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What To Expect In 2023 World Junior Championship?



Major Ice Hockey Teams To Participate

The two groups for the 2023 IIHF World Junior Championship have been announced by Hockey Canada and the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF). The tournament is scheduled to take place in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and Moncton, New Brunswick, from the 26th of December 2022 until the 5th of January 2023.

The International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) created the groups by giving each federation a ranking based on its performance in the most recent five tournaments. According to them, this provides time for fans, teams, and other stakeholders to prepare for the event, which was given to the two major cities in the Maritime region in May.

Following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) decided to revoke the country’s rights to host the 2023 event, which had been planned to take place in Russia.

The International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) formed the groups by ranking each federation on performance at the previous five tournaments. This was done to give fans, competing teams, and stakeholders time to prepare for the 2023 World Juniors, which was only awarded to the host communities in May. Additionally, this was done to give all stakeholders the opportunity to jointly work on the game schedule during the current World Juniors, which is being held in Edmonton, Alberta.

Group A will feature competition from Canada, Sweden, the Czech Republic, Germany, and Austria. The preliminary-round games will be held at the Scotiabank Centre in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Group B will be comprised of the United States of America, Finland, Switzerland, Slovakia, and Latvia, and games will be held at the Avenir Centre in Moncton.

Fans from all across the Maritimes will get to see some of the top under-20 hockey players in the world compete in at least ten pre-tournament games, which will be played in villages spread out across New Brunswick and Nova Scotia.

The whole itinerary for the event will be made available in the following weeks. TSN and RDS in Canada, as well as other broadcasters in the other countries that are taking part in the 2023 IIHF World Junior Championship, will carry live coverage of all of the tournament’s games.

Late in the month of August, over 50,000 fans who joined the 2023 World Juniors Priority Draw will have the option to purchase tickets, and if any inventory is still available, tickets will go on sale to the general public in September.

Between the dates of December 26th, 2022 and January 5th, 2023, the international competition will be held at both the Scotiabank Centre in Halifax and the Avenir Centre in Moncton, New Brunswick.

Best Junior Hockey Players To Watch

As a result of a poorly executed COVID plan last winter, the 2022 World Junior Championship has been moved to this summer, creating competition for NHL roster spots among players who did not participate in the tournament. The result was a flood of promising youth into prominent roles in their countries. Let’s take a look at those players who are expected to return next season for the 2023 World Juniors.

Canada West, Connor Bedard

Bedard is widely regarded as the best player in the NHL and the clear favorite to be selected first in the 2023 draft. Before the tournament was postponed in December, he scored four goals, and then in the summer, he tied for ninth in tournament scoring. There was no doubt that he was unmoved by any physical or verbal attempts to intimidate him, as he pushed back whenever he was shoved and got in the mix after the whistle when necessary. Bedard, who will be 17 this winter, has a good chance of being the best forward in the competition. In this tournament, he played on the wing, but in December, he’ll probably be a center.


You can count on Kemell to be back for the Finns in December after finishing second in scoring to MVP Mason McTavish. On offense, Joakim Kemell was a game-changer for the Finnish U-20 team thanks to his lethal shooting and unheralded passing skills. The future star for the Nashville Predators is a strong forechecker who uses pressure to force opponents to make mistakes in their own zone. Finland’s best forward in 2023, Kemell should be among the leading scorers during the tournament.

Luke Hughes was a monster and a major contributor to the U.S.A.’s success during the round robin, but his tournament ended with a turnover that led to an empty netter that ultimately resulted in the team’s elimination in the quarterfinals. We can all breathe a sigh of relief because the New Jersey Devils’ prospect will get another shot in December. Hughes’s flashes of dominance last season were but a teaser for what he can accomplish this upcoming season.


Ian Scherzer, one of the youngest players in the competition, was a standout for Austria at the center. He is a quick and shrewd player who can contribute on both sides of the game. He is a dedicated teammate who never skips a shift and always gives 100%. Scherzer, who is available for the 2023 draft, proved his worth to an undermanned Austrian squad by scoring three points in four games. By returning in December, he will have a great opportunity to improve his draft stock before the end of the season.


