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from Peter Adler at The Cult of Hockey,
Gary Bettman, quite correctly, in my humble opinion, replies he has a terrible difficulty finding one single advantage for the NHL. It’s not as if people will start playing hockey somewhere in Africa, just because they saw top professionals plying their trade somewhere in Russia.
Let’s get to basics here.
Of course, many suspect Bettman is trying to twist the Russians’ arm: sign the player transfer deal, and we’d be willing to listen.
No matter what you think of the current commissioner, he can hardly be THAT shortsighted. After all, even if the Russians signed the agreement tomorrow, there’s still five years to go to Sochi, and one can’t fathom they would be willing to commit to that long a term. And it wouldn’t be the first time in modern history that the Russians would sign on a dotted line, win concessions from the other side, and then find a way to get their side out of the deal. That’s just their way of doing things.
from George James Malik of SnapShots at Mlive,
The Grand Rapids Griffins secured a playoff spot via a 2-1 win over the Norfolk Admirals on Friday night, but the game included two disturbing incidents….
With 5:34 left in the first period, the skate of Admirals forward Radek Smolenak gashed referee Chris Cozzan’s neck. Smolenak was coming out of a corner when Grand Rapids’ Brett Peterson checked him. The impact caused Smolenak’s skate to fly up and clip Cozzan.
After the game, Smolenak said he initially had no idea what happened to Cozzan and continued to play.
“Then I heard screaming, so I turned around and saw blood coming out of his neck,” said Smolenak, who then began frantically waving for the trainer....
Then the other incident…
“When he went down, I heard a loud pop and he shouted and I knew right away he was really hurt,” said Henley, who began yelling for Hamlett to stop play and for medical personnel to again take the ice. “It made me nauseous, because you never want to hurt anyone, let alone see them taken off on a stretcher.”
Norfolk coach Darren Rumble said he received a report that Oulahen’s left femur snapped and a portion of the broken bone came through the skin of his thigh inside his hockey shorts.
via Steve Silver of the Las Vegas Sun,
If the Las Vegas Wranglers make the playoffs, they will have to vie for the Kelly Cup without both Ferraro brothers as the fallout from Tuesday night’s brawl with the Alaska Aces continues.
In that melee on Tuesday, Chris Ferraro suffered a season-ending and potentially career-ending broken leg.
Friday morning, the ECHL suspended his brother, Peter, for the remainder of the regular season and the playoffs for spearing another player in the fight after the referees had seemingly stopped the mess.
Peter Ferraro, a 15-year professional veteran with significant NHL experience, notched 16 goals and 14 assists in 52 games with the Wranglers this season. Last season Ferraro posted a team-high 73 points in 68 games.
The video quality is not that great, but watch some of the incident below.
from College Hockey News,
All NCAA tournament games will be televised exclusively by ESPN and its sister stations this season, unless the games conflict and cannot be carried live.
ESPN is emphasizing its college sports channel, ESPNU, now.
continue for the schedule which starts today.
from Reuters via the Globe and Mail,
Speaking at the SportAccord convention, Fasel and Bettman had a frank and sometimes heated exchange that underscored the difficult negotiations ahead for the NHL to remain part of the Olympics.
“It can be a challenge or a nightmare (bringing the NHL, IIHF, NHLPA Players’ Association and IOC together) and I take it as a challenge, a fantastic challenge and I will work day and night to have them (NHL players) in Sochi,” said Fasel.
The 2014 Games will be held in the Russian Black Sea resort of Sochi following next year’s Winter Olympics in Vancouver.
But Bettman said: “It’s not so easy to simply say ‘Let’s go to the Olympics’. We shut down our season for two weeks to 17 days and there is a momentum to our season that is lost…it all comes to a screeching halt and we go off to the Olympics.
“No other league stops to go do this. In fact, baseball doesn’t do it and it’s no longer an Olympic sport. This is hard, it’s not always a good experience and the benefits we’ve sometimes seen were not always worth what we’ve had to sacrifice.
“I don’t think we get enough credit and I don’t think the IOC (International Olympic Committee) tends to recognize how difficult it is.”
from Andy Blatchford of the CP via MetroNews,
Staring across the ice, a pint-size kid wrapped in goalie gear sits impatiently on the bleachers, as if he’s trying to will the clock to wind down so his hockey practice can begin.
Like dozens of his schoolmates, peewee netminder Nikita Koltyrev travelled thousands of kilometres to a Quebec boarding college to learn how to play hockey - the Canadian way.
Harrington College of Canada, on the outskirts of Montreal, runs five hockey squads - from peewee to junior - packed with more than 60 international players.
While many Harrington students hail from the United States and Europe, others have made their way from the hockey backwater nations of England, Japan and Australia to polish their skills.
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
All the top brass for the men’s Olympic team convened yesterday at Hockey Canada’s headquarters for their first face-to-face staff meeting since December. Steve Yzerman, executive director of the Olympic team, was there, along with Detroit Red Wings GM Ken Holland. Doug Armstrong, assistant GM of the St. Louis Blues, stayed over after his team played Calgary last Friday and Kevin Lowe was down from Edmonton for the meeting.
According to Yzerman, the meeting - which lasted almost 6½ hours - went over a number of logistical issues relating to their summer schedule, which will culminate with an orientation camp in Calgary in the final week of August.
The last couple of hours were spent fine-tuning their original player list, which was tweaked but not substantially altered.
from David Albright of ESPN,
Boston University sealed its No. 1 overall status in college hockey with a 1-0 win over UMass-Lowell at the TD Banknorth Garden on Saturday night to capture the Hockey East championship. The Terriers’ win kept the River Hawks from making the NCAA tournament field and it also allowed Ohio State to make the field of 16 as the last at-large team. So it’s somehow fitting that the Buckeyes and BU will face each other in the first round of the national tournament.
When the pairings for the 2009 NCAA men’s hockey tournament were announced on ESPN2 Sunday morning, the No. 1 seeds went to—in order—Boston University (Northeast), Notre Dame (Midwest), Denver (West) and Michigan (East).
The Providence Bruins hosted Albany last night and after the game goes scoreless through overtime, goalie Tuukka Rask loses his cool after two questionable calls in the shootout.
added 1:06pm, The Bruins Blog has more on the incident including comments from Rask.
DETROIT, Mich.—The No. 3-ranked University of Michigan ice hockey team advanced to the CCHA finals for the eighth time in nine years with its 3-1 victory over the Alaska Nanooks. On Saturday (March 21) at Joe Louis Arena, Michigan will face Notre Dame for the second time in three years in the CCHA Championship Game at 7:30 p.m. on Fox Sports Detroit. Alaska will play Northern Michigan in the semifinal game at 3:35 p.m.
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