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via the CP at CBC,
French forward Sacha Treille has been suspended five games at the IHHF World Hockey Championship for a vicious head shot on Roman Starchenko of Kazakhstan.
The six-foot-five French forward — who will likely miss the rest of the tournament — caught his smaller opponent with an elbow to the head in the neutral zone midway through a game between the countries on Sunday.
Starchenko was knocked out cold and a stretcher was brought on the ice, although the Kazak was helped off by teammates.
Treille earned a game misconduct and was given a match penalty, which came with an automatic one-game suspension.
from Lucas Aykroyd of IIHF.com,
Are you having fun so far? Everyone here seems pretty excited to see you.
Yeah, absolutely. It’s great to be back home and play for Team Sweden. Hopefully we can get a nicer ending here than we did in Detroit.
Throughout the year with Detroit, you get to play for one of the best coaches in the business in Mike Babcock. What are the differences between his approach and that of Pär Mårts?
I think we’re playing a bit more aggressively [with Sweden]. We don’t hold back anything – we can just go. That might be the biggest difference. In Detroit, maybe we’re thinking a little bit more defence than we do here. We’re allowed to do mistakes and still keep on playing.
Malkin and Datsyuk will be key players for Team Russia.
NEW YORK (April 25, 2012) — The NBC Sports Network will televise 13 games of the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) Men’s World Championship, May 4-20, in Helsinki, Finland, and Stockholm, Sweden, including all Team USA games, a Semifinal matchup and the Gold Medal game. Team USA opens play on Friday, May 4, with a preliminary-round game against France.
All Team USA games will air live on NBC Sports Network, with the exception of its preliminary-round game on May 5, which will be aired later that night on delay. NBC Sports Network will televise at least one Semifinal game and the Gold Medal game (same-day delay), regardless of whether or not Team USA is playing in the contest.
USA Hockey announced today the first 17 players that will compete for the 2012 U.S. Men’s National Team at the International Ice Hockey Federation Men’s World Championship, May 4-20, in Helsinki, Finland and Stockholm, Sweden.
The group includes one goaltender, five defensemen and 11 forwards.
Highlighting the roster are six players with U.S. Olympic or U.S. Men’s National Team credentials. Forwards Paul Stastny (St. Louis, Mo./Colorado Avalanche/Univ. of Denver) and Bobby Ryan (Cherry Hill, N.J./Anaheim Ducks) and defenseman Jack Johnson (Ann Arbor, Mich./Columbus Blue Jackets/Univ. of Michigan) each collected silver medals at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver, B.C.
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
All week long, in newspapers and on websites, talk radio and television, the issue popped up like an annual rite of spring. It was a variation of the old Woe Is Canada theme – and why it likely that Canada’s Stanley Cup drought could easily extend for yet another season since only one or two of the NHL franchises based in the Great White North are about to qualify for the playoffs. That’d be the Vancouver Canucks, who are in, and the Ottawa Senators, who are close…
The starting point is always the same flawed premise too – that this coast-to-coast failure provides an opportunity for some national soul-searching, as if there really was a common thread linking Canada’s seven NHL franchises.
Why is it is even an issue? To me, Canada is the team that competes internationally in Olympics, world championships, world junior championships etc. – whatever entry we field in international ice hockey competitions around the world. That’s Canada and that’s a completely separate discussion from why Canadian teams haven’t won the Stanley Cup since the Montreal Canadiens did it back in 1993.
continued plus other NHL topics…
from Matthew Fisher of Postmedia News,
Slava Fetisov, the former Soviet captain and Detroit Red Wings and New Jersey Devils star, reckons that 90 per cent of the players in the NHL, including just about every Canadian, wants to come to the 2014 Olympics in Russia and that to forbid them “is not the democratic way.”
“The NHL wants to somehow find a way to put a couple of million dollars in its pocket from this question, but they may end up losing money by not being part of the Olympics,” Fetisov said in a recent interview. “It is so narrow-minded. If people do not come to the Sochi Games, that is not right and it is not fair.”...
“The NHL should do the same as soccer, where all the best automatically release their best players for the World Cup and European Cup,” he said.
“If the NHL leaves the Olympics now, it can-t come back even if it wants to when the Games are next held in the U.S. or Canada. If the NHL does not understand that, it is not as smart as I think it is.”
Hockey Canada named Monday a National Men’s Team management group that will serve through the 2013-14 season and sees Steve Yzerman return as executive director and Kevin Lowe as general manager at the 2012 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship after leading Canada’s gold medal-winning team at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games.
In all, the management group includes four individuals that were part of the management team that led Canada to Olympic gold in Vancouver.
Canada’s National Men’s Team management group (through 2013-14):
Stars in Russia commemorating the 72 series, and some say it helped ease tension during the cold war.
from Dmitry Chesnokov of Puck Daddy,
KHL President Medvedev is also the head of Russian natural gas giant Gazprom. He was in New York to attend the annual meeting with American shareholders as well as conduct other Gazprom business. But he still found time to have a meeting with the heads of the NHL [please note how he calls Bettman “Gary” without using his last name]. Right after the lunch was over Medvedev spoke exclusively with me…
“Yes, we held a meeting today with Gary [Bettman] and Bill Daly. I would like to point out that the meeting had a very friendly feel to it. It was also very constructive which indicates that both Leagues understand each other’s positions and views. It can only help the development of the game of hockey on both sides of the Atlantic. And even though we haven’t accomplished a lot yet, nevertheless we already have a few regulatory documents that govern the respect of each other’s contracts,” he said
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