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Posted On Saturday, 08.16.2014 / 6:40 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2015 NHL Draft blog

Canada wins 7th straight Hlinka gold; U.S. gets bronze

Canada scored four first-period goals and defeated the Czech Republic 6-2 to win the gold medal at the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup on Saturday in Breclav, Czech Republic.

It is the seventh straight championship at the tournament for Canada, which outscored its opponents 32-10 this year.

"We knew we had to have a really good start against [the Czechs] because they were playing really well," coach Jody Hull told The Globe and Mail. "Our guys just bought into the process. It's an amazing group."

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Posted On Saturday, 08.16.2014 / 5:33 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2014 Summer with Stanley blog

Sutter combines Cup with Ice Bucket Challenge

Los Angeles Kings coach Darryl Sutter combined his day with the Stanley Cup with the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge at his family's farm in Alberta this weekend.

Sutter held the most iconic trophy in sports while ice water was poured on him from the barn above.

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Posted On Friday, 08.15.2014 / 3:39 PM

By Adam Kimelman -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - 2015 NHL Draft blog

Canada, Czech Republic to play for Hlinka title

Top 2015 NHL Draft prospect Dylan Strome had a hat trick as Canada beat the United States 11-5 on Friday in the semifinals of the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup in a game played at Zimny Stadion in Piestany, Slovakia.

Canada will play the Czech Republic in the championship game Saturday. Canada has won the tournament in each of the past six years and 18 of the 23 times it's been held since 1991.

"We've got to go out and play our game," coach Jody Hull told Canadian Press. "If we can go out and play our game for 60 minutes, that's going to be the key. You've got to be ready for anything. So we're just going to enjoy this [Friday] and be focused and ready to go [Saturday]."

Travis Konecny had two goals for Canada and Mitchell Stephens and Jansen Harkins had one goal and two assists each. Goaltender Zachary Sawchenko allowed five goals on 29 shots.

Thomas Novak had two goals and an assist for the United States. Evan Sarthou started the game in goal but allowed five goals in 29:58 of action. His backup, Matthew Jurusik, allowed the final six goals. The U.S. was outshot 48-29 for the game.

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Posted On Wednesday, 08.13.2014 / 4:45 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2015 NHL Draft blog

Canada tops Slovakia, to face U.S. in Hlinka semifinals

The Canadian Under-18 select team closed out its preliminary-round schedule in Group B of the 2014Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup with an unbeaten record following a 5-1 victory against Slovakia on Wednesday at Zimny Stadion in Piestany, Slovakia.

Canada, the six-time and defending tournament champion, will face the United States in the semifinal round Friday at 9:30 a.m. ET. Canada has defeated the U.S. the past two years in the championship game of the Hlinka Memorial. The Americans defeated Finland 9-4 on Wednesday to advance to the semifinals.

Canada received goals from five different scorers and goaltender Callum Booth of the Quebec Remparts in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League made 12 saves in his first start of the tournament.

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Posted On Wednesday, 08.13.2014 / 12:17 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2015 NHL Draft blog

U.S. defeats Finland to reach semifinals at Ivan Hlinka

The United States Under-18 select team scored five goals on 10 shots in the third period on the way to a 9-4 victory against Finland in preliminary-round action in Group A of the 2014 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup on Wednesday at Zimny Stadion in Piestany, Slovakia.

The victory sets up a semifinal-round showdown against rival Canada on Friday at Zimny Stadion. Canada scored a 4-0 victory against the United States in the championship game last year to win a record sixth straight Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup. The Canadians also earned a 3-2 victory against the United States in the gold-medal game at the 2012 tournament.

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Posted On Wednesday, 08.13.2014 / 11:53 AM

By Adam Kimelman -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - World Junior evaluation camps

McLennan impressed with crop of U.S. goaltenders

NHL Network analyst Jamie McLennan spent parts of 11 seasons playing goalie in the NHL with five teams from 1993 to 2007. And at 6-foot and 207 pounds, he said he considered himself "a big guy."

But while watching the goaltenders USA Hockey invited to Lake Placid, N.Y., last week for a summer evaluation camp geared toward picking the players that will play for the United States at the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship, he didn't feel so big.

"Being a 6-foot goaltender I thought I was a big guy," McLennan said. "Today I'd be a shrimp. Everyone is 6-2 and up and that's what teams draft."

All four goaltenders at the camp each stood 6-foot-3 or taller, but it was Thatcher Demko, the biggest of the four at 6-4 and 192 pounds, who stood out the most to McLennan.

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Posted On Tuesday, 08.12.2014 / 11:59 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2014 Summer with Stanley blog

Kings defenseman Greene takes Cup to UND

Los Angeles Kings defenseman Matt Greene decided on a new location for his second day with the Stanley Cup.

After starting Monday by receiving the Cup in his hometown of Grand Ledge, Mich., Greene chartered a jet to Fargo, N.D. A veteran of three seasons at the University of North Dakota, he spent some time in the state's largest city before continuing on to Grand Forks, where the UND campus is located.

"It's been awesome," Greene told the Grand Forks Herald. "It's been a lot of fun coming back here. It's been a whirlwind. ... The Cup brings out the crazy in a lot of people."

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Posted On Tuesday, 08.12.2014 / 4:00 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2015 NHL Draft blog

United States rallies to beat Russia at Ivan Hlinka

Right wing Brock Boeser scored three goals to help rally the United States to a 7-4 victory against Russia in Group A play of the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup on Tuesday at Alcaplast Arena in Breclav, Czech Republic.

The United States, which held a 46-25 advantage in shots, scored three goals in the third period to snap a 4-4 tie.

"This was an important match for us," U.S. coach Derek Plante said. "Our goal is to get the championship, so we needed a win today. This is a short tournament, so we have to keep getting better really quickly. Russia has a great team, but we had many power plays, which helped us a lot. In the last game against the Czech Republic [a 4-2 loss Monday], we were highly penalized and even though we played well, lost because of that. [On Tuesday], it was a big deal."

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Posted On Tuesday, 08.12.2014 / 3:30 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2015 NHL Draft blog

Canada tops Sweden to stay unbeaten at Hlinka Cup

Center Mitchell Stephens scored two goals to lead Canada to a 5-1 victory against Sweden in preliminary-round play in Group B of the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup on Tuesday at Zimny Stadion in Piestany, Slovakia.

The six-time and defending tournament champion, which outshot Sweden 41-28, will look to earn its third straight victory on Wednesday when it faces Slovakia at 11:30 a.m. ET.

"I thought as the game went along we got better as a group," Canada coach Jody Hull said. "We're starting to come together as a team and every player was doing the right thing. Moving forward, that's going to be key."

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Posted On Monday, 08.11.2014 / 4:35 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2015 NHL Draft blog

Czech Republic upsets United States at Ivan Hlinka

Lukas Jasek had two goals and two assists to lead the Czech Republic to a stunning 4-2 victory against the United States in preliminary-round action of the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup tournament Monday at Alcaplast Arena in Breclav.

The Czech Republic, which outshot the United States, 39-24, scored three unanswered power-play goals in the second period to build a 3-1 lead. Jasek had a goal and two assists in the period, when the Czech Republic outshot the U.S. 19-2.

Forwards Brock Boeser of Burnsville High School in Minnesota and Robby Jackson of the Chicago Steel in the United States Hockey League scored the goals for the United States. Boeser, a 6-foot, 187-pound right wing committed to the University of Wisconsin in 2015-16, was named to NHL Central Scouting's Futures List of top prospects eligible for the 2015 NHL Draft in Sunrise, Fla. Jackson's goal, which pulled the Americans within 3-2, was scored on a penalty shot.

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