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from Ken Campbell of The Hockey News,
The good news is Team USA at this year’s World Championship has an NHL 50-goal scorer among its forwards. The bad news is it’s a committee of seven guys. Of the 12 forwards named to this year’s team, there are just 59 goals at the NHL level this season. That’s six fewer than Sidney Crosby and Tyler Seguin have between them.
It’s strange how good the United States is at almost every level of hockey. It has owned the under-18 World Championship, recently picking up its sixth gold medal in the event in the past seven years. The Americans are a force at the World Junior and women’s level, but have been a bust on the international scene with their NHL players.
The Americans have yet to win an Olympic tournament with Olympic participation and their results in the World Championship have been downright dismal. USA has not won a true World Championship gold medal since 1933 – it was given World Champion designation in 1960 by virtue of winning the Olympic gold medal – and has a paltry three bronze medals to show for the past 20 years.
Perhaps that’s because they treat the World Championship as though it’s the Podunk Regional Silver Stick. Whether it’s by design or due to the fact that their top players don’t seem terribly interested in going, the tournament has been something of a petry dish for the Americans where they can watch their young players germinate in an international tournament.
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – NBC Sports Group -- via NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra -- will provide exclusive live broadcast coverage of all Team USA games during the 2015 IIHF Men's World Hockey Championship.
The tournament, which runs from May 1-17 in Ostrava and Prague, Czech Republic, features a collection of the best players in the world from 16 nations.
Team USA opens play Friday (May 1) against Finland, with live coverage on NBCSN at 10 a.m. ET, in what will be the first of seven preliminary round games for the U.S. Five of Team USA's seven preliminary round games will air live on NBCSN with the other two slated to be broadcast on a same-day delayed basis. In addition, NBCSN will likely air all other Team USA games, including possible action in the quarterfinals, semifinals and the gold or bronze-medal game.
via the CP at NHL.com,
International Ice Hockey Federation president Rene Fasel says it will "not be easy" to reach a deal for NHL players to compete at the 2018 Winter Olympics.
Fasel tells The Associated Press that the IIHF has started the process of consulting players and officials over a deal for the 2018 Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
Fasel says "our goal is to bring the NHL to Korea," but he adds that it is a "long process" and "will not be easy."
The IIHF must reach a deal with NHL officials, the NHL Players' Association and the International Olympic Committee. Insurance for player injuries is a perennial sticking point.
For the last Winter Olympics in Sochi, a deal was reached seven months before the games.
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – USA Hockey announced today the first 15 players of the 2015 U.S. Men's National Team that will compete in the 2015 International Ice Hockey Federation Men’s World Championship May 1-17 in Ostrava and Prague, Czech Republic. The initial group of players includes one goaltender, six defensemen and eight forwards.
The group is highlighted by defenseman Justin Faulk (Carolina Hurricanes), a member of the 2014 U.S. Olympic Men's Ice Hockey Team. In five previous IIHF-sanctioned events, Faulk has helped the U.S. to three medals (2013 men's worlds-bronze; 2011 world juniors-bronze; 2010 U18 men's worlds-gold). The U.S. roster will also include 2010 IIHF World Junior Championship gold medalists Jake Gardiner (Toronto Maple Leafs) and Jeremy Morin (Columbus Blues Jackets), and 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship gold medalistsConnor Murphy (Arizona Coyotes) and Mike Reilly (University of Minnesota).
CALGARY, Alta. – Jim Nill, general manager of Canada’s National Men’s Team, announced Tuesday that Todd McLellan (Melville, Sask./San Jose, NHL) will be Canada’s head coach at the 2015 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship, scheduled for May 1-17, 2015 in Prague and Ostrava, Czech Republic.
Peter DeBoer (Dunnville, Ont.), Bill Peters (Three Hills, Alta./Carolina, NHL) and Jay Woodcroft (Toronto, Ont./San Jose, NHL) will join McLellan behind the bench as assistant coaches.
“This is a coaching staff with extensive experience in the NHL and knowledge of the international game, as well,” said Nill. “As a management group we are excited to work with this staff, and look forward to building a roster and representing Canada in the Czech Republic next month.”
Nill is working with a management group comprised of George McPhee (Guelph, Ont.), Sean Burke (Windsor, Ont./Phoenix, NHL), Pat Verbeek (Sarnia, Ont./Tampa Bay, NHL), Claude Loiselle (Ottawa, Ont.) and Scott Salmond (Creston, B.C.), Hockey Canada’s vice-president of hockey operations and national teams.
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – USA Hockey announced today that Todd Richards (Crystal, Minn.) has been named head coach of the U.S. Men’s National Team that will participate in the 2015 International Ice Hockey Federation Men’s World Championship May 1-17 in Ostrava and Prague, Czech Republic. Richards will be joined behind the U.S. bench by assistant coaches Dan Byslma (Grand Haven, Mich.) and Greg Carvel (Canton, N.Y.).
Richards, who is representing the United States in international competition for the third time, will be making his debut as head coach of the U.S. Men’s National Team. Previously, he served as an assistant coach for the 2014 U.S. Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Team in Sochi, Russia, and also the 2010 U.S. Men’s National Team during the IIHF World Championship in Germany.
