What began so well, became so empty. Despite losing key forward William Nylander (TOR) in the very first game of the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship – a player who many expected to be the absolute star of the event – Sweden managed to battle and convincingly earn its way to an undefeated first place finish in preliminary round play with a clear 8-3 win over Switzerland and 5-0 victory over Denmark, as well as two very special victories over the North American contingent with a 1-0 victory over the U.S. and a confident 5-2 win over the Canadians. Read more»
There will be fireworks this holiday season at the 2016 World Junior Championship in Helsinki, and hockey pundits are certain: Team Sweden will be responsible for many of them!
For the national program itself, it is time to clear the slate after Finland crashed Sweden’s home country party at the 2014 World Junior Championship in Malmo, Sweden, where Finland triumphed on a Rasmus Ristolainen overtime goal in the gold medal game. Read more»
Mikko Rantanen turned 19 on Oct. 29th. Instead of spending his birthday in the NHL, however, he was gearing up for a California road trip in the AHL. The first round pick began the 2015-16 season with the Colorado Avalanche but, after going pointless through six games, was sent down to the San Antonio Rampage of the AHL. Read more»
Through the first six weeks of the 2015-16 American Hockey League (AHL) season, four teams in the Eastern Conference have separated themselves from the rest of the group. The top two teams in the East – the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins and Toronto Marlies – have done so with extraordinary play in opposite regards, with one team (Toronto) lighting the lamp at an alarming rate and the other (Wilkes-Barre/Scranton) playing stalwart defense. Read more»