Junior Women’s Hockey League: Great hockey is expected from Chicago Young Americans

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By Morgan De Korte

The Junior Women’s Hockey League has three new U19 teams this season.

One of these new teams, the Chicago Young Americans, have thought about joining the JWHL for a while but with conflicting playoff times, the league didn’t seem like an option.

Until now. The JWHL came to the hockey club with an option of playing in the league during the season with no postseason requirements.

“We jumped at the opportunity. Now the players can play in the JWHL and still compete in the state championship,” said head coach John Cimba. “We feel that this [JWHL] is the perfect step in preparing our players for the next level.”

The players will be able to have the experience of playing at college arenas with thousands of viewers and high numbers of scouts at each games. Joining the JWHL will open up opportunities for the players and push the players to be NCAA ready.

“Our No. 1 goal at CYA is focused on college preparation,” said Cimba. “We want our players arriving in the NCAA ready to make an impact.”

The CYA has a program that has U12, U14, U16, and U19 teams. The focus of the organization is on the development of the complete athlete.

“This season, we are a team that has been built around speed, puck movement, and very solid goaltending,” said Cimba, who is expecting great things from his U19 team, and from all the CYA teams. “I expect us to conduct ourselves in a manner that shows a level of class and honor towards our players.”

This year’s team has skill and speed going for it, but the focus needs to be strength and conditioning both on and off the ice. The goal for every team is to win, but since they cannot play in the JWHL postseason, Cimba said, …read more

Source:: JuniorHockey.com

CHL Announces Top 10 Rankings

Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced the week two edition of the CHL Top-10 Rankings for the 2016-17 season.  The weekly rankings of the CHL’s Top-10 teams are selected by a panel of National Hockey League scouts.

CHL Top 10 Rankings – Week 2

Rank:
Team:
Last Week Rank:
Number of Weeks Ranked:

1
London Knights (1-1-0-0)
1
2

2
Brandon Wheat Kings (0-0-1-0)
3
2

3
Rouyn-Noranda Huskies (1-0-0-1)
9
2

4
Windsor Spitfires (2-0-0-0)
6
2

5
Seattle Thunderbirds (0-1-0-0)
4
2

6
Shawinigan Cataractes (1-1-0-0)
5
2

7
Saint John Sea Dogs (0-2-0-0)
2
2

8
Prince George Cougars (3-0-0-0)

1

9
Hamilton Bulldogs (2-0-0-0)

1

10
Drummondville Voltigeurs (2-0-0-0)

1

Honourable Mention:

Regina Pats (1-0-1-0)
10
1

Sarnia Sting (2-0-0-0)

0

Charlottetown Islanders (2-0-0-0)

0

…read more

Source:: Canadian Hockey League

Devils sign defenseman Kyle Quincey

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Chris Ryan | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com

The Devils signed defenseman Kyle Quincey to a one-year deal.

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The Devils agreed to a one-year contract with defenseman Kyle Quincey, the team announced Wednesday.

The one-way deal is worth $1.25 million.

The 31-year-old is an 11-year NHL veteran, including nine full seasons between the Los Angles Kings, Colorado Avalanche and Detroit Red Wings. Quincey spent the past four-plus seasons with the Red Wings, the team that drafted him in the fourth round of the 2003 NHL Draft.

Devils focused on preseason positives

The left-shooting defenseman has scored 30 goals while adding 110 assists through 495 career regular-season NHL games. He a career plus/minus of 10.

While the Devils have been giving plenty of looks to their younger defensive prospects over the summer and during training camp, Quincey adds another veteran presence on the blue line that is already learning to play without Adam Larsson.

Chris Ryan may be reached at cryan@njadvancemedia.com. Follow him on Twitter …read more

Source:: NJ.com