- Neate Sager at Buzzing The Net1 yr ago
A little more than a year ago, Kristians Pelss experienced the zenith of any young hockey player's existence when he raised the Ed Chynoweth Cup with his Edmonton Oil Kings teammates. That was a happy time, but now an unconfirmed report from media outlets in his homeland of Lativa states that the 20-year-old Edmonton Oilers farmhand has "disappeared without a trace" after reportedly jumping into a river.
There has been no cellphone contact with Pelss, who played for the Oilers' AHL and ECHL affiliates this season, since Monday. His family has not given up hoping that he will be found and the only hard information seems to be that the missing man has a 1992 birthdate.
- Neate Sager at Yahoo! Sports1 yr ago
Know this much: junior hockey provides plenty of drama.
As 2012 draws to a close, it is time to reflect on the controversial, the riveting, the breathtaking, the simply out-there and buzzy moments that make the junior game so fun to follow. There was probably too much going on this calendar year to distill it down to just five stories, but here is BTN's best effort at taking in the zeitgeist of the junior game from the past 12 months.
Season of scandals
Wow, that photo is Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon-worthy.
Three recruiting stories involving CHL powerhouses grabbed huge headlines. The first, foreshadowing what was to come, involved Winnipeg Jets first-round pick Jacob Trouba, who plays for the University of Michigan. The latter two ensnared the teams of his fellow Team USA defencemen Seth Jones and Patrick Sieloff. (Do I really have to explain that's not meant to link either to anything, just that it illustrates the links between each story? )