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Posted On Sunday, 11.11.2012 / 5:04 PM

By Dan Rosen - Senior Writer / - 2012 Hockey Hall of Fame blog

Salming, Sundin teaming up for charity

TORONTO -- Mats Sundin and Borje Salming were using their fame and their friendship for charity on Sunday.

Both Swedish stars and ex-Maple Leafs greats were using the same type of stick that would go to charity after the Legends Classic, which was played at Air Canada Centre.

The stick, designed by Salming, has a twist on the bottom of the shaft near the toe that is designed for a better release.

Posted On Sunday, 11.11.2012 / 5:02 PM

By Dan Rosen - Senior Writer / - 2012 Hockey Hall of Fame blog

Sakic gets tour of Hall, remains humbled

TORONTO -- Joe Sakic still can't get over the fact that come Monday night he'll have a plaque that will go alongside all the others inside the Hockey Hall of Fame.

"They showed us where it's going to be," Sakic said Sunday at the Legends Classic. "I haven't seen it yet."

He won't until Monday night's induction ceremony, but Sakic, who said his speech will be short and sweet, said he remains incredible humbled just being here in Toronto for the event.

Posted On Sunday, 11.11.2012 / 5:00 PM

By Dan Rosen - Senior Writer / - 2012 Hockey Hall of Fame blog

CuJo recalls Oates' Gretzky-like ability

TORONTO -- For parts of two seasons ex-NHL goalie Curtis Joseph got an up close and personal view of one of the wonders of the National Hockey League -- Adam Oates' passing ability.

Joseph and Oates were teammates in St. Louis from 1990-92 and the goalie vividly recalls the Gretzky-like ability he saw from Oates every single day in practice.

"He was such a deceptive player," Joseph told Sunday at the Legends Classic. "He changed speeds and always had the other team off balance. Obviously everybody knows about his passing ability, but he sees the ice like very few."

Was it really Gretzky-like?

Posted On Saturday, 11.10.2012 / 10:07 PM

By Adam Kimelman - Deputy Managing Editor / - 2013 NHL Draft blog

Switzerland routs Canada East for bronze medal

Switzerland claimed the bronze medal at the World Junior A Challenge with a 6-0 win against Canada East on Saturday in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia.

Six different players scored for Switzerland, including one by Luca Fazzini, a C-rated skater in NHL Central Scouting's preliminary rankings of players to watch for the 2013 NHL Draft. Luka Hoffmann and Jan Neuenschwander each had a pair of assists.

Melvin Nyffeler, another 2013 draft prospect, stopped all 31 Canada East shots.

The physical affair featured one fight, 15 misconduct penalties and a total of 221 penalty minutes.

Posted On Saturday, 11.10.2012 / 9:19 PM

By Mike G. Morreale - Staff Writer / - 2013 NHL Draft blog

U.S. wins fifth straight U18 Four Nations Tourney title

The U.S. National Under-18 Team received goals from three different players en route to a 3-1 victory over Sweden in the championship game of the U18 Four Nations Tournament on Saturday at the Ann Arbor Ice Cube in Michigan.

Evan Allen, John Hayden and Michael McCarron each scored goals and goalie Thatcher Demko made 22 saves to lead the U.S. to its fifth straight tournament title. Demko stopped 10 shots in the third period.

Allen scored a power-play goal 8:56 into the first to give the U.S. a 1-0 edge before Hayden extended the lead to 2-0 at 3:51 of the second. Sweden pulled to within 2-1 at the 2:45 mark of the third when Altelius Nylander connected for a power-play goal, but McCarron answered right back for the Americans at 10:52 with his team working the power-play.

Posted On Saturday, 11.10.2012 / 9:59 AM

By Mike G. Morreale - Staff Writer / - 2013 NHL Draft blog

U.S. advances to U18 Four Nations Tourney final

Anthony Louis scored a pair of unassisted goals in the third period to lead the U.S. National Under-18 Team into the 2012 U18 Four Nations Tournament championship following a 5-3 victory over Sweden on Friday at the Ann Arbor Ice Cube in Michigan.

