Monday Notes…

Some randoms for a Monday…

— Training camp is only about 10 days away with the players reporting on Wednesday, August 24th, for registration and fitness testing.  The on-ice work begins on the 25th with the Neely Cup scrimmages taking place starting that afternoon.  There will be two scrimmages a day – starting at 4:00 and 5:45 – on Thursday, Friday and Saturday (25th-27th) and the third place game and championship game being held Sunday (28th) morning starting at 9:00 AM.

— While I haven’t got a final list, the expectations are to have about 80-90 players at camp, to form four teams like the last few years have had.

— Congratulations to Derrick Pouliot and Team Canada for winning the gold medal at the Memorial of Ivan Hlinka tournament in the Czech Republic and Slovakia.  They lost their first game of the tournament, but then were dominant after that, including a 5-0 whitewash of Russia in the semi-final where they outshot the Russians 44-6 and won 5-0.  Pouliot scored twice and added an assist in the tournament and was recognized by TSN’s Craig Button as one of the top 10 performers in the tournament.

— Also, congratulations to Josh Hanson and Team USA for finishing fifth in the same event.  The USA team only lost one game, but had to go to OT and a shootout to win two games which, with the tournament points rules, was less points than if they had won in regulation.  Hanson didn’t hit the scoresheet for the US team, but the experience will help prepare for the Hawks camp for the 17 year old second year player.

— For Pouliot…he is now off to Toronto to take part in the NHL’s Research and Development Camp where new rules will be tried out to see how effective (or ineffective) they are.  Most have to do with faceoffs as well as offside and icing interpretations.  Ty Rattie took part in the same camp last year as it is a chance for potential top draft picks to get some time in front of the NHL brass.

– It is now confirmed that Tayler Jordan will take part with the New York Rangers prospects at the Traverse City tournament in Michigan in September.  Jordan has played in that tournament before with Columbus and also attended a training camp with the Vancouver Canucks.  You can expect both Ryan Johansen and Oliver Gabriel to play for Columbus in that tournament, and maybe a few other Hawks or ex-Hawks as well.




  1. Did Taylor Jordan shrink 6 inches. I went to the Rangers Traverse City Prospect list and they have him at 6’0ft. tall and if you look at the hawks page he’s 6’6?

  2. The Rangers are hoping to surprise the rest of the other teams at Traverse City by faking Jordan’s size.

    No seriously they know it is a typo and it will be corrected when the official roster is submitted

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