2016 IIHF World Championship: USA’s Murphy adds to international hockey portfolio

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Connor Murphy - Team USA - 2016 IIHF World Championship

Photo: Arizona Coyotes defenseman Connor Murphy (C) had a leadership role for Team USA at the 2016 IIHF World Championship, wearing the ‘A’ for his country while picking up five points in 10 games (courtesy of Xavier Laine/Getty Images)

Connor Murphy has a wealth of experience representing Team USA internationally. He has just finished his third IIHF World Championship, losing 7–2 to host Russia in the bronze medal game. While the team was obviously overmatched against the star-studded host team, there was still disappointment. Read more»

2016 IIHF World Championship: Michigan’s ‘CCM’ trio learns from the pros

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Tyler Motte (L) and Kyle Connor (R) - Team USA - 2016 IIHF World Championship

Photo: Former University of Michigan forwards Tyler Motte (L) and Kyle Connor (R) are competing for Team USA at the 2016 IIHF World Championship along with their former linemate, JT Compher (courtesy of Pavel Bednyakov/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

Team USA’s 25-man roster at this year’s IIHF World Championship includes six players who played college hockey this season. Three of those were linemates with the No. 7-ranked team in the nation and the Big Ten tournament champion – the University of Michigan Wolverines. Read more»

Hockey’s Future 2016 NHL Prospect of the Year: Connor’s strong NCAA season a springboard to NHL career

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Kyle Connor - University of Michigan

Photo: University of Michigan forward and Winnipeg Jets prospect Kyle Connor was a runner-up for the 2016 Hobey Baker Award after a strong freshman campaign with the Wolverines (courtesy of Dave Reginek/Getty Images)

A few different considerations go into deciding the Hockey’s Future NHL Prospect of the Year – performance, expectation, and of course showing up on the monthly list throughout the season. There were standout players at every level of hockey this season, but nobody fit the criteria more than University of Michigan’s Kyle Connor (WPG). Read more»

2016 IIHF World Championship: Laine, Matthews faceoff in anticipated matchup of draft-eligibles

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Patrik Laine - Team Finland - 2016 IIHF World Championship

Photo: Team Finland forward and 2016 prospect Patrik Laine (#29) makes his presence felt in the game between Finland and Team USA at the 2016 IIHF World Championship (courtesy of ALEXANDER NEMENOV/AFP/Getty Images)

 

In a tournament seemingly full of highly anticipated games, this one may have been the most anticipated: USA vs Finland, Auston Matthews vs Patrik Laine, the two leading candidates to be taken No. 1. overall in this year’s NHL Draft. Read more»

2016 IIHF World Championship: McDavid-Matthews head-to-head opens the Worlds

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Connor McDavid - Team Canada - 2016 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship

Photo: Edmonton Oilers rookie forward Connor McDavid is competing for Team Canada at his first IIHF World Championship after winning gold with Canada at the U20 World Junior Championship in 2015 (courtesy of Pavel Bednyakov/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

The 2016 IIHF World Championship started with the most anticipated match-up, according to North American fans. Not only was it Canada against the USA, but the game featured the senior men’s national team debuts of Connor McDavid and Auston Matthews – the No. 1 overall draft pick last season and the presumptive No. 1 pick this year. Read more»

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