The Czechs are going with a familiar face to spearhead their leadership group at the upcoming World Cup of Hockey. Tomas Plekanec, who captained the team at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi and the most recent world championship, will wear the “C” this fall, the Czech Ice Hockey Association announced on Monday. Plekanec, 33, has a wealth of leadership experience to draw on, having also served as an alternate captain in Montreal for the last two seasons. He’s expected to be a key catalyst for an underdog Czech team at this tournament, especially in the playmaking department — last year, Plekanec’s 40 assists came within five of a career-best for helpers in a single season. It’ll be interesting
EA Sports released top player rankings for NHL 17 about a week ago, but it isn’t too late to needlessly argue about them. The top 50 overall ratings is probably the best place to start, but EA also shared top 10 lists for centers, defensemen, goalies, left wings and right wings. Now, it’s important not to take this stuff too seriously. There are plenty of things to cool down any diehards who feel like Their Guy was disrespected, but do note that ratings sometimes get tweaked. Still, there are some fun observations and debates that can come from pouring through these rankings, especially if you’re … well, bored. Shea Weber vs. P.K. Subban Did Michel Therrien and Marc Bergevin chime in on the debate?
Islanders 2014 first rounder Joshua Ho-Sang remains one of the most interesting men in hockey. In an interview with Sportsnet’s Luke Fox from the BioSteel camp in Toronto, Ho-Sang sounds even more determined than ever to become an NHLer sooner rather than later. Never one to shy away from his feelings, Ho-Sang was in rare form in the interview, talking about a ton of subjects ranging from his infamous expulsion from Islanders training camp last summer to the advice he gets from stars Connor McDavid and Tyler Seguin and his high-flying non-hockey dreams. At the BioSteel Camp for the third straight year, Ho-Sang picked the brains of McDavid, a childhood friend, and Seguin, whom Ho-Sang describes Seguin as “a big brother” to him at the week-long camp.