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With the world commemorating the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall this week, TSN's Dave Naylor explores the story of hockey's famed Stastny brothers. TSN Original Feature Stastny focuses on Peter and Anton, who defected from Czechoslovakia in dramatic fashion in 1980, and older brother Marian, who joined them a year later, all in search of the opportunity to compete on the North American stage.....
"By defying the Iron Curtain and defecting to North America, the Stastny brothers changed the face of professional hockey forever," said Naylor. "To help people appreciate their story, we take viewers back to the brothers' home city of Bratislava in an Eastern Bloc country with limited freedoms. The circumstances under which the Stastnys escaped, including the torturous choice to leave family behind, mark an important time in both hockey and political history."
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from Jonathon Brodie of OurWindsor,
It was Oct. 15 at Budweiser Gardens and the London Knights power play wasn’t generating many chances until assistant general manager Rob Simpson noticed the Otters were leaving an ample amount of space for his team to get close to the net.
Simpson took out an iPad and showed the Knights where they needed to be and before the power play ended defenceman Julius Bergman had his first Ontario Hockey League (OHL) goal when he slid down from the blue line and went to the net.
“It’s something where if the (players) can see it, they can execute it,” Simpson said about the help from the iPad. “They can visualize it and see what they need to do and where the guys are on the ice.”
The iPad has been a new addition to the Knights bench this year, but with stories like that it’s quickly becoming a necessity.
Arizona State Vice President of University Athletics Ray Anderson announced the elevation of the 2014 ACHA National Championship ASU Men’s Ice Hockey program to NCAA Division I status.
The announcement makes men’s ice hockey Sun Devil Athletics’ 23rd NCAA-sponsored sport. It was made possible by hockey supporters, including Don Mullett, the father of former Sun Devil hockey student-athlete Chris Mullett, who came together to donate $32 million to elevate the program.
“Head coach Greg Powers has built a powerhouse ice hockey program here in Tempe, and because of his work it was probably a matter not of ‘if’ but ‘when’ Sun Devil Hockey would be ready to compete at the highest level,” Anderson said. “I am grateful for the generosity shown by our hockey supporters to make this move possible, and I am hopeful that more members of the extended Sun Devils Athletics family will help us grow this program for the future.”
Arizona State is the first power-five conference school to add men’s ice hockey since the Big Ten’s Penn State added the sport in 2012....
Sun Devil hockey will phase into Division I competition over the next three years by playing a hybrid schedule in 2015 with a mixture of DI and ACHA completion, followed in 2016 by full DI schedule independent of conference alignment.
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
You can't just dust off the old World Cup of Hockey logo and expect people will give a darn, especially when they were halfway out the door on the mistreated property a dozen years ago.
This new event must have pizzazz, it must have panache and it must resonate not just in Toronto, where the tournament will reportedly be held, but around the hockey world.
It has to be embraced by players and fans everywhere.
It has to mean something. It has to get the juices flowing and the imagination turning with thoughts of Wayne Gretzky to Mario Lemieux and the 1987 Canada Cup.
It has to promise hockey magic and then it has to deliver it.
Or else this will blow up like a dime-store gag cigar.
You can watch all the induction speeches at NHL.com.
A recap of the inductions by Helene Elliott of the LA Times,
from Chris Johnston of Sportsnet,
The parties discussing the revamped World Cup of Hockey are prepared to make some dramatic changes to the tournament format, Sportsnet has learned.
The eight-team event is now expected to include two all-star entries along with the top six hockey nations — Canada, U.S., Sweden, Finland, Russia and Czech Republic — when it returns in September 2016, according to multiple sources.
The first all-star team is expected to feature the best players from the remaining European countries: Slovakia, Switzerland, Latvia, Germany and Slovenia, among them.
The makeup of the other mixed squad is still to be determined, although one idea being considered is bringing together all of the top young stars in the sport.
Organizers looked at staging a pre-tournament qualifier to determine the final two spots, but don’t believe there is time to pull everything together. They also like the idea of doing something different than the World Cups and Canada Cups of the past and think that adding all-star teams will make for a more competitive event.
On Monday night, Dominik Hasek, Peter Forsberg, Rob Blake and Mike Modano will enter the Hockey Hall Of Fame as the player class of 2014. Some thoughts from them, on the threshold of their induction, via Eric Duhatschek.
My greatest career moment came ...
“Winning the 1998 Olympic gold medal, this is something I will never forget. After we won, we flew a charter that our president (Vaclav) Havel sent for us. We spent one night in Prague. The cheering, the people’s ovation, at the airport and in the square, this is something we will appreciate for the rest of our lives. We were very focused as a team. After we beat the U.S. in the quarter-finals, we started to believe in our team, that maybe we can do something a little bit more.”
“The World Cup (in 1996) and the Stanley Cup (in 1999) is like 1 and 1A. With the Stanley Cup, you’re representing a city and an organization, what Dallas meant. The U.S., with the World Cup, we were painted into a corner. We didn’t know what to do. We’d lost the first game in Philly so we had to go to the (Montreal) Forum to win two against Gretzky, Messier, Sakic, Lindros. You look at the Canadian lineup, it was probably the best team they ever put together. To win two in a row against those guys, we were just beside ourselves – and (coach) Ron Wilson was the catalyst for that. This’ll be talked about for years, he said, kind of what Herb (Brooks) told the 1980 (Miracle on Ice) team.”
from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,
The PAD Boston, as Daccord calls it, is a one-stop shop revolving around the goalie: on-ice training, cognitive training, off-ice fitness, yoga, physical therapy, and vision training. The PAD Boston, which opened in September, serves youth hockey goalies to NHLers such as Cory Schneider, one of Daccord’s longtime pupils. It is a place where goalies can learn, train, and explore new ideas that might develop into the next go-to technique.
The heart of the facility is its 60-by-50-foot ice surface. The sheet features 14 creases, although Daccord’s preferred maximum is eight goalies working at one time.
The theory is simple. A goalie doesn’t need a 200-by-85 rink. It would be counterintuitive to chase pucks around the ice when all a goalie needs is space behind the net, a crease, and a workable radius. This way, a coach can be right next to the goalie to issue corrections and film him or her with the iPads on rolling stands that Daccord considers critical tools.
A goalie’s success, after all, comes through coaching and repetition. The idea is to practice proper technique to the point at which movements become habit.
“When that puck goes off his blocker and into the corner, he can’t even try not to follow it. Can’t even try,” Daccord said. “His myelin is so wrapped — his muscle memory is so wrapped the way we want it to be wrapped — that he’s got to try to do it wrong.”
more including other hockey topics...
from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,
- Not one player from the 1980 Miracle On Ice USA Olympic team went on to coach or manage in the NHL. And none are in Hockey Hall of Fame. But from the lightly regarded Canadian team, Jim Nill is general manager of the Dallas Stars; Paul MacLean is the coach in Ottawa; Glenn Anderson is in the Hockey Hall.
- Definition of a bad NHL idea: Anything that involves the Maloof brothers.
- Drew Doughty has played more than 30 minutes in a game seven times already this season. Only Ryan Suter in Minnesota plays more.
much more including a look at Pat Burns...
Nice ceremony at the ACC last night.
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