Quebecers lead Canada to second straight world junior ringette title
BURNABY, B.C. — Team Canada’s junior ringette team successfully defended its world title after defeating Finland 9-7 in Game 2 of the best-of-three series at the World Ringette Championships on Sunday. Gatineau’s Sara Plouffe posted a hat-trick, while Blainville’s Mégane Fortin had two goals and an assist. Moncton’s Britney Snowdon, Emily Power of Mississauga, Ont., Notre-Dame-de-L’Île-Perrot’s Ariane Sagala and Maddie MacLean of St. Jacobs, Ont., also scored for Canada. Gatineau blue-liner Julie Vandal was named player of the game for Canada, Moncton’s Britney Snowdon earned event MVP honours and Fortin was named MVP for the junior pool.
Forward Joe Veleno will join the team in the Czech Republic ahead of the holiday tournament after starting the season in the American Hockey League. The 19-year-old from Kirkland, Que., has three goals and six assists in 25 games this year for the Detroit Red Wings ’ AHL affiliate, the Grand Rapids
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OAKVILLE, Ont. — Joe Veleno's path has been a long one.
From being the first player from Quebec granted exceptional status, to struggling early on in junior, to battling through adversity to find his game before making his professional debut this season, the centre has already seen a lot in his 19 years.
Now he'll be counted on to help lead Canada — both on the ice and in the locker room — at the 2020 world junior hockey championship.
Hockey Canada announced Monday that the Detroit Red Wings have released Veleno for the under-20 tournament that runs Dec. 26 to Jan. 5 in the Czech Republic.
Lafreniere headlines Canada’s world junior selection camp roster
Projected No.1 pick in the 2020 NHL Draft, Alexis Lafreniere, headlines the list of 31 players who have been invited to Canada’s selection camp for the upcoming world junior championship. The post Ibaka talks mentoring young Raptors and impressive bench depth appeared first on Sportsnet.ca.Canada revealed the 31-player contingent that will vie for spots on the team’s under-20 roster at the camp in Oakville, Ont., from Dec. 9 to 12.
Joe Veleno . Detroit Red Wings . Veleno projects as a top-six two-way center. He was recently invited to Hockey Canada ’ s selection camp roster for the 2019 World Junior Hockey Championship. Veleno ’s strongest asset could be his skating. He has breakaway speed and acceleration, excellent
Joseph Veleno was made available by the Detroit Red Wings on Monday to play for Canada at the 2020 IIHF World Junior Championship in the Czech Republic, but he will not join the team until Dec. Veleno , who was selected by the Red Wings in the first round (No. 30) of the 2018 NHL Draft
He won't be at this week's selection camp just west of Toronto with the country's other 31 teenage hopefuls, but the sport's national body is happy to wait for his arrival after final cuts are made and the team heads to Europe for a series of exhibition games.
"You'd like to have your guys here, but it's not a priority," Hockey Canada head scout Brad McEwen said. "Detroit was gracious enough to allow him to play, and we're thankful for that."
Veleno's number don't jump off the page — he has three goals and nine points in 25 games this season with the Grand Rapids Griffins of the American Hockey League — but McEwen said there's lots to like.
"He's been playing good minutes in all situations," McEwen said. "He's been in our program so many times, and been a tremendous leader and mentor for our group. We're really excited that we got word that he's going to be part of it moving forward."
Canadiens prospect Cole Caufield part of Team USA preliminary roster
Not surprisingly, Cole Caufield has been named to the Team USA preliminary roster for the 2020 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship. The Canadiens selected Caufield in the first round (15th overall) at this year’s NHL Draft and the right-winger has 12-8-20 totals in 20 games this season as a freshman with the University of Wisconsin. Five of his goals have come on the power play. Caufield leads the NCAA with 79 shots and ranks second in goals. Another Canadiens prospect, defenceman Jordan Harris, was also among the 28 players named to the preliminary Team USA roster on Monday. The final roster will include 23 players for the world junior tournament, which will run from Dec.
Red Wings News. By the Numbers Prospects : Joe Veleno . Veleno also earned a spot on Team Canada ' s world junior team and contributed two assists in five games. The Voltigeurs named Veleno their most valuable player for his incredible season, which he documented for
For Detroit Red Wings prospect Joe Veleno , the World Junior Summer Showcase was a nice way to break up his summer. So he didn't have far to go to join Team Canada for the tournament at USA Hockey Arena in Plymouth. "I went into this camp with more of a wide-open mindset," Veleno said.
Selected 30th overall at the 2018 NHL draft, Veleno had two assists in five games in a limited role for Canada at last year's world juniors when the hosts finished a disappointing sixth in Vancouver and Victoria.
"We all love him," forward Akil Thomas said. "Obviously a huge addition. He's a great player and he's going to make the team a lot better.
"He's just overall a really good guy that people gravitate towards.
