Photo: Muskegon Lumberjacks forward Fredrik Tiffels is competing for Germany at the 2013 WJC, but he and his German teammates have had a tough time so far in that tournament (courtesy of Ellen DeLuca)
Coming into the 2013 World Junior Championship, Team Germany knew that they would have their work cut out for them given their placement in a group that included Canada, Russia, and the USA. And the apprehension surrounding that placement appears to have been justified as the Germans have been outscored by those three opponents by a combined 24-3 in the first three games of the tournament.
Photo: Green Bay Gamblers forward Grigory Dikushin (#97) is competing in his second USHL season after coming over from Russia for the 2011-12 season (courtesy of Rick Schaffer)
In 2011, the USHL increased the amount of foreign players each club could carry from two to four. As a result, many teams have put more emphasis on global scouting in order to recruit European skaters that will improve their teams. But, while many of the foreign players in the USHL are from Canada, two teams are reaping the benefits of their global outreach and, in turn, have improved the league’s brand among the global hockey community.
Photo: Sioux Falls Stampede forward Tony Calderone is a 2013-eligible who has committed to attend Princeton (courtesy of Chad Phillips)
For the first player chosen in the 2012 USHL Draft, the biggest difficulty that Tony Calderone has had while playing with the Sioux Falls Stampede this season is getting to loose pucks.
Photo: Kamloops Blazers defenseman Jordan Thomson is currently considered to be one of the top defenders available for the 2014 NHL Draft (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)
Jordan Thomson ranks among the top defensemen of the 2014 NHL Draft class. ISS lists Thomson 11th overall, and fourth among the defenseman available for the draft. So far in his rookie WHL season, Thomson has a goal and five assists in 23 games.
Mackenzie MacEachern became a YouTube sensation in the hockey community after scoring a diving goal (see below) for the Chicago Steel earlier this season.