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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.
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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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Games On Wednesday

from the IIHF,

The men's tournament kicks off February 15 with six exciting Preliminary Round matchups. Here's a little historical background and feel for where each of the games is likely to go. Italy-Canada, 13:00, Palasport Olympico: Would Team Canada consider loaning its two stars of Italian heritage, goalie Roberto Luongo and forward Todd Bertuzzi, to the host team to even out the playing field a little? OK, maybe not.
read on note: times listed are 6 hours ahead of eastern standard time.

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The Venues

The Olympic hockey games are being played at two locations- The Olympic Palace and the Torino Esposizioni. The Olympic Palace will be the location for the semi and final rounds of hockey. note: both pictures are very high resolution, more than 3mb each. image image

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Poor Dom

Hasek still without his equipment. Notice the duct tape on the trapper. image

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With Hope & A Prayer

from the AP via the Times Union, Italy goaltender Jason Muzzatti wears a mask at practice adorned with portraits of Pope John Paul II and the Virgin Mary. Opening against mighty Canada, the Italians don't have a prayer. Spend a day with Team Italy, though, and you might just believe the host country's hockey team -- with barely a season of combined NHL experience -- can compete with the overwhelming gold medal favorite. Assistant hockey coach Jim Corsi gathers the team around a dry erase board, leaning against the glass while he explains a drill. About half the team is from North America, but Corsi runs practice with the native tongue. read on...and check out the goalie mask...

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