There is, apparently, a new crisis in Canadian hockey. As with almost every summer, there’s a summit to bemoan something seemingly wrong with the game. This year’s hand-wringing at an Ontario Hockey League symposium, aptly named 'Protect the Net' is focused on the development – or, more specifically, the lack thereof – of Canadian goaltenders.
That has led to the Canadian Hockey League banning teams from selecting European goalies in their annual import draft starting in 2014. The import netminders – all 11 of them this year in the 60-team CHL – are stealing roster spots that could be going to Canadians.
Jordan Binnington is one of Canada’s best and brightest in net, having represented the nation at the 2013 world junior championship. He was recently named the Ontario Hockey League’s goaltender of the year.
“There’s nowhere near a crisis,” said the Owen Sound Attack netminder. “There are tons of great Canadian goalies out there. With the European goalies sometimes it adds a little bitRead More »from Canada faces challenge, not crisis, in developing next generation of goalies