Tyson Hinds is cool, calm and collected. The Anaheim Ducks‘ The 2021 third-round pick showed how consistent he can be during Team Canada’s game against Slovakia at the 2023 World Juniors. A comeback attempt was gloved down Goaltender Tomas Milik after a terrific save from Adam Sykora. The score was 3-3 at the time, and that moment proved crucial as they eventually won in overtime to advance to the semifinals.
Canada, however, defeated the Czech Republic 3-2 in extra time to win the gold medal. Hinds played a key role en route to the gold medal game, playing as a more defensive-minded partner to both Brandt Clark and Kevin Korczynski. He was a fellow Duck prospect and Olene Zellweger Nathan Goucher Along with him on the team, Gaucher won gold at the 2022 World Juniors as part of last year’s team with Mason McTavish.
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“It was great,” Hinds said in a phone call. “They’re both great guys and good teammates and they’re good hockey players. I knew them from before Team Canada so it was a great experience and it was a lot of fun with these two guys.”
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The trio spent this past summer and fall in Irvine, California, participating in the Ducks’ development and rookie camp as well as the annual rookie tournament. It was the second straight camp for Hinds, who finished rookie camp Signing his entry-level contract.
“I talked to (general manager Pat Verbeek) when I signed and (at my exit meeting) he was happy and he thought I had a great camp and a great rookie camp (and) tournament as well. I wasn’t trying to think about (the contract) all the time, just (trying) to play my game, and in the end, something good happened.”
It was during Hinds’ exit meeting that the duck brass told him that his next goal should be to make the World Juniors list (from, ‘Hinds réalise enfin tout le potentiel qui l’habite’, Le Droit, 12/21/22). He entered camp as the seventh defenseman but impressed enough to stick around and saw his ice time increase with each game.
The Gatineau, Quebec native is also the first player from his hometown to win gold at the World Juniors Daniel Brier In 1997.
“Yeah it’s huge,” Hinds said. I didn’t know this before, someone told me midway through the tournament. It’s beautiful. I feel that my city is by my side and giving me positive thoughts.”
After returning to the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL), where Hinds currently plies his trade with the Sherbrooke Phoenix, he and several members of the gold-winning team–including Phoenix head coach and general manager Stephen Julien, who was one of Canada’s assistant coaches–was honored Jan. 17 at the Bell Center Before the Montreal Canadiens game against the Winnipeg Jets.
For Hinds, it was an emotional moment as he grew up watching the Canadiens. “It’s crazy. I grew up watching the Montreal Canadiens with my family. It’s so little for them but it’s so big for us. I’m just so grateful for it. When I was a kid (my favorite player) was PK Subban. Growing up, I watched him and he was a player who brought a lot of energy, so it was fun to watch him.
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With Phoenix, Hinds is now on his third team since starting his junior career Doing business from Rimouski-Oceanic In January 2022. He currently ranks eighth among QMJHL defensemen in points in 12 fewer games than the top-scoring defenseman this season. While defense is always the priority, he doesn’t shy away from chipping in offensively. He is now one of the club’s alternate captains. “I push myself and try to push my teammates to get better every day and I’m very positive with the guys. I think (being a leader) comes naturally to me.”
I think it’s just confidence,” Hinds said of how he’s improved in his junior career. “I continue to progress every year with my skating ability, my shot (and) my vision. I’m pretty cool with the puck. Every year I feel like I’m getting better and I think that’s how I want to work and eventually play in the NHL.”
Hinds was selected 76th overall in the 2021 draft. 76, the same jersey number his favorite player once wore growing up. Although the two may be polar opposites–one a swaggering comedian with a crazy personality and the other a stoic, shy person–they both had and still have the same goals. Go to the NHL and stay there.
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Derek Lee is a contributing hockey writer covering the Anaheim Ducks. Derek has spent nearly two decades immersed in the world of sports and has been writing about sports for five years. He graduated from UCCS in Colorado Springs, Colo., in May 2020 with a bachelor’s degree in sports communication, where he spent two and a half years on staff with their campus student newspaper – both as a sports reporter and editor. In her free time, she enjoys playing FIFA, curating her Spotify playlists, and attending concerts and sporting events.