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Team USA Starters

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.

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IIHF Hall Of Fame Announces New Members

from IIHF.com,

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.

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Mark Wells Continues To Battle

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.

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Should International Play Be Considered In The HHOF Voting Process?

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.

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Orr’s Team Canada Sweater Up For Auction

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.”

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Team USA Announces Coaching Staff

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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Around the Leagues - Week of 8/7/11

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It’s that time of week again… well, actually a day late, as yesterday’s news was to juicy to pass up, and there was more news this week than I expected. Anyway, it’s news round-up time. As I bring you news tidbits from around the CHL and NCAA Hockey from the last week. Honestly, I don’t even really enjoy doing these because there isn’t a lot of “writing” involved on my part… but alas… I have yet to have any better ideas… and I’ll be quite happy once the season gets rolling.

So here we go…

 

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Your Latvian National Head Coach

from Martin Merk of IIHF.com,

The Latvian Hockey Federation announced on Wednesday following an extra-ordinary board meeting that Ted Nolan will be hired as national team coach for the upcoming season.

The 53-year-old will succeed Olegs Znaroks, whose contract was not renewed after five years following the 13th-place finish at the 2011 IIHF World Championship.

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Iron Mike In Latvia?

from Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star,

Former Team Canada coach Mike Keenan is on the short list of candidates to take over as head coach of Latvia’s hockey program.

Keenan, who won the Stanley Cup in 1994 with the New York Rangers, is one of two candidates Latvian Ice Hockey Federation president Kirov Lipman told the newspaper Diena (Day).

Latvia remains in the top group, having avoided relegation in the world championships in Slovakia in spring.

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2012 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge Will Be Played In Windsor

from Hockey Canada,

Hockey Canada, in partnership with the Ontario Hockey Federation, announced Wednesday that Windsor, Ont., will host the 2012 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge from December 29, 2011 to January 4, 2012. This will mark the sixth time in the 26-year history of the tournament that it will be held in Ontario.

The 2012 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge will follow the same format as previous years – five Canadian entries (Atlantic, Ontario, Pacific, Quebec, West) will be joined by five international teams, with two groups of five teams. The top two teams from each group will advance to the semifinals, while the remaining three teams from each group will cross over for placement games.

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Paul Kukla founded Kukla’s Korner in 2005 and the site has since become the must-read site on the ‘net for all the latest happenings around the NHL.

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