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The Battle Between USA Hockey And The U.S. Women’s National Team

from Rachel Brady of the Globe and Mail,

Members of the U.S. women’s national hockey team didn’t flinch on Thursday when USA Hockey gave them a deadline to commit to playing in the coming world championship.

The women stood together as one and allowed USA Hockey’s 5 p.m. ET deadline to pass. The players, who are being represented pro bono by a Philadelphia law firm, say they won’t play, citing more than a year of stalled negotiations with USA Hockey to secure fair wages and support.

The biggest event of the year on the women’s hockey calendar is set for March 31 to April 7 in Plymouth, Mich., but the reigning champs say they won’t show unless there is progress in the discussions with the U.S. governing body. USA Hockey has said it still intends to assemble a competitive team for the tournament.

“We’ve communicated with all the groups who they might possibly get to replace us – women who play in the world university games, those from our U-18 team, the U-22 and the National Women’s Hockey League,” said U.S. star Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson, a two-time Olympic silver medalist with Team USA and a five-time champion. “They all have expressed a lot of support for us. I don’t think many young women are going to want to play for that team, not ones who dream of a future with Team USA. How do you think that would set up a young player to be accepted by the team?”

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Statement From USA Hockey

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (March 15, 2017) – USA Hockey understands the challenges elite athletes face in order to pursue their dreams of participating in international competition, including the Olympics. USA Hockey, along with the United States Olympic Committee, provides the Women’s National Team players financial support, as well as training opportunities, camps, and strength and conditioning programs, to help these athletes and give them the best chance to succeed.

“We acknowledge the players’ concerns and have proactively increased our level of direct support to the Women’s National Team as we prepare for the 2018 Winter Olympic Games,” said Dave Ogrean, executive director of USA Hockey. “We have communicated that increased level of support to the players’ representatives and look forward to continuing our discussions.”

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Rene Fasel On The NHL Participating In The 2018 Olympics

from Nick Butler of Inside The Games,

"There's still time, I'm still 50-50," Fasel told insidethegames here during the IOC Coordination Commission inspection to Pyeongchang 2018.

"The pressure from the side of the players is getting bigger and bigger, so I hope they will find a solution between the NHL and the NHLPA.

"The NHLPA should find a way to ensure they shut down the league.

"I think its a bargaining issue - Gary wants to have something, the only problem is that nobody knows what.

"They should sit together and find a way."

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Evening Line- NBC Sports Chairman On The NHL/Olympics

“I think it remains to be seen what type of players still go. There's still the international leagues, which have a lot of former NHL players. There’s certainly quality players from around the world. I believe whatever happens it will be a quality hockey tournament.

“We would like the NHL to be there. We’ve made that clear to them. Hockey for the most part won’t be on NBC (but rather on cable channels), and hockey for the most part, given the time difference, will be late at night and early morning. So it’s not going to affect the peak periods.

“But we think it’s better for the Olympics and we think it’s important for the growth of hockey around the world for the best in the world to be playing.”

-Mark Lazarus, NBC Sports chairman. Neil Best of Newsday has more.

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The Latest Olympic Talk

Frank Seravalli tweets,

Olympic meeting has wrapped. IOC prez Thomas Bach says this was more a courtesy meeting than anything else. No negotiation today.

No deadline, still, but Rene Fasel says he has a meeting in South Korea in mid-March and needs to know more before that.

However, Fasel conceded it was important for Bach to visit w NHL today for first time. Bach said its a priority for NHL players to be at Oly

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IOC, IIHF, NHL And NHLPA Will Meet Tomorrow

via Bob McKenzie tweets,

As John Shannon reported, IOC president Thomas Bach and IIHF president Rene Fasel will meet face-to-face in NYC tomorrow with NHL/NHLPA.

It's expected Fasel/Bach will meet tomorrow a.m. in advance of early p.m. meeting that will include NHL and NHLPA execs, incl Bettman/Fehr.