Kulich, one of the Czech Republic’s top players, will be able to compete in the 2023 World Junior Championship because he will be eligible to return in the winter. The first overall pick for the Buffalo Sabres has a nasty one-time shot that makes him a dangerous powerplay threat. He showed off his passing skills more than his shooting at the World Juniors this summer, finishing in sixth place in the tournament with six assists in seven games. Due to Mysak’s retirement, Kulich will be counted on to provide the bulk of the offense come December.


Dalibor Dvorsky, who participated in Slovakia’s poor performance in this summer’s World Junior Championship, will want to make amends by leading Slovakia to the quarterfinals and, ideally, a victory there. Dvorsky is a highly active player with a powerful shot. A few more months in the J20 National and maybe an Allsvenskan stint before the next world juniors in December might make him one of the most exciting players to watch as he tries to improve his status for the 2023 NHL draft.

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Preview And Top Prospects Of The 2023 NHL Entry Draft



It’s that time of year once again when the National Hockey League eagerly awaits a fresh influx of talent. The NHL Entry Draft is fast approaching, signifying a momentous occasion in professional ice hockey where teams have the opportunity to select the most promising young players who may shape the future of their organizations. 

As we approach the highly anticipated 2023 NHL Entry Draft, anticipation builds among scouts, general managers, and hockey fans, all eagerly awaiting the introduction of the sport’s next generation of superstars. In this article, we delve into the players who have captured attention with their skill, potential, and remarkable performances in junior hockey leagues worldwide. These individuals represent the top prospects to watch for in the upcoming 2023 NHL Entry Draft.

NHL Entry Draft 2023: when and where

First Day: Wednesday, June 28, 2023

Time: 19:00 E.T

Second Day: Thursday, June 29, 2023

Time: 11:00 E.T

Venue: Bridgestone Arena, Nashville, Tennessee.

Livestream: ESPN+, NHL Network, TVA Sports

Top ten 2023 NHL Draft Order by teams

  • Chicago Blackhawks
  • Anaheim Ducks
  • Columbus Blue Jackets
  • San Jose Sharks
  • Montreal Canadiens
  • Arizona Coyotes
  • Philadelphia Flyers
  • Washington Capitals
  • Detroit Red Wings
  • St. Louis Blues

Top five players in the 2023 NHL Draft prospects

From a pool of sixteen players expected to be drafted on the first day of the draft, here are the top five players projected to achieve immense success in the league:

Connor Bedard

Position: Center

Country: Canada

At just 17 years old, Bedard is one of the most talented prospects in the 2023 NHL draft class. He has already made significant waves, boasting a commanding lead in the 2022-23 Western Hockey League season with 143 points in 57 games. Bedard’s goal-scoring ability is unparalleled, leading the league with 71 goals. He excels as a playmaker and possesses the physicality to engage in the game’s physical aspects.

Adam Fantilli

Position: Forward

Country: Canada

Fantilli, an 18-year-old Canadian athlete, is an exceptional replacement for teams that missed out on Bedard. With his remarkable strength at a young age, scouts believe he will seamlessly adapt to the demands of the NHL. He exhibits a powerful shot, exceptional passing skills, and outstanding puck-carrying abilities. Fantilli’s versatility on the ice was evident as he recorded 65 points in 36 games during his outstanding season in NCAA hockey.

Matvei Michkov

Position: Forward

Country: Russia

Hailing from Russia, Michkov stands out as the premier winger in this draft class. As a top-tier playmaker representing SKA St. Petersburg in the Kontinental Hockey League, Michkov excels in penetrating the middle lanes and connecting with teammates in scoring zones. His exceptional puck-handling skills and agility allow him to maneuver around defenders effortlessly, even in tight situations. Michkov is a coveted gem for teams in need of a talented winger.

Leo Carlsson

Position: Center

Country: Sweden

Carlsson, a standout professional ice hockey center for Örebro HK in the Swedish Hockey League, is primarily recognized for his playmaking abilities in the offensive zone. He possesses exceptional speed in moving the puck, consistently executing one-two passing plays to create opportunities for teammates before the opposition can react.

William Smith

Position: Center

Country: USA

Smith possesses deceptive moves, displaying exceptional finesse in tight spaces and an ability to outmaneuver the defense. The Canadiens are poised to reap significant benefits from his fast-paced style of play. The potential pairing of Smith with Nick Suzuki on the Canadiens’ roster holds great promise for a successful partnership.

