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Meanwhile I will just call it a money grab until proven wrong.
from Mike G. Morreale of NHL.com,
Erie Otters center Connor McDavid and Boston University center Jack Eichel have met and even exceed expectations this season as the top two players eligible for the 2015 NHL Draft.
As expected, McDavid and Eichel were No. 1 and No. 2, respectively, on NHL Central Scouting's midterm rankings of the top North American players available for the 2015 draft, which will be held June 26-27 at BB&T Center in Sunrise, Fla.
"During the meetings there were no negative components brought forward on Eichel or McDavid since both are recognized as truly outstanding, gifted young hockey players," Director of NHL Central Scouting Dan Marr said. "They play different styles yet both bring the exceptional skills, character and intangibles to be a franchise-type player for an NHL club."
from Allan Muir of Sports Illustrated,
Swirling rumors suggest that we're just days away from the official announcement of the next World Cup of Hockey and it appears the early talk about the tournament set-up is true. The eight-team event will reportedly feature entries from Canada, the United States, Russia, Finland, Sweden and the Czech Republic, with two “at-large” clubs rounding out the field. The first will be made up of young stars from around the NHL while the second will be comprised of top players from countries that are not sending their national teams.
Nothing wrong with tossing around new ideas, but it is hard to believe that either of these stuck. Both pose obvious problems.
Take the young stars plan: Will national teams be allowed to claim a player who falls under the age limit if he's one of their best? Does a 20-year-old such as Filip Forsberg suit up for Sweden or the young stars? What about 22-year-old Gabe Landeskog? If skaters of their caliber are kept from the national team, then the World Cup risks losing any claim to being a best-on-best tournament.
And what about Team Potpourri? Sure, it offers a chance for players from lesser national sides like Anze Kopitar (Slovenia) or Mats Zuccarello (Norway) to take part, but has anyone asked the guys who'd have to suit up for this polyglot if they even want to?
“I don't know all the details, but I don't know how excited I am about it,” one NHL player told SI.com recently. “You want to represent your country [in an event like this], not just play on a team.”
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from CBC News,
The Vancouver Island Amateur Hockey Association is warning its members it is considering banning spectators from weekend games.
In an open letter, VIAHA president Jim Humphrey says the problem of spectators verbally abusing and harassing on-ice officials and players has become so serious the executive is considering spectator-free weekends.
In this scenario, spectators would be banned from the ice rink area which would be restricted to officials and players only. Humphrey says referees would not start games until spectators had left and would suspend play or games if they returned.
He says the executive is reluctant to take such drastic action, but the vindictiveness of a small minority is costing the association promising young officials and making it difficult for the players to have fun.
While most of us stayed hibernating indoors as the temperatures plummeted to -30 C, the Bunton family of Grimsby spent their week out in the backyard.
Southern Ontario's cold, cold week finally froze the Bunton's backyard hockey rink, welcoming the first skate of the season.
What started off as a tiny, 13 x 30 “patch of ice” in 2008 has grown over the last seven years into a massive, 34 x 98 hockey rink, complete with four foot boards, flood lights, a penalty box and change room with a wood burning stove inside to keep warm.
“It’s growing every year until it can’t go bigger. I think I’d have to move to go bigger,” said Mike Bunton. He spent 750 hours building the rink this season.
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Don Cherry and Ron MacLean topics from last night- P.K. Subban defensive play, the Canadian WJC team and other international teams, Roberto Luongo, the Edmonton Oilers, Randy Carlyle, Matt Cooke turtling yesterday and J.P. Parise.
via Mike Johnston of Sportsnet,
Former OHL and AHL hockey player Joe Grimaldi is about to become an internet sensation for all the wrong reasons.
Grimaldi, who plays for the Edinburgh Capitals in the Elite Ice Hockey League, was handed an 18-game suspension Friday after an incident in a Jan. 3 game against the Nottingham Panthers.
The 28-year-old native of Ronkonkoma, N.Y., received 67 minutes in penalties for the wild sequence below — he had 69 total PIMs in the game but a meager 67 on this specific shift.
Here is the suspension video just like the NHL does...
Below is the video as the outbreak happened...
Montreal Canadiens prospect Jarred Tinordi was knocked-out cold in an "assumed" staged fight.
from Michael Russo of the Star Tribune,
J.P. Parise, a star player for the old North Stars, and a longtime coach and administrator in Minnesota, died Wednesday night after a yearlong battle with lung cancer. He was 73.
Parise, a two-time NHL All-Star for the North Stars and standout for Team Canada in the “Summit Series” against the Soviet Union in 1972, was the father of Wild winger Zach Parise.
added 11:10am, Statement from the Parise family...
After a brave battle with lung cancer, J.P. Parise passed away peacefully at home Wednesday night with his family by his side. We appreciate the outpouring of support we have received from family, friends and the entire hockey community during this difficult time. J.P. was a great husband, father and grandpa and will be greatly missed by all of us.
Funeral arrangements will be announced at a later time.
NEW YORK (Jan. 8, 2015) – National Hockey League Commissioner Gary Bettman today released the following statement regarding the passing of J.P. Parise:
"The National Hockey League family mourns the passing and cherishes the memory of J.P. Parise. Especially in his adopted home state of Minnesota, J.P. was a consummate player, teacher and administrator in the game. The Parise name has been prominent in Minnesota hockey since the 1960s, and J.P.'s commitment and passion for the NHL lives on through his son, Zach. The NHL sends heartfelt condolences to J.P.'s family, to his friends, to the Minnesota Wild organization and to all the organizations J.P. represented with such passion."
from Allan Muir of Sports Illustrated,
Easy to see why Max Domi was named the tournament's top forward. It was a flashy performance by the Coyotes prospect, highlighted by explosive rushes, adroit playmaking, a couple of timely goals and a fair bit of the chippiness you'd expect to see from Tie's kid. He was truly exceptional....
If I learned anything from this tournament, it's that I want Curtis Lazar on my team. His heavy, north-south style of play speaks for itself, but this kid's value is multiplied exponentially by his intangibles. His intensity and commitment set the tone for Team Canada. And then there's the fact that he plays every shift like he's opening presents on Christmas morning....
When rumors surfaced that the Red Wings were circling Tyler Myers, it was believed that the Sabres were looking for a package that featured Dylan Larkin in return. If that's the case, you can see why Detroit politely declined. Playing on the third line, he was Team USA's most consistent and most effective offensive weapon, scoring five goals and seven points to pace the club. He plays a smart, physical game and has the upside to play a top-six role....
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