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Video- Sometimes A Video Doesn’t Tell The Story

from Michael Traikos of the National Post,

I’ve watched — and re-watched — the video of Jacob Panetta shrugging his shoulders towards Jordan Subban during an ECHL game on the weekend many times in the past 48 hours.

To me, it did not look like it was racially motivated. But I wasn’t on the ice. More importantly, I’m not black.

So I don’t know — and I can’t know — what must have been going through Jordan Subban’s mind when he saw an opponent making what looked like “monkey gestures” at him. To Subban, who is black, it must have looked similar to the racist gesture that occurred days earlier in the American Hockey League, when a player  made a racial gesture  towards Boko Imama.

Panetta, who was released from his team and suspended indefinitely, said that wasn’t the case.

In an interview with Postmedia on Monday night, the 26-year-old claimed he was only making “a tough-guy, muscle-flexing pose” towards Subban and that it got misinterpreted. It’s the same gesture Panetta said he has made many times before. There’s even video evidence to back that up, as well as of Washington Capitals forward Tom Wilson doing the same thing at the NHL level.


Watch the incident below.

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ECHL Suspends A Player While Investigating A Racial Taunt

from Greg Wyshynski of ESPN.

The ECHL has indefinitely suspended Jacksonville Icemen defenseman Jacob Panetta, pending a hearing for what South Carolina Stingrays defenseman Jordan Subban said was a racist taunt on Saturday night.

"The South Carolina Stingrays are disgusted and appalled by last night's incident involving Jordan Subban," Stingrays team president Rob Concannon said in a statement. "Our organization stands in support of our friend and teammate, Jordan, as well as all other players who continue to deal with racism and discrimination. This behavior is unacceptable and has to stop."

The Jacksonville Icemen said in a statement that the organization is cooperating with the ECHL's review of the incident.

"As an organization, our fans, partners and sponsors know our core values and intend to make comments and decisions after completion of league review," the team said.


Below a video of the incident tweeted out by PK Subban.

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Your Team USA Olympic Team

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – USA Hockey announced the final roster for its 2022 U.S. Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Team tonight, a group that includes 15 current NCAA players, eight European pros and two players from the AHL. The squad will represent the United States at the 2022 Olympic Winter Games Feb. 3-20 in Beijing, China.

“We’re excited about the roster we’ve put together,” said John Vanbiesbrouck, general manager of the 2022 U.S. Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Team and also the assistant executive director of hockey operations for USA Hockey. “The Olympics are the biggest stage in sports and it was fun to hear the enthusiasm our players have to represent their country. We’re fortunate to have a deep talent pool -- thanks in part to all the great work of our volunteers in communities across the nation -- and with the mix of players who are part of our team, we’re looking forward to competing for a gold medal in Beijing.”

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Video- 32 Thoughts Tonight

via Sportsnet,

On this edition of 32 Thoughts, Elliotte Friedman and Jeff Marek discuss Canadian teams playing at home without fans, AHL players that could possibly go to the Olympics and the latest news from the CHL.


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John Vanbiesbrouck May Not Be The Right Choice As GM Of Team USA

from Matt Porter of the Boston Globe,

Beats me why John Vanbiesbrouck keeps getting hockey executive jobs.

After running Team USA at the last four World Junior Championships, he’s now the replacement general manager for the Olympics, after the NHL pulled out and Bill Guerin was called back to the Wild.

Absurd. No matter how highly Team USA executive director Pat Kelleher thinks of Vanbiesbrouck’s hockey acumen, he should have looked elsewhere.

The Trevor Daley incident should be disqualifying. Daley, now a hockey operations adviser with the Penguins, was 19 when Vanbiesbrouck called him an N-word behind his back when speaking about him to his teammates on the 2003 Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds. Daley, the team captain, quit, then rejoined when Vanbiesbrouck resigned as coach and GM and sold his 25 percent ownership stake in the club. The OHL fined the team $50,000.

All these years later, Vanbiesbrouck hasn’t reached out to Daley to settle the score. Yet Vanbiesbrouck is ready to move on. When USA Hockey named him assistant executive director of hockey operations in 2018, he said in an interview with Scott Burnside of The Athletic, he had “paid a high price” for the incident, and “there needs to be an ending.”

At the time of the incident, Vanbiesbrouck, who grew up in Detroit, explained that racial slurs were “an old wound with me. I grew up with it. I’m as sorry as anybody that it’s stuck with me.”

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President Of The IIHF On Cancelling And Possible Rescheduling The WJC

IIHF president Luc Tardif joins James Duthie and Bob McKenzie to discuss the cancellation of the 2022 World Juniors, the process that led to the decision, as well as when and if they will be able to reschedule the tournament.

Watch at TSN

added 10pm ET, Below, watch Bob McKenzie on the process of cancelling the tournament.

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The World Junior Championship Has Been Cancelled


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Connor Bedard After His Four Goal Night

from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

The 1977 footage of a 16-year-old Wayne Gretzky at the Montreal Forum World Juniors is Zapruder-like, as he skates around those faceless “Czechoslovakians” like a Baryshnikov among bar stools. That grainy video was captured so long ago, his opponents that night have changed the name of their national team not once but twice in the years since.

The phenoms have followed hence, through the same World Junior turnstile to NHL stardom. Mario Lemieux, to Sidney Crosby, to Connor McDavid, and perhaps now to young Connor Bedard, the only 16-year-old to score a hat trick at the World Junior tournament since Gretzky himself.

Bedard, of the Western Hockey League’s Regina Pats, feasted Wednesday on an overmatched Austrian team that had no answer for the five-foot-nine dynamo, scoring four times. Afterwards he described his performance the way each of the aforementioned would have, as having been lucky to be in the right place at the right time.

“Most of those (goals), I’m kind of just in front of the net, getting a stick on something. It was pretty fortunate,” Bedard said after the game. “Everyone makes the game easier, when you’re playing here with these guys.”


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Video- You’ve Heard Of Connor Bedard Before

Now you are really going to hear about him.

via TSN's YouTube page,

16-year-old Connor Bedard put on a show, scoring four times to tie the single-game record at the WJC, Mason McTavish added two goals and an assist, and Elliot Desnoyers recorded three helpers as Canada dominated Austria to improve to 2-0 at the World Juniors.


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Hockey Today, WJC And NHL Games

The WJC is in action tonight with Canada/Austria at 7pm on TSN and NHL Network.  Note the Arizona/San Jose game is ESPN+ or hulu exclusive.

Team USA had to forfeit their game against the Swiss today due to two positive Covid tests.


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