Congratulations to the Yale Lions for winning Gold at the 2019 Rocky Mountain Classic!
GOLD: Yale Lions
SILVER: West Van Warriors
BRONZE: Delta Academy Green
Sunday, November 10, 2019
MacLean Hockey - Watch List (Day 4)
Sunday, November 10, 2019
WATCH LIST - DAY 4
Otto Hanson (Calgary Royals)
A very intelligent and mature
two-way player with great potential, Hanson is a great zone entry option who
can calm the play down and really create time and space for his teammates.
Hanson reads the physics of the game very well and hunts pucks effectively off
bounces and turnovers. The headsy forward doesn't always find the scoresheet
but that is likely to change in the future and he is an obvious catalyst for
this Royals squad. The future is bright here!
Tyler Parr (RHA)
A hard shooting forward who continuously
finds good space away from the puck, Parr has a quick release, can carry the
puck well and proved to be a very strong goal scoring option for his team all
tournament long. Parr played hero for RHA in their final game against the
Calgary Royals netting the game winning goal (in addition to an earlier goal
and 2 assists)
Casey Black (Calgary Flames)
Black was highly noticeable
in all of the Flames games during the tournament. The extremely mobile defender
was all over the ice, stripping pucks, throwing solid lateral hip checks and
jumping up into the rush to create scoring option support for the Flames. His
get in the way type defense is fearless and he was consistently one of the
hardest players to play against in the entire event.
Noah Heinrich (OHA Edmonton)
Heinrich isn't always the
most noticeable player on the ice but if you watch you realize he is most
likely the smartest player on the ice, consistently. He is a smooth skating,
highly mobile defender with outstanding positional awareness and pristine
decision making. It seems with Heinrich that if there is a smart to be played,
he somehow finds an even smart play.
Lukas Dragicevic (Delta Green)
His energy and joy of
competition is contagious. Watching Dragicevic celebrate his teams goals will
bring a smile to your face, and with his skill set, it doesn't take long to get
the opportunity to see it. Dragicevic has excellent transitional instinct and
can really control the pace of play on his shifts.
Tanner Molendyk (Yale)
Molendyk did nothing but win fans
all tournament long. He is just about everything you could ask for or want in a
defender and leader. The Yale captain can dominate in all three zones and on
either side of the puck. His strength and physicality often catches opponents
off guard. He showed some great courage and guts in the tournament final and
while he was eventually unable to continue playing due to an injury, his
presence was still evident as his team rallied to capture the title.
Logan Wormald/Zach Benson (Yale)
Wormald and Benson had
themselves a game in the final. Neither player needs much room to make a play
and they proved their value pacing Yale with 2 goals apiece with Benson adding
2 assists to capture the tournament scoring title as well. Together with Emmitt
Finnie, the trio proved to be the most dangerous combinations in the tournament.
Tristen Doyle (NAX)
Often overlooked on a roster filled
with talent, Doyle is the perfect stabilizing defensive presence that allows
his high octane offensive-minded teammates to do their thing. A great skater
with strong two-way instinct and overall vision, Doyle is consistently
impactful on both sides of the puck and could be viewed as NAX's most important
player due to his ability to mitigate the explosive offensive risk taking on
the roster that likes to jump up ice.
Harper Lolacher (Notre Dame)
Lolacher is the type of
player most coaches love to have on their team and hate to see out on the ice
against them. A committed physical and energetic presence, he can really up the
pressure and speed of the game at times and force opponents into making a lot
of mistakes. He plays a hard-nosed punishing style and has some offensive skill
to capitalize on the opportunities his work ethic and physicality can create.
Harrison Lodewyk (Red Deer)
A quick and energetic player,
Lodewyk wins races all over the ice and shows great strength on his edges making
him a real threat to drive in from his impressive outside rushes. When Lodewyk
hits the ice, the game gets faster because of it and most players struggle to
keep up with his speed. With the puck he is not only dangerous in terms of the
space he can create with his speed but he also possesses a deceptively quick
and heavy release on the puck that often catches goaltenders by surprise.