As NHL teams navigate through the draft order, they face challenging decisions that will shape the future of professional hockey. Excitement fills the air as fans eagerly anticipate draft day, eagerly awaiting the emergence of these young stars in the making. Stay tuned to HaG for more hockey news, previews, and predictions.

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2022-23 NHL Season Week 22-24 Matches Recap: Bruins’ Dominance



The National Hockey League (NHL) is the most competitive and entertaining. This season of the NHL has been full of surprises, with a couple of teams exceeding expectations as the season approaches halfway. Here we will look at the latest results in this current NHL season and preview favorites and underdogs for the Stanley Cup. Eleven games took place on this day, but we will highlight the key ones and recap how the game went. 

Philadelphia Flyers Vs Boston Bruins

The Boston Bruins were at home against the visiting Flyers side. Bruins handed the 76ers a humiliating loss in this game as they won by six goals to nil. The Flyers, who headed into this game on a three-game winning streak, had their good run cut short by a dominant Bruins side. The Bruins were excellent on both ends of the ice in this game, but the defense particularly stood out. The Bruins’ goalie Jeremy Swayman was the star of the game as he made 29 saves to deny the Flyers any scoring opportunity.

Philadelphia Flyers

The Flyers couldn’t get things going for themselves on Sunday. Their main issue was getting past Bruins’ goalie Jeremy Swayman whose performance was simply out of this world. He kept out all of the Flyers’ shots on goal. This was why the team lost by such a considerable margin.

Boston Bruins

On Monday, Boston Bruins forward David Krejci participated in his 1,000th NHL game and assisted on three goals. David Pastrnak and Pavel Zacha received his assists. The Bruins, who are arguably the best team in the NHL, currently won for the sixth time in seven games thanks to two goals each from Pastrnak and Zacha. Matt Grzelcyk and Brad Marchand also scored a goal each.

Washington Capitals Vs New York Islanders

The Washington Capitals and New York Islanders faced off for the first time this season, and it was nothing short of exciting. It was a case of an impressive comeback win for the Capitals, who found themselves down by three goals by the second period. The Capitals turned things around in the second and third periods to take the game to overtime. The Capitals scored in overtime to complete the comeback and win the game. 

Washington Capitals

The Capitals looked like a shadow of themselves in this game until the second period. The Capitals’ initial response came from Garnet Hathaway. After his goal, Washington pulled within one three minutes later thanks to a connection between Tom Wilson and Nicklas Backstrom. A backhanded Backstrom pass led to Wilson, whose soaring shot from close range defeated Sorokin. The Capitals pulled even at three minutes into the final frame. T.J. Oshie scored the goal that tied the game. After 60 minutes of play, the teams entered overtime, and Dmitry Orlov scored the game-winning goal.

New York Islanders

Sebastian Aho gave the Islanders the lead early in the first period. Less than 10 minutes later, Matt Martin increased New York’s advantage to two goals with a shot deflection that beat Darcy Kuemper. The Islanders led by two goals at the end of the first period. Early in the second quarter, the Islanders kept up their offensive pressure. Hudson Faschin’s poor effort deflected off the far post and into the goal behind a startled Kuemper. That was the last significant offensive action from the Islanders as the Capitals took over from the second period.

New Jersey Devils Vs San Jose Sharks

This is another exciting game that went to overtime. It was an interconference match between two teams that were in various circumstances. The New Jersey Devils, who were playing on the road, entered the contest fresh off a road win over the Los Angeles Kings in the second game of a back-to-back. Meanwhile, San Jose’s most recent game saw them get destroyed at home by Edmonton on Friday night. The Sabres threatened to pull the upset in this game, but the Devils eventually won the game 4-3.

New Jersey Devils

In what wasn’t the prettiest win for the Devils, Jack Hughes of New Jersey scored with 8.6 seconds remaining in regulation to draw the match. Ryan Graves and Nico Hischier also scored for the Devil. Vitek Vanecek, the goalie, made 28 stops. After extra, the score remained tied, and Tomas Tatar scored the New Jersey Devils’ winning goal in the shootout. This was indeed a hard-fought victory for the Devils.

San Jose Sharks

After going a goal down in the early minutes of the first period, Timo Meier scored to draw level for the Sharks. Erik Karlsson’s power-play goal gave the Sharks the lead at that point. In the third session, their lead was reduced, and the contest appeared to be getting much closer. With a goal from Nick Bonino, the Sharks retook the lead. If not for a late score by the Devils, they would have won the game with this. 

