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TORONTO (March 2, 2016) -- USA Hockey announced today the first 16 players named to its roster for the World Cup of Hockey 2016, the best-on-best international hockey championship from Sept. 17 to Oct. 1, 2016, in Toronto.
Named to Team USA are:
G Ben Bishop, Tampa Bay Lightning
G Jonathan Quick, Los Angeles Kings
G Cory Schneider, New Jersey Devils
D Dustin Byfuglien, Winnipeg Jets
D John Carlson, Washington Capitals
D Ryan McDonagh, New York Rangers
D Ryan Suter, Minnesota Wild
F Justin Abdelkader, Detroit Red Wings
F Patrick Kane, Chicago Blackhawks
F Ryan Kesler, Anaheim Ducks
F T.J. Oshie, Washington Capitals
F Max Pacioretty, Montreal Canadiens
F Zach Parise, Minnesota Wild
F Joe Pavelski, San Jose Sharks
F Derek Stepan, New York Rangers
F Blake Wheeler, Winnipeg Jets
added 6:58pm, a look at the Team USA sweater is below...
via the NHLPA,
Hockey Canada announced today the first 16 players named to its roster for the World Cup of Hockey 2016.
Named to Team Canada are:
G Corey Crawford, Chicago Blackhawks
G Braden Holtby, Washington Capitals
G Carey Price, Montreal Canadiens
D Drew Doughty, Los Angeles Kings
D Duncan Keith, Chicago Blackhawks
D Marc-Edouard Vlasic, San Jose Sharks
D Shea Weber, Nashville Predators
F Jamie Benn, Dallas Stars
F Patrice Bergeron, Boston Bruins
F Jeff Carter, Los Angeles Kings
F Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins
F Ryan Getzlaf, Anaheim Ducks
F Tyler Seguin, Dallas Stars
F Steven Stamkos, Tampa Bay Lightning
F John Tavares, New York Islanders
F Jonathan Toews, Chicago Blackhawks
The remaining team will be announced in early June.
Below a short video of the Team Canada sweater.
Who knows, maybe tomorrow too.
Rosters started being released at 3:00am ET today and will end at :6:45pm when Team USA is announced.
You can follow along if you wish at NHL.com.
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
A litany of VIPs, including NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly and players association executive director Don Fehr, plan to gather in Toronto Wednesday to unveil the World Cup of Hockey “countdown clock,” so eager fans will know precisely how many days, minutes and seconds they need to wait until the event starts Sept. 17.
Seriously, that’s actually happening.
One might think that, with teams entering the stretch drive, hockey executives would have better things to do than go on a promotional tour for an exhibition hockey tournament to be played in the fall, but one would be wrong.
That’s how much the success or failure of the World Cup matters to the NHL and its long-term international plan. Unlike the Winter Olympics, the World Cup is a joint venture in which the league and players association control everything from the schedule and training camps to the venues and ticket pricing.
Nominally, the Cup is being cast as an event that serves of interests of hockey fans who crave best-on-best competition.
The reality is it is a big-money, for-profit tournament, and the NHL hopes it will become so popular that, in time, the league will be able to say no to Olympic participation and not suffer any meaningful backlash from the paying public.
from lliotte Friedman of Sportsnet,
Hockey fans of a certain age will remember Hakan Loob darting around the ice in his number 12 Calgary Flames jersey. In 1987-88, Loob became the first Swede to score 50 goals in an NHL season. A year later, he won a Stanley Cup.
He returned to Scandinavia after that championship, ending his playing career in 1996. It was not the end of Loob’s hockey existence, as he became general manager of the Swedish club he starred for, Farjestad. He won four championships in that position before moving up to President of Hockey Operations for the organization, a position he still holds.
On Wednesday, as the various countries reveal their first 16 roster spots for the World Cup of Hockey, Loob will lead a meeting in Dusseldorf, Germany that could have a major effect on the future.
According to a couple of sources, Loob is bringing together more than 50 teams from approximately 15 countries, including Russia’s KHL. The goal is to create something called the European Hockey Club Alliance. Right now, outside of the NHL itself, hockey’s power runs through the International Ice Hockey Federation and each nation’s governing body.
For example, the NHL negotiates transfer agreements with individual countries. These pacts set the rules for player movement and payments for, say, a Swede being drafted by an NHL team.
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The players who will skate in the 2016 World Cup of Hockey will face a tougher, more intense game than they have experienced in the Olympics.
-Ken Hitchcock, head coach of the St, Louis Blues on the World Cup of Hockey. Chris Stevenson at NHL.com has more from Hitchcock on the event.
Hometown Hockey is in Victoria, BC today...
via Hometown Hockey,
For over 20 years, Larry Orr’s garage has been the heart of the hockey community on the North Saanich Peninsula.
After his wife was diagnosed with MS, Larry decided to open a skate sharpening shop to stay close to home. In the two decades that have followed Larry has shaped the hockey dreams of nearly every child on the peninsula.
Jamie and Jordie Benn were two of those kids who walked through Larry’s door before they could skate. Their relationship is at the heart of this weekend’s Hometown Hockey.
watch the feature below...
I look at the young guns, and they're going to probably be playing pressure-free, and they're going to have a ball. It's going to be a dangerous team. It's going to be a really good team, talent-wise, but just the youth of it and basically the inexperience of it all, they're going to be flying. It's going to be a really good hockey club. You're going to see the best players in the world at this tournament -- even more so than the Olympics because it's not going to be as watered down as the Olympics. It's going to be really focused on these groups of guys, and it'll be the best players in the world.
-John Tortorella, head coach of Team USA in the World Cup of Hockey.
Tortorella did a Q & A with Joe McDonald of ESPN on the World Cup.
from Gare Joyce of Sportsnet,
Agents make headlines when they score big-money contracts for their clients, but netting those same clients is just as important a part of the job. We asked a veteran hockey agent to lay out his recruitment strategy.
“Identifying players at age 14 and 15 isn’t easy, but it’s necessary. Otherwise you’re too late.”
“As much as I can go to bantam and minor-midget games or tournaments, I have to spend serious time with my NHL clients. So [getting] information from coaches and other people in minor hockey is crucial. I count on their tips for finding clients.”
from Nick Butler of inside the games,
International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) general secretary Horst Lichtner has urged the National Hockey League (NHL) to "seriously consider" committing to participating at the next two Olympic Games in order to best capitalise on the commercial opportunities provided by the Chinese market at Beijing 2022.
It comes as negotiations continue to stall between the NHL, IIHF, International Olympic Committee (IOC) and other stakeholders over participation at Pyeongchang 2018.
Gruelling journey times and a time difference of at least 13 hours has created extra doubt among North American clubs.
Deciding who pays transportation and insurance costs is another major stumbling block.
The World Cup of Hockey, scheduled to run from September 17 to October 1 in Toronto, is seen as a pivotal opportunity for both sides to meet and reach a consensus.
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