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Hlinka tourney Day 2: Canada wins, U.S. loses

Tuesday, 08.10.2010 / 2:48 PM / Prospects

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

Canada continued to roll Tuesday, while the United States lost in a shootout on the second day of the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament.

Red Deer Rebels center Ryan Nugent-Hopkins had a hat trick and Sarnia Sting right wing Brett Ritchie scored twice to lead Canada to a 7-3 victory against Switzerland, in Piestany, Slovakia.

The victory against Switzerland came one day after Canada defeated Sweden, 6-3.

Sault Ste. Marie center Daniel Catenacci and Saint John Sea Dogs center Jonathan Huberdeau each had a pair of assists, and Montreal Juniors defenseman Xavier Ouellet had a goal and an assist.
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Canada, U.S. win Hlinka openers

Monday, 08.09.2010 / 2:18 PM / Prospects

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

Canada and the U.S. both were victorious on the opening day of the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament.

Canada, the defending champion, opened its title defense by coming from behind for a 6-3 win against Sweden on Monday in Piestany, Slovakia. Sault Ste. Marie center Daniel Catenacci scored twice as Canada connected three times in the second period to rally from a 3-1 deficit.

Red Deer forward Ryan Nugent-Hopkins opened the scoring for Canada with a power-play goal just 2:12 into the game, but Sweden scored the next three, capped by Oscar Klepbom's power-play goal 1:12 into the second period.

However, Lucas Lessio of the Oshawa Generals and Catenacci scored to tie it, and the Sarnia Sting's Brett Ritchie put Canada ahead for good. Peterborough Petes forward Matt Puempel scored 49 seconds into the third, and then Catenacci scored again for the final margin. 
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Invite to Canada camp latest accolade for LeBlanc

Monday, 08.09.2010 / 12:13 PM / Prospects

Sergei J. Feldman - NHL.com Staff Writer

Who would have thought getting into Harvard would be the easy part?

Having spent last season with the Crimson, Louis LeBlanc was faced with a life-altering decision: Should I stay or should I go? After careful deliberation, the No. 18 pick in the 2009 Entry Draft recently decided to leave school and sign a three-year entry-level contract with the Montreal Canadiens.

While thrilled about his choice, the 19-year-old center acknowledged the challenge.

"It was a hard decision, for sure," he told NHL.com. "I loved Harvard. Maybe one day I'll be back there to finish my degree, which would be something special. But I wanted to play more games and try to get closer to playing in the NHL."

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Healthy again, Budish making most of opportunity

Thursday, 08.05.2010 / 4:14 PM / Prospects

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

When Zach Budish arrived for USA Hockey's junior evaluation camp in Lake Placid in the summer of 2009, he was nowhere near reaching his full ability and, not surprisingly, he wasn't a part of the team that won World Junior Championship gold in Saskatoon.

But that camp represented his first major ice time since suffering a serious knee injury that ended his 2008-09 season before it even started.

This time around, Budish is healthy and in top shape, and is aiming for a spot on the 2011 U.S. WJC squad that will defend its title in Buffalo this year.

Budish, a two-sport star heading into his senior year at Edina (Minn.) High School, was injured playing football in October 2008. He tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his knee and surgery ended his hockey season after just 15 games. He didn't get back on the ice until March 2009, and didn't play a game until he arrived in Lake Placid.
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Williams wants to use Hlinka as showcase tournament

Thursday, 08.05.2010 / 9:00 AM / Prospects

Michael Stainkamp - NHL.com Staff Writer

Jay Williams has been fighting to have his hockey skills noticed, because as a native of McLean, Va., he's not from a typical hotbed for hockey talent.

But the 17-year-old goaltender will get the opportunity to showcase himself when he backstops the U.S. team at the upcoming Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament, which will be held Aug. 9-14 in Slovakia and the Czech Republic. With teams from Canada, the Czech Republic, Finland and Sweden among the eight teams competing, the tournament provides a great opportunity for the players to measure themselves against some of the top competition in the world at their age level.
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Kreider looks to build off year of success

Wednesday, 08.04.2010 / 12:03 PM / Prospects

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

Not many hockey players at any level had a better season in 2009-10 than Chris Kreider. But the New York Rangers prospect is determined to use that season as a foundation for better things.
 
Kreider's good fortune really started in June in Montreal, when the Rangers made the big, speedy center the 19th pick of the 2009 Entry Draft. From there he won a gold medal at the World Junior Championship, an NCAA title at Boston College and earned a chance to play with the U.S. at the World Championship in Germany.
 
"It was such a whirlwind year, I didn't want it to end," Kreider told NHL.com. "It was a great year, but that's behind me now; I don't want that to be the best year of my career. I want to keep going and keep doing big things."

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Top rookie Puempel headlines Canada's Hlinka camp

Friday, 07.30.2010 / 4:37 PM / Prospects

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

Last year, Tyler Seguin used the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament as a springboard to a season that saw him tie for the Ontario Hockey League scoring title and become the second pick of the 2010 Entry Draft.

Will someone else use the tournament in the same way? Well, players from Canada will have their chance when the men's under-18 summer evaluation camp is held July 31-Aug. 3. The roster for nation's entry to the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament, to be held Aug. 9-14 in Slovakia and the Czech Republic, will come from this camp.

Belleville Bulls coach George Burnett, who will coach the Hlinka team, will oversee the camp, along with assistant coaches Jim Hiller (Tri-City Americans) and Ron Choules (Acadie-Bathurst Titan).
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Murphy using summer as springboard to season

Thursday, 07.29.2010 / 4:47 PM / Prospects

Michael Stainkamp - NHL.com Staff Writer

For most 17-year-olds, summertime means spending time with friends and staying out late. Connor Murphy, a defenseman who will represent the U.S. at the upcoming Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament, has other plans.

He's at the rink or in the gym every day trying to get ahead of the competition as he prepares for the elite international summer hockey tournament, which will be held Aug. 9-14 in Slovakia and the Czech Republic. Beyond that, he has a full season with the U.S. National Team Development Program Under-18 squad to look forward to.

"I'm trying to treat my summer like I'm in-season right now and get in shape as much as possible so that when the season comes, I'll actually be a step ahead of everyone," Murphy told NHL.com.

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USA Under-18 Select Team announced

Friday, 07.16.2010 / 12:06 PM / Prospects

Michael Stainkamp - NHL.com Staff Writer

USA Hockey has announced the Under-18 Select Team that will participate in the 2010 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament in Slovakia, Czech Republic, scheduled to take place August 9-14.

The players have been selected out of a group that participated in the USA Hockey Boy's Select 17 Player Development Camp that was held in Rochester, NY from July 7-13.

The team is highlighted by Jay Williams, who led all goaltenders at the camp with a .964 save percentage and 1.20 goals-against average, as well as forward Carson Hohmann, who scored 3 goals and added 6 assists to finish tied for third at the camp with 9 points.

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It's hard to walk into that locker room and look those guys in the eye when they've played -- clearly, that was our best game we've played in the series -- and I thought we deserved a better fate tonight.

— Tampa Bay Lightning coach Jon Cooper on his team's 3-2 loss to the Canadiens in Game 3 on Sunday