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from Vicki Hall of the Calgary Herald via the National Post,
As far as Hockey Canada is concerned, the issue of insurance coverage for the country’s best players has a giant check mark beside it.
“Everything is fine,” Johnny Misley, Hockey Canada’s vice-president of hockey operations, said regarding the controversy over insurance coverage for NHLplayers attending the upcoming orientation camp for potential 2010 Olympic team members.
“We have secured insurance to help protect the players - given the low risk there is - to give them peace of mind.”
Peace of mind doesn’t describe the mindsets of the NHL or NHL Players’ Association - at least judging by recent public comments regarding the camp.
added 7:50pm, Icethetics may have the first pictures of what the Team Canada sweater may look like for 2010.
Police in southern Ontario have launched a fraud investigation after about 60 young hockey players said they paid thousands to attend a European tournament that didn’t happen.
The players, who are mostly from southern Ontario and in their late teens, paid roughly $3,000 each to travel to France to participate in the tournament.
Event organizer Ontario Central Scouting (OCS) promised dozens of professional hockey scouts would be at the tournament, said the players.
Instead, when they returned to Toronto on Tuesday, the dejected group said there was no tournament and they ended up playing a few games against each other….
OCS blamed the International Ice Hockey Federation — the organization that governs hockey around the world — saying it warned European scouts to stay away from the Canadian players because the OCS was not sanctioned by Hockey Canada.
from Alex Clark of USA Hockey,
The 2009 USA Hockey National Junior Evaluation Camp is packed with teenagers from traditional hockey hotbeds. Of the 43 camp invitees, 17 hailed from either Michigan or Minnesota.
As hockey continues to spread in popularity across the United States, however, elite players are emerging on USA Hockey’s radar from areas of the country not known for their hockey devotion.
Looking ahead, if the Atlanta Thrashers don’t sign Ilya Kovalchuk by next summer, the KHL probably would offer to make him the highest-paid player on the planet.
Right now the KHL is inflicting pin pricks on the NHL, but if they ever landed a prime player such as Kovalchuk, it could turn the league into a foreign version of the World Hockey Association.
-Kevin Allen of Mucking & Grinding at USA TODAY. More on the KHL from Kevin…
via RDS (translated),
Nikolai Zherdev crossed the Atlantic in his turn. The former Rangers player would accept a new contract with the team Yulaev Salavat Ufa in the KHL.
added 4:57pm, from John Glennon of the Tennessean,
Hedges (zherdev’s agent) also said Monday that Zherdev – who’s three times in five years topped the 20-goal mark – was currently working out with a Russian team. But he also said Zherdev was still talking to a handful of NHL teams, and that Zherdev probably wouldn’t make any decisions until next week.
So when I saw the RDS report today, I followed up with an e-mail to Hedges, asking him to clarify the situation. His response from just over a half hour ago: ``(Zherdev) has not signed at this point.’’
from CTV Olympics,
The NHL Players’ Association is recommending that players who participate in Olympic orientation camps this summer “seriously consider” purchasing additional insurance coverage in the event of injury because their contracts do not cover activities at the camps.
“The league has taken the position that our members’ Standard Player Contracts (SPC) will not cover activities at the Orientation Camps, and that they will therefore be participating at their own risk,” said Paul Kelly, NHLPA executive director, in a statement.
“Following discussions with Hockey Canada and USA Hockey, they have recently agreed to increase the insurance coverage they are providing to our members invited to their Orientation Camps,” he continued.
“Unfortunately the federations’ insurance coverage is still very limited.”
from the NHLPA,
TORONTO (August 5, 2009) – Teppo Numminen, a 20-year veteran with the Winnipeg Jets/ Phoenix Coyotes, Dallas Stars and Buffalo Sabres, as well as a decorated international hockey player, officially announced his retirement today from the National Hockey League.
Numminen, 41, a three-time NHL All-Star (1999, 2000, 2001) appeared in a total of 1,372 NHL games and recorded 117 goals and 520 assists for 637 points in his career.
“I feel very fortunate to have had the opportunity to play with and against the best players in the world for so many years,” said Numminen. “Playing hockey in the NHL and also for my country, Finland, was very enjoyable. I want to thank my teammates, coaches, fans, and the media for all the great years.”
Risto Pakarinen gives his thoughts on Teppo too,
A Tampere native, Numminen fits the stereotype perfectly. The people from Tampere are said to be calm, slow, and modest, to a fault. “Let’s not make a big deal out of this,” is a phrase that echoes in the Tampere Arena. Numminen has never made a big deal out of himself.
I’ve received some emails lately with people asking about tickets to the U.S. Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Orientation Camp. Here is your answer…
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The U.S. Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Orientation Camp will be open to the general public on Monday, Aug. 17, and Tuesday, Aug. 18, at the Seven Bridges Ice Arena in Woodridge, Ill.
Admission is free and on a first-come, first-serve basis.
from the IIHF via Universal Sports,
The Russian Ice Hockey Federation has named 38 players for their Olympic Summer Camp from August 29 to September 1 in Moscow. The KHL and the NHL contribute with 19 players each.
continued and the compete roster is listed below…
from Mark Monroe of the Toledo Blade,
A logjam of quality young goaltenders in the Detroit Red Wings minor league system all but guarantees the Toledo Walleye will have a gifted goalie in its inaugural season.
The Walleye will officially announce an affiliation agreement with the NHL’s elite franchise at a press conference Monday. The contract extends a longtime relationship the Red Wings have had with Toledo minor league teams.
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