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Team USA Begins To Take Shape For IIHF World Championship

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – USA Hockey announced today an initial roster of 15 players that will represent the U.S. Men’s National Team at the 2017 International Ice Hockey Federation Men’s World Championship May 5-21 in Cologne, Germany, and Paris, France.

The roster is highlighted by five players who helped guide Team USA to a bronze medal at the 2015 IIHF Men’s World Championship in Ostrava and Prague, Czech Republic, including Connor Hellebuyck (Winnipeg Jets), Dylan Larkin (Detroit Red Wings), Anders Lee (New York Islanders), Connor Murphy (Arizona Coyotes) and Brock Nelson (New York Islanders).

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The U.S. Men’s National Team Advisory Group

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - With the 2017 IIHF Men’s World Championship less than a month away, USA Hockey announced today that its U.S. Men’s National Team Advisory Group, in addition to former U.S. Men’s National Team players Bill Guerin (Pittsburgh Penguins/Assistant General Manager) and Chris Drury (New York Rangers/Assistant General Manager), will lead efforts in selecting players and staff that will represent the United States in the event.

The U.S. Men’s National Team Advisory Group, led by Jim Johannson, assistant executive director of hockey operations for USA Hockey, includes NHL general managers Stan Bowman (Chicago Blackhawks), Dean Lombardi (L.A. Kings), David Poile (Nashville Predators), and Ray Shero (New Jersey Devils), along with Florida Panthers President of Hockey Operations Dale Tallon and Carolina Hurricanes President Don Waddell.

The U.S., which will face Italy in a pre-tournament game in Milan, Italy, on May 2, (8 p.m. local time) begins play in the 2017 IIHF Men’s World Championship on May 5 against host Germany at 8:15 p.m. (local time) in Cologne, Germany.

USA Hockey expects to name the initial players part of the roster later this week.

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Video- Team USA Wins Gold At Women’s World Championship

Hilary Knight wins it in OT.


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Team Canada and Team USA Go For Gold In Women’s World Championship Tonight

from the CP at TSN,

World championships scarce lately for the Canadian women's hockey team, they're getting another chance to end their drought.

Friday's final against the United States marks the 18th time in 18 championships the archrivals have clashed for gold.

Winner of three in a row, the American women intend to have their storybook ending on home ice with a fourth.

Canada has won 10 times and the U.S. seven. The Americans have beaten Canada in six of the last seven, including last year's 1-0 overtime victory in Kamloops, B.C.

Canada hasn't claimed gold since 2012 in Burlington, Vt. Over a third of the current team hasn't experienced victory in a world final.

"It's hard to put into words, but we really want it," forward Brianne Jenner said. "It would mean a lot to a lot of us here."

Canada blanked Finland 4-0 and the United States shut out surprise semifinalist Germany 11-0 on Thursday to advance.

The Canadians edged the Americans 3-2 in an overtime thriller to win Olympic gold in 2014.


Puck drops at 7:30pm ET on TSN4, TSN5 and and the NHL Network in the US.

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Gary Bettman Talked Olympics Tonight On Sportsnet

from Emly Sadler of Sportsnet,

“NHL clubs have not wanted to go to the Olympics and we have been saying that for months if not years,” said Bettman. “All we’ve done is confirmed it.”

“There are lots and lots of opportunities for us to grow the game internationally and they’re not dependent on us shutting down in the middle of the season to go to the Olympics.”...

“NHL clubs don’t like having to shut down at a critical part of the season and disrupt our season for anything, let alone a situation where we’re not given an opportunity to promote our presence,” he said.

The commissioner also pointed out that while Olympic attendance has been included in past collective bargaining agreements with the players' association, it is not part of the current CBA.

“We’ve tried it, but it doesn’t work,” Bettman said, citing the previous five Olympics games in which NHLers have competed.

“Not only has it not done anything for our game, particularly here in North America where our franchises play, it’s been damaging to the seasons in terms of the competitiveness, in terms of the compression of the seasons, and injuries to players.”

more and you can listen/watch the 19 minute interview too...

added 8:10pm, from Greg Wyshynski of PuckDaddy,

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The IIHF And IOC On The NHL Not Participating In the Olympics

from IIHF.com,

The National Hockey League will not participate in the 2018 Olympic Winter Games, it was announced by the league.

“The IIHF is deeply disappointed to hear of Commissioner Bettman's decision not to have National Hockey League players take part in the 2018 Olympic Winter Games,” said IIHF President René Fasel.

“While we respect the NHL’s reasons for not taking part, there is no hiding the fact that this is a decision that robs ice hockey fans of the world's greatest best-on-best international ice hockey competition, and our sport of a truly global platform that has been in place since 1998. At the end of the day, ice hockey loses here.”

