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Under-18 Men’s World Championship Coverage Of Team USA Starts This Morning On The NHL Network

via a press release on April 6th

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - USA Hockey announced today that NHL Network will televise live every Team USA matchup at the 2018 International Ice Hockey Federation Under-18 Men's World Championship that begins Thursday, April 19, in Chelyabinsk and Magnitogorsk, Russia. NHL Network is the exclusive U.S. TV home for the entire IIHF Under-18 Men’s World Championship.

The tournament, which runs through April 29, features 10 nations. Team USA, which has earned gold in seven of the last nine world championships (2009, 20010, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2017), opens play against Canada on Thursday (April 19) at 10:30 a.m. ET.

The live schedule of Team USA matchups scheduled to air on NHL Network are as follows:

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2018 Final Draft Rankings Released By NHL Central Scouting

TORONTO (April 16, 2018) – Defenseman Rasmus Dahlin of Frolunda in the Swedish Hockey League and right wing Andrei Svechnikov of the Ontario Hockey League’s Barrie Colts maintained their No. 1 ranking among International and North American Skaters, respectively, as the NHL Central Scouting Bureau today released its final rankings for the 2018 NHL Draft.

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10 NHL Players Are Named To Team Sweden

via Martin Merk of IIHF.com,

10 NHL players committed to join the men’s national team for the Worlds in their country’s neighbourhood when the largest annual winter-sport event will come to Denmark for the first time ever. Among them are also returnees Oliver Ekman-Larsson and John Klingberg.

Goaltender: Anders Nilsson (Vancouver Canucks).

Defencemen: Oliver Ekman-Larsson (Arizona Coyotes), John Klingberg (Dallas Stars), Erik Gustafsson (Chicago Blackhawks), Adam Larsson (Edmonton Oilers).

Forwards: Mika Zibanejad (New York Rangers), Mikael Backlund (Calgary Flames), Jacob de la Rose (Montreal Canadiens), Johan Larsson (Buffalo Sabres), Magnus Paajarvi (Ottawa Senators).

The roster will be completed with Swedish players from European clubs and with potential other NHL players the team management is in discussion.

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Hockey Canada Names First 18 Players For The World Championship

from Hockey Canada,

Hockey Canada confirmed its initial 2018 IIHF World Championship roster. The first 18 players named to compete with Team Canada May 4-20 in Copenhagen and Herning, Denmark, include six players who were part of at least one of the last three medal-winning teams.

The initial roster was confirmed following the close of the NHL regular season, and includes:

  • Goaltender: Darcy Kuemper (Saskatoon, Sask./Arizona) 
  • Defencemen: Thomas Chabot (Sainte-Marie-de-Beauce, Que./Ottawa), Vince Dunn(Lindsay, Ont./St. Louis), Joel Edmundson (Brandon, Man./St. Louis), Aaron Ekblad(Windsor, Ont./Florida), Darnell Nurse (Hamilton, Ont./Edmonton), Colton Parayko(St. Albert, Alta./St. Louis) and Ryan Pulock (Dauphin, Man./New York Islanders)
  • Forwards: Mathew Barzal (Coquitlam, B.C./New York Islanders), Anthony Beauvillier (Sorel-Tracy, Que./New York Islanders), Jordan Eberle (Regina, Sask./New York Islanders), Bo Horvat (Rodney, Ont./Vancouver), Connor McDavid(Newmarket, Ont./Edmonton), Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (Burnaby, B.C./Edmonton), Brayden Schenn (Saskatoon, Sask./St. Louis), Jaden Schwartz (Wilcox, Sask./St. Louis), Ryan O’Reilly (Varna, Ont./Buffalo) and Jean-Gabriel Pageau(Ottawa/Ottawa)

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Hockey Sticks Left On The Porch For The Humboldt Broncos

from Jenna Moon of the Toronto Star,

First, Canadians shared their shock and sympathy for the victims of the horrific Humboldt Bronco’s bus crash Friday evening. Now, they’re sharing their jerseys and hockey sticks.

