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- Daniel Nugent-Bowman at Buzzing The Net6 hrs ago
It’s been two months since the London Knights have lost a hockey game, an incredible feat considering it’s now late May and no longer December.
The Knights have not only been dispatching so-called elite opponents without fail, they’ve usually done so with ease. After sweeping three consecutive OHL playoff series, the Knights brought a 13-game winning streak to the Memorial Cup in Red Deer, where they’ve tossed aside the supposed best the Canadian Hockey League has to offer. They’ve claimed three victories by a combined score of 20-5 with Mitch Marner continuing to do whatever he wants with the puck.
After losing on the final day of the regular season – a loss that secured the OHL’s second-best record – London has cruised to the Memorial Cup final. And a win there would certainly lock up a place among the most prolific seasons in major junior history.
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- Mike Sanderson at Buzzing The Net8 days ago
Is it possible for the number one ranked team in the CHL to come in under the radar?
The Rouyn-Noranda Huskies dominated their way through their QMJHL competition, running the table in the regular season with a 54-9-3-2 record, blasting their way through the playoff bracket with a 16-5 record, and a 2016 MasterCard Memorial Cup berth in the process.
The goal is in sight, but the Huskies aren’t done. They won their first President’s Cup in their history – the first in their franchise’s history since 1970 as the Montreal Junior Canadiens – and they will march on, led by head coach Gilles Bouchard.
While the top line of the London Knights, Christian Dvorak flanked by Matthew Tkachuk and Mitch Marner, may get the most attention, the Brandon Wheat Kings as western champs after reaching the finals a year ago and with 2017 NHL draft hopeful Nolan Patrick in tow, and the Red Deer Rebels hosting the first Memorial Cup tournament in Alberta since 1974, it can be easy to forget the Huskies as the team from the Quebec league that won their first President’s Cup.
- Dhiren Mahiban at Buzzing The Net8 days ago
The Vancouver Giants will have a familiar face running its hockey operations. The Western Hockey League club announced Glen Hanlon as the franchise’s second general manager taking over from the departed Scott Bonner.
Hanlon is no stranger to the hockey team as he served as an assistant coach from 2011-13 under then head coach Don Hay. Hanlon briefly took over the head coaching role in December 2011 when Hay left the club to coach Team Canada at the 2012 world juniors.
“He’s familiar with the scouting staff, the ownership and Glen’s a very popular man in this city,” said Bonner, who is in the middle of his first week working with the Edmonton-based hockey agency, The Sports Corporation. “I think when you look at (his resume) he’s run the Slovak federation for a while, he’s been in Belarus – his resume, he’s done a lot of things in hockey, he’s had a lot of success in hockey so I think the players are lucky that they’ve chosen a guy like Glen to do it.”
Giants majority owner Ron Toigo consulted Bonner prior to naming his replacement.
- Dhiren Mahiban at Buzzing The Net9 days ago
The off ice shake up to the Flint Firebirds organization continued on Tuesday as George Burnett was announced as the club’s general manager and Joe Stefan was appointed the team’s assistant general manager and director of player development.
Both Burnett and Stefan have signed new three-year contracts with the hockey club.
Burnett replaces Terry Christensen, who after one season as GM of the Firebirds, is no longer with the organization. Stefan was previously the Firebirds’ interim head coach and assistant general manager.
According to Burnett, the Firebirds will have a new head coach in place within a week.
“It’s a terrific opportunity, very exciting to have a new direction and I look forward to the role,” Burnett told Yahoo Canada Sports. “The change in the role will no-doubt be different, but I look forward to supporting a coaching staff and leading the hockey operation.
- Kaitlyn McGrath at Buzzing The Net15 days ago
After leading the London Knights to another OHL championship, scoring 44 points in 18 games, Mitch Marner surely earned the right to hoist the J. Ross Robertson Cup first. But the Toronto Maple Leafs prospect had another idea.
After OHL commissioner David Branch gave the trophy to Marner, he immediately found his teammate Jacob Buch.
Dressed in a Knights sweat suit, Buch lifted the Cup high above his head, a wide grin glued on his face, and turned to the crowd as his teammates surrounded him, clapping and cheering him along. The 17-year-old Buch is a Knights prospect — a fifth-round pick — who has been battling a rare form of cancer that typically affects children and adolescents called Ewing's sarcoma. After the game, Marner said he’d been planning the classy gesture for days.
- Daniel Nugent-Bowman at Buzzing The Net23 days ago
No, this is not some desert mirage. OHL hockey is, in fact, back.
