(Video) 2015 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament: Sam Steel, Canada

by Chapin Landvogt
Sam Steel - Canada Black

Photo: Regina Pats forward Sam Steel is another product of the Sherwood Park (AB) program that has produced a few recent NHL prospects (courtesy of Aaron Bell/CHL Images)

Team Canada lit the lamp in the final game of the preliminary round at the 2015 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament, posting a 9-2 win over Switzerland to finish a perfect 3-0 heading into their semi-final match against Russia. Read more»

(Video) 2015 Ivan Hlinka Tournament: Brett Howden, Canada

by Chapin Landvogt
Brett Howden - Team Canada - 2015 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament

Photo: Moose Jaw Warriors forward Brett Howden competed for Canada at the U18 World Championship in April, posting three points in three games (courtesy of Chapin Landvogt/HF)

So far, so good for Team Canada in their quest to win an eighth straight gold medal at the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament. The Canadians made a 3-0 run through the opening round of the 2015 edition of this event, and will now face Russia on Friday for the right to compete for gold on Saturday. Read more»

(Video) 2015 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament: Juuso Valimaki, Finland

by Chapin Landvogt
Juuso Valimaki - Team Finland - 2015 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament

Photo: Team Finland defenseman Juuso Valimaki played for Ilves’ U20 Junior A team in 2014-15, scoring five goals and 20 points in 44 games (courtesy of Chapin Landvogt/HF)

Team Finland got off to a fine start at the 2015 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament, defeating the U.S. by a 5-1 score. The Finns continued their winning ways on Day 2 of the tournament, defeating Slovakia by a 4-2 score. Read more»

2015 Ivan Hlinka Preview: Canada looks to continue domination of season’s first draft prospect showcase

by Chapin Landvogt
Tyler Benson - Team Canada

Photo: Team Canada forward Tyler Benson will have the role of an alternate captain at the 2015 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament, as he did for the Canada Black squad at the 2014 World U-17 Hockey Challenge (courtesy of Aaron Bell/CHL Images)

By June of 2016, a large number of the young men who will be participating in this week’s Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament in Breclav, Czech Republic and Bratislava, Slovakia will be the focus next year’s NHL Draft. The historical tournament will feature what are nominally considered the world’s eight best ice hockey nations divided into the following two groups: Read more»

2016 NHL Draft: Matthews, Chychrun head preseason list of North American prospects

by David Hahn
2016 NHL Draft: Auston Matthews - U.S. NTDP; Jakob Chychrun - Sarnia Sting

Photo: U.S. NTDP forward Auston Matthews and Sarnia Sting defenseman Jakob Chychrun are the top two North American prospects for the 2016 NHL Draft heading into the 2015-16 season (courtesy of Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images and CHL Images)

With the 2015 NHL Draft in the rear-view mirror, the next draft class from North America in 2016 features a deep group from the United States and the OHL. With Auston Matthews in the news lately due to his interest in playing abroad, that offers an opportunity to take a look at the top draft-eligible skaters from North America. Read more»

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