September 14 2016 09:00AM
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Hockey is almost back! And not just weird pseudo-international gimmicky hockey: Calgary Flames hockey. Almost.
With the Young Stars Classic set to kick off this Friday, the Flames have released their roster list. Six of the Flames' nine picks from this past June will be there, as will be four of five from the 2015 class, as will some stragglers from a couple of years earlier, plus a handful of invites.
Naturally, some of these players are more exciting than others. They're all going to have to come together, though, so let's muse on just who might play with whom while the clock counts down to their first game.
September 14 2016 07:00AM
(photo source: Twitter)
Some may not want to admit it, but the top team (in terms of interest) at the World Cup of Hockey is Team North America. Armed with a bunch of kids who only recently were playing video games until 2am in someone's basement on New Year's Eve, these young hockey players are fast and furious. Here are five things (plus a little more) we can all look forward to from the young guns.
September 13 2016 02:44PM
After a lengthy, lengthy summer, the Calgary Flames are about to play meaningful hockey again. The road to the 2016-17 season opener on October 12 begins with prospect camp and the 2016 Young Stars Classic Tournament!
Featuring players with fewer than 100 North American pro regular season (and playoff) games or fewer than 25 NHL appearances, the Penticton tournament has been the first chance for fans to see youngsters in live hockey action! Who will be suiting up for the Flames during this year's affair in Penticton? The Flames have released their roster for the event.
September 13 2016 12:00PM
Training camp is almost here, so we're taking a trip down memory lane and checking out previous Calgary Flames draft classes. Which picks are doing well? Which are doing poorly? And what are reasonable expectations for their performances this coming season?
Onto the 2015 NHL Draft class! (NHLE calculations from the most recent Hockey Abstract revisions.)
September 13 2016 11:59AM
Team USA is coming in with a plan for the World Cup of Hockey.
It may not be a very good plan but it is, indeed, a plan.
Coach John Tortorella doesn't care how his team wins as long as it happens.
If you are a fan of Team USA, that has to give you a special tingle down your spine. Sure, he may take patriotism to an uncomfortable level... but by the same token it adds a level of stakes that shouldn't be associated with an exhibition tournament.
The NHL has to absolutely love it.
As the tournament begins on Wednesday, I want to take a look at the five fun storylines to watch for from Team USA.