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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.

read on

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  Tags: dion+phaneuf

Video- Kulda Suspended Three Games For Hit On Martinek

from IIHF.com,

On Saturday, in the Czech Republic-Latvia game, Latvian defenceman Arturs Kulda delivered a tough check on Czech defenceman Radek Martinek in the first period. Martinek fell to the ice and stayed there motionless until the medical staff carried him off on a stretcher.

The IIHF Disciplinary Panel reviewed the situation and decided to hand Kulda a three-game suspension on Sunday.


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  Tags: arturs+kulda, radek+martinek

Larionov Turned Down Russian GM Position

from Tony Gallagher of the Vancouver Province,

Igor Larionov was clearly very interested in the position of Russian GM for the Sochi Olympics because his negotiations with Russian Ice Hockey Federation head Vladislav Tretiak lasted for about six months.

But just last week the Wayne Gretzky of Russian hockey turned down the job. He did so for all of those traditional reasons that can bedevil the country’s hockey program. The way Tretiak had outlined the job, he would have had all the pressure but with no control.

“Before I did the job, I wanted to make sure I had the decisions on the team and the coach but that was not going to be in my control,” said Larionov from his home in Detroit…


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  Tags: igor+larionov, team+russia

Bad Canadians?

from Cathal Kelly of the Toronto Star,

It’s a week after Canada left, and Buffalo is only now feeling safe enough to begin unboarding the windows and crawling out of the basement.

That’s the impression left in an out-of-left-field attack on Canadian honour by a columnist at the Buffalo News.

In purple tones, the piece – entitled “Disillusioned by Northern Neighbours” – paints Canadian fans as bunch of boozed-up hooligans who streamed over the border like the Visigoths advancing on Rome.

Among the damning criticisms: we don’t wait to turn right on red; we say “eh”; we like to take a drink; the Rogers Centre is ugly; we tip only two bucks on a $25 bar tab; someone punched someone else at a game.

Oh, Buffalo. We rescued your tournament from local apathy and crushing irrelevance and this is the thanks we get?


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  Tags: wjc

Was Russian Celebration Coverage Overblown?  Nyet!

Part of the talk surrounding the celebration by Team Russia after winning the gold medal at the World Juniors tournament in Buffalo was actually the media coverage of the story (or non-story, depending on who you ask).

Contrary to those who think this was all about making a big deal out of nothing, local news outlets didn’t overdo the drinking and partying of the Russian kids after their epic win, because that wasn’t even the main point of the story.

A group of unruly people got kicked off of an airplane.  If it were a bunch of kids coming back from a binge at Fallsview casino, or some drunken businessmen stumbling out of town after a conference at the Hyatt Regency, it still would’ve gotten top billing on local newscasts.

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  Tags: buffalo+airport, russian+junior+team, world+juniors

Insight From An IIHF Linesman

As a linesman with the IIHF, Andriy Kicha had the best view in the house of the 2011 World Juniors in Buffalo.  But big international tournaments aren’t exactly new to the Ukraine native - he also worked as a linesman at the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver.

From hearing him speak, with a heavy Ukranian accent but a good handle on the English language, you can tell that he loves what he does.

We discussed the World Juniors, the media circus involving the Russian team, and one great aspect of working games with U20 players, during our conversation on Thursday as he was preparing to leave Buffalo for the long journey home.

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  Tags: 2011+world+juniors, andriy+kicha, iihf+linesman, russian+players+drinking, ukraine+hockey

Russian Team Denies Reports Of Revelry

From The Buffalo News:

They were thrown off a flight because of unruly behavior, can be seen on a video celebrating with what for all the world appears to be beer bottles in their hands, and several witnesses reported that their behavior had all the earmarks of intoxication.

But as members of the gold medal-winning Russian junior hockey team continued to cool their heels — and maybe treat their headaches? — no one associated with the under-20 players Thursday would acknowledge that there might have been a bit too much celebrating after their thrilling come-from-behind victory the night before over Canada in HSBC Arena.

“I don’t speak English,” one player said Thursday afternoon.

“False,” the team’s media officer said.

“I don’t know what happened,” their coach said.


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  Tags: adam's+mark, days+inn+hotel+buffalo+airport, mikhail+zislis, russian+gold+medal, valeri+bragin, world+juniors

Balancing The Scale

from Bob McKenzie of TSN,

It’s been billed as the greatest collapse in the history of the WJC and that about sums it up. If there’s been one worse than that, I don’t recall it. It might just be, as the kids like to say these days, the greatest “epic fail” in Canadian international hockey. Ever.
How would you like to throw that on your resume?
All that said, it’s not as if blowing a three-goal lead in the third period never happens in hockey.
In the NHL, since the lockout, it has happened, on average, at least once a season. Eight times in 1,226 regular season games since 2005-06, if you are looking to be precise.
But there weren’t four or five million Canadians watching those collapses, it wasn’t the World Junior Championship and the team falling apart in the third period didn’t have a Maple Leaf on their chest. Well, at least not a red one.

read on

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  Tags: team+canada, team+russia

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