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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The NHL Network will provide exclusive live broadcasts of all U.S. games at the 2016 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship and up to 25 games total. The tournament is set for Dec. 26 - Jan. 5 in Helsinki, Finland.
Hometown Hockey was in Corner Brook, Newfoundland this weekend and had some great video features.
Here is one on John Tavares and P.K. Subban and please check out all the rest of the videos.
P.K. Subban and John Tavares are two of the NHL’ s brightest stars and they forged a friendship as rivals in minor hockey. But the connection between the families started long before the two were even born.
from the Prague Post,
Chinese sports officials have asked their Czech counterparts to teach Chinese ice hockey and biathlon for the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics, daily Mladá fronta Dnes (MfD) writes today.
“Chinese are a nation that wants to be successful,” Roman Kumpost, head of the Czech Olympic Committee (COV) foreign affairs section, is quoted as saying....
He said ice hockey clubs were only in a single Chinese province.
Peng Liu said he was amazed at their tremendous number on such a small territory in the CzechRepublic.
However, the Chinese ice hockey team can only take part in the 2022 Olympics if it is within the first 18 national teams in the world. As it now ranks 38th, it needs to rise rapidly up, MfD writes.
“In this way, we used to teach Russians in the 1950s. You know the outcome,” Kejval said.
“You may doubt whether this is a good idea. On the other hand, if we do not teach them, they will ask Canadians to do so,” he added.
TORONTO/NEW YORK (Nov. 13, 2015) – The National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA) and the National Hockey League (NHL®) announced today the appointment of Team North America’s Assistant Coaches: Jon Cooper (Tampa Bay Lightning), Peter DeBoer (San Jose Sharks), Dave Tippett (Arizona Coyotes) and Jay Woodcroft (Edmonton Oilers). The four assistant coaches will report to Team North America General Manager Peter Chiarelli (Edmonton Oilers), Associate General Manager Stan Bowman (Chicago Blackhawks) and Head Coach Todd McLellan (Edmonton Oilers).
“We are excited to announce Team North America’s assistant coaches for the World Cup of Hockey 2016,” said Chiarelli. “Jon, Peter, Dave and Jay are great additions to our staff and their tremendous experience will go a long way in helping our young players have a successful tournament.”
from Chris Johnston of Sportnet,
Vladislav Tretiak boarded a plane in Moscow over the weekend and flew halfway across the world for a 48-hour business trip.
He does it every November. He wouldn’t miss it.
“It’s very important to be here because I have many friends,” Tretiak said Monday before the Hockey Hall of Fame’s induction ceremony. “(Those) who played against me, who played with me. It’s a special life, a special hockey life. Special family here.”
And then, for added emphasis, Tretiak repeated: “Family.”
That's a fitting word on a night unlike any other you'll find on the hockey calendar. More than anything, the induction ceremony amounts to an annual reunion for those bound together by a game played with a puck on ice.
Nothing really changes here from one November to the next.
The show, the red carpet, the food, the faces -- you can set your watch to it all. There's a certain comfort to the routine.
NHL.com has coverage of every HHOF speech.
HOCKEY HALL OF FAME INDUCTION CELEBRATION
The Hockey Hall of Fame inducts five players and two builders – and also honors two media members (Bob McKenzie and Nick Nickson) – as part of its class of 2015 (7:30 p.m. ET, NHLN-US, TSN2). Click on the below links for more information on each inductee.
2015 Hockey Hall of Fame Inductees
Sergei Fedorov (Player)
Bill Hay (Builder)
Phil Housley (Player)
Peter Karmanos Jr. (Builder)
Nicklas Lidstrom (Player)
Chris Pronger (Player)
Angela Ruggiero (Player)
* ICYMI: Pavel Bure and Doug Gilmour captained two star-laden teams in the annualHaggar Hockey Hall of Fame Legends Classic at Air Canada Centre in advance of today’s induction ceremony. Click here to watch the members of the class of 2015 receive their official jackets prior to puck drop.
from Ken Warren of the Ottawa Citizen,
As a star NHL player, Daniel Alfredsson was never afraid to go against the grain, to share an unpopular or controversial opinion.
Apparently, nothing has changed.
The former Ottawa Senators captain, two months into his position as the club’s senior advisor of hockey operations, is not a big fan of major junior hockey. He says over-coaching is stifling the creativity of teenaged players.
“Young guys are more prepared (for the NHL) these days, but that’s not necessarily a good thing,” Alfredsson said in a wide-ranging interview. “That just means the professional (style) coaching is just going down the ranks, down to junior and even before junior, and on down.”
Alfredsson believes younger players need more time to develop individual skills, rather than adopting a structured, defence-first approach.
from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,
- I’m disappointed in Igor Larionov. He’s on the Hockey Hall of Fame committee and could advocate for Sergei Makarov. If he does that, he doesn’t do it very loudly. Makarov is the most deserving player not in the Hall. It’s a shame that hasn’t been corrected..
- Not once in watching most of Phil Housley’s career did I think Hall of Fame.
- I’m thrilled the Leafs Corsi Close has improved to sixth in the NHL and that they’re playing “the right way.” I’d be more impressed if they weren’t 28th in goals-for, 27th in goals-against, 24th on the power play, 22nd on the penalty kill and last in the NHL in wins.
- John Gibbons ran into Scotty Bowman late in the baseball season. Bowman, a ball fan, wished Gibbons good luck in the playoffs with hope he’d win a championship. “If I get one,” said Gibbons, “I’ll only be 11 behind you.” Corrected Bowman: “You mean, 13 behind.” He said it with a smile. Sort of.
a few more hockey topics...
from Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star,
Mike Babcock says he'd never say no to Hockey Canada when the sport's national governing body comes asking for his help.
That's too bad. He should have said no this time. He should be devoting his time to the Maple Leafs.
The World Cup of Hockey is not the Olympics and it's not even a true World Cup. There are two teams that don't belong: That team of under-23s and a pan-European all-star squad.
Can you imagine soccer, rugby or cricket -- all with huge world cup tournaments -- operating like that? Telling, say, Asian countries you don't have a chance so let's put an all-star team of Chinese, Japanese and Koreans together. And instead of countries like Canada or Australia trying out, we'll invited the best Europeans under 23?
How ridiculous. Hockey's World Cup format is an embarrassment. No more than a cash-grab.
And winning it? It won't feel like the Olympics.
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