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from Chris Johnston of Sportsnet,
The parties discussing the revamped World Cup of Hockey are prepared to make some dramatic changes to the tournament format, Sportsnet has learned.
The eight-team event is now expected to include two all-star entries along with the top six hockey nations — Canada, U.S., Sweden, Finland, Russia and Czech Republic — when it returns in September 2016, according to multiple sources.
The first all-star team is expected to feature the best players from the remaining European countries: Slovakia, Switzerland, Latvia, Germany and Slovenia, among them.
The makeup of the other mixed squad is still to be determined, although one idea being considered is bringing together all of the top young stars in the sport.
Organizers looked at staging a pre-tournament qualifier to determine the final two spots, but don’t believe there is time to pull everything together. They also like the idea of doing something different than the World Cups and Canada Cups of the past and think that adding all-star teams will make for a more competitive event.
On Monday night, Dominik Hasek, Peter Forsberg, Rob Blake and Mike Modano will enter the Hockey Hall Of Fame as the player class of 2014. Some thoughts from them, on the threshold of their induction, via Eric Duhatschek.
My greatest career moment came ...
“Winning the 1998 Olympic gold medal, this is something I will never forget. After we won, we flew a charter that our president (Vaclav) Havel sent for us. We spent one night in Prague. The cheering, the people’s ovation, at the airport and in the square, this is something we will appreciate for the rest of our lives. We were very focused as a team. After we beat the U.S. in the quarter-finals, we started to believe in our team, that maybe we can do something a little bit more.”
“The World Cup (in 1996) and the Stanley Cup (in 1999) is like 1 and 1A. With the Stanley Cup, you’re representing a city and an organization, what Dallas meant. The U.S., with the World Cup, we were painted into a corner. We didn’t know what to do. We’d lost the first game in Philly so we had to go to the (Montreal) Forum to win two against Gretzky, Messier, Sakic, Lindros. You look at the Canadian lineup, it was probably the best team they ever put together. To win two in a row against those guys, we were just beside ourselves – and (coach) Ron Wilson was the catalyst for that. This’ll be talked about for years, he said, kind of what Herb (Brooks) told the 1980 (Miracle on Ice) team.”
from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,
The PAD Boston, as Daccord calls it, is a one-stop shop revolving around the goalie: on-ice training, cognitive training, off-ice fitness, yoga, physical therapy, and vision training. The PAD Boston, which opened in September, serves youth hockey goalies to NHLers such as Cory Schneider, one of Daccord’s longtime pupils. It is a place where goalies can learn, train, and explore new ideas that might develop into the next go-to technique.
The heart of the facility is its 60-by-50-foot ice surface. The sheet features 14 creases, although Daccord’s preferred maximum is eight goalies working at one time.
The theory is simple. A goalie doesn’t need a 200-by-85 rink. It would be counterintuitive to chase pucks around the ice when all a goalie needs is space behind the net, a crease, and a workable radius. This way, a coach can be right next to the goalie to issue corrections and film him or her with the iPads on rolling stands that Daccord considers critical tools.
A goalie’s success, after all, comes through coaching and repetition. The idea is to practice proper technique to the point at which movements become habit.
“When that puck goes off his blocker and into the corner, he can’t even try not to follow it. Can’t even try,” Daccord said. “His myelin is so wrapped — his muscle memory is so wrapped the way we want it to be wrapped — that he’s got to try to do it wrong.”
more including other hockey topics...
from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,
- Not one player from the 1980 Miracle On Ice USA Olympic team went on to coach or manage in the NHL. And none are in Hockey Hall of Fame. But from the lightly regarded Canadian team, Jim Nill is general manager of the Dallas Stars; Paul MacLean is the coach in Ottawa; Glenn Anderson is in the Hockey Hall.
- Definition of a bad NHL idea: Anything that involves the Maloof brothers.
- Drew Doughty has played more than 30 minutes in a game seven times already this season. Only Ryan Suter in Minnesota plays more.
much more including a look at Pat Burns...
Nice ceremony at the ACC last night.
Their NHL careers provided the meat of their Hall of Fame resumes. Their international exploits polished off their unquestionable hockey pedigrees.
-Pierre LeBrun of ESPN on the NHL players about to be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame. Some great stories so read on.
"Everyone was picking out partners (to fight), but nobody wanted to pick Gordie Howe. And so there was some bad language and some bad blood out on the ice. And this guy is hanging onto me, we'd already dropped our gloves, and I thought we were breaking up. And all of a sudden Howe sort of skates by and he elbows the guy in the face. And his head looked like it just about came off. And so this guy comes back and grabs onto me even harder -- like he doesn't want anything to do with Gordie Howe. And Gordie was about 40 at that time. That's the kind of reverence he got from so-called tough guys in the league, and Gordie was an old man at that time."
-Red Berenson, U of M head hockey coach on Gordie Howe. Much more from Steve Kornacki of MGOBLUE.
via the Erie Otters,
The Erie Otters announced on Wednesday that forward Connor McDavid suffered a fracture of the 5th Metacarpal bone on his right hand during last night’s game against the Mississauga Steelheads.
McDavid will not require surgery and is expected to miss the next 5-6 weeks of the Otters' schedule.
from Damien Cox of Sportsnet,
Was it McDavid’s choice to fight? Ultimately, yes. But we know the pressure that is put on hockey players to “man up” and drop the gloves, and we know of the sport’s general indifference to the abuse heaped upon the better players by the less talented.
We also know that there are knuckle-dragging scouts out there who would excitedly put a star beside McDavid’s fight as though it represents his guts and desire. These are the same folks who see PIMs are a big plus with any player.
So sure it was his choice, but then again, not really, right? The highlight shows put fights on display every night, the newspapers love to run pictures of scraps and there’s no shortage of those who argue that fighting is an integral part of the game that must never be eliminated for fear of the consequences.
Much of the culture of Canadian hockey propagated by the usual suspects is that fighting in hockey is manly, it represents courage and the best values in young men, and it demonstrates a commitment to the sport that non-fighters don’t possess.
Junior hockey, of course, is right at the epicentre of this culture, particularly as it is played out in smaller cities and towns across the country.
Not the best video but good enough to see what happened...
added 7:33pm, A better quality video....
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