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The Life Of Fred Sasakamoose

via TSN,

Fred Sasakamoose, one of the first Indigenous players in the NHL's history, has died after battling a presumed case of COVID-19. He was 86. Sasakamoose played 11 games with the Blackhawks in 1953-54 and had a storied junior career with the Moose Jaw Canucks of the Western Canadian Junior Hockey League.

Watch The life and legacy of Fred Sasakamoose at TSN.

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A ‘Dictionary’ For Hockey Terms

from Greg Revak of The Coaches Site,

Creating a hockey dictionary for your team goes a long way in increasing your effectiveness as a coach. When implementing, quizzing your players is a highly effective way of holding them accountable and making sure they’re on the same page.

Here is the dictionary I use. This is something any coach can take and expand on. Feel free to copy and paste for your own use. I highly encourage it.

Above the puck/defensive side of the puck – Player positioning so that a player is always nearer to their goalie than the opponent.

Angling – Arching skating pattern that forces an opponent to move in the direction desired.

Area pass – Touch or soft pass to an area of the ice in which a teammate can skate into.

Awareness – Knowing what is going on around oneself.

66 more

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Morning Line- Ken Campbell

Nobody, but nobody, wants to see the hockey world shut down. Because it sucks very much to have to do that. There are hundreds of thousands of people whose livelihoods depend on there being games played, from the kid who’s picking up extra pocket money refereeing minor hockey to the arena beer vendor to the guys who work at The Hockey News. It’s awful. On Thursday nights, I used to go play hockey and then drink beer with my teammates. Now, I skip the hockey and go straight to the beer drinking. It’s not near as much fun. It’s screwing with our mental health, not to mention our physical well-being. Hockey gives us a reason to get up and move. It brings us together and it provides us with endless fodder for conversation, which enriches relationships.

But doesn’t it just feel like it’s getting to the point where all the gymnastics and rescheduling and uncertainty and risk just aren’t worth it? It’s certainly getting to that point for me.

-Ken Campbell of The Hockey News.  Campbell has more on this topic.

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Igor Larianov Transforms The Russian WJC Team

from Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun,

There’s an exciting, entertaining, significant new hockey show in development that may turn out to be great for the game.

From Russia with Larianov opened this past weekend in Helsinki, Finland, and is headed to Edmonton for the International Ice Hockey Federation world junior championships for both 2021 and 2022.

Igor Larionov managed to get the attention of the hockey world at the Karjala Cup as the legendary Russian player took over as the coach of the Russian juniors with an intention to “play the way I want to play — an exciting game with more offence.

“The whole idea with the style I want to play with my U-20 team is to send the message across Russian hockey that offence is the way to succeed and, most important, to entertain fans.”

In the first international hockey event since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, Larionov’s team of talented teenagers that replaced the normal Russian entry and created an impact by beating all three teams of players from the pro leagues in Sweden, Finland and the Czech Republic. It was viewed by many in Europe that Russia as disrespecting the traditional tournament.


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Brendan Shanahan On The 1998 Olympics

from Luke Fox of Sportsnet,

It’s 1998.

Brendan Shanahan is sitting on the bench in Japan listening to Team Canada coach Marc Crawford and his staff call out future Hall of Fame names to take part in a shootout that could get his country past the Czech Republic and into the Olympic gold medal game.

As the names ring out, "Fleury, Bourque, Nieuwendyk, Lindros…" Shanahan says to himself, "Pick me. Pick me. Pick me."

“All I’m thinking is, oh, my God, I hope I get to shoot. I hope I get to score the winner and be the hero,” Shanahan recalled Monday on the SmartLess podcast.

“And the fifth name, they go, ‘Shanahan.’ ”

Robert Reichel beats Canada’s Patrick Roy on the Czechs’ first attempt, then no one else scores. Shanahan, the final shooter, is his country’s last hope to solve Dominik Hasek.

“And I don’t score. I let down the whole country. It was very confusing to me,” said Shanahan, who’d always believed that the great ones are supposed to want the puck on their stick with stakes the highest.


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Evening Line- Bob McKenzie

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There Will Be No Bodychecking In The OHL

via the CP at Sportsnet,

The Ontario Hockey League will not have bodychecking this coming season.

Lisa MacLeod, Ontario’s minister of sport, confirmed the decision on Friday afternoon.

She said that removing purposeful physical contact from the game was a necessary step to preventing the spread of COVID-19.

The OHL announced on Thursday that it plans to start a shortened season on Feb. 4.

MacLeod said the decision was influenced by the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, which had several COVID-19 outbreaks on its teams earlier this fall.

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Travis Roy Has Passed Away

A week and 25 years after he was paralyzed while on his first shift as a Boston University hockey player, Travis Roy has died of complications from his paralysis. He never wanted to be a burden, and he never was.

from Kevin Cullen of the Boston Globe,

As Oct. 20, the 25th anniversary of the hockey injury that left him paralyzed, approached, Travis Roy received some bad news.

He had to go in for surgery, for complications arising from his being a quadriplegic all those years.

But last month, shortly before the surgery, when we met for what would be the last time, at his Vermont home overlooking Lake Champlain, he didn’t want to talk about that.

He didn’t want people to worry about him. Not the paralyzed people and their families whom he had counseled and helped. Not the young hockey players, boys and girls, who had met and been inspired by him.

After so many years in a wheelchair, getting through and healing from such surgery posed many serious risks to his health. He wanted to engage in this fight with only his family and closest friends knowing of the threat it posed to his life.


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The AHL Plans To Start Their Season On February 5, 2021

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. … American Hockey League President and CEO Scott Howson has announced that the league’s Board of Governors has approved moving the anticipated start date of the 2020-21 season to February 5, 2021, due to the ongoing COVID-19 public health crisis.

The AHL continues to work with its member clubs to monitor developments and local guidelines in all 31 league cities. Further details regarding the 2020-21 American Hockey League season are still to be determined.

In operation since 1936, the AHL serves as the top development league for all 31 National Hockey League teams. Nearly 90 percent of today’s NHL players are American Hockey League graduates, and more than 100 honored members of the Hockey Hall of Fame spent time in the AHL in their careers.

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Hockey In Canada

from Stephen Smith of the New York Times,

In British Columbia, on Canada’s west coast, hockey referees are wearing masks and waving their hands to flag infractions instead of whistling.

In Ontario, to the east, officials are still deciding when teams in the province’s top junior league will return to the ice, but they will be playing a whole new game when they do, with body checking and fighting eliminated in the interest of social distancing. In Toronto, the provincial capital, spikes in coronavirus cases have caused the country’s largest youth hockey association to halt all play until 2021.

But in Nova Scotia, where the spread has been slower, it’s (mostly) game on and (almost) business as usual.

That’s just part of the patchwork of protocols and prohibitions the authorities who organize and oversee Canada’s national pastime are using to try to build something resembling a hockey season for its developing players.

In the first months of the pandemic, after rinks shut down along with everything else, images of hockey sticks were often placed on signage as guides for social distancing. With winter weather having arrived in parts of Canada — in the north, some backyard rinks are already frozen — the sport that, for many, defines the country is doing its best to again use sticks for their intended purpose.


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