The OHL final begins Thursday after an eight-day break between games. And it features two white-hot teams.
The London Knights and Niagara IceDogs have each swept their last two playoff series en route to this clash for league supremacy. London's riding a nine-game winning streak while Niagara has won 10 in a row, with the Knights losing twice all postseason and the IceDogs just once.
One of the journeys was only a tad surprising. The other’s was downright shocking.
The Knights have been the OHL’s gold standard in recent years. They won the league championship in 2012 – when they knocked off the IceDogs in five – and then reclaimed the title a year later. They appeared in their third straight Memorial Cup tournament when they hosted the event in 2014.
This season, the Knights were led by the line of Matthew Tkachuk, Christian Dvorak and Mitch Marner – who was named the most outstanding player on Tuesday – as well as defenceman Olli Juoveli and goaltender Tyler Parsons. They scored the most goals in the league and allowed the fewest.
- Daniel Nugent-Bowman at Buzzing The Net23 days ago
Jason Clarke didn’t have to think too hard about putting in an application when the then-Central Junior Hockey League wanted a 12 th team in time for the 2009-10 season.
Clarke saw first-hand how his Junior B Carleton Place Legion Kings were supported by fans at home and road games and by sponsors.
Founding the Carleton Place Canadians just made too much sense.
“We made the jump to (Tier II) Junior A and haven’t looked back since,” said Clarke, the team’s owner, coach and general manager.
In just seven short years, the Canadians are firmly entrenched in the town of roughly 10,000 people, 50 kilometres west of Ottawa . They’re also firmly established as the best team in the now-Central Canada Hockey League.
- Mike Sanderson at Buzzing The Net23 days ago
Welcome to Buzzing The Net’s preview of the QMJHL’s President’s Cup final.
Two teams are left standing after a strong final four. The Shawinigan Cataractes defeated the Saint John Sea Dogs in five games and the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies outlasted the Moncton Wildcats in six. The top two seeds in the regular season are the last two squads playing. The league will crown a new champion, as neither team has a President’s Cup to their credit. The fans in Rouyn-Noranda have been waiting 20 seasons, while Shawinigan fans have seen 38 seasons without a championship. They can be somewhat comforted by the Cataractes’ Memorial Cup win in 2012 as hosts.
In the third round, Mike went 2-for-2, nailing both series, including the Rouyn-Noranda-Moncton series in the correct amount of games. That puts his playoffs predictions record at 10-for-14, with six of those predicted in the correct amount of games. You may read his third round preditions here, his second round preview , and his first round previews and .
- Daniel Nugent-Bowman at Buzzing The Net28 days ago
The OHL final doesn’t start until next Thursday, but already shots have been fired.
The London Knights sent a tweet egging on their championship opponents, the Niagara IceDogs, on Thursday – less than 24 hours after both teams won their conference final series.
The tweet in question?
The “this” here is the astounding goal Knights star Mitch Marner scored against the IceDogs on Feb. 12 – a play that has earned the Toronto Maple Leaf in waiting a seemingly permanently spot on national highlight shows.
Surely, the IceDogs didn’t need – or want – to be reminded that Marner, after taking a pass from linemate and co-captain Christian Dvorak, went on to embarrass them with his dazzling skill.
Mitch Marner's torrid playoff scoring pace on par with Connor McDavid's output last season, not far off all-time junior recordsDaniel Nugent-Bowman at Buzzing The Net29 days ago
The London Knights have advanced to yet another OHL final after completing a sweep of the Erie Otters on Wednesday. Mitch Marner chipped in with an assist and an empty-net goal in the 5-1 victory.
The two-point effort was a rather pedestrian performance based on what we’ve come accustomed to seeing from Marner so far.
Yes, Marner, the prized prospect of the Toronto Maple Leafs, is having a playoff run for the ages.
Through three rounds, the 18-year-old forward has 37 points – a total that could be much higher if the Knights hadn’t been so dominant. Marner and his teammates have played just 14 games in knocking off three opponents and haven’t dropped a contest since the first round against Owen Sound.
As a result, Marner is averaging 2.6 points each game, an impressive mark in an era of elite coaching, defensive emphasis and usually impressive goaltending. Marner has been held pointless only once and has recorded two five-point games and three of the four-point variety. It’s also worth noting that Marner’s linemate Matthew Tkachuk, a likely top-five pick in the 2016 NHL draft, is right behind him with 33 points (2.4 per game).