Defenseman Brandon Gormley has been returned to the Moncton Wildcats of the QMJHL by the Phoenix Coyotes earlier today.
Gormley played in one preseason game, failing to record a point in over 16 minutes of ice time in a 2-1 shootout win over the Los Angeles Kings. Continue reading
The Phoenix Coyotes have returned three players back to their junior teams.
Goaltenders Mark Visentin and Louis Domingue as well as forward Kale Kessy have been returned to their respective CHL teams. Continue reading
Connor Murphy is now a member of the Sarnia Sting.
The United States’ National Team Development Program standout surprised many by forgoing his college commitment in favour of the Ontario Hockey League. Murphy had committed to Miami University in February of 2010.
In an injury plagued nine games with the NTDP last season, Murphy had three goals and four points in nine games. He added three goals in six games to help Team USA to a gold medal performance at the 2011 World Under-18 Championship, including the game-winning overtime goal against Sweden in the gold medal game. Continue reading
The Phoenix Coyotes have selected US NTDP defenseman Connor Murphy with the 20th overall pick in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.
Murphy, the son of former NHLer Gord Murphy, plays a well rounded two-way game with solid skating ability and mobility. Where he shines is his blend of size at six-foot-three and smarts. Murphy uses his active stick and size to quickly separate the puck from the opposition and can read the play well. His wingspan forces opposing forwards to stick to the outside.
Offensively, Murphy is an attractive package as well. He isn’t shy to jump into the play, when safe to do so, and has a good, accurate shot from the point. Continue reading
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The 2012 World Junior Championship is six months away.
But for Hockey Canada, the journey starts now.
Canada unveiled a roster of four goaltenders, 16 defensemen and 26 forwards for its summer development camp, the first official grouping in identifying and assembling its potential roster for the tournament in Edmonton and Calgary in December. Continue reading