Canada-born Turgeon honing his craft in the States

by Glen Erickson
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Dominic Turgeon - Portland Winterhawks

Photo: Portland Winterhawks forward and Detroit Red Wings prospect Dominic Turgeon is wearing the “A” as an alternate captain for the Winterhawks this season (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)

 

The Western Hockey League has made great strides over the past decade in recruiting and developing American-born players. If one scans the current WHL rosters, most teams are dressing a couple of players with ties to the United States. The Portland Winterhawks can boast about a dozen players with minor hockey developmental roots in the USA. Read more»

Comets’ Shinkaruk hopes for NHL reunion soon with friend Horvat

by Tony Androckitis
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Hunter Shinkaruk - Utica Comets

Photo: Utica Comets forward and Vancouver Canucks prospect Hunter Shinkaruk (#9) played in just 18 WHL games in the 2013-14 season for the Medicine Hat Tigers (courtesy of Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire)

 

Little did the Vancouver Canucks know when they drafted forwards Bo Horvat (ninth overall) and Hunter Shinkaruk (24th overall) in the first round of the 2013 NHL Draft, that the two would become great friends and, for a brief time, teammates while Horvat was on an AHL conditioning stint with the Utica Comets.

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Rockets’ Bowey goes from student to teacher

by Glen Erickson
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Madison Bowey - Kelowna Rockets

Photo: Kelowna Rockets defenseman and Washington Capitals prospect Madison Bowey is currently second in scoring among WHL defenders for the 2014-15 season (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)

 

Much has been made over the past decade about the long line of National Hockey League defensemen with developmental roots that can be traced back to their junior days with the Kelowna Rockets. Call it a “factory” of sorts, one that appears to have another rearguard trending in the same direction as his predecessors. Read more»

Heatherington hopes honest effort will lead to Team Canada berth

by Ian Esplen
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Dillon Heatherington - Swift Current Broncos

Photo: Swift Current Bronocs defenseman and Columbus Blue Jackets prospect Dillon Heatherington has appeared in 28 WHL games this season, posting one goal and six assists (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)

 

This past July at the Columbus Blue Jackets‘ rookie camp things seemed a little bit different for defenseman Dillon Heatherington. Read more»

The top five hockey factories producing current NHL prospects

by Craig Fischer
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Max Domi - London Knights; Oscar Dansk - Columbus Blue Jackets

Photo: Arizona Coyotes prospect Max Domi and Columbus Blue Jackets prospect Oscar Dansk represent the top two cities producing the most current NHL prospects (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images (Domi) and Jason Mowry/Icon Sportswire (Dansk))

Home. The dirty and worn arenas, the old backyard rinks, the smells of sweat, shaved ice, and hope. The 5 AM practices, the endless games of road hockey in driveways and streets. This is the place where it all begins. Read more»

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