Across social media, hundreds of photos have appeared, all with the same haunting image: a hockey stick, or several, leaned up against the front door. In some, the porch light is on, in others, candles flicker, illuminating a touching tribute to 15 lost lives.

TSN broadcaster Brian Munz, himself a Humboldt native, first tweeted about the tribute Sunday evening. He included a text message from a friend. “Leaving it out on the porch tonight,” the message reads. It follows a photo of a lone hockey stick, which rests against a door frame.

“The boys might need it ... wherever they are.”

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Hockey Canada Names Their Coaching Staff For World Championship

CALGARY, Alta. – Hockey Canada announced the Team Canada coaching staff for the 2018 IIHF World Championship, scheduled for May 4-20 in Copenhagen and Herning, Denmark.

Bill Peters (Three Hills, Alta./Carolina, NHL) has been named head coach of Canada’s National Men’s Team, the second time he will serve in the role, while Mike Yeo (North Bay, Ont./St. Louis, NHL) will serve as associate coach and Bob Boughner (Windsor, Ont./Florida, NHL) as assistant coach.

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A Vigil In Humboldt

from the CP at TSN,

Thousands gathered to remember 15 people who died when the Humboldt Broncos' bus crashed late last week and heard a heart-rending recollection from the team chaplain who happened upon the gruesome scene and heard sounds of the dying.

"We travelled up and arrived at the scene ... and walked up on a scene I never want to see again," Pastor Sean Brandow told a vigil held Sunday night in the Saskatchewan junior hockey team's home arena. "To sounds I never want to hear again."

He said he felt at a loss as emergency crews worked to save those they could. And then it got worse.

"To go to the hospital and walk around and just hear groaning and panic and fear and distress and pain and just nothing but darkness," he said.

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Below, an 1 1/2 hour video of the vigil.

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Terrible News Regarding The Humboldt Broncos

from the StarPhoenix,

Rescue efforts are underway on a Saskatchewan highway after a semi collided with a passenger bus carrying members of the Humboldt Broncos hockey team.

Nipawin RCMP said there are fatalities and a number of injuries, but were unable to confirm how many....

Myles Shumlanski, father of Broncos player Nick Shumlanski, said he got a call from his son and they picked him up.

“It’s only a quarter-mile from our house,” he said.

“There are casualties and it’s very bad. We were at the scene helping,” Shumlanski said.

“It was a disaster,” he said. “We had a crane lifting the bus.”

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added 6:44am 4/7/18, The update is devasting,

Fourteen people were killed Friday when the bus they were in — carrying the Humboldt Broncos junior hockey team — collided with a semi-trailer unit north of Tisdale.

Fourteen others on the bus were injured, three critically.

The RCMP is not confirming the identity of the victims at this time, including whether the deceased are players or coaches. There was no immediate word on the driver of the semi.

The link above will take you to the updated information.

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Notre Dame Will Face Minnesota Duluth In The Finals Of The Frozen Four

from George Sipple of the Detroit Free Press,

Michigan's season ended in heartbreaking fashion.

Notre Dame captain Jake Evans scored with 5.2 seconds left to break a 3-3 tie. Evans took a pass from Cam Morrison and beat Michigan goaltender Hayden Lavigne five-hole.

Michigan lost, 4-3, on Thursday night in a Frozen Four semifinal at the Xcel Energy Center. 

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Watch the late, game winning goal below.

In the other semi-final game, Minnesota Duluth defeated Ohio State 2-1.

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Why Have No Current NHL Players Competed in the Winter Olympics?

By Ian,

The 2018 winter Olympics has not long finished and one of the questions that remains unanswered is “why have no current NHL players competed for their countries?”. There’s talk that NHLers have ruined the tournament because fans have paid so much money to watch their pro countrymen battle it on the ice and none of the real stars have bothered to show. Of course, we’ve still got former NHL players competing this year like Brian Gionta and Pavel Datzyuk, and we’ve also got potential future NHL stars in Jordan Greenway, but absolutely no current NHL stars to be seen. Below we’ll look at some of the reasons why.

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