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Player Agents Keeping Busy

from Eric Francis of Sportsnet,

The world’s new practice of social distancing can take on many forms, as Ritch Winter learned through a phone call earlier this week.

“One player I reached on the phone was driving somewhere and I said, ‘where are you headed?’ and he said ‘I don’t know, but my wife needed me to get out of the house as much as I needed to get out of the house,’” said the Edmonton-based player agent.

“I had another player ask me, ‘how can we have a season – we can’t even work out? How can we even think about proceeding without a training camp?’”

NHL player agents have long worn many hats. It’s the nature of the gig.

But some of the ones they’re wearing these days are significantly different given the unknowns the world is facing with COVID-19 and the abrupt halt it brought to pro sports.

“I would say I’m as busy as I’ve ever been,” said Allan Walsh from his home office in Los Angeles where he deals with a large clientele of Europeans.


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Season Cancelled For The ECHL

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Official- The 2020 IIHF Under-18 Men’s World Championship Is Canceled

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The 2020 International Ice Hockey Federation Under-18 Men’s World Championship, set to be played in Plymouth and Ann Arbor, Michigan, April 16-26, has been canceled. The IIHF formally made the announcement today.

“We recognize the unchartered territory we’re all facing, and while we’re disappointed for the athletes who would have been competing for a gold medal, we understand and fully support the decision,” said Pat Kelleher, executive director of USA Hockey.

The 10-team tournament, which annually features the top men’s players under the age of 18 from around the world, was set to include teams from the United States, Belarus, Canada, Czech Republic, Finland, Germany, Latvia, Russia, Sweden, and Switzerland.

USA Hockey announced that all those who have purchased tickets will receive a full refund and staff from USA Hockey Arena will be reaching out to facilitate those refunds this month

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TSN Insiders Tonight

TSN Hockey Insiders Darren Dreger, Bob McKenzie and Darren Dreger join James Duthie to discuss the impact of COVID-19 on the NHL, the latest on the most likely scenario for the Sharks' home games, the fate of the IIHF men's tournament, and more.

Watch at TSN.

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Top 25 Women In Hockey

from Emily Sadler of Sportsnet,

Saying a woman is powerful in the game of hockey today can mean so many different things.

It can mean she laces up the skates, elevates the competition, and empowers others to follow suit. It can mean she strides into an office and takes her seat at the decision-makers’ table. It can mean she calls the shots in a broadcast booth or a boardroom. However it’s earned and then exercised, though, having power is about bringing people together, generating ideas that push the game forward and holding the keys to the future.

Hockey is always changing, so it should be no surprise that the barriers and boundaries around who wields power in the sport have changed, too. In 1956, a nine-year-old named Abby Hoffman had to cut her hair — and trim her name — so teammates and opponents wouldn’t know “Ab” was actually a girl. Today, girls hockey is one of the fastest-growing sports in North America and women are hitting the ice at NHL All-Star Weekend....

1. Kendall Coyne Schofield

ON JAN. 24, 20 of the best women’s hockey players on the planet gathered in St. Louis for a game of 3-on-3 on the NHL all-star stage. That doesn’t happen without Kendall Coyne Schofield.

One year earlier in San Jose, Coyne Schofield became the first woman to compete in the NHL All-Star Skills Competition, completing the Fastest Lap event in a blazing-fast 14.346 seconds. It was clear, even in her first three explosive strides, that what Coyne Schofield did that night was about so much more than a lap around the rink. In just over 14 seconds, she accomplished what her predecessors and peers have been fighting for their entire careers: she created a platform, a voice, an opportunity and a spotlight under which to shine.

And what she’s done with that platform in the two years since has made the Team USA captain the most powerful woman in hockey today....

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Video- Sidney Crosby On The Golden Goal

A well done feature.

via Sportsnt's YouTube channel,

Sidney Crosby joins Elliotte Friedman to talk about the 2010 Winter Olympics and the goal that was heard by a nation.


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Ten Years Ago Tonight

An interactive feature...

from Liam Britten of CBC,

On Feb. 28, 2010, Canada's Olympic men's hockey team defeated Team USA to capture the gold medal in Vancouver.

Sidney Crosby's golden goal in overtime gave Canada the 3-2 win over the tenacious, underdog Americans and had the entire country celebrating.

The gold medal game was the most-watched hockey game since the U.S. won gold at the 1980 Olympics. Broadcaster CTV reported 26.5 million Canadians took in at least part of the game.

If Canada had lost this high-profile game despite its team stacked with NHL talent, it might have soured the 2010 Olympics in a big way.

There might not be anyone entertaining the notion of Vancouver applying to host again, as 2010 president and CEO John Furlong recently urged the city to do for the 2030 Games.

This is how players and observers remember that momentous day.


added 1:23pm, Watch the Golden Goal below.

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Peter Laviolette Named Head Coach For U.S. Men’s National Team

OLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Peter Laviolette (Franklin, Mass.), one of the most accomplished coaches in American hockey history and a two-time Olympian as a player, has been named head coach of the U.S. Men’s National Team that will participate in the 2020 International Ice Hockey Federation Men’s World Championship it was announced today by USA Hockey. The event will take place in Zurich and Lausanne, Switzerland, from May 8-24.

“It’s great to have Peter as our head coach,” said Chris Drury, general manager of the 2020 U.S. Men’s National Team Team. “He brings significant international experience, both as a player and a coach, and his passion and desire to win align with our goal of bringing home the gold medal.”

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Video- Where Were You 40 Years Ago Today?

from Joe Lapointe at Deadline Detroit,

One of the few places in Metro Detroit where you could see a live telecast of the 4-3 U.S. victory over the Soviet Union that Friday was the Blue Goose, along with homes in the East Side suburbs along the international border.

That was important because the ABC television network covered the game only on videotape and showed it, on a delayed basis, during prime time in the U.S....

If you wanted to see USA vs. USSR when it actually took place, you had to drive to Lake Placid and buy a ticket or find a TV near the Canadian border, preferably with a UHF antenna.

And that was exactly what they had at the Blue Goose. It could pick up Channel 42, on the CTV network, from Sarnia. That was 60 miles away as the Canada goose flies from St. Clair Shores, with no buildings in the lake to block the signal....

ABC Sports – then the powerhouse in American TV sports – owned rights to the Olympics in the U.S. and manipulated its “same-day, tape-delay” coverage so that major events that took place before 8 p.m. were held back for prime-time presentation when the audience and sponsorship revenues were largest....

But in some cities – including Detroit – local stations accidentally ruined the ersatz suspense during station breaks by offering “teases” with announcers saying something like “USA beats Russia in hockey! Miracle on Ice! Film at 11!” In Detroit, it happened on Channel 7 (WXYZ-TV) and the guilty news anchor was Bill Bonds.


Below, watch a 12 minute highlight package of the game.

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Morning Line- A College Hockey Player

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