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Posted On Monday, 12.15.2014 / 1:26 PM

By Staff -  / - 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship blog

Canada's McDavid full practice participant: report

Top 2015 NHL Draft prospect Connor McDavid was a full participant at Canada practice Monday as preparations continued for the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship, according to TSN.

Canada is working out at Meridian Center in St. Catharines, Ontario.

It was McDavid's first practice since he broke his right hand in a fight Nov. 11 playing with the Erie Otters of the Ontario Hockey League.

The original estimate was that McDavid would be out five to six weeks; Tuesday will be five weeks since the injury.

Canada hopes the high-scoring center will be ready for the opener of the WJC; Canada plays Slovakia on Dec. 26. There's a chance McDavid could play in an exhibition game; Canada plays Russia on Friday and Sweden on Dec. 22.

Posted On Monday, 12.15.2014 / 12:01 PM

By Staff -  / - 2015 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic blog

NHL Winter Classic ice plant arrives in Washington

The build-up for the 2015 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic between the Chicago Blackhawks and Washington Capitals shifted into high gear Monday when the NHL Winter Classic Ice Plant presented by York arrived at Nationals Park in Washington.

The 53-foot, 300-ton capacity truck houses the specialized equipment, including the world's largest movie rink refrigeration unit, needed to make the rink the Blackhawks and Capitals will skate on for the New Year's Day extravaganza.

Among those on hand to greet the arrival of the NHL Winter Classic Ice Plant were Capitals alums were Peter Bondra and Sylvain Cote.

Posted On Monday, 12.15.2014 / 12:00 PM

By Staff -  / - NHL Live blog

NHL Live previews U.S. camp for World Juniors

NHL Live with Steve Mears and E.J. Hradek, at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network, preview the World Junior Championship by talking to Mike Morreale of, who joins the show at 6:15 p.m. to take a look at the U.S. selection camp which begins Tuesday.

The Pittsburgh Penguins host the Tampa Bay Lightning on Monday in a game televised by NBCSN, and we'll go out to Consol Energy Center and welcome in analyst Brian Engblom for his take on the matchup at 5:30 p.m.

The New York Islanders and New Jersey Devils square off at Nassau Coliseum. Islanders radio announcer Chris King joins us at 6 p.m. via Arena Cam to discuss the Metropolitan Division game.

Minnesota Wild defenseman Ryan Suter, who has five assists in three games since returning from a battle with the mumps and was named the NHL's Second Star of the past week, will join the show at 5:40 p.m.

Posted On Sunday, 12.14.2014 / 6:59 PM

By Staff -  / - 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship blog

Canada sends five back to junior teams, roster at 25

Canada cut five players Sunday as it works toward its 22-man roster for the IIHF World Junior Championship later this month.

Defensemen Chris Bigras (Colorado Avalanche) and Travis Sanheim (Philadelphia Flyers) and forwards Remi Elie (Dallas Stars), Nicholas Baptiste (Buffalo Sabres) and Morgan Klimchuk (Calgary Flames) will be returned to their junior teams, Hockey Canada announced.

Posted On Sunday, 12.14.2014 / 12:56 PM

By Staff -  / - 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship blog

Flyers to assign defenseman Hagg to Sweden for WJC

The Philadelphia Flyers announced Sunday that defenseman Robert Hagg will be loaned to Sweden for the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship.

Hagg will join Sweden on Dec. 21. The tournament will be held in Montreal and Toronto from Dec. 26 to Jan. 5.

Hagg will be making his third and final appearance for Sweden after helping lead it to a silver medal in each of the past two seasons. Sweden has medaled in five of the past six seasons, but has not won gold since 2012.

Posted On Saturday, 12.13.2014 / 11:32 PM

By Staff -  / - 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship blog

Canada scores 10 in WJC scrimmage

Canada defeated the Toronto CIS Selects 10-3 on Saturday in a tuneup for the upcoming IIHF World Junior Championship.

Goalie Zachary Fucale, who is expected to start when Canada opens the 10-nation tournament Dec. 26 vs. Slovakia, made 23 saves in the scrimmage in Toronto, according to TSN.

Top 2015 NHL Draft prospect Connor McDavid (broken finger) did not play.

Posted On Saturday, 12.13.2014 / 5:47 PM

By Staff -  / - 2014-2015 At the Rink blog

At the Rink: Devils at Stars

Forward Jason Spezza will be back on the Dallas Stars' top line Saturday against the New Jersey Devils.

Spezza will skate with Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin, a combination that was successful earlier in the season. With the Stars having lost five of their past six games, coach Lindy Ruff opted to change the lines.

"It's been a good 2-3 days of practice," Ruff said Saturday. "I think we're ready to go."

Posted On Saturday, 12.13.2014 / 5:23 PM

By Staff -  / - 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship blog

Canada to hold scrimmage at WJC camp

Canada will hold a scrimmage at its World Junior Camp in Toronto on Saturday.

"It's a big game; it's the first game for all of us here at camp and we're all looking to make that good first impression in front of all the management staff here," forward Michael Dal Colle told TSN. "So it's a pretty big game for all of us."

The 30-player roster will soon be reduced to 22 in preparation for the tournament, which begins for Canada on Dec. 26. Its final roster is due the day before.

Posted On Friday, 12.12.2014 / 2:56 PM

By Staff -  / - 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship blog

Bruins to assign Pastrnak to Czech team for WJC

The Boston Bruins will assign forward David Pastrnak to the Czech National Junior team following the Providence Bruins game on Dec. 20, the team announced Friday.

The move will allow Pastrnak to compete for the Czech Republic in the 2015 World Junior Championship, which begins Dec. 26

The 18-year-old has five goals and 20 points for Providence of the American Hockey League in his first professional season. He has played in five games for Boston, picking up his first NHL point with an assist Dec. 1 against the Anaheim Ducks.

Posted On Friday, 12.12.2014 / 12:20 PM

By Staff -  / - NHL Live blog

Gold medalist, SPHL pro Szabados on NHL Live

NHL Live with Steve Mears and E.J. Hradek, at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network, will talk to NBCSN analyst Eddie Olczyk, who calls in the show at 5:40 p.m.

Goaltender Shannon Szabados, an Olympic gold medalist for Canada who is now playing in the Southern Professional Hockey League, will call the show at 5:30 p.m.

There are four games on the Friday schedule including the Montreal Canadiens hosting the Los Angeles Kings. Color analyst Jim Fox from the Kings will join us via the Arena Cam at Bell Centre at 6:15 p.m. to talk about this matchup.

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