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from Kristen Odland of the Calgary Herald,
After all, her entire life has pretty much revolved around the coaching path of her father — former National Hockey League and Team Canada boss Andy Murray — and it was only a matter of time before his habits rubbed off on her....
And for his daughter, who was named the head coach of the Korean women’s national team preparing for the 2018 Olympics in PyeongChang, there’s never been a better time to pick his brain.
“It’s funny,” Sarah Murray said. “As a player, I didn’t want to hear his advice and now, as a coach, I’m open to everything and his critiques. It’s been great.”
Truth be told, she has taken on a daunting task.
Unlike Canada, the pool of players Korea draws from is small. Some of the players are 14- and 15 years old, so their practice time is limited due to school. And the Korean women’s national team is the only women’s team in the country. Period.
Murray, who accepted the job in 2014, said the group — prior to her arrival — was essentially a 12-month practice squad that played exhibition games against high school boys teams.
For the most part, they have basic skills. But no strategy has been built into their game.
“We’re very early in the building stages,” she explained.
So, calls to her father are frequent.
“I’ll say, ‘Yeah, this drill did not work. But I need a drill to teach this,’ ” said Murray who was born in Canada and attended Shattuck St. Mary’s boarding school before playing hockey at the University of Minnesota Duluth. “He’ll be like, ‘Oh, I have three great drills for that.’ It’s just great to have a mentor that I can call whenever I need to.”
from Tal Pinchevsy of ESPN,
Defenseman Ric Jackman won the Stanley Cup in 2007 with the Anaheim Ducks. As it turns out, hoisting the Cup was just the beginning of Jackman's wild hockey journey.
Since winning hockey's grandest prize, Jackman, 37, has crisscrossed the hockey world. He most recently signed with the Braehead Clan of the Elite Ice Hockey League in the United Kingdom, his ninth team in nine different countries since winning the Cup with Anaheim.
Here are just some of the things Jackman, a Toronto native, has learned through his nomadic journey:
Best place to live? South Korea.
"I went to South Korea for two seasons with Anyang Halla. It was above and beyond my expectations. I didn't really know what to expect heading in there. They made you feel at home. It was great living in Seoul. They really took care of me there, a first-class organization. They made life for me and my family quite easy. There are also lots of international schools. Being in the city of Seoul, there is plenty to do, a big American area with restaurants and stuff like that.
"It was like living in downtown Toronto for me.
from Steve Wulf of ESPN,
The pride of a hockey fan is as obvious as the smell of a hockey glove -- only much more tolerable.
And that pride is reflected in the votes of our cognoscenti. They strongly feel that the selections the last few years have been appropriate (64.7 percent), an improvement over what's seen as the overall appropriateness of selections (52.9 percent). Alone among the major sports, hockey has only a three-year waiting period for voting, yet that feels right for the same percentage.
They have some quibbles about the voting process, and one even suggests taking advantage of the sport's passionate base by letting fans vote on candidates. But when it comes to rating the HOF on its legitimacy, 58.9 percent put down an 8, 9 or 10. That left hockey with a 7.5 rating, clearly the highest of the four sports.
read on about other sports and yes I noticed they misspelled 'Fedorov'...
"I still feel pretty good and physically fit. At some point, when I realize I am getting too old or too slow and I cannot help the team, then I think I need to kind of look in the mirror and say, 'Maybe, that's enough.'
"I still have that passion to win another Cup."
-Ruslan Fedotenko who is continuing his career on Des Moines. More from Andrew Logue of the Des Moines Register.
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Dean Lombardi (Ludlow, Mass.), president and general manager of the NHL’s Los Angeles Kings, has been named general manager of Team USA for the 2016 World Cup of Hockey it was announced today by USA Hockey. Lombardi has guided the Kings to a pair of Stanley Cup titles in the last four seasons and has served as part of the U.S. Men’s National Advisory Group since 2009.
