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from Craig Custance of ESPN,
Things have gone well for Boucher in Switzerland, and now Boucher has emerged as the best available candidate for NHL teams looking to make an in-season change at head coach. There are certainly other notable and worthy candidates, like John Tortorella, Ron Wilson and Randy Carlyle, but nobody who offers the mix of youth, intelligence and now international experience that the 44-year-old Boucher provides.
Reached by phone in Switzerland on Monday, Boucher said coaching for Bern has been an incredible opportunity and learning experience for him.
“You see things differently. I look at what Paul Maurice had done going to Europe and coming back. Bob Hartley just won coach of the year and he did the same thing. You ask all those guys and they’ll tell you their experience overseas helped you become better coaches,” Boucher said.
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Check out Szemberg's recent Twitter timeline for more on Keenan.
added 8:51am, via Darren Dreger tweets,
Bizarre turn of events in KHL. After losing 2nd straight game, Mike Keenan was fired when he arrived at the arena this morning.
Keenan is unclear as to what his future with the team or league is at this point, but says he's been told his citizenship will be granted.
The Finnish national hockey team has asked people to stop wearing Finland hockey jerseys to anti-immigration demonstrations. Over the weekend hockey shirts were spotted at several protests, but now the hockey federation has asked people to stop wearing its merchandise at protests.
Finland’s national hockey team does not want to be associated with anti-immigration protests. The team’s official Twitter account asked on Wednesday for people attending demonstrations to avoid wearing Finland hockey jerseys.
"Attention fans: Can we agree that hockey jerseys belong in the stands and not on demonstrations," read the tweet.
from Michael Traikos of the National Post,
While the KHL was initially perceived as a talent-poaching threat to the NHL when it opened its operations — according to QuantHockey.com, the number of Russians in the NHL dropped from an all-time high of 73 in 2000-01 to just 29 in 2012-13 — the cases of players leaving are becoming few and far between.
KHL teams are folding. Sponsorships are drying up. And because of a ruble that is now worth .65 cents on the U.S. dollar — it has lost 50 per cent of its value since the start of 2014 because of plummeting oil prices and sanctions due to the conflict in Ukraine — players are no longer making the kind of money that they once were. In some cases, they are not even getting paid.
“They were stealing from our families while operating and preparing the club for the upcoming season by signing new players,” Canadian-born goaltender Mark Dekanich, who played for Medvescak Zagreb, said in an email to Postmedia News. “All who did not return to play for Medvescak are in the same situation.”
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“I think we need to do a better job of tapping the hockey market in North America that has Irish ancestry. There are some pretty prominent hockey people from Irish families – their parents or grandparents were right off the boat. There have been a couple of players, like Owen Nolan from Belfast, who were born here. So that’s the number one thing. We haven’t really tapped that group for fundraising ability or interest so we’ve got to do a better job on our side of the water and the investors, the buildings – they’re things we’re working on in the gestation period.”
-Brian Burke, President of Hockey Operations for the Calgary Flames. Burke was recently in Ireland to promote the game and Eoin O’Callaghan of Yahoo has more from and on Burke.
from the Nottingham Panthers,
The GMB Nottingham Panthers have made their last signing of the summer in the shape of NHL star Cam Janssen.
The American had 336 games in “the show” most recently just two seasons ago with New Jersey Devils, before that he was at St Louis after starting his NHL career with the Devils who drafted him in the fourth round in 2002.
Last season he was on a two-way contract with New Jersey and their AHL affiliate Albany where he played taking his AHL games total to over 200.
Cam is a high energy player, who looks after his team mates, knows when to do his stuff, and who is very excited to join the Panthers roster.
Former players of the Panthers played a big part in recommending the club to him and the player to the club and head coach Corey Neilson couldn’t hide his enthusiasm for the signing when he spoke to Panthers Radio this morning.
from Connor Gordon of Vavel,
April 5th 2015- a date of no regular significance to the average person but to the Sheffield Steelers, this was a day of great importance. The league leaders took on the Coventry Blaze in a close contest which partly determined the destination of this year's title. The event sold 50 short of 7,000 seats. What's so significant about a city the size of Sheffield packing out an arena for a sporting event? Well, Sheffield Steelers aren't a household name football team- they actually play in the Elite Ice Hockey League (EIHL).
Ice Hockey is the sleeping giant in Britain and Ireland with arenas in the largest cities of the country close to sell outs. A sport boasting a massive following in other populous countries such as Canada, USA, Sweden, there is a lot to ponder why the UK hasn't taken to it. Ice Hockey has many elements, which is similar to the most popular sport, football.
The Elite Ice Hockey League spans the entire United Kingdom and Northern Ireland. The latter has one representation in the EIHL, Belfast Giants- one of the strongest teams in the league.
England is represented by Coventry Blaze, Hull Stingrays, Nottingham Panthers and Sheffield Steelers- joint most successful team. Wales, like Northern Ireland, is represented by one team- Cardiff Devils.
Meanwhile in Scotland there are many more: Dundee Stars, Edinburgh Capitals, Fife Flyers and finally, Braehead Clan- one of the newest franchise teams in the EIHL.
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