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The U.S. Men's National Team, captained by Detroit Red Wings forward Justin Abdelkader, fell to the Latvian team 6-5 today in the preliminary round of the IIHF Federation Men's World Championship earlier today. In case you missed the game on NBCSN Nashville Predators Craig Smith was named Team USA's best player of the game.
Yesterday the NCAA released their latest Academic Progress Rate (APR) data and as you guessed men's hockey is number one in having student-athletes successfully progress towards completing their degree.
From College Hockey Inc.
The APR, created a decade ago to measure Division I schools and teams on their student-athletes' success in the classroom, awards points to teams based on students' grades, their progress toward their degree and for staying in school. Teams are also rewarded in the APR for students who return to school to complete their degrees.
from Stephen Whyno of the CP at the Globe and Mail,
Canadian fans are hard to come by at the world hockey championship, and some of those wearing paper hats with the red-and-white Maple Leaf are Belarusians who have picked a team to cheer for at the tournament.
Then there’s Chris Sebastian and Kevin Snowden, lifelong friends of Canadian captain Kevin Bieksa from Grimsby, Ont. After deciding last week to come to Minsk, they ran into some trouble along the way.
Sebastian and Snowden left Toronto in the second period of Team Canada’s opening game Friday against France and didn’t arrive until there was a minute left in Saturday’s game against Slovakia. It was a 32-hour journey with stops in five countries because they didn’t have the requisite visa to travel through Moscow.
Snowden pointed at Sebastian and said that he thought for 30 hours his friend was going to kill him because “we were flying all over Europe trying to get here and finally it came to the point where we had to make a decision: Are we going to go to Minsk tonight or not?” he said. “In order to do that we had to fly from Warsaw to Frankfurt, back to Minsk, spend an extra thousand (dollars) Canadian. It cost us a lot, but to get here and actually be here it’s just amazing.”
Day Five of the 2014 IIHF World Championship Tournament is about to start shortly and though the Russians beat the Americans 6-1 yesterday the big story out of Minsk, Belarus are the French.
The underdog French have managed to pull off some upsets that aren’t too far removed from the accomplishment of the U.S. college players who edged the mighty Soviet Union 4-3 at the 1980 Lake Placid Olympics. And they wouldn’t have shocked "Big Seven" nations like Russia last year (2-1) or Canada (3-2) and Slovakia (5-3) this year if they didn’t have the right mental outlook.
That is right the France started this years Worlds with edging out Canada with a 3-2 shootout win.
With Mother’s Day weekend many were out with family. I, myself, spent yesterday at my mom’s house getting asked by my family for hockey updates and being asked to recap the playoffs thus far. Here are some hockey highlights (or low lights depending on what way you look at it).
In case you missed it Friday kicked off the start of the preliminary round for the IIHF World Championship taking place in Minsk, Belarus.
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from Stephen Whyno of the CP at the Winnipeg Free Press,
Team Canada's world hockey championship is off to a rough start after a stunning 3-2 shootout loss to France.
Even though it took a shootout, the defeat at Chizhovka-Arena stands out as one of Canada's more embarrassing losses in recent history at this tournament. It's just the second time Canada lost to France, the last coming in regulation in 1995.
The two latest matchups between these teams at the IIHF World Hockey Championship ended in 7-2 and 9-1 victories for Canada in 2012 and 2011, respectively. Canada entered the 2014 tournament 8-1 all-time against France.
Pierre-Edouard Bellemare scored the shootout-winner for France.
Stephane Da Costa, a part-timer with the Ottawa Senators, had each of France's regulation power-play goals.
Spencer Jean is a hockey player who had his career cut short by concussions — 15 of them. His brain is degenerating.
He's been diagnosed with chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a degenerative brain disease.
"My symptoms will just continually get worse over the years. It’ll mock symptoms of dementia," Jean said. "I want to get things accomplished before those symptoms come about."
Now, Jean, 23, has written a book detailing his injuries.
The Untold Truth details his first and last concussions, and everything in between.
Jean, who is from LaSalle, Ont., near Windsor, explains how he hid his concussions from his coaches, teammates, parents and even doctors.
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The book is available at Amazon (affiliate link)
Note- Probabably a good time to bring this to the top of page, original post was on 4/23/14 at 3:39pm.
STAMFORD, Conn. – April 23, 2014 – NBC Sports Group will present live coverage of all Team USA games next month from the 2014 IIHF World Championship in Minsk, Belarus, part of more than 40 hours of coverage on NBCSN. NBC Sports Live Extra – NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, and tablets – will stream all NBCSN content.
from John Katsilometes of the Las Vegas Sun,
The ice-in-the-sky concept to turn the pool deck at the Plaza into a hockey facility for the Las Vegas Wranglers has proven too costly to complete.
The Plaza announced in a news release today that the Wranglers will not move their home games to the downtown hotel-casino. It cited the team’s concerns that the project had exceeded original cost estimates.
Team owner Gary Jacobs informed Jonathan Jossel, managing director of Plaza hotel parent company Tamares Group, in an email this morning that the team was moving on.
“The pool deck wasn’t going to be feasible in a time frame for us to play at the Plaza,” Wranglers President Billy Johnson said in a phone interview just after the release was issued via email.
“We do have another (plan) that we’ve dual-tracked in case things didn’t work out as smoothly as we’d liked with the Plaza,” he said.
Dual-tracked in this context means the team was simultaneously working out a plan for another venue.
thanks to a KK member for the pointer
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Goaltenders David Leggio (Williamsville, N.Y./Hershey Bears/Clarkson Univ.) and Tim Thomas (Flint, Mich./Dallas Stars/Univ. of Vermont) and forward Tommy Wingels (Evanston, Ill./San Jose Sharks/Miami Univ.) have been added to the 2014 U.S. Men's National Team, completing the 25-man roster that will compete at the International Ice Hockey Federation Men's World Championship May 9-25 in Minsk, Belarus.
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