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Red Army Documentary May Not Be Patriotic Enough For Some In Russia

from Vladimir Kozlov of The Hollywood Reporter,

The upcoming release of the U.S.-Russian hockey documentary Red Army has stirred controversy in Russia as some theaters turned it down, apparently unhappy with the way it portrays the Soviet Union.

Around 10 theaters refused to screen Red Army and claimed it was not "patriotic," said the film's Russian distributor Arthouse.

"The film was made by American director Gabe Polsky, which in many ways explains the attitude of many Russians toward the film," Abigail Honor, сo-founder and CEO of Arthouse's U.S.-based parent company Lorem Ipsum Corp., told The Hollywood Reporter. "They see the film as celebrating the negative American view of Russia in a time when the relationship between the two countries is so strained."

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Team Russia Fined For The Snub OF Canada At The World Championship

Converting the Swiss Franc to US Dollars would make the fine $85,000.

from IIHF.com,

The Ice Hockey Federation of Russia was fined CHF 80,000 due to an incident that occurred following the end of the gold medal game of the 2015 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship in the Czech Republic.

The Russian national team and staff left the ice during the medal ceremony after Canada had won the gold medal game 6-1 and received the medals, but before the national anthem had been played and the flags of the three medal-winning teams were raised.

Supported by video footage of the ceremony, the Deciding Panel of the IIHF Disciplinary Board ascertained that the Russian team captain had discussions with team staff members, after which he talked to his teammates, at the same time moving his head towards the open gate; the gate had been open since the start of the ceremony. The majority of the players and the staff members left the ice immediately following the Canadian Players receiving their medals while a few players remained, eventually leaving the ice themselves a little later. 

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Alex Ovechkin Plans To Play In The 2018 Olympics

MOSCOW, August 19. /TASS/. NHL Washington Capitals forward Alexander Ovechkin is ready to play for the Russian national ice hockey team at the 2018 Winter Olympics even if the NHL bans him from coming to South Korea, he told journalists on Wednesday.

"The same situation was with the [2014] Sochi Games, they said NHL could not be allowed to come," Ovechkin said. "I hope the sides will reach an agreement."

"Anyway, I and other players will definitely come [to the Olympics2018]," he added.

The 2018 Winter Olympics will be held from February 9 to 25, 2018, in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

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Like Father, Like Daughter For Sarah Murray

from Kristen Odland of the Calgary Herald,

After all, her entire life has pretty much revolved around the coaching path of her father — former National Hockey League and Team Canada boss Andy Murray — and it was only a matter of time before his habits rubbed off on her....

And for his daughter, who was named the head coach of the Korean women’s national team preparing for the 2018 Olympics in PyeongChang, there’s never been a better time to pick his brain.

“It’s funny,” Sarah Murray said. “As a player, I didn’t want to hear his advice and now, as a coach, I’m open to everything and his critiques. It’s been great.”

Truth be told, she has taken on a daunting task.

Unlike Canada, the pool of players Korea draws from is small. Some of the players are 14- and 15 years old, so their practice time is limited due to school. And the Korean women’s national team is the only women’s team in the country. Period.

Murray, who accepted the job in 2014, said the group — prior to her arrival — was essentially a 12-month practice squad that played exhibition games against high school boys teams.

For the most part, they have basic skills. But no strategy has been built into their game.

“We’re very early in the building stages,” she explained.

So, calls to her father are frequent.

“I’ll say, ‘Yeah, this drill did not work. But I need a drill to teach this,’ ” said Murray who was born in Canada and attended Shattuck St. Mary’s boarding school before playing hockey at the University of Minnesota Duluth. “He’ll be like, ‘Oh, I have three great drills for that.’ It’s just great to have a mentor that I can call whenever I need to.”

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USA Hockey Announces Management Team For World Cup Of Hockey

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Dean Lombardi (Ludlow, Mass.), president and general manager of the NHL’s Los Angeles Kings, has been named general manager of Team USA for the 2016 World Cup of Hockey it was announced today by USA Hockey. Lombardi has guided the Kings to a pair of Stanley Cup titles in the last four seasons and has served as part of the U.S. Men’s National Advisory Group since 2009.

In addition, Paul Holmgren (St. Paul, Minn.), president of Philadelphia Flyers, has been named assistant general manager; Brian Burke (Edina, Minn.), president of hockey operations for the Calgary Flames, senior advisor; and Jim Johannson (Colorado Springs, Colo.), assistant executive director of USA Hockey, director of hockey operations.

