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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.
With a tournament currently underway in Goyang, Korea and Coordination Committees already meeting about the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics the interest in ice hockey in Korea is on the rise; thus IIHF President René Fasel and IIHF VP Thomas Wu met up with the media in Goyang on the final day of the 2014 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship Division I Group A competition.
René Fasel on his first impressions and hockey in Asia:
I thank the Korean Ice Hockey Association for organizing the tournament. It was a good test for Korea to have this tournament organized here. We are pleased to have the Olympic Winter Games in 2018 in Korea. We put a lot of effort in Asian hockey with Thomas Wu as our Vice President and our Asian office in Hong Kong with Harald Springfeld. We have 17 members on this side of the world and we are doing the best we can to develop our sport in Asia.
It is great to see the sport grow outside of North America and Europe and games like IIHF tournaments and the Winter Olympics help with that growth - especially when the worlds best players are involved. As of now the NHL has not agreed to an Olympic break. What does this mean for the 2018 PyeongChang games?
from Jeff Z. Klein of the New York Times,
Despite a series of rule changes and awareness campaigns aimed at eliminating spinal cord trauma, amateur hockey players continue to sustain paralyzing injuries from crashing into the boards. Tom Smith of Swampscott, Mass., had the extraordinary misfortune to incur two separate spinal injuries, in 2008 and 2009.
“Hockey was my life,” said Smith, 24, who walks with the aid of two canes. “I didn’t want anyone to have the game of hockey ripped away from them because of a head injury, a neck injury, any injury. So we came up with the Look-Up Line.”
The line is essentially a visual warning track, alerting players to their proximity to the unyielding boards. USA Hockey’s board of directors will vote on a proposal to adopt the Look-Up Line when it meets on June 6 in Colorado Springs.
If the measure is approved, every arena under USA Hockey’s jurisdiction will paint a 40-inch-wide bright orange band on the ice along the boards. The arenas will have to comply by 2017, but the board could also vote to expedite the change as a matter of safety.
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