Kukla's Korner Hockey
For the kids at the Courage Canada Hockey Camp for the Blind, it’s more than just an opportunity to strap on skates and hit the ice – it’s a chance to share their experiences with other kids facing similar challenges.
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
What sets a generational player apart from a talented or a franchise player is his impact on and off the ice. Generational players can become not just the face of a franchise, but the face of the league.
The Roy-led Canadiens in 1993 were the last Canadian team to win the Stanley Cup, a good but not great NHL team spurred on to success by a single, galvanizing star.
The Los Angeles Kings have proved in recent years you don’t necessarily need that one defining player to win a championship, but it sure helps in critical moments to have one to rally around.
Do McDavid and/or Eichel genuinely fit the bill as future generational players?
“To me, they do,” answered Craig Button, the former NHL general manager and long-time hockey scout, now a commentator for TSN. “You watch Connor McDavid; he’s electrifying. Remember when Guy Lafleur would jump over the boards and everybody in the building knew he was on the ice? Then he’d get the puck and it was like, ‘Okay, here we go.’ Well, that’s McDavid. I use this distinction carefully, but McDavid is to Eichel what Gretzky and Messier were to one another. Eichel has the power game – he can impose himself on opponents with his size, whereas with McDavid, it’s the way he skates and the way he thinks.
“When you compare these guys to players like Messier and Mario Lemieux, that’s rarefied air – and to me, they’re in rarefied air.”
from the CP at TSN,
A senior Canadian ice hockey official believes NHL players will return to the Winter Olympics, and is urging an early decision this time.
The participation of NHL players in the Olympics is contentious because of disruption to the league season and teams' concerns over injury risks.
Bob Nicholson, a vice-president of the International Ice Hockey Federation and former Hockey Canada chief, was asked Friday about the prospect of NHL players competing at the 2018 Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
"The players want to go but it's very difficult for the NHL," Nicholson said. "If everyone agrees to take some and leave some on the table, I think we'll see NHL players in the future."
"You never like it to go down to the wire, because everyone loses," he added. "The sooner you decide to go, the better it will be for them and for all of the countries participating."
NHL players have participated in every Winter Olympics since 1998. Doubts have been raised about the league's participation in Pyeongchang because of, among other things, a lack of hockey tradition in Korea.
Coming to PBS on November 10th...
Here is a preview as they go for the Gold in Sochi.
Or as George Malik mentioned a few days ago, the Kent Nilsson move. Watch his goal below in 1989.
I've been making videos of Iguchi Aito for over a year now.
Iguchi is from Saitama Japan, and his work off the ice helps him be that much better than everyone else. It's always exciting talking to him about ways we can improve his game - he is excelling at an alarmingly fast rate. Very proud of his progress.
Looks like the kid has been watching some NHL hockey, I see some Datsyuk, Ovechkin and others in his moves.
from Mike Shackil,
Since 1930, the Ice Hockey World Championships have been held as an individual event to determine the top hockey team in the world. In that inaugural year, only 12 countries participated, but now the tournament features a minimum of 40 teams in at least three different groupings. With such massive global participation, Ice Hockey World Championship tickets are demanded all over the world on the secondary market.
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – USA Hockey announced today that Grand Forks, North Dakota, has been selected to host the 2016 International Ice Hockey Federation Under-18 Men’s World Championship. The 10-team event, which features the top players in the world under the age of 18, will be staged in April 2016, with final dates to be announced in the near future. Ralph Engelstad Arena, on the University of North Dakota campus, will be the main venue for the championship, with Purpur Arena, a municipal facility in the city, serving as the secondary venue.
“We're thrilled to be bringing another world championship to Grand Forks," said Dave Ogrean, executive director of USA Hockey. "Jody Hodgson and his group at Ralph Engelstad Arena put together an outstanding plan and with the support of the city and state and the great hockey fans of the Red River Valley, we look forward to an exceptional event."
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from John Buccigross of ESPN,
Jack Eichel is that classic -- often reported as extinct -- middle-class American kid. Oh, and as his BU head coach David Quinn said, "He's a physical freak with strength, vision and an NHL shot." That helps, too.
But, as we have seen many times in sports, those skills are not enough. No one does it alone.
A lava lamp's function is not to create light, but to create a mood. As your eyes fixate, the unpredictable, syrupy movements put you in a state of calmed focus. It's hard to take your eyes off it.
Boston University marked its lava lamp with a firetruck-red No. 9. There's a new kid in town.
I drove up to Boston last weekend to see and meet the kid in person. Jack Eichel is a 6-foot-1, 18-year-old buoyant blob of wax still cooling and congealing as he makes his purposeful strides toward the 2015 NHL draft in Sunrise, Florida.
Eichel's name will be the first or second called next June 26. He will hold up an NHL jersey (Buffalo's? Carolina's? Winnipeg's? Arizona's? Florida's? Toronto's?), smile and begin his NHL career soon after.
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