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(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 »

(Video) 2015 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament: Sam Steel, Canada

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(Video) 2015 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament: Sam Steel, Canada

Photo: Regina Pats forward Sam Steel is another product of the Sherwood Park (AB) program that has produced a few recent NHL prospects (courtesy of Aaron Bell/CHL Images)

Team Canada lit the lamp in the final game of the preliminary round at the 2015 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament, posting a 9-2 win over Switzerland to finish a perfect 3-0 heading into their semi-final match against Russia. Read more »

2015 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament: Samuel Solensky, Slovakia

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2015 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament: Samuel Solensky, Slovakia

Photo: Team Slovakia forward Samuel Solensky competed for his country at the 2015 U18 World Championship, posting three points in five games at that tourney (courtesy of Chapin Landvogt/HF)

For Team Slovakia captain Samuel Solensky, the 2015 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament has required him to be all he can be, and more. Leading an attack that few are expecting much from, he’s been the go-to guy for Slovakia head coach Anton Bartanus in every important situation. Read more »

(Video) 2015 Ivan Hlinka Tournament: Brett Howden, Canada

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(Video) 2015 Ivan Hlinka Tournament: Brett Howden, Canada

Photo: Moose Jaw Warriors forward Brett Howden competed for Canada at the U18 World Championship in April, posting three points in three games (courtesy of Chapin Landvogt/HF)

So far, so good for Team Canada in their quest to win an eighth straight gold medal at the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament. The Canadians made a 3-0 run through the opening round of the 2015 edition of this event, and will now face Russia on Friday for the right to compete for gold on Saturday. Read more »

(Video) 2015 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament: Livio Stadler, Switzerland

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(Video) 2015 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament: Livio Stadler, Switzerland

Photo: EV Zug defenseman Livio Stadler has competed internationally for Switzerland in previous years, including the U18 World Championship back in April (courtesy of Chapin Landvogt/HF)

The preliminary round for Team Switzerland at the 2015 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament was mostly one to forget. The Swiss dropped all three games, including a 9-2 loss to Canada on Wednesday to close out the opening round. The loss sends Switzerland into the seventh place game against Slovakia. Read more »

(Video) 2015 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament: Dante Fabbro, Canada

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(Video) 2015 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament: Dante Fabbro, Canada

Photo: Team Canada defenseman Dante Fabbro is no stranger to international play as he wore the “A” for Canada Red at last year’s World U-17 Hockey Challenge (courtesy of Aaron Bell/CHL Images)

Team Canada entered the 2015 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament as a strong contender for a gold medal, and they have done little to make anyone think otherwise after three games. Canada went a perfect 3-0 in the preliminary round at this event, finishing that round with a kick after a 9-2 pasting of Switzerland on Wednesday. Read more »

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