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Buffalo, Pittsburgh And St. Louis Named As Finalists To Host 2018 IIHF WJC

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — USA Hockey announced today it has narrowed the candidate cities vying to host the 2018 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship to Buffalo, New York; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; and St. Louis, Missouri.

Officials from USA Hockey will visit each of the three finalist cities over the next month and a final decision on the host for the event is expected by the end of the year.

“We look forward to this next step in our selection process,” said Mike Bertsch, assistant executive director of marketing, communications and events for USA Hockey. “It was extremely difficult to get down to three. All five of the cities we were considering made a compelling case.”

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What About The Olympics?

from Stephen Whyno of the CP at the Toronto Star,

Even though no official decision has been made about NHL participation in future Olympics, China is definitely on the NHL’s radar.

After Pyeongchang, South Korea, hosts in 2018, Beijing is on the docket for the 2022 Winter Olympics. Opening up the Chinese market to hockey could be a lucrative opportunity for the NHL and NHL Players’ Association.

“Obviously China is an important market,” commissioner Gary Bettman said Tuesday. “It’s a big one. If you can influence 1 per cent of the population you’re doing well, so obviously we’re going to need to take a look at what we think the overall impact on the game would be by participating.”

Bettman and NHLPA executive director Don Fehr are careful to say they haven’t had any formal discussions about going back to the Olympics. It’s no secret that the International Olympic Committee and International Ice Hockey Federation would love nothing better than for the NHL to be back to headline a premier event.

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Evening Line- Scott Burnside On The World Cup Of Hockey

And so a year from now -- if the NHL and the players have done their job correctly -- the eyes of the hockey world will be focused on Toronto and the games players.

Will it become another watershed moment in the game?

Will it become something that will become part of hockey lore, in the same way that the 1987 Canada Cup and the 1996 World Cup of Hockey and the 1972 Summit Series have become the stuff of legend?

-Scott Burnside of ESPN where you can read much more on the World Cup of Hockey.

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World Cup Of Hockey Schedule

TORONTO -- The National Hockey League (NHL®) and the National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA) announced today the schedule for the 2016 World Cup of Hockey. From Sept. 17 to Oct. 1, 2016, eight teams – Team Canada, Team Czech Republic, Team Finland, Team Russia, Team Sweden, Team USA, Team Europe and Team North America – will compete in a best-on-best international hockey championship.

The two-week tournament, featuring more than 150 of the best players in the NHL, will progress from the Preliminary Round to the Semifinals and ultimately the Final. All tournament games will be played at Air Canada Centre in Toronto, home of the NHL’s Toronto Maple Leafs®. A select number of tickets for the event will go on sale to the public Wednesday, Oct. 14 at Ticketmaster.caClick here to sign up for ticket information, announcements and special offers.

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Live Stream- World Cup Of Hockey Press Conference

It is scheduled to begin at 1:00pm ET, watch it below...

added 1:30pm, The live stream has completed.

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World Cup Of Hockey Does Not Compare To The Olympics

from the CP at TSN,

Henrik Lundqvist watched on as Sweden's third goaltender at the 2004 World Cup of Hockey, then won a gold medal as the starter at the 2006 Olympics.

Lundqvist's personal experience difference aside, he doesn't see any way the World Cup can compare to the Olympics.

"I think the Olympics is another level when it comes to just the emotions you have: all the other athletes, the size of the tournament," the New York Rangers' starter said. "I think we always should be at the Olympics. I think it's the biggest stage for any sport."

A year from now Lundqvist and the NHL's stars will converge on Toronto for the return of the World Cup of Hockey. It's being billed as a festival of the sport and will be another chance to see a best-on-best tournament.

It'll be a big deal, but players don't consider the World Cup as a replacement for the Winter Games.

"I think the Olympics are always going to be on top of the list of any athlete," Slovak defenceman Zdeno Chara of the Boston Bruins said. "It's such a unique event. It's the highest possible competition that you can have for any athlete to be competing and representing your country at the Olympics."

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Details For World Cup Of Hockey Will Be Announced Next Week

WHO: Gary Bettman/NHL Commissioner; Don Fehr/NHLPA Executive Director; Zdeno Chara/Boston Bruins; Sidney Crosby/Pittsburgh Penguins; Anze Kopitar/Los Angeles Kings; Henrik Lundqvist/New York Rangers; Ryan McDonagh/New York Rangers; Evgeni Malkin/Pittsburgh Penguins; David Pastrnak/Boston Bruins; Tuukka Rask/Boston Bruins; Brandon Saad/Columbus Blue Jackets; Steven Stamkos/Tampa Bay Lightning; James van Riemsdyk/Toronto Maple Leafs.

WHEN: Wednesday, September 9, 2015, 1:00 p.m. ET

WHERE: Air Canada Centre

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Red Army Documentary May Not Be Patriotic Enough For Some In Russia

from Vladimir Kozlov of The Hollywood Reporter,

The upcoming release of the U.S.-Russian hockey documentary Red Army has stirred controversy in Russia as some theaters turned it down, apparently unhappy with the way it portrays the Soviet Union.

Around 10 theaters refused to screen Red Army and claimed it was not "patriotic," said the film's Russian distributor Arthouse.

"The film was made by American director Gabe Polsky, which in many ways explains the attitude of many Russians toward the film," Abigail Honor, сo-founder and CEO of Arthouse's U.S.-based parent company Lorem Ipsum Corp., told The Hollywood Reporter. "They see the film as celebrating the negative American view of Russia in a time when the relationship between the two countries is so strained."

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Team Russia Fined For The Snub OF Canada At The World Championship

Converting the Swiss Franc to US Dollars would make the fine $85,000.

from IIHF.com,

The Ice Hockey Federation of Russia was fined CHF 80,000 due to an incident that occurred following the end of the gold medal game of the 2015 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship in the Czech Republic.

The Russian national team and staff left the ice during the medal ceremony after Canada had won the gold medal game 6-1 and received the medals, but before the national anthem had been played and the flags of the three medal-winning teams were raised.

Supported by video footage of the ceremony, the Deciding Panel of the IIHF Disciplinary Board ascertained that the Russian team captain had discussions with team staff members, after which he talked to his teammates, at the same time moving his head towards the open gate; the gate had been open since the start of the ceremony. The majority of the players and the staff members left the ice immediately following the Canadian Players receiving their medals while a few players remained, eventually leaving the ice themselves a little later. 

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Alex Ovechkin Plans To Play In The 2018 Olympics

MOSCOW, August 19. /TASS/. NHL Washington Capitals forward Alexander Ovechkin is ready to play for the Russian national ice hockey team at the 2018 Winter Olympics even if the NHL bans him from coming to South Korea, he told journalists on Wednesday.

"The same situation was with the [2014] Sochi Games, they said NHL could not be allowed to come," Ovechkin said. "I hope the sides will reach an agreement."

"Anyway, I and other players will definitely come [to the Olympics2018]," he added.

The 2018 Winter Olympics will be held from February 9 to 25, 2018, in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

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