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Prospects

U.S. finishes fifth at Hlinka tournament

Friday, 08.12.2011 / 1:32 PM / Prospects

NHL.com

The U.S. Under-18 Select Team scored a pair of power-play goals and added an empty net tally to earn a 3-1 win against the Czech Republic at the 2011 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament on Friday.

With the victory, Team USA finished fifth in the tournament. The Americans posted a 1-2-0-1 (W-OTW-OTL-L) overall record, losing only once in four outings.

"We played our best defensive game of the tournament this afternoon," U.S. coach Seth Appert said. "We're disappointed to win four out of our five games this week, including the exhibition, and not have a shot at first place. But, as a staff, we couldn't be more proud of our players."
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Trio of top prospects chooses OHL over college

Friday, 08.12.2011 / 9:26 AM / Prospects

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. -- J.T. Miller, Connor Murphy and John Gibson are three completely different people on and off the ice. However, they have one important thing in common -- all three passed on the chance to play NCAA hockey in the fall to skate in the Ontario Hockey League.

Miller, taken by the New York Rangers with the 15th pick of June's draft, passed on a scholarship to the University of North Dakota to sign with the Plymouth Whalers. Murphy, the 20th pick by the Phoenix Coyotes, opted to play with the Sarnia Sting rather than attend Miami (Ohio) University. Gibson, a second-round pick of the Anaheim Ducks, will skate with the Kitchener Rangers this season rather than play at the University of Michigan.
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US beats Slovakia in shootout at Hlinka tourney

Wednesday, 08.10.2011 / 4:01 PM / Prospects

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

Jordan Masters and Alex Galchenyuk scored in a shootout as the U.S. Under-18 select team beat Slovakia 6-5 in their final preliminary-round match of the 2011 Ivan Hlinka Memorial tournament at Zimny Stadium in Piestany, Slovakia.

Despite beating Russia in overtime on Tuesday and the shootout win against Slovakia, the U.S. can finish no higher than fifth after placing third in Group B with two overtime wins and one regulation loss. The Americans, who battled back from a two-goal deficit on three occasions against Slovakia, will play Friday against the Czech Republic.

Masters, of the Muskegon Lumberjacks in the United States Hockey League, and Galchenyuk, of the Ontario Hockey League's Sarnia Sting, scored in a span of 55 seconds with less than five minutes remaining in the third period to force the overtime. John Gillies, of the USHL's Indiana Ice, turned aside 26 shots, including nine in the second period. He stopped both attempts in shootout.

"I'm extremely proud of our guys for overcoming so much adversity today," U.S. coach Seth Appert said. "We stuck together through penalties and after falling behind a couple of times, and came away with a big win."
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Canada routs Switzerland, advances at Hlinka

Wednesday, 08.10.2011 / 12:41 PM / Prospects

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

Andreas Athanasiou scored a pair of goals and Kerby Rychel had a goal and an assist to pace the Canadian Under-18 select team to a 6-0 victory over Switzerland on Wednesday in preliminary-round action of the 2011 Ivan Hlinka Memorial tournament at Alcaplast Arena in Breclav, Czech Republic.

Canada, which has now won two straight by a combined 12-1 after dropping a 5-1 decision to Sweden on Monday, will advance to Friday's semifinal round. The medal round will be held Saturday.

The Canadians opened a 4-0 lead in the first period. Derrick Pouliot (Portland Winterhawks) and Rychel (Windsor Spitfires) connected in a span of eight seconds less than two minutes into the game before Scott Laughton (Oshawa Generals) and Athanasiou (London Knights) scored in a span of 3:19 later in the period.

Goalies Daniel Altshuller (Napean Riders) and Domenic Graham (Drummondville Voltegieurs) combined on the shutout. Hunter Shinkaruk (Medicine Hat Tigers) converted a penalty shot 14:46 into the second to extend the lead to 5-0 and Athanasiou scored off a feed from Morgan Rielly (Moose Jaw Warriors) 9:05 into the third.
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Six different scorers for Canada in rout of Czechs

Tuesday, 08.09.2011 / 4:40 PM / Prospects

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

The Canadian Under-18 select team received goals from six different players on Tuesday en route to a 6-1 victory over the Czech Republic in its second preliminary-round contest of the 2011 Ivan Hlinka Memorial tournament at Alcaplast Arena in Breclav, Czech Republic.

