Connor McDermott is a junior swimmer from Sweetwater, TN. He attends Sweetwater High School in his hometown.
Brody Parsons is a sophomore student, in his second year in sports marketing. He’s part of the swim team, and one of the students who makes it to Worlds.
“Mayday, mayday!” screamed the announcer calling the play at an OJL hockey game that fateful November evening. It was an away game for the Thunder Bay Wolves, visiting Northern Ontario rivals the Sudbury Stampeders. Winger Mason Green had picked up a tape-to-tape feed from his centerman and shot down the ice, easily gaining the zone. He fended off the lone defenseman with one hand as he curled around the back of the net. The Stampeders’ goalie slid across, post to post, but Green flicked the puck up, over the goalie’s shoulder and into the back of the net.
Goals: 65. Assists: 60. Points: 125.
Those kinds of numbers are exceptional for just about any hockey player. For superstar Aleksandr Volkov, however, they’re fairly run of the mill. While his 125-point season represents the best of his career, Volkov is no stranger to 100+ points in a season, or 50-goal seasons for that matter. He’s recorded more than 100 points in every single season of his career, solidifying both his reputation and his legacy. There’s a reason he was selected first overall. While many No. 1 draft picks don’t live up to the hype, Volkov has most certainly been a pick who delivered. Sportica caught up with the Russian superstar at the All-Star break.
The Washington Stars flunked out of the playoffs in the second round last year. They were the talk of the IHA after a titillating 7-game series against fan-favorite Pittsburgh. And they managed to knock-out the powerhouse Rocket team without their superstar center, Symon Tremblay.
Tremblay, touted as the face of the IHA and the best player of a generation, broke his ankle in the second last game of the regular season, which took him out of the playoff picture entirely. Sportica talked to him about rehabilitation, the playoffs, and getting back on top in a new season.