Photo: University of Wisconsin forward and Anaheim Ducks prospect Nic Kerdiles led the way on offense for Team USA at the 2014 World Junior Championship, picking up seven points in five games (courtesy of uce Bennett/Getty Images)
A year after capturing the gold medal at the 2013 World Junior Championship in Russia, the Americans finished out of medal contention this year with a fifth-place finish. Although Team USA as a whole played well in the tournament, the team couldn’t quite find the same magic at this year's WJC.
Photo: U.S. NTDP forward and 2015 prospect Jordan Greenway played for Team USA at the 2014 World U17 Hockey Challenge, picking up five points in six games for the gold medal squad (courtesy of Tom Sorensen/USA Hockey)
In 1996, JP Parise, father of Minnesota Wild forward Zach Parise, was approached to take over a fledgling hockey program for a small but well known boarding school in Faribault, Minnesota. Since then, the program has gone on to win multiple national championships at all levels of minor hockey while attracting the services of young talented stars like Sidney Crosby, Jonathan Toews, and Nathan MacKinnon.
Photo: Kitchener Rangers forward and 2014 prospect Nick Magyar is the Rangers leading scorer so far in 2013-14 with 35 points in 47 games (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)
Nick Magyar may be a rookie in the OHL, but to hear him talk about it, he took care of those rookie jitters last year with a one-year sojourn in the USHL.
Photo: Sarnia Sting defenseman and 2014 prospect Anthony DeAngelo is currently the top offensive defenseman in the OHL, having produced 60 points in 41 games so far in 2013-14 (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)
There may be a measure of impatience in how Sarnia Sting blueliner Anthony DeAngelo approaches his hockey career, but it certainly doesn’t have him running to see where the scouts have him on their rankings for the 2014 NHL Draft.
Photo: Chicago Steel forward and 2015 draft prospect Robby Jackson developed his game in the LA Selects and LA Junior Kings programs (courtesy of Serena Dalhamer)
In 1988, shockwaves were sent throughout Canada and California when Canadian icon and arguably the greatest hockey player to ever play the game, Wayne Gretzky, was traded from the Edmonton Oilers to the Los Angeles Kings. But the after-effects of that trade created a hockey boom in the Golden State and its legacy is still felt more than 25 years later. 29 NHL players have called California home, and an even greater number fill out the ranks of the top North American junior leagues and NCAA collegiate teams.