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The Hockey News World Juniors 2019

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4 Min
iron is in his blood

KEITH YANDLE ISN’T PLAYING for the streak and says he doesn’t suit up every night for the notoriety or the attention. It was just the way he was raised. The Florida Panthers defenseman played his 738th consecutive contest Nov. 28 against Anaheim, adding to the longest active ironman streak in the league and passing former Florida blueliner Jay Bouwmeester for sixth place on the all-time list. In an odd twist, Andrew Cogliano was in the Ducks’ lineup opposite Yandle for Game 738. Cogliano was the NHL’s active leader in consecutive games played until his streak ended last January at 830 when he was suspended for two games. “You feel bad for him,” said Yandle when Cogliano’s streak came to a halt last season. “I know what type of guy he is. He…

5 Min
it’s not the size of the dog

IT IS SAID THAT you can tell a lot about a man by his dog. That is not the case with Ryan Ellis. At least not when it comes to his hockey career. The 27-year-old Nashville Predators defenseman and his wife, Kaitlyn, have a two-year-old Rottweiler, a breed known for its brutish size, which, according to the American Kennel Club, “observes the outside world with a self-assured aloofness.” Ellis’ self-confidence always has been evident, but in his case that belief manifested itself more in the manner of a Jack Russell Terrier. He never considered the possibility he was – in terms of traditional metrics – too small to measure up on the sport’s biggest stage no matter how many people tried to tell him otherwise. And he certainly is not aloof when…

12 Min
rock star

IN THE VERY FIRST scene of the very first episode of the Netflix series Frontier, a beaten and bloodied British Redcoat is kneeling on the ground with his hands tied behind his back while Declan Harp, a part-Irish, part-Cree outlaw, sharpens his knife. “Pl…plea…please, have mercy. Please,” the Redcoat begs, just before Declan Harp slits his throat. That gurgling ‘British Soldier No. 1’ is none other than Terry Ryan, who, in the almost 16 years since ending his pro hockey career as a first-round NHL flop has become a university graduate, best-selling author, actor, stuntman, stand-up comedian, ball hockey superstar, master storyteller and all-around bon vivant. “Those three words got me into the acting union,” said Ryan, now 41. “Because once you speak on camera, you get in.” Almost a quarter-century ago,…

5 Min
there’s no ‘i’ in canada

THE CANADIANS TOOK HOME WJC gold last year in Buffalo thanks to a total team effort that saw all four lines contribute up front and the tournament-winning tally notched by Tyler Steenbergen – the only forward who hadn’t scored for the team until then. There was no superstar on the team, with goaltender Carter Hart perhaps the closest to warrant that distinction, but Canada played as a wolf pack and was unstoppable after losing the outdoor game to Team USA – though the Swedes probably got jobbed a bit by the officials near the end of the gold-medal game. Nonetheless, expect a similar look from Team Canada this season, where a plethora of talent makes them a conservative favorite to repeat as champions. OFFENSE Thanks to a wealth of choice at this position,…

3 Min
smart chip on finns’ shoulders

SINCE OCTOBER 2017, teams playing at the Hakametsa arena in Tampere, the oldest indoor rink in Finland, have had a chip on their shoulders. Literally. The chip, hidden in a little pouch inside their sweaters, tracks players’ movements on the ice. Similarly, the puck has a small chip inside it, transmitting data on the movements of that piece of vulcanized rubber. Based on Quuppa position-tracking technology, each player’s Bluetooth sender and the puck transmit data that is picked up by 20 locators in the rink. The data is stored in the cloud and then distributed back to users via a web portal. The smart puck system, or Wisehockey, as its developers call it, is the product of Finnish Bitwise. “We’ve been working with (Finnish league team Tampere) Tappara for years, and they approached…

4 Min
western conference

>ANAHEIM DUCKS ISAC LUNDESTROM is on a quest for a gold medal to go along with two silvers (last year’s WJC and the 2016 world under-18s) and a bronze (world under-17s in 2015). The two-way faceoff ace will take on more of the offensive load after the graduation of so many Swedes. >ARIZONA COYOTES The good thing about BARRETT HAYTON’S well-rounded style is he can be a valuable piece for Canada even if he’s not slotted in the top-six or power-play units. The surprise fifth overall pick out of the Soo in 2018, Hayton plays a responsible 200-foot game – and he’s been producing. >CALGARY FLAMES Adam Ruzicka and Milos Roman have both played in two WJCs for Slovakia, but they may end up watching countryman MARTIN POSPISIL steal the spotlight. The Flames’ first pick…