A native of Kirkland, Que., Veleno joins a trio of already-announced returning players from last year's team — star winger Alexis Lafreniere, as well as defencemen Jared McIsaac and Ty Smith — as leaders of a Canadian roster that could be a lot younger than in years past.
Of the 31 players in camp, eight are NHL draft eligible for the first time, including three 17 year olds led by hulking centre Quinton Byfield.
"All of us have been captains or been leaders (with) Hockey Canada throughout the years," McIsaac said of the veteran core. "We're ready for that."
Team Canada WJC Selection Camp Day 1 Notebook: Goalies in the spotlight
Day 1 of Canada’s WJC Selection camp got going on Monday. Sportsnet’s Sam Cosentino was there and shares some of his observations and notes as the players hit the ice. The post Team Canada WJC Selection Camp Day 1 Notebook: Goalies in the spotlight appeared first on Sportsnet.ca.Here’s a few notes and observations from the first day:
Former Red Wings ' first-round pick Joe Veleno had a goal and an assist against the U.S. at the World Junior Wings draft pick Joe Veleno , left, is checked by Jon Gruden during Canada ' s 4-1 win over the U.S The teams resume play on Wednesday with Canada facing Finland at 1 p.m., and the U.S
Saint John Sea Dogs rookie forward Joe Veleno scores his 11th of the season Saturday in a 5-1 win over the Halifax Mooseheads at Scotiabank Centre. Watch captain Spencer Smallman set the table and the underage forward finish with a quick one timer. Veleno is Detroit Ded Wings prospect .
Canada opened its selection camp Monday evening in Oakville and will be back on the ice for two sessions Tuesday before playing exhibition games Wednesday and Thursday against a team of university all-stars.
The Canadians, who last won the world juniors two years ago in Buffalo, N.Y., have earned a combined 31 medals since 1977, including 17 gold.
Veleno has had an up-and-down career since becoming the first player from Quebec granted exceptional status to play in the Canadian Hockey League as a 15 year old back in 2015 — a full year before the rest of his age group.
He registered 43 points in 62 games as a QMJHL rookie and 40 in 45 contests during his second campaign. Veleno helped the Saint John Sea Dogs make the Memorial Cup in 2017, but was traded to the Drummondville Voltiguers the following December for five draft picks.
Still waiting to make his NHL debut, Veleno put up a combined 79 points in 64 games with the Sea Dogs and Voltiguers in 2017-18, and finally started to dominate in 2018-19 with 42 goals and 104 points in 59 outings as Drummondville made the league semifinals.
Canada's Alexis Lafreniere nursing ankle injury at world junior camp
OAKVILLE, Ont. — Alexis Lafreniere had no reason to hit the ice this week. The presumptive No. 1 pick at the 2020 NHL draft, his name has been written in ink on Canada's world junior roster for some time. That didn't make sitting out with a nagging ankle injury any easier. "It got better over the last couple days," Lafreniere said Thursday during his first media availability. "We talked with (the doctor) and the staff. They don't want me to pushThe presumptive No. 1 pick at the 2020 NHL draft, his name has been written in ink on Canada's world junior roster for some time.
Detroit Red Wings prospect center Joe Veleno take part in the developmental camp at the Belfor Training Center The Wings want Veleno to be a complete center at both ends. “He’ s for sure a better defensive player He has the skill set to do both at the NHL level, maybe more so as a second-unit
When Detroit Red Wings prospects Joe Veleno , Jonatan Berggren, Jesper Eliasson and Otto Kivenmaki played at the World Junior Summer Showcase last week at USA Hockey Arena in Plymouth Veleno , 19, played for Team Canada , recording two goals and an assist in just two games.
"He's a complete guy, he plays all the zones," McEwen said. "You talk about a 200-foot type player, that's what he is. He's probably rounded that side of the game out more."
Hockey Canada is also waiting for word on two other players from last year's team currently in the NHL — Arizona Coyotes centre Barrett Hayton and New York Islanders defenceman Noah Dobson.
Kirby Dach, 18, was expected to be available, but the No. 3 pick at the 2019 draft has five goals and 10 points in 24 games for the Chicago Blackhawks this season.
McEwen said the program will leave the door open as long as possible for Hayton, Dobson and Dach — including adding them to the roster after final cuts.
"We're just letting that process move forward," McEwen said. "We're always optimistic, but we haven't got any word.
"We're certainly flexible. Those three players being in the NHL, we know how quality they are. We'll wait right until the last second if that's what it takes."
This report by The Canadian Press was first published Dec. 9, 2019.
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Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version had the incorrect start date for the world junior championship
Canada finalizes 23-man world juniors roster .
Forward Benoit-Olivier Groulx will have to take the lonely flight back home from the Czech Republic, as the Anaheim Ducks prospect was Team Canada's final cut ahead of the 2020 World Junior Championship. Here's a look at the final 23-man roster, based on Saturday's practice lines, according to TSN's Mark Masters.Here's a look at the final 23-man roster, based on Saturday's practice lines, according to TSN's Mark Masters.