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The Changing Landscape Of Hockey

from Dan Szczepanek of Grandstand Central,

Hockey culture is evolving. Minority fans, LBGT fans, women, and low-income fans are gaining a voice in hockey fandom through organizations like the Black Girl Hockey Club. The traditional hockey market is changing and, with it, the entire landscape of hockey. Although change is difficult and oftentimes unwanted, anticipating and encouraging this shift toward inclusion is a move that will benefit institutions and hockey fans alike. Embracing diversity and working toward equity in hockey is the best way for the National Hockey League to move forward into the future of hockey....

In my opinion, the NHL needs to continue to build relationships with ethnic minority hockey organizations, as this provides a way for the different communities to get involved in hockey. While conducting a South Asian event for the Edmonton Oil Kings, I met a group of kids that were wearing Jujhar Khaira Oilers jerseys. Jujhar is the only current player of South Asian descent in the NHL, and when I asked the group what it means to them to see a fellow Sikh hockey player in the NHL, they responded by telling me that they themselves had started to play hockey because of him – a very powerful statement. Our organization’s goal is to have male and female hockey players playing at elite levels and have more representation in the NHL. I firmly believe that to diversify the NHL’s fan base, the players in the league must be diverse as well.

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Your 2019 Hockey Hall Of Fame Class

from TSN,

Six more received their calls to the Hall on Tuesday.

Four-time Olympic gold medalist Hayley Wickenheiser, Montreal Canadiens great Guy Carbonneau, longtime Dallas Stars defenceman Sergei Zubov and Vaclav Nedomansky, the first player to defect to North America to play, were among the sextet selected for induction to the Hockey Hall of Fame next fall.

They will be joined in the Builders Category by current Pittsburgh Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford and longstanding Boston College coach Jerry York.

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added 3:49pm, NHL release is below.

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HHOF Inductees Will Be Announced On Tuesday

from Michael Traikos of the National Post,

It’s a hindsight year for the Hockey Hall of Fame.

After a decade that required little debate for headliner inductions — names such as Yzerman, Gilmour, Chelios, Lidstrom, Selanne, Brodeur and Shanahan — the 2019 class has no clear favourite among male players.

When the 18 selection committee members gather in Toronto on Tuesday to vote, they’ll dust off some old claims. Up to four males and two females can be added, with two in the builders wing if no one is chosen in the referee/linesman category.

Alex Mogilny and Daniel Alfredsson are among the most prominent names in the Hall’s crowded waiting room. The patient Mogilny has been eligible since 2009 and watched two years ago as Paul Kariya, with fewer points and no Stanley Cup championship, made it in ahead of him. Mogilny’s attendance at the November ceremony might be worth it just for his speech — the Russian is renowned for his dry wit.

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A Look At The USA Hockey National Team Development Program

from Lance Lysowski of the Buffalo News,

Before Cole Caufield was the 5-foot-7 record-breaking goal scorer who skyrocketed up NHL Central Scouting's pre-draft rankings, he was an even smaller 16-year-old who failed to score a goal during five games at USA Hockey National Team Development Program's evaluation camp in March 2017.

"I don't think he did that once at the program," said Jack Hughes, Caufield's teammate, with a smile Saturday in Harborcenter.

Hughes and Caufield can now laugh about that rigorous camp. The former is a candidate to be selected first overall in the NHL draft by the New Jersey Devils in Vancouver on June 21, while the latter scored 156 goals over two years with NTDP, which was the talk of this week's scouting combine in Buffalo.

Caufield, Hughes, center Trevor Zegras, center Alex Turcotte and winger Matthew Boldy are all expected to be drafted among the top 10 picks, while defenseman Cam York and goalie Spencer Knight could also be chosen in the first round.

They became the faces of a player development model that is now regarded as one of the best in the world, one that produced 85 players across 29 NHL teams this season.

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Catch The Calder Cup Finals On The NHL Network

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. … The American Hockey League announced today that all seven games of the 2019 Calder Cup Finals between the Charlotte Checkers and the Chicago Wolves will be televised on NHL Network.

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Finland Wins Gold At The World Championship By Defeating Canada 3-1

 

 

added 5:22pm, watch the game highlights below...

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Canada And Finland Will Play For Gold Today In The World Championship

Puck drop is at 2:15pm ET today on the NHL Network and TSN.

 

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Canada And Finland Will Go For Gold Tomorrow In The World Championship

Canada defeated the Czech Republic 5-1 today and will face Finland tomorrow at 2:15pm ET.

You can watch the game on the NHL Network or TSN.

Below, watch the game highlights of Canada's win.

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Video- Finland Defeats Russia 1-0 In World Championship Semi-Final Game

Finland moves on to the Gold Medal  game against tihe winner of Canada/Czech Republic game (1pm ET on NHL Network and TSN).

 

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Preview Of The World Championship Semi-Final Games

from Adam Kimelman of NHL.com,

Canada will try to take the next step in its quest for a 27th title at the 2019 IIHF World Championship when it plays Czech Republic in the second semifinal at Ondrej Nepela Arena in Bratislava, Slovakia, on Saturday (1 p.m. ET; NHLN).

Russia faces Finland in the first semifinal game (9 a.m. ET; NHLN).

Canada advanced when forward Mark Stone (Vegas Golden Knights) scored his second goal of the game at 5:07 of overtime for a 3-2 win against Switzerland in the quarterfinals on Thursday. Switzerland had eliminated Canada in the semifinals of the 2018 World Championship.

Stone's 12 points (seven goals, five assists) are tied with forward Anthony Mantha (Detroit Red Wings) for Canada's lead. Mantha was suspended for the quarterfinals because of an illegal check to the head against the United States in Canada's final preliminary-round game, but will be available for the semifinals.

A championship for Canada would be its first since 2017 and would tie Russia/USSR for the most in tournament history.

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TSN also has coverage of the games on Saturday.

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Paul Kukla founded Kukla’s Korner in 2005 and the site has since become the must-read site on the ‘net for all the latest happenings around the NHL.

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