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from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
Will NHL players be going to Pyeongchang, South Korea, in February 2018 or not?
It's a question that's far from being answered yet.
"We haven't had any discussions about it," NHL commissioner Gary Bettman told ESPN.com Wednesday. "And I said in Columbus [at the All-Star Game], this decision about the World Cup has no bearing on that decision. We're focused right now on the World Cup. When we get to discussing and evaluating the Olympic opportunity, that decision -- whether or not we go or not go -- will rise and fall on the merits of making that decision."
NHLPA executive director Don Fehr agreed with Bettman's characterization of the Olympic decision not being tied to the return of the World Cup.
"Yes, I think that's a correct statement, that the Olympics have to be evaluated on their own, and you have to get the right kinds of agreements with the IIHF and the IOC," Fehr told ESPN.com Wednesday. "Assuming you can, it's no secret what the players' position is going to be. But this [World Cup] is something we would do if we had already decided to go to the Olympics or if the Olympics had shut down and you never had them again. It wouldn't matter."
from Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun,
A possible Olympic-village type setting for teams and fans alike, representing all the countries involved.
A splashy opening ceremony befitting what the NHL considers to be a major international event.
A series of concerts sprinkled throughout the two-week event that will augment the product on the ice.
Events held in conjunction with the Toronto International Film Festival, which will be going on at the same time.
Taking a page from the the annual “A Taste of Danforth” Food Festival, how about a Taste of The World Cup event, one in which fans can have the opportunity to graze on some of the dishes native to the countries taking part in the tournament?
In the minds of the NHL and NHLPA kingpins who are setting up the World Cup of Hockey, these are some of the ideas they would like to see come to fruition as part of the tournament, which will run Sept. 17–Oct. 1, 2016 at the Air Canada Centre.
I found this interview more interesting than the interview of Gary Bettman which was just posted.
NHLPA executive director Donald Fehr joins Hockey Central at Noon to talk about the players perspective of the World Cup of Hockey and much more.
NHL commissioner Gary Bettman joins Hockey Central at Noon to discuss the World Cup of Hockey, expansion to Las Vegas and much more.
NEW YORK/TORONTO (March 4, 2015) – Sportsnet has been awarded the exclusive English-language media rights in Canada and TVA Sports the exclusive French-language media rights in Canada to the 2016 World Cup of Hockey, the National Hockey League (NHL®) and National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA) announced today. The deal covers all tournament games – round-robin, semi-final and the best-of-three final – for the 2016 tournament and includes television, online and mobile rights.
The World Cup of Hockey will be played at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto Sept. 17 – Oct. 1, 2016. Eight teams, comprised of the world’s best hockey players, will compete for a best-on-best international hockey championship.
NEW YORK/TORONTO (March 4, 2015) – ESPN has been awarded the exclusive U.S. media rights to the 2016 World Cup of Hockey, the National Hockey League (NHL®) and National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA) announced today. The World Cup of Hockey will be played at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto Sept. 17 – Oct. 1, 2016. Eight teams, comprised of the world’s best hockey players, will compete for a best-on-best international hockey championship.
The deal covers all tournament games – round-robin, semi-final and the best-of-three final – for the 2016 tournament and includes exclusive rights on television and radio, with most games to appear on ESPN and ESPN2. ESPN International gains the exclusive rights in over 20 countries served by its Pacific Rim and Latin North networks. Additionally, live access to coverage of the event on ESPN networks will be available through WatchESPN on computers, smartphones, tablets, Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick, Apple TV, Chromecast, Roku, Xbox 360 and Xbox One via an affiliated video provider.
from Igor Larionov at The Players Tribune,
It’s easier to destroy than to create. As a coach, it’s easier to tell your players to suffocate the opposing team and not turn the puck over. There are still players whose imagination and creativity capture the Soviet spirit — Johnny Gaudreau in Calgary, Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews in Chicago just to name a few. However, they are becoming exceptions to the rule. Many young players who are intelligent and can see the game four moves ahead are not valued. They’re told “simple, simple, simple.”
