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November 2018

Player Spotlight

Nate Thompson, Los Angeles Kings

This month’s player spotlight is on Los Angeles Kings’ forward, Nate Thompson. At the 2003 NHL Entry Draft, the Anchorage, Alaska native was selected 183rd overall by the Boston Bruins. Following successful campaigns with the Seattle Thunderbirds and Providence Bruins, Nate made his NHL debut with the Bruins in 2006. Now in his thirteenth professional season, Nate has appeare...

This month’s player spotlight is on Los Angeles Kings’ forward, Nate Thompson. At the 2003 NHL Entry Draft, the Anchorage, Alaska native was selected 183rd overall by the Boston Bruins. Following successful campaigns with the Seattle Thunderbirds and Providence Bruins, Nate made his NHL debut with the Bruins in 2006. Now in his thirteenth professional season, Nate has appeared in over 600 NHL games and represented Team USA twice in World Championship competition. Most recently, Nate celebrated an important off-ice accomplishment, accepting his two-year sobriety medallion. Click the link below to read about Nate’s recovery and the amazing support system that has helped him along the way.

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An NHL Escrow Update

Last month, the NHLPA informed players that two escrow refunds would be processed for players on NHL rosters during the 2015/16 and 2016/17 seasons. From the 2015/16 season, an additional refund of approximately 0.20% has pushed the total refund to 3.33% that season. As for the 2016/17 season, players have been refunded 2.84% of their salaries. Click below to see a complete escrow ...

Last month, the NHLPA informed players that two escrow refunds would be processed for players on NHL rosters during the 2015/16 and 2016/17 seasons. From the 2015/16 season, an additional refund of approximately 0.20% has pushed the total refund to 3.33% that season. As for the 2016/17 season, players have been refunded 2.84% of their salaries. Click below to see a complete escrow recap.

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Newfoundland Growlers

In the Spring of 2017, the city of St. John’s was struck with the news that their AHL, and Montreal Canadiens affiliate franchise, would be relocated to Laval, Quebec. Twelve months later, the ECHL announced they would add a new franchise to the hockey crazed province of Newfoundland. Click the link below to learn more about the franchise and individuals responsible for bringing ho...

In the Spring of 2017, the city of St. John’s was struck with the news that their AHL, and Montreal Canadiens affiliate franchise, would be relocated to Laval, Quebec. Twelve months later, the ECHL announced they would add a new franchise to the hockey crazed province of Newfoundland. Click the link below to learn more about the franchise and individuals responsible for bringing hockey back to Newfoundland.

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Hockey Halloween

Officially, Halloween is on October 31, but the hectic and demanding NHL schedule causes most teams to celebrate the festivities a little earlier. As we all know, Halloween is one of the most creative times of the year, and over the years we’ve discovered that NHL athletes go all out. Click the link below to see some of the best costumes around the league.

Hockey Halloween Costumes

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Preparing To Be A Pro

In September, GAVIN Hockey Wealth Specialists launched the “Preparing to be a Pro” series. The goal of the series is to provide young prospects with the tools necessary to be financially informed as they transition to a career in the National Hockey League. Click the link below to watch the video that introduces the “Preparing to be a Pro” series.

Preparing To Be A Pro

Player Spotlight

Mike Van Ryn, St. Louis Blues

This month’s player spotlight is on St. Louis Blues Assistant Coach and father of three, Mike Van Ryn. After winning a National Championship with the Michigan Wolverines, the London native was selected 26th overall in the 1998 NHL Entry Draft. In the fall of 1999, Mike moved back to Canada to join the OHL, where he, and teammate Mike Comrie, took advantage of a rule which all...

This month’s player spotlight is on St. Louis Blues Assistant Coach and father of three, Mike Van Ryn. After winning a National Championship with the Michigan Wolverines, the London native was selected 26th overall in the 1998 NHL Entry Draft. In the fall of 1999, Mike moved back to Canada to join the OHL, where he, and teammate Mike Comrie, took advantage of a rule which allowed them to sign with any NHL club. The following summer, Mike signed as a UFA with the St. Louis Blues, prompting the NHL to amend the CBA banning junior players from declaring free agency. Click the link below to learn more about the “Mike Van Ryn Rule”.

