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from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
The expectation back in June was that the NHL and NHL Players’ Association would have some kind of World Cup announcement by the end of summer, but that’s going to wait a bit longer.
Both sides have an understanding that they will wait to get more concrete details in order, including being able to commit firmly to a regular interval for the tournament, which hasn’t been held since 2004 when Canada beat Finland in the final at Air Canada Centre in Toronto.
In other words, while the NHL and NHLPA could have easily announced by now that the event is returning in September 2016, they want to have much more to give than that.
What we know at this point: The World Cup is scheduled to return in September 2016, primarily anchored in Toronto, but there may also be some games in Montreal. That’s still in discussion.
There likely will be eight countries in the tournament, which is the same as 2004 and 1996. There are six countries fixed: Olympic champion Canada, Russia, the United States, Sweden, Finland and the Czech Republic. The additional two teams and the manner in which they will be selected hasn’t been nailed down yet.
from James Mirtle of the Globe and Mail,
It’s story about hockey, but it’s also a story about a country, an ideology and a culture and how a sport became intertwined with the changes all three went through with the fall of the Soviet Union.
It’s also a story about Slava Fetisov, the face and the heart of the film who steals the show with his funny, frank and combative turn in front of the camera in what Polsky revealed was a marathon six-hour session.
All of that’s in there, and it’s all worth seeing. I consider myself a hard marker when it comes to film, but this is the rare hockey doc where it’s hard to find fault.
from Michael Russo of Russo Rants,
There were several moving tributes and words expressed yesterday on the tragic loss of Bob Suter, Ryan's dad and the Wild scout.
Bob Suter, who died at the rink he co-owned with his son, was, as ESPN's John Buccigross so poignantly said below, a rink rat.
In a story last year, Ryan Suter told me he never grew up dreaming of playing in the NHL. He figured he would go to the University of Wisconsin like his dad and uncle, Gary, and then work at the rink with his dad. His father was always at that rink, whether it was sweeping the locker rooms, resurfacing the ice or devoting his time to the kids who love to skate down at Capitol Ice.
continued and included the video tribute to Bob Suter from John Buccigross of ESPN or you can watch the video below...
via Channel3000 (Madison Wi.),
Officials with University of Wisconsin Hockey have confirmed Bob Suter died of a heart attack at Capitol Ice Arena in Middleton Tuesday.
Suter, 57, was part of the Miracle On Ice team that competed in the 1980 Olympic Games in Lake Placid, New York. The team, led by head coach Herb Brooks, upset the Soviet Union and then went on to defeat Finland to win gold.
Suter's hockey career ended soon after the 1980 Olympics. He retired in 1982 having never played in an NHL game. He returned to Madison, and opened a sporting goods store, coached youth hockey, and later became a part-owner of Capitol Ice Arena.
Below is a video Bob Suter did with son Ryan Suter before the Sochi Olympics...
from Ryan Kennedy of The Hockey News,
Don’t get me wrong: I’m a big fan of March Madness, but bringing college basketball’s format to major junior hockey doesn’t seem like a great fit.
In an article from La Presse, translated by Pro Hockey Talk, Sportsnet president Scott Moore floats the idea of turning the four-team round-robin tournament into a 16-team single-elimination bracket, reminiscent of college basketball’s Sweet Sixteen (March Madness actually starts with 68 teams and don’t get me started on the switch from 64). Moore acknowledges that he and the stewards of the Memorial Cup tournament would have to be careful not to spoil what the junior world already has and that’s the right attitude because there are several major barriers to making this work in hockey.
First off, the Memorial Cup is already too long and it only involves four teams. Yeah, I get that all these squads are tired from a long post-season already – except for the hosts, who always seem to bomb out of their league playoffs early nowadays – but the one-game-a-day format is arduous for those not playing the games. Eight contests in 10 days? This isn’t cricket.
Now we’re talking about 15 games – how long would that take?
NEW YORK/SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (Aug. 28, 2014) – An education and drug testing program will be implemented for American Hockey League players, effective for the 2014-15 season, the National Hockey League and American Hockey League announced today.
The details of the AHL program, which was the result of a collaborative effort between the two leagues (NHL and AHL), the National Hockey League Players’ Association and the Professional Hockey Players’ Association (which represents AHL players in collective bargaining), substantially replicate the collectively bargained policies already in place for NHL players.
The AHL drug testing program will be administered by the doctors who supervise the NHL/NHLPA Performance-Enhancing Substances Program and the Substance Abuse/Behavioral Health Program.
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. … The American Hockey League today released the complete schedule of regular-season games for the 2014-15 season, the league’s 79th year of operation. The season, comprising 1,140 games, begins on Fri., Oct. 10 and concludes on Sun., Apr. 19; each of the league’s 30 clubs will play 76 games, 38 at home and 38 on the road.
2014-15 team-by-team schedules (PDF)
2014-15 day-by-day schedules (PDF)
2014-15 LeagueStat schedules
Some highlights of the 2014-15 schedule:
from Rick Westhead of TSN,
The Canadian Hockey League's top official is fighting back against Canada's largest private sector union, which says it wants to improve working conditions for the 1,300 mostly teenaged hockey players who compete in the country's three major junior leagues.
Unifor, which represents workers in industries such as the auto and media sectors, is trying to convince the Ontario government to organize a task force to examine the junior-hockey industry.
David Branch, president of the Ontario Hockey League, has sent a series of emails to OHL players and their parents over the past few weeks to thwart Unifor's efforts.
In three emails obtained by TSN, Branch advises players that they do not have to sign union cards, are not required to attend any non-team off-site meetings, and can refuse requests from third parties for their personal information.
from Jack Todd at the Montreal Gazette,
Anyone who has followed the P.K. Subban saga from the beginning is suffering a little déja voodoo these days.
You know the story: exciting, charismatic, talented young hockey player is deemed a little too cocky by the hockey establishment, which is determined to take him down a peg or two.
The player falls into the category they call “visible minority,” although no one really knows what an “invisible minority” would be. He runs his mouth a little too much for the powers that be. His stock falls well below his talent level in the draft.
Then he isn’t issued an invitation to the world junior training camp by Hockey Canada, the ultimate hockey establishment.
Apart from that last bit, Joshua Ho-Sang’s story is P.K. Subban all over again. Brash young star rubs hockey people the wrong way despite his talent.
...Who would be the first guy on your team to make sure it never happened again?
It could either be a teammate of the goal scorer or of course a player from the team that was scored on.
You may have already seen the video, but I don't think we will ever see the celebration in the NHL or if we do, watch out!
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