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from Dan Rosen of NHL.com,
If you think Canadian hockey fans are swept up in an Olympic frenzy now, Team Canada coach Mike Babcock wants you to remember one thing: You ain’t seen nothin’ yet.
Just wait until Canada’s roster is announced, Babcock told NHL.com, and you’ll really see a nation of hopeful nitpickers, naysayers, pundits and prognosticators.
“I’m glad I coach in the U.S., honestly,” Babcock added. “It’s just going to go crazy.”
Speculation about who will make the team figures to run rampant until the roster is made public in December. The chatter will pick up steam next month when Calgary becomes the center of the country’s hockey universe for four days as Canada holds its orientation camp Aug. 24-27.
Red Wings’ Head of European Scouting Hakan Andersson talks about Team Sweden and the upcoming 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver.
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The 1998 U.S. Olympic Women’s Ice Hockey Team, Tony Amonte, Tom Barrasso, John LeClair and Frank Zamboni will be enshrined into the United States Hockey Hall of Fame as the Class of 2009, it was announced today by USA Hockey.
“This is a truly magnificent class,” said Ron DeGregorio, president of USA Hockey. “Each member of the Class of 2009 has had an extraordinary impact on our sport and is most deserving to take their place among the hockey immortals in the United States.”
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail at CTV Olympics,
With the Olympic orientation camp roster down to 45 players following Joe Sakic’s retirement, how will executive director Steve Yzerman and his staff cut down to 23 names by December?
And with a dozen or more all-but-guaranteed spots, which players among the longer shots have a legitimate chance of cracking the roster?
According to former NHL general manager Craig Button, Yzerman sent a clear and unwavering message about the type of player he wants to represent Canada - safe, responsible, two-way players with a smattering of versatility.
Yzerman singled out Minnesota Wild defenceman Brent Burns and Dallas Stars’ captain Brenden Morrow as two players who missed big parts of last season because of injury, but remain on the radar screen.
from Mark Monroe of the Toledo Blade,
He may be a fish out of water, but the ice suits him just fine.
“Spike” the yellow walleye will be unveiled today as the mascot for Toledo’s new hockey team that begins play in October. The costumed mascot with the mischievous gap-toothed grin will greet the public for the first time at the Mud Hens game at noon at Fifth Third Field.
“Spike is our most enthusiastic fan,” said Scott Jeffer, assistant general manager and director of marketing for the Walleye. “He’s our head cheerleader.”
The yellow walleye will wear an oversized version of the team’s jersey and will don a hockey helmet. Spike’s home is “The Fish Pond” at the new Lucas County Arena downtown.
from .Frolundaindians.com (translated),
Frölunda Hockey Club and forward Per-Johan “Pebben” Axelsson has signed a contract for four seasons.
from NHL Home Ice Blog,
NHL Executive Director Paul Kelly spoke with Scott Laughlin about the lack of offers for RFAs this off-season and the insurance issue for players invited to pre-olympic camps
click to listen to the interview Paul did on Hockey This Morning on XM204…
The NHL players’ association (NHLPA) denied on Wednesday it had forced German ice hockey players to miss a pre-Olympic training camp because of concerns they would not be adequately insured in case of injury….
The NHLPA said it had never made any demands about insurance but had simply advised players that the training camps might not be providing enough to cover their contracts or future earnings should they get injured there.
“While our NHLPA members look forward to the opportunity to represent their countries at the Olympics, it is unreasonable to request that players participate in on-ice summer orientation sessions without sufficient insurance against injuries,” Paul Kelly, NHLPA executive director, said on Wednesday.
The German Ice Hockey (DEB) federation said all Germans who play for NHL teams had signed up for the training camp but were forced to pull out after the NHL and the league’s players’ association demanded salary guarantees that were far too high.
“I feel it is a pity that our players who are active in North America cannot take part,” said DEB General Secretary Franz Reindl.
“The players had accepted the invitation for the summer camp and were looking forward to it. But these financial guarantees on top of the existing insurances were too high to pay for just a training camp.”
The federation gave no financial details.
Eight German players in the NHL would have taken part in the camp while a further player was recovering from injury, the DEB said.
The camp started on Monday and runs until July 24.
from The Harvard Crimson,
Seconds before the Montreal Canadiens made their first-round pick in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, the television cameras cut to Louis Leblanc. Leblanc, an incoming Harvard freshman and highly-rated NHL prospect, looked around Montreal’s Bell Centre in silent anticipation. The Kirkland, Que. native would soon learn whether his hometown team would be selecting him with the 18th pick overall.
“I was pretty nervous throughout,” Leblanc said. “I didn’t know where I was getting [selected]. It was crazy—I had goose bumps.”...
In terms of preparing for the NHL, Leblanc pretty much had his pick of the litter. He could have played amateur hockey or at any school in the nation, including Boston University and Boston College, the past two NCAA Champions. But Leblanc chose Harvard with the goal of finding a balance between hockey and education.
“I thought it was better for me—for my life—to get a Harvard education,” Leblanc said. “Even if I play 20 years in the NHL, life still goes on after that.”
Leblanc’s ultimate goal is to play in the NHL, but he wants to get as much out of Harvard as he can before transitioning into a life of full-time hockey.
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