It's mid-August. Many of you are experiencing severe hockey withdrawal (I'm writing this from England, so my withdrawal is even more intense than yours due to the exchange rate), and most of the chatter on Anaheim Calling has focused on Randy Carlyle's contract extension and
Sophie's Teemu's Choice. But did you know that several Ducks prospects are currently attending development camps in preparation for the 2012 World Junior Hockey Championships (to be held from December 26, 2011 - January 5, 2012)?
(Brief side note: Why was Devante Smith-Pelly's dev camp performance a 'revelation,' Associated Press/TSN? The folks at Anaheim Calling already know that he's good).
- 44 players were invited to Team USA's camp, which began on August 6th, and runs until this Saturday. 15 players have already been cut, but Ducks prospects Emerson Etem (duh) and John Gibson still remain.(USA and Sweden will scrimmage today at 4 pm EST). [USA Hockey]
- A nice piece about DSP's stellar Hockey Canada dev camp performance, and the black hockey fraternity. [Hockey's Future]
- NHL.com examines the budding rivalry between Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and DSP. (Why do all of these prospects have hyphenated names?) [NHL.com]
- Rickard Rakell scored the first goal during Sweden's 7-1 rout of Finland in Lake Placid yesterday. [USA Hockey]
- Is Team Canada prospect Andy Murray the next Scott Niedermayer? [Montreal Gazette]
- 23 years after the Gretzky Trade, the Ottawa Citizen discusses the Great One's impact upon hockey in SoCal. (And they talk about Emerson Etem, which is why I'm linking this). [Ottawa Citizen]
- Players to watch at the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament (U18). [The Hockey News]
Links About Guys Who Are Actually on the Ducks Roster
- The Ducks' website has posted a little Q and A with Brandon McMillan [Anaheim Ducks]
- The Fedorin Cup tournament will be held at Anaheim Ice on August 27th. The annual tournament began in 1998 as a way of honoring the memory of Eric Fedorin, a local hockey player who passed away from brain cancer. Proceeds will be donated to Hockey Fights Cancer. (Editrix note: a paid ticket is considered a contribution to charity, and can be written off on your taxes - JN) [Anaheim Ducks]
- JP Hoornstra on the Ducks' 'Plan B.' [Quackalackin']