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Turn Attention To The World Cup Of Hockey

from Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun,

Bettman isn’t keen on Sochi given its remoteness, time of the games and the fact the NHL has absolutely no say or control of the event. The NHL and its owners stand to gain nothing financially with the five-ring circus despite taking all the risks by shutting down mid-season and providing the talent.

It makes far more sense for all stakeholders — including the fans — for the best players on the planet to focus on the World Cup of Hockey, formerly the Canada Cup.

The owners will get their piece of the action, the players will get theirs, North American fans can see every game in primetime, and all the host cities will generate tremendous buzz and money for every game. People will watch.

An even bigger bonus will be the timing of the event. While the players and the owners are at odds over when the event should run, common sense suggests the owners will win and it will once again be staged in the fall, when every player is healthy and available.

Could there be a better way to grab the sports world’s attention than by opening your season with a marquee event?


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Compensate The NHL For Olympic Participation

from Bruce Dowbiggin of the Globe and Mail,

Brace yourself, Bridget, but Usual Suspects is about to agree with NHL commissioner Gary Bettman. Unless it gets a share of the profits and more influence on the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, the NHL shouldn’t go to Russia.

The Olympic TV impact is negligible in most of the American burgs where Bettman has hawked franchises, the elite players are exhausted by the travel and it punishes the NHL regional broadcasters who must go on hiatus at a time when hockey has the stage almost alone to itself in February.

Plus, the NHL gets bupkis in return. As it stands now, the panjandrums of the International Olympic Committee and International Ice Hockey Federation are telling the league to butt out, they’ll be the ones to collect the cash. They’ll also tell you what uniforms teams can wear, how often you’ll play and probably how much luggage you’re entitled to bring.

It’s a one-sided deal, one not reflecting the NHL’s leverage: the world’s best hockey players.


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Recruiting The Recruited

from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,

Had things remained as planned, Jarred Tinordi would have started fall classes at Notre Dame last week, extending the summer sessions in which the 18-year-old already had enrolled.

But Tinordi is long gone from South Bend. On Aug. 11, Tinordi signed with the London Knights of the Ontario Hockey League, said goodbye to Notre Dame, and gave up his NCAA eligibility. By doing so, Tinordi, drafted 22d overall by the Canadiens this year, became the second highly touted defenseman to withdraw his Notre Dame commitment in the last two years. Cam Fowler, Anaheim’s first pick in June, would have been a Fighting Irish freshman in 2009-10. Fowler opted for Windsor of the OHL.

Naturally, Paul Kelly, executive director of College Hockey, Inc., is disturbed by the departures.

“We have to stop the continuing relentless recruiting that goes on after a kid enrolls or commits to a college program,’’ said Kelly, head of the 9-month-old program. “If Jarred Tinordi enrolls at Notre Dame, starts taking college classes, intends to stay with the program, and physically moves to campus, once that happens there shouldn’t be any continued recruiting until the end of the season.

continued plus more hockey topics…

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World Hockey Summit Wrap

from Andrew Podnieks a IIHF.com,

Anyone who might have been cynical at the start of the week as to what the Molson Canadian World Hockey Summit might or might not accomplish certainly would have left the Sheraton Hotel with tail between legs after four days of productive speeches and contentious discussions.

Did the NHL step up to the podium on day one and announce its players were going to Sochi? No. But did that happen six months after Lillehammer in 1994? Did that happen six months after Canada won double gold in Salt Lake City in 2002? No. To have expected such an announcement was ridiculous. It would have been wonderful, of course, following the unprecedented success of Vancouver 2010, but realistically, this will be an announcement that will be made two years from now in conjunction with a new CBA.

What was overlooked in all the Olympic hoopla during Wednesday’s global agenda session was that everyone, absolutely everyone, agreed that international hockey must be considered in four-year cycles. As Brian Burke said, the Olympics aren’t going anywhere


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The Women’s Professional Hockey League

from Jeff Z. Klein of the New York Times,

Faced with the threat of their sport being excluded from the Winter Olympics after 2014 because of a lack of competitiveness, women’s hockey officials have held preliminary discussions with the National Hockey League toward the possible formation of an N.H.L.-supported women’s league, figures from both sides confirmed here Thursday.

“I was in a meeting just this week with the N.H.L. and all the stakeholders in women’s hockey, and I think we have the ear of the N.H.L.,” said Hayley Wickenheiser, 32, a Canadian forward regarded as one of the greatest female players ever and the keynote speaker at the final day of the World Hockey Summit here.

“They’re looking at it right now from a sponsorship level to get it off the ground,” Wickenheiser said, referring to the N.H.L.

continued and would you go to a game or two?

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Afternoon Line

Don’t get me wrong, the World Hockey Summit was an exhilarating experience. I appreciate USA Hockey inviting me to be a part of the proceedings. I learned a lot, and some things I’ll be able to put into practice immediately on multiple levels. The challenge remains, though, to reconcile the business case with the notion of “Let them play.”

As soon as the words “play” and “business” show up in the same sentence, things get a little more complex. It’s as true for the parent of that five-year old learning the game as it is for everyone all the way up to the NHL’s Board of Governors.

-Darren Eliot of Sports Illustrated where you can read more.

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NHL Has To Say Yes To The Olympics

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

Yes, Detroit Red Wings owner Mike Ilitch had to wait in line outside GM Place at the Vancouver Olympics.

And the NHL couldn’t get its own network accredited to cover the games.

And the league couldn’t use any highlights from the Games on its website even though its own players were playing in the tournament.

And NHL GMs have had trouble gaining access and information about their players during the Olympics.

And the 2014 Sochi Games may not be on in prime time.

There are challenges to playing in the Olympics. Many, perhaps. But what a shining chance for the NHL to preserve something great and unique; what a shining chance to pay back the players and fans and the league itself by not giving in to the impulse to walk away from the Olympics because it’s inconvenient.


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  Tags: winter+oiympics

Think Rationally About The Olympics

So says Brian Burke.

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Hockey Fans, How Do You Feel?

Gary Bettman made a statement today at the World Hockey Summit in regards to how hockey fans feel about NHL participation in the Olympics.

via Scott Burnside tweet,

Bettman says fans’ response to NHL participation in Olympics is a “mixed bag”. Not sure we buy that.

What are your thoughts and thanks to many of you who already responded to the same question on Twitter.

added 2:41pm, from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

To the surprise of practically everyone in the room, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman wasn’t quite the wet blanket that delegates to Wednesday’s session of the World Hockey Summit might have imagined.

Instead, Bettman was quite playful during his 30-minute cameo appearance, teasing questioners, poking fun at IIHF president Rene Fasel, but most importantly, clarifying the NHL’s position with regard to Olympic participation, which was the day’s primary point of discussion.

Bettman stressed that he is not anti-Olympics and contrary to the general perception, the NHL hasn’t said no to appearing in Sochi, Russia, where the 2014 Games will be played.


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Talking Olympics At The Hockey Summit Today

from Andrew Podnieks at IIHF.com,

The gold-medal game between Canada and the United States was, quite simply, the single most watched hockey game in history. More than 114 million people around the world watched Sidney Crosby score in overtime to give Canada home gold.

By comparison, Lumme noted, the worldwide numbers for the 2010 and 2009 Super Bowl were 110 and 106 million, respectively. The most recent UEFA Cup final reached 106 million. In short, Lumme noted, “Olympic hockey is right up there with some of the biggest events in the world.”

The global average for hockey was 28.5 million, meaning that for every minute of hockey, that many people around the world watched NHLers play


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