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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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  Tags: college+hockey, ontario+hockey+league, quebec+major+junior+hockey+league, western+hockey+league

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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  Tags: latvia, mike+keenan

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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Pyeongchang, South Korea Will Host 2018 Winter Olympic Games

via RIA Novosti,

The South Korean city of Pyeongchang was awarded the 2018 Olympic Games at a vote in Durban, South Africa.

The city beat rival bids from the French city of Annecy and Germany’s Munich in the first round of voting by the International Olympic Committee.

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Afternoon Line

The KHL released a statement yesterday about their interest in expanding to Italy.  Today, some words from the man behind it, Alexander Medvedev:

“Here ice hockey is tradition too and the sport - a mixture of speed, guile and imagination – resembles the Italian character. The expansion of the League is irreversible, the result of a geopolitical project, and it will bring in fans from all over Europe. In Saint Petersburg for example, where there is also the football club Zenith managed by Luciano Spalletti, a public survey revealed that 98% of female fans preferred a hockey player’s image over a footballer’s. That could happen in Italy too. I am very happy that the Federation is here today and I hope that this initiative can help the movement grow up from its roots. So, see you again in April, when we’ll launch the project.”

Hard to know if he’s marketing a hockey team or a new boy band. Regardless, we’ve heard from a few Italian hockey fans who say they’re pretty excited about the KHL’s expansion.

You can read more here.

*thanks to a KK reader for the tip

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  Tags: alexander+medvedev, khl

Olympics Will Stay On NBC

AP reporting NBC won the bidding for four more games.

Read about it at MSNBC.

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  Tags: nbc

Stanley Cup or Olympic Gold?

From Andrew Podnieks at the New York Times’ Slapshot:

In truth, comparing the Stanley Cup playoffs and the Olympics tournament is like comparing apples and oranges, but it’s worth a shot anyway.

Time. The playoffs are two months of hell. Vancouver or Boston could play 25 games in the postseason before it wins the Cup, and this after 82 regular-season games and more in the preseason. These are the most intense, physical games a player can subject himself to. The Olympics lasts about two weeks and features, at most, seven games these days. Indeed, this is one of the defining differences between the events.

Skill. Let’s face it: the Olympics blows the Cup out of the water for quality of content. Any chance Aaron Rome, Tanner Glass or Johnny Boychuk will be in Sochi? Sorry, boys, but no. To get to the Olympics, you have to be one of the 20 best players in your country, and that is a quality that takes 20 years of training to accomplish. You can win a Cup simply by being a trade deadline acquisition, a summer free agent signing or a postseason call-up from the minors.

read on for more comparisons

P.S. More on this topic from Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy today, as well

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  Tags: olympics, stanley+cup+finals

Russia Needs A New Coach

from IIHF.com,

The Russian Hockey Federation has announced the release of national team head coach Vyacheslav Bykov and assistant coach Igor Zakharkin. A new coaching staff will be named later.

The Executive Committee of the Russian Hockey Federation met on Thursday morning and the first item on the agenda was the report of national team head coach Vyacheslav Bykov about the preparation for and the performance at the 2011 IIHF World Championship in Slovakia.

The committee concluded that the performance at the 75th IIHF World Championship was not satisfactory and decided to terminate the contracts of Bykov and the assistant coach Zakharkin. All 17 committee members voted in favour of the release according to media reports.

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  Tags: vyacheslav+bykov

Swiss Player Takes A Big Hit From Phaneuf

from Greg Wyshynski of PuckDaddy,

In the first period of their preliminary round game, Swiss forward Simon Moser was absolutely demolished on a hit by Canadian (and Toronto Maple Leafs) defenseman Dion Phaneuf. Once on the bench, he appeared to lose consciousness before being tended to by the training staff and leaving the game under his own power.

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  Tags: dion+phaneuf

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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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