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from Brian McNair of the News Durham Region,
Emotions were running high as the Oshawa Generals parted ways with John Tavares and Michael Del Zotto during a Friday press conference at the General Motors Centre.
Del Zotto, a surprise addition to the blockbuster deal with the London Knights completed the night before, was particularly outward in his emotions, with tears visible in his eyes from the outset and spilling over at one point.
Tavares, long rumoured to be headed west, was better able to contain his feelings, but looked as though he had little sleep and was much more subdued than usual.
from Russia Today,
The coach of Avangard Omsk hockey team didn’t return to the bench for the third period of his team’s home game against Vityaz Podolsk. Canadian specialist Wayne Fleming couldn’t do so as he’d been fired during the break.
After the second period Avangard were losing 1-0 to lowly Vityaz and the club’s bosses had just had enough of the team’s poor performance in the current KHL season.
from Kevin Lagoie of the Cornwall Standard Freeholder,
McCourt now found himself laid out on the ice. Throop also suffered a stick blow to the head in the brawl that ensued. The referee, Thomas Quinn, tried to get the players to stop, but they had tuned him out. Finally, he shouted “Look at the man on the ice,” and that was enough to bring the brawl to a halt. Quinn then helped McCourt to the dressing room, at which time he noticed the player had two cuts on the left side of his head.
McCourt was sitting with his head in his hands, and complaining of having a headache and being dizzy. Despite the pain, McCourt insisted on returning to the game.
At first, he seemed to be all right.
The pain for McCourt was finally too much to handle. Saying he was “all in,” McCourt headed for the dressing room.
Those would be his last words
from Adam Kimelman of NHL.com,
Well, the 2009 World Junior Championship has come to an end. For my first WJC, I’ll have nothing but positive memories. The volunteers who helped put the event on were tremendous, even the one who told me the media bus was waiting when it had already left. I can forgive her.
Congratulations to the Canada players. They played a great game—probably their best of the tournament—to be a good Sweden team. I think Canada’s fast start won the game for them, because Sweden had the better of the play in the second period.
continued and watch video highlights of the Canada/Sweden game below…
from Ken Campbell of the Hockey News,
There is a movement afoot to have the World Junior Championship in Canada permanently and you might be surprised by who is in favor and who is against it happening.
On the side in favor is International Ice Hockey Federation president Rene Fasel, who reasons that Canadian crowds generate enormous revenues and make it a once-in-a-lifetime experience. On the other side is Hockey Canada president Bob Nicholson, who is clearly wary of killing a golden goose by giving Canada too much of a good thing.
“I think there is a good chance (of moving the WJC to Canada permanently),” Fasel said. “Bob is not an easy guy to negotiate with, but if he wants to have the tournament here every year then we have to find a way to make it work for the other federations.”
from Patrick King of Sportsnet,
John Tavares will soon be a member of the London Knights, sources tell Sportsnet.ca
There has been speculation that Tavares would be traded before the Jan. 10 trade deadline and sources say the deal is done to send the Oshawa Generals forward to London.
from Gare Joyce at Sportsnet,
A lot of casual hockey fans presume that NHL executives and scouts congregate at the WJC in search of talents, with the hope of finding as-yet-undiscovered talent. I’m sure it’s happen at some point, just not at any of the ten tournaments I’ve worked.
It’s really about checking the progress of well-known entities, watching them under the stiffest tests and greatest pressure. Fact is, most players here have been on the radar for at least a couple of seasons. Most of the best here are already drafted, e.g. Sweden’s first-line centre Oscar Moller is L.A.‘s property, Cody Hodgson Vancouver’s. NHL scouting directors already have thick files on John Tavares, Victor Hedman and others who are eligible for the first time in June are already. They’re not be discovered, just measured.
continued & don’t forget, the WJC Finals are tonight and can be viewed on the NHL Network in the USA and TSN in Canada. Pre-game starts at 7:00pm ET.
added 1:39pm, from the CP via NHL.com,
Steve Yzerman knew how Canada’s junior hockey team felt heading into the gold-medal game against Sweden at the world junior hockey championship Monday.
Yzerman, the executive director of the Canadian men’s Olympic team for 2010, has played in and won Stanley Cup finals and Olympic finals. The 43-year-old visited the junior team’s dressing room after their pre-game skate Monday.
“I told them to keep cool, but I don’t know exactly how you do that though,” Yzerman said. “The big games, the key is to figure out a way to be calm and relaxed. The more times you go through it, the more ways you figure it out.
“It’s not an easy thing to do.”
from the ChronicleLive,
Newcastle Vipers have lost their top scorer after Todd Griffith resigned from the club using social networking website Facebook to inform fans he had quit Rob Wilson’s side.
His controversial exit comes in the same weekend that he slotted home the vital penalty during a shoot-out last night in Murrayfield, which sent Vipers into the semi-finals of the British Knockout Cup after a 6-6 aggregate draw against Edinburgh Capitals.
The player – who once iced for Tampa Bay Lightning in the NHL as a “try out” player – leaves Tyneside as their 16-goal top scorer, with eight assists to boot.
Canadian Griffith was one of a number of players who was on a two-week notice period which Wilson had exercised in order to raise performance levels.
from The Good, The Bad And The Duthie,
Kicking a soccer ball around in the bowels of Scotiabank Place, Magnus Svensson-Paajarvi hardly looks like the personification of evil that some diehard Team Canada fans now believe he is.
Last week, Svensson-Paajarvi told a Swedish Newspaper that (translated from Swedish):
“If we play Canada in the gold medal game again, we will win.” He also made a comment that, depending on your Swedish translator, was either: “If we go up 2-0, Canada will be s***ing their pants” or “If we go up 2-0, that will really change the game.”
I’ve heard it interpreted both ways. He also says if Sweden falls behind 2-0, they’re in big trouble. But nobody bothered to read that far.
from Damien Cox of the Spin,
Where in the world did this dopey tradition of a parade to the bench for high fives all around after every goal begin?
It’s childish. Watching NHL players do it like they were peewee players is laughable. What ever happened to the great tradition of the game in which a goal was scored, there would be a celebration near the net, and then they’d just line up and drop the puck again?
Having teams skate right in front of the opponents bench after a goal is simply taunting on a team-wide scale. Moreover, in a heated game, you’re just asking for trouble. Basically, you’re allowing teams to celebrate twice - once in a little hug session, once with a fly-by for high fives at their bench.
a bit more in regards to the WJC…
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