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Go Fund Yourself

After getting home from Finland, The Hockey News annual Money & Power issue came and contained their yearly ranking of the top 100 people of power and influence in the game of hockey. At number 16 this year and last is Dave Andrews, President & CEO of the American Hockey League. I take no issue

WJC Player Assessments – 4th to 9th Place Finishers

This post will focus on viewings of players that were not on medal winning teams. I look mostly to players with NHL potential. Stay tuned for assessments of players from the top 3 teams! Sweden The Swedes lost out to the Americans in the Bronze Medal game. Their chances were dealt a blow in game 1

WJC Player Assessments – Medalists

This post will focus on NHL caliber talent on display with the top 3 teams at the 2016 World Junior Championship. Finland, Russia, and the USA took gold, silver, and bronze respectively in a highly enjoyable tournament held in Helsinki, Finland – that I had the good fortune to attend.   Finland – Gold Medalists The

Trade Market Comes to Life

Finally the NHL trade market has shown signs of life this week! There were two big deals earlier this week. First Vinny Lecavalier and Luke Schenn were sent from Philly to LA. The Kings get 2 more big players to fit into their heavy game and make another Cup run. They are already having a

Sabres Slump

With my trip to Finland I was not able to watch all the Sabres games due to the time difference and being at the World Juniors. However, I watched all the condensed games on NHL GameCenter since my return. Unfortunately the Sabres are on a 6 game losing streak right now, with an afternoon date

Heading for Home

Thursday was a travel day. We checked out, had a nice lunch, then boarded our bus for the airport. Our 5+ hour flight had a little turbulence at the southern tip of Greenland, but was otherwise uneventful.  Some new movies were added to their system since our flight 2 weeks ago so I was able

Finland Day 14 – On to Iceland

Wednesday morning we packed up from our two week stay in Finland and headed off to Iceland. We scheduled a one night stopover to take in some of the island nation. Recently Finland completed an extension of the rail lines to the airport, so we took a very convenient train from Helsinki to Vantaa where

Finland Day 13 – Gold, Silver, & Bronze

The World Juniors culminate in the Gold medal game and the Bronze medal game. Both games are in Hartwall Arena and feature rematches of pool play contests, with the US facing Sweden for the Bronze medal and the host Finland taking on Russia for Gold. Bronze Medal Game Sweden opted to go with Felix Sandstrom

Finland Day 12 – Semifinals

Today the World Juniors moved to Hartwall Arena to complete the competition. The semifinals determine who plays for gold & silver and who plays for bronze. First up was Finland versus Sweden Finland chose to start Kaapo Kahkonen in goal, who relieved Veini Vehvilainen in the Quarterfinal versus Canada. Sweden played Linus Soderstrom, the New

Finland Day 11 – Design Sunday

With only a relegation round game played Sunday we decided to take a day off from the tournament and see more of Helsinki. Incidentally, Switzerland beat Belarus in game 2 of a best-of-three relegation round, so the Swiss stay up in next years WJC while Belarus moves down, to be replaced by Latvia. For us,