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The International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) has voted to play all upcoming international tournaments scheduled for North America between 2008-2012 – including the 2008 World Championship – on NHL-size rinks.
Generally, IIHF tournaments are played on international-size rinks, which measure 200 feet long by 100 feet wide. The NHL ice surface is 200 feet long by 85 feet wide.
To compensate for the loss in ice width, the IIHF Council, voting in Zurich, will use NHL ice markings. The blue line on an NHL rink is 64 feet from the end boards, while international-size rinks place the blue line just 58 feet out.
from Sam Donnellon of the Philadelphia Daily News,
Brian Boucher was living large again. No overnight herking and jerking in his bus seat this time. No cricks in his neck or tightened hamstrings from sleeping sideways, no sudden awakenings because of red lights that changed too fast, or drivers who loved to brake, or worst of all, those crater-sized potholes hidden amid moonless nights.
No, this bus had satellite television. And bunks. Not exactly Ritz-Carlton material, or even rock-star status. More like an Extended Stay America on wheels. But better than those upright rides up and down Route 13 to Norfolk, all the same.
No criminal charges will be laid against adult hockey coaches for allegedly assaulting each other during a brawl that also involved eight-year-old players in Guelph, Ont., police say.
Police said Thursday they came to the decision not to lay charges after speaking to witnesses, investigating the case and reviewing a videotape of the fracas.
More about this here on KK several days ago. Watch the just released video below…
from Geoffrey York of the Globe and Mail,
It’s a sunny afternoon in the Beijing suburbs, and the thumping strains of Billy Idol and Duran Duran are echoing noisily through the Century Star Skating Rink in a futile effort to whip up enthusiasm from the tiny crowd of hockey fans.
It’s an inauspicious start for the NHL’s first venture into the Middle Kingdom. The potentially massive Chinese market has become the Holy Grail for sports promoters around the world, but the NHL is facing a hard struggle in its attempt to sell hockey to the 1.3 billion people of the world’s most populous country.
As recently as the 1980s, there were 16 hockey teams in China. But today, Chinese hockey has fallen into such a steep decline that one leading Chinese newspaper declared it “not far from death.”
From the Canadian Press, more information on the Triple-A hockey brawl involving 8-year-old players last weekend:
A video recording of the fight was being reviewed by police, who are expected to decide as early as Wednesday whether to lay criminal charges amid allegations that one of the adult coaches spit in the face of his cross-ice counterpart.
Police are alleging that when a small fight broke out between players on the ice, both coaches sent in more players from the bench to join in.
The Ontario Minor Hockey Association began its own investigation and was being assisted by the Niagara Falls Minor Hockey Association and the Greater Toronto Hockey League.
“Which group was the first to act, (and) which was the next to react, doesn’t make any difference,” said GTHL president John Gardner. “For adults to get into a situation like this . . . it’s not good for hockey and we’re not going to tolerate it.”
from College Hockey News,
Something was noticeably absent from Saturday’s sold-out, nationally-televised college hockey game at Madison Square Garden….
In particular, the game Saturday was televised, but was done so using the in-house MSG video feed. The regular broadcasters, Matt McConnell and Dave Starman, were not at the event, but rather called the game off video monitors from CSTV’s studios about a half-mile away from the Garden.
Clearly, budgetary concerns are at play. Advertising revenue has not been there for CSTV. And when CBS bought the network almost two years ago, it was unwilling to continue absorbing those losses. As a result, hockey has gone from the network’s signature sport, to a somewhat lesser role.
from KearneyHub.com (Nebraska),
Whether he’s on the bench or sitting on the ice, Gerry Jorgensen’s jobs are a lot alike.
As one of two Buffalo County Court judges, Jorgensen can be found presiding over cases during the day, but by night he’s a Storm hockey off-ice official or fan….
In his spare time, he also collects hockey jerseys and maintains a message board tracking every former Storm player’s games, statistics, injuries and season-to-date totals, whether they’re playing college or professional hockey. But it wasn’t until November 2000 when the Storm came to Kearney that Jorgensen’s jersey collection went full strength.
from James Duthie at the Ottawa Citzen,
“I was going to retire,” McLennan continues. “But my best buddy from Lethbridge, Joel Dyck, has played in Japan for 14 years, and he said, ‘Why don’t you come play with me and finish your career here?’ So I figured, what the heck? It has been awesome so far. The people. The culture. It’s amazing.”
McLennan brought another former NHL pal, tough-guy Tyson Nash, with him. They are Nippon’s two allowed imports. The rest of the team consists of transplanted Canadians and native Japanese players, who already knew all about their goalie’s infamous antics.
“They had all seen the bit with me running over Luongo on YouTube. They know I like to have fun,” McLennan said with a chuckle.
Watch the video McLennan talks about…
from Brad Holland at NHL.com,
Nashville’s Game Presentation: I had a chance to sit low in a very good seat last night, and watched the game with an ice-level view instead of a bird’s-eye. Outstanding! The Nashville fans were energetic, into the game, and right on top of the action. They were courteous, asking questions of me and even weren’t shy to give a few tips on how to make NHL.com better (I spent the third period sitting next to a young Predators fan and youth Nashville hockey player who knew as much about hockey-at-large as any Canadian kid…
more on Brad’s hockey weekend… and I think I may have to have a sit-down with young Bradley!
from the Peoria Journal Star,
Juuso Riksman is gone again. And this time, without permission.
The veteran Peoria Rivermen goaltender abruptly quit the AHL team late Saturday night after Peoria’s loss to San Antonio, saying he wants to head back to Europe….
“Juuso Riksman told us last week he wanted to come back and play for Peoria, so we dropped Jason Bacashihua to No. 3 on the depth chart and traded him to Colorado,” St. Louis Blues director of pro scouting and Rivermen general manager Kevin McDonald said Sunday. “Then last night he told us he was going home. We want guys on this team who want to be here. Riksman will be suspended.
“I don’t know where he’s going to play. Jokerit (the Finnish team Riksman played for in 2006-07) holds his rights in Europe and does not need a goaltender. And we retain his NHL rights and control of him here.”
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