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OLN, the national cable television home of the National Hockey League (NHL), along with USA Hockey, will announce the complete roster for the U.S. Men’s Olympic Hockey Team to compete at the 2006 Winter Games in Torino LIVE on Monday, Dec. 19 at 8 p.m. ET. OLN’s Mike “Doc” Emrick and John Davidson will make the exclusive announcement from St. Paul, Minn., just prior to the network’s telecast of the Dallas at Minnesota game. The network’s coverage of the announcement will also include exclusive interviews with members of the former gold medal-winning 1980 “Miracle on Ice” hockey team, including: Ken Morrow, Mike Ramsey and Dan Brooks, son of the late Herb Brooks. Emrick and Davidson will be joined on the ice by Don Waddell, general manager of Team USA and executive vice president and general manager of the NHL's Atlanta Thrashers, and Paul Holmgren, the assistant general manager of Team USA and assistant general manager of the Philadelphia Flyers, as the 23-man roster is unveiled. The game will also be on INHD tonight (live) for Comcast HD subscribers.
via the NY Post (reg. req.),
Scott Gomez learns today his status for the U.S. Olympic team. The issue that will remain unsettled is his standing with the Devils. Gomez and Alexander Mogilny were benched by Larry Robinson for most of the final two periods of Saturday's 4-1 loss in Carolina. With the Devils looking like a team needing a big shakeup, Gomez could be a trade candidate, and Calgary and Phoenix would seem possible destinations.
via the LA Times,
Zenon Konopka was brought up from the Ducks' minor-league affiliate in Portland, Maine, to provide a boost of energy on their fourth line and play the role of a pest against opposing teams. Konopka is also an excitable sort who is admittedly wide-eyed about playing with and against some of the players he grew up idolizing. "When we were playing Detroit, I was yelling on the bench and [Brendan] Shanahan and [Steve] Yzerman look over and say, 'Hey kid, it's a 1 o'clock start. Settle down,' " he said. "For a half second, you look and see it's Yzerman and Shanahan and then after that half second, you tell them to buzz off or some other word I can't use now."
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from the Denver Post,
The league's top 50 point-producers include only four Americans, and the highest ranked of those is New Jersey's Brian Gionta at No. 27. The Hull, you say? Nope, he's retired. Roenick? Guerin? LeClair? Old, old, old. Four other countries cram more players onto the big list. Canada, the Olympic tournament's top dog, has 21. Slovakia, a gold-medal dark horse, has seven. (Hello, Marek Svatos). Russia has six. And Sweden has seven. (Goodbye again, Peter Forsberg). Tonight, U.S. Olympic hockey officials will turn in their final, Italy-bound roster, revealing 23 names and one big question: Where will this team find its offense?more
For all of the rumor followers, relax. No player can be traded until December 27th, the trade freeze period kicks in today (not sure what time though).
A former National Hockey League coach of the year was left shaking with anger and humiliation after a Quebec crowd allegedly hurled racist slurs at him during and after a recent game. Ted Nolan, former coach of the Buffalo Sabres and current coach of the Moncton Wildcats in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, said he was shocked when the crowd in Chicoutimi, Que. attacked his racial heritage on Friday night.more
Senators forward Jason Spezza has escaped discipline from the NHL after receiving an instigator penalty with 3:36 remaining in Saturday night's 8-2 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs. Sportsnet has learned the NHL won't suspend Jason Spezza or fine coach Bryan Murray $10,000 over the incident. The league ruled the "intent" was not premeditated but rather "reactionary", much like the Shane Doan ruling earlier in the year.
from the Ottawa Sun via Slam,
Teams in all sports have been accused of letting one player run the organization, but in the case of the Penguins, it's a legitimate fact. By maintaining positions as both player and owner, Mario is tying the hands of all others that attempt to run his franchise. He may enjoy the ability to wear all the hats, but for the sake of the franchise, it would be best if Mario stuck with the one that read "Owner," and hung up the rest.more
from the NY Daily News,
Jim Breidenbach, an office official for the National Hockey League, didn't get his job back when the league's lockout ended this fall - and now he's $10,000 behind in rent and facing eviction from his Riverdale apartment tomorrow. "I'm desperate at this point, I'm about to lose everything," said Breidenbach, 58, who has worked for the NHL since 1990. "Hockey was maybe the biggest part of my life, and now it feels like some of me is missing." Like all members of the Rangers off-ice officials crew - who work as goal judges, penalty box operators and timekeepers for the team's 41 home games - Breidenbach lost his job when the lockout began in the summer of 2004. But when play resumed this fall, 12 of the 13 officials were rehired. Breidenbach was not. Breidenbach claimed that an NHL supervisor told him he lost his job because he violated a league rule by talking to the media about his famed hockey memorabilia collection and his dire employment status - an account that two NHL sources confirmed this week.more
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