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IIHF Wants Harsher Sanctions For Racist Incidents

from Gabrielle Tétrault-Farber of Reuters at the Toronto Sun,

The International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) will assess the need for harsher sanctions in response to a racist incident in Ukraine and plans to pressure leagues around the world to amend their rule books to define sanctions for racist behaviour, the new IIHF president said.

Luc Tardif took office as head of the IIHF a day before the hockey world was rattled by footage of Andriy Deniskin, a forward at HC Kremenchuk in the Ukrainian Hockey League (UHL), taunting HC Donbass defenceman Jalen Smereck, who is Black, by pretending to peel and eat a banana.

Smereck, 24, took a leave of absence after the incident. HC Donbass announced on Sunday it had reached a mutual agreement to terminate the American’s contract.

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Female On-Ice Officials Announced By The AHL

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. … American Hockey League President and Chief Executive Officer Scott Howson announced today that the league’s roster of on-ice officials for the 2021-22 season includes female referees and linespeople for the first time.

The first AHL game ever officiated by a female referee will be the Lehigh Valley at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton contest this Saturday, Oct. 16, with Katie Guay working alongside Brandon Schrader. On Sunday, Oct. 17, Kelly Cooke will be teamed with Beau Halkidis for Rochester at Utica, and Jacqueline Zee Howard joins Carter Sandlak for Lehigh Valley at Hershey. Schrader, Halkidis and Sandlak are among 10 referees and six linespeople who will split their time between the AHL and NHL this season.

Other new members of the AHL refereeing staff include Laura White, Samantha Hiller, Elizabeth Mantha and Amanda Tassoni, while Kendall Hanley, Kirsten Welsh and Alexandra Clarke have been added to the AHL staff as linespeople. All have been part of the NHL and NHL Officials Association’s mentorship program and have been invited to attend the NHL Exposure Combine.

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USA Hockey Names Three Players Their Olympic Team

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Patrick Kane (Buffalo, N.Y./Chicago Blackhawks), Auston Matthews (Scottsdale, Ariz./Toronto Maple Leafs) and Seth Jones (Plano, Texas/Chicago Blackhawks) have been named the first three players of the 2022 U.S. Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Team it was announced today by USA Hockey.

“It’s no secret we’re excited about the prospects of our team for the 2022 Games,” said Stan Bowman, general manager of the 2022 U.S. Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Team. “Patrick, Auston and Seth reflect the high level of talent that will make up our final roster as we strive to bring gold back home to the U.S.”

The remainder of the 25-player U.S. Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Team is expected to be unveiled in January. Team USA is scheduled to begin play in the Olympic tournament on Feb. 10 against host China. 

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Marc Savard Has The Tools To Become A Good Coach

from Dave Feschuk of the Toronto Star,

In his summertime search for a new head coach for the Ontario Hockey League’s Windsor Spitfires, general manager Bill Bowler considered plenty of candidates before conducting one standout interview. It was with Marc Savard, the former NHL all-star.

If the 44-year-old Savard’s bench credentials weren’t exactly robust — he had coached his two sons in AAA youth hockey in Peterborough before spending the 2019-20 season as an assistant coach with the NHL’s St. Louis Blues — Bowler said he was particularly impressed by one aspect of his talk with Savard. In the course of a lengthy conversation, Savard made no mention of his playing days. Not that Bowler wasn’t fully aware of who he was talking to. But the GM considered it a good sign that Savard didn’t feel the need to lean on the fact that he had won an OHL championship with the Oshawa Generals while leading the league in scoring in 1996-97, or that, in Savard’s most productive four-year span as a playmaking centreman for the Boston Bruins, he racked up more assists than any NHLer not named Joe Thornton.

To Bowler, an East York native who sits fourth on the OHL’s all-time career scoring list, five spots ahead of Savard, long-ago stats simply aren’t a great indicator of coaching potential.

“If you’re still talking about when you played and how things were when you were a player, I don’t know if that will lead to any success as a hockey coach,” Bowler said. “But all Marc talked about was coaching. If you care about coaching and trying to learn a new craft as a coach, then I think you have a great chance to be successful.”

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Hockey In Israel

from Adi Rubinstein of Israel Hayom,

At the Olympic Games in Tokyo this summer, Israeli sports fans discovered that their country has a Blue and White baseball team that plays at the highest level. Nevertheless, eyebrows were raised regarding the identity of some of the players and their (tenuous) connection to Israel. Another sport that Israelis may be surprised to discover is becoming increasingly popular in the Jewish State is ice hockey. What, you may ask, is the connection between a country where the mercury is still hitting 90 degrees in October and a tough winter sport that is popular in North American and Eastern Europe?

Ice hockey has been around in Israel since 1990 and was played mostly by immigrants from the Former Soviet Union, and young people who were exposed to the game in the United States and Canada, where the game is extremely popular. The level in Israel wasn't high, but with time an Israeli national team was founded and competed at mid-level in Europe. Over the years, as has been the case in many sports in Israel, the leagues and associations split following claims of irregularities.

The breakaway teams found themselves playing in new leagues and in new ice-hockey arenas, including an impressive, international standard arena on Moshav Tnuvot in the Sharon region.

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Andri Denyskin Suspended 13 Games

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This Year’s Lester Patrick Recipient Is Jack Barzee

NEW YORK (Sept. 28, 2021) – The National Hockey League today announced that Jack Barzee (New Haven, Conn.) has been named the recipient of the 2021 Lester Patrick Trophy for outstanding service to hockey in the United States.

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Andri Denyskin Should Pay For His Actions

 

Watch the incident below.

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Luc Tardif Is The New IIHF President

from Martin Merk of IIHF.com,

Luc Tardif has been elected as new IIHF President succeeding René Fasel, who held the position for 27 years and didn’t stand for re-election. He won the presidential election in the fourth and last round against Franz Reindl.

Tardif becomes the 14th IIHF President and the second from France after founding President Louis Magnus.

Petr Briza was elected as Senior Vice-President, and the Regional Vice-Presidents elected are Bob Nicholson (Americas), Aivaz Omorkanov (Asia & Oceania) and Henrik Bach Nielsen (Europe & Africa).

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It Could Get Ugly On The Ice For China

from Patrick Blennerhasset of the South China Morning Post,

China’s men’s ice hockey team, ranked 32nd in the world by the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF), could find themselves as whipping boys in what will be a National Hockey League star-studded tournament come February at the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing.

How did we get here, with a team that has no business competing in this tournament? And why is China’s ice hockey team still so bad given it had as far back as 2015 to prepare for this eventuality after successfully lobbying the IIHF for a spot?

The IIHF bought into China’s push, as reported by China Sports Insider, because it has a “mandate to grow the game globally”, and China, the most populous country in the world with the second largest economy, catching hockey fever would be good for the sport.

When China was awarded the 2022 Winter Olympics eight years ago, it immediately set about pouring hundreds of millions of dollars into winter sports infrastructure and coaching with an eye on nabbing as many medals as possible on home soil. Reportedly, China has set a goal of having 300 million people actively participating in winter sports by 2022, which is part of a broader strategy by Xi Jinping to tackle the country’s growing obesity epidemic.

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