Future Considerations

USA Hockey Evaluation Camp CHL Heavy
June 10, 2011, 2:00 am
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From Aaron Vickers:

That alleged bias of USA Hockey against American-born Canadian Hockey Leaguers?

Throw the idea out the window.

Headlined by Medicine Hat Tiger and Anaheim Ducks prospect Emerson Etem, a total of 11 CHL players were invited to USA Hockey’s National Junior Evaluation Camp Thursday. In all, 40 players were invited to the Lake Placid audition for the 2012 World Junior Championship in Edmonton and Calgary this December.

According to Chris Peters of The United States of Hockey and former public relations staffer for USA Hockey, any talk of an anti-CHL bias is preposterous.

“Going back to when I worked at USA Hockey, few things frustrated me more about the U.S. National Junior Team than the perceived bias against CHL players,” Peters said. “I think people confuse bias with familiarity. Before, the U.S. staff was certainly more familiar with kids that played college hockey, because they coached them or coached against them. I don’t think there are any legs to the apparent bias against the CHL. There was never a time when I worked there where a coach or anyone else on staff said, ‘This kid plays in the CHL, so we’re not taking him’.” Continue reading

Etem looks to fast track the long road ahead
March 20, 2011, 10:41 pm
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From Aaron Vickers:

Literally, it’s a long road ahead for Emerson Etem.

It could also be figuratively as well.

The Medicine Hat Tiger has to travel over 1000 kilometres by bus to meet the Brandon Wheat Kings in the first round of the WHL playoffs. Because Brandon’s Westman Place will play host to the Royal Manitoba Winter Fair, the club’s first two home playoff dates have been moved further east to Winnipeg’s MTS Centre.

But the chance to play in the postseason has Etem willing to take his Tigers anywhere.

“We’ve been waiting for this all year. We’ve used it for motivation,” Etem said. “Going into it we knew, whether it was Brandon or Edmonton going into the playoffs we knew we were going to face a good team. We’re going to battle and play our hardest.” Continue reading

2010 Draft: Storylines from Day 1

From Aaron Vickers, Future Considerations:

One day. One pick. One ending.

The Taylor vs. Tyler debate has come to a close – for now – as the Edmonton Oilers named Taylor Hall the first overall selection in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, leaving the Boston Bruins to scoop up Tyler Seguin. The debate, of course, will pick up as both enter the NHL as soon as next season. Continue reading