Canada beats Russia to Capture Gold at U18 World Championship with Shane Wright Leading as Captain

FRISCO, TEXAS – Canada is golden at the under-18 men’s hockey championship after another strong performance from two of the youngest players at the tournament.

Led by 17-year-old captain Shane Wright and 15-year-old Connor Bedard, the Canadians beat Russia 5-3 on Thursday in the championship game, going undefeated along the way.

Wright had two goals and an assist while Bedard added a goal and a helper.

Brennan Othmann scored a highlight-reel between-the-legs goal for Canada, which got another from Logan Stankoven.

Benjamin Gaudreau made 31 saves and was named top goaltender at the 10-nation event.

Wright and Bedard — two of only seven players in Canadian Hockey League history to be granted exceptional player status to join major junior a year early — finished 2-3 in tournament scoring behind Russia’s Matvei Michkov.

Wright ended the tournament with nine goals and 14 points in only five games — scoring at least a goal in each contest. Bedard wrapped up the event with seven goals and 14 points in seven games.

Craig Smith has come as advertised

BOSTON, MA – Over the past two months, Craig Smith has been on fire. The Boston Bruins‘ winger has been a points machine and has helped make the B’s second line dominant. With Smith’s first regular season with Boston nearly in the books, the Wisconsin native has come as advertised. The Black and Gold’s secondary scoring needed a spark which Smith has helped provide.

In 49 games this season, Smith has scored 13 goals and recorded 19 assists. His 32 points are the fifth most on the Bruins’ roster. In Smith’s first season in Boston, he has provided the offense the Bruins expected when he was signed in free agency.

Cole Perfetti Named April CCM/AHL Rookie of the Month

WINNIPEG, MB – The American Hockey League announced today Moose forward Cole Perfetti has been named the CCM/AHL Rookie of the Month for April.

Perfetti, 19, tied for the lead among AHL rookies, and the Moose, in scoring in April. He recorded 13 points (4G, 9A) in just nine games. Perfetti’s 13 points also left him in a tie for seventh among the league’s top point-getters for the month. His plus-eight rating tied for the lead among rookies and was tied for ninth overall. The Whitby, Ont. product recorded eight of his nine helpers as the primary assist this month. Perfetti also tallied nine points (2G, 7A) at even strength in April. The Winnipeg Jets’ 10th overall pick in the 2020 NHL Draft saved his best for when the game was on the line during the month, posting three of his goals in the third period and six of his 13 points in the third frame or overtime.

Acquired early in season, defenseman Ian Cole fits right in with Wild

MINNEAPOLIS, MN – Ian Cole has a system for packing.

He takes three or four hockey bags, fills them with clothes and then loads the bags into his car that’ll be shipped to his next destination.

“The car shows up all packed to the gills,” he said.

And when it’s time to meet his new teammates, the veteran NHL defenseman also knows what to do.

“Hey,” he says. “I’m Ian.”

A two-time Stanley Cup champion with almost 600 games of experience, Cole was traded for the fourth time in his career when the Wild acquired him from Colorado earlier this season. He ended up being the final addition to the 2021 roster, with the team letting last week’s trade deadline pass without making any changes.

But despite being the last to arrive, Cole is no longer an outsider. He has fused to the Wild with his enthusiasm and rugged style of play.

Josiah Slavin Off to Red-Hot Start in Rockford

ROCKFORD, IL – One of the newest Blackhawks signings has wasted no time making an impact at the next level.

Take a look at some of the top prospect performers across the organization over the last two weeks of action:

1. Josiah Slavin

The college-to-pro jump is going well for the Colorado College product. After notching a goal in his first pro game on March 28, Slavin has kept it rolling with two goals and two assists in his three tilts since while finding the scoresheet in all four pro games.

He scored the game-tying goal in the second period of an eventual 4-2 loss to Chicago on April 3, registered two assists in a 4-3 win over Chicago three nights later and, most recently, picked up the lone tally while shorthanded in a 4-1 loss to Iowa on Tuesday night. Of his three pro tallies in total, one has come at even strength, one on the power play and one while down a man.

Toronto Maple Leafs goalie Jack Campbell beats Ottawa Senators for record 11-0 start

TORONTO, ONT – Jack Campbell made 27 saves to set an NHL record for consecutive victories to start a season and the Toronto Maple Leafs beat the Ottawa Senators 6-5 on Saturday night.

Campbell (11-0) broke the mark of 10 wins to start a season set by Montreal’s Carey Price in 2016-17.

“I definitely owe the boys a nice Red Lobster dinner, that’s for sure,” Campbell said. “Definitely not what I expect out of myself, but thankfully we have a great team. They carried me tonight.”

Maple Leafs Acquire Riley Nash From Columbus

TORONTO, ONT – The Toronto Maple Leafs announced today that the hockey club has acquired forward Riley Nash from the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for a conditional seventh round selection in the 2022 NHL Draft. The seventh round selection will become a sixth round selection if Nash appears in 25 percent of the Maple Leafs’ playoff games in 2021.

Nash, 31, has appeared in 37 games with the Columbus Blue Jackets this season and recorded a pair of goals and five assists. In 578 career NHL regular season games between Carolina, Columbus and Boston, he has recorded 172 points (63 goals, 109 assists), while adding two goals and six assists in 32 career Stanley Cup playoff games.

Jets sign Simon Lundmark to a three-year, entry-level contract

WINNIPEG, MB – The Winnipeg Jets announced today they have agreed to terms with their 2019 second round pick (51stoverall) Simon Lundmark on a three-year, entry-level contract with an average annual value of $925,000.

Lundmark, a 20-year-old defenceman, has spent the past four seasons with Linkopings in the Swedish Elite League and set personal bests with two goals and eight assists for 10 points in 47 games this season. The Stockholm, Sweden native has recorded 16 points (2G, 14A) in 118 games during his SHL career and he has represented Sweden in numerous tournaments, including winning the gold medal at the 2016 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge.

 

Travis Zajac traded to Islanders by Devils

NEWARK, NJ – Travis Zajac and Kyle Palmieri were traded to the New York Islanders by the New Jersey Devils on Wednesday.

New Jersey receives minor league forwards A.J. Greer and Mason Jobst, a first-round pick in the 2021 NHL Draft and a fourth-round pick in the 2022 NHL Draft.

Palmieri and Zajac can each become an unrestricted free agent after this season.

Palmieri has scored 17 points (eight goals, nine assists) in 34 games this season and scored at least 24 goals in each of the prior five seasons. The 30-year-old forward is in the final season of a five-year contract he signed with the Devils on July 7, 2016.

“The opportunity to go and be a part of a team that has a chance to do something special is something every player wants,” Palmieri said. “That’s all you can ask for. I’m really looking forward to this opportunity.”