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The Look-Up Line Doesn’t Seem To Be Working

from the CP at Sportsnet,

Calgary researchers say a warning line intended to prevent injury when hockey players are pushed into the boards actually has the opposite effect.

The orange metre-wide line painted on the ice along the base of the boards — known as a look-up line — was created by a U.S. junior hockey player who wanted to remind players to look up before body-checking into the boards.

But researchers at the University of Calgary say the players actually looked down at the line, making them more vulnerable to injuries.

The study points to medical evidence showing that if hockey players have their head down when they are pushed into the boards, they are at greater risk for head, neck and spinal injuries.


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Morning Line- Sean Burke

“We go into PyeongChang believing gold is realistic. The last time that Canada wasn’t favoured was back in ’94, and I played in ’88 and ’92 so I remember those days very well. But even then, when the Russians were so powerful and the Czechs weren’t far behind, you still went into the Olympics expecting to compete for a gold. Nothing is going to change this time around. But we know there’s a lot of work to do and that things are different. We have to build our team differently. We’ll be as prepared as we can possibly be when we go into PyeongChang to compete for a gold, and that will give us a chance to win.”

-Sean Burke, GM of Team Canada.  Andrew Podnieks of IIHF.com has more on Team Canada.

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The ‘Rush’ To Get To The NHL

from Allain Roy of the RoySportsGroup,

“What should I improve in my game to get to the NHL?” A question I answer almost every day in my job as an NHL agent… The answer may have varied a bit over my last 18 years of doing this job, but the constant theme that is resoundingly stressed and never going away is: “Find a way to do everything at a high pace, and when you get there, do it even faster”.  

Welcome to the new NHL, a game of fast paced action, filled with ever younger talent, and professionals that work on every meticulous detail 12 months a year.  The “clutch and grab” style that dominated the game until the late 90’s is gone, the “training camp is for getting in shape” mentality of the 80’s is far gone, this game is super-fast, and will only get faster.

With the new high paced game also comes a faster pace of churning through bodies. Where the NHL neophytes used to have a 3 to 5-year window to prove they belonged, now the clock has accelerated to about 18 months to get your passport stamped to the minors or Europe. Teams and management have less patience, younger players are better prepared, and the salary cap driven economics of the game have left only a sliver of the proverbial window open, slicing down like a guillotine every few seconds on a NHL hopefuls’ neck, before they even get a taste of the game in the “Show”.


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Watching Hockey In Malaysia At The Southeast Asian Games

from Martin Merk of IIHF.com,

KUALA LUMPUR – For the first time in the 58-year-old history of the Southeast Asian Games ice hockey will be included in the 29th edition of the multi-sport event that starts with tomorrow’s opening ceremony in the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur.

With the historic addition of three winter sports disciplines – ice hockey, figure skating and short track speed skating – the 29th Southeast Asian Games will include 47 sports. All ice sports will be played at the new Malaysia National Ice Skating Stadium (MYNISS). The international-size ice rink opened in time for the SEA Games at the yet-to-be-completed Empire City mall in the Damansara area located next to Kuala Lumpur and Petaling Jaya.

Although the ice rink is built in a mall, it’s not just one of many small rinks surrounded by shops as they exist throughout the continent. The ice sheet is 60 on 30 metres big, the rink has four big dressing rooms, rooms for officials and coaches, a jumbotron and a seating capacity for 700 spectators according to Susan Loh, the General Secretary of the Malaysia Ice Hockey Federation. 


Video report is below...

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The Colorado Avalanche Will Have An Affiliated AHL Team Joining Them In Colorado

from Mike Chambers of the Denver Post,

The Avalanche will announce an upgraded minor-league partnership with the Loveland-based Colorado Eagles next month, with the current ECHL team becoming the 31st American Hockey League franchise, according to two sources close to the situation.

Beginning with the 2018-19 season, the Avs’ top prospects and veterans on assignments will play for the Colorado Eagles out of the Budweiser Events Center in Loveland. The Budweiser Events Center seats 5,289 for hockey but likely will be renovated to accommodate larger crowds.


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The Russian Plan

from Jared Clinton of The Hockey News,

... And Marchenko’s signing, just like that of Markov, Nesterov, Grigorenko and so on, is simply another part of the plan the Russian Hockey Federation has had since the NHL announced it wouldn’t be sending players to the 2018 Olympics. Following the NHL’s early April declaration, the RHF released a statement saying it would attempt to keep its top talent in Russia and persuade top Russian free agents to play in the KHL, giving them the opportunity to suit up in Pyeongchang — an opportunity they seemingly won’t have in the NHL cut.

Russia hasn’t medalled at the Olympics, let alone stood atop the podium, in more than 15 years. Not since 1998 has Russia won a silver medal. And it’s been more than two decades since a gold medal was awarded to the nation. Russia is planning on changing that in February, though, and it’s starting with bulking up by brining any and all potential national team members home.


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At Age 42 A Hockey Player Trying To Go Pro

from John Matisz at the Toronto Sun,

Kevin Porter won’t take no for an answer.

He won’t take “no” from player agents. He won’t take “no” from professional hockey teams.

And he certainly won’t take “no” from his mind or body. Not even at age 42, when he strolls into the arena disorientated after a day-long shift as an emergency worker.

“Hey, just wanna let you know I’m getting off a 24-hour shift,” Porter has warned his skating and skills coach Adrian Lomonaco on multiple occasions.

“He might wipe out a few times during the first drill, but he’ll get right back up,” says Lomonaco, who has also trained NHLer Sean Monahan.

“At the end of our session, we’re getting off the ice before the Zamboni comes on to flood the ice and he’s doing line drills, stops and starts all by himself.”

Despite never pursuing a career in hockey for the bulk of his adult life, Porter, a firefighter and paramedic by trade, is intent on chasing the dream through his 40s.

“I’ve got unfinished business,” he says, stonefaced.


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Video- You Can Say Mason Raymond Went Backhand, Top Shelf Today

In the 2017 Sochi Hockey Open Bronze Medal Game.


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Appointed U.S. Olympic Team Coach Lacks NHL Faces

By Kelsey,

Tony Granato was announced as the coach for the United States Olympic team on Friday by the U.S.A Hockey. Tony is the University of Wisconsin’s head coach. He will coach the Olympic team at the highly anticipated 2018 Games to be held in South Korea. U.S.A Hockey also unveiled the plans it has to build a roster that lacks N.H.L players. These facts will greatly affect the NHL betting odds for the next season.

The players from the European leagues and colleges as well as from the American Hockey League will be the main composition of the American team. Furthermore, there is a high likelihood that a good number of national teams will have players who participated last year in the league. This is despite the fact that N.H.L decided that they will not send even a single player to Pyeongchang.

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All Pavel Datsyuk

from Pavel Lysenkov of SovSport.ru (Google translate),

Tell me clearly: do you have a purpose to go to Pyeongchang?

I think many have such goals. Of course, I want to get to the Olympics. There will be NHL players or not - no difference. I want to play in Pyeongchang and fight for gold medals.

It is  already impossible to change the NHL schedule, all the arenas planned the schedules, not to cancel the "Star Match" in January. Are you hinting that every club will be able to release one or two stars in Pyeongchang?

"On the one hand, there is not much desire to talk about who will be released. Well, not my thing.

On the other - you have to wait for a while, and everything will clear up. I repeat, there is a chance - and the door is not yet closed. I think the parties will be able to agree. But it will happen closer to the New Year.

more (Google translate)...

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