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Chris Drury Named GM Of 2019 U.S. Men’s National Team

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Chris Drury, currently in his third year as assistant general manager of the NHL’s New York Rangers and general manager of the Rangers’ AHL affiliate Hartford Wolf Pack, will serve as general manager of the 2019 U.S. Men’s National Team it was announced today by USA Hockey.

Drury will be assisted by the U.S. Men’s National Team Advisory Group, led by John Vanbiesbrouck, assistant executive director of USA Hockey, and including NHL general managers David PoileDon WaddellRay SheroDale TallonStan BowmanJeff Gorton and Paul Fenton.

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Video- Hrudey’s Take

via Sportsnet,

Kelly Hrudey and Ron MacLean honour Bob Ridley after his induction into the Alberta Hockey Hall of Fame, and pay their respects to Ted Lindsay after the late legend has passed.


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College Free Agents Who Could Sign With An NHL Team

from Mike G. Morreale of NHL.com,

NHL.com takes a look at some of the top college free agents (in alphabetical order) who could be the next to sign with an NHL team:

Robert 'Bobo' Carpenter, F, Boston University

The son of former NHL forward Bobby Carpenter, Robert has 19 points (10 goals, nine assists) in 22 games and is a co-captain. Carpenter (5-foot-11, 200 pounds), who turns 23 on Aug. 16, attended development camps with the New York Islanders and New Jersey Devils last summer.

"The way he goes about his business, the guys can watch and pick up on how intense he is and how serious he is every day," Boston University coach Albie O'Connell said. "He's one of the first guys on the ice and one of the last guys off the ice."

10 more players...

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Video- Minnesota High School Hockey Hair

via NHL.com's YouTube page,

Players at the MSHSL Boys' State Hockey Tournament show off their incredible haircuts and over-the-top hairstyles during introductions. Courtesy of 45TV/prep45.com.


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Meet Hector Majul

from Tal Pinchevsky of the New York Times,

Perhaps the only thing more unusual than being a Mexican in Lithuania is being a Mexican hockey player in Lithuania.

So the general astonishment that has greeted Hector Majul since his arrival in Vilnius, the Lithuanian capital, in late November does not surprise him.

At 24, he is a forward for the Hockey Punks, one of four teams in the country’s largely unknown professional league. That move was another unforeseen step on an unconventional hockey path, which shifted when Majul was deported to Mexico during his college career in the United States.

“He is an impressive skater,” said Boris Dorozhenko, Majul’s childhood coach and mentor. “The only problem for him was always his Mexican citizenship.”

Like a growing number of international athletes who want to pursue careers in the United States, Majul found that his immigration status — and what some view as suddenly stringent enforcement of technicalities — had become a major impediment.


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Video- Hockey Names Of Saskatchewan

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Steve Langdon’s Only NHL Point Came While Wearing Bobby Orr’s Hockey Pants

from Leo Roth of the Democrat & Chronicle,

During his five seasons with the Rochester Amerks, newest Hall of Famer Steve Langdon played 11 games in the NHL with the parent Boston Bruins

His NHL debut on April 3, 1975 against the Buffalo Sabres could not have been more memorable.

Called up that morning by Bruins coach Don Cherry, it took Langdon and trainer Nate Agnello four hours to make the hour-and-a-half trip to downtown Buffalo due to a major snowstorm.

o Langdon’s relief, the game was delayed and they beat the Bruins to the arena.

Needing gear in Bruins’ colors, Langdon got a helmet here, a pair of gloves there. He even was tossed a pair of spare pants to wear that belonged to none other than Bobby Orr.

With Boston short players, Cherry used Langdon with Andre Savard and Don Marcotte on a regular shift. They often found themselves paired against the French Connection, the Sabres' famed line of Gil Perreault, Rick Martin and Rene Robert.

“I played the whole game trying to cover Rick Martin,’’ Langdon said....

“I was behind the goal line, and Jim Schoenfeld rams me into boards,’’ Langdon said. “The puck was there, I kicked it behind the net to Don Marcotte, he tries to center it out, and it hits the goalie (Gerry Desjardins) on his pad or skate and goes in the net - from behind the goal line. That was a perfect assist I gave him.’’

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Should Paul Henderson Be In The HHOF?

from Ken Campbell of The Hockey News,

Let’s have a conversation about Paul Henderson and the Hockey Hall of Fame. A lot of people, including the Members of Parliament in Canada who unanimously voted to pass a motion to urge the Hall of Fame to enshrine him, think he belongs in it along with the game’s greatest players.

Sure, let’s induct Paul Henderson. And while we’re at it, we’d better find room for Jack McCartan, Roger and Billy Christian, Mike Eruzione, Robert Reichel, Petr Svoboda, Sandra Whyte-Sweeney and, after she retires, Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson. Start a campaign for those eight to be inducted and your trusty correspondent will yell for Henderson’s inclusion from the highest hilltops. Otherwise, it’s simply a case of Canadians thinking their accomplishments in the hockey world are more important than those of players from other countries.

Because all those people either scored goals or made saves that were every bit as important as the three game-winning goals Henderson tallied in Games 6, 7 and 8 of the 1972 Summit Series. More important, actually, because all their achievements were accomplished on the world’s biggest stage and resulted in gold medals, rather than in an exhibition tournament that raised money for the NHL pension fund and allowed Canadians to continue to puff out their chests over their so-called world dominance because they had defeated the Commies by the slimmest of margins.


Watch the Henderson goal below, Foster Hewitt with the call.

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Mid-Season NHL Draft Rankings

from Bob McKenzie of TSN,

It is the Jack Hughes Draft.


Amid speculation that perhaps the star American’s grip on No. 1 status for the 2019 NHL draft was in question after the World Junior Championship, the 5-foot-10-1/4, 168-pound centre remains the unanimous No. 1 on TSN’s Mid-Season NHL Draft Rankings.

Just as he was on TSN’s Pre-Season Rankings in September.

Each of the 10 NHL scouts surveyed by TSN this week had Hughes at No. 1 on their list. Ten for 10.

But that doesn’t mean there hasn’t been some closing of what started this season as a considerable gap between Hughes and the rest of the 2019 draft class.

“We still have Hughes at No. 1,” one NHL scout said, “but he’s No. 1 within a group of five or six. At the start of the season, Hughes was in a group by himself. He has company now.”

Many of the scouts surveyed said the strong play of Finnish forward Kaapo Kakko, who scored the gold-medal winning goal at the WJC, and Russian forward Vasili Podkolzin, who played a prominent role in Russia’s bronze-medal performance at the WJC, represent a challenge of sorts to Hughes.

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Central Scouting Midterm Rankings

from Mike G. Morreale of NHL.com,

Jack Hughes of USA Hockey's National Team Development Program under-18 team is No. 1 in NHL Central Scouting's midterm ranking of the top North American skaters eligible for the 2019 NHL Draft.

Central Scouting revealed its midterm rankings of the top North American and International skaters and goaltenders Monday. The 2019 draft will be held at Rogers Arena in Vancouver on June 21-22.

Hughes, a 5-foot-10, 168-pound center, is the first skater currently playing for the NTDP to be ranked No. 1 on the North American list by Central Scouting since defenseman Erik Johnson was No. 1 in the midterm and final rankings for the 2006 NHL Draft. Johnson was chosen No. 1 by the St. Louis Blues.


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