From Las Vegas To The NHL: Minnesota Wild Winger Jason Zucker Is Turning Heads
  Jason Zucker , Roller Background in Las Vegas, to the NHL! Minnesota Wild forward Jason Zuck...

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2014 AGM Reminder & Agenda
Just a reminder that NIHA-Canada will be holding the Annual General Meeting at the Holiday Inn &...

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2014 AGM Notification
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ZACH BOYCHUCK, CHRIS TERRY ON CUSP OF NHL ROSTER
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From Las Vegas To The NHL: Minnesota Wild...
2014 AGM Reminder & Agenda
2014 AGM Notification
ZACH BOYCHUCK, CHRIS TERRY ON CUSP OF NHL...

From Las Vegas To The NHL: Minnesota Wild Winger Jason Zucker Is Turning Heads

 

Jason Zucker , Roller Background in Las Vegas, to the NHL!

Minnesota Wild forward Jason Zucker has taken an unprecedented route to the NHL. From the bright lights of Las Vegas to the roaring arenas of the NHL – it’s been an incredible journey for this special 22-year-old winger.

Due to the scarcity of ice rinks in the Sin City, Zucker grew up playing roller hockey under a hot sun in hometown. His path to the NHL sounds like something out of an improbable Hollywood script. Zucker was a Las Vegas kid who didn’t touch a sheet of ice until the age of six and began skating on the ice of local hotel casinos.

At 15, Zucker and his family moved to Plymouth, Michigan. Zucker was able to crack the roster of Pioneer High School in Ann Arbor. He impressed to the point that he made the United States under-18 team and eventually starred for the University of Denver Pioneers.

“I was born in Newport Beach, but I moved to Las Vegas when I was two months old,” Zucker said. “I moved away from home to make sure I could play at a high level. I was in L.A, I was back in Vegas, I was in Michigan – I was kind of all over the place.”

Zucker made history when he became the first-ever Las Vegas native to be drafted into the NHL. Through six games this season, the 5-foot-11 winger has scored four goals in six games.

Offensive upside, athleticism and tremendous energy have always been hallmarks of Zucker’s game. The message coming from Wild head coach Mike Yeo was that Zucker needed to improve his defensive game. This season, Zucker has made large strides forward in polishing his defensive zone play. He credits a dressing room full of approachable stars and the Wild coaching staff for his improvement.

“Hockey is the three-zone sport,” Zucker said. “The coaching staff really helped me out with that. You have to be good at all three to be able to excel at this level. I’ve had a lot of guys in this room helping me out. Zach (Parise), Mikko (Koivu), (Thomas) Vanek – those three this year have been great. In years past, it’s been (Dany) Heatley and (Matt) Cullen. I’ve had a lot of help from a lot of different guys with a lot of different mindsets. It’s all good stuff and it’s all going to help me in the long run.”

Having signed for the Wild this summer, Thomas Vanek is immediately impressed with what he’s seen from the promising 22-year-old.

“I didn’t know much about him,” Vanek said. “To be honest, I think he’s been one of our strongest players from the start. His skating, his penalty killing has been great. He’s been opportunistic and burying the chances he’s getting.”

Zucker is studying Parise’s example closely, and is modeling his after the all-world winger. Zucker plays with bursting energy and endless effort personified by the Team USA captain.

“I think anybody in the world can learn something from a guy like him,” Zucker said. “That’s definitely something that I tried to follow and model after. I think you’d be foolish not to look at a guy like that and try to learn from him.”

Koivu, Minnesota’s long-serving captain is encouraged by Zucker’s start to the season and sees growth in Zucker becoming a responsible two-way player.

“It’s early, but he’s been solid,” Koivu said. “He’s a smart kid. A good start for a player like him is important. Not just the goals, he’s been playing good, two-way hockey. In the end, it’s about the player you want to become. His two-way game is another step from last year. Hopefully, he can keep it up and keep improving.”

The Wild have a good idea of what this kid is about and where he’s going. Having improved his defensive zone play to compliment his high-level skill and boundless energy, Zucker has a shot at becoming a special talent. Soon, the rest of the NHL will take notice.

 

2014 AGM Reminder & Agenda

Just a reminder that NIHA-Canada will be holding the Annual General Meeting at the Holiday Inn & Suites Regina- South, SK (4255 Albert St. Regina SK, S4S 3R6) on Saturday, November 22nd  at 3:00PM Central. This meeting is open to all members and we encourage anyone who is able to attend to please do so. Please let us know if you or any other members of your association are planning on attending so that we can prepare documents accordingly.

 

We are setting up an online AnyMeeting so that you can have the option of logging in and participating in the meeting through that medium.  If you would like to register for online attendance, please email myself and we will issue you login information on Thursday, November 20th. You have the ability to login through either your computer or call-in to connect for the meeting.

 

Don’t forget to follow us on twitter (@NIHACanada) and Facebook as regular discussion updates will be posted and we will also attempt to answer any questions you may have via these feeds throughout the weekend.

 

CLICK HERE to download the  Agenda for the AGM as well as the open positions on our Executive. If you are interested in putting your name forward for any of the following positions, please let us know ASAP:

 

i.                     President

ii.                   VP, Operations

iii.                  VP, Branch Relations

 

For those who have already informed me of their attendance, THANK YOU and we look forward to seeing you all this weekend.

2014 AGM Notification

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NIHA-Canada will be holding the Annual General Meeting at the Holiday Inn & Suites Regina- South, SK (4255 Albert St. Regina SK, S4S 3R6) on Saturday, November 22nd  at 3:00PM. This meeting is open to all members and we encourage anyone who is able to attend to please do so. Please let us know if you or any other members of your association are planning on attending so that we can prepare documents accordingly.

 

We are currently working on setting up an online AnyMeeting so that you can have the option of logging in and participating in the meeting through that medium. If you would like to register for online attendance, please email myself and we will issue you login information closer to the AGM date. More details on if and how this may be an option for you to participate will be sent later along with the full AGM Package.

 

Many items will be discussed that day and regular discussion updates will be posted via twitter (@NIHACanada) and Facebook and we will also attempt to answer any questions you may have via these feeds throughout the weekend.

 

Click here to download/view the “Notice of Motion” and “Rule Change Proposal” forms. If you have a motion or rule change proposal please complete this document and provide to us prior to 4:30PM Central , Thursday November 13th, 2014.

A full AGM Agenda and Motion package will be sent out Friday, November 14th , 2014. 

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ZACH BOYCHUCK, CHRIS TERRY ON CUSP OF NHL ROSTER

On one hand, Zach Boychuk and Chris Terry competing with each other for spots on the Carolina Hurricanes’ opening night roster is nothing new. 

On the other, that goal has never been closer to reality for both players.

Coming off career seasons at the AHL level with Charlotte, Boychuk and Terry, who are each entering their sixth professional seasons, will get every chance to make the big club. Contrary to previous seasons, the Hurricanes did not enter the free agent market to find more experienced players with similar skill sets, nor did they add veteran tryouts at the last minute prior to training camp.

On a team that, health permitting, will have space for two new forwards, they have to be considered the two favorites.

“No question there’s opportunity,” said Terry, the Hurricanes’ fifth-round pick in 2007 who has posted 268 points in 375 career AHL games since then. “That’s what we want to see coming into camp and it adds motivation. I want to be that full-time NHL player this year and stay here all year.”

“There are obviously spots available and there are lots of guys that are vying for them,” said Boychuk, the reigning Willie Marshall Award winner as the AHL’s top goal scorer with 36 last season. “The competition is getting stiffer every day. There’s a lot of work to be done and hopefully I have a good camp.”

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