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Day Five of the 2014 IIHF World Championship Tournament is about to start shortly and though the Russians beat the Americans 6-1 yesterday the big story out of Minsk, Belarus are the French.
The underdog French have managed to pull off some upsets that aren’t too far removed from the accomplishment of the U.S. college players who edged the mighty Soviet Union 4-3 at the 1980 Lake Placid Olympics. And they wouldn’t have shocked "Big Seven" nations like Russia last year (2-1) or Canada (3-2) and Slovakia (5-3) this year if they didn’t have the right mental outlook.
That is right the France started this years Worlds with edging out Canada with a 3-2 shootout win.
With Mother’s Day weekend many were out with family. I, myself, spent yesterday at my mom’s house getting asked by my family for hockey updates and being asked to recap the playoffs thus far. Here are some hockey highlights (or low lights depending on what way you look at it).
In case you missed it Friday kicked off the start of the preliminary round for the IIHF World Championship taking place in Minsk, Belarus.
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from Stephen Whyno of the CP at the Winnipeg Free Press,
Team Canada's world hockey championship is off to a rough start after a stunning 3-2 shootout loss to France.
Even though it took a shootout, the defeat at Chizhovka-Arena stands out as one of Canada's more embarrassing losses in recent history at this tournament. It's just the second time Canada lost to France, the last coming in regulation in 1995.
The two latest matchups between these teams at the IIHF World Hockey Championship ended in 7-2 and 9-1 victories for Canada in 2012 and 2011, respectively. Canada entered the 2014 tournament 8-1 all-time against France.
Pierre-Edouard Bellemare scored the shootout-winner for France.
Stephane Da Costa, a part-timer with the Ottawa Senators, had each of France's regulation power-play goals.
Note- Probabably a good time to bring this to the top of page, original post was on 4/23/14 at 3:39pm.
STAMFORD, Conn. – April 23, 2014 – NBC Sports Group will present live coverage of all Team USA games next month from the 2014 IIHF World Championship in Minsk, Belarus, part of more than 40 hours of coverage on NBCSN. NBC Sports Live Extra – NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, and tablets – will stream all NBCSN content.
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Goaltenders David Leggio (Williamsville, N.Y./Hershey Bears/Clarkson Univ.) and Tim Thomas (Flint, Mich./Dallas Stars/Univ. of Vermont) and forward Tommy Wingels (Evanston, Ill./San Jose Sharks/Miami Univ.) have been added to the 2014 U.S. Men's National Team, completing the 25-man roster that will compete at the International Ice Hockey Federation Men's World Championship May 9-25 in Minsk, Belarus.
With a tournament currently underway in Goyang, Korea and Coordination Committees already meeting about the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics the interest in ice hockey in Korea is on the rise; thus IIHF President René Fasel and IIHF VP Thomas Wu met up with the media in Goyang on the final day of the 2014 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship Division I Group A competition.
René Fasel on his first impressions and hockey in Asia:
I thank the Korean Ice Hockey Association for organizing the tournament. It was a good test for Korea to have this tournament organized here. We are pleased to have the Olympic Winter Games in 2018 in Korea. We put a lot of effort in Asian hockey with Thomas Wu as our Vice President and our Asian office in Hong Kong with Harald Springfeld. We have 17 members on this side of the world and we are doing the best we can to develop our sport in Asia.
It is great to see the sport grow outside of North America and Europe and games like IIHF tournaments and the Winter Olympics help with that growth - especially when the worlds best players are involved. As of now the NHL has not agreed to an Olympic break. What does this mean for the 2018 PyeongChang games?
from USA Hockey,
Peter Laviolette (Franklin, Mass.) has been named head coach of the U.S. Men’s National Team that will participate in the 2014 International Ice Hockey Federation Men’s World Championship it was announced today by USA Hockey. The event will take place in Minsk, Belarus, May 9-25. Team USA is the defending bronze medalist in the event.
Laviolette has previously represented the United States in international competition on numerous occasions in several different capacities. He most recently served as an assistant coach for the 2014 U.S. Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Team in Sochi, Russia, and was the head coach of the 2006 U.S. Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Team in Torino, Italy. Prior to that, Laviolette was head coach of the U.S. Men’s National Team at the IIHF Men's World Championship in back-to-back years (2004, 2005), leading the United States to the bronze medal in 2004.
CALGARY, Alta. – Hockey Canada announced Wednesday that Rob Blake (Simcoe, Ont.) has been named general manager of Canada’s National Men’s Team for the 2014 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship, which will be held May 9-25, 2014 in Minsk, Belarus.
Blake will lead a management group comprised of Ron Hextall (Brandon, Man./Philadelphia, NHL), Hockey Canada’s vice-president of hockey operations Brad Pascall (Coquitlam, B.C.) and Brad Treliving (Penticton, B.C./Phoenix, NHL), who will serve as assistant general managers.
from Tim Wharnsby of CBC,
Does he want a chance at a threepeat as Canada's head coach?
"That's a real good question that you can ask me again in three years," the 50-year-old head coach of the Detroit Red Wings said. "I don't have a clue at this point. I still perceive myself as a young guy. I plan on coaching for a while yet. We'll see what happens.
"There are great, great coaches in Canada. If someone else deserves the opportunity, they should get it. If I'm still in the running at that time, we'll see. Only time will tell."
more from Babcock on different topics and other hockey notes too...
Nice to see Don Cherry and Ron MacLean back on North American turf, this time on Vancouver.
A few highlights of tonight's segment, Cherry talked a bit about the Sochi experience and also mentioned the NHL will not be at to Winter Games in South Korea in 2018.
Cherry also discussed the play of Jamie Benn and the Ontario Hockey Assoc. needs to stop taking money from the parents.
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