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from David Albright of ESPN,
His nickname is Ghost.
Without a doubt the Minnesota Golden Gophers and their fans will be seeing Shayne Gostisbehere in their nightmares for a long time to come, while the Philadelphia Flyers and their fans hope to be seeing a lot more of him in their future. (Is he available for Sunday's regular-season finale against Carolina?)
The junior defenseman from Margate, Fla., the lone NHL draft pick (third round, 2012) on the Union College (32-6-4) hockey roster, was everywhere on the ice on Saturday night at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia. He piloted a one-time laughingstock of college hockey to its first national championship after a decisive 7-4 win over Minnesota (28-7-6).
Below, watch John Buccigross and Barry Melrose of ESPN recap the game...
Here is a nice feature on Gaudreau...
Plus, the Calgary Flames just signed Johnny Gaudreau...
from Adam Kimelman of NHL.com,
After one of the more dramatic nights in NCAA hockey history, the Union College and University of Minnesota hockey teams were back at work Friday, trying to put the celebrations and memories behind them.
"I think when you wake up this morning, you realize that you're playing for a national title and you better get your mind ready to go," said Minnesota center Kyle Rau, a Florida Panthers prospect who assisted on both Gophers goals in their 2-1 win against the University of North Dakota on Thursday. "Because if you're not, you're going to lay an egg."
from Craig Bennett of USA TODAY,
A preview of the 2014 Frozen Four, at Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia
Schedule: Semifinals — Thursday, Boston College vs. Union, 5 p.m. ET (ESPN2) and Minnesota vs. North Dakota, 8:30 p.m. ET (ESPN2); Championship — Thursday's winners, 7:30 p.m. ET (ESPN).
A quick look at the teams:
TSN with information on their coverage of the Frozen Four.
Josh Ho-Sang is draft eligible and could be a high round pick.
He will serve the suspension at the start of the 2014-15 season.
from Mike Morreale of NHL.com,
In a year when projecting the best player eligible for the 2014 NHL Draft might be as stern a challenge as it's ever been, Kingston Frontenacs center Samuel Bennett was the desired choice from start to finish in the minds of the gurus at NHL Central Scouting.
Bennett, considered the top player by Central Scouting in its midterm ranking in January, again is No. 1 on the final list of the top draft-eligible skaters in North America. Central Scouting on Tuesday released its final rankings of the top North American and European skaters and goalies.
Rounding out the top five in North America are: No. 2 Aaron Ekblad of the Barrie Colts; No. 3 Sam Reinhart of the Kootenay Ice; No. 4 Leon Draisaitl of the Prince Albert Raiders; and No. 5 Michael Dal Colle of the Oshawa Generals.
Bob Nicholson, the longtime president and CEO of Hockey Canada is stepping down effective June 1.
Nicholson informed his staff and the Hockey Canada board of his decision today after several days of contemplating his future.
With long-term sponsorship and television agreements in place and Hockey Canada believed to be both structurally and financially strong, the timing of Nicholson's decision, following Olympic Gold in mens and womens hockey in Sochi, makes sense.
Nicholson is expected to maintain his position as vice president of the IIHF and his departure from Hockey Canada will also likely spark speculation of potential NHL interest.
It's believed Hockey Canada will conduct a search as part of the process to replace Nicholson, however, Hockey Canada C.O.O, Scott Smith is considered the frontrunner for the job.
from Stephen Whyno of the CP at CTV,
"I think that if more Canadian families were exposed to what college can do -- as parents for your kid socially, athletically and academically ... I think more people would be doing it," said University of Denver coach Jim Montgomery, a Montreal native who went to Maine and ended up playing 122 NHL games.
One opportunity for exposure is the NCAA tournament, which begins Friday and includes 109 Canadian players. There are 35 players from Ontario, 35 from British Columbia, 18 from Alberta and seven each from Quebec, Manitoba and Saskatchewan.
Many of those players are trying to follow in the footsteps of several successful Canadian NHLers who went to college, including four members of the gold-medal-winning Sochi Olympic team: Jonathan Toews (North Dakota), Martin St. Louis (Vermont), Patrick Sharp (Vermont) and Chris Kunitz (Ferris State).
Among the 945 players to see NHL action this season, 100 were Canadians who played at a U.S. college....
"There's no wrong path," Phoenix Coyotes assistant general manager Brad Treliving said. "I think as a Canadian guy you grew up and you're around major junior hockey more, so ... you're closer to it than you are U.S. colleges, but, jeez, there's no wrong answer. It's an individual choice and there's benefits to both."
Duncan McCue explores how hockey provided an outlet for many Aboriginals in the country's residential school system.
CALGARY, Alta. – Hockey Canada announced Wednesday that Rob Blake (Simcoe, Ont.) has been named general manager of Canada’s National Men’s Team for the 2014 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship, which will be held May 9-25, 2014 in Minsk, Belarus.
Blake will lead a management group comprised of Ron Hextall (Brandon, Man./Philadelphia, NHL), Hockey Canada’s vice-president of hockey operations Brad Pascall (Coquitlam, B.C.) and Brad Treliving (Penticton, B.C./Phoenix, NHL), who will serve as assistant general managers.
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