Don Cherry’s Morning NHL Links


Happy Tuesday everyone! Hope y’all had a safe and fun long weekend and took some time remember the veterans who gave their life for your freedom. The work week begins again today and we’ve got you covered for hockey news!

If your goal is to play in the NHL you better start praying you’ll be at least 6 feet tall if you believe Don Cherry‘s latest prediction. The Coaches Corner host believes little guys such as Brendan Gallagher won’t play in the NHL in as little as 5 years time. With the speed of the game getting faster, players getting bigger and stronger and equipment becoming harder and harder, the game certainly doesn’t favour the little guys anymore. Cherry went on to say that the smaller players won’t learn how to get away from hits in minor hockey since most leagues now don’t allow kids under 12 to body check. Interesting perspective from the legendary Don Cherry. [The Star]

The Memorial Cup winning Edmonton Oil Kings take a moment to reflect back on their improbable championship run which saw them survive a triple overtime game in the semi-finals. The Oil Kings had a stellar season and one amazing Memorial Cup. [NHL]

The Memorial Cup MVP is in tough heading into the draft in June. There’s no guarantee he’ll even be drafted until the 7th round in the draft. While he had a stellar tournament with the Oil Kings which should help his draft status, however most scouts don’t believe he’s anywhere close to being an NHL ready prospect. [Edmonton Journal]

Are the roots of the great game of hockey not really Canadian? A new book shows that hockey may have gotten started on the frozen ponds in England. Well that might help shoot down the Canadian hockey fans ego eh? [National Post]

Move over CHL, looks like you might have some junior hockey competition coming your way with the introduction of a new junior hockey league. The new Canadian International Hockey League is officially a member of junior hockey in the United hockey Union. This new league will provide more options for players between the ages of 15-20 to play both against North American teams and European. [Sault This Week]