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The President/CEO Of The Olympic Organizing Committee On The NHL

rom Lucas Aykroyd of IIHF.com,

Hockey is gaining momentum in South Korea – not just from the upcoming XXIII Olympic Winter Games, but also from the national team’s recent promotion from Division IA to the 2018 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship in Denmark (Copenhagen and Herning). Head coach Jim Paek and assistant coach Richard Park are former NHLers of Korean descent who are leading the charge.

South Korea will become just the fourth non-European country to host the Winter Games after the United States, Canada, and Japan. The already-completed hockey venues are the Gangneung Hockey Centre (capacity 10,000) and Kwangdong Hockey Centre (capacity 6,000).

This will be the first Winter Olympics in Asia since Nagano, Japan in 1998. The 2022 Winter Olympics will take place in Asia in Beijing, China. It’s part of what South Korean organizers are touting as a new Asian era in sports, with the 2020 Summer Olympics also coming to Tokyo, Japan.

Lee, who noted that the distance between PyeongChang and Beijing is less than the distance between New York and Chicago, emphasized that he remains open to negotiations to bring NHLers to South Korea next year.

“As long as the NHL intends to participate in Beijing, they should also participate in PyeongChang,” Lee said. “I don’t think they’ve made a final decision so far. We still have lots to negotiate. Nothing is concluded until the final conclusion is made.”


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Video- Coach’s Corner Last Night

The main topics of discussion by Don Cherry and Ron MacLean include: Phil Kessel, Jean-Gabriel Pageau, the Nashville 'points', confusing icing calls and Ovechkin and his bruise.


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Hockey Notes On A Saturday Night

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

- Excuse me if I have no sympathy for Chris Simon, one of the recent opportunists to hop aboard the apparent gravy train that is suing the National Hockey League over concussions.

Simon played for eight different teams, fought more than 100 times, was suspended on eight different occasions, and ended up with 1,824 minutes in penalties. The worst aspect of his career was the indifference and lack of respect he showed both the game and those he played against.

On occasion, he swung his stick like a baseball bat. He stomped on players. He cross checked players across the throat. It often looked like attempt to injure was just part of his nightly regimen....

- Didn’t think Pittsburgh could win a Stanley Cup with Kris Letang heading up a thin defence last season. Now, without him, can they win with Olli Maatta, Justin Schultz, Brian Dumoulin, Ron Hainsey, Chad Ruhwedel and Ian Cole on the back end?

- If you don’t love watching Erik Karlsson dance, you don’t love hockey. But does that mean I’m loving the Senators? Ah, no.

more on Simon plus additional hockey topics...

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If The NHL Players Want To Play In The Olympics

from Tim Wharnsby of CBC,

The only way I see a turnabout happening is if the players begin to hold meetings with their respective team owners to express how important the Olympic competition is to them. It's a pie-in-the-sky scenario. But the only way Bettman changes his mind will be if the owners tell him to.

Imagine if Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane and Marian Hossa, who have worked so hard together to win three Stanley Cups in eight seasons, sat down with Chicago Blackhawks owner Rocky Wirtz.

Sidney Crosby could do the same with Pittsburgh Penguins owner Mario Lemieux. Anze Kopitar and Drew Doughty could take a meeting with the Los Angeles Kings' ownership group, as could Ryan Getzlaf and Ryan Kesler with the Anaheim Ducks' brass.

Bettman works for the owners. But he often gets his way by telling his bosses what they should do. It would be interesting to see what would happen if the players pleaded their case personally to the owners.


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Teemu Selanne On The NHL And The Olympics

from Paul Friesen of the Winnipeg Sun,

So, yeah, retired star Teemu Selanne has an opinion on the NHL's decision not to take part next year in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

It's sad, short-sighted and bad for hockey, he said.

“It makes me sad,” Selanne, in Winnipeg for a speaking engagement, Wednesday, told the Winnipeg Sun. “I had a chance to play six Olympics, and I know it's every player's dream, too. Hopefully they're going to still change their minds.

