December 16, 2011

Willcox To Cornell

Merritt Centennials' Reece Willcox (6' 3", 184), a 1994-born blueliner has committed to the Big Red for 2012. In 24 games this season, Reece has scored 3 goals and added 7 assists.

Reece recently participated in the World Junior A Challenge for Team Canada West. Reece went scoreless in his 5 games with the gold-medal winning squad.

Reece is listed as a "B" level prospect on the NHL Central Scouting Watch List.

Welcome to Cornell, Reece.

December 1, 2011

Technical Difficulties

U.S. Hockey Report ran a story today detailing how an IIHF technicality has seemingly derailed Joakim Ryan's attempt to play for Sweden at the upcoming World Junior Championships. Ostensibly, a player is required to have been rostered for 24 consecutive months with a team in the country for whom the player is attempting to play. Unfortunately, Joakim never went more than 22 months with any team while growing up in Sweden. Joakim had previously represented Sweden in both the World Junior A Challenge and the Ivan Hlinka U17 tournaments neither of which, unfortunately, being an IIHF-sanctioned event.

To make matters worse, last spring Joakim was invited to represent Sweden at the IIHF-sanctioned U18 World Championships but was unable to attend as his USHL team, Dubuque, was in the playoffs and unwilling to release him. Had he been able to play he would now be eligible to represent Sweden in sanctioned events. Additionally, Joakim participated in Sweden's Junior National camp held in New York during the summer. USHR is uncertain as to why the rule now preventing his participation wouldn't have done so last spring.

Joakim will be eligible for another year and apparently has the right to appeal, though it isn't clear what the basis of such an appeal would be.