Kukla's Korner

Kukla's Korner Hockey

Category: Non-NHL-Hockey

Olympic Roster Talk

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

The most fascinating thing coming out of Russia’s 2010 Olympic team announcement on Christmas Day, at least to me, was the comment from coach Vyacheslav Bykov, who said he might change players between now and the opener in mid-February if their performance level dropped.

“I wouldn’t guarantee a place on the Olympic team to anyone,” Bykov was quoted as saying. “If my players can’t perform up to the standards playing for their respective clubs, then how can I rely on them in Vancouver?”

That caught many people around the hockey world off guard. It was assumed by most people that only injury replacements were allowed between a country’s roster announcement this week and the Olympic opener. But that is apparently not the case, depending on whom you believe. An International Ice Hockey Federation spokesman told ESPN.com on Saturday that rosters announced this week can be changed by the federations up until they are made official on the eve of the Olympic hockey tournament.

continued

Filed in: Non-NHL Hockey, International Hockey, | KK Hockey | Permalink
 

Team Sweden Roster Announced

from John Marchesan at CTVOlympics,

Sweden will go with a mostly veteran lineup as it attempts to defend the gold medal it won four years ago in Turin.

Coach Bengt-Ake Gustafsson has selected 13 members from the 2006 gold medal winning team led by Niklas Lidstrom who will anchor a veteran-laden defence which includes five first-time Olympians - Tobias Enstrom, Magnus Johansson, Douglas Murray, Johnny Oduya and Henrik Tallinder.

Lidstrom, who will captain the team, is among four players who will be making their fourth Olympic appearance with Sweden. He is joined by fellow defenseman Mattias Ohlund and forwards Daniel Alfredsson and Peter Forsberg.

Forsberg, whose foot and injury problems have been well documented, has been attempting a comeback in Sweden this year. While he has been a member of the last two gold medal winning teams for Sweden, his selection will be seen as a gamble.

continued

Filed in: Non-NHL Hockey, International Hockey, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: team+sweden

Yzerman In The Zone

from Chris Stevenson of the Ottawa Sun,

Call Steve Yzerman during the day over the last three months and you will likely find him in his car, or a rental car, either driving to or from an airport or a rink.

“He’s been all over the place,” said Bowman, now a senior adviser with the Chicago Blackhawks and an Yzerman confidante during Yzerman’s information-gathering process. “I was in Chicago Friday and he had driven in from Detroit and he was driving back after the game. He has done his homework.”

Yzerman has watched at least portions of more than 100 games and, it seems, talked to almost as many people in culling the information he will need to select the players he will announce as the members of Team Canada Wednesday.

Senators general manager Bryan Murray, whose career path crossed Yzerman’s when Murray was coach and general manager in Detroit in the early 1990s, ran into Yzerman in the airport in Detroit.

“He’s been really diligent. I met him at the airport in Detroit and he asked about players and the team selection process. He really paid attention,” said Murray. “He wants to be good. Guys like that, who want to be good, they will be good.”

more

Filed in: Non-NHL Hockey, International Hockey, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: steve+yzerman, team+canada

Sergei Fedorov Delivers Payback For Hit On Little Brother

from Alexander Zaitsev of RussianHockeyFans,

Sergei Fedorov, who moved from NHL to KHL past summer, got into a fight with Roman Derlyuk to avenge Derlyuk’s dirty hit on Sergei’s younger brother, Fedor.

continued

Filed in: Non-NHL Hockey, European Hockey, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: khl, sergei+fedorov

Flashback To Team Canada 1979

from Allen Abel at the Vancouver Sun,

It is 30 years - exactly half my lifetime - since my first visit to Moscow as an innocent, ignorant sportswriter covering one of Alan Eagleson’s Teams Canada for The Globe and Mail. The Canadian entry in the 1979 World Championships was not one of our most successful, though when I look at the roster now, there were some supremely talented men on the squad: Marcel Dionne, Garry Unger, Bobby Smith, Wayne Babych, Ryan Walter, Guy Charron, Jim Rutherford in goal.

Agglomerated a few hours before the tournament started from teams that missed the NHL playoffs, they finished fourth here and were slathered by the Soviets 9-2, in the heyday of the Mikhailov-Kharlamov-Petrov line with Tretiak in nets. These days, I could interview those guys one on one, as long as we talked about fish.

