Banning European netminders from Canadian junior is wise
Czech Republic native and Winnipeg Jets goaltender Ondrej Pavelec is one of only a handful of CHL-trained European goaltenders since 2004 to have made a successful transition to the NHL. Photo: Steve Deschenes/Hockey Hall of Fame
The Canadian Hockey League (CHL) made a decision that will provide benefits on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean when it opted to ban European junior goalies entirely from its annual import draft starting in 2014.
Going from flopping to winning a medal is sweet indeed
Switzerland’s leap from 11th place at the 2012 Worlds to the silver medal this year marks one of the biggest improvements in recent tournament history. But the Swiss aren’t the only ones who have medaled the very next year after a sub-par performance.
19-year-old U.S. goalie with three medals ready for next step
As bronze adorned John Gibson’s red, white and blue uniform during the medal ceremony at the 2013 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship, a certain fact became evident: this young goaltender is about to be in high demand.