Sweden pulled to within 3-2 on a power-play goal by Robert Hagg 1:26 into the third before Louis converted a wraparound at the 12:52 mark. Hagg then scored his second of the game to cut the deficit to one at 17:23 before his team pulled the goalie for an extra attacker. Louis then completed the scoring on an empty-net goal with 12 seconds remaining.

The United States finished pool play with a 2-0-1 record and will play Sweden on Saturday in the tournament final at 7 p.m. ET. Finland will battle Switzerland in the third place game at 3:30 p.m.

Posted On Friday, 11.09.2012 / 9:47 PM

By Mike G. Morreale - Staff Writer / - 2013 NHL Draft blog

Friday's three stars from the World Jr. A Challenge

The U.S. Junior Select Team and Canada West have advanced to the 2012 World Junior A Challenge gold medal game after each posted impressive victories in semifinal-round competition on Friday at Mariners Centre in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia.

The championship match is slated Sunday at Mariners Centre.

For the United States, it marks the fourth time in five year the Americans have advanced to the gold medal game. The U.S. had won three consecutive tournament titles from 2008 to 2010 before Canada East ended the run last year in the semifinals.

Canada West, which defeated Canada East in the 2011 World Junior A Challenge, will be seeking its second straight gold medal in the tournament.

Posted On Friday, 11.09.2012 / 8:39 PM

By Mike G. Morreale - Staff Writer / - 2013 NHL Draft blog

U.S. advances to final of World Junior A Challenge

The U.S. Junior Select Team erupted for five goals in the first period en route to a 7-4 victory over Switzerland in the semifinal round of the 2012 World Junior A Challenge on Friday at Mariners Centre in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia.

The United States advances to Sunday's championship game to face defending champion Canada West at Mariners Centre.

Sheldon Dries, Nicholas Schilkey, Vince Hinostroza, Ryan Fitzgerald and Blake Heinrich scored goals in the opening period, when the U.S. held an 18-9 advantage in shots.

Posted On Friday, 11.09.2012 / 4:19 PM

By Mike G. Morreale - Staff Writer / - 2013 NHL Draft blog

Top prospect McCoshen commits to Boston College

Waterloo Black Hawks defenseman Ian McCoshen, one of the top players eligible for the 2013 NHL Draft in June, will continue his career at Boston College next fall.

McCoshen, who NHL Central Scouting ranked an A-rated skater on its preliminary players to watch list in the United States Hockey League, is currently sidelined with mononucleosis.

In addition to Boston College, the 6-foot-2.5, 207-pound defenseman was also being courted by the University of Nebraska-Omaha, University of Minnesota-Duluth, Ohio State University and the University of North Dakota.

"We have a good freshman class coming in [at Boston College]," McCoshen told via email. "When I visited the guys at BC, they really opened up to me and I was able to see how great they are and how fine the hockey program is, as well."

Posted On Friday, 11.09.2012 / 8:12 AM

By Mike G. Morreale - Staff Writer / - 2013 NHL Draft blog

Thursday's three stars from the World Jr. A Challenge

The semifinal round of the 2012 World Junior A Challenge was set on Thursday after Switzerland and Canada East each posted victories in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia.

The Swiss will take on the United States and Canada East will meet Canada West in the semifinal matches slated Friday. The winner advances to the gold medal game at Mariners Centre on Sunday.

Switzerland, which has reached the final four for the second time in as many tournament appearances, received goals from Shane Conacher, Christoph Bertschy, Robin Leone and Dean Kukan in recording a 4-1 triumph over Russia. Meanwhile, Shane Conacher connected for a pair of power-play goals to lift Canada East to a 4-0 win over Czech Republic. Charlie Finn made 25 saves for the shutout.

NHL Central Scouting's Chris Edwards checked in with after the quarterfinal-round matchups on Thursday with his top three players of the evening.

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