How Are Top Prospects and Players Training During the Pandemic?
In the past couple of months, I have chatted with some of the top prospects and players in the game and asked them how they are handling staying safe, but also staying in the best shape they can during this time. Here is what they had to say. Conor Garland Garland, a native of Scituate, […]
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Ryan Hardy’s Journey to the Chicago Steel – and How He’s Getting the Job Done
“It’s relatively easy to sustain being competitive. It’s very difficult to sustain a program to compete for the championship every year.”- Ryan Hardy Ryan Hardy is creating a winning atmosphere with the Chicago Steel. At the age of 34, he has put together a team with a 78-28-5 record in his two years as general […]
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Top Prospect Rutger McGroarty Discusses Future With USA NTDP
Rutger McGroarty is heading to the USA Hockey National Team Development Program (NTDP) next year as one of the most hyped hockey prospects in the world in the 2022 draft class. The Lincoln, Nebraska-native tallied 160 points this past season in 63 games for the Oakland Grizzlies in the HPHL, turning heads around the scouting […]
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Perreault’s Bloodlines Helping Him Prep for the 2020 NHL Draft
Some might say that Jacob Perreault has a lot to live up to, but if you ask him, he doesn’t think about it. Perreault’s whole family plays the game. His father, Yanic, played in the NHL for 14 years, Liliane, his sister, currently plays at Mercyhurst University, and his brothers, Jeremy and Gabriel, play for […]
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Top Euro Draft Prospect Tim Stützle Talks About His Rise to the Top
Not many players in the 2020 draft class have had the rise to the top that Tim Stützle has had. Currently mocked in the top five by practically every outlet there is that covers the sport, Stützle has combined playing in the DEL and good showings on the international stage into becoming one of the […]
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The Evolution of the Carolina Hurricanes
The Carolina Hurricanes have completely re-vamped. From officially hiring Rod Brind’Amour as the team’s head coach in 2018, to strong drafting in the past eight years, the team has gone from an afterthought in the Eastern Conference, to one of the most exciting teams in the NHL. Let’s look back at some of the events […]
North Bay’s Ty Nelson Reflects on the OHL Draft
Ty Nelson has joined some elite company. The Toronto native was selected first overall in the 2020 OHL Draft by the North Bay Battalion, joining the likes of Connor McDavid, Steven Stamkos, John Tavares, Travis Konecny, Quinton Byfield and most recently Shane Wright. Drafted Number One Nelson said in an interview with the BTS Hockey […]
Predators Prospect Afanasyev: Improving & Getting Closer to Nashville
Egor Afanasyev has continued his upward trajectory this season. Scoring 67 points in the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) in 62 games for the Windsor Spitfires, some believe that he has made himself the top prospect in the Nashville Predators pipeline. Heading to North America A native of Tver, Russia, Afanasyev started out his career in […]
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Flyers’ Prospect Jay O’Brien Discusses His Journey
There is always a level of expectation that comes with being a first-round pick, and Jay O’Brien is no exception. Selected No. 19 overall in the 2018 draft by the Philadelphia Flyers, O’Brien went to Providence for a year, before multiple injuries derailed his season. He played in only 25 games in which he tallied […]
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Predators’ Prospect Farrance: Options After BU
David Farrance exploded onto the scene this season at Boston University in a big way. The third-round pick for the Nashville Predators in 2017 tallied 43 points in 34 games for the Terriers, leading the team in points, despite the season being cut short. Returning to Boston University Farrance recently announced that he will return […]
Rangers Prospect Nils Lundkvist: One Step at a Time
Nils Lundkvist is taking things one step at a time. Selected No. 28 overall by the New York Rangers in 2018, the Swedish blueliner has made his mark in the Swedish Hockey League (SHL) for Lulea, scoring 31 points in 45 games. Debut in North America? Many have wondered when he could be seen in […]
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Team USA NTDP: Helping to Mold the Next Generation of Stars
The USA Hockey National Team Development Program (NTDP) in Plymouth, Michigan is nationally renowned for cranking out high draft pick after high draft pick, and for good reason. There have been five players from the program picked No. 1 overall in the NHL draft — Jack Hughes, Patrick Kane, Auston Matthews, Rick Dipietro and Erik […]
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Coyotes’ Conor Garland and His Long Road to the NHL
I’m a small guy who was drafted in the fifth round. You don’t know how many chances you’re going to get. I was fortunate enough to get one. Conor Garland Conor Garland has seen it all and is making his mark. If you take a look back, it’s been a long and difficult journey. He […]
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Scott Perunovich’s Journey to the Hobey Baker Award
The last couple of years have been a whirlwind for Scott Perunovich, yet the accolades have just continued to roll in. “Growing up from Pee-Wee to Bantams, people told me that I was too small, what I was doing wasn’t going to work at the next level,” Perunovich said in an interview with BTS Hockey […]
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NHL Prospect Dawson Mercer: Family, Hockey and the Draft
This season has been a whirlwind for Dawson Mercer. He started in Drummondville and represented his country at the World Junior Championships. He was traded to a championship contender, and then with the stoppage of play in the CHL due to the coronavirus pandemic, everything came to a halt. Despite the abrupt end to the […]
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Kris Versteeg: A Well-Travelled and Successful NHL Career
Kris Versteeg has officially retired from professional hockey at the age of 33, he announced in a statement on Tuesday. Here’s a look at his long journey through hockey, and how he became one of the NHL’s most beloved journeymen. What a run it was. A kid from North Lethbridge who played on the streets […]
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Hurricanes’ Necas Emerging as a More Complete Player
Odds are when you’re thinking about the Carolina Hurricanes, the first names that come to mind would be Sebastian Aho, Andrei Svechnikov and Dougie Hamilton, or even Jordan Staal and Teuvo Teravainen. However, Martin Necas is making his case to be in that conversation down the road. He has made the journey from many hoping […]
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Blackhawks Sign Prospect Ian Mitchell to ELC
Fans of the Chicago Blackhawks got some good news on Saturday when Ian Mitchell signed an entry-level contract with the team. Who is Ian Mitchell? A second-round pick (57th overall) out of St. Albert, AB, Mitchell has been a key cog at the University of Denver for the past three years. He has scored 89 […]
NHL Hopefuls- What Does Hockey Mean To Them?
Growing up, if I hadn’t had sports, I don’t know where I’d be. God only knows what street corners I’d have been standing on and God only knows what I’d have been doing, but instead I played hockey and went to school and stayed out of trouble – Bobby Orr The importance of hockey to […]
Luleå’s Noel Gunler is Learning from Adversity
Noel Gunler is learning from adversity. Ranked as a consensus top-15 pick in the 2020 draft by almost every outlet that produces rankings, the Swedish forward has been praised with showing high-end skill, a lethal shot and playmaking ability. Related: THW’s 2020 Draft Guide However, being passed over by the Swedish national team this year […]
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