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from Patrick Martin of the Globe and Mail,
At first glance it looked like any other international hockey tournament: players in their early 20s carrying in their hockey bags, on-ice officials arriving in suits and ties, former NHL players working as coaches for Team Canada and the Zamboni making one last sweep of the ice.
Outside the arena flew the participants’ flags - Canada, Russia, the United States, France and ... Israel?
Look beyond the flags and you see the mountains of Syria, turn around and there are the hills of Lebanon.
This is no ordinary hockey tournament: It’s the World Jewish Ice Hockey Championships, which started yesterday in this northernmost Israeli town pressed up against the border with Lebanon.
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
One of the most curious invitees for the Canadian Olympic orientation camp is a player who doesn’t even know if he’s going to put on the blades at all this year: Joe Sakic.
But it is a measure of the respect for Sakic’s pedigree, and the integrity of Canadian Olympic executive director Steve Yzerman and Hockey Canada, that the veteran forward was extended an invitation, even though a decision on whether he will retire or not has not yet been made public.
Yzerman said he recently called Sakic and, without prying about his decision, told him he wanted Sakic at camp.
continued (story is in the left sidebar), the featured story is about the players selected to the Team Canada Orientation Camp.
Follow the link to Hockey Canada for the roster. 46 players have been invited.
CALGARY, Alta. – Hockey Canada announced on Thursday the roster of 46 players that will attend Canada’s National Men’s Team orientation camp from August 24-27 in Calgary.
These 46 players have been identified as candidates for upcoming international events in the 2009-10 season: the 2010 Olympic Winter Games and 2010 IIHF World Championship.
The camp roster includes five goaltenders, 16 defencemen and 25 forwards. The list of players includes 40 players with senior international experience, either at the Olympics, IIHF World Championship or World Cup of Hockey/Canada Cup, while 36 of the 46 players played for either the National Junior Team or National Men’s Under-18 Team.
Ted Nolan is back with the Rochester Americans as the vice president of hockey operations.
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - USA Hockey today announced that 34 players, representing 22 National Hockey League teams, have been invited to the U.S. Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Orientation Camp from Aug. 17-19, at Seven Bridges Ice Arena in Woodridge, Ill.
Of the 34 players invited to the camp, five have previous Olympic experience, led by three-time Olympian Mike Modano (Livonia, Mich./Dallas Stars/1998, 2002, 2006). Additional Olympians include Chris Drury (Trumbull, Conn./New York Rangers/2002, 2006), Brian Rafalski (Dearborn, Mich./Detroit Red Wings/2002, 2006), Scott Gomez (Anchorage, Alaska/New York Rangers/2006) and Jamie Langenbrunner (Cloquet, Minn./New Jersey Devils/1998).
via Peter Adler at The Cult Of Hockey,
Alexander Radulov, despite approaches from Nashville and other NHL clubs, has decided to stay at Ufa of the Kontinental Hockey League.
Here’s his quote (verbatim translation) from the Sport-Express: “I’m on a two-year contract, and even though I got some offers from the NHL, Ufa helped me last year, and I wouldn’t want to betray them”.
YES! Of course, he was under a valid contract with Nashville last year, and still left them for Ufa.
from Mike Toth of Sportsnet,
Suck up to Sid the Kid, the same guy who ruined the Red Wings dream of winning back-to-back Stanleys.
Running the risk of being labeled a “homer” by naming Chris Osgood to Team Canada, and incurring Ozzie’s wrath if he doesn’t.
Convincing the Red Wings huge European brigade that he still loves them, even though he’ll go to war against them in Vancouver.
And, oh yeah; trying to make sure that an older Detroit team doesn’t get sick and tired of the same old message.
from Gare Joyce at Sportsnet,
The NHL draft is intended to cure what ails sickly NHL also-rans. That much is plain. It’s also the best measure of the health of the major junior leagues.
The draft gives you a work-up on the vital signs of WHL, OHL and QMJHL and the most vital of all signs are the leagues’ top-end talent. If these leagues are attracting and developing elite teenagers, then all is well.
We place a lot of importance on veteran leadership, and he’s such a strong character guy. Having this conversation with Joe at one point before, he doesn’t want to be there just for what he’s done in the past. He wants to be there because he deserves it, and that’s my feeling. But even if he decides to take more time this summer to decide, I’d still like to extend an invitation to him.”
-Steve Yzerman speaking about Joe Sakic and Team Canada. More on Sakic from Adrian Dater of the Denver Post.
from Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star,
He’s used to coaching teams wearing red and white, and Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock was officially installed as coach for Team Canada’s entry in the 2010 Olympic Winter Games.
Team Canada GM Steve Yzerman made the announcement Thursday, stealing some of the spotlight from the festivities surround the NHL’s entry draft….
One of Canada’s challenges will be shutting down the top stars from other countries. Some of those stars – Russia’s Pavel Datsyuk, and Sweden’s Henrik Zetterberg and Nicklas Lidstrom – play for Babcock’s Wings.
“Nobody knows them better,” Wings GM Ken Holland said of Babcock.
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