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Evening Line- Ken Campbell

Even when the NHL was in the Olympics, there was no evidence it ever did anything to leverage its participation into something more. It would just show up, put on a spectacular spectacle from an entertainment standpoint, and leave, expecting all those international revenues to follow it home. No attempt was made to market in Europe or set up an NHL office there. And then it pulls out of the Olympics after warring with the International Olympic Committee and saying that the returns from participating aren’t worth the risk of injury and the disruption to the schedule once every four years. Well, as the kids say, duh.

Hockey is the greatest game in the world. It’s also one of the world’s best-kept secrets. And as long as the league has its current international “strategy” there is nothing to worry about. Because it’s going to stay that way.

-Ken Campbell of The Hockey News.  Read more on this topic.

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Hopefully Mark Pavelich Gets Some Much Needed Help

from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

During his days on Broadway, zipping around in what was coach Herb Brooks’s novel, circle-back Ranger game plan, Mark Pavelich didn’t say much. One of the stars of the 1980 US Olympic team, “Pav” also was among the quietest Team USA players, then had little urge or inclination to talk upon coming to the big city to launch his NHL career.

The running joke, rooted in both truth and humor, was that he wouldn’t appear for postgame interviews on the Rangers’ TV broadcasts unless the payout included fishing gear that he could lug back home to Minnesota come springtime.

Pavelich, 61, on Wednesday was left with little to say, or perhaps was incapable of expressing anything, when Minnesota judge Michael Cuzzo deemed him mentally ill and dangerous, and ultimately incapable of standing trial for a felony assault charge.

In August, Pavelich allegedly beat a friend with a metal pole, inflicting a number of injuries, including cracked ribs, a bruised kidney, and a fractured vertebra. 

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Time For A European Head Coach In The NHL?

from Luke Fox of Sportsnet,

Rikard Gronborg believes it’s only a matter of time.

And with the disturbing crackling of the old boys coaching network in recent days, the most qualified coaching candidate outside of North America might be on to something.

Nineteen years have passed since the last European coach was hired to stand behind a National Hockey League bench — Finland’s Alpo Suhonen (Blackhawks) and the Czech Republic’s Ivan Hlinka (Penguins) landed gigs in 2000-01. Perhaps the National Hockey League is getting ripe for a broader worldview when it comes to its coach hiring policy.

Thirty per cent of the league’s players are European, and 55 per cent of 2019-20’s rookie class is European.

“That tells you where the trend is going. So, I think it’s just a matter of time that NHL teams in the U.S. and Canada look over here at some of the excellent European coaches,” Gronborg says.

“Hockey is hockey. The challenge is for the NHL to open up a new chapter. Hiring coaches with some new backgrounds is only healthy.”


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Continue The Talk

from Jeff Blair of Sportsnet,

It’s great that hockey’s having this moment, that topics such as inclusion, bullying and hazing have been pushed into the forefront by the forced resignation of Bill Peters as head coach of the Calgary Flames stemming from allegations of racial epithets dating back to his time as a coach with the AHL’s Rockford Ice Hogs.

But for this conversation to result in anything substantive, to go beyond whatever findings and action the NHL takes once its investigation is complete and not simply disappear amid the churn of an NHL season, then current and past NHL players need to refrain from this “bad guy” narrative that is seeping into the conversation not only on Twitter, but in the mainstream media.

It’s the idea that a player with what his peers may deem to be a checkered past either on or off the ice should somehow not speak up. That somehow only the game’s “good guys” – “good” as defined by hockey players, executives or media – carry any real weight. That somehow, observations by players who made their living on some of the nastier edges of the game – yes, I am talking about players such as Daniel Carcillo – shouldn’t carry weight because of real or imagined past transgressions.


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Videos- Highlights From The Hockey Hall Of Fame On Induction Night

via the YouTube page of the NHL,

Hockey greats gathered in Toronto for the 2019 Hockey Hall of Fame induction that saw Guy Carbonneau, Vaclav Nedomansky, Hayley Wickenheiser, Sergei Zubov, Jim Rutherford and Jerry York become Hall of Famers.



via TSN's YouTube page,

Witness the official signing of the Hockey Hall of Fame's Official Register as this year's inductees put pen to paper to put a stamp on their special night.

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Six More Hockey Names Enter The Hockey Hall Of Fame Tonight

from Jon Lane of NHL.com,

Guy Carbonneau, Vaclav Nedomansky, Hayley Wickenheiser, Sergei Zubov, Jim Rutherford and Jerry York will be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto on Monday.

Regarded as the greatest women's hockey player, Wickenheiser played 23 years with Canada women's national team, winning four Olympic gold medals (2002, 2006, 2010, 2014) -- she is the leading scorer in Olympic history with 51 points (18 goals, 33 assists) in 26 games -- and the IIHF World Championship seven times. Wickenheiser is currently the assistant director of player development for the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Zubov played 16 NHL seasons, winning the Stanley Cup with the New York Rangers in 1994 and the Dallas Stars in 1999. He is the Stars/Minnesota North Stars leader among defensemen in points (549), goals (111), assists (438), games (839), power-play goals (60), and plus/minus (plus-103). His No. 56 will be retired by the Stars next season.

Carbonneau won the Stanley Cup twice with the Montreal Canadiens (1986, 1993), once with the Stars (1999), and won the Selke Trophy, voted as the best defensive forward in the NHL, three times (1988, 1989 and 1992). 


Watch the HHOF inductions tonight at 8:00pm ET on TSN and the NHL Network.

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TSN Insiders Tonight

Will Wayne Gretzky coach Canada's Spengler Cup team this year? Which NHL players will be made available for the World Juniors? Are the Maple Leafs in the backup goalie market? The TSN Hockey Insiders discuss this and more.

Watch at TSN.

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Thinking Ahead To The 2021 Draft Class

from Craig Button of TSN,

Finnish centre Aatu Raty sits in the top spot, but TSN Hockey’s early look at the 2021 draft class suggests it’s going to be a good year for teams looking to boost their blueline.

Seven of the top 15 players in our rankings are defencemen, and the class is stacked with players who possess the attributes NHL teams are looking for at that position.

Raty is a highly skilled centre who plays and thinks the game with pace. The 6-foot-1, 177-pound Karpat pivot is a threat all over the ice, which makes him difficult to stop.

Hulking Chicago Steel (USHL) defenceman Owen Power leads the parade on defence, sitting at No. 2 in our rankings.

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Train To Improve Your Game

A few days ago I wrote about how important it is for NHL players to continue their training and workouts during the season and it is probably more important for those not involved in the NHL, even youngsters should be involved in hockey training.

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Prospect Report

There’s a good reason why the hashtag #DernièreForLafrenière is a thing in hockey’s social media circles: The kid can really play.

Rimouski Oceanic left winger Alexis Lafreniere is off to a torrid start in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League this season, racking up 34 points in his first 13 games. It’s the type of offensive production that could put him in the running for a second consecutive CHL Player of the Year Award and lets the fans of lottery-bound NHL teams start to dream of better days.

Lafrenière is far from the only member of the 2020 draft class who is turning heads with a strong start. TSN Director of Scouting Craig Button takes a look at five prospects who are delivering on the hype and increasing their stock among scouts and NHL front offices:

Alexis Lafreniere, LW, Rimouski Oceanic (QMJHL)

2019-20 Stats: 13 GP, 10 G, 24 A, 34 PTS, 22 PIM


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