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via the IIHF,
Peter Forsberg practised today with Team Sweden and the star showed no ill effects from his nagging groin injury that forced him to miss the team's first two games of these 2006 Olympics. As a result, he will be in the lineup tomorrow at 5.00pm when Tre Kronor plays Latvia at Palasport.
from Phil Coffey of NHL.com,
Assessment was the order of the day for the 12 teams taking part in the 2006 Winter Olympic men's hockey tournament Friday. With no games scheduled, teams used the time off for practices and meeting, preparing for the final three games of the preliminary round, which will tell the tale for many when it comes to making the jump to the medal round.read on...Phil breaks down all of the men's teams...
from the Hockey News,
For NHL players, being in Turin isn't all about the game they're there to play. It's also about learning from the other sports around you, the weirdly unique abominations they feel compelled to reward medals for every four years. But these other events are more similar to hockey than one might think. Some skills are apparently universal to all sports. Watch and you might learn a thing or two.read on
from the AP via Fox Sports,
NHL vice president Bill Daly said Friday that the length of the break needed to accommodate the Olympics will also be a factor. The NHL agreed to shut down for these Olympics and Vancouver as part of the labor agreement reached with the players union last summer. "There are a number of factors - how long of a break, and whether that break is beneficial to the season we're trying to have in North America," Daly said. "Injuries are also an issue and a concern of our clubs and our players."read on update 11:30am, from the IIHF,
After a sumptuous media brunch organized at the IIHF House of Hockey adjacent to the Palasport Olympico, IIHF President René Fasel, NHL Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer Bill Daly, and NHLPA Executive Director Ted Saskin sat down in front of a packed press conference to answer questions about the world of hockey.continued
from the Sporting News,
In case you missed it, which apparently a lot of people did, (Bryant) Gumbel delivered a commentary on the Winter Olympics. "Count me among those who don't care about them and won't watch them. So try not to laugh when someone says these are the world's greatest athletes, despite a paucity of blacks that makes the Winter Games look like a GOP convention," said Gumbel.more watch the video (will open wmp video) from HBO Real Sports...
No men's games today. Following is the schedule for tomorrow. Times are EST. Also, a few of these games will also be available via UHD in of course, high definition.
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from the CP via TSN,
Changes to eliminate lopsided scores are coming to women's Olympic hockey, according to the head of the International Ice Hockey Federation. Rene Fasel said Friday the IIHF may tighten qualifying standards and perhaps even make the host country qualify in order to keep weak teams out of the Games.continued
from the Winnipeg Sun,
Antonio Luongo is back in the country of his birth, in the north instead of the south of Italy, watching his son Roberto play goal for Canada at the Winter Olympics. It is, in the words of the terrific netminder, "a special time for us, a special time for my family." These are his roots. His father was born in Naples. His mother's family is all Italian born. He is the only Team Canada player fluent in French, English and Italian. "I'm having a great time here," said Luongo, who faced all of 12 shots in what might be his only start at the Games.continued
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
It's early, to be sure, just two games into the five-game round robin. But the Russian win over the Swedes, who started the tournament with a 7-2 handling of Kazakhstan, was illuminating on a number of fronts. It provided the first indication that there is a difference from previous Russian teams, which were marked as much by in-fighting, defections and internal politicking as they were for their considerable talent. "I think right now it's coming back. Any tournament we play, you know guys are concentrating more on winning and bringing back good hockey to the Russian people," Kasparaitis said.more
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