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Before Cole Caufield was the 5-foot-7 record-breaking goal scorer who skyrocketed up NHL Central Scouting's pre-draft rankings, he was an even smaller 16-year-old who failed to score a goal during five games at USA Hockey National Team Development Program's evaluation camp in March 2017. "I don't think he did that once at the program," said Jack Hughes, Caufield's teamm…

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Former Buffalo Sabres captain Chris Drury has been named general manager of Team USA for next month's World Championships, USA Hockey announced Wednesday. The International Ice Hockey Federation event runs May 10-26 in Kosice and Bratislava, Slovakia. Drury is the assistant general manager of the New York Rangers and general manager of their AHL affiliate, the Hartfo…

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Considering that Western Michigan has 16 underclassmen on its hockey roster, coach Andy Murray must rely on freshmen to play valuable minutes. So if the Broncos possessed more experience, Murray might give Sabres defense prospect Mattias Samuelsson, 18, a little less ice time. But Murray feels comfortable utilizing the newcomer in all situations, most notably a shutd…

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Buffalo Sabres prospect Mattias Samuelsson will be part of Team USA at the 2018 World Junior Summer Showcase this week in Kamloops, British Columbia. But every workout and every game have taken on new meaning since he was drafted with the first pick in Round 2,  No. 32nd overall pick, at the NHL Entry Day in late June. "Being drafted has changed my life tremendously,…

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The results were not what USA Hockey was hoping for at the Winter Olympics, but Williamsville native David Leggio was grateful for the opportunity. Leggio, a goaltender, was named to the 25-man roster in January and played for Team USA in an international competition for the fourth time but the first at the Olympics. Leggio, 33,  represented the United States at the wor…

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Adam Kilgore, Washington Post GANGNEUNG, South Korea - As the clock ticked toward the conclusion of overtime, Coach Tony Granato thought, "I don't like the idea of this." His team was playing to delay the end. Most of the U.S. men's hockey players had come from European teams, minor leagues or semiretirement. A win meant another day here, another day of USA across the c…

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Team USA's practice at New Era Field on Wednesday was a testament to the difficulty of keeping ice in good condition in 12-degree weather. Players and staff placed water bottles over divots in the ice throughout practice, steering skaters away from particularly beat up areas. There were around 10 scattered around the rink when the Zamboni was called out. Defenseman Q…