Currently, Richards serves as head coach of the National Hockey League’s Columbus Blue Jackets. His team was plagued by injuries for much of the 2014-15 season, however, finished the regular season with wins in 16 of its last 17 games. Prior to being named head coach on May 14, 2012, Richards was the interim head coach for 41 games during the 2011-12 season after holding the position of assistant coach for the first half of that year. He began his NHL head-coaching career in 2009-10 with the Minnesota Wild where he spent two seasons. Prior to joining the Wild, he was an assistant coach for the San Jose Sharks in 2008-09 and helped lead the club to the NHL’s best regular-season record.
The Edmonton Oilers confirmed on Saturday that forwards Jordan Eberle and Taylor Hall have accepted invitations to play for Canada at the upcoming IIHF World Championship.
Florida Panthers general manager Dale Tallon confirmed Saturday night that 2014 No. 1 overall pick Aaron Ekblad will also be headed to the Czech Republic to represent Canada.
TSN's Ryan Rishaug reported Sunday that Dallas Stars centre Cody Eakin and Buffalo Sabres centre Tyler Ennis will also be joining the team while Art Ross Trophy winner Jamie Benn, San Jose Sharks centre Logan Couture, and Columbus Blue Jackets centre Ryan Johansen all declined invites.
The Oilers also said that Nail Yakupov was invited to Team Russia's training camp, and Oscar Klefbom will play for Sweden.
The tournament takes place in Prague and Ostrava, Czech Republic from May 1-17.
Frozen Four Final- Boston Univ. Goaltender Matt O’Connor Faces The Music After BU Loss To Providence
from Steve Buckley of the Boston Herald,
First, he had to sit in that tiny dressing room inside TD Garden last night and talk about giving up one of the most gruesome goals in the history of college hockey. He was manning the net in the third period of the Frozen Four championship game, his BU Terriers holding a one-goal lead over Providence College with less than nine minutes remaining. The Friars’ Tom Parisi, meandering around center ice, lifted a pop fly of a shot toward O’Connor. It should have been easy: Catch the puck and deposit it behind the net, where it would be collected by teammate Jack Eichel. It turned out to be anything but easy.
When O’Connor extended his glove, the puck went in, went out. It fell to the ice. O’Connor couldn’t find it. It trickled between his legs and into the net. Tie game, 8:36 remaining.
It wasn’t the goal that lost the game for BU, but it was the goal that broke BU. A little more than two minutes later, Brandon Tanev scored to put the Friars ahead to stay.
Final score: Providence 4, Boston University 3.
“Everybody in this locker room deserved a lot better,” O’Connor told the first wave of reporters. “They deserve to be hoisting a national championship right now. Sports are tough . . . but everyone in this locker room . . . sometimes you lose the puck in the lights in the Garden . . . you get a weird bounce and things happen . . .”
He wasn’t speaking sentences. He was speaking words, one after the other, piles of words, not all of them jiving with each other.
He was asked what his coaches and teammates said to him after the game.
“A lot of people tried to remind me that the reason we were here was partly because of my performance,” he said, “but a lot of it was just a way to make me feel better.”
Watch the game tying goal by Providence below...
from Joe McDonald of ESPNBoston,
In the NHL, parents do send emails and text messages, but most of the interactions are in person at games. Agents confess that parents will intentionally wait around after games in order to "bump" into a coach or a GM. Confrontations are rare, but parents aren't afraid to make an off-the-cuff remark. Parents will mention their child's glory days of junior or college hockey, and some believe the professional level is no different.
"It's only happened to me a few times, but it surprises me," said an Eastern Conference GM. "In [decades of experience], I'd say it's happened to me eight times, but four or five of those have happened in the last five years. You walk away from that communication like, 'I can't believe that just happened.' It's usually the parents of high-profile young players. I think parents feel more empowered now."
To be fair, not all organizations have serious issues with parents. Some situations need to be dealt with, but typically they don't develop into major, ongoing concerns.
Eichel (pronounced IKE-ul), becomes only the second freshman in the award’s 35-year history to win the Hobey. The 18-year old rookie sensation has had a fantastic season and leads the nation in points (70), assists (44), power play points (23) and plus-minus (+51). Saving his best for last, Eichel has scored 8 goals and 7 assists in 7 playoff games, while registering a +15.
As the first freshman Hobey top ten candidate in 12 years, Eichel has already claimed multiple awards having been named the Hockey East Player of the Year, Rookie of the Year, conference scoring champion, First Team Hockey East and a member of the All-Rookie Team and, was named Most Valuable Player at the Hockey East playoff tournament. Earlier today, Eichel was named the National Rookie of the Year by the Hockey Commissioners Association and a First Team All American by the Hockey Coaches Association.
Eichel is projected by many hockey experts to be a top two NHL draft selection this June. Additionally, he captained the U.S. team in the most recent World Junior tournament held in Canada.
A native of North Chelmsford, Massachusetts, Jack is enrolled in the College of General Studies. He spends off-ice time mentoring an 11-year old brain cancer patient and helps out with the Terriers team partnership with Autism Speaks.
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