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Privitera hat trick secures bronze for Dubuque

Saturday, 08.31.2013 / 12:15 PM / Prospects

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Alexx Privitera scored a hat trick and Brett Boeing had three assists when the Dubuque Fighting Saints of the United States Hockey League secured a 4-1 victory over Dynamo Shinnik of Belarus in the bronze medal game of the 2013 Junior Club World Cup on Saturday at Omsk Arena in Omsk, Russia.

The Fighting Saints, who finished the tournament 3-2, become the second team from the USHL to medal in the tournament in two seasons. In 2012, the Waterloo Black Hawks took home the silver medal. The Fighting Saints will now return home to Iowa in the United States to prepare for their preseason opener on Sept. 8 against the Green Bay Gamblers at Mystique Community Ice Center.

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Top prospects come together at Rookie Showcase

Wednesday, 08.28.2013 / 6:14 PM / Prospects

Tal Pinchevsky - NHL.com Staff Writer

TORONTO -- More than two dozen of the NHL's top prospects realized every kid's fantasy this week: They posed for their first hockey cards.

The NHL Players' Association's annual Rookie Showcase gave some of the League's top young players a chance to get to know one another. But the primary focus of the event Monday and Tuesday was letting the players don their NHL uniforms and pose for their first trading cards.

"My dad always collected cards. We always had boxes full in the basement. I just think it's pretty cool having your own card made. It's exciting," Chicago Blackhawks prospect Mark McNeil told NHL.com.

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Players announced for All-American Prospects Game

Monday, 08.26.2013 / 10:47 AM / Prospects

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USA Hockey on Monday announced the division of players that will comprise the second annual CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game on Sept. 26 at Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh.

While all 40 players participating in the game are eligible for the 2014 NHL Draft in Philadelphia, there are currently 28 listed on NHL Central Scouting's Futures List as a potential first-, second-, or third-round draft pick. Nine players on the Futures List are currently starring for the United States Under-18 National Team Development Program in the United States Hockey League: forwards Anders Bjork, Jared Fiegl, Dylan Larkin, Sonny Milano and Alex Tuch; defensemen Ryan Collins, Jack Glover and Jonathan MacLeod; and goalie Blake Weyrick.

"This event has quickly grown into a great opportunity for America's best young players to showcase their skills at a national level," said Jim Johannson, USA Hockey's assistant executive director of hockey operations. "The Pittsburgh Penguins have been a terrific partner in putting on this game, which will feature the future stars of the NHL."

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Dubuque scores 2-0 win at Junior Club World Cup

Monday, 08.26.2013 / 9:00 AM / Prospects

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Christian Frey made 35 saves and Andrew Gaus connected for the decisive goal midway through the third period when the Dubuque Fighting Saints of the United States Hockey League scored a 2-0 victory over Vitkovice Steel of the Czech Republic on Monday during the second day of the 2013 Junior Club World Cup in Omsk, Russia.

"I think it was a total team effort … yes, Christian stood tall, but a lot of guys were willing to block shots and step in the way," Dubuque head coach Matt Shaw told the league's website. "It was a well-deserved win for us. We're learning how to play the way we want to play."

Gaus' goal 9:38 into the third, with both sides skating four aside, gave Dubuque (1-1-0) a 1-0 edge. Brett Boeing fed Gaus along right wing and the forward skated into the Vitkovice zone before firing a shot that eluded goalie Rene Svoboda through the five-hole.

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Dubuque, Sudbury drop Club World Cup openers

Sunday, 08.25.2013 / 12:47 PM / Prospects

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The Dubque Fighting Saints allowed four power-play goals in their first game at the 2013 Junior Club World Cup on Sunday, losing to HC Riga of Latvia 5-2 at Omsk (Russia) Arena.

Dubque, of the United States Hockey League, went ahead 2-1 after two goals from Robby Darrar.
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Dubuque of USHL preparing for junior World Cup

Friday, 08.23.2013 / 12:45 PM / Prospects

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Eight players are back to help the Dubuque Fighting Saints attempt to defend their United States Hockey League title, but that journey will begin in a very unfamiliar environment.

