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(Video) 2015 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament: Pierre-Luc Dubois, Canada

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(Video) 2015 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament: Pierre-Luc Dubois, Canada

Photo: Team Canada poses for the traditional team shot after they defeated Sweden 7-3 to win the gold medal game at the 2015 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament (courtesy of Chapin Landvogt/HF)

If it’s early August, it must mean another golden moment for Team Canada at the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament. The Canadians rode a four-goal first period to a 7-3 win over Sweden at the 2015 edition of this U18 tournament, their eighth consecutive gold medal at this event. Read more »

(Video) 2015 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament: Alexander Nylander, Sweden

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(Video) 2015 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament: Alexander Nylander, Sweden

Photo: Team Sweden forward Alexander Nylander competed for AIK in the 2014-15, but could move to North America for the 2015-16 season (courtesy of Chapin Landvogt/HF)

Team Sweden forward Alexander Nylander came into the 2015 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament as a player that was expected to create some offense for his team at this event. While Nylander was relatively quiet in the preliminary round of the tournament, he was the offensive catalyst in Sweden’s semifinal win over Finland. Read more »

(Video) 2015 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament: Filip Gustavsson, Sweden

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(Video) 2015 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament: Filip Gustavsson, Sweden

Photo: Lulea goaltender Filip Gustavsson has prior international experience with Team Sweden, including last year’s World U-17 Hockey Challenge (courtesy of Chapin Landvogt/HF)

While William Fallstrom may have been the scoring hero for Team Sweden in their semifinal win over Finland at the 2015 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament, the player that held things together for the Swedes for much of the game was goaltender Filip Gustavsson. Read more »

(Video) 2015 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament: William Fallstrom, Sweden

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(Video) 2015 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament: William Fallstrom, Sweden

Photo: Team Sweden forward William Fallstrom competed for Drugardens IF in the 2014-15 season, and will eventually move to North America to play NCAA hockey in 2017 (courtesy of Chapin Landvogt/HF)

Team Sweden needed a hero in their semifinal matchup against Finland at the 2015 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament, and, with a little over 13 minutes left in regulation time, they found one in the form of forward William Fallstrom. Fallstrom tipped home a point shot by Alexander Nylander to give Sweden the 2-1 lead, a lead that would hold up for the remainder of the game. Read more »

(Video) 2015 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament: Jacob Cederholm, Sweden

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(Video) 2015 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament: Jacob Cederholm, Sweden

Photo: Team Sweden defenseman Jacob Cederholm is serving as team captain for the Swedes at the 2015 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament (courtesy of Chapin Landvogt/HF)

Team Sweden faced off against archrival Finland in the semifinals of the 2015 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament on Friday, posting a hard-fought 2-1 win over the Finns to advance to the gold medal game against Canada. Read more »

(Video) 2015 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament: Nolan Patrick, Canada

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(Video) 2015 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament: Nolan Patrick, Canada

Photo: Team Canada forward Nolan Patrick won the Jim Piggott Memorial Trophy as the WHL’s Rookie of the Year in the 2015-15 season (courtesy of Chapin Landvogt/HF)

Team Canada made a 3-0 run through the opening round of the 2015 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament to secure today’s semifinal showdown with Russia. The Canadians have put forth a mostly balanced attack in this year’s tournament, with no one player being the go-to person when a game is on the line. Read more »

2015 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament: Otto Somppi, Finland

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2015 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament: Otto Somppi, Finland

Photo: Team Finland forward Otto Somppi competed for Jokerit’s U20 squad in 2014-15 but will be heading to North America to compete in the QMJHL in 2015-16 (courtesy of Dennis Pajot/Getty Images)

A quick and shifty youngster who definitely has an affinity for playmaking, Otto Somppi is here at the 2015 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament centering the second line for Team Finland, who won their first three games in the preliminary round but dropped a 2-1 decision against Sweden in Friday’s semifinal match. Read more »

2015 NHL Draft: Nashville Predators draft review

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2015 NHL Draft: Nashville Predators draft review

Photo: For the second year in a row, the Nashville Predators took a Russian-born prospect with their second-round pick: Gatineau’s Yakov Trenin brings skill and some needed size to the system. (courtesy of Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

Coming off a season in which the Nashville Predators exceeded expectations — challenging for the top spot in the Central Division for much of the season and then giving eventual Stanley Cup champion Chicago all it could handle in the first round — Nashville entered the 2015 NHL Draft looking to add depth to its core group. Read more »

(Video) 2015 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament: Kale Clague, Canada

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(Video) 2015 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament: Kale Clague, Canada

Photo: Brandon Wheat Kings defenseman Kale Clague wore the captain’s “C” for Canada Black at the 2014 World U-17 Hockey Challenge (courtesy of Aaron Bell/CHL Images)

A balanced offensive attack combined with solid defensive play has propelled Team Canada to the semi-finals of the 2015 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament. The Canadians will now meet up with a country whom they normally cross paths with as the games become more important, their rivals from Russia. Read more »

(Video) 2015 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament: Kailer Yamamoto, USA

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(Video) 2015 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament: Kailer Yamamoto, USA

Photo: Team USA forward competed for the Los Angeles Junior Kings’ U16 squad before joining the Spokane Chiefs of the WHL for the 2014-15 season (courtesy of Chapin Landvogt/HF)

After dropping their first two games at the 2015 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament, Team USA posted a 7-3 win over Slovakia to close out the preliminary round and head into the playoff round on a high note. Unfortunately, the playoff battle will be for the right to finish fifth and out of the money, an outcome the U.S. was surely hoping to avoid. Read more »

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