The games above were the highlight of the game day, with the Devils versus Sharks game undoubtedly in contest for the game of the week as it was filled with nerve-wracking moments. 

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NHL News, 2023 Winter Classic Overview, Ovechkin 800th Goal



The 2022-23 NHL season has been a rollercoaster of emotions, with several iconic moments seen throughout the season. We have listed our top five moments in the current NHL season. The ranking is from top to bottom, with the latest coming first. If you love the NHL, stay glued as we bring these interesting pieces. 

Alex Ovechkin Enters The 800 Club

Who else to make the headlines other than Alex Ovechkin? The Washington Capital veteran forward became the third player to hit the 800-goal mark in NHL history, and he did it in style. Superstar Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals reached 800 goals after scoring the 29th hat trick of his career.

Ovechkin, 37, scored twice in the opening frame and his 800th goal in the third to help the Redskins defeat the Blackhawks 7-3. There was no better scenery than seeing the Russian-born athlete holding three pucks to show his remarkable entrance into the 800 club. 

  • Ovechkin jumped onto the ice one last time after it was over to thank the fans for their support. Above the tunnel to the opposing locker room, he offered his stick to a little fan wearing a Capitals jersey. It was indeed a beautiful moment.
  • He was promptly doused with beer by his cheering teammates after reaching the back. Ovechkin was prodded into giving a speech in which he mentioned how great it was to achieve the milestone as a team.
  • At the writing of this article, Ovechkin now has 806 career goals to his name, making him the second-highest NHL player in history. He is now on the path to overtaking the overall highest goal scorer in NHL history Wayne Gretzky with 894 goals. 

Jason Robertson Spectacular Sophomore Year

Robertson being only the second Filipino-American to ever play in the NHL or having a stellar rookie season is just the tip of the iceberg. The Dallas Stars forward developed into a genuine star, and for me, his hat trick in the Stars’ 5-0 victory over the Anaheim Ducks cemented that status.

His first goal came at 4:13 of the first period; a bank shot from behind the net against Ducks defenseman Urho Vaakanainen, which put him the first player to reach 20 goals this season and extended his point streak to 17 games. In the second period, the second goal was scored during a power play.

After Robertson scored his third goal, on the power play, in a similar fashion to the second, at 1:23 of the third period, hats began to fall onto the American Airlines Center ice. It is evident that the forward was ready to embrace the superstar role.

Borje Salming Farewell 

On an emotional night, the Toronto Maple Leafs welcomed Borje Salming on the 11th of November, 2022. Borje Salming, the only Swedish Hall Of Famer in the history of the NHL, was present between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Toronto Maple Leafs at the Hall of Fame game.

We were informed that Borje Salming’s inability to express his emotions resulted from his courageous fight against amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). The 71-year-old was honored at the event. Salming raised his arm to gesture as the spectators stood, with assistance from legendary Maple Leaf Darryl Sittler.

Salming appeared to smile when Sittler and Mats Sundin, two more Toronto legends who also visibly moved, screeched their admiration for him. It served as both his and our method of saying goodbye to one another. After twelve days, Salming passed away.

Mikko Rantanen Dropped A Masterclass In Home Country

Mikko Rantanen was thrilled to play in Finland when the Avalanche and Columbus Blue Jackets played two games in Tampere for the 2022 Global Series. But his experience far surpassed his greatest expectations. In the opening match at Nokia Arena, he not only won with a score of 6-3 but also contributed three goals and an assist.

Rantanen fired into an empty net to complete his hat trick with 1:04 left. Rantanen, born and raised less than 100 miles away, was serenaded by the sold-out audience when the hats were removed from the ice with a sing-song shout of his name.

Mitchell Marner Enters History Books

This season, Mitchell Marner set a record for the Maple Leafs with a 23-game point run that ended on December 15 in a 3-1 loss to the Rangers. The attacker played 23 games starting on October 27 and finished with 32 points (11 goals, 21 assists). The previous Maple Leafs’ record of 18 games, set by Sittler in 1977–1978, was shattered by Marner’s streak.

The previous record for a player in the NHL was held by Patrick Kane, who scored in 26 consecutive games for the Blackhawks from October 17 to December 13, 2015. Marner joined Kane and Crosby as the third player currently playing with a point run of 23 or more games. 

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