The Can’t-Miss Kid. That’s what they called Bobby Carpenter when he was a 17-year-old at St. John’s Prep in Danvers, MA in 1981. “Today, 17-year-old Bobby Carpenter of Peabody, Mass., a city of 48,000 some 15 miles north of Boston, is the best high school hockey player in America,” wrote the legendary E.M. Swift in a 1981 Sports Illustrated cover story. “More than that, he’s one of the top amateur prospects in the world. In the NHL Draft in June, Carpenter’s expected to be one of the first six players selected. Read more»
In a Pioneer Press article titled “Burnsville Brock Boeser can’t wait to be a Badger,” Boeser told Press staff writer Garrison Shepard that the University of Wisconsin was his “dream school.” His cousin, Dan, who was an assistant coach at Burnsville while Brock was there, played at Wisconsin from 2000-2004. His mother’s family was from Madison. Heck, his name, Brock, is derived from the Gaelic word “broc”, which means badger. Read more»
There was a packed house at the Mystique Community Ice Center, home of the Dubuque Fighting Saints, for the 2015 USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game. As each person attending the game entered the arena, they passed two massive posters of Zemgus Girgensons and Johnny Gaudreau. Both are playing in the NHL — Girgensons for the Buffalo Sabres, Gaudreau for the Calgary Flames — after a previous stop with the Fighting Saints. Read more»
For Team USA, it was almost like 2014 all over again.
After a strong start to the 2015 World Junior Championship, the United States saw their medal hopes dashed with another disappointing fifth place finish. As in last year’s tournament, penalties proved costly to the Americans, and once again it came at the hands of Russia in the quarterfinals. Read more»
There’s a large sign at the entrance of the Holiday Inn in Dubuque, host city of the 2015 USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game, that lists the number of NHL Draft picks that have come out of the United States Hockey League (USHL) in recent years. In 2010, 22 players were selected. Last year it was 35, plus 16 alums that were drafted out of NCAA hockey. This year, 54 USHL players, plus six alums, are listed on NHL Central Scouting’s “Watch List” and have the potential to be selected this year. Read more»