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Cancel The World Junior Championship

from Damien Cox at the Toronto Star,

Clearly, the priorities here are in conflict. Hockey fans need hockey. Hockey Canada, TSN and the IIHF need business. Hockey prospects need exposure.

But health concerns should trump everything.

Bringing together teenage players from across Canada, the U.S., Russia, Finland, Sweden, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Switzerland, Austria and Germany in a Canadian province struggling terribly with the coronavirus is asking for trouble. With every other major international hockey tournament cancelled, it just doesn’t make any sense to hold this one.

Unless it really is just about the money.


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Igor Larianov Transforms The Russian WJC Team

from Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun,

There’s an exciting, entertaining, significant new hockey show in development that may turn out to be great for the game.

From Russia with Larianov opened this past weekend in Helsinki, Finland, and is headed to Edmonton for the International Ice Hockey Federation world junior championships for both 2021 and 2022.

Igor Larionov managed to get the attention of the hockey world at the Karjala Cup as the legendary Russian player took over as the coach of the Russian juniors with an intention to “play the way I want to play — an exciting game with more offence.

“The whole idea with the style I want to play with my U-20 team is to send the message across Russian hockey that offence is the way to succeed and, most important, to entertain fans.”

In the first international hockey event since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, Larionov’s team of talented teenagers that replaced the normal Russian entry and created an impact by beating all three teams of players from the pro leagues in Sweden, Finland and the Czech Republic. It was viewed by many in Europe that Russia as disrespecting the traditional tournament.


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Brendan Shanahan On The 1998 Olympics

from Luke Fox of Sportsnet,

It’s 1998.

Brendan Shanahan is sitting on the bench in Japan listening to Team Canada coach Marc Crawford and his staff call out future Hall of Fame names to take part in a shootout that could get his country past the Czech Republic and into the Olympic gold medal game.

As the names ring out, "Fleury, Bourque, Nieuwendyk, Lindros…" Shanahan says to himself, "Pick me. Pick me. Pick me."

“All I’m thinking is, oh, my God, I hope I get to shoot. I hope I get to score the winner and be the hero,” Shanahan recalled Monday on the SmartLess podcast.

“And the fifth name, they go, ‘Shanahan.’ ”

Robert Reichel beats Canada’s Patrick Roy on the Czechs’ first attempt, then no one else scores. Shanahan, the final shooter, is his country’s last hope to solve Dominik Hasek.

“And I don’t score. I let down the whole country. It was very confusing to me,” said Shanahan, who’d always believed that the great ones are supposed to want the puck on their stick with stakes the highest.


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Official- The 2020 IIHF Under-18 Men’s World Championship Is Canceled

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The 2020 International Ice Hockey Federation Under-18 Men’s World Championship, set to be played in Plymouth and Ann Arbor, Michigan, April 16-26, has been canceled. The IIHF formally made the announcement today.

“We recognize the unchartered territory we’re all facing, and while we’re disappointed for the athletes who would have been competing for a gold medal, we understand and fully support the decision,” said Pat Kelleher, executive director of USA Hockey.

The 10-team tournament, which annually features the top men’s players under the age of 18 from around the world, was set to include teams from the United States, Belarus, Canada, Czech Republic, Finland, Germany, Latvia, Russia, Sweden, and Switzerland.

USA Hockey announced that all those who have purchased tickets will receive a full refund and staff from USA Hockey Arena will be reaching out to facilitate those refunds this month

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TSN Insiders Tonight

TSN Hockey Insiders Darren Dreger, Bob McKenzie and Darren Dreger join James Duthie to discuss the impact of COVID-19 on the NHL, the latest on the most likely scenario for the Sharks' home games, the fate of the IIHF men's tournament, and more.

Watch at TSN.

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Video- Sidney Crosby On The Golden Goal

A well done feature.

via Sportsnt's YouTube channel,

Sidney Crosby joins Elliotte Friedman to talk about the 2010 Winter Olympics and the goal that was heard by a nation.


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Ten Years Ago Tonight

An interactive feature...

from Liam Britten of CBC,

On Feb. 28, 2010, Canada's Olympic men's hockey team defeated Team USA to capture the gold medal in Vancouver.

Sidney Crosby's golden goal in overtime gave Canada the 3-2 win over the tenacious, underdog Americans and had the entire country celebrating.

The gold medal game was the most-watched hockey game since the U.S. won gold at the 1980 Olympics. Broadcaster CTV reported 26.5 million Canadians took in at least part of the game.

If Canada had lost this high-profile game despite its team stacked with NHL talent, it might have soured the 2010 Olympics in a big way.

There might not be anyone entertaining the notion of Vancouver applying to host again, as 2010 president and CEO John Furlong recently urged the city to do for the 2030 Games.

This is how players and observers remember that momentous day.


added 1:23pm, Watch the Golden Goal below.

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Peter Laviolette Named Head Coach For U.S. Men’s National Team

OLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Peter Laviolette (Franklin, Mass.), one of the most accomplished coaches in American hockey history and a two-time Olympian as a player, has been named head coach of the U.S. Men’s National Team that will participate in the 2020 International Ice Hockey Federation Men’s World Championship it was announced today by USA Hockey. The event will take place in Zurich and Lausanne, Switzerland, from May 8-24.

“It’s great to have Peter as our head coach,” said Chris Drury, general manager of the 2020 U.S. Men’s National Team Team. “He brings significant international experience, both as a player and a coach, and his passion and desire to win align with our goal of bringing home the gold medal.”

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Video- Where Were You 40 Years Ago Today?

from Joe Lapointe at Deadline Detroit,

One of the few places in Metro Detroit where you could see a live telecast of the 4-3 U.S. victory over the Soviet Union that Friday was the Blue Goose, along with homes in the East Side suburbs along the international border.

That was important because the ABC television network covered the game only on videotape and showed it, on a delayed basis, during prime time in the U.S....

If you wanted to see USA vs. USSR when it actually took place, you had to drive to Lake Placid and buy a ticket or find a TV near the Canadian border, preferably with a UHF antenna.

And that was exactly what they had at the Blue Goose. It could pick up Channel 42, on the CTV network, from Sarnia. That was 60 miles away as the Canada goose flies from St. Clair Shores, with no buildings in the lake to block the signal....

ABC Sports – then the powerhouse in American TV sports – owned rights to the Olympics in the U.S. and manipulated its “same-day, tape-delay” coverage so that major events that took place before 8 p.m. were held back for prime-time presentation when the audience and sponsorship revenues were largest....

But in some cities – including Detroit – local stations accidentally ruined the ersatz suspense during station breaks by offering “teases” with announcers saying something like “USA beats Russia in hockey! Miracle on Ice! Film at 11!” In Detroit, it happened on Channel 7 (WXYZ-TV) and the guilty news anchor was Bill Bonds.


Below, watch a 12 minute highlight package of the game.

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Morning Line- Patrice Bergeron

“We’ve done it many times and guys have liked it. Yeah, the schedule is crunched. But there’s a lot of players who aren’t there and they get a break. I’d vote for it, for sure. I still think it would be the right thing to do. A lot of people watch the Olympics. A lot of people have told me, ‘I wasn’t watching hockey before the Sochi Games, and I watched and it was amazing hockey.’ The same if they watched Vancouver. I think it is good for the game, that it grows the game and it helps.”

-Patrice Bergeron of the Boston Bruins on participating in the Olympics. via Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe who has more and other hockey topics too.

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