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- Sunaya Sapurji at Buzzing The Net11 days ago
PHILADELPHIA— One year ago Daniel Walcott was sitting on his couch at home watching the NHL Draft and dreaming about the possibility that one day that could be him hearing his name called.
At the time, however, reality dictated that the dream was a stretch. The defenceman was playing for Lindenwood University close to St. Louis in the American Collegiate Hockey Association – a small college loop unaffiliated with the NCAA. He was playing against older, more mature players, but his talents went largely unnoticed.
“Playing there last year I watched the draft from my house,” said Walcott. “I thought maybe one day – next year is my last year. I thought maybe, possibly something would work out if I worked really hard and got seen.”
Sometimes all you need is one person to see you and believe in your talents. On Saturday, the New York Rangers called his name from the draft floor in the fifth round.
“Fortunately I was seen and the dream came true,” he said sporting a wide smile.
- Sarah Nolan at Buzzing The Net1 mth ago
Eyes rolled across Ontario last May when it was announced that the London Knights would host the Memorial Cup.
The decision meant the Ontario Hockey League team would host the event for the second time in nine years – and be guaranteed a third consecutive tournament appearance.
But no one was surprised. Although the most-hated team in the league, the Knights have undergone a major transformation since being purchased by former NHL stars Dale Hunter and Mark Hunter in 2000.
But what does it really take to host the Memorial Cup? Paul Wilson, president of the 2015 selection committee, laid out the criteria after announcing the Quebec Remparts would be next year’s host at a Montreal press conference:
“The committee’s decision ... is based on the fact that their bid had all the elements from top to bottom ... : great hockey team, good organizing committee and superior installations. Moreover, we felt that the whole community was behind the bid.”
- 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.
- Cam Charron at Buzzing The Net1 yr ago
In short, it's likely that Seth Jones will make his NHL debut exactly where it all began. Seth Jones was five when his father Ronald "Popeye" Jones, then with the Denver Nuggets, was approached by Colorado Avalanche star Joe Sakic about starting off in ice hockey.
Popeye would take Seth and his brothers to the occasional Avalanche game – the Avs were in their glory days circa 1999-2001 – and Seth became intoxicated with the speed and power of NHL hockey.
Seth Jones projected No. 1 overall in final Central Scouting ranking; ‘Hit the skids for Popeye’s Kid’Cam Charron at Buzzing The Net1 yr ago
If the National Hockey League team that gets the No. 1 pick goes ahead and selects Seth Jones, that team wouldn't necessarily be bucking the trend of selecting the consensus top prospect. It would, however, be bucking another trend: defencemen are rarely selected No. 1 to the NHL.
But Jones was unsurprisingly named the NHL's Central Scouting Service top prospect in the organization's final ranking for the 2013 NHL Draft. The wisdom of the crowd is that this is a very deep draft crop with three players that could potentially go No. 1: Jones, the defenceman for the Portland Winterhawks whose visibility as an African-American hockey star has aroused the interest from Jay-Z's Roc Nation Sports, and the two forwards from the Halifax Mooseheads, Jonathan Drouin and Nathan MacKinnon.
- Neate Sager at Buzzing The Net2 yrs ago
Make it two Memorial Cup-winning coaches in 24 hours who seem headed for The Show — and this one is even less of a surprise. Multiple reports on Twitter have stated that Gerard Gallant, who guided the Saint John Sea Dogs to successive Quebec League titles and a Memorial Cup triumph in 2011, will become a Montreal Canadiens assistant coach under Michel Therrien.
Official news could come very soon; it looks like there was something to the Gallant-to-Montreal talk that started during the MasterCard Memorial Cup.