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Gone In An Instant

from Adam Proteau of The Hockey News,

It was almost 10 years ago today – Sept. 7th, 2011 – and I was outside of North Toronto Arena, talking to Blackhawks star Jonathan Toews for a story that would appear in The Hockey News, when news broke over the internet: a plane had crashed in Yaroslavl, Russia – a plane filled with professional hockey players from Russia’s Kontinental League.

At first, the names of all who died in the crash (and in the end, all but one of the 45 people on board would not survive it) did not come out, until it was clear the plane was carrying Yaroslavl’s entire Lokomotiv team.

Slowly, the shock and grief set in.

If it was Lokomotiv that was on that plane, that meant Brad McCrimmon – a beloved former NHLer who was settling in as the team’s head coach – was on board. That meant Igor Korolev and Alexander Karpotsev, two men whom I had interviewed during their time as Toronto Maple Leafs, were on board. That meant former NHLers Kãrlis Skratinš, Ruslan Salei, Karel Rachunek, Josef Vašíček and Pavol Demitra were on it.

All recognizable names, all just so sad to imagine they were gone in an instant. The pain was overwhelming, and this was only the pain felt by the hockey community at large; it was difficult to imagine what the families of the players, coaches and flight staff were going through.


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Video- The Decision On Going To The Olympics

via Sportsnet's YouTube page,

Jesse Fuchs & Elliotte Friedman discuss the agreement between the NHL, NHLPA & IIHF that will allow NHL players to participate at the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing, and how much the players themselves factored into the decision.


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Team USA Coaching Staff Finalized

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – John Hynes (Warwick, R.I.), David Quinn (Cranston, R.I.), Todd Reirden (Deerfield, Ill.) and Ryan Miller (East Lansing, Mich.) will serve as assistant coaches to head coach Mike Sullivan for the 2022 Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Team it was announced today by USA Hockey.

“We've got a great coaching staff in place,” said Stan Bowman, general manager of the 2022 U.S. Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Team. “It's a group that knows what it takes to be successful, and through their unique and varied backgrounds will help put our team in the best position to win the gold medal."

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The NHL/NHLPA Will Participate In The Winter Olympics

added 11:05am, via Adam Steiss of IIHF.com,

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The OHL Has Suspended Logan Mailloux

Toronto, Ont. – Ontario Hockey League Commissioner David Branch today announced that London Knights player Logan Mailloux has been suspended indefinitely as a result of an incident that occurred November 2020 in Sweden, while the player was on loan to SK Lejon.  This violated the League’s expectation of the appropriate conduct of an OHL player.

The player will have the opportunity to apply for reinstatement to the League on or after January 1, 2022.  A decision regarding reinstatement will be based in part on his conduct since his return to Canada and the appropriate treatment, counselling, mentoring and or education he receives from the date of this decision.

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Canada Wins Gold At The Women’s World Championship

Game highlights are below.

CALGARY, Alberta  - Alex Carpenter (North Reading, Mass.) tallied two goals here tonight as Team USA fell to Canada, 3-2, in overtime of the gold-medal game of the 2021 IIHF Women’s World Championship.

“I am really proud of this group.” said Joel Johnson (White Bear Lake, Minn.), head coach of the 2021 U.S. Women’s National Team. “I thought we had great first period, we weathered the storm in the second and followed it up with a really good third period. Then you get to overtime and anything happens. Either way, I am really proud of what we accomplished here.”

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The “Bad Boys Of Hockey”

from Sammi Silber of WSH Hockey Now,

Back in 2004, on April Fool’s Day, “the real Tony Soprano” bought his hockey-loving son his very own pro team. It wasn’t a prank.

That’s just the beginning of the journey of James “Jimmy” Galante and his son, AJ Galante. Netflix shares the story of the family in the latest installment of the Untold docuseries titled “Crime & Penalties.” It takes a closer look at the mafia, hockey and the short-lived Danbury Trashers hockey club that established itself as the “bad boys of hockey” in the UHL, an affiliate of the NHL at the time.

“It was just such a surreal experience for me and my father,” AJ said of the film, which the Way Brothers reached out to him about in late 2018. “To see yourself on TV is definitely weird in a way. I knew it would be a great production.”

It’s exciting, gripping and catches you from the very first minute. Featuring interviews with Jimmy and AJ., as well as former members of the Danbury Trashers like Rumun Ndur and brothers Drew and Mike Omicioli (the epitome of brotherly love) and even UHL commissioner Richard Brosal, who delivers a message that resonates deeply with the narrative.


Now available on Netflix.

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Morning Line- Ken Campbell

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Women’s World Championship Coverage On The NHL Network

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The U.S. Women's National Team, which has won the last five IIHF Women's World Championships, will begin its quest for a sixth straight gold medal on Friday (Aug. 20) with a preliminary round matchup against Switzerland at the 2021 IIHF Women's World Championship. Opening faceoff is set for 9:30 p.m. ET. The tournament, which is being staged in Calgary, Alberta, concludes on Aug. 31 with bronze and gold-medal games.

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Playoff Format For The AHL Next Season

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. … The American Hockey League Board of Governors has approved the qualification rules and format for the 2022 Calder Cup Playoffs.

A total of 23 teams will qualify for postseason play when the 2021-22 regular season ends on April 24, with five rounds of playoffs leading to the crowning of a Calder Cup champion.

“Our clubs and their National Hockey League partners recognize the importance of playoff races and postseason experience on overall player development,” said AHL President and Chief Executive Officer Scott Howson. “Expanding the Calder Cup Playoff field will allow some 150 additional players to play more meaningful games in pursuit of a championship.”

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Paul Kukla founded Kukla’s Korner in 2005 and the site has since become the must-read site on the ‘net for all the latest happenings around the NHL.

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