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Hockey In China

from Ed Willes of the Vancouver Province,

Misha Song, a true hockey pioneer in China, can look back over his career and understand he’s had a front-row seat for the game’s remarkable growth in his country.

Now, there are hockey-specific facilities sprouting up all over China. Then, the only ice available to Song was the straightaway of a short-track rink in his native Beijing.

Now, with the Beijing Winter Olympics set for 2022, the Chinese government, the NHL and the IIHF are all pouring money into the sport. Then, the game was little known outside the city of Harbin in China’s remote northeast corner.

Now, Chinese nationals are playing in elite developmental streams in Canada and the U.S, and it only seems a matter of time before one of them cracks an NHL lineup. 

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Recruiting Youngsters For College Hockey

from Chad Graff of the Pioneer Press,

One coach, one administrator, and one AD from college hockey’s six conferences took turns expressing dismay in how the modern landscape has led to coaches scouting 12-year-olds and offering scholarships before they even reach high school.

“Craziness,” one called it.

“Nutty,” said another.

For the most part, the room was unanimous: Recruiting kids still years away from a driver’s license isn’t in the best interest of college hockey. They left Chicago hopeful they’ll soon implement rules to curb the trend.

Not yet.

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Early Draft Rankings

from Bob McKenzie of TSN,

Let's call the 2018 NHL Draft the Year of the Defenceman; the Year of Swedish Defencemen, actually.

Two of the top four prospects on TSN's Preseason Top 20 2018 NHL Draft Rankings are Swedish blueliners, including the morning-line favourite to go No. 1 overall.

That would be Rasmus Dahlin, the 17-year-old, 6-foot-2, 181-pound left-shot defenceman who is playing his second season for Frolunda in Sweden's highest-level league, the SHL.

Nine of 10 NHL team scouts surveyed by TSN ranked the dynamic blueliner first overall. He first came to international prominence last year as a 16-year-old, playing against men in the SHL and putting together impressive YouTube and Twitter highlight reels of dazzling goals, creative playmaking and big hits.

If Dahlin were to go wire-to-wire as No. 1 and be taken first overall in 2018, it would be the first time a Swede has attained that honour since Mats Sundin, whom the Quebec Nordiques chose first overall in 1989.

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Slava Fetisov Says NHL Players Will Not Risk Their Contract By Playing In The Olympics

from RT.com,

One of the most respected National Hockey League (NHL) players of Russian origin, Viacheslav Fetisov says NHL players will not risk losing their club contracts to play at 2018 Winter Olympic Games.

Former Detroit Red Wings and NHL All-Star Team defenseman Fetisov commented on the NHL’s decision, according to which the league will not allow its players to participate in the upcoming Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

The International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) head Rene Fasel also recently said, talking to Russian outlet Sport-Express, that his federation “respects and will respect the NHL contracts” and will not back players wanting to compete at the Games despite the ban.

"No idiot will terminate the contract with the NHL club to play the Olympics,” said Fetisov to RT.

“For Alexander Ovechkin, the current situation is an unpleasant thing. He will miss his chance to become an Olympic champion. Although in 2022 at the Games in Beijing, Alexander might get another chance," added Fetisov.

Fetisov, a member of the legendary Russian Five of Detroit Red Wings, also stressed that the absence of the NHL players will negatively affect the level of competition at the Olympic tournament.

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Reflecting On Lokomotiv

from Brett Popplewell of Sportsnet,

AT 4:05 IN THE AFTERNOON all but one of the Railway Men were sealed inside an aging plane, staring down an empty runway. In the cabin sat Lokomotiv, the gods of Yaroslavl whose names 600,000 people cheered and cried. Twenty-six hockey players and 11 coaches and staff embarking on a two-hour flight to their season opener in Minsk.

Directly behind the cockpit sat the coaches. There was Brad McCrimmon, the ‘Beast’ from Saskatchewan, one of the men on-board with his name on the Stanley Cup. Still driven by ambition at the age of 52, he had recently left his home in Detroit and crossed the Atlantic to coach this team. And beside him sat his assistant, Igor Korolev, the former Maple Leaf who played for five teams in a 12-year NHL career, back in his homeland but far from his family in Toronto on this, the day after his 41st birthday. Beside him sat his old friend Alexander Karpovtsev, the former Ranger who’d stood by Korolev’s side on his wedding day in Moscow 21 years ago. He was the second man aboard this plane with his name on hockey’s most revered chalice.

