Happy New Year everyone! Hopefully you all enjoyed the end of 2017 and the start of 2018 as we now get back into the normal swing of things. In case you were gone during the holiday season, a lot has gone on in the hockey world. Today, with a full slate of NHL and World Junior action, we have a lot to get to!
Today we’ll take a look at a touching moment involving one of Team USA’s men’s Olympic players, a look at Team USA’s World Junior showdown with Russia tonight and much more.
Top Hockey News Of The Day: January 2
– Former NHL’er and current AHL player for the Milwaukee Admirals Bobby Butler is a native of Massachusetts. Butler, who dominated the high school and college levels in New England, had a brief NHL stint but never was able to stick in the big leagues for too long. Yesterday, Butler got the news of a lifetime as he made Team USA’s Olympic squad. Take a look, via NESN, of the emotional moment where he tells his father about the news.
– After a stunning comeback on Friday over Canada and crazy win over Finland on Sunday, Team USA enters the medal round at the World Junior Championships with a 3-1 record. Tonight, Team USA will take the next step towards defending their title as they take on the Russians in a Quarterfinal matchup. SB Nation gets you ready for another installment of this classic rivalry.
– Speaking of Team USA at the Winter Olympics, SB Nation’s Satchel Price takes a look at how USA Hockey assembled their roster for the 2018 games without the services of NHL players or players under NHL contracts.
– The New York Islanders are currently in a playoff spot and appear to be heading in the right direction once again. First year head coach Doug Weight is a big reason for that. Weight has a bond with his coaching staff that is tighter than most, as he’s played with and is friends with most of his assistants. His bond with Luke Richardson, however, is even more special. NHL.com’s Brian Compton has more.