Created: Sunday, 16 August 2015 01:35
Saturday August 15, 2015
BRECLAV, Czech Republic – Canada is bringing home the gold after defeating Sweden 7-3 in Saturday’s gold medal game at the 2015 U18 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup in Breclav.
Canada’s National Men’s Summer Under-18 Team has won the annual tournament eight consecutive years – winning 36 of 38 games over that span – and has won 20 of 25 summer tournaments since 1991.
On Saturday, Canada scored four times in the first period and outshot the Swedes 16-1 to take control early. Pierre-Luc Dubois (Rimouski, Que./Cape Breton, QMJHL) scored twice, and Michael McLeod (Mississauga, Ont./Mississauga, OHL), Tyler Benson (Edmonton, Alta./Vancouver, WHL), Tanner Kaspick (Brandon, Man./Brandon, WHL), Jordan Kyrou (Toronto, Ont./Sarnia, OHL) and Beck Malenstyn (Ladner, B.C./Calgary, WHL) added a goal each, while Dylan Wells (St. Catharines, Ont./Peterborough, OHL) made 15 saves.
Canada finished a perfect 5-0 in the tournament, outscoring its opposition 23-7.
Canada’s roster was made up of 13 forwards, seven defencemen and two goaltenders, and included six players from the Ontario Hockey League, 12 from the Western Hockey League, two from the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League and two players from the British Columbia Hockey League.
CHL Players on Team Canada:
Carter Hart (Everett Silvertips)
Dylan Wells (Peterborough Petes)
Jake Bean (Calgary Hitmen)
Kale Clague (Brandon Wheat Kings)
Samuel Girard (Shawinigan Cataractes)
Josh Mahura (Red Deer Rebels)
Victor Mete (London Knights)
David Quenneville (Medicine Hat Tigers)
Tyler Benson (Vancouver Giants)
Will Bitten (Flint Firebirds)
Dillon Dube (Kelowna Rockets)
Pierre-Luc Dubois (Cape Breton Screaming Eagles)
Brett Howden (Moose Jaw Warriors)
Tanner Kaspick (Brandon Wheat Kings)
Jordan Kyrou (Sarnia Sting)
Beck Malenstyn (Calgary Hitmen)
Michael McLeod (Mississauga Steelheads)
Nolan Patrick (Brandon Wheat Kings)
Zach Poirier (North Bay Battalion)
Sam Steel (Regina Pats)
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Created: Thursday, 13 August 2015 16:58
With the 2015-16 hockey season approaching quickly, TheScout.ca team is extremely proud to announce that our initial 2016 OHL Draft rankings are now online.
While our reputation has been built on our OHL Draft work, this past year, the team at TheScout.ca has put in some significant time in Bantam rinks, learning more and more about the 2000 age group. From regular season and playoff games, showcases and tournaments, the team has worked hard to get an early read on the best that the age group has to offer. While it remains early, the following is a list of our Top 50 skaters heading into the minor midget season. We have also included honourable mention names that caught our eye and included them in an unrated section of the list.
2015-16 Minor Midget Season Outlook
Coming into the 2015-16 season the top of TheScout.ca rankings will have some familiarity with players like Merkley and Busby finding their names in the Top 10 after they stood out playing against the 1999 age group last season. Those two defensemen also signal a trend as the 2000 age group is packed with impressive defensive depth. Led by Bode Wilde, a big skilled rearguard with all the tools to be a star OHL and NHL defenceman, the 2016 OHL draft crop is joined by the above-mentioned standout defensemen Ryan Merkley and Dennis Busby, as well as William Ennis and Mattias Samuelsson – all players who should remain competitive for a top 10 selection next Spring.
The forward group is not as clear cut but Bode’s teammate Jacob Pivonka along with Eric Guest, Allan McShane, Ethan Manderville and Hunter Holmes all look to separate themselves from the rest. The 2016 OHL Priority Selection draft is deep in terms of high end talent as well as depth from all regions. The one area it does seem to be lacking in is the goaltending depth after seeing several recent years of strong puckstoppers being drafted.
Some interesting story lines as far as leagues go, Northern Ontario has granted the Sudbury and Sault Ste. Marie Minor Midget teams AAA cards meaning they can play in the Midget league giving them a true regular season schedule for the first time. On the other side of the coin, the Ottawa loop no longer has their minor midget loop and created U18 development teams for each CCHL team as well as four academy teams. It is unknown if any Ottawa based players will be featured in major tournaments this season but they are expected to participate in league showcases. Although there were no changes to the structure of the other leagues there was a lot of player movement that has changed the landscape dramatically from Major Bantam. Will the Mississauga Rebels, a team that was often dominated on their way to the OHF Major Bantam title, follow it up with an OHL Cup win or will another team step up and take it?
The season kicks off with the Toronto Titans Tournament on September 9th, where the majority of teams will get their first taste of the competition.
For our subscribers, our team will be releasing in-season Newsletters that will highlight trending players across the province and northern US states.
Stay tuned for many more OHL Draft prospect updates from @TheScoutDotCa team as they update current prospect profiles and add many other worthy players to their database!
1. Bode Wilde, RD (Chicago Mission U16)
Rangy mobile defender who was born in Montreal excelled with his HoneyBaked U14 team in 2014-15. With strong athletic genes (son of a Canadian Olympic skiier), Wilde uses his above-average strength to compliment great hands and a sizzling wristshot. Uses his length extremely well propelling himself up ice with advanced efficiency. Committed to Harvard University.
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2. Ryan Merkley, RD (Toronto Jr. Canadiens)
3. Mattias Samuelsson, LD (Northwood School Prep)
4. Jacob Pivonka, LC (Chicago Mission U16)
5. William Ennis, LD (Selects Hockey Academy U16)
6. Allan McShane, LC (Toronto Marlboros)
7. Dennis Busby, RD (Barrie Colts)
8. Ethan Manderville, RC/W (Gloucester Rangers U18)
9. Hunter Holmes, LC (Niagara North Stars)
10. Eric Guest, LC (London Jr. Knights)
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