Kevin Kurtt

How about a North American Cup of Hockey?

 

The World Cup of Hockey takes center stage this month. But what state/province would prevail in a North American Cup of Hockey?

 

By Kevin Kurtt
Let’s Play Hockey Editor

This month, over 150 of the best players in the NHL are representing their countries (or in the case of a couple teams, their continents) in the World Cup of Hockey, an eight-team tournament pitting the best hockey players from the best hockey nations. For two weeks, the eyes of the hockey world will be on Toronto as Team Canada, Team Czech Republic, Team Finland, Team Russia, Team Sweden, Team USA, Team Europe and Team North America battle for international hockey supremacy.

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If I were czar of men’s college hockey

 

By Kevin Kurtt
Let’s Play Hockey Editor

On March 23, 2016, the Big Ten announced that Notre Dame would be added as a sport affiliate member for men’s hockey, beginning with the 2017-18 season. On April 29, reports surfaced that Arizona State was finalizing a deal to join the National Collegiate Hockey Association (NCHC). Then, on July 13, Minnesota State announced that its men’s hockey program had applied to become a member of the NCHC.

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The Minnesota Wild at the NHL Draft

About 40 percent of the Minnesota Wild’s picks at the NHL Draft make it to the NHL. Where does that rank among other teams?

 

By Kevin Kurtt
Let’s Play Hockey Editor

The Minnesota Wild had a relatively uneventful 2016 NHL Draft, selecting an all-time franchise low four players, including only one pick in the first three rounds. Historically, the Wild averages about 7-8 picks per draft. For a team looking to stock its prospect pool, Minnesota’s four selections didn’t make a huge dent.

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Feeling a Draft

Five Minnesota natives were selected in the first three rounds of the 2016 NHL Entry Draft, the most since 10 were drafted in rounds 1-3 in 2010.

 

By Kevin Kurtt
Let’s Play Hockey Editor

When the New York Islanders selected former Edina High School forward Kieffer Bellows with the 19th overall pick of the 2016 NHL Entry Draft on June 24, a notable streak continued. For 48 straight years now, a Minnesotan has heard his name called at the NHL Draft. In all, 11 Minnesota natives were selected in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft in Buffalo, N.Y.

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Minnesota's Hockey Hotbed

Nearly 1,300 Minnesota natives played pro, college or junior hockey last season. But what city produced the most players?

 

By Kevin Kurtt
Let’s Play Hockey Editor

Here in Minnesota, hockey is strongly woven into our fabric of life. Learning to skate, shoot and stickhandle is a rite of passage for countless Minnesota kids every winter in cities and towns across the state.

 

Hockey in Minnesota is about trudging through the snow to reach the warming house at the local park. It’s about skipping school or work to go to or watch the state high school tournament.

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