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U.S. wins opener in Five Nations Tournament

Thursday, 08.09.2012 / 10:04 AM / Prospects

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Austin Poganski and Kyle Connor scored two goals apiece and Chris Birdsall made 15 saves to lead the U.S. Under-17 Select Team to a 6-2 victory over Germany in preliminary-round action of the 2012 U17 Five Nations Tournament on Wednesday in Chomutov, Czech Republic.

Poganski, who was named U.S. player of the game, scored twice in a span of 55 seconds in the second period to give the United States a 4-1 advantage. Poganski, a native of St. Cloud, Minn., will be a junior at St. Cloud Cathedral High School in Minnesota this season.

"We wanted to come out strong and make sure we got pressure on their defense," said U.S. coach Barry Smith. "I was very happy with our performance tonight. It was a good first game and we'll look ahead to the next one."

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Sharks prospect Kuraly starring at USA camp

Wednesday, 08.08.2012 / 8:29 PM / Prospects

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. -- It took a while, but Sean Kuraly finally figured out how to get the three components of his game all heading in the same direction at the same time.

Once that happened, he developed into a hard-working offensive talent, and he's had that talent on display during this week's USA Hockey National Junior Evaluation Camp.

Kuraly, a 2011 fifth-round pick of the San Jose Sharks, scored a nifty goal in the second period that put the United States ahead for good in its 5-2 win against Finland on Wednesday at Herb Brooks Arena.

Stefan Noesen had a goal and an assist, and Stefan Matteau, John Gaudreau and Nicolas Kerdiles each had a goal for the U.S. team. John Gibson and Garret Sparks combined in goal for the win.

Miro Aaltonen scored both goals for Finland, which was playing for the third straight day.

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Canadian, Russian juniors pay tribute to Lokomotiv

Wednesday, 08.08.2012 / 1:19 PM / Prospects

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

While members of the Canadian National Junior Team have had plenty to think about prior to their meeting with Russia in the 2012 Canada-Russia Challenge, the sport of hockey was put on hold Wednesday, less than 24 hours before the series opener.

Yaroslavl, the host Russian city for the Challenge series, lost its entire KHL team in a tragic plane crash 11 months ago. The Sept. 7 crash of the Yak-42 plane near Yaroslavl in central Russia killed 36 players, coaches and staff of the Lokomotiv Yaroslavl hockey team. The only player who survived the crash later died of burns. A flight engineer was the sole survivor.

On Wednesday, Canadian and Russian national team players and coaches took part in a memorial ceremony for those victims, lining up in front of the newly built hockey arena, Neftestroy, where locals have been placing flowers ever since the accident. Huge banners were displayed with photos of players and staff that perished in the accident.

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Canada's Ryan Murphy hopes third time is charm

Wednesday, 08.08.2012 / 1:10 PM / Prospects

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

Ryan Murphy finished fifth among OHL defensemen in playoff scoring last season. (Photo: OHL Images)

There's no denying the fact coach Steve Spott is going to have a few sleepless nights as he begins to familiarize himself with the Canadian National Junior Team roster competing in the 2012 Canada-Russia Challenge this month.

Defenseman Ryan Murphy is one player who won't require much evaluation, however.

Spott has coached Murphy the past three seasons with the Kitchener Rangers of the Ontario Hockey League. This year marks the third time Murphy finds himself in a position to represent his country at the World Junior Championship -- he was released prior to the final roster selection the previous two years.

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Junior challenge commemorates Summit anniversary

Wednesday, 08.08.2012 / 1:03 PM / Prospects

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

There's no better way to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the 1972 Summit Series than to have two familiar hockey powers collide in the 2012 Canada-Russia Challenge, beginning Thursday in Yaroslavl, Russia.

The Canada-Russia Challenge will feature Canada and Russia's national junior programs meeting two times in Russia (Thursday and Friday) and twice more in Halifax, N.S., on Aug. 13-14. The event replaces Canada's national junior team summer development camp and will feature players from both sides who could be participating in the 2013 World Junior Championship in Ufa, Russia.

"I fully expect a Game 7-type of atmosphere," Team Canada coach Steve Spott told NHL.com. "Anytime you get these two countries together, especially when you consider the fact Russia beat Canada last year in Calgary and the year before in Buffalo [at the WJC], I think that there will be some motivation once the boys hit the ice for warmups."

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Housley welcomes U.S. roster full of fresh talent

Friday, 08.03.2012 / 10:22 AM / Prospects

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

Phil Housley looks at the roster he'll be overseeing at the USA Hockey National Junior Evaluation camp and sees a copious amount of talent.

As coach of the team USA Hockey will send to Russia for the 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship, it's Housley's job to mold that talent into a team capable of winning a medal for the third time in the last four years and making up for last year's seventh-place finish at the world's elite under-20 hockey tournament.

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Trouba happy to have Merrill as teammate again

Friday, 08.03.2012 / 9:12 AM / Prospects

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

The news that New Jersey Devils top prospect Jonathon Merrill would return to the University of Michigan for his junior season this fall wasn't too surprising.

After all, the 6-foot-3, 210-pound defenseman has some unfinished business to attend to after sitting out 22 games of the 2011-12 campaign due to a suspension.

During Devils development camp last month, Merrill told the media that he was "committed to school right now." It was rumored that Merrill, New Jersey's second-round pick in the 2010 draft, might turn pro.

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Players announced for All-American Prospects Game

Wednesday, 08.01.2012 / 2:21 PM / Prospects

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

USA Hockey on Wednesday announced the players scheduled to participate in the inaugural CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game on Sept. 29 at First Niagara Center in Buffalo.

Among the 40 invitees are defenseman Seth Jones and forward Ryan Hartman, who were each invited to USA Hockey's National Junior Evaluation Camp in Lake Placid, N.Y., next week. The players selected to compete in the game were chosen by USA Hockey in conjunction with NHL Central Scouting.

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CCM to sponsor USA Hockey All-American Game

Monday, 07.30.2012 / 1:33 PM / Prospects

NHL.com

USA Hockey on Monday announced that CCM would be the title sponsor of the inaugural CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game, slated for Sept. 29 at First Niagara Center in Buffalo.

The event will include 40 of the top American-born prospects eligible for the 2013 NHL Draft.

Prospects will come from the United States Hockey League, which includes the U.S. National Team Development Program, as well as the Canadian Hockey League, U.S. high/prep schools, and U.S. college programs. USA Hockey expects to announce the 40 participating players for the game next month. Under the current structure, players born between Jan. 1, 1993 and Sept. 15, 1995, are eligible for the 2013 NHL Draft.

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Flames pick Jankowski opts for NCAA in 2012-13

Monday, 07.30.2012 / 12:39 PM / Prospects

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

Mark Jankowski, the first scholastic player selected at the 2012 NHL Draft, has elected to continue his career at Providence College in the fall.

Jankowski, a center taken by the Calgary Flames with the 21st pick, intended to play for the Dubuque Fighting Saints of the United States Hockey League for one season before joining the Friars in the fall of 2013.

"Although we are disappointed in not having the opportunity to work with Mark, we wish him the best of luck in Providence as he continues his student athletic career," Dubuque coach and general manager Jim Montgomery said. "Mark is a good kid from a great family and would have fit in nicely with our culture."

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