Behind the coaches sat the players. Young and old, from the former all-star to the struggling prospect, together they formed one of the strongest teams in the second-best league in the world.

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Hockey’s Declaration Of Principles

NEW YORK/ TORONTO (Sept. 6, 2017) – The National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA) and the National Hockey League (NHL) today unveiled hockey’s Declaration of Principles – developed by and for hockey stakeholders – to advance policies, programs and initiatives, while inspiring fans, players and communities to create the best possible experience for the entire hockey community. This joint statement advocates the game of hockey as a powerful platform for participants to build character, foster positive values and develop important life skills that transcend the game.

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Pat LaFontaine On The Game

from Pat LaFontaine at NHL.com,

Hockey has given me so much, but now it's about giving back. I am part of the development efforts by the NHL and NHLPA to grow the game, and every day I have the honor of speaking with people at all levels of the sport. What excites me most about these conversations is the consistency with which people talk about what they love about the game. They appreciate the speed, skill and artistry the sport demands athletically; but, more often, they talk about the people and values that embody the game. As we share the Declaration of Principles with the global hockey community, I wanted to share what the game has meant to me.

Many people who follow the game might know my hockey story.

The highlights -- the goals, the assists, the wins, the near misses, the injuries and triumphant returns -- are all there, not only in hockey fans' memories, but in articles and videos housed across the internet.

Those, though, are merely snapshots of my life in hockey.

Life, in or out of hockey, is all about crossroads. The decisions we make -- or are made for us -- end up defining who we become and the story we write.

Hockey, and its values and lessons, started at home early from my mom and dad. Hockey became a sport I loved to play when I was a young boy. I've been very fortunate to have the game reinforce those values many times over throughout my life.

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The Olympics May Be In The Back Of Ryan Malone’s Mind After Signing A PTO With The Wild

from Michael Russo of Russo's Rants,

While there's no doubt Malone would love to prove himself in camp to the point he could sign an NHL two-way with the Wild or another team, this tryout appears to be intended to show Wild management he warrants an AHL deal.

While it's believed Pittsburgh and New Jersey has also shown interest in signing Malone to an AHL contract, Iowa is likely his preference because he could be closer to his two children and fiancee.

If he signs an AHL deal and not an NHL deal, Malone would be eligible to participate in the Winter Games in February in South Korea. Sources say he has discussed this possibility with USA Hockey in recent days.

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The Sport Of Hockey Is Behind When It Comes To Concussion/Brain Research

from Josh Cooper at ESPN,

Dr. Ann McKee, a concussion specialist, wants the hockey community to step up its game when it comes to posthumous brain donation.

McKee, the chief of neuropathology at VA Boston and director of Boston University's CTE Center, has been at the forefront of football concussion research for years -- but she has yet to see the hockey community donate brains posthumously at the same rate as football.

"We're not nearly as far in hockey [research] as we are in football because we just don't have the same numbers," McKee said in a phone interview with ESPN.com.

Released in late July, McKee's study showed 177 of 202 deceased football players' brains had chronic traumatic encephalopathy -- commonly referred to as CTE. This included 110 of 111 brains of NFL players.

According to a Boston University CTE Center research assistant, neuropathology has been completed on just 16 hockey players' brains, nine of which were found to have CTE. All six of the NHL players' brains in the study had CTE. In total, 19 brains from hockey players have been donated to the center.

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Rene Fasel Hoping For A Miracle

from Nick Butler of inside the games,

"It would take a miracle, maybe [for the NHL to fully participate]," Fasel told insidethegames during the IOC Coordination Commission inspection visit here.

"But I think the decision was done the NHLPA and NHL, so I think it would take something really special to happen.

"All the NHL players who would like to participate so they have to be on the long list from October 1, concerning World Anti-Doping Agency testing etc.

"The NHLPA and the NHL have to find a way.

"Actually the [NHL] PA is looking into  if this is possible, on the legal side.

"The League decision is the owners' decision, so there are some legal questions to find out over if the players are allowed to come or not.

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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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