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October 2018

Player Spotlight

Paul Byron, Montreal Canadiens

This month’s player spotlight is on Montreal Canadiens’ forward, Paul Byron. The Ottawa native was selected 179th overall in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft. After several “up and down” seasons between the Sabres’ and Flames’ organizations, Paul was claimed on waivers by the Montreal Canadiens in 2015. Paul has since achieved career-highs in all statist...

This month’s player spotlight is on Montreal Canadiens’ forward, Paul Byron. The Ottawa native was selected 179th overall in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft. After several “up and down” seasons between the Sabres’ and Flames’ organizations, Paul was claimed on waivers by the Montreal Canadiens in 2015. Paul has since achieved career-highs in all statistical categories and continues to be one of the Canadiens most impactful and consistent forwards. On 23-Sep-18, Paul signed a well-earned four-year, $13.6 million-dollar contract extension. Click the link below to learn more about Paul’s amazing story.

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The Pejcinovski Legacy Gala

In March 2018, a family from Ajax, Ontario was inflicted with a tragedy that shocked the hockey community. The sadness that followed the loss of the three family members reverberated throughout Canada. On 25-Oct-18, the inaugural gala will be held to support the Pejcinovski family and to honour the lives of the three victims; Krissy, a loving mother; Vana, a bright 13-year old, and...

In March 2018, a family from Ajax, Ontario was inflicted with a tragedy that shocked the hockey community. The sadness that followed the loss of the three family members reverberated throughout Canada. On 25-Oct-18, the inaugural gala will be held to support the Pejcinovski family and to honour the lives of the three victims; Krissy, a loving mother; Vana, a bright 13-year old, and Roy, a star AAA goalie in the GTHL.

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2018-19 Stanley Cup Predictions

With the 2018-19 NHL season starting this week, the discussion of playoff positioning is still months away. However, it is always interesting to “bring out the crystal ball” with some bold Stanley Cup predications. Check out the link below to view some of GAVIN’s postseason predictions, along with the most recent Vegas odds and media selections.

Stanley Cup Predictions

September 2018

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NHL19 Ratings Revealed

Let the debate begin! Earlier this month, EA Sports released their increasingly popular “game rating” scores ahead of the NHL 19 game release on 13-Sep-18. After leading the league in scoring last season with 108 points, Edmonton Oiler captain, Connor McDavid, edged out Sidney Crosby to earn the league’s top game rating score of 94. Click the link below to see the leagues top...

Let the debate begin! Earlier this month, EA Sports released their increasingly popular “game rating” scores ahead of the NHL 19 game release on 13-Sep-18. After leading the league in scoring last season with 108 points, Edmonton Oiler captain, Connor McDavid, edged out Sidney Crosby to earn the league’s top game rating score of 94. Click the link below to see the leagues top 50 players ranked by EA Sports.

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Managing the Fortnite Fever

Fortnite, one of history’s most popular video games, has become a cultural sensation among eSport enthusiasts. Not surprisingly, NHL prospects have become some of the most passionate supporters. Recently, news broke that some NHL teams consider the video game a major distraction, even calling the pastime a serious addiction. Click below to hear the advice that some prospects ...

Fortnite, one of history’s most popular video games, has become a cultural sensation among eSport enthusiasts. Not surprisingly, NHL prospects have become some of the most passionate supporters. Recently, news broke that some NHL teams consider the video game a major distraction, even calling the pastime a serious addiction. Click below to hear the advice that some prospects were given.

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Player Spotlight

Morgan Klimchuk, Calgary Flames

This month’s player spotlight is on Calgary Flames’ prospect, Morgan Klimchuk. In 2011, the young Regina, Saskatchewan native entered the Western Hockey League, joining his hometown Pats. Morgan’s junior career concluded in 2014-15 with more than a point-per-game in 261 regular season contents. In 2017-18, Morgan appeared in his first NHL game and he is on the Flames...

This month’s player spotlight is on Calgary Flames’ prospect, Morgan Klimchuk. In 2011, the young Regina, Saskatchewan native entered the Western Hockey League, joining his hometown Pats. Morgan’s junior career concluded in 2014-15 with more than a point-per-game in 261 regular season contents. In 2017-18, Morgan appeared in his first NHL game and he is on the Flames’ roster for the upcoming trip to China. Like many young athletes, Morgan’s recreation activities include a passion for eSports. Check out the link to watch Klimmer describe his enthusiasm for gaming and view clips of his Fortnite skills!

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