Photo: Boston College forward and Calgary Flames prospect John Gaudreau hopes to be a part of the United States squad for the 2013 World Junior Championship (courtesy of Michael Tureski/Icon SMI)
After being cut from the United States World Junior team last winter, John Gaudreau had doubts about his hockey career. But in fact, being cut has helped Gaudreau take his game to the next level for Boston College.
Photo: Cedar Rapids forward Riley Bourbonnais has been a productive player in the USHL, but he is getting down to his last chance to be drafted by an NHL team (courtesy of Amber Schmidt/Metro Studios)
Riley Bourbonnais of the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders and his head coach, Mark Carlson, may be the most laconic player-coach tandem in junior hockey.
Photo: U.S. NTDP defenseman Keaton Thompson, shown here competing at the All-American Prospects Game last month, is a potential first round pick for the 2013 NHL Draft (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
What a difference a day can make.
I had the fortune of taking in the U.S. NTDP U-18 team’s first two games against college teams for this 2012-13 season, facing off against the University of Wisconsin and the University of Notre Dame back-to-back on the nights of October 6th and 7th.
Photo: Former USHL scoring star Kevin Roy switched schools prior to the 2012-13 season and is now playing for Northeastern in the Hockey East conference (courtesy of Jim Pierce)
Like any NCAA rookie, Kevin Roy was eager for the start of his first year of college hockey. His excitement shone through in his debut with Northeastern University, where the Quebec native scored the game-winner and added an assist to help his new team earn the win against Merrimack.
Photo: Waterloo Blackhawks forward Taylor Cammarata, shown here competing at the 2012 All-American Propsects Game, is one of the more offensively talented American prospects for the 2013 NHL Draft (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
Most of the hockey world is on pins and needles waiting for the lockout to end, but you wouldn’t know it sitting inside Young Arena in Waterloo, Iowa. The team mascot, a large bird named Tommy Hawk with a big Domino's Pizza logo on the back of his jersey, riled up the cowbell-waving fans of the hometown Blackhawks in the stands while others grabbed beer and leafed through the game program, reading about their opponent, the Youngstown Phantoms. Hockey lives on.