Hits of the Year- So far

PK Subban starts the list off with a devastating hit on Brad Marchand. Drew Doughty flattens Taylor Hall with a clean check. To his credit he got right back up. Dion Phaneuf labels Tuomo Ruutu of the Hurricanes Sean O’Donnell takes out Evander Kane with a clean hit Jordin Tootoo absolutely wrecks Folik Tweet No [...]

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Well, now even the most delussional, rabid fan…qmjhl

2011 All Star Game Mock Draft- LeafsCentral

As per the rules, all three goaltenders must be chosen by round 10 and all defensemen by round 16

Captain- Niklas Lidstrom- Detroit Red Wings
A. Captains- Martin St. Louis- Tampa Bay Lightning and Patrick Kane- Chicago Black Hawks:

RD 1- Alex Ovechkin- Washington Capitals
RD 2- Henrik Sedin- Vancouver Canucks
RD 3- Rick Nash- Columbus Blue jackets
RD 4- Dustin Byfuglien- Atlanta Thrashers
RD 5- Cam Ward- Carolina Hurricanes
RD 6- Anze Kopitar- Los Angelas Kings
RD 7- Shea Weber- Nashville Predators
RD 8- Carey Price- Montreal Canadiens
RD 9- Patrick Sharp- Chicago Black Hawks
RD 10- Henrik Lundqvist- New York Rangers
RD 11- Dan Boyle- San Jose Sharks
RD 12- Daniel Briere- Philadelphia Flyers
RD 13- Louis Eriksson- Dallas Stars
RD 14- Mark Staal- New York Rangers
RD 15- Keith Yandle- Phoenix Coyotes
RD 16- Paul Stastny- Colorado Avalanche
RD 17- Martin Havlat- Minnesota Wild
RD 18- Patrik Elias- New Jersey Devils

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Captain- Eric Staal- Carolina Hurricanes
A.Captains- Ryan Kesler- Vancouver Canucks and Mike Green- Washington Capitals:

RD 1- Steven Stamkos- Tampa Bay lightning
RD 2- Daniel Sedin- Vancouver Canucks
RD 3- Tim Thomas- Boston Bruins
RD 4- Kris Letang- Pittsburgh Penguins
RD 5- Jonathan Toews- Chicago Black Hawks
RD 6- Brad Richards- Dallas Stars
RD 7- MA Fleury- Pittsburgh Penguins
RD 8- Duncan Keith- Chicago Black hawks
RD 9- Brent Burns- Minnesota Wild
RD 10- Jonas Hiller- Anaheim Ducks
RD 11- Claude Giroux- Philadelphia Flyers
RD 12- Corey Perry- Anaheim Ducks
RD 13- Zdeno Chara- Boston Bruins
RD 14- Matt Duchene- Colorado Avalanche
RD 15- Phil Kessel- Toronto Maple Leafs
RD 16- Erik Karlsson- Ottawa Senators
RD 17- David Backes- St.Louis Blues
RD 18- Jeff Skinner- Carolina Hurricanes

The Future is Crosby

From the time Sidney Crosby played for the Dartmouth Subways, the people who watched knew he would be a special player. It seems like a cliche in the sports world, where so many never live up to the hype. He’s had his detractors throughout, unlike the players he was compared to. Gretzky, Lemieux, and Lindros, at his earliest NHL age. All three were dominant players when they entered the league, although Lindros in a different fashion than the other 2. All three showed early on the reasons they were considered Great, Super, and the Next One. In his rookie season he fought tooth and nail with another bright, young star. Alexander Ovechkin. Their stories are as intertwined as any in hockey history. They are the Yin to each others Yang and never have two players possessed as much ability to cause discussion in the same sentence as these two, at least since Gretzky and Lemieux dominated.

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Heart of a Hockey Flag

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Is there anything more apparent in a Canadian than their love for hockey and our hockey teams? It isn’t so much winning or losing, it’s our feeling that we can always win no matter the odds. It’s played out over and over in every level of play. 1972 Canada Cup. 1987 Canada Cup. 2010 Olympic Gold medal game, where even as the favorites, it really could have gone either way, except to a Canadian. Numerous lower level tournaments such as U17, U18, and under U20. We’ve always had the ability to push harder, to fight harder, to take more punishment than the opposition. This isn’t an exaggeration nor is it meant to be a cocky expose from a Canadian’s point of view.

