leading fifth, Hendrix Lapierre, with his third, […]

Romania’s Andrea Kurkó Is No Quitter

Not all hockey players have the same opportunities – no matter how much passion, talent or desire they may have. To narrow it down further than that, not all women’s hockey players have the same opportunities. And to narrow it further still, not all women’s hockey players have the same opportunities due namely to the […]

Remembering Viktor Tikhonov: A Hockey Legend

report this ad Most North American hockey observers remember Viktor Tikhonov as a harsh taskmaster, who ruled over his players like a drill sergeant, barking out orders and letting them know who was in charge. Underneath that gruff exterior was a brilliant hockey mind who laid the groundwork for one of the prominent international hockey […]

Top-10 Finns of the 1980s

When Matti Hagman debuted for the Boston Bruins on Oct. 7, 1976, he became the first Finnish-trained and Finnish-born player to play in the NHL. In a North American career that lasted four seasons, Hagman’s play would subsequently open the floodgates for Finland to offer up talented players to the league for decades to come. […]

NHL Network’s Stephen Nelson Talks World Juniors

With the 2019 World Junior Championship getting underway Dec. 26, NHL Network will be televising all Team USA games of the tournament and 28 games in total. While familiar faces Dave Starman and Jill Savage will be returning for another year of coverage together, the man assuming the reigns on the call is primed for […]