Following a scoreless opening period, the teams combined for five goals in the second when three-time defending champ Canada opened a 4-1 advantage.

Charles Hudon, the offensive rookie of the year in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League with the Chicoutimi Sangueneens last season, and Sean Monahan of the Ontario Hockey League's Ottawa 67's scored goals 55 seconds apart midway through the second to stake the Canadians to a 3-1 lead.
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USA beats Russia 5-4 at Ivan Hlinka tourney

Tuesday, 08.09.2011 / 1:30 PM / Prospects

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

Vincent Hinostroza scored his second goal of the game with less than a minute remaining in overtime on Tuesday to give the U.S. Under-18 select team a 5-4 victory over Russia in their second preliminary-round match of the 2011 Ivan Hlinka Memorial tournament at Zimny Stadium in Piestany, Slovakia.

Forward Timur Shingaryeyev scored with 1:44 left in regulation to create a 4-4 tie for Russia, which suffered its first loss of the tournament.

Hinostroza, who spent this past season with the Waterloo Black Hawks in the United States Hockey League, ended the match in the extra session off assists from Jordan Masters and Brett Pesce.
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Elliott ready to claim Avalanche roster spot

Thursday, 08.04.2011 / 5:28 PM / Prospects

Rick Sadowski  -  NHL.com Correspondent

DENVER -- Stefan Elliott certainly noticed when the Colorado Avalanche traded John-Michael Liles to Toronto just before the 2011 Entry Draft.

Like Liles, who led all Avalanche defensemen in scoring for five consecutive seasons, Elliott is a puck-carrying blueliner with plenty of offensive talent.

Liles' departure opened a roster spot Elliott hopes to fill when training camp begins in September.

"It's kind of hard not to (keep up with offseason news)," Elliott told NHL.com. "I follow the NHL and I keep track of all the moves that are going around, especially when they involve the organization that you belong to. When a move involves a defenseman, it kind of sticks out a little more."
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Canada announces roster for 2011 Hlinka tournament

Tuesday, 08.02.2011 / 8:50 PM / Prospects

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

Twenty players from the Canadian Hockey League, including 13 from the Ontario Hockey League, highlight Canada's National Men's Summer Under-18 Team that will compete next week at the 2011 Memorial of Ivan Hlinka tournament. Hockey Canada announced the 22-man roster Tuesday night.

The roster was finalized following Hockey Canada's four-day selection camp at Father David Bauer Olympic Arena in Calgary. The roster includes 13 forwards, seven defensemen and two goaltenders.

Eleven of the 22 players will also play at the NHL's Research, Development and Orientation Camp in Toronto from Aug. 16-17.
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Devils' pick Boucher signs with Sarnia Sting

Friday, 07.29.2011 / 1:31 PM / Prospects

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

Forward Reid Boucher, a fourth-round selection by the New Jersey Devils in the 2011 Entry Draft, has signed a contract with the Ontario Hockey League's Sarnia Sting.

Boucher is the second player from the U.S. National Team Development Team to sign with the Sting in the last 24 hours. Defenseman Connor Murphy, taken by the Phoenix Coyotes with the 20th pick of the first round, opted to sign with the Sting on Thursday rather than attend Miami University in the fall.

Boucher was selected in the 14th round by Sarnia in the 2009 OHL draft.
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Rangers' pick made tough call with Plymouth

Friday, 07.29.2011 / 10:38 AM / Prospects

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

J.T. Miller admitted choosing to play with the Plymouth Whalers of the Ontario Hockey League was a tough decision, but one he felt was in the best interest of his hockey career.

Miller, taken by the New York Rangers with the 15th pick of the 2011 Entry Draft, decided July 14 he would forgo a scholarship to play at the University of North Dakota, and after signing his entry-level deal with the Rangers on Thursday, he signed to play with the Whalers on Friday.

Because Miller was drafted from the U.S. National Team Development Program, he is eligible to play in the American Hockey League this season, but that would waste a season on his contract.

"I'm very excited to finally get to Plymouth," Miller told Plymouth's website. "I've had to make a couple of tough decisions over the last few weeks, but I'm happy to get up there and am ready to play. … Plymouth looks like a strong team with one of the best coaches in the league (Mike Vellucci) -- if not the best, in my opinion. I've seen Plymouth play a few times, especially when Tyler Seguin was there, and it was great to watch."
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