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Team North America, Team USA and Team Canada rosters are below...
So far today, Team Russia, Team Czech Republic and Team Finland have been released.
You can view the rosters below...
more below including two videos...
from Paul Lysenko of SovSport (roughly translated),
Just about the relationship between the leagues. Meeting with NHL, why?
- Just a courtesy visit. In the last 22 years we have a good relationship with the NHL. No problem! Of course, it's a completely different world - the North American League with a huge budget. Sports there - the entertainment industry.
We are a little different. But the NHL has performed in the last five Olympics. In June, we will hold two rounds of talks with the league and the union about the trip NHL players in Pyeongchang and Beijing.
And we in the Old World must have a strong hockey. If there is fragmentation - KHL, Finns and Swedes, Central Europe, themselves Czechs and Slovaks - nothing good will come. Only the strong can compete with North America.
- The IOC does not want to give $ 10 million to fly NHL players and pay their insurance. For NHL is - a stumbling block. It is because of such a small amount goes wrong such an ambitious project?
- A little? - Laughs Fasel.
- This is one of Ovechkin salary per year.
- Try to take away the money Ovechkin. Let's see what he will tell you! - Jokes Kukushkin.
- $ 10 million general - a lot of money for the IIHF. Our annual budget - $ 45 million - says Fasel. - In the Olympic season it increases to $ 70 million in a typical year, we spend $ 21 million to organize tournaments among men and women of different ages.. You also need to include the state of the IIHF, to pay various expenses, invest in the development of hockey.
Personally we can not put a third of the budget to pay this amount. Of course, we are slightly disappointed by the decision of the IOC, which was previously paid insurance and relocation of NHL players. But they have a reason, and we must accept them. And my goal - in the negotiations to resolve this issue.
from Kevin Allen of USA TODAY,
The United States hasn't won the senior world championships tournament since 1933. The Americans have been more competitive in recent years, but that's because they have had passionate players perform at their best.
The Americans would be more competitive if they had more veterans saying '‘yes" to invitations to play. With the way the youngsters played in Moscow, if USA would have had one veteran defenseman, a scorer and one of its accomplished goalies, it could have competed for a gold medal.
Some players have legitimate reasons for not playing, especially those with expiring contracts or those with injuries. But too many decline because the world championships isn’t as important to them as the Olympics or World Cup.
Maybe it would help if USA Hockey asked members of American hockey’s greatest generation to recruit players. Chris Chelios, Bill Guerin, Mike Modano and Brian Leetch, among others, all had overwhelming pride in wearing a USA jersey.
But maybe the best chance USA Hockey has of receiving a higher participation rate from veteran will come from the pride the next generation of Americans seem to have.
from Andrew Podnicks of IIHF.com,
Canada has now defended its title from last year successfully, and in doing so replicated its win the last time the World Championship was held in Moscow in 2007 when the nation defeated Finland.
Matt Duchene added an empty-netter with 0.9 seconds remaining.
Cam Talbot was perfect in the Canadian goal, although he had to stop only 16 shots for the shutout victory.
With the win, two Canadians made history. Captain Corey Perry becomes the 27th member of the Triple Gold Club and McDavid becomes the youngest player in history to win the U18 gold, U20 gold, and World Championship gold.
It was a tactical and strategic game that lacked the end-to-end action both teams displayed throughout the tournament, but Canada was intent on doing the things it failed to do in the round robin when the Finns won in convincing 4-0 fashion.
Canada controlled much of the first period and came away with the only goal, but just barely. The play started and ended with 19-year-old McDavid. He coiled in his own zone and then spun up ice at a terrific pace, dropping the puck to Matt Duchene just inside the blue line.
Below, watch the game winning goal from McDavid...
Gord Miller and Ray Ferraro have made watching the World Championship games more enjoyable in my opinion.
from Andrew Podnicks of IIHF.com,
Just as was the case in 2007, the last time Moscow hosted the World Championship, Canada will face Finland for the gold. The speedy and impressive Americans will play Russia for bronze.
Tonight's game was no classic, but the difference between the winners and losers was marginal. Nervous and tentative play often produced icings and more whistles than what one would have liked, but the tension was palatable as the U.S. tried to get to a game for a medal it hasn't won since 1933.
Canada, last year's champions, now have a chance to repeat while Finland is trying to make history as the first country to win U18 gold, U20 gold, and World Championship gold in the same season.
A nervous first period produced two goals at one end, a nice save at the other, and not much else. Canada drew first blood at 8:59 after an extended period of puck possession in the U.S. end, culminating with a poor-angle shot by Boone Jenner.
Keith Kinkaid made the save but the puck came out the back side to Brendan Gallagher, who swatted it in while being checked.
added 4:38pm, Watch the game highlights below...
from Lucas Aykroyd of IIHF.com,
It was highly reminiscent of the 2014 Olympic quarter-final between these two nations in Sochi, where the Finns also conceded an opening goal, but bounced back to oust their highly touted neighbors 3-1.
The host Russians gave a full effort at the Ice Palace, but Finland's team play was superior once again. Finland, which has a perfect record with nine straight regulation victories, will face the winner of the Canada-U.S. semi-final on Sunday night.
Jussi Jokinen had the other Finnish goal, and Sergei Shirokov tallied for Russia.
Finnish starting goalie Mikko Koskinen outdueled Russia's Sergei Bobrovksi. Shots on goal favored Russia 29-16.
Saturday's early semi-final also had overtones of the 2007 semis when Finland shocked Russia 2-1 on Mikko Koivu's overtime goal, dealing the host nation its first defeat on Moscow ice in World Championship history.
Finland has won two previous World Championships (1995, 2011). The Finns are now guaranteed their first medal since taking silver in 2014, where they lost the final to Russia.
The gold medal game will be tomorrow at 1:45pm ET. Finland will play the winner of USA/Canada.
added 2:33pm, game highlights are below...
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