The first round of the 2018 NHL draft saw a record 14 defensemen get picked, and half them check in at under six feet tall. It's part of a trend that's seeing the growing importance of speedy, transition-savvy player at the pro level.
Unlike quarterbacks and pitchers who are often top-10 picks in football and baseball, goaltenders in hockey are so difficult to project that only six have gone in the first round over the past decade—including none this year.
An unthinkable tragedy struck Humboldt when a bus crash killed 16 members of the Broncos junior hockey team. As the small city recovers, it doesn’t want to be defined by the crash; it wants to be defined by how its heartbroken community responds.