No indication yet whether presence of Bach signals any change in IOC position/terms vis a vis proposed NHL participation in the Olympics.

Quite possible it's simply a face-to-face meeting for Bach to explain IOC pos'n to Bettman and for Bettman to explain NHL pos'n to Bach.

In any case, even if no substantive change in anybody's position, getting all the principals in one room, face to face, viewed as positive.

In meantime, IIHF has been working on non-NHL 2018 Plan B where countries/federations would only be able to use non-NHL talent.

"Fans want it; players want it; we need to convince Gary and (NHL) owners. I am hopeful. I'd swim across Atlantic Ocean to make it happen."

Other dynamic, of course, is NHLPA. Players really want to go. What pressure(s) might PA be able to bring to bear on NHL to alter OLY view?

A few more recent tweets on this topic from McKenzie...

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The Untapped Chinese Hockey Market

from Tom Gulitti of NHL.com,

Washington Capitals owner Ted Leonsis envisions a day when a player born and trained in China will play in the NHL. He also believes that day isn't far off.

By hosting a group of 25 youth hockey players from two primary schools in Beijing the past 10 days to kick off Hockey Is For Everyone month, Leonsis and the Capitals have seen there is some young talent there already. And with the 2022 Beijing Olympics on the distant horizon, Leonsis expects the development process to be accelerated.

"We believe and I believe that China is the next great market for hockey," Leonsis said Wednesday. "The Winter Olympics will be played in China. The Chinese government, the Chinese people, the universities and secondary schools are committed to the game. There will be about 200 new rinks being built in China and we would expect China being a very, very formidable force in the Olympics, and also we'll see that China will be producing players and I would expect that we'll have NHL players that were born and trained, just like we've seen in the NBA, and China will be able to bring players here."

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NHL Participation In The Olympics Is Fading

from Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun,

Like a time bomb set to go off, the clock is ticking on the NHL’s potential participation at the 2018 Winter Olympics.

And it’s looking more and more as if any aspirations the players have of attending the Games in PyeongChang, South Korea, are on the verge of blowing up.

“If the status quo remains I don’t expect us to be in the Olympics,” NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly said Saturday.

Judging by the fact that commissioner Gary Bettman said the subject of the Olympics came up “for about 10 seconds” during the board of governors meetings here Saturday, it certainly paints a pessimistic picture.

Daly’s doom-and-gloom tone came just minutes after Bettman’s state of the union address to the media, one in which the commissioner showed an emotional edge when it came to the subject of the Olympics — and, specifically, the International Olympic Committee.

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IIHF Announces Hall Of Fame Class

from Andrew Podnieks of IIHF.com,

Former players Saku Koivu, Uwe Krupp, Angela Ruggiero, Joe Sakic and Teemu Selanne, along with builder Dieter Kalt will be inducted to the IIHF Hall of Fame in 2017.

Former Great Britain national team player and coach Tony Hand has been selected to receive the Richard “Bibi” Torriani Award.

French ice hockey executive and former player and coach Patrick Francheterre will be given the Paul Loicq Award.

The 2017 IIHF Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will take place in Cologne, Germany on 21 May, the final day of the 2017 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship.

continued, includes Uwe Krupp as a builder too...

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Olympic Participation By The NHL May Be Down To Who Blinks First

from Pierre LeBrun of TSN,

Deadline, what deadline?

Despite the committee being quoted in October as saying Jan. 15 was a deadline for a decision on NHL participation in South Korea, an International Olympic Committee spokesperson said Friday there is, in fact, no firm deadline.

"There is no agreed final deadline, but we continue to work towards a positive outcome," an IOC spokesperson told ESPN via email Friday.

That matches with the responses to ESPN from the NHL, its players' association and International Ice Hockey Federation this week, which all said they didn't believe there was any firm deadline the IOC had imposed.

NHLPA executive director Donald Fehr has always maintained there was time past January to get a deal done, citing how late in the proceedings the Sochi 2014 agreement got finalized (July 2013, just seven months before the Winter Games).

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