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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.
According to NHL.com, here is the schedule for tonight...
NBCSN – Feb. 27 at 10 p.m. ET
CBC – Feb. 27 at 8 p.m.
Plus more about tonight's show.
A sneek peak...
The video is about 5 1/2 minutes long.
Very nice presentation as always in Montreal.
NEW YORK (Feb. 25, 2014) – NHL Revealed: A Season Like No Other returns this week with an Olympic-themed two-hour episode that will give viewers an unprecedented look into the 2014 men’s ice hockey Olympic competition. Debuting Thursday, Feb. 27 across North America (8:00 p.m. in Canada on CBC, 10:00 p.m. ET in the U.S. on NBCSN), NHL Revealed: A Season Like No Other takes fans to Sochi to tell the untold story behind the thrilling competition that was this year’s Olympic hockey tournament. The double episode re-airs on Sportsnet on Sunday, Mar. 2 at 8:00 p.m. in Canada and on NHL Network-U.S. on Mar. 3 at 7:00 p.m. ET.
Firs teaser, almost 2 1/2 minutes long...
By Tom Murray,
A few thoughts in the wake of the gold medal victories in hockey for the men and women of Canada.
First, the men.
We can talk all we want here in the States about our players being as good as the Canadians, and maybe on paper we are, man for man, all the way down the line. But the simple truth is we can’t begin to compete with them in the area that really matters, that mattered most when the semifinal showdown between our two countries took place last week:
It means more to them than it does to us. It’s not just a game up there, it’s a religion, or close to it. And when Canadian teams play for their country, they’re also playing a game that is truly theirs. They take that designation seriously, protect it fiercely and play ferociously. After all, the image of an entire nation is on the line.
Canada’s men’s hockey players are the most different of all our Olympians. They play always in the limelight. They make fortunes of money. They play a sport Canadians originated and have dominated. They expect and are expected to win. In Sochi, they played without arrogance, with no misdirected emotion. They were solidly, forcefully, smartly better than everyone else. Their gold medal win in the last Olympic event was the punchline to the story their Olympic teammates had been writing for 17 days. In Sochi, the men’s hockey team came to embody what we have become.
-Ken Dryden, HHOF goaltender on Team Canada. Read more on them from Dryden at the Globe and Mail.
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
Pierre LeBrun: Where does this go after Sochi in terms of future NHL Olympic participation? Every single player we've talked to here at the Games wants to remain involved. We all understand it's more complicated than that, but ...
Donald Fehr: It's always an issue to have to shut down a business for a length of time. It's always a greater issue when you're shutting the business at a point in time in which the substitute product, if you will, is not prime time back to the areas that you are. There's always people [who] worry about the additional games and the injury risk and so on.
And the question is a couple things: Is this something that NHL players should do because it's good for the game overall, good for worldwide marketing and approach and all the rest of it? It is a question as to what the players would like and prefer to do.
And then it's the question of negotiating the details and arrangements to make sure we can make it work. People have a tendency, I think, of thinking I'm being cagey or holding my cards close to my vest. But in fact, what we'll do is that after this is over, we'll let it digest for a while; we'll begin to talk to the players; we'll talk to the parents; we'll see what kind of reaction federations had.
And then, I'm sure, at our executive board meeting this summer, we'll have long discussions. And either then or after my meeting with the players in the fall, the players will tell me what they want me to do and then I'll go try and do it. That's basically it.
LeBrun: All 700-plus NHL players are not here in the Olympics. What's always intrigued me is the idea of how rank-and-file players who never get to play in the Olympics really feel about shutting down the game for the Olympics and whether their input is heeded.
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
A couple of hours before the biggest game of his young career, Nicklas Backstrom made his way to the Bolshoy Ice Dome and began warming up for the gold-medal tilt between his Swedish national team and Canada.
But by the time that game had started, Backstrom had been whisked away to a disciplinary hearing with International Olympic Committee officials over a positive test for a banned substance -- an element in an allergy medication that Backstrom has been taking for seven years, according to Swedish Olympic Committee officials -- and told he could not compete for his country.
It is absolutely mind-boggling that it came to this.
Backstrom provided the urine test in question on Wednesday, after the Swedes' quarterfinal win over Slovenia. He alerted doping officials that he was taking the medication. According to Swedish and International Ice Hockey Federation officials, the normal turnaround for such tests is 48 hours, and yet the general manager of the Swedish national team was informed that Backstrom had exceeded the threshold for an element found in the medication only two hours before the gold-medal game.
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