While he may not be one of the bigger players on any given ice surface, University of North Dakota forward Rocco Grimaldi is usually one of the more hard-working and talented players taking part in any game he is involved in.
Team USA hasn't played badly at the 2013 World Junior Championship, but they find themselves in a must-win situation heading into their final game of the preliminary round. The need for a win over Slovakia, a team that has played some good hockey at this WJC, has come about because of today's close but hard-fought loss against Canada.
After a disappointing seventh-place finish at last year’s World Junior Championship, Team USA will look to better that this year in hopes of taking home their first medal since 2011 and their first gold since 2010.
Alex Jackstadt had tears in his eyes.
“I…I don’t know if I can do this,” he muttered.
His team, the Kenai River (Alaska) Brown Bears, had just lost in overtime to the Odessa Jackalopes in the NAHL Showcase Tournament in Blaine, Minn. Despite scoring ten goals in their first three games, the Brown Bears remained winless and Jackstadt was taking it pretty hard.
Sitting in a sea of peacoats, it’s difficult to feel unique.
The idea of scouting as an exercise in finding diamonds in the rough is long dead. This is particularly evident at talent gatherings like the Four Nations Tournament, which took place from November 6th thru the 10th in Ann Arbor, Michigan.