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South Korea’s Hockey Team In A Tough Group In The Olympics

from the Korea Times,

When it makes its Winter Olympic debut in men’s hockey in 2018 on home ice, South Korea will have to take on powerhouses Canada and the Czech Republic in the group stage.

Most hockey observers won’t give South Korea even a puncher’s chance, but count Rene Fasel, president of the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF), as among the more optimistic ones.

“I have a good feeling,” Fasel told Yonhap News Agency on Thursday in Kuala Lumpur, where he will attend the 128th International Olympic Committee (IOC) Session as a member of its Executive Board. The IOC on Friday will vote on the host of the 2022 Winter Olympics between Beijing and Almaty.

“In sports, you never know. I think they will be competitive,” Fasel added. “We will help Korea the best we can (so) that they can have a competitive team.”

South Korea was awarded a spot in the men’s tournament as the host nation, with the eastern alpine town of PyeongChang set to stage the country’s first Winter Games. The IIHF seeds countries based on the final 2015 rankings, and the 23rd-ranked South Korea ended up with No. 1-ranked Canada, No. 6 Czech Republic and No. 7 Switzerland in Group A....

The IIHF is “still working” to make sure the world’s top professionals will be in PyeongChang, Fasel said.

“The Olympics are the best stage for promoting our sport,” he added. “I really expect and hope the NHL will be there.”

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The 2022 Winter Olympics Will Be Held In Beijing, China

from IIHF.com,

The International Olympic Committee has awarded the 2022 Olympic Winter Games to Beijing, China, and the 2020 Youth Olympic Winter Games to Lausanne, Switzerland.

Both event hosts were decided during the 128th IOC Session held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Beijing beat out the other bid from Almaty, Kazakhstan, by a close vote of 44-40.

"I congratulate Beijing on becoming the first city to host both a Summer and Winter Games, and congratulations to Almaty for putting forth an excellent bid," said IIHF President and IOC Executive Board member René Fasel.

"Both bids were very strong but I am happy to see Beijing as the 2022 host because it gives the IIHF a great platform to promote the sport of ice hockey in Asia. Now with the next two Winter Olympics taking place in Korea and China, we have a tremendous opportunity to open up new horizons for our sport and to showcase ice hockey to a new generation.” ...

An IIHF member since 1963, the status of China’s ice hockey teams regarding automatic host qualification is still to be determined. The men’s team has yet to qualify for an Olympic tournament, but the women’s team participated in three Winter Games in 1998, 2002, and most recently Vancouver 2010. The nation’s best result came in Nagano 1998, when the team put up big wins over Japan and Sweden in the first round, but ultimately lost 4-1 to Finland in the bronze medal game and finished in fourth place.

China’s men’s national team is 38th in the IIHF World Ranking, while the women’s team is 16th. 

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In case you are wondering, Beijing, China is 12 hours ahead of EST.

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How Much Did You Say For The Ad On The World Cup Of Hockey Sweater?

from Rick Westhead of TSN,

NHL and NHL Players' Association officials will continue their push this summer to sell advertising space on player jerseys for the upcoming World Cup of Hockey, asking $8 million for the rights to all eight teams in the tournament.  

Two people familiar with the matter told TSN the league and union have been pitching on-uniform advertising for several months now. While some sponsorship deals have been agreed to, no company has been willing to meet the asking price for jersey ads at the Toronto-based event scheduled for September of 2016.

"Someone paying $8 million? It's just not going to happen," said a marketing executive who has been pitched by the NHL and NHLPA. "They think they're going to get a global financial services company like Visa to pay that much, but it's just not going to happen."

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Ron Wilson Named Head Coach Of 2016 U.S. National Junior Team

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – USA Hockey announced today that Ron Wilson (Riverside, R.I.) has been named head coach of the 2016 U.S. National Junior Team. Wilson, who directed Team USA to the silver medal at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games and ranks eighth all-time in National Hockey League history in wins, will lead Team USA in the International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship for the first time.

"We're extremely pleased to have Ron guiding our National Junior Team," said Jim Johannson, assistant executive director for hockey operations at USA Hockey, who will also serve as general manager of the 2016 U.S. National Junior Team. "His resume speaks for itself, both as a player and a coach, and we know he'll do an outstanding job."

"It is always an honor to serve as head coach for the United States," said Wilson. "The World Junior Championship has evolved into one of the great events on the hockey calendar and with so many highly-skilled players in USA Hockey's player pool, expectations have never been higher.

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Videos- Highlights From the 2015 World Championship

One big party...

 

 

Below, highlights of Canada's 6-1 win over Russia in the Gold Medal Game.

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