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from Andrew Podnieks of IIHF.com,
Former players Saku Koivu, Uwe Krupp, Angela Ruggiero, Joe Sakic and Teemu Selanne, along with builder Dieter Kalt will be inducted to the IIHF Hall of Fame in 2017.
Former Great Britain national team player and coach Tony Hand has been selected to receive the Richard “Bibi” Torriani Award.
French ice hockey executive and former player and coach Patrick Francheterre will be given the Paul Loicq Award.
The 2017 IIHF Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will take place in Cologne, Germany on 21 May, the final day of the 2017 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship.
continued, includes Uwe Krupp as a builder too...
from Pierre LeBrun of TSN,
Deadline, what deadline?
Despite the committee being quoted in October as saying Jan. 15 was a deadline for a decision on NHL participation in South Korea, an International Olympic Committee spokesperson said Friday there is, in fact, no firm deadline.
"There is no agreed final deadline, but we continue to work towards a positive outcome," an IOC spokesperson told ESPN via email Friday.
That matches with the responses to ESPN from the NHL, its players' association and International Ice Hockey Federation this week, which all said they didn't believe there was any firm deadline the IOC had imposed.
NHLPA executive director Donald Fehr has always maintained there was time past January to get a deal done, citing how late in the proceedings the Sochi 2014 agreement got finalized (July 2013, just seven months before the Winter Games).
from Pat Caputo of the Oakland Press,
It was a seminal hockey moment.
Canadian winger Nicholas Roy moved in on American goalie Tyler Parsons, and attempted a variety of moves. Parsons didn’t budge, standing his ground. The puck eventually just slid off Roy’s stick and meekly into the pads of Parsons, who immediately leapt to his skates, ripped off his mask and raced toward center ice where he was mobbed by teammates.
Didn’t hear about this? Didn’t know Parsons is from Chesterfield Township? Haven’t figured out this was for the gold medal in the World Junior Championships? Ah, don’t really know exactly what the importance of the WJC in the hockey world? You’re not alone. The game was buried on the NHL Network. Hardly anyone, outside of genuinely hardcore fans in this country, noticed.
It’s a big, big deal in Canada, though. The WJC is viewed in Canada similar to the NCAA basketball tournament here, minus the office betting pools.
If the script had been flipped, Parsons, who stoned five straight Canadians in a shootout in Montreal, would have stood as the biggest sports hero in Canada. Yet, even in his home state, Parsons remains relatively unknown.
I’m convinced hockey is the most undervalued and underrated sport in this state, despite Detroit’s nickname, “Hockeytown,’’ and the Red Wings’ recent position among the NHL’s elite.
from USA Hockey,
The U.S. rallied from a pair of two-goal deficits and Troy Terry (Highlands Ranch, Colo./University of Denver), for the second straight night, scored the game-winner in the shootout, as the U.S. National Junior Team beat Canada, 5-4, to win the gold medal at the 2017 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship.
Goaltender Tyler Parsons (Chesterfield, Mich.) made 46 saves and stopped all five Canadian shots in the shootout.
"What a terrific game between two fantastic hockey countries," said Bob Motzko, head coach of Team USA. "When we got together in Michigan for our camp this summer, there was something special with these guys. This team had great camaraderie, tremendous heart and always battled. This is a special group who will forever walk together."
The victory gives Team USA its fourth gold medal at the IIHF World Junior Championship, and tenth medal all time in the event. The U.S. is now 4-1 all-time in gold-medal games at the World Juniors.
Highlights are below...
Team USA wins the shootout and game. Final score 5-4.
The last save of the tournament...
First up is...
Columbus plays at the Washington Capitals on Thursday (7 p.m. ET; CSN-DC, FS-O, NHL.TV) with a 16-game winning streak, the second-longest in NHL history and one short of the record set by the 1992-93 Pittsburgh Penguins (March 9-April 10, 1993).
more at NHL.com
The United States and Canada will play for the gold medal at the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship at Bell Centre on Thursday (8 p.m. ET). Fans in the United States can watch live on NHL.com and NHL Network; Canadian-based viewers can tune in on TSN.
It will be the fourth time in the history of the tournament the countries will play against each other in the final.
continued at NHL.com
from Jared Clinto of The Hockey News,
NHLPA executive director Donald Fehr offered some hope ahead of the Centennial Classic this past Sunday for those hoping for the NHL to send players to the Olympics. According to ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun, Fehr said he felt “more optimistic now” than he had at any point prior when it came to talks regarding Olympic participation.
However, that same day, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman stated that no talks have happened with the IOC or IIHF regarding the Olympics, continuing by saying that “absent some compelling reason I'm not sure there's a whole lot of sentiment on the part of the clubs to go through the disruption of taking almost three weeks off during the season.”
Even still, there was cause for at least a glimmer of hope, with the belief that Fehr’s optimism was more telling of the direction talks were going with regards to sending the players to PyeongChang come February 2018. But according to TSN’s Darren Dreger, at least one owner and one member of the NHL’s Board of Governors have “no idea” where Fehr’s optimism is coming from.
That’s not to say Olympic participation is entirely off the table, though. Dreger, appearing on NBC on Wednesday evening, elaborated on what it might take for the league to send players to South Korea for the tournament.
“Unless there is a game-changer that sways the owners, then that attitude is going to remain consistent; that the NHL will not be going to South Korea,” Dreger said, according to NBC Sports. “And by ‘game-changer’, we’re talking about something perhaps CBA related, which Don Fehr says is too complicated. It would take months to negotiate something like that. Or, a huge financial gain from the IOC or Olympic-related to persuade the NHL owners. And at this stage, that seems like a long shot.”
from USA Hockey,
THE SERIES VS. CANADA
The United States and Canada are meeting for the 45th time in IIHF World Junior Championship play. All-time, the U.S. is 8-1-3-29-3 (W-OTW-OTL-L-T) against Canada.
Last Saturday (Dec. 31), Team USA defeated Canada, 3-1, behind a three-point performance from Jordan Greenway (Canton, N.Y./Boston University) and 25 save effort by Joseph Woll (St. Louis, Mo./Boston College). Ryan Lindgren (Minneapolis, Minn./University of Minnesota) was named the U.S. Player of the Game.
TEAM USA IN GOLD MEDAL GAMES
Tonight marks the fifth gold medal-game appearance for the U.S. and the fourth time its opponent will be Canada. All-time, the U.S. holds a 3-1 record in gold medal games with its last appearance being in 2013 when Team USA claimed a 3-1 victory over Sweden for its third ever gold medal in the World Junior Championship.
In its three meetings versus Canada, the U.S. is 2-1. After falling to Canada, 2-0, in the 1997 gold medal-game, the U.S. topped Canada in thrilling fashion both in 2004 (4-3 W) and 2010 (6-5 OTW).
The game starts just after 8:00pm ET on the NHL Network and numerous TSN channels.
Canada defeated Sweden 5-2 to earn a spot in the gold medal game against Team USA in the World Junior Championship.
The puck will drop just after 8:00pm ET and can be watched on the NHL Network or TSN.
Troy Terry scores in round 7 of the shootout to win it for the USA.
They will play the winner of Canada/Sweden (play later tonight) on Thursday night.
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