The Fighting Saints, winners of the 2013 Clark Cup, will represent the USHL in the 2013 Junior Club World Cup in Omsk, Russia. The tournament features a junior team from eight countries, including Canada, the United States, Finland, Sweden and Belarus. Dubuque will play three games in four days of group play, starting Sunday against HC Riga of Latvia. If the Saints finish in the top two of a pool that includes Vitkovice Steel of the Czech Republic and the host Omsk Hawks, they will advance in the tournament to play two more games.

Dubuque arrived in Russia on Thursday and lost a 4-1 exhibition contest to CSKA Red Army in Moscow on Friday. Seamus Malone, a returnee from the title-winning squad and a University of Wisconsin commit, had the team's goal.

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Undrafted Ikonen hopes he left an impression

Saturday, 08.10.2013 / 8:37 PM / Prospects

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. -- Finland forward Juuso Ikonen came here a year ago as an 18-year-old forward with hopes of using the national junior evaluation camp as a first step toward being drafted by an NHL team.

That didn't work, as the 5-foot-9, 169-pound left wing wasn't among the 211 players to hear his name called in June at the 2013 NHL Draft.

He was back in Lake Placid again this week, again hoping to use this camp as a chance to showcase himself for NHL scouts.

When he entered the spotlight Saturday, he certainly left a lasting positive impression, scoring in the 10th round of a shootout to lift his team to a 3-2 win against Sweden at Herb Brooks Arena.

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Special teams, Gillies lead U.S. past Canada at NJEC

Saturday, 08.10.2013 / 6:42 PM / Prospects

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. -- A common theme through the USA Hockey National Junior Evaluation Camp has been United States coach Don Lucia's belief that for his team to be successful it needed strong goaltending and strong special teams play.

In his team's final game of the camp Saturday against Canada, he got both, and the result was a 5-1 victory.

The U.S. scored four goals on special teams and got an outstanding effort from goaltender Jon Gillies.

The biggest element in the win was the team's penalty kill, which Lucia admitted wasn't very good early in the camp.

"We were kind of a disaster on the penalty kill earlier in the week," Lucia said. "We felt good that we weren't giving up a lot 5-on-5, but we were giving up three power-play goals a night."

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Canada blanks U.S. 4-0 in Ivan Hlinka final

Saturday, 08.10.2013 / 12:17 PM / Prospects

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Canada won the 2013 Memorial of Ivan Hlinka on Saturday by blanking the United States 4-0 in the gold medal game in Piestany, Slovakia, giving the Canadians their sixth consecutive gold medal in the Under-18 tournament.

Michael Dal Colle, Jayce Hawryluk, Aaron Ekblad and Brendan Lemieux scored for Canada, which dominated play for most of the game. Goaltender Julio Billia was perfect, though he wasn't tested often as the Canadians stifled the U.S. attack. His best save came early in the second period, when he stopped Ryan Wagner's wrister after a turnover.

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Turmoil in past, Kerdiles working toward WJC spot

Friday, 08.09.2013 / 4:30 PM / Prospects

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. -- Nicolas Kerdiles certainly has come a long way in the past year.

It was about a year ago, the Anaheim Ducks prospect said -- during the 2012 USA Hockey National Junior Evaluation Camp -- that he learned of an inquiry by the NCAA into his amateur status. The resulting suspension nearly forced him to leave what he called his "dream" hockey situation, and submarined his collegiate hockey career before it even started.

"So many little things went on," he told NHL.com. "I don't understand still what exactly it was. At this point I'm over it and I'm just looking forward to having a fresh start this year."

In October 2012, the NCAA announced Kerdiles would be suspended for the entire 2012-13 season for violating the group's amateurism rules, because of an issue with payment for the hotel Kerdiles and his family stayed at during the 2012 NHL Draft in Pittsburgh.

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