If he is unable to delve, without delay, into his first season as a Boston Bruin, budding blueliner Dougie Hamilton could return to Team Canada for this year’s World Junior Championship tournament.
Goaltender Malcolm Subban, the team’s top draft choice this past spring at No. 24 overall, is a candidate for the Canadian crease in the same tournament. He is fresh off of joining Hamilton in the talent-laden Canada-Russia Hockey Challenge.
Perhaps fittingly, the region that roots for America’s oldest NHL franchise has one of the broadest selections of hockey at other levels, all of which are immune to NHL labor stalemates.
New England boasts seven minor-pro, 10 junior, more than a dozen men’s and women’s Division I college programs, and a nominally professional women’s team.
The top 10 leagues, teams, tournaments, and other special events occurring this coming season around the Bruins’ sphere of influence are as follows. If fortune comes through in a timely manner, some of these will overlap with a delayed NHL season, but they will likewise be there even in a worst-case scenario.