Walk through Todd Marchant’s California home and you’re likely to find more hockey equipment than beach gear kicking around. With three Junior Duck players joining one of the mightiest Ducks of them all on the ice, it’s a family affair when it comes to hockey.
“It’s easy to play well once a week. It’s hard to play well and have good games three times a week,” Blake Wheeler says. “You need to find that consistency level, and that’s not just in hockey, it’s in life.”
Who is your hockey hero? Maybe it's a professional player in the NHL or the NWHL. Maybe it's a family member, a teammate, or someone from your hometown. Whoever it is, we want to know who inspires you to be your very best. To help celebrate Hockey Hero Day, submit a short essay describing who your hockey hero is and why you admire them. Our favorite submissions will appear in an upcoming issue of USA Hockey Magazine. #HWAA
The summertime routine has taken on a somewhat more leisurely pace, with brother Blake on break from the University of New Hampshire and Phil visiting from Toronto where he stars with the Maple Leafs. Pop-Tarts are no longer — officially — a staple of the morning ritual. And the on-ice competition varies in pedigree, from Junior hockey all the way up to the NHL. But the one thing that hasn’t changed in all these years is that Kessel continues to faceoff against the boys.
The 2016 #NHLAllStarGame is getting closer, and here at USA Hockey Magazine, we're excited to see all of the American All-Stars. With players like Ben Bishop, Dylan Larkin, Patrick Kane, Jonathan Quick, Dustin Byfuglien and more, we know the USA will be well represented. They're all so great, it's hard to choose a favorite!