In addition, Paul Holmgren (St. Paul, Minn.), president of Philadelphia Flyers, has been named assistant general manager; Brian Burke (Edina, Minn.), president of hockey operations for the Calgary Flames, senior advisor; and Jim Johannson (Colorado Springs, Colo.), assistant executive director of USA Hockey, director of hockey operations.
Press release is below...
from the Korea Times,
When it makes its Winter Olympic debut in men’s hockey in 2018 on home ice, South Korea will have to take on powerhouses Canada and the Czech Republic in the group stage.
Most hockey observers won’t give South Korea even a puncher’s chance, but count Rene Fasel, president of the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF), as among the more optimistic ones.
“I have a good feeling,” Fasel told Yonhap News Agency on Thursday in Kuala Lumpur, where he will attend the 128th International Olympic Committee (IOC) Session as a member of its Executive Board. The IOC on Friday will vote on the host of the 2022 Winter Olympics between Beijing and Almaty.
“In sports, you never know. I think they will be competitive,” Fasel added. “We will help Korea the best we can (so) that they can have a competitive team.”
South Korea was awarded a spot in the men’s tournament as the host nation, with the eastern alpine town of PyeongChang set to stage the country’s first Winter Games. The IIHF seeds countries based on the final 2015 rankings, and the 23rd-ranked South Korea ended up with No. 1-ranked Canada, No. 6 Czech Republic and No. 7 Switzerland in Group A....
The IIHF is “still working” to make sure the world’s top professionals will be in PyeongChang, Fasel said.
“The Olympics are the best stage for promoting our sport,” he added. “I really expect and hope the NHL will be there.”
The International Olympic Committee has awarded the 2022 Olympic Winter Games to Beijing, China, and the 2020 Youth Olympic Winter Games to Lausanne, Switzerland.
Both event hosts were decided during the 128th IOC Session held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Beijing beat out the other bid from Almaty, Kazakhstan, by a close vote of 44-40.
"I congratulate Beijing on becoming the first city to host both a Summer and Winter Games, and congratulations to Almaty for putting forth an excellent bid," said IIHF President and IOC Executive Board member René Fasel.
"Both bids were very strong but I am happy to see Beijing as the 2022 host because it gives the IIHF a great platform to promote the sport of ice hockey in Asia. Now with the next two Winter Olympics taking place in Korea and China, we have a tremendous opportunity to open up new horizons for our sport and to showcase ice hockey to a new generation.” ...
An IIHF member since 1963, the status of China’s ice hockey teams regarding automatic host qualification is still to be determined. The men’s team has yet to qualify for an Olympic tournament, but the women’s team participated in three Winter Games in 1998, 2002, and most recently Vancouver 2010. The nation’s best result came in Nagano 1998, when the team put up big wins over Japan and Sweden in the first round, but ultimately lost 4-1 to Finland in the bronze medal game and finished in fourth place.
China’s men’s national team is 38th in the IIHF World Ranking, while the women’s team is 16th.
In case you are wondering, Beijing, China is 12 hours ahead of EST.
from Tim Leone of PennLive,
Yingst is a member of the AHL's Board of Governors, which last week made it official that the Bakersfield Condors (Edmonton Oilers), Ontario Reign (Los Angeles Kings), San Diego Gulls (Anaheim Ducks), San Jose Barracuda (San Jose Sharks) and Stockton Heat (Calgary Flames) will play 10.5 percent fewer regular-season games.
It was that or risk their potential AHL exit....
As a practical matter, it will only affect the Western Conference teams, particularly the Texas-based members of the Pacific Division. The San Antonio Rampage and Texas Stars will play 76 games (standings positions will be decided by points percentage rather than straight points).
Every team in the Eastern Conference will play the same number of games.
"It would be nice if there was some common ground where everybody was playing the same amount of games," Bears head coach Troy Mann said. "But from our perspective, the Eastern Conference is all set at 76.
"You hope maybe once everybody gets a feel for the new teams, the new division alignments, that maybe they come to some agreement where everybody can play the same amount of games. It's not for me to determine that. Overall, we can't really worry about it. We've got to just worry about the conference itself."
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