It’s also not even just about the players. The fans, of which close to 20 million per game in Canada and likely far more around the world, will us to win. Will every hit, every blocked shot, every hard working shift, and especially every goal. There isn’t 20 players on team Canada. There is a whole country underneath every jersey. Screaming to play harder, to give just that little bit more, and their heart beats harder because of it. When we lose, it’s a collective tear, and a collective heartbreak.

We came into this years WJC as an underdog to the US team which featured many returning players. We struggled throughout the tourney, seemingly playing against ourselves at times while few players found their games, and even lost to Sweden. Here we are facing Russia for the Gold and at this point, winning, but it isn’t even about this game. The game against the US showed how much heart can carry a team. Domination where it matters. Domination when skill plays the game in the shadows and character and heart define the experience. It’s not how we win. It’s why.

Look at this years World Junior Championship. It isn’t just about Canada’s team either, although certainly a main part of it. It’s hockey through and through. Even in the US vs Sweden game, we outnumbered everyone from any other country and still cheered our biggest rivals at this point in time. This has been the second most successful WJC in history in no small part because of the influx of Canadians going across the border into Buffalo. We are hockey. We are so enthralled in every single team Canada event, they can’t even sell tickets publicly in Canada. They need to sell them a year ahead of time in a lottery. Other countries fans can talk down the importance of any single event, and even do so with great disdain for Canada. We know why they do it. For the same reason they don’t do it to countries like Norway and France. We are hockey. No other country’s flag is so associated with a singular theme as Canada is with our national sport.

2011 Home Hardware CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game Team Cherry Roster

Forwards:

Sean Couturier-Centre Drummondville Voltigeurs (QMJHL)- Tomas Jurco-Right Wing Saint John Sea Dogs (QMJHL)- Gabriel Landeskog-Left Wing Kitchener Rangers (OHL)

Ryan Strome-Centre Niagara IceDogs (OHL)- Ty Rattie- Right Wing Portland Winterhawks (WHL)- Matt Puempel-Left Wing Peterborough Petes (OHL)

Tobias Rieder-Centre Kitchener Rangers (OHL)- Phillip Danault-Right Wing Victoriaville Tigres (QMJHL)- Nicklas Jensen-Left Wing Oshawa Generals (OHL)

Mark Scheifele-Centre Barrie Colts (OHL)- Mark McNeill-Right Wing Prince Albert Raiders (WHL)- Rickard Rakell- Left Wing Plymouth Whalers (OHL)

Defense:

Myles Bell- Defence Regina Pats (WHL)- Duncan Siemens- Defence Saskatoon Blades (WHL)

Ryan Murphy- Defense Kitchener Rangers (OHL)- Scott Harrington- Defence London Knights (OHL)

Joe Morrow- Defence Portland Winterhawks (WHL)- Tyler Wotherspoon- Defence Portland Winterhawks (WHL)

Goaltending:

Christopher Gibson- Goaltender Chicoutimi Sagueneens (QMJHL)

David Honzik- Goaltender Victoriaville Tigres (QMJHL)

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2011 Home Hardware CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game Team Orr Roster

Forwards:
RyanNugent-Hopkins- Centre Red Deer Rebels (WHL)- Vladislav Namestnikov- Right Wing London Knights (OHL)- Brandon Saad- Left Wing Saginaw Spirit (OHL)

Jonathan Huberdeau- Centre Saint John Sea Dogs (QMJHL)- Sven Bartschi- Right Wing Portland Winterhawks (WHL)- Lucas Lessio- Left Wing Oshawa Generals (OHL)

Boone Jenner- Centre Oshawa Generals (OHL)- Shane McColgan- Right Wing Kelowna Rockets (WHL)- Daniel Catenacci- Left Wing Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (OHL)

Zack Phillips- Centre Saint John Sea Dogs (QMJHL)- Colin Jacobs- Right Wing Seattle Thunderbirds (WHL)- Vincent Trocheck- Left Wing Saginaw Spirit (OHL)

Defense:

David Musil- Defence Vancouver Giants (WHL)- Dougie Hamilton- Defence Niagara IceDogs (OHL)

Xavier Ouellet- Defence Montreal Juniors (QMJHL)- Stuart Percy- Defence Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors (OHL)

Nathan Beaulieu- Defence Saint John Sea Dogs (QMJHL)- Reece Scarlett- Defence Swift Current Broncos (WHL)

Goaltending:

Liam Liston- Goaltender Brandon Wheat Kings (WHL)

Jordan Binnington- Goaltender Owen Sound Attack (OHL)

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