MacLean Hockey - Watch List (Day 3)
Sunday, November 10, 2019
WATCH LIST - DAY 3
Emmitt Finnie (Yale)
Want to know what a playmaker is?
Watch Finnie for a shift and you'll know exactly what it means. Finnie's vision
and instinct with the puck amplifies the skill of everyone else on the ice. He
can seem like he has eyes in the back of his head at times and is a bit of
throwback to superstar playmakers of yesteryear with his ability to quarterback
the play from behind his opponent's net.
Oliver Tulk (Delta Green)
Tulk has just gotten better with
every game in the tournament. He's a gritty and likeable player who isn't
afraid to take his game to the hardest areas of the ice to succeed. Watch
out for his shot, as his release is well beyond his years, but strength isn't
his only attribute as he has shown game in and game out how well he can drive
the net and finesse plays with the puck.
Aiden Oiring (Calgary Royals)
The Calgary speedster
impresses at every turn. He's got a great motor and can really dictate the pace
of play. His shifty skating ability can really send defenders scrambling but
it's his eyes that are the most dangerous, his ability to process information
and react to what he sees is elite.
Saige Weinstein (NAX)
Perhaps one of the most eye catching
players in his age group nationwide, Weinstein has an Erik Karlsson type appeal
to his game. He is extremely explosive and plays with great compete. He can
turn up ice in a heartbeat and his quick decision making matches his lighting
Mikhail Volotovskii (Calgary Bisons)
A slick and smooth
playmaker, Volotovskii has highlight reel ability around the puck and a great
sense for distributing the puck. His ability to handle the puck in the
perimeter and draw defenders is extremely fun to watch. He shows great
chemistry with fellow Bison Ivan Kedrov, giving the Bisons a very difficult 1-2
punch for opponents to attempt to contain.
Scott Miner (RHA)
Miner is a hard-nosed two-way defender
who often proves a real pain to play against. His ability to calm the play down
and get plays started for his team doesn't go unnoticed as teams often change
gameplans to try and take away his ability to create time and space but more
than often his composure comes out on top.
Marcus Pacheco (OHA Edmonton)
Pacheco broke out in the
quarterfinals displaying some great intensity and quick edge control and
agility off the rush. He has great quickness in his hands and feet that can
allow him to separate well from defenders and create great offensive chances.
His 2 goals against the Flames were the difference in pushing his squad into
Carter Yakemchuk (Calgary Flames)
One of the more reliable
two-way defenders in the entire age group, Yakemchuk shows great puck poise in
his own end and proves to be very evasive and nearly immune to forecheckers at
times. Yakemchuk is the type of player who can do a little bit of everything
and has proven that in this event, creating offense, shutting down elite
offensive opponents and stepping up for a couple of the biggest and cleanest
hits in the tournament thus far.
Tyler Chan (BWC)
Chan is a skill coach's dream. His
skating could be captured on video and showed for years to come as to what an
efficient stride and explosive acceleration look like. He is as smooth as they
come with the puck and plays the game with sort of charm and respect that
deserves recognition. The BWC captain is an absolute joy to watch.
Grayden Slipec (West Van)
Slipec might be the name on this
list who could have been here every single day. The West Van playmaker has been
lights out in this event and has paced the potent West Van attack to some big
scores. Slipec doesn't much room to strike and finds opportunity in every
little mistake an opponent makes. He has showcased some great passing,
distribution and overall playmaking ability as well as a scorer's touch off the
rush and out of zone play. He will undoubtedly be an impact player again on Day
4 of this event.
Sunday, November 10, 2019
MacLean Hockey - Watch List (Day 2)
Friday, November 08, 2019
WATCH LIST - DAY 2
Jaden Iyogun (Northstars)
What makes a standout performance? How about a game winning shorthanded goal in the last minute of a game. That's what Iyogun pulled off against RHA. A quick and highly athletic forward, he can really create offense well on his own. Shoutout to his teammate Noah Nelson for a 43 save performance as well.
