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The Hurricanes were well-represented in the preliminary round of the IIHF World Championship, both in numbers (seven traveled overseas to participate) and in production, each helping their respective teams in key ways.
Of the group of seven, Elias Lindholm had himself an impressive preliminary round. On the heels of a career season in which the 22-year-old posted highs in points (45) and assists (34), Lindholm continued to produce with Team Sweden and found the back of the net with more regularity. Lindholm was a point-per-game producer with seven points in as many games, and his five goals were tied for the team lead. Lindholm found himself linemates with fellow Hurricane Victor Rask, who also notched seven points (2g, 5a).
Jeff Skinner also impressed with eight points (3g, 5a) in seven games. And, still just 19 years of age, Sebastian Aho continues to display immense talent; he tallied a team-high eight points (2g, 6a) with the Finns in seven games.
Much more on preliminary round prowess from this group of Hurricanes can be found here, which also previews Thursday's quarterfinals match-ups.
CarolinaHurricanes.com won't have feet on the ground in Windsor, Ontario, but we'll be keeping a close eye on the four-team tournament that caps the Canadian Hockey League's season.
Fellow DMSer Nikki Stoudt has been doing a bang-up job recapping each round of the Ontario Hockey League and Quebec Major Junior Hockey League playoffs. Her most recent installment, which puts a bow on the OHL and QMJHL finals and previews the Memorial Cup match-ups, can be found here.
Four Canes prospects are square in the Memorial Cup mix. Warren Foegele was named OHL playoffs MVP for the Erie Otters, while Callum Booth backstopped the Saint John Sea Dogs, captained by Spencer Smallman and featuring first-round draft pick Julien Gauthier, to the QMJHL title. That's the succinct version of what Nikki penned above - be sure to give the full piece a read. And, you can look back at her other two CHL playoff roundups here and here.
As for how to watch, NHL Network is carrying the Memorial Cup in the United States (via live and tape delayed broadcasts), and Sportsnet has the tournament in Canada. Also be sure to keep an eye on our social media properties (specifically Twitter) for updates throughout the tournament. And, Nikki will return for a Memorial Cup recap after it concludes.
Video: Hurricanes prospects prepare for Memorial Cup
Oh, it's going to be quite some time.
According to the Hockey Hall of Fame, the top ring of the Stanley Cup still features champions from the 1950s. The 2005-06 Hurricanes team can still be found on the bottom ring. Each ring features 13 spaces, so this year's Stanley Cup Champion will occupy the final slot on the bottom ring. Unless the structure of the Cup changes drastically, you're looking at another 50-plus years before the 2005-06 Hurricanes are no longer on the trophy.
Hopefully another Hurricanes engraving on a new ring isn't too far off.
Dipping into last week's question pile for this last one …
In case you missed it, information on the fifth annual Hurricanes Summerfest dropped very recently. Included, of course, is Prospects Development Camp, the centerpiece of this midsummer hockey celebration.
It's a quick turnaround after the Draft for this year's Prospects Development Camp. Most, if not all, of the Hurricanes of tomorrow drafted in Chicago on June 23-24 will then fly to Raleigh for development camp the following week. Fans will be able to check out the prospects at PNC Arena on the evenings of Wednesday, June 28 and Thursday, June 29. The Summerfest Celebration, which caps the week and features more on-ice prospect action, takes place Saturday, July 1.
More information - including a more detailed schedule with morning ice times that could be streamed live on CarolinaHurricanes.com and a complete camp roster - will be available in the next month as Summerfest draws near.
What are you most looking forward to this year? Seeing the newest draft class? Assessing how last year's crop progressed in the 2016-17 season? Living the free agency frenzy live at the Summerfest Celebration? (Free agency opens at noon, right when the prospects take the ice for the day, so buckle up.)
And bookmark this page for all things Summerfest.
Join me next week for more questions and more answers!
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