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Keep An Open Mind Regarding Olympic Hockey

from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

It’s time for people to at least open their minds to the possibility that they may end up preferring the Olympics without the NHL. One major advantage is that it may create a stronger competition because hockey countries other than Canada, the U.S., Russia, Sweden and Finland may find themselves more capable of vying for medals, because the difference in talent won’t be as significant as it is when NHL players make those five countries nearly unbeatable to the rest of the world.

Best-on-best hockey is a concept that often produces terrific results, but it’s not guaranteed. Sochi, for example, was a colossal bore. Equally intriguing can be the way in which various federations build teams for important competitions without access to their best players.

Canadians, it seems, fuss over not having NHLers more than other country, primarily because people of a certain vintage in particular are familiar with the frustration of being beaten by other, sometimes lesser, hockey countries at events when Canada doesn’t have its best players. Remember, that’s why we pulled out of Olympic hockey entirely at one point.

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Video- Will You Watching The Hockey Games At The Olympics?

via Sportsnet's YouTube page,

Tim and Sid discuss whether people will still watch the Olympics despite the NHL electing to skip the tournament.

 

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Afternoon Line- Connor McDavid On Not Being Able To Participate In The Olympics

“I’m really upset about it.

“You want to be able to represent your country on the highest stage, and the Olympics is obviously the highest stage possible. To know that you might not be able to represent your country at the Olympics for another four years for sure. … Even if you’re able to in four years, it’s disappointing.”

-Connor McDavid via Luke Fox of Sportsnet.

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Canada Names Rosters For Two International Tournaments

from TSN,

Team Canada has named its roster for the 2017 Sochi Open and the Tournament of Nikolai Puchkov which both take place in August,

The Sochi Open, which will take place from Aug. 6-9 in Russia, will mark the first pre-Olympic action for Team Canada as general manager Sean Burke looks to form his roster for the 2018 Pyeongchang Games....

Among the most recognizable names on the Sochi Open roster are former NHLers Rob Klinkhammer, Brandon Kozun, Daniel Paille, Mason Raymond, Max Talbot and Linden Vey. Former Carolina Hurricanes goaltender Justin Peters will dress for the tournament, along with Kevin Poulin, who was named to both rosters.

Notable names on the Tournament of Nikolai Puchkov roster for Team Canada include Cam Barker, Carlo Colaiacovo, Taylor Beck, Ryan Garbutt, Derek Roy and goaltender Ben Scrivens.

Kevin Klein, who retired from the New York Rangers earlier this month and then signed in Switzerland, is also on the tournament for Aug. 14-17 Tournament of Nikolai Puchkov.

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Hockey Canada Announces Management Group And Coaching Staff For The Men’s Team

CALGARY, Alta. – Hockey Canada has unveiled its plan for the 2017-18 Canada’s National Men’s Team , which includes an expanded schedule that will see the red-and-white take to the ice in at least seven international tournaments.

As part of the highly anticipated release of the season’s plans, Hockey Canada also announced the National Men’s Team’s management group and coaching staff. Joining Tom Renney (Cranbrook, B.C.), Hockey Canada’s CEO, Scott Smith (Bathurst, N.B.), president and COO of Hockey Canada, and the organization’s vice-president of hockey operations and national men’s teams, Scott Salmond (Creston, B.C.), on the management group are the team’s general manager Sean Burke (Windsor, Ont./Montreal, NHL), as well as management group member Martin Brodeur (Montreal/St. Louis, NHL).

Behind the bench, Hockey Canada has selected Willie Desjardins (Climax, Sask.) as head coach of Canada’s National Men’s Team. He will be joined by assistant coachesDave King (Saskatoon, Sask.),Scott Walker (Cambridge, Ont./Vancouver, NHL), and Craig Woodcroft (Toronto/Genève-Servette HC, NLA).

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All About Hockey At The Winter Olympics

from Andrew Podnieks of IIHF.com,

Today marks exactly 200 days until the 2018 Olympic Winter Games will open. With the Olympic ice hockey tournaments in PyeongChang not far away, we take this summer day to look forward to what will be the pre-eminent event on the international calendar in 2017/18. 

Where will games be played?

The 2018 Olympics features two venues for hockey, the 10,000-seat Gangneung Hockey Centre and the Kwandong Hockey Centre (capacity 6,000). Both arenas have an international ice surface. All ice sports will be played in the coastal city of Gangneung. The KTX high-speed train is being extended to PyeongChang and Gangneung. Travel time between Seoul and the Incheon airport to Gangneung will thus be reduced to 68 minutes. 

Who is the favourite?

Typically, Canada would have been considered the favourite as it has won the gold in three of the last four Olympics (except 2006), but the Russians must be mentioned as well because several top NHLers have returned to the KHL for the coming season to ensure they can play in Korea. There is most definitely an uncertainty for the other teams, a sense of the unknown, which will make the Olympics exciting in its own right, in a different way from the NHL years. 

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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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