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Agreement Reached Allowing NHL Players At The 2014 Olympic Winter Games

NEW YORK/TORONTO (July 19, 2013) -- The National Hockey League Players' Association (NHLPA) and the National Hockey League (NHL) announced today that an agreement has been reached with the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to secure participation of NHL players in the upcoming 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.

NHL players will be available to the 12 participating IIHF Member National Associations for the men's Olympic ice hockey tournament (February 12-23, 2014). This will mark the fifth consecutive time dating back to Nagano 1998 that NHL players have participated in the Olympics. More than 120 NHL players are expected to compete for their respective nations in Sochi.

"The National Hockey League features the most international player population in professional sports, and our outstanding athletes take tremendous pride in representing their homelands on the global stage," NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said. "The decision to participate in the XXII Olympic Winter Games in Sochi was in many ways a difficult one, but one that we know will be well received by our Players and, most importantly, by the vast majority of our fans and sports fans everywhere."

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Talking Changes To Goalie Equipment

from Kevin Woodley of InGoal Magazine,

Henrik Lundqvist isn’t worried about the impending changes to goaltending equipment in the NHL – as long the New York Rangers’ star gets enough time to adjust to them.

“If they change it, as long as I have the new gear early August it should be fine,” Lundqvist wrote in an email to InGoal Magazine from his native Sweden.

It’s no longer a question of “if” when it comes to goalie equipment changes.

According to several sources close to the ongoing equipment talks, the NHL Players’ Association informally approved a reduction in the overall height of its goaltender’s pads at its meetings last week after an internal survey showed strong support for change. Unfortunately, that polling – and therefore the approval – wasn’t specific enough for the NHL, leaving questions about interpretation and implementation of the new pad height restrictions, while also failing to address the League’s request for smaller kneepads.

It set up a potentially contentious meeting between the two sides in New York late this week. Meanwhile equipment manufacturers, many with goalies already wanting new gear for summer skates, await final measurements so they can start producing next year’s equipment.

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Tweeting Some News

 

 

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How About Some Action This Time Instead Of Words

from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

Back in 2003, after a lengthy and diligent study, the National Hockey League’s Injury Analysis Panel concluded that hard, bulbous moldings on elbow and shoulder pads were more likely to cause injury than soft Styrofoam, when applied directly to an opponent’s head.

Hard is more likely to injure than soft, the data showed. Another unintended finding, in documents obtained by Sportsnet.ca at the time, showed fire to be hot.

Yes, nobody does committees like the NHL.

Over the years, we have been blessed with such entities as the NHL/NHLPA Equipment Working Group, the Joint Health and Safety Committee, something called a “Blue Ribbon” committee, and various incarnations of the politically divided Competition Committee.

How many times have all sides convened for “frank and open discussion of the issues?” And how many times has anything tangible occurred?

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Video- Mathieu Schneider And Colin Campbell Recap Competition Committee Mtg.

All the topics of the day are brought up by Schneider and Campbell.

 

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Competition Committee Talk

 

added 5:34pm, via TSN,

The reasoning behind the proposal of shallower nets appears to be aimed at giving players more room to maneuver behind the goal.

According to TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger the Committee discussed some issues in conjunction with the mandatory wearing of visors including the mandatory wearing of helmets during fights. He stated those rules are not yet at the stage when they would be enforced.

All proposed changes are subject to approval from the League's Board of Governors.

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Mandatory Visors?

from Chris Johnston of Sportsnet,

It has long been thought that when visors were eventually mandated in the NHL the rule would only apply to new players entering the league.

But might everyone be forced to wear one starting next season?

The NHL Players’ Association is currently polling its membership on that very question and will take the results to next week’s competition committee meeting, according to a source.

A survey being circulated by the union has asked players to indicate whether they favour the status quo (freedom of choice), the introduction of a rule grandfathering visors for rookies or mandatory use by all.

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Finalists Announced For Ted Lindsay Award

TORONTO (May 9, 2013) – The National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA) announced today that centre Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins, right wing Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals and right wing Martin St. Louis of the Tampa Bay Lightning have been nominated as finalists for the 2012-13 Ted Lindsay Award. The Ted Lindsay Award is presented annually to the “Most Outstanding Player” in the NHL, as voted by fellow members of the NHLPA.

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NHLPA Members With Their Pick For The Masters

Tiger, Phil and a few others seem to be named the most.

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Wrapping Up The GM Meetings

from the CP at CBC,

NHL GMs discussed reducing the size of goalie equipment and increasing video review Wednesday, while both the league and NHL Players' Association sounded a desire to grandfather in mandatory visors.

"Every little piece of goaltender equipment is now a project for a goalie to get bigger," said Colin Campbell, the NHL's vice-president of hockey operations.

Campbell said the instructions to Kay Whitmore, the NHL's goalie guru, are "Do what you have to do within reason to make sure they're still protected to reduce the stopping area."

Current rules allows goalie pads to go 55 per cent of the way between your knee and your pelvis, says Whitmore.

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