HF interview with Hockey Canada’s Ryan Jankowski

by Chapin Landvogt
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Ryan Jankowski - Director of Player Personnel, Hockey Canada

Photo: Hockey Canada Director of Player Personnel Ryan Jankowski has previously held positions with the New York Islanders and Montreal Canadiens before taking on his current duties with Canada’s national program (courtesy of Chapin Landvogt)

The establishment of the national hockey programs and the teams that participate at no less than the highly popular World Junior Championship, Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament, and the U18 World Championship (often referred to as the “scouts’ tournament”) is a mammoth job that requires the people behind the scenes to put in all types of hours to sculpt together a group of young players who will best represent their respective nation, always looking to take gold in the process. Read more»

NHL Draft Primer: Wildcats’ Askew among late-round North American options

by David Hahn
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Jarett Meyer - Owen Sound Attack

Photo: Owen Sound Attack defenseman and 2015 prospect Jarrett Meyer stands 6’8″ and weighs 249 pounds, likely making him the largest prospect available for the 2015 NHL Draft (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)

Welcome to an all new series at Hockey’s Future, where over the course of the next six weeks, we’ll take a look at a wide range of prospects hoping to hear their name called in late June at the 2015 NHL Draft. Thanks to NHL Central Scouting, NHL Draft Primer will review select prospects from North America and Europe in this twice-weekly series. Read more»

Prospect Impressions: Neil Doef appearance, Declan Farmer guides U.S. to gold again, trio of AHL and international highlights

by David Hahn
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Steve Moses - Team USA - 2015 IIHF World Championship

Photo: Nashville Predators prospect Steve Moses (#14) is competing for the United States at the 2015 IIHF World Championship (courtesy of Robert Hradil/EQ Images/Icon Sportswire)

While the game of hockey originated with two 1/8th inch blades of steel strapped to two feet, it has evolved to welcome generations of different types of athletes that deserve recognition in their own right. In this week’s Prospect Impressions, Neil Doef makes a heartwarming surprise appearance, while Declan Farmer and the United States sledge hockey team vied for another medal. The United States is also participating in the World Championship, and a former defector showed why he recently earned an NHL contract. In the AHL, a trio of prospects produced must-see individual efforts. concluding a fantastic week of highlights! Read more»

2015 Frozen Four: Providence College rides two late goals to first national championship

by Ken McKenna
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Providence College - 2015 Frozen Four Champions

Photo: The Providence College Friars pose with the National Championship trophy after defeating Boston University by a 4-3 score in the 2015 Frozen Four at TD Garden in Boston, MA (courtesy of Michael Tureski/Icon Sportswire)

It took them 30 years to get back to the championship game, not to mention some much needed puck luck to be in a position to win it, but Providence College finally earned their first National Championship as they defeated Boston University by a 4-3 score at the 2015 NCAA Frozen Four. Read more»

2015 Frozen Four Gallery: Five players to watch for Boston University

by Ken McKenna
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Ahti Oksanen - Boston University

Photo: Boston University defenseman-turned-forward Ahti Oksanen has been a revelation up front, posting 24 goals and 36 points in 39 games this season (courtesy of Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire)

With the 2015 Frozen Four taking place at the TD Garden in Boston, MA, the Boston University Terriers won’t have far to travel to compete in the NCAA championship game. The Terriers will take on the Providence College Friars to decide the college hockey champion for the 2014-15 season. BU has had a big turnaround season, and features a roster laden with quality talent. HF takes a look at five of those talented players in this Frozen Four gallery. Read more»

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