Photo: Portland Winterhawks forward and St. Louis Blues prospect Ty Rattie has continued his scoring exploits in the 2012-13 post-season, helping the Winterhawks make the Memorial Cup Tournament after near misses the past two years (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)
The puck drops for the 2013 MasterCard Memorial Cup starting Friday evening at 6 PM CST. The host city’s Saskatoon Blades take on the Ontario Hockey League champion London Knights to kick off a tournament that features the CHL’s three top-ranked clubs (and the unranked hosts). In addition, several highly-ranked 2013 prospects plus many well-regarded NHL prospects will be taking part in this tournament.
Article: The 2013 WHL Bantam Draft will take place Thursday in Calgary, AB beginning at 8:30 AM MST.
Unlike the OHL Priority Selection that took place last month, which featured some intrigue as to the identity of that draft's top selection, the 2013 WHL Bantam Draft isn't likely to present any surprises when the Vancouver Giants make the the first selection overall.
Photo: Team Canada strikes the traditional championship team pose after going undefeated at the 2013 U18 WJC to win the gold medal (courtesy of Chapin Landvogt/HF)
If it's Russia, it must mean gold for Canada at the U18 World Junior Championship as, for the third time on Russian soil, the Canadians once again came away with this tournament's top prize after defeating Team USA, 3-2, in the gold medal game.
Photo: Kelowna Rockets defenseman Madsion Bowey, shown here taking part in the 2013 CHL Top Prospects Game, has been an effective performer for Canada at the 2013 U18 WJC (courtesy of Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)
When it comes to competing for gold at the U18 World Junior Championship, perhaps Canada should lobby to have the tournament in Russia every year. Russian ice has been kind to the Canadians at this tournament as Canada has won gold the two most recent times the U18 has been held in Russia.
Photo: Swift Current Broncos defenseman Dillon Heatherington has been a steady presence on the blue line for Team Canada at the 2013 U18 WJC (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)
For the first time since 2008, Canada will be competing for gold at the U18 World Junior Championship. The Canadians moved on to the gold medal game at this year's event by virtue of their 3-1 win over Finland in a semi-final match that took place at the Bolshoy Ice Dome in Sochi, Russia.