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The roster can be viewed at USA Hockey and the roster breaks-down by state as follows:
6 from Michigan
4 from Minnesota
3 from Massachusetts
3 from Pennsylvania
2 from New York
1 each from California, Illinois, Maryland, Nevada and Ohio
For more information on the event, visit Hockey Canada
I am also proud to announce Lisa McRitchie of the Oil Patch blog here at KK will be covering the games from Calgary, which along with Edmonton will be hosting some early round games. All the medal round games will be played in Calgary so look forward to her reports..
from the CP at The Hockey News,
Marty Turco is eager to extend his working vacation in Europe.
The veteran goaltender helped Austrian team EC Red Bull Salzburg win a club team tournament over the weekend and is expected to join Canada’s entry for the upcoming Spengler Cup, a source told The Canadian Press.
A few final details were still being ironed out on Tuesday night.
The Spengler Cup opportunity opened up when Nolan Schaefer informed Hockey Canada he’d be unable to participate in the tournament. Turco would join 21-year-old goaltender Jake Allen—a St. Louis Blues draft pick on loan from the American Hockey League—on the team.
Canada opens the tournament in Davos, Switzerland with a game against Czech team HC Vitkovice Steel on Dec. 26.
NEW YORK, NY / COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (December 20, 2011) – NHL Network U.S. and USA Hockey have agreed to a long-term extension of their media contract that will keep the Network as the exclusive television and streaming home for the International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship in the United States through the 2018 event.
NHL Network U.S. will provide live broadcasts and NHL.com will provide live streams of the U.S. National Junior Team games at the 2012 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship, Dec. 26 to Jan. 5. NHL Network also will televise all medal-round games and five additional preliminary-round match-ups, airing a total of 15 games in high-definition from the tournament. All USA games will be NHL Network original broadcasts.
from USA Hockey,
CHICAGO, Ill. - The U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Class of 2011—Chris Chelios, Mike Emrick, Ed Snider, Gary Suter and Keith Tkachuk—was formally enshrined here tonight at an induction ceremony and dinner. Nearly 500 people were on hand for the night’s celebration.
“What a class this is,” said Dave Ogrean, executive director of USA Hockey. “It represents a terrific cross section of accomplishment in American hockey.”
from Jeremy Roenick at NHL.com,
Instead of looking back on the former greats, this blog is about looking at the greats we have right now. If I were starting an American hockey team today, this is what my starting six would look like:
Center: Ryan Kesler
He is so good. He’s the whole package. When you look at a defensive-style forward that can do it all, Kesler is your guy. He’s physical. He’s extremely fast. He’s got good hands around the net. He kills penalties. And, he’s good on the power play. Kesler is the all-around package you need to have a good up-front guy.
Right wing: Patrick Kane
Kane is kind of like your quarterback. He possesses so much raw talent, and he makes stickhandling, passing and the puck control game look so easy. He’s also an extremely smart player. He’s a great reader of the play, a true anticipator. He knows where everybody on the ice is and then he makes intelligent plays with the puck.
Six-time Olympian and World record holder in national team games, Raimo Helminen, will be inducted to the IIHF Hall of Fame before his home audience in Helsinki next May. The Finn will be joined by players Pavel Bure (RUS), Phil Housley (USA), Milan Novy (CZE), and Andy Murray (CAN) in Builder’s category.
The IIHF Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will be held on May 20, 2012 in Helsinki, Finland, on the final day of the 76th IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship. The inductees will be joined by Kent Angus (Canada), who will receive the Paul Loicq Award for outstanding contributions to the IIHF and international hockey.
from Randy Starkman of the Toronto Star,
Three decades after being the final player selected for the historic Miracle on Ice team at the 1980 Lake Placid Olympics, Mark Wells made headlines again last year when the gold medal he won was auctioned off for more than $300,000.
Wells was a little guy who fought tooth and nail for the last roster spot on that ultimate underdog squad that defied all the odds in upending the powerhouse Soviet Union, the forward given the daunting task of shutting down the vaunted Valeri Kharlamov and someone who had the audacity to spit at the feet of U.S. coach Herb Brooks.
To know how hard he battled for his place in history, one can only imagine the kind of pain and desperation he must have experienced in selling the treasured gold medal he’d long kept on his nightstand, many nights sleeping with it.
The truth is Wells didn’t benefit from that windfall from last year’s sale. He’d sold the medal for $40,000 privately 15 years before to stave off financial ruin from mounting medical bills from a potentially fatal degenerative spinal disease diagnosed in 1989.
from Andrew Podnieks of Slap Shot at the NY Times,
But here is the curious paradox to these great players’ (2011 HHOF class) careers. Each is supremely proud of representing his country in international play, but if they hadn’t played a single moment internationally, would they still be being honored tonight? Almost certainly the answer is yes. While each had success on the international stage, it wasn’t necessarily the crux or defining moment of his career.
Yet for a modern hockey player to be considered worthy of the Hockey Hall of Fame, shouldn’t his international resume be superb and work alongside his N.H.L. portfolio? After all, playing for one’s country is not just an honor — it’s a way of filtering the greatest of the great players from the merely great players. There is an important symbolism attached to playing internationally. It means at that time, for that event, a player is considered among the very best at his position and from his country. A player can win a Stanley Cup as a fourth-line utility man. The Olympics call for stars.
In the old days, amateur (i.e., international players) and pro (i.e., N.H.L.) players were two different beasts. But today, they are one and the same. Wayne Gretzky was the best N.H.L. player, but he also played every international event because he was (A) allowed to and (B) clearly among that group we might call the best of the best.
from Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star,
Bobby Orr is ticked that his 1976 Canada Cup jersey — the white one he wore when Team Canada beat Czechoslovakia — is up for auction.
“He’s somewhat disappointed someone would take that and put it out for auction,” said agent Rick Curran, Orr’s business partner. “He willingly gave it to someone. Now it’s up for sale.
“I would have thought if they decided it didn’t mean enough for them to keep it, they might have offered it back. It’s one thing if you keep something that’s special, but if you’re going to sell it, why not give it back to the person it really belonged to.”
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -USA Hockey today announced its staff for the 2011 U.S. Men’s National Select Team that will compete at the Deutschland Cup, Nov. 11-13, in Munich, Germany.
Jim Johannson, USA Hockey’s assistant executive director of hockey operations, will serve as general manager of the team, while Don Waddell, whose distinguished 25-year professional career has included stints as a head coach in both the National Hockey League and International Hockey League, has been named the head coach of Team USA.
Chris Chelios, advisor to hockey operations of the NHL’s Detroit Red Wings, and Bill Guerin, player development coach of the NHL’s Pittsburgh Penguins, join Waddell as assistant coaches.
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