Canada defeated the Czech Republic 6-2 on Saturday to win the 2014 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup, earning gold for the seventh year in a row. Earlier today, the U.S. beat Sweden 5-4 in OT to take the bronze.
The Canadians managed an undefeated record in this under-18 tournament and seemed to put the final contest away pretty early with a four-goal first period. In fact, Hlinka Memorial.com notes that Canada won every game by at least four tallies.
“We knew we had to have a really good start against (the Czechs) because they were playing really well,” Head coach Jody Hull told the Canadian Press. “Our guys just bought into the process. It’s an amazing group.”
One particularly interesting name on the team is Dylan Strome, younger brother of New York Islanders prospect Ryan Strome. The younger Strome managed to find the net during this game.
The Canadian Press notes that Canada won this tournament 19 out of 24 times.
(Main image via Hlinka Memorial.com.)
The Calgary Flames have released Ryan Wilson from his professional tryout.
The 28-year-old was trying to make a comeback after missing 79 games with a shoulder injury last season.
Even with T.J. Brodie sidelined because of a broken hand, Wilson still faced long odds to make the final roster.
The veteran will be hard-pressed to find NHL work with another team.
He hasn’t suited up in more than 12 regular season games since 2011-12.
The Stockton Heat, Calgary’s AHL affiliate, also made some news on Sunday.
The club announced that they’ve signed Colton Orr to an AHL contract.
The 33-year-old tough guy suited up in just one game for the Toronto Maple Leafs last season. He has 12 seasons of NHL experience under his belt.
The Arizona Coyotes have returned Dylan Strome to the Erie Otters of the OHL.
Strome, 18, was the third overall pick in the 2015 NHL draft.
The 6’3, 185 pounder was hoping to stick with the Coyotes this season, but the team decided to take the conservative approach with their top prospect.
Strome will look to build off an incredible junior season that saw him score 45 goals and 129 points in 68 games.
Strome seems to be taking the demotion in stride.
The team also announced that they’ve assigned goaltender Louis Domingue and forward Matthias Plachta to their AHL affiliate in Springfield.
Domingue, 23, had a 1-2-1 record with a 2.73 goals-against-average and a .911 save percentage in seven games last season.
Plachta, a free agent signing, will begin his first pro season in North America. The 24-year-old had 14 goals and 35 points in the German League last season.