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Your New Hockey Hall Of Fame Members

 

added 3:37pm, HHOF release is below...

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After Teemu Selanne, Who Else Gets In The Hockey Hall Of Fame

from Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun,

Teemu Selanne, the 15th highest score in league history with a batch of trophies, is considered a lock to be announced in his first year, one of four spots open in the player category, including up to two female candidates. Of 14 skaters joining the waiting list this year with a common link of  1,000 NHL regular season games, 300 goals, 400 assists or 700 points, three besides Selanne have improved chances as winners of a Cup or Olympic gold medal, Daniel Alfredsson, Alex Kovalev and Ray Whitney. Among goalies, Nikolai Khabibulin comes in with 333 wins, 46 shutouts and a Cup and Olympic gold.

Beyond Selanne, there aren’t any sure-fire picks, perhaps opening a crack for a lengthy list of players that go back to the Original Six. Many arguments have been heard through the years on behalf of multi-Cup winners Claude Provost (nine), Jean-Guy Talbot (seven) and Ralph Backstrom, Larry Hillman and Kevin Lowe (six each). It follows the narrative that not just points make a player Hall-worthy.

It’s believed one of the strongest pushes behind the scenes this year was for four-time champion Butch Goring. The veteran centre of 16 seasons as the two-way demon for the Islanders dynasty, 

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FYI, the announcement comes tomorrow.

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United States Hockey Hall Of Fame Class Of 2017

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Kevin Collins, Jack Parker, Ben Smith, Ron Wilson and Scott Young will be enshrined into the United States Hockey Hall of Fame as the Class of 2017, it was announced today by USA Hockey.

“Each of the inductees has contributed in extraordinary fashion to the growth and development of hockey in our country,” said Jim Smith, president of USA Hockey. “The members of the Class of 2017 have positively impacted the game, from the grassroots to the highest levels, through playing, coaching and officiating. We very much look forward to formally enshrining each of them into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame later this year.”

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Video- The Winning Call

No matter the level of competition, the joy is always the same.

Bob Kaser of the Grand Rapids Griffins with the emotional call.

 

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Steven Stamkos And Jeff Vinik On The All-Star Game And Olympics

from Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times,

...it's still hard for Stamkos to hide the disappointment of what the game signals: that the NHL won't be participating in the 2018 Olympics in South Korea.

Stamkos hasn't competed for Canada in an Olympics and may never get that chance unless owners have a change of heart for 2022.

"It's a little bittersweet," Stamkos said. "If there's the Olympics, then the (All-Star Game) doesn't come to Tampa, so it's a double-edged sword. If it comes to the point where there's no Olympics, I couldn't think of a better place to host the game. We've proven the hockey market that we are, how great we are. I think it'd be a great time."...

Hedman and fellow Swede Anton Stralman experienced the joy of winning gold at the World Championship last month, but neither has played in the Olympics. Stralman said the league "crushed a dream," caring mostly about money.

"It's a few billionaires trying to make an extra buck," Stralman said.

...So I asked Vinik, what's your message to your players?

"I'm empathetic towards the players. I understand their points of view," he said. "But I also understand the point of view of the owners and commissioner that we are shutting down our season for three weeks. No other professional sports league does that. It's a strong belief of the owners that it doesn't make sense."

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Testing At The NHL Scouting Combine

from Eric Russo of BostonBruins.com,

Dozens of the world's top hockey prospects gathered at the National Hockey League's Scouting Combine this weekend in Buffalo with the hopes of impressing the hockey operations staffs of the 31 participating teams enough to be drafted in a few short weeks.

The prospects - 104 of them, to be exact - attempted to show off their athleticism and their knowledge of the game, all while never coming close to a sheet of ice. Instead, they had to prove themselves during one-on-one meetings with team officials and the all-important - and grueling - gamut of fitness testing.

"We're looking for athletes, we're looking for the individuals that can use some improvement here and there," said Bruins sports performance coach Kenny Pitts. "Many of the guys, as the numbers are showing, have a lot of potential and that's what we're looking for."

The testing includes traditional measurements of height and wingspan, as well as the bench press, pull-ups, shuttle runs, and the Wingate test, during which the prospects pedal on a bike with resistance for 30 seconds.

"We see them on the ice. The coaches and the scouts know what they're looking for, they're obviously all good players…it's the top 100 players in the world," said Bruins sports performance coach Mike Macchioni. "But it's a chance to really see what their genetic potential is, what their athleticism looks like. Sometimes they're so specific to being a hockey player that you don't see all their athleticism. Over here, we get a chance to see that.

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Vegas Golden Knights Announce Affiliation With The Quad City Mallards

VEGAS (June 1, 2017) - Vegas Golden Knights General Manager George McPhee announced today, June 1, that the club has entered into a multi-year affiliation relationship with the ECHL’s Quad City Mallards, who are based in Moline, Illinois, making the Mallards the official ECHL affiliate of the Vegas Golden Knights. Last month, the Golden Knights announced a multi-year affiliation with the Chicago Wolves of the American Hockey League. Under the terms of the affiliation arrangements, the Golden Knights will be able to transfer players to and from Quad City during the 2017-18 season. 

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A Definitive No To The Olympcs

from Jonas Siegel of the CP at the Globe and Mail,

Gary Bettman shovelled a little more dirt on NHLers playing at the 2018 Olympics.

Speaking before Game 1 of the Stanley Cup final in his annual state of the union address, the NHL commissioner said nothing had changed with regard to the Pyeongchang Games since a firm announcement last month that the league would not attend.

Bettman denied apparent suggestions from the International Ice Hockey Federation and NHL Players’ Association that it was still an “open issue.”

“It is not and has not been,” said Bettman. “I hope that was definitive enough.”

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The Windsor Spitfires Win The Memorial Cup

from Ryan Dixon of Sportsnet,

If Warren Rychel thought he was getting an earful from Jeremy Bracco before, wait until the two are in the same room now.

A fantastic Mastercard Memorial Cup final was bookended by a touch of brilliance from Bracco, who registered a goal and two assists in the Windsor Spitfires’ 4-3 win over the Erie Otters on Sunday night at the WFCU Centre in Windsor. The victory made Windsor—which gained an automatic entry as the host team—the first squad in CHL history to win the national title after being bounced in the opening round of the playoffs. The Spitfires are also the third consecutive OHL-based winner and the first host champion since the Shawinigan Cataractes in 2012.

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Videos- Coach’s Corner From Yesterday

Topics discussed, Don Cherry hates afternoon games, the first period of Pens/Sens, Cherry says game 5 Ducks/Predators was the "most vicious game I think I’ve ever seen in the playoffs" and a few more topics.

 

 

Post-game, Don Cherry and Ron MacLean discussed the "lousy" shootout in the World Championhsip, they recapped the Penguins 7-0 win over Ottawa and Tommy Wingels elbow on Scott Wilson.

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About Kukla's Korner Hockey

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.

From breaking news to in-depth stories around the league, KK Hockey is updated with fresh stories all day long and will bring you the latest news as quickly as possible.

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