Carter Capton (Yale)
Capton posted a 25 save shutout of OHA Edmonton and was in complete control the entire game. Capton is technically advanced and a strong puck tracker giving Yale a formidable last line of defense.
Deagan McMillan (Delta Green)
McMillan strung together 2 solid performances on day 2 of the tournament. A gritty and energetic forward McMillan creates a ton of chances with good hard physical pressure and some good hands around the net.
Brett Calhoon (OHA)
A full on roughband tumble forechecker, Calhoon is often owed the credit for OHA scoring chances. A great angler and puck tracker, his pressure is overwhelming for opponents at times. Earns every chance he gets with great efforts.
Austin Zemlak (OHA Edmonton)
An intimidatingly explosive presence on the ice, Zemlak plays the game hard and opponents need to be aware of his presence on the ice. Outside of some great physicality, Zemlak also possesses the ability to rush the puck and has a cannon from the point.
Kooper Gizowksi (NAX)
A high octane goal scorer, Gizowski can score from a variety of areas and is a consistent threat to shoot when the puck is on his tape. His shot release catches even the most focused goaltenders off guard.
Brent Hoshowski (Lloydminster)
Hoshowski is the middle lane presence that forces opposing defensive schemes to tighten up. A strong and stable skater with a great stick, if he is left unchecked at the net front, it's likely he's going to tip a puck in. He's a handful and a half around the puck.
Matthew Paskiewicz (Calgary Flames)
The Calgary center showcased his excellent playmaking skills and chemistry with linemates Thomas Matte and Drew Freer by racking up another multi-point effort. His creative passing instincts have been extremely difficult to defend through 2 days of the tournament.
Andrew Lacroix (West Van)
A very well rounded player with high level hockey IQ and a smooth offensive skill set, Lacroix tallied a hat trick against RHA leading his team to a 5-1 win. He is often the leader of a team that is stacked with talent.
Connor Koponyas (Calgary Royals)
A 4 goal game from Koponyas paced the Royals in a highly competitive 5-5 tie with OHA Edmonton. Koponyas was all over the ice winning pucks and finding ways to jam pucks into the opposing net.
MacLean Hockey - Watch List (Day 1)
Thursday, November 07, 2019
WATCH LIST - DAY 1
Brown (Delta Green)
A complete player who always seems to be in the right
place at the right time. Leads the charge for his team often.
Jackson Unger (Calgary Bisons) Very controlled and poised
goaltender with great tracking skills and technical ability. Has the potential
to steal games in his own.
Drew Freer (Calgary Flames)
A gritty and versatile forward
with great intensity and competitive desire. Can will his team to win at times
or can score 3 goals to do it himself as he did in game 1 of this event.
Anthony Wilson (NAX)
An intelligent player with good power
forward potential, Wilson outmuscled opponents all the over the ice and thrives
from the slot down.
Ryker Singer (Lloydminster)
An electrifying offensive
force, Singer plays the game at a higher speed than most. Singer can be near
impossible to contain off the rush and competes extremely hard consistently.
JJ Francheschetti (Notre Dame)
Stood out on day 1 for his
commitment to physical play and applying pressure on forechecks. His ability to
take a way time is space makes an impact for his team. Shows some flashes of
very good offensive skill as well.
Luke Ashton (BWC)
The hulking Burnaby defender is not hard
to miss as he stands over most other players at this level. What sets him apart
is how well he can move for his size and watch out if he's got time to shoot as
he can absolutely wire the puck.
Jordan Keller (Yale)
Yale boasts a deep attack and a
number of Yale players deserve mention but Keller managed a hat trick in his
first game displaying a deep set of skills and ability to score from a variety
of situations. This kid thinks the game extremely well.
Jayden Perron (Winnipeg Warriors)
A slick and smooth
offensive playmaker, Perron displays great edge control and elusive puck
control skills. He was a consistent threat all game long against OHA Edmonton.
Hammell (West Van)
West Van is a very deep team and could populate this
entire list on their own undoubtedly but Hammell is worth mentioning early as
he is a dynamic powerful catalyst from the back end. Great stick skills and a
high end hockey IQ make him a real threat from any zone on the ice.