Morning hat trick – Three things you need know

Team USA will need Spencer Knight as their goaltender. (Rena Laverty/USA Hockey)

Preparation is in full swing. The colleges are thriving. And let’s not forget the relentless pace of the pros.

At this point of the year, the World Junior Championship will be the main event. It will feature an American team trying to beat those Canadians who have lost miserably. They finished sixth) on home turf in January.

We are all involved in this activity. New England Hockey JournalIt seemed like a great idea that we would give you the scoop on the latest topics in the area. In what we plan on being a regular feature, we’ll talk about the big news and what it means.

Without further ado, here’s at look at the three key things you need to know about in the world of New England hockey.

1. Stacked World Junior roster

USA Hockey Announced its rosterThe 2020 World Junior Championship will be held on Monday. It features eight NHL first-rounders as well as seven second-rounders. The tournament this year will be held in Ostrava and Trinec, Czech Republic, from Dec. 26 through Jan. 5. The USA has won four consecutive medals. They have a silver in January 2016, bronze in 2016-2018, and gold in 2017. This makes them perennial favorites. Canadaas a leading contender for gold. Boston College goalie Spencer Knight (Darien, CT), a first-round pick by the Florida Panthers in June, is expected to be the starter for the Americans. Knight had the opportunity to experience the atmosphere and pressure of the World Juniors tournament. As with any tight format like the World Junior tournament, goaltending can make or break a team’s fortunes in pretty short order. The Americans are well-positioned to win the gold with Knight in net and BC’s good play. Trevor ZegrasAnaheim Ducks first-round pick in June, and Boston University standout forward, are among the players with New England connections who will be an impact for the Americans.

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2. Goalie gain

It could be said Cayden PrimeauThese guys have some chops. Not only is his father a former Detroit Red Wing and Philadelphia Flyer, but he also has some chops. Keith PrimeauNot only that, but he also helped Northeastern achieve its third-ever Hockey East championship in the spring. And to say he “helped” is putting it mildly: After winning an amazing 19 games and winning the title for lowest goals-against average in the conference As a freshmanPrimeau then won a record 25 games, and was named tournament MVP. Primeau won the Mike Richter Award as best Division I goalie for his sophomore performance. These days, he’s now trying his luck with the Montreal Canadiens, who, contrary to what you might think given Carey PriceTheir No. Their No. 1 goaltender could use some assistance. Primeau, 20, is tall (6-foot-3) and lanky (200 pounds) and out of the American college system, so naturally he’s (prematurely) earning comparisons to another famous Habs goalie who has similar qualities and background (hint: Ken Dryden). Primeau made his NHL debut last Wednesday against the Avalanche, after a 7-4-1 start playing for the Laval Rocket of AHL. Putting Primeau in against one of the league’s highest-scoring teams and in front of the sellout and always-rowdy Montreal crowd wasn’t exactly putting him in a position to win, but Primeau emerged relatively unscathed. Consider backup Keith Kincaid has had a mediocre start, don’t be surprised if Primeau sees more action for the storied franchise.

3. Canadians eliminate “midget”

Next season, Hockey Canada’s affiliated leagues will fall in line with those of USA Hockey and others in the United States by instituting classification names for age groups that are more reflective of the ages included, instead of using nicknames. This was the main motivation behind it. sensitivity toward using the term “midget”To describe an older age group. There will no longer be any novice, atom or peewee, bantam, midget, or bantam classifications in Canada. These categories will be replaced by under-7 through under-21 for 2020-21. This type of classification is also common in New England. It’s in keeping with the IIHF’s practice for many years.

Paul Grant is an editor for HockeyJournal.com, and Seamans Media. He previously oversaw hockey content at ESPN.com and Sporting News. You can reach him at [email protected].