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Schedule Set For The IIHF Under-18 Men’s World Championship

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – USA Hockey, in conjunction with the International Ice Hockey Federation and the host Dallas Stars, announced today the 28-game schedule for the 2021 IIHF U18 Men’s World Championship, set to take place April 26-May 6 in Frisco and Plano, Texas.

The 10-team championship is divided into two five-team groups for preliminary round play. Group B, consisting of the U.S., Czech Republic, Finland, Germany and Russia, will play its preliminary round games at Comerica Center in Frisco, while Group A, which features Sweden, Canada, Belarus, Latvia and Switzerland will utilize the Children’s Health StarCenter in Plano, Texas.

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Video- Unbelievable

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Report- Mike Babcock Headed Back To School As A Head Coach

added 2:44pm, Press release is below.

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Hockey Thoughts In Mid-February

from Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet,

- I’m not around the youth hockey world as much as Jeff Marek, who’s steeped in it thanks to his talented children. But it is very possible that seismic change is coming to the biggest minor hockey association in Canada — the Greater Toronto Hockey League.

The most prestigious organization in that league is the Toronto Marlboros. NHL alumni include Connor McDavid, the Hughes brothers, Jason Spezza, Sam Gagner and John Tavares. Gagner and Tavares left the Marlboros a long time ago, but it’s clear the Marlboros never left them.

They are in the process of “buying” or “taking control of the board.”...

- Mentioned last week that no one should be surprised to see practice time/morning skates cut down in an effort to limit close contact. It’s going to happen for teams needing to make up games. Ruff: “If a player has played 20 minutes the night before, he might not practice or have a meaningful practice for weeks.”

Krueger: “If it means staying off the ice between game days, if it means avoiding the ice completely other than games for certain stretches, that could happen.”

- I don’t believe Marc-Andre Fleury is available. He’s on fire, rejuvenated. In a year where some teams can’t make it work even with four goalies, why would you move him?

Sometimes, we mistake friendliness for weakness. There’s nothing Fleury wouldn’t do to prove he’s still a No. 1 and he’s showing that now. Someday, however, I’m going to pump several GMs full of truth serum to figure out the truth behind the wild four-team rumours from the off-season.

- The average save percentage is .906. That would be the worst since a .905 figure in 2006-07. Twenty-nine goalies have played at least eight games. Twelve are at least 10 points above the average (Fleury .944, Philipp Grubauer .937, Andrei Vasilevskiy .933 lead the way). Two (Pekka Rinne and Tuukka Rask) are right there, and 15 are anywhere from five to 46 below. Two in particular, Edmonton’s Mikko Koskinen and Washington’s Vitek Vanecek, give it their all and battled extremely hard when their teams lacked depth, but looked worn out by the workload.

more on the first topic plus other hockey Thoughts...

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The Dallas Stars Will Host The 2021 IIHF Under-18 Men’s World Championship

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – USA Hockey announced today that, in conjunction with the NHL’s Dallas Stars, it will host the 2021 IIHF Under-18 Men’s World Championship in Frisco and Plano, Texas, from April 26-May 6.  The 10-nation tournament, which features the best men’s players in the world under the age of 18, began in 1999 and will be played in the U.S. for just the third time.

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Free Weekend Of AHLTV

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. … The American Hockey League today announced that its AHLTV streaming platform will usher in the 2020-21 season with a free weekend of AHL games.

All 19 games on the league schedule from Friday, February 5 to Monday, February 8 will be free on AHLTV to anyone with an AHLTV account. No subscription or purchase is necessary to open an AHLTV account; visit AHLTV.com to sign up.

More than simply a means to watch games, AHLTV uses HockeyTech’s leading technology to form a full digital ecosystem in which data and video are integrated to create an experience unique to each user. Game feeds are seamlessly combined with the AHL’s statistical database from LeagueStat to provide real-time scoring updates for fans as they watch. Viewers are also able to capture and save their own highlight clips to share with other AHLTV users within the platform.

To register for a free AHLTV account and to purchase subscriptions for the 2020-21 season – including a season-long all-access pass for just $44.99 – visit AHLTV.com.

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Afternoon Line- Aaron Ward

"When I was in college and I was 17 and 18, I was sexually abused by a doctor who was at the University of Michigan who’s currently publicly under investigation," said Ward, later confirming Dr. Anderson's identity. "Listen, I was married 20 years and my ex-wife did not know that, not an ounce of that. But you come to a place of realizing that when you finally let go of these things and when you share with people, whether you deem them embarrassing, whether you can’t come to grips with the reality, if you take the chance and you verbalize it, you can quickly find out that people can either kind of relate to what you’re going through or they can just be there (for you).

"So as I admit that on radio, that I was sexually abused by a doctor in a professional environment at the University of Michigan and suppressed it forever, it is liberating as you drop these things from your conscience. I spent, since I was 17 years old when that happened, trying to figure out why I gambled since I was 17. That’s not the only reason, but it’s a contributing factor."

-Aaron Ward, former NHL player.  97.1 The Ticket has more on Ward who did an interviw with TSN 690 in Montreal.

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The 2021 Hockey World Championship Will Not Be Played In Minsk

from the IIHF,

Due to safety and security issues that are beyond the IIHF’s control, the IIHF Council confirmed today that the decision to move the 2021 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship from Minsk, Belarus is unavoidable. The decision was reached by Council following the conclusion of an extensive due diligence process.

The IIHF has a duty of care to all Championship participants. As such, IIHF Bylaw 9 provides the IIHF Council the ability to withdraw an IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship from a hosting nation if there is reason for concern that the well-being or the safe freedom of movement of the players, officials, traveling spectators and media is in doubt.

Therefore, the IIHF Council has conducted a fair and unbiased due diligence process whereby independent experts and all stakeholders were consulted on the viability of holding the 2021 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship in Belarus in the face of the growing safety and security concerns related to both the rising political unrest and COVID-19. The final stage of the IIHF Council due diligence process was meeting with the Belarusian government last week and the commissioning of a further independent expert report.

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Video- Recap Of The USA Gold Medal Win Over Canada Last Night At The WJC

via TSN's YouTube page,

Alex Turcotte opened the scoring for the Americans for the second straight game, tournament scoring leader and MVP Trevor Zegras found the back of the net and added an assist, and Spencer Knight stopped all 34 shots he faced as USA shutout Canada to win their first gold medal since 2017.

 

EDMONTON, Alberta – The U.S. National Junior Team, behind 34 saves from Spencer Knight (Darien, Conn.) and goals from Trevor Zegras (Bedford, N.Y.) and Alex Turcotte (Chicago, Ill.), beat Canada, 2-0, here tonight in the gold-medal game of the 2021 IIHF World Junior Championship. It was the fifth gold medal for the United States in the tournament and the fifth time in the last six years that Team USA has medaled in the event, the best medal stretch in the nation’s history.

“I’m very proud of this group of guys, we really came together as a team over the course of this tournament,” said head coach Nate Leaman (East Greenwich, R.I.). “We played a great Canadian team today and we’re very fortunate to have beat them. I’m proud of how this team played together. This will be a memory they have forever.”

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USA Defeats Canada 2-0 To Win Gold At The World Junior Championship

added 1/6/21 at 12:07am,

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