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Are You Up & Watching

Special kudos to you if you are up and watching Sweden vs. Kazakhstan. We have Dave Strader and Peter McNab doing the game live on UHD. Note to Wings fans, Stefan Liv, Wings goalie prospect is in goal for Sweden. update 6:25am, Sweden just gives up a shorthanded goa at the start of the 2nd period. But the real issue is the ice at 'Espo2'. Too much water on it, Swede dman carrying puck and it went into a patch of water, puck stopped, turnover, goal!. Something to keep an eye on throughout the games.

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Who’s In Charge

Referee assignments for Wednesday and Thursday, via Hockey Refs. Interesting to note refs from Canada and the U.S. will not be doing games involving those two teams.

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It Will Blow Over

from John Buccigross of ESPN,

I have covered hockey and the NHL in some form since 1989 and rather voraciously since 1996. Whether it's because of my age or lifestyle or demeanor or whatever, I have found myself in fun and interesting situations involving NHL players that would make for quite a reality show. I've made close friends and have a pretty good grasp of what has been going on in the game over the past 10 years. I don't think there is any story that would surprise me. "Operation Slap Shot" is no different.
continued Note to the NHL- you should consider Buccigross for a key position for the NHL Network that will launch in the U.S. next season.

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Affiliate Update

I have added the Italian and Czech Olympic hockey jerseys to the right sidebar of the Hockey section. There is still time to make your purchase and wear your country's colors. The Slovakia and Latvia jerseys are available too, but the picture of the jersey is not yet available. IceJerseys.com - Shop Now!

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Olympic Version- Did You Know

Sweden and Belgium played in the first ever Olympic ice hockey game on April 23, 1920. The game which the Swedes easily won 8 – 0, was refereed by IIHF vice president-to-be William Hewitt, father of legendary Canadian radio and TV commentator Foster Hewitt. Paul Loicq, who would become IIHF president two years later, played for his native Belgium. All hockey games at Lake Placid in 1932 were officiated by the same pair of referees: Don Sands, USA and Lou Marsh, Canada. Defending Olympic champion Canada has not defeated the Soviet Union/Russia in Olympic competition since 1960 in Squaw Valley. The 8-5-win on February 28 against the Soviet Union remains Canada’s lone victory against the Soviet Union/Russia. Canada has since recorded seven consecutive losses against the historical rival for an aggregate score of 11-33. But the teams have not met in Olympic competition since the 1992 Gold Medal Game in Albertville where Russia (Commonwealth of Independent States) downed Canada, 3-1.

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An Honor to Be Team USA Captain

from Phil Coffey of NHL.com,

"In Detroit and in the new NHL, we (the Red Wings) have a certain chemistry," said Chelios, who admits his love for the game has never been stronger. "I continued to play at that level. The way things went this year, I knew I was on the bubble. But Jiri Fischer and Niklas Kronwall got hurt and I got to play a lot of minutes." And that helped get Chelios off the bubble according to Team USA coach Peter Laviolette, who used the NHL season as a tryout for the members of his team, regularly checking their progress. "Chelios has been playing a lot of minutes in Detroit," Laviolette said. "He brings that experience that we rely on in the locker room."

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Men’s Olympic Hockey Schedule

Many people have requested the Men's Hockey Schedule. You can find it at the IIHF website. Remember,, times listed are for Italian local time, which is 6 hours ahead of EST. update 5:55pm, I posted this last week but it may be needed again. The NBC family of stations that will be televising the Olympic Games, and of course hockey. update 9:08pm, via the NHL, another schedule with TV stations for both the USA and Canada, but note no HD listings for the U.S. stations.

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Olympic Predictions

from Shawn P. Roarke of Fox Sports,

With that in mind, we take a look into the FOXsports.com crystal ball and predict some of the things — both the good and the bad — that may well be on offer during the Olympic hockey tournament. -The Czech Republic will win the gold medal, reprising the role of champion it assumed in the first Olympic tournament opened up to professionals eight years ago in Nagano, Japan. -Evgeny Malkin will make a run at the scoring title for his team, but will be nipped in the end by fellow Russian youngster Alexander Ovechkin, who will finish in the top five in scoring for the tournament. The Czech Republic's Jaromir Jagr, the leading scorer in the NHL, will win the Olympic tournament scoring title as well.
much more

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Team USA A Talented Group

from the IIHF,

General manager Don Waddell and head coach Peter Laviolette took the stage on behalf of Team USA's quest for hockey supremacy in Turin this evening after their first practise a short time earlier. "We're looking forward to playing some games," Waddell said. "I know a lot of people aren't picking us to do much, but we feel we have a talented group."

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Lang Named Captain

via Reuters,

Detroit Red Wings center Robert Lang will captain the Czech men's ice hockey team at the Olympic Games, team officials announced on Tuesday. The Czechs, seen as a hot contender to dethrone Canada for gold, will be led by Jaromir Jagr up front, but he has tended to shy away from leadership roles on the team in the past. Dominik Hasek was the backbone of the Nagano team and coach Alois Hadamczik said the Ottawa Senators netminder will start the first game of the tournament on Wednesday against Germany. But, he added, Tomas Vokoun of the Nashville Predators will get the call for the following game against Switzerland on Thursday. Hadamczik said he will wait until after the Swiss game to decide on who will play goal the next match.

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Paul Kukla founded Kukla’s Korner in 2005 and the site has since become the must-read site on the ‘net for all the latest happenings around the NHL.

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