But, back then, the hockey was secondary to the Cold War suspense and surreality. Team Canada was entombed in a hotel a block from Red Square with doughy matrons blockading the corridors and glum prostitutes at every table in the dining hall.

I remember being shunned in shops, doors slammed shut in half-filled restaurants, empty shelves, barren faces, drunken heroes wearing their Great Patriotic War medals on the Metro, menus on which every dish save fleshless chicken Tabaka was crossed out.

more

Filed in: Non-NHL Hockey, International Hockey, | KK Hockey | Permalink
 

WJC Starts Today

NEW YORK - NHL Network and USA Hockey announced NHL Network U.S. will again provide live coverage of all U.S. games at the 2010 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship, Dec. 26 – Jan. 5 in Regina and Saskatoon, Sask.  NHL Network will also televise all medal-round games and six additional preliminary-round match-ups, bringing the total to 16 games – all in high definition.  It is the third consecutive year NHL Network U.S. is providing coverage of the IIHF World Junior Championship.

NHL Network schedule is highlighted by the United States’ final preliminary-round match-up against Canada at 8 p.m. EST on New Year’s Eve.  The full schedule is below.

Gary Thorne, Dave Starman and Fred Pletsch will make up the broadcast team for NHL Network’s coverage of Team USA’s games. All other contests aired on the NHL Network will utilize a feed from TSN.

Continue Reading »

Filed in: Non-NHL Hockey, | KK Hockey | Permalink
 

Team Russia Announced

from RussiaToday,

Russia’s hockey coach Vyacheslav Bykov has announced his choice for the upcoming Vancouver Olympics, with stars like Aleksandr Ovechkin, Evgeny Malkin and Ilya Kovalchuk on the list.

continued

And the Russian Coach says the Russians can beat the Canadians…

Filed in: Non-NHL Hockey, International Hockey, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: team+russia

Eruzione Talks Olympic Hockey

from Lesley Visser of CBS Sports,

Did you see the pictures of skating at Fenway Park? May your heart be light. It was fantastic, Bobby Orr and Terry O’Reilly gliding past the area Dustin Pedroia usually patrols. And on Jan. 1, when the Bruins play the Flyers at Fenway, the U.S. Olympic Hockey team will be announced.

“We will be young, and Canada, with enormous pressure on Sidney Crosby, will be gunning for the gold,” Mike Eruzione said of the brilliant Canadian center who plays for the Pittsburgh Penguins.

continued

Filed in: Non-NHL Hockey, International Hockey, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: mike+eruzione

Filatov Can’t Get Hitchcock Off His Mind

from Tom Reed of the Columbus Dispatch, 

Blue Jackets prospect Nikita Filatov regrets some of the comments he made after leaving the club a month ago, while saying that others were taken out of context.

But the 19-year-old winger, who went home to Russia unhappy after being unable to earn substantial ice time under coach Ken Hitchcock, stands by one of his primary reasons for departing.

“I got my own opinion about Hitch and about what I think he thinks of me,” Filatov wrote in an e-mail to The Dispatch. “I am not going to let everybody know about it. I think it’s pretty clear that he didn’t give (me) a chance and opportunity to prove that I can play.”

continued

Filed in: NHL Teams, Columbus Blue Jackets, Non-NHL Hockey, European Hockey, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: khl, nikita+filatov

Swedish Referee Performs CPR On Player

I know I am late with this video but thought I would still post it.

Any background you can provide would be appreciated, such as the status of the player, what actually happened, etc…


Swedish referee performs on-ice CPR, saves players life - Watch more Funny Videos

thanks to a KK member for the pointer

Filed in: Non-NHL Hockey, | KK Hockey | Permalink
 

« Previous       ‹ First  < 166 167 168 169 170 >  Last ›      Next »

About Kukla's Korner Hockey

Paul Kukla founded Kukla’s Korner in 2005 and the site has since become the must-read site on the ‘net for all the latest happenings around the NHL.

From breaking news to in-depth stories around the league, KK Hockey is updated with fresh stories all day long and will bring you the latest news as quickly as possible.

Email Paul anytime at pk@kuklaskorner.com

Feed

Most Recent Blog Posts