For years, the blue paint in Ontario Hockey League rinks has been no country for young men.
For most players, the pathway to the NHL can take them thousands of kilometers away, into different countries and, sometimes, amongst unfamiliar languages.
Maybe it was nerves. Might’ve been the pressure. But Philip Tomasino, admittedly, didn’t start the 2018-19 campaign the way he expected.
The injury bug tripped up Jamieson Rees’ desire to hit the ground running for a second consecutive season.
Erie Otters center Emmett Sproule has found himself receiving some NHL Draft attention.
At 6-foot-3, the fast-skating, hard-shooting Thomas Harley may be tailor-made for the modern NHL blue line, but, growing up, the Mississauga Steelheads’ defenseman found inspiration in a player who is physically his polar opposite.
Unfortunately for Blake Murray, it’s been a slow start to his draft season.
When Flint Firebirds forward Ethan Keppen has needed advice as he navigates his draft-eligible year, he hasn’t had to look too far.
Kaapo Kakko is ready to push.
There’s a big opportunity in front of Joe Carroll.
For many young hockey players growing up, the Western Hockey League is the ideal stepping-stone on the illustrious dream path to the NHL.
For many players, not being selected at the NHL Draft can derail their career aspirations.
Sometimes the most difficult situations can be the best learning experiences.
Alec Regula’s route to Dallas, TX hasn’t exactly been the road most-often travelled.
For an undersized forward playing on a young and rebuilding WHL team, ‘the bigger they are, the harder they fall’ is a pretty good mantra to live by.
An NHL draft year can be a season of excitement.
He may have suffered an early season setback courtesy of a broken hand, but Andrei Svechnikov’s combination of size, skill, and attitude means he’s been able to maintain a strong hold atop the draft boards.
Playing in the Western Hockey League is no easy task for any 17-year-old hockey player.
He was a late addition to the CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game.
Having to sit out a significant portion of your team’s games due to injury is bad enough, but having to do so when your club is absolutely tearing up the league it plays in?
In today’s NHL, the ability to skate well is at a premium.
Two-hundred and seventeen players, representing a total of 14 different countries, were selected in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft.
Moose Jaw Warriors forward Luka Burzan has always had a knack for scoring goals.
Cole Fonstad knows firsthand what it’s like to be part of a losing hockey team.
There are a lot of things a player can control on and off the ice.
At 6-foot-5 and 200 pounds, Oshawa Generals right wing Serron Noel is easy to spot on the ice.
Coach Shaun Clouston found himself in a difficult position when the 2017-18 WHL season began for the Medicine Hat Tigers.
When it comes to sizing up his draft prospects, undersized Saginaw Spirit left wing Damien Giroux feels that the game is rapidly changing to embrace players of his stature.
Calen Addison is a self-aware teenager. He knows the type of player that he is.
The story of the Flint Firebirds had a rocky beginning.
One would be forgiven in thinking Spokane Chiefs defenseman Ty Smith is older than he is.
For young hockey players trying to punch their ticket to the NHL, no two paths are quite the same.
As he charts a path towards the 2018 draft day podium, Barrett Hayton of the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds knows he’s able to benefit from those who have blazed the same trail before him.
As one of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League’s top draft eligible talents, Benoit-Olivier Groulx is trying to keep things in check.
It’s heady company to be placed in, mentioned in comparison to the likes of Jonathan Toews and Sam Bennett.
Evan Bouchard is expected to hear his name called early to the podium for the 2018 NHL entry draft.
Robert Thomas hasn’t had to look far for any inspiration.
Joseph Garreffa is putting in a big season.
The numbers speak for themselves.
When Denmark fell to Russia in the quarterfinals of the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship, it ended off an impressive tournament for the underdog nation.