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Team USA Advances To The Semifinal Round At The World Championship

HELSINKI, Finland – Ben Meyers (Delano, Minn.) netted two goals, including what proved to be the game-winner in the opening stanza, and Jeremy Swayman (Anchorage, Alaska) recorded his second shutout of the tournament with 33 saves as the U.S. Men’s National Team defeated Switzerland, 3-0, here tonight to move on to the semifinal round at the 2022 IIHF Men’s World Championship.

The U.S. advances to its fifth semifinal appearance in its last seven world championships. Team USA will face Finland Saturday (May 28) in Tampere at 2:20 p.m. (7:20 a.m. ET) and the contest can be seen live on NHL Network.

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NHL Network TV Coverage Of Team USA At The Under 18 World Championship

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – NHL Network will provide exclusive telecasts of all Team USA games at the 2022 IIHF Under-18 Men's World Championship. The network will air 11 total games throughout the tournament, which begins Saturday (April 23) and runs through May 1 in Landshut and Kaufbeuren, Germany. 

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Assistant Coaches Named For Team USA

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Jeff Blashill (Sault Ste. Marie, Mich./Detroit Red Wings), Don Granato (Downers Grove, Ill./Buffalo Sabres) and Mike Hastings (Crookston, Minn./Minnesota State University) have been named assistant coaches, and Mike King (Center Conway, N.H./Ottawa Senators) video coach, for the 2022 U.S. Men’s National Team it was announced today by USA Hockey.

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Afternoon Line- Gord Miller

added 3/18/22 at 8:06am,

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U.S. Paralympic Sled Hockey Team Wins Gold At The Paralympic Winter Games

BEIJING – Declan Farmer (Tampa, Fla.) tallied two goals and an assist, including the game-winning goal, and Jen Lee (San Francisco, Calif.) posted a 16 save shutout as the 2022 U.S. Paralympic Sled Hockey Team defeated Canada 5-0 here today in the goal medal game of the 2022 Paralympic Winter Games.

“I’m just so incredibly proud of this team,” said David Hoff (Bottineau, N.D.), head coach of the 2022 U.S. Paralympic Sled Hockey Team. “We went out there, played our game and accomplished what we wanted to accomplish and there’s no better feeling than that. I’m just so proud of this team and what we’ve been able to accomplish together.”

It was the fourth straight Paralympic gold for the U.S. in sled hockey.

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Ryan Martin Named GM Of U.S Men’s National Team

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Ryan Martin (Simsbury, Conn.), who currently serves as assistant general manager of the New York Rangers and general manager of the Hartford Wolf Pack, has been named general manager of the 2022 U.S. Men’s National Team it was announced today by USA Hockey. The team will compete in the 2022 International Ice Hockey Federation Men’s World Championship May 13-29 in Tampere and Helsinki, Finland.

Martin is in his first year with the Rangers after a 16-year stint (2005-21) with the Detroit Red Wings, including 11 seasons (2010-21) as the team’s assistant general manager and eight seasons as the general manager of the Grand Rapids Griffins (2013-21).

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What’s Next For The IIHF

TSN Hockey Insider Pierre LeBrun details the next steps for the IIHF when it comes to the World Juniors after the 2023 tournament was pulled out of Russia. LeBrun also shares how the league is handling the concerns player agent Dan Milstein raised about the safety of Russian players in NHL.

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A Part Of Russian Culture Put On Hold

from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

The Big Red Machine, as Russia’s national men’s hockey team came to be known, was always about more than just the game on the ice.

Back when they wore CCCP across their jerseys, more so than today, they played hockey unlike anyone else. The Soviets, with players like Valeri Kharlamov, Alexander Maltsev, Igor Larionov and the great KLM line, were like ballet on ice. A skating, shooting and (especially) passing propagandist tool of the former Soviet Union.

We called them professionals as they routinely defeated our amateurs, because that foul truth made us feel better about the results. And when our pros finally beat them in 1972, well, we still talk about it. When the Americans knocked them off at Lake Placid in 1980, it was indeed “A Miracle On Ice,” hockey’s version of walking on the moon.

Today, Russian President Vladimir Putin has less control over those players than they did in the days of head coaches Anatoly Tarasov or Viktor Tikhonov. Under Putin, their national teams have largely been good, but no longer great.

Still, however, Putin considers the game to be an appendage of Mother Russia. Every bit as much as Leonid Brezhnev did.

So banning the Russians — and the Belarusians — from international hockey for the foreseeable future in light of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, as the International Ice Hockey Federation did on Monday, is like amputating a Russian sporting limb. It hits Putin where perhaps even economic sanctions can not reach — in the collective soul, where hockey resides in most Russians the way it does with us here in Canada.

“There are a lot of sports, but hockey probably hits Putin the hardest,” said IIHF Vice President Bob Nicholson. “He learned to play hockey himself so he could be around the hockey people.”


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The IIHF Suspends Russian And Belarusian National Teams From Numerous Events

from rhw IIHF,

During an extra-ordinary meeting held on Monday, 28 February, the IIHF Council evaluated the impact of the current war. The IIHF strongly condemns the use of military force and urges the use of diplomatic means to solve conflict.

The IIHF Council has decided to take the following actions:

-Suspension of all Russian and Belarusian National Teams and Clubs from participation in every age category and in all IIHF competitions or events until further notice

-Withdrawal of the 2023 IIHF World Junior Championship hosting rights from Russia

These two actions have been initiated by the Council in order to enable the IIHF to ensure the safety of IIHF Championships and all participating players, officials, and fans.

Under the current conditions, this decision would have an impact on the following events:


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Hockey Topics Of Interest

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

- While we’ve been told by several agents that their North American and non-Russian, European clients are seeking to leave the KHL immediately, the IIHF has a decision to make regarding Team Russia’s entry in the rescheduled 2022 World Juniors, now set for August in Red Deer and Edmonton following the Omicron-related winter postponement.

Of course, no organization within the international hockey community seemed to have second thoughts about going to Beijing, so there is no reason to expect too much from the IIHF in this regard.

- Two decades later, it still remains impossible to process.

But with Mike Milbury running the Islanders’ show — and under Charles Wang’s ownership, he ran things as a sideshow, to be more precise — in successive Junes at the 2000 and 2001 drafts, the team wound up trading Roberto Luongo, Olli Jokinen, Chara, either Marian Gaborik or Dany Heatley and Jason Spezza in exchange for Rick DiPietro, Alexei Yashin and Mark Parrish.

- t’s hard for me to believe that an Avalanche team that would otherwise be a clear-cut favorite to win the Cup is entrusting the goaltending to Darcy Kuemper.

- Is the bar to clear for the Maple Leafs winning four games in the playoffs or, more like 16? If the latter, good luck with Jack Campbell in net. Maybe applies to the former, too, and certainly so if they wind up in a first-round matchup with the Lightning.

more on the first two topics plus other notes on interest...

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