“Because you can't always think about how it's going to benefit the market. There's a bigger picture about going to the Olympics. And I really hope they're going to change their mind and be part of it because it's a great experience for everybody.”

read on

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Morning Line- Rene Fasel


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The Latest From Rene Fasel On the Olympics

from Nick Butler of inside the games,

A final decision on National Hockey League (NHL) participation at the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics Games must be made by mid-July at the absolute latest, the head of the world governing body has claimed.

International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) President René Fasel insists that any later would make it logistically impossible to find hotels and accommodation for the NHL delegation....

"The IOC is at a crossroads," he said.

"It has to decide where it wants to go.

"If it wants stars and professionals, it must take over the [technical] costs for it."

He also criticised NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman for making "unrealistic" demands.

"He [Bettman] claims the same rights for the NHL as a TOP (The Olympic Programme) sponsor who pays $100 million (£77 million/€91 million)," Fasel added.

"He wants to use the Olympic Rings for the NHL.

"If the IOC says yes, what do we do with athletics, swimming, gymnastics, skiing, ice skating?

"Then we would have to grant these rights to all the big sports federations.

"It is also about the principle."


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Review The Review?

from Frank Seravalli of TSN,

Friday night’s goaltender interference review, deciding a pivotal playoff game, was the NHL’s train wreck waiting to happen. For the Oilers, it was the second controversial goal that went the other way in as many games in the second-round.

Could you imagine what the blowback would be if one of those calls were to decide the Stanley Cup?

No changes will come between now and the end of these playoffs, but video review looms among the biggest challenges facing the NHL heading into the offseason.

So, how can the NHL fix goaltender interference?

It can start by better defining goaltender interference. Chiarelli admitted Saturday that only a “general framework” exists.

“We have our own way of interpreting it, too,” Chiarelli said. “In our minds, we tweak it a little bit. If we look at last night, I see two points of interference. One was caused by our own player pushing their player in, the other was caused by their player in my mind. It was a difference in opinions.”

Chiarelli said the definition in itself is tough to establish.


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Are You One Of The Four People Who Watches Olympic Hockey?

Boston Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs met with the media yesterday to wrap up the season.

And also had this to say regarding the 2018 Olympics...

via Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

The senior Jacobs, when asked about NHL participation in the 2018 Olympics in South Korea, said, “I don’t think it’s going to happen.”...

“When you stop and think about it,” said Jacobs, “should we take those weeks out of our season, turn it off, continue to depend on these players to perform for us when they get back, if they get back, if they come back in good condition?”

Jacobs remains a proponent of the Olympics adding hockey to the Summer Games menu, an idea dating back even to before the NHL first released its players for the 1998 Games in Nagano, Japan.

“They won’t embrace it,” said Jacobs, referring to the International Olympic Committee. “So it is what it is.”

Jacobs also noted the time difference between North America and Korea, conjecturing that games would air on TV here at 2 or 3 a.m.

“I think the four people that watch it don’t justify it,” he added.

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The NHL Draft Lottery Was Not Must Watch TV

from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

Take away the crowd of Canadian teams desperately scavenging for talent and the big-name teenagers, and the NHL draft lottery turns into something akin to waiting for your number to be called at the butcher.

Necessary for the sake of orderliness, but hardly worth televising.

The New Jersey Devils would differ, of course, after ending up with the No. 1 pick on Saturday night. But with Martin Brodeur long retired, there’s not much left worth watching in Newark and probably won’t be for a long time. If you’ve been around this game a while, you’ll remember the Devils were the most ignored team in hockey until Wayne Gretzky called them Mickey Mouse.

Well, they’re back there again.

Meanwhile, the results of the 2017 lottery, let’s face it, could have simply been reported in a news release by the NHL. It sure didn’t pack the punch of the 2015 or ’16 event, with no player close to Connor McDavid or Auston Matthews, let alone Jack (The Real GM) Eichel or Patrik Laine, available this June. As well, while the lottery last year delivered five of the top six picks to Canadian teams, this year only two Canadian teams ended up with selections in the top 15.

Take out the CanCon and this event packs the same punch as NHL trade deadline day before noon.


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