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Video- Another Challenge For Ted Nolan Who Is Now The National Coach For Team Poland

In English with Polish captions and it runs 4 minutes.

 

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The NHL Needs To Be In Pyeongchang

from Marc-Edouard Vlasic at CBC Sports,

This POV was originally written for Radio-Canada and has been translated to English.

I was there sitting in front of my TV. It’s a nice TV, but I just had this urge to break it in two.

What I was seeing was completely ridiculous. It was April 3, and the commissioner of the National Hockey League, Gary Bettman, announced that NHL players would not participate at the next Winter Olympic Games, taking place in less than a year in South Korea. And that the case was closed. At first, I told myself they had missed April Fools by two days.

The elimination rounds of the NHL playoffs were about to start. In terms of timing, it was perfect for the league. People were going to chat a bit, then the series would start and all the Olympic stories would quickly be forgotten.

I can’t say that I am disappointed. When you are disappointed you can move on. When you’re in a relationship and that person leaves you, it’s disappointing and you are frustrated. But even if it’s difficult, you turn the page. No, saying that I am disappointed is not strong enough, because this is unacceptable. Players in the NHL should participate in the Olympic Games for two good and simple reasons: First, the Olympic Games must have the best players in the world facing off.

Second, it is the ideal occasion to promote our sport all over the world. If NHL players don’t end up going to Pyeongchang, I will spend the rest of my career (I have always wanted to play until I am 40, so the next 10 years) feeling frustration and hatred towards the NHL.

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Steven Stamkos And Jeff Vinik On The All-Star Game And Olympics

from Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times,

...it's still hard for Stamkos to hide the disappointment of what the game signals: that the NHL won't be participating in the 2018 Olympics in South Korea.

Stamkos hasn't competed for Canada in an Olympics and may never get that chance unless owners have a change of heart for 2022.

"It's a little bittersweet," Stamkos said. "If there's the Olympics, then the (All-Star Game) doesn't come to Tampa, so it's a double-edged sword. If it comes to the point where there's no Olympics, I couldn't think of a better place to host the game. We've proven the hockey market that we are, how great we are. I think it'd be a great time."...

Hedman and fellow Swede Anton Stralman experienced the joy of winning gold at the World Championship last month, but neither has played in the Olympics. Stralman said the league "crushed a dream," caring mostly about money.

"It's a few billionaires trying to make an extra buck," Stralman said.

...So I asked Vinik, what's your message to your players?

"I'm empathetic towards the players. I understand their points of view," he said. "But I also understand the point of view of the owners and commissioner that we are shutting down our season for three weeks. No other professional sports league does that. It's a strong belief of the owners that it doesn't make sense."

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A Definitive No To The Olympcs

from Jonas Siegel of the CP at the Globe and Mail,

Gary Bettman shovelled a little more dirt on NHLers playing at the 2018 Olympics.

Speaking before Game 1 of the Stanley Cup final in his annual state of the union address, the NHL commissioner said nothing had changed with regard to the Pyeongchang Games since a firm announcement last month that the league would not attend.

Bettman denied apparent suggestions from the International Ice Hockey Federation and NHL Players’ Association that it was still an “open issue.”

“It is not and has not been,” said Bettman. “I hope that was definitive enough.”

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Videos- Coach’s Corner From Yesterday

Topics discussed, Don Cherry hates afternoon games, the first period of Pens/Sens, Cherry says game 5 Ducks/Predators was the "most vicious game I think I’ve ever seen in the playoffs" and a few more topics.

 

 

Post-game, Don Cherry and Ron MacLean discussed the "lousy" shootout in the World Championhsip, they recapped the Penguins 7-0 win over Ottawa and Tommy Wingels elbow on Scott Wilson.

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Gold For Team Sweden At The World Championship

from Andrew Podnicks of IIHF.com,

Nicklas Backstrom and Oliver Ekman-Larsson scored shootout goals and goalie Henrik Lundqvist stopped all four shots he faced, givig Sweden its first World Championship gold medal since 2013.

It also marked the first time in four gold-medal games between the two nations that Sweden beat Canada (having lost in the finals of 1997, 2003, and 2004)

Canada, trying to win a third straight gold, has to settle for silver.

The only other World Championship gold-medal game to go to a shootout was in 1994, when Canada beat Finland.

Sweden's captain, Joel Lundqvist, now joins Sven "Tumba" Johansson as the only members of Tre Kronor to win three World Championship gold medals.

In order to get to the shootout, Canada had to kill an overtime tripping penalty to Sean Couturier, and it did so masterfully. Besides that, Canada had several dangerous forays into the Swedish end but couldn't beat Lundqvist, who came over to the team mid-tournament after his New York Rangers were eliminated from the Stanley Cup playoffs.

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Team Canada vs. Team Sweden In The World Championship Gold Medal Game

Team Canada takes on Team Sweden in the gold medal game of the World Championship.

The puck drops at 2:15pm 2:45pm ET and is on the NHL Network, NBC Sports (streaming only) and TSN.

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Team USA Faces Team Russia In World Championship Preliminary Round Game

COLOGNE, Germany – The Group A title is on the line here this afternoon when the U.S. faces Russia in the seventh and final preliminary round game from the 2017 IIHF Men’s World Championship.

Opening faceoff is set for 4:15 p.m. local time (10:15 a.m. ET) and the game can be seen live in the U.S. on NBCSN (live stream on NBC Sports app and at NBCSports.com).

The United States and Russia meet for the 16th time in the world championship. The last meeting between the two teams came in last year’s bronze medal game in Moscow with Russia gaining a 7-2 victory. All-time, the U.S. is 5-1-0-8-1 (W-OTW-OTL-L-T) vs. Russia.

Team USA has won five straight games coming into play today. The U.S. record for most consecutive wins in a single world championship is six and it has happened just once, that in 1990.

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The President/CEO Of The Olympic Organizing Committee On The NHL

rom Lucas Aykroyd of IIHF.com,

Hockey is gaining momentum in South Korea – not just from the upcoming XXIII Olympic Winter Games, but also from the national team’s recent promotion from Division IA to the 2018 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship in Denmark (Copenhagen and Herning). Head coach Jim Paek and assistant coach Richard Park are former NHLers of Korean descent who are leading the charge.

South Korea will become just the fourth non-European country to host the Winter Games after the United States, Canada, and Japan. The already-completed hockey venues are the Gangneung Hockey Centre (capacity 10,000) and Kwangdong Hockey Centre (capacity 6,000).

This will be the first Winter Olympics in Asia since Nagano, Japan in 1998. The 2022 Winter Olympics will take place in Asia in Beijing, China. It’s part of what South Korean organizers are touting as a new Asian era in sports, with the 2020 Summer Olympics also coming to Tokyo, Japan.

Lee, who noted that the distance between PyeongChang and Beijing is less than the distance between New York and Chicago, emphasized that he remains open to negotiations to bring NHLers to South Korea next year.

“As long as the NHL intends to participate in Beijing, they should also participate in PyeongChang,” Lee said. “I don’t think they’ve made a final decision so far. We still have lots to negotiate. Nothing is concluded until the final conclusion is made.”

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Switzerland Upsets Canada In World Championship Preliminary Round

All you need to know...

 

 

The IIHF has the game recap.

added 5:13pm, Game highlights are below....

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