Kootenay Ice Draft Review

2nd Overall: Carson Lambos – RHA Nationals   Our top ranked player coming in the draft class and I think the consensus top player year rounds. Lambos seemed to not only be able to produce this season with his own age group where he had 40 points in 30 games, but also did so when …

Seattle Thunderbirds Draft Review

2018 Draft Class:   10th Overall: Kai Uchacz – Okotoks Oilers Captained this year’s Okotoks’s Oilers bantam AAA team and led them in scoring with 42 points in 33 games played. Uchacz had a strong showing at the Alberta Cup tournament in April and was able to really help his draft stock with an abundance …

Ivan Hlinka Gretzky Preview: Canada

Canada has been well known for years to dominate this tournament, they won it 12 times in the past 14 years and even went on an eight year gold medal run between 2008-2015. In the last couple of years however you have seen more teams really getting out and competing against Canada, they no longer …

Ivan Hlinka Gretzky Preview: Switzerland

A team that hasn’t had much success at the tournament in terms of standings, having next won more than two games in the tournament or getting past the placement game, but have had many successful players come through. The Swiss have done an excellent job bringing in high class NHL talent to this tournament. Bringing …

Ivan Hlinka Gretzky Preview: Czech Republic

Potentially the underdog team at this year’s tournament, the Czech aren’t a team that gaze your eyes on paper but very much should be taken seriously. They stopped Canada’as eight year gold medal run in 2016 and they beat the Canadians 4-3 in pre-tournament play. This year’s team seems hungry to prove themselves, they are …

Ivan Hlinka Gretzky Preview: Sweden

Announcing their roster this past week, Sweden is the second team to post there Ivan Hlinka Gretzky summer U18 squad. Sweden is bringing in quite a quick team to the tournament, a team that sort of blends a youth group up front and a stable core on the back end. They have always been one …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …