2015 World Championship: Interviews with rivals Matthias Plachta, Michael Raffl

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Matthias Plachta - Team Germany - 2015 IIHF World Championship

Photo: Mannheim Adler forward Matthias Plachta (L) was one of the more effective forwards for Team Germany at the 2015 IIHF World Championship, helping that country avoid relegation for next year’s tournament (courtesy of Martin Rose/Getty Images)

Winger Matthias Plachta, 22, is coming off a championship season with Mannheim Adler of the German DEL in which he had a total of 19 goals, 44 points and a +20 rating over 62 games. At 6’2” and 205 pounds, the national team winger has been gaining international attention while contributing two goals to the very low-scoring German effort at this tournament. Read more»

2015 U18 World Championship: Pantkowski, Eder hoping Germany can avoid relegation

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Team Germany - 2015 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship

Team Germany needs to win the final two games of their relegation round series at the 2015 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship to avoid being dropped to the next lowest division.

As was expected pre-tournament, Team Germany is locked in a relegation round battle at the 2015 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship with Latvia. Germany finds themselves on the brink of relegation to Division I, Group A as a result of a 5-3 loss to Latvia in the first game of a best-of-three series. Latvia can retain class with a win on Friday. Read more»

2015 U18 World Championship Preview: Germany hopes to avoid relegation playoff

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Team Germany - 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship

Photo: Team Germany’s entry at the 2015 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship will be looking to avoid the fate that befell that country’s U20 squad, namely relegation to Division I Group A (courtesy of Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)

Two years ago in Sochi, Russia, forward Leon Draisaitl was the reason many were very excited about seeing Team Germany play. And despite having to carry an unsuspecting cast on his back, just getting Germany to the playoffs, where they bowed out to host Russia in the first round with an 8-4 loss, was something he practically did on his own. Read more»

2015 NHL Draft: McDavid, Eichel locked into top slots, Strome just behind in ISS Hockey’s April rankings

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Connor McDavid and Dylan Strome - Erie Otters

Photo: Erie Otters forwards Connor McDavid (R) and Dylan Strome (L) are ranked #1 and #3 respectively in the ISS Hockey April rankings for the 2015 NHL Draft (courtesy of Aaron Bel/OHL Images and Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

There are no surprises at the very top of ISS Hockey’s April rankings for the 2015 NHL Draft, but there was some movement outside the top two positions. Read more»

2015 NHL Draft: Marner breaks into a top 5 that otherwise remains unchanged in the March ISS Hockey rankings

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Jack Eichel - Boston University - 2015 Beanpot Tournament Championship

Photo: Boston University forward and 2015 prospect Jack Eichel hoists The Beanpot trophy after the Terriers won the 2015 Beanpot by defeating Northeastern University 4-3 in the championship game (courtesy of Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

While the top four players in the ISS Hockey March rankings for the 2015 NHL Draft remain unchanged, one player managed to move up a few slots to land among the top five prospects. Read more»

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