Following the IOC's decision not to cover costs such as insurance and travel for the NHL players, the IIHF worked to find a common ground that would have encouraged the NHL to continue to be a part of the Olympics.

In light of the NHL’s refusal to participate in the 2018 Olympic Winter Games, the IIHF will discuss with the participating teams the best way forward and move on with preparations for PyeongChang 2018.

“We have to remember that some of the greatest Olympic moments didn’t involve NHL players at all,” said Fasel. “We will move forward and continue preparations for PyeongChang. We still have the task to promote and build our game in Asia, and we will work hard towards this.” 

continue which also includes this statement from the IOC...

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Not Good For Our Game

from Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet,

I have to tell you, I never thought they’d do it.

I thought someone would step up at the last second. Or, I thought NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman would hold his nose and say, “As much as I hate this…we’ll go.”

Let me say this in no uncertain terms: this is bad. It’s bad for hockey. South Korea may not be China, but it’s not the Solomon Islands. There are a lot of people and influential sponsors who could be exposed to the game.

The Olympics are a fantastic showcase, the pinnacle of sport. The players love it, fans love it. I loved covering them. It’s terrific. Hockey does not win by missing out.

Here’s the problem: it’s not so easy to pick the villain. Bettman is an obvious target, and being commissioner means you eat it. The job and salary comes with that responsibility.


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Hockey Loses

from Bruce Arthur of the Toronto Star,

You know who really loses? Hockey. The World Cup was mostly boring fare, save for Team North America, a glittering collection of talent we won’t ever see again. It wasn’t a replacement, for the players or anybody else. People like NHL players at the Olympics. It’s the best against best, even when Canada uses the bigger rink to systematically erase scoring chances, the way it did in Sochi. It’s the biggest global stage there is.

But so much of hockey thinks small. The Olympics were a fun part of a sport that doesn’t have as much fun as it should, and now has less. Scoring remains anemic, fan-pleasing violence has been reduced to little trickles, the players’ personalities remain hidden, the trade market is more frozen than ever, and the limits of this league’s imagination apparently extends to outdoor games, 3-on-3 overtime, and smaller goalie pants. Now, the Olympics are gone, for now.


added 7:19pm, On the other hand, Don Cherry says the right decision.

Watch/listen below...

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USA Hockey Statement On NHL Olympic Decision

Dave Ogrean, Executive Director, USA Hockey

“We knew it was a very real possibility for many months and certainly respect the decision of the NHL. The good news is that because of our grassroots efforts over the course of many years, our player pool is as deep as it has ever been and we fully expect to field a team that will play for a medal.”

Jim Johannson, Assistant Executive Director of Hockey Operations, USA Hockey
“We respect the NHL’s decision and will examine our player pool options and plan accordingly. In the end, we’ll have 25 great stories on the ice in South Korea and will go to the Olympics with medal expectations.”

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NHL Statement On The Olympics

NEW YORK (April 3, 2017) -- The National Hockey League today released the following statement regarding the 2018 Olympic Winter Games:

“We have previously made clear that, while the overwhelming majority of our Clubs are adamantly opposed to disrupting the 2017-18 NHL season for purposes of accommodating Olympic participation by some NHL players, we were open to hearing from any of the other parties who might have an interest in the issue (e.g., the IOC, the IIHF, the NHLPA) as to reasons the Board of Governors might be interested in re-evaluating their strongly held views on the subject. A number of months have now passed and no meaningful dialogue has materialized. Instead, the IOC has now expressed the position that the NHL’s participation in Beijing in 2022 is conditioned on our participation in South Korea in 2018. And the NHLPA has now publicly confirmed that it has no interest or intention of engaging in any discussion that might make Olympic participation more attractive to the Clubs. As a result, and in an effort to create clarity among conflicting reports and erroneous speculation, this will confirm our intention to proceed with finalizing our 2017-18 Regular Season schedule without any
break to accommodate the Olympic Winter Games. We now consider the matter officially closed.”

added 3:54pm, from Dan Rosen of NHL.com,

The NHL announced Monday that it will not participate in the 2018 PyeongChang Olympics, ending a run of five consecutive Winter Olympics with NHL players....

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman has repeatedly said in the past several months that the owners were against Olympic participation for a variety of reasons. Chief among them was the 17-day break in the schedule required in February, a time when the National Football League's season has ended and Major League Baseball's season has yet to begin.

"I think the realities of Olympic participation are more apparent to our Board now and I think it just leads to less enthusiasm about the disruption," Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly said during NHL All-Star Weekend in Los Angeles in January. "Quite frankly we don't see what the benefit is from the game standpoint or the League standpoint with respect to Olympic participation."

The NHL conducted polls in both Canada and the United States to determine if fans were in favor of the League taking a break in February to allow players to compete in the Olympics. In the United States, 73 percent said they were not in favor. In Canada, it was 53 percent against the break.


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