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from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,
...selling yourself to an indifferent market like the United States takes more than a one-time shot. The television ratings in Vancouver were proof Americans will watch hockey, and getting a chance to show your wares on a world stage should never be considered a bad thing (although what the NHL really needs is the United States to win the men’s gold medal).
First, though, the NHL has to commit to the Games for the long term. It should also decide what it is going to do with the World Cup of Hockey – a competition that appears, it seems, only when the league feels like it.
Ideally, either the Olympics or the World Cup should be chosen as the sport’s major international competition.
Originally, there was a plan to have the World Cup every four years in between Olympics, so there would be a best-versus-best international competition every two years. But that could result in what we saw in the 1980s, with the Canada Cups and the world championships – international hockey burnout for the players.
from the CP at The Hockey News,
Hayley Wickenheiser already knows what she’s going to say. She hopes the power brokers of the hockey world are listening.
The captain of Canada’s Olympic women’s team plans to lay out the state of the women’s game at next week’s World Hockey Summit in Toronto.
“I’m sure there will be female hockey people and stakeholders in the audience, but I also hope that we get some movers and shakers in the game there,” Wickenheiser says.
“I’d love to see Brian Burke there, I’d love to see NHL people there who have experience growing the game and managing teams, taking teams through highs and lows and knowing what it takes to develop programs.”
from Allen Panzeri of the Ottawa Citizen at Canada.com,
Players look to European leagues for many reasons, and the class structure there is as pronounced as it is in the NHL.
Some players are fading superstars attracted by the big dollars being tossed around, most notably by Russia’s Kontinental Hockey League.
Count among this group 35-year-old Pavol Demitra, who has left the Vancouver Canucks to play for Lokomotiv Yaroslavl, 38-year-old Jaromir Jagr, who plays for Omsk Avangard, and 36-year-old Alexei Yashin, who plays for St. Petersburg.
Some are players such as Alexandre Daigle, the former No. 1 draft pick of the Ottawa Senators, who want to keep playing professional hockey but don’t want to break a sweat every night. After sashaying through six NHL and three AHL teams in an undistinguished 12-year North American career, Daigle has found happiness and success in Switzerland, where his skills are good enough to have made him a point-a-game player.
Brian Duff and Mike Johnson of the NHL Network discuss the proposed/experimental rule changes which were discussed at Day 1 of the R & D camp.
NHL Network will keep fans covered with the latest updates, sights, sounds and analysis from the 2010 NHL Research, Development and Orientation Camp Fueled By G Series.
NHL Network will feature a half-hour show Wednesday and Thursday, at 9 p.m. ET in Canada and 10:30 p.m. ET in the U.S. The show will provide a full recap and analysis from that day’s testing. NHL Network host Brian Duff and analyst Mike Johnson will take viewers inside the Camp through exclusive interviews with NHL Vice President of Hockey and Business Operations Brendan Shanahan, veteran NHL coaches Ken Hitchcock and Dave King, prospects from the upcoming 2011 NHL Entry Draft and more. NHL Net also will take a look at Gatorade’s G Series and speak with doctors on-site about the science involved with this product and how it helps players reach their potential.
The goal of the camp is to test possible rule changes and modifications, with 33 of the top prospects for the 2011 Entry Draft being used to bring the tests to life over the next two days.
from Brian Burke at the Montreal Gazette,
Hockey is special.
In no other sport do the players, the management, the owners and the fans treat “the Game” with such respect. That’s what they call it, too — “the Game.”
You hear it all the time in hockey — everyone’s actions are still guided by what’s good for “the Game.”
For the players, I believe, it’s because the game is the hardest sport in the world to play. You need great athletic ability. And, you need persistence and tenacity. You need to be fearless to play a full-contact sport at high speed.
You also need ice.
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
Some topics are broad-based and tied to the grassroots: How to keep more players in the game longer? Can facilities be deployed more efficiently? Is the sport safe enough at every level?
Some are gender specific: At a time when women’s hockey continues to grow in Canada and the United States, is it possible to spread the word to the rest of the world, where it lags badly behind?
Some topics represent the sort of narrow tweaks that appeal mostly to hard-core fans and administrators: Should ice surfaces be standardized around the globe, rather than have one size in North America (200 by 85 feet) and another in Europe and Asia (60 by 30 metres)? Does the four-man refereeing system work best, given the speed of the game?
According to IIHF president Rene Fasel, the impetus for the summit came directly from the 2010 Winter Olympics, an event he called “arguably the best hockey tournament of our time” and “a milestone for international hockey.”
from Nicholas J. Cotsonika of Yahoo,
Unlike the Shanahan Summit – the get-together of hockey minds Shanahan hosted during the 2004-05 lockout, leading to transformational rule changes – the RDO Camp was not Shanahan’s idea. It was NHL commissioner Gary Bettman’s.
But it is Shanny’s show.
Bettman said he assigned Shanahan to run the camp with dual purposes in mind: to test ideas for improving the on-ice product at a time when it has never been better, and to give Shanahan a project that would educate him as an executive.
After all, Bettman hired Shanahan with dual purposes in mind: to tap into Shanahan’s passion for hockey and unique expertise, and to give Shanahan an experience that would be “like going to business school for him.”
While working on the game, Shanahan is researching, developing and orientating himself. Not long after he started his new job in December, Shanahan marveled at the logistics required to run a major sports league.
from Greg Harder at the Ottawa Citizen,
Have the Americans found a better way to bring along their skilled young hockey players? Is it a system Canada should be emulating?
The people at Hockey Canada say they have the highest regard for the American way, but they’re not about to do more than tinker with a system they don’t believe is broken.
“There’s no question the U.S. system and the players are better today than they ever have been,” says Bob Nicholson, Hockey Canada’s president and chief executive officer. “They have more elite athletes playing their sport and their centralized program has helped them, especially at the under-18 level, where they play all year together.”
TORONTO (August 16, 2010) – NHL Network and NHL.com have fans covered for the latest updates, sights, sounds and analysis from the 2010 NHL Research, Development and Orientation Camp Fueled By G Series.
NHL Network’s “2010 NHL Research, Development and Orientation Camp fueled by G-Series” show will air each night of the Camp (August 18-19) from 9:00 – 9:30p.m. ET and provide a full re-cap and analysis from that day’s testing. Host Brian Duff and Analyst Mike Johnson will take viewers inside the Camp through exclusive interviews with NHL VP of Hockey and Business Operations Brendan Shanahan, veteran NHL coaches Ken Hitchcock and Dave King, prospects from the upcoming 2011 NHL Entry Draft and more. NHL Net also will take a look at Gatorade’s G Series and speak with doctors onsite about the science involved with this product and how it helps players reach their potential.
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