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from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,
At Tufts, the hockey team is using an iPad and GoPro camera as tools to help its goalies. The devices are part of a package developed by Double Blue Sports Analytics, launched by Dan Kerluke, a former University of Maine player and assistant coach. Users place the camera on the glass, preferably above the goalie. The camera captures every sequence that is critical to a goalie’s analysis of the game, such as shots, saves, screens, passes, entries off the rush.
Either during or after the game, a goaltending coach tags the events on an iPad. If an opponent takes a shot from inside the blue line along the wall, the coach will drop a pin on the approximate location. The coach will note if a goal is scored off an extended cycle. A tap on the screen will tag where the puck beat the goalie — high glove, low blocker, five-hole. During video sessions, the goalie can study every save made and missed. Even if a goalie’s coach is elsewhere, Double Blue’s iPad application allows for remote instruction. Once a goalie’s game is captured and tagged, the video is uploaded to a cloud server. The coach downloads the clips and makes notes and corrections via voiceover, telestration, and annotation. The coach pushes the video back to the goalie for review.
“If he’s given up eight high-glove goals, you can click on the shot chart and see all the videos attached to those eight goals,” Kerluke said. “Instantly for a goalie coach, you can go through those high-glove goals and find out what the deficiency is, then work on something in practice to make that improvement. As a goalie coach, to aggregate 10 games’ worth of goals against can be 30 or 40 hours of work. This technology extracts that simply and gives it meaning.”
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from Pat Pickens of the New York Times,
Like most sports, the N.H.L. has its own language — but it is clear to those who play the game, whether they are from Moose Jaw or Minneapolis, Moscow or Malmo.
Yet because so much of the sport is rooted in Canada, hockey talk tends to come off a little differently to those with an untrained ear.
It’s a game sometimes played in “barns” by “boys” wearing “sweaters.” An on-target shot might be “marked” or “labeled.” Members of a team’s top-two forward lines are skilled players who “pot” goals. Those with a ferocious shot are often called snipers. Others may set up goals by “dangling” — or skillfully maneuvering — around defensemen.
Forwards on third or fourth lines were once called enforcers or goons. Today, those players are more likely to be called checkers, muckers or grinders. They play with “jam.”
Jam has long been part of the hockey lexicon, but it reached the mainstream because Peter Laviolette used the term on HBO’s “24/7” leading up to the 2012 Winter Classic.
from Raju Mudhar of the Toronto Star,
The World Cup of Hockey could be the kind of best-on-best tourney that fans eat up. Speaking of leverage, it also gives the NHL an alternative and way of wresting away control from the Olympics. Hockey is considered one of the jewels of the Games, but it disrupts the regular season, and most importantly, at least from the NHL’s point of view, it does not add to its bottom line. That’s basically what Bill Daly, NHL deputy commissioner, said on Sportsnet’s Hockey Central @ Noon on Thursday.
“I do think that the success that we are going to have with the World Cup does bear on the equation of future Olympic participation, it has too,” said Daly. “Because I think the tournament that we’re designing jointly with the Player’s Association is going to be fantastic and in my opinion, the best hockey tournament with the highest level of hockey talent that’s ever existed in the world.”
“There are exciting opportunities to promote the sports around that tournament, and obviously there are some financial rewards, that will come out of that tournament, and some of those things are not available through the Olympic vehicle,” he added....
Even without official confirmation, most sportsmediaoutlets in the U.S. welcomed the reports of ESPN’s potential return to professional hockey. For all the criticism it receives, there is no doubt having the U.S. behemoth have some stake in hockey is good for the sport south of the border.
AHL President Dave Andrews joined Prime Time Sports to discuss the new California Division and its affiliates and also the plan for the NHL to adopt the AHL’s overtime rules.
Slava Fetisov recalls the "Miracle on Ice" while visiting Lake Placid with his daughter in 2013. 30 for 30: Of Miracles and Men premieres February 8th, 9pm ET on ESPN.
from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,
Hockey’s two primary minor league circuits had quite the dance this week, with the American Hockey League and the ECHL trading towns like hockey card collectors at a trade show.
When the dust settles, we’ll have a Pacific Division of five teams in the AHL and a migration in the ECHL — which at one time stood for East Coast Hockey League — to the Eastern side of the continent. Then, over time, I believe we’ll see Vancouver bring their AHL affiliate from Utica into British Columbia (likely Abbotsford), Colorado open up an AHL affiliate in-state, and the Coyotes go from Portland, Maine to Tucson or the Prescott, Arizona area.
Expansion Las Vegas will set up an AHL farm club somewhere nearby, and if Seattle ever comes on board we could see as many as 11 AHL clubs out West, including the Texas Stars in Austin.
For now though, the five-team Pacific Division will have some growing pains.
from the CP at NHL.com,
NHL commissioner Gary Bettman says advertisements could be included on jerseys at the World Cup of Hockey.
The league has so far resisted putting ads on the sweaters of its 30 teams, but Bettman said Friday that corporate logos on jerseys are possible for the tournament in 2016.
"World Cup, international competition, I don't know," Bettman said at a press conference at Rogers Arena. "We may take a look at it. It might be a valuable opportunity."
None of North America's four major professional sports leagues currently have ads on jerseys, but the practice is widespread elsewhere in the world.
Bettman said that won't be happening any time soon in the NHL.
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from Sam Cosentino of Sportsnet,
Friday Night Hockey makes its way back to Kingston for an OHL tilt pitting the Erie Otters up against the Kingston Frontenacs. It’s also a match-up of world junior gold medalists Connor McDavid and Lawson Crouse.
Erie’s win-streak came to an end on Thursday when they dropped a 6-5 decision to the Peterborough Petes. The Otters have still won six of their past seven. The high-scoring trio of Connor McDavid, Dylan Strome and Alex DeBrincat got a boost when Remi Elie and Jake Marchment were brought in from Belleville to add depth to an already potent lineup.
continued and this game will be on the NHL Network US starting at 7:00pm ET tonight.
DETROIT – Olympia Entertainment has announced that tonight’s “Duel in the D” between the University of Michigan and Michigan State University at Joe Louis Arena is sold out. College hockey fans can catch all the action of tonight’s game between the inter-state rivals on FOX Sports Detroit at 7:30 p.m.
Michigan and Michigan State have met at least once per season at Joe Louis Arena since 1990, with the Wolverines holding the series advantage at The Joe with a 14-9-4 record.
— Is the NHL done with the Olympics? Depends on whom you ask. The owners don’t want to go, and league officials seem pessimistic. The players do want to go, and union officials seem optimistic. They agree on one thing: A lot depends on whether they receive concessions in Pyeongchang like they did in Sochi – insurance costs, travel costs, access, et cetera. Serious talks have not even started with the IIHF and the IOC, but most expect a decision to be made sooner than last time.
— NBC has paid billions for NHL and Olympic rights in the United States. It certainly would prefer NHL players go. But it might not pressure the NHL to participate in Pyeongchang. It might not care as much as you might think. If NHL players stay home, NBC could air other events – say, more figure skating – or hockey in whatever form it takes. One TV perspective: “It’ll still be Olympic hockey, and it’ll still outdraw the NHL’s ratings.”
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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. ... American Hockey League President and CEO David Andrews announced today that the league’s Board of Governors has formally and unanimously approved the steps necessary to create a Pacific Division within the AHL beginning with the 2015-16 season.
The Board has approved the following:
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