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from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail, .
..Even Steve Yzerman, the team’s executive director, confirmed as much. When asked about the scrutiny and attention, even a year away, he said he’s been monitoring the coverage on television and the Internet and doesn’t mind it at all.
“It’s a good thing that people are interested,” said Yzerman. “I love sitting and listening to people’s opinions on who should be there and who should be coaching and this and that. More information is good.”
That’s just as well, since the discussion will continue right up until the team is selected – early December is the projection, which would give the organizers enough time to do accreditation, security checks, drug tests and deal with all the minutiae in terms of protocols that come into play when preparing for a competition of this magnitude.
Of all the questions percolating about the roster selections, the most intriguing may revolve around the availability of Scott Niedermayer.
more plus additional NHL notes…
The persistent abuse hurled at young hockey referees by coaches and parents is causing almost a third of New Brunswick officials to quit annually.
Glen Hurley, the head of officiating at Hockey New Brunswick, said he’s losing 400 referees and linesmen every year because of the verbal haranguing they receive.
“One of the outstanding things that I hear a lot of is the abuse that the officials take in the hockey rinks,” Hurley said.
“Especially the younger, level one and two officials, they basically just decide that it’s not for them and that’s not a way to have a part-time job.”
from John McGourty of NHL.com,
Wear your favorite hockey sweater to work or school Friday—once again it’s Hockey Weekend Across America, presented by Reebok. Get out to a game on Saturday or just take the kids skating—it’s Bring a Friend to the Rink Day, sponsored by the NHL. On Sunday, it’s Celebrate Your Local Hockey Heroes, sponsored by Liberty Mutual’s Responsible Sports.
“We look to build on the success of last year’s inaugural Hockey Weekend Across America,” said Dave Ogrean, executive director of USA Hockey. “It’s important to engage the entire hockey community in this effort and, with the momentum built last year, we believe year two will only be better.”
continued and thanks to John for going old-school and not calling it a jersey!
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
Russia is the team to beat in Vancouver, according the GM of the defending Olympic hockey champions.
“I think the Russians, in my opinion, are fairly heavy favorites,” Swedish Olympic team GM Mats Naslund told ESPN.com this week. “But otherwise, I think Canada, the Czechs and Sweden can win it. It’s a tough tournament to pick the winner.
“It’s always very close,” Naslund added. “You need that extra luck that we had in Torino. There’s probably three or four teams that can win it.”
from MarketWire via the Earth Times,
Team Canada 72 and Ficel Marketing Corp., Team Canada’s marketing agency of record are offering the Official and First Ever Team Canada jersey from 1972, to our Olympic Athletes in 2010 Vancouver Olympics.
This jersey has become the most recognizable hockey jersey in Canadian Sports History….
“That is the best Team Canada jersey. I don’t know why we changed it.” Wayne Gretzky
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
Even if it is sometimes easy to forget, Steve Yzerman actually does have a day job.
Officially, he is the Detroit Red Wings’ vice president/hockey, which places Yzerman just between general manager Ken Holland and vice president/assistant general manager Jim Nill on the NHL team’s administrative pecking order.
But nowadays, wherever he goes and whatever he does, Yzerman is primarily identified as executive director of Canada’s 2010 men’s Olympic hockey team.
added 6:16pm, The link to the story changed on me, but is now working.
USA Hockey Executive Director Dave Ogrean will be the guest on today’s edition of NHL Hour with Gary Bettman. From NHL.com:
Ogrean will discuss the second annual Hockey Weekend Across America, which begins Friday, Feb. 13 and runs through Sunday, Feb. 15. Hockey Weekend Across America celebrates hockey and those involved in the game at all levels and also seeks to expose the game to additional audiences to attract more players, coaches, officials, volunteers and fans to the sport.
Ogrean’s booking on the NHL Hour With Commissioner Gary Bettman also coincides with the one-year countdown to the start of the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver. The Games represent the 30th anniversary of the U.S. ‘Miracle On Ice’ at Lake Placid and the 50th anniversary of the U.S. capturing the Olympic gold at Squaw Valley.
The show is on from 4-5 p.m. ET on XM Satellite Radio (204) and Sirius (208). You can also listen live online at the NHL Network Online once the show starts.
* While on the air, listeners can call into the show at 1-877-645-6696, or send questions/comments to this email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
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from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
We had arranged to interview the KHL president and oil magnate through a league spokesman. We thought the timing was right given the Jaromir Jagr rumors, the Ray Emery situation, the world economic crisis, the nose-diving Russian ruble, falling oil prices and, well, the KHL’s survival.
An Edmonton Journal blog had the industry chirping Tuesday when it speculated the Oilers were taking another run at Jagr (they tried to sign him last July). The Oilers denied it. As we pointed out Tuesday, Jagr can’t leave his Russian contract with Omsk Avangard; and besides, if he did somehow sign with the Oilers, he’d have to clear NHL waivers first.
“Mr. Jagr played today for Avangard,” said Medvedev, who was in New York to take in the Capitals-Rangers game. “Legally, he has a contract. It would surprise me if it was really true that Edmonton tried to negotiate a deal with Mr. Jagr. I don’t like those rumors. But Edmonton publicly announced it wasn’t the case.”
Besides, continued Medvedev, Jagr is signed for “two years plus one [option].”
“And there is no-out clause [in the contract],” added Medvedev.
from The Good, The Bad And The Duthie,
No matter how hard Hockey Canada tries, no matter how much it begs, the International Olympic Committee refuses to let it put the traditional Team Canada logo on the sweaters for the 2010 Olympics.
The IOC just confirmed it will strictly enforce the no-logo policy on all Olympic uniforms. It sounds rather silly on the surface, especially considering Team Canada has used the same design for 14 years. But Hockey Canada is a corporation, their symbol is a brand, and the IOC argues that allowing it would lead nations to go a little logo…loco.
From Pierre LeBrun at his ESPN blog:
We have an update for you on that Ray Emery situation we first told you about this past weekend. The former Ottawa Senators goalie has had a change of heart and returned to his Russian hockey club in the KHL.
“I talked to Ray on Monday, and we made the decision that he should go back,” his agent, J.P. Barry, told ESPN.com on Tuesday. “I felt that he should finish what he started and that we would continue to work out the compensation issue.”
Emery didn’t report back to Mytishchi Atlant last week after the league’s break, citing a breach of contract with the club. Emery and Barry believed the Russian team has been using the wrong exchange rate to pay the goalie, and by their count, they were down about 33 percent in pay throughout the course of the season. Emery threatened to stay home in Ottawa until the matter was resolved, but he arrived back in Russia on Tuesday.
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