Ivan Hlinka Gretzky Preview: Slovakia

A team that has never made it past the placement game, Slovakia is a team that is likely due to have some struggles at this tournament. Never really been able to bring in high end talent and compete against those powerhouses like Russia, Sweden, USA, Canada, or Finland. They are usually at the bottom playing against Switzerland. This year is a bit more interesting for the Slovak’s however, they have … Read more

Ivan Hlinka Gretzky Preview: Finland

A team who hasn’t medaled since 2013, Finland hasn’t found as much success at the Ivan Hlinka’s then they have at the U18’s in the Spring. Never leaving the tournament with gold and only medalling three times in the past twelve years. The past few years have been really tough on the Fin’s though, finishing in the placement game four out of the past five years and only managing six … Read more

Ivan Hlinka Gretzky Preview: Russia

A team who has struggled to make it to the finals over the past few years, Russia is going to be hungry as a team looking to prove themselves. They have never won at the Ivan Hlinka’s and only have two final visits. Packed with skill upfront and a deep defensive core, Russia is looking like one of the frontrunners this year to take it all. Most of the players … Read more

Ivan Hlinka Gretzky Preview: USA

The first team to announce there roster for this year’s upcoming Ivan Hlinka/Gretzky summer U18 tournament. The American’s came into this year’s tournament with a strong roster than I have seen in recent years. Equipped with more top prospects and more big name players. In previous years it always seemed like the Americans would send a B team to the tournament that didn’t compete as well as there A team … Read more

Prince George Cougars Draft Review

9th Overall: Craig Armstrong – Airdrie Xtreme Was the driving force on his AMBHL winning Airdrie Xtreme, and was also name Top Forward in the AMBHL South. Armstrong is a possessive winger who plays a speedy north south style of game. He is consistently competitive in the offensive game and creating offensive opportunities with his foot work. A great shot selection in stride and ability to pick his spot while … Read more

Kamloops Blazers Draft Review

5th Overall: Logan Stankoven – Yale Lions Arguably one of the best all-around offensive threats available in the draft. Stankoven was our consensus top ranked forward in our year end draft guide. A slick playmaking forward who blends outstanding vision and skill with the puck, along with the threat of being able to score from anywhere into a deceptive highly productive forward. A bit diminutive in size but he makes … Read more

Regina Pats Draft Review

Draft Day Recap   The Regina Pats added nine prospects on draft day, and though their first selection didn’t come until pick 81 the team managed to bring in a solid crop of future role players. Jake Snashall of the Calgary Bisons was the clubs first selection and after missing a chunk of games to start the year Snashall stood out as one of the top AMBHL prospects available. Jake recorded … Read more

Swift Current Broncos Draft Review

Draft Day Recap After loading up for their championship campaign, the Swift Current Broncos first pick in the 2018 WHL Draft didn’t come until the third round. With that pick they selected BWC Academy forward Fin William, an intelligent playmaking forward who was utilized in a multitude of roles this past season. Williams recorded 32 points in 29 games this past season with Burnaby, and added three helpers in the … Read more