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USA Pond Hockey’s tournament is just getting underway. Running from January 18th to 20th, there are 225 teams composed of 1,400 men and women playing 4-on-4 hockey—“the way nature intended.”
Developed by a group of passionate pond hockey enthusiasts from Minnesota with a sincere appreciation and respect for the purity of the game, the USPHC seeks to draw attention to the traditions of outdoor hockey while giving back to the community. A percentage of proceeds will benefit the Herb Brooks Foundation, DinoMights Inner City Youth Hockey League and the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board.
“It’s hockey as nature intended: on the pond, outside in the elements and during the absolute coldest time of year,” said Fred Haberman, co-founder of the tournament and president of Haberman & Associates public relations. “The U.S. Pond Hockey Championships provides the community a weekend to pay tribute to an important tradition, while bringing national attention to the purity that still exists in sport.”
*Photos, highlights, history and more info about the tournament can be read here. Video below.
The NHL and representatives of the IIHF have agreed to additional restrictions when it comes to young European players coming over to play in the NHL.
Following the five hour meeting with representatives of the Czech Republic, Finland, Russia, Slovakia and Sweden, both sides agreed that a player who is still under contract with an IIHF team and has not reached his 20th birthday must be first offered back to his team in Europe. The new proposal sees the age limit increased by two years.
from Pierre LeBrun of the CP via Yahoo,
“It went well today,” Daly told The Canadian Press on Wednesday night. “We went through our respective views of what was transpiring and the possible causes. We share the same concern with respect to too many young players coming to North America before they are ready to play in the NHL. We talked about possible ways to address it. We have conceived of a possible short-term interim framework to give us more time for us to evaluate what’s going on in the market place.
“That framework is subject to all of the parties going back to their respective constituencies to discuss its merits.”
From CBS Sports wire,
Karalahti is one of 19 suspects in a widespread case of alleged smuggling and distribution of amphetamines in Finland, officials said. He will face trial in the Vantaa prison court near Helsinki on Jan. 29, the Espoo Regional Court said without announcing the exact charges.
Local media have reported that the 32-year-old Karalahti was linked to a drug smuggling network that imported and distributed drugs in Finland in July. Karalahti was taken off the ice for police questioning during a practice session last month with his Karpat team.
Karalahti left the NHL before the beginning of the 2002-03 season after being suspended for violating the league’s substance abuse policy.
from the Grand Forks Herald,
Jason Herter brought his hockey team to his old college campus over the weekend to compete in the Little Caesars North American Showcase.
One of his players, 15-year-old defenseman Garrett Clarke, says he will be back.
Clarke became the youngest player ever to give a verbal commitment to UND this weekend when he told Sioux coaches that he will play for them beginning in 2010.
The Moncton, N.B., native had been a projected top-three pick in June’s Quebec Major Junior Hockey League draft, but after visiting campus, he and his family decided college was the best route.
from the New York Times,
N.H.L. executives and officials of the International Ice Hockey Federation will meet Wednesday in New York for talks on a new agreement governing international player transfers….
The I.I.H.F. delegation will be led by the federation president, René Fasel, who will arrive from Sunday’s European Club Championship final in St. Petersburg, Russia, between Sparta Prague and Metallurg Magnitogorsk. Fasel said that if a new agreement could not be negotiated, “chaos” could ensue when the current deal expired at the end of the season. He said N.H.L. teams would be free to raid European rosters throughout the year while paying nothing for the signings.
read on and a feature on Caps dman Mike Green.
Slap Shot at the NYT has all the details…
Darren McCarty has signed with the IHL’s Flint Generals. The IHL consulted with the NHL before approving the deal.
The Generals play the Muskegon Fury tomorrow night. McCarty is expected to be in the lineup.
*More at Our Sports Central
added 9:02pm, from Bob Duff of the Windsor Star,
According to a league source, McCarty met recently with the Red Wings’ brass and a plan was outlined to see if he could fast track his way back to the big leagues.
It’s a no-risk proposition for the Wings, who recognize that if McCarty, an unrestricted free agent, still has what it takes to play in the league, he gives them a physical presence and would make Detroit a much unfriendlier opponent.
The scenario is very familiar to the winter of 1996, when the Wings rescued Joe Kocur from the beer leagues of Michigan and installed him on a very effective checking line with Kris Draper and Kirk Maltby during Detroit’s Stanley Cup wins of 1996-97 and 1997-98.
Of course, if you read Abel to Yzerman, you knew this about 4 days ago…
from the Brockton Enterprise,
The names may be changed, but the basic story will be familiar to youth hockey teams from Brockton and Fredericton, New Brunswick, who met under stressful circumstances back in March of 2003, a day after the United States began bombing Iraq.
The short-lived tension began when the Brockton teams witnessed anti-American protests while in Canada for a hockey tournament and returned battered, not by the action on the ice, but by the scenes on the streets.
But, by year’s end, the Boxer PeeWee team was back in New Brunswick, this time as guests of the University of New Brunswick in cooperation with the city’s youth hockey program.
This movie aired a few days ago in Canada and you can watch a video story…
Slap Shot blog at the NYT will be live blogging the Sweden/Russia WJC game which starts at 10:00am ET today.
To follow the play-by-play commentary of the World Junior Championship semifinal match, LIVE, as it happens at the ČEZ Arena in Pardubice, Czech Republic, click “more” and then refresh like crazy. Jeff Z. Klein describes the action.
Don’t forget this game and the USA/Canada game at 2:00pm can be viewed on TSN and the NHL Network in the USA.
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