That mentality is kind of boring. Nobody wants to get fired. Nobody wants to get sent down to the minors. If you look at the coaches in Juniors and minor league hockey, many of them were not skill players. It’s a lot of former enforcers and grinders who take these coaching jobs. Naturally, they tell their players to be just like them. Their players are 16, 17 years old — younger than I was when I joined the Red Army team. Say what you want about the Whiplash mentality (or the Soviet mentality), but if coaches are going to push kids at that age, why are they pushing them to play a simple game? Why aren’t coaches pushing them to create a masterpiece?
We lose a lot of Pavel Datsyuks to the closed-minded nature of the AHL and NHL.
I remember Datsyuk made a couple turnovers in a game when first came to Detroit at age 23. Players on the team like Brett Hull, Brendan Shanahan, Steve Yzerman and myself had to tell him, “Pavel, just keep doing what you’re doing.” Thankfully, Scotty Bowman had the wisdom to see his potential. If he was on a different team with a different coach who did not appreciate that kind of unique skill, Datsyuk might have been out of the league. He would be playing in the KHL tonight.
(Originally published by the Daily News on Saturday, Feb. 23, 1980; written by Lawrie Mifflin)
Lake Placid - Not since Jesse Owens ran for gold in Hitler's Germany in 1936 has an athletic triumph stirred such an outpouring of patriotic pride among Americans as the young U.S. Olympic hockey team's stunning 4-3 triumph over the Soviet Union did yesterday.
Because Finland and Sweden tied (3-3) in the second game last night, the U.S. is in a position to assure itself a gold medal with a victory over Finland tomorrow.
By pulling out a game virtually nobody but themselves thought they could win, the plucky U.S. amateurs touched off a near-riot of celebration in this tiny village, as fans who had overflowed the 8,500-seat Olympic Fieldhouse flooded into the streets after the game, chanting "U-S-A, U-S-A," hugging each other, waving flags and even singing the National Anthem. They joined thousands more across the street on Mirror Lake, where the daily Olympic medal ceremony is held, and the celebration spread across the lake like a forest fire - while the ceremony's fireworks boomed and cascaded across the sky.
Watch the last minute of play below and the "it's over" from Ken Dryden who was the analyst with play-by-play man Al Michaels.
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
Over the years, Ken Morrow has had literally thousands of people come up to him and tell him where they were, what they were doing and what it meant when the 1980 U.S. Olympic team won an improbable hockey game against the mighty Russians en route to an equally unlikely gold medal.
And that's part of the magic, no? That people aren't so much interested in having Morrow retell the story of that seminal hockey game -- people know it by heart -- as they are in sharing how the moment was made magical for them.
On Saturday night, Morrow and the surviving members of that Miracle on Ice team will reunite in the very building where history was made 35 years ago.
Jerseys with the players' names emblazoned on the back of the familiar red, white and blue are hung in the same dressing room in the arena that housed the players on the night they would defeat the Russians by a 4-3 count, prompting the hallmark question posed by broadcaster Al Michaels: "Do you believe in miracles?"
The answer, of course, is yes.
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
"Future Olympic participation is something we will need to focus on at an appropriate time, both with the IOC and with the Players' Association,” NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly told ESPN.com Wednesday. "There continues to be a lot of moving pieces, including the recently announced World Cup of Hockey scheduled for September of 2016. That tournament and its success may not be determinative with respect to the decision we ultimately make on the Olympics, but it certainly will play a part in the overall discussion."
Maybe I’m reading too much into things, but it seems like all the comments that have been generated of late from the deputy commissioner and the big man himself, Gary Bettman, open the door just a crack to the possibility of no Olympic participation, that perhaps the World Cup is the replacement vehicle for best on best hockey.
Then again, it’s also wise for the NHL to send out that type of message to the IOC, so they understand they need to step up if they want to keep NHLers in the fold.
Me, I want the players to go. I don't care about the time difference (+14 hours ET), the lack of hockey in South Korea or anything else.
If the players want to go, then all hands on deck.
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