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Your Team USA Olympic Team

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – USA Hockey announced the final roster for its 2022 U.S. Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Team tonight, a group that includes 15 current NCAA players, eight European pros and two players from the AHL. The squad will represent the United States at the 2022 Olympic Winter Games Feb. 3-20 in Beijing, China.

“We’re excited about the roster we’ve put together,” said John Vanbiesbrouck, general manager of the 2022 U.S. Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Team and also the assistant executive director of hockey operations for USA Hockey. “The Olympics are the biggest stage in sports and it was fun to hear the enthusiasm our players have to represent their country. We’re fortunate to have a deep talent pool -- thanks in part to all the great work of our volunteers in communities across the nation -- and with the mix of players who are part of our team, we’re looking forward to competing for a gold medal in Beijing.”

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John Vanbiesbrouck May Not Be The Right Choice As GM Of Team USA

from Matt Porter of the Boston Globe,

Beats me why John Vanbiesbrouck keeps getting hockey executive jobs.

After running Team USA at the last four World Junior Championships, he’s now the replacement general manager for the Olympics, after the NHL pulled out and Bill Guerin was called back to the Wild.

Absurd. No matter how highly Team USA executive director Pat Kelleher thinks of Vanbiesbrouck’s hockey acumen, he should have looked elsewhere.

The Trevor Daley incident should be disqualifying. Daley, now a hockey operations adviser with the Penguins, was 19 when Vanbiesbrouck called him an N-word behind his back when speaking about him to his teammates on the 2003 Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds. Daley, the team captain, quit, then rejoined when Vanbiesbrouck resigned as coach and GM and sold his 25 percent ownership stake in the club. The OHL fined the team $50,000.

All these years later, Vanbiesbrouck hasn’t reached out to Daley to settle the score. Yet Vanbiesbrouck is ready to move on. When USA Hockey named him assistant executive director of hockey operations in 2018, he said in an interview with Scott Burnside of The Athletic, he had “paid a high price” for the incident, and “there needs to be an ending.”

At the time of the incident, Vanbiesbrouck, who grew up in Detroit, explained that racial slurs were “an old wound with me. I grew up with it. I’m as sorry as anybody that it’s stuck with me.”

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President Of The IIHF On Cancelling And Possible Rescheduling The WJC

IIHF president Luc Tardif joins James Duthie and Bob McKenzie to discuss the cancellation of the 2022 World Juniors, the process that led to the decision, as well as when and if they will be able to reschedule the tournament.

Watch at TSN

added 10pm ET, Below, watch Bob McKenzie on the process of cancelling the tournament.

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The World Junior Championship Has Been Cancelled

 

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Connor Bedard After His Four Goal Night

from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

The 1977 footage of a 16-year-old Wayne Gretzky at the Montreal Forum World Juniors is Zapruder-like, as he skates around those faceless “Czechoslovakians” like a Baryshnikov among bar stools. That grainy video was captured so long ago, his opponents that night have changed the name of their national team not once but twice in the years since.

The phenoms have followed hence, through the same World Junior turnstile to NHL stardom. Mario Lemieux, to Sidney Crosby, to Connor McDavid, and perhaps now to young Connor Bedard, the only 16-year-old to score a hat trick at the World Junior tournament since Gretzky himself.

Bedard, of the Western Hockey League’s Regina Pats, feasted Wednesday on an overmatched Austrian team that had no answer for the five-foot-nine dynamo, scoring four times. Afterwards he described his performance the way each of the aforementioned would have, as having been lucky to be in the right place at the right time.

“Most of those (goals), I’m kind of just in front of the net, getting a stick on something. It was pretty fortunate,” Bedard said after the game. “Everyone makes the game easier, when you’re playing here with these guys.”

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Video- You’ve Heard Of Connor Bedard Before

Now you are really going to hear about him.

via TSN's YouTube page,

16-year-old Connor Bedard put on a show, scoring four times to tie the single-game record at the WJC, Mason McTavish added two goals and an assist, and Elliot Desnoyers recorded three helpers as Canada dominated Austria to improve to 2-0 at the World Juniors.

 

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Hockey Today, WJC And NHL Games

The WJC is in action tonight with Canada/Austria at 7pm on TSN and NHL Network.  Note the Arizona/San Jose game is ESPN+ or hulu exclusive.

Team USA had to forfeit their game against the Swiss today due to two positive Covid tests.

 

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Scouting The WJC

from Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun,

Last year, there was a “No Scouts Allowed” policy in place.

No general managers. No directors of amateur scouting. No WHL, OHL or QMJHL junior scouts. No NCAA college scouts. No European scouts. No bird dogs. No hockey ops people. Nobody.

This year there are an estimated 150 scouts expected for Edmonton and 120 more for Red Deer, many of them trading tickets for this day or that, this game or that.

“This year it’s pretty spectacular for scouts,” said Edmonton Oilers director of amateur scouting and player development Tyler Wright....

This year more than makes up for last year’s scouting situation at the event which gets underway with a Boxing Day card featuring Russia-Sweden and USA-Slovakia in Red Deer and Finland-Germany and Czechs-Canada in Edmonton.

Over the years, the world junior has become more of a 19-year-old tournament where the GMs go to check out the development of their previous drafts in best-on-best competition than the total scouting festival it used to be.

But this year, it features not only the two generation players in the same 2023 NHL Entry Draft in Canada’s Connor Bedard and Russia’s Matvei Michkov but Slovakia’s Maxim Strbak and Dailbor Dvorsky.

And as for first time draft eligible (2004 and late 2003 born) players, there are a whopping 25 this year.

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NHL Network Plans For The WJC And Winter Classic

December 22, 2021 – NHL Network today announced it will provide extensive coverage of the 2022 IIHF World Junior Championship, serving as the exclusive U.S. TV home for the 14th consecutive year. Live game telecasts plus comprehensive analysis, highlights, interviews and previews of the tournament from Edmonton and Red Deer, AB, Canada will air within the flagship studio show NHL Tonight and via @NHLNetwork on FacebookInstagram and Twitter.

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NHL Players Will Not Participate In The Olympics

NEW YORK (Dec. 22, 2021) – With the National Hockey League’s regular-season schedule having been materially disrupted as a result of increasing COVID cases and a rising number of postponed games, the National Hockey League announced today that NHL Players will not participate in the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing.

“The National Hockey League respects and admires the desire of NHL Players to represent their countries and participate in a ‘best on best’ tournament. Accordingly, we have waited as long as possible to make this decision while exploring every available option to enable our Players to participate in the 2022 Winter Olympic Games,” NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said. “Unfortunately, given the profound disruption to the NHL’s regular-season schedule caused by recent COVID-related events -- 50 games already have been postponed through Dec. 23 -- Olympic participation is no longer feasible. We certainly acknowledge and appreciate the efforts made by the International Olympic Committee, the International Ice Hockey Federation and the Beijing Organizing Committee to host NHL Players but current circumstances have made it impossible for us to proceed despite everyone’s best efforts. We look forward to Olympic participation in 2026.

“Our focus and goal have been and must remain to responsibly and safely complete the entirety of the NHL regular season and Stanley Cup Playoffs in a timely manner. Therefore, with stringent health protocols once again in place, we will begin utilizing available dates during the Feb. 6-22 window (originally contemplated to accommodate Olympic participation) to reschedule games that have been, or may yet be, postponed.”

added 10:11am, Statement from Don Fehr below.

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