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The Hobey Baker Memorial Award announced today the 2016 recipient of college hockey’s top individual prize is Jimmy Vesey from Harvard University. The announcement came during the NCAA Frozen Four championship in a live ceremony held at historic Tampa Theatre in Tampa, Florida and aired nationally on NHL Network.
For Vesey (pronounced VEE-zee), the second time is a charm as he was a Hobey Hat Trick finalist a year ago when he led the nation in goal scoring. Two is a prominent number for the senior captain of the Crimson. For two straight years Vesey has been named ECAC Player of the Year, Ivy League Player of the Year, ECAC First Team all-conference and winner of the Walter Brown Award as the best American-born player in New England.
from the Ontario Hockey League, David Branch statement...
Toronto, ON – Based upon an investigation at my request by Terrence O’Sullivan of the law firm of Lax O’Sullivan Lisus Gottlieb LLP, I am satisfied that Rolf Nilsen of the Flint Firebirds has on several occasions violated an agreement he signed on the 11th day of November, 2015, between himself and the OHL. Those violations are contrary to the best interests of the players, the Team, and the OHL.
In view of these findings, in accordance with the OHL Constitution, I have ordered that:
- Rolf Nilsen be suspended by the OHL from being involved directly or indirectly with hockey operations of the Flint Firebirds for five (5) years effective immediately;
- The Flint Firebirds forfeit a first round draft pick in the 2016 OHL Priority Selection (third pick overall);
- A fine be paid by Rolf Nilsen to the League in the amount of Two Hundred and Fifty Thousand Dollars ($250,000.00);
If it is determined by the League that Rolf Nilsen has violated this Order, the League may order Rolf Nilsen to sell one hundred percent (100%) of the ownership interest of the Flint Firebirds.
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The U18 coach has been fired, the roster is confirmed to be radically changed. This is the first Meldonium scandal in Russian hockey.
The ENTIRE Russian U18 roster is replaced with younger players one day before leaving for the Worlds. Biggest mass doping scandal in hockey.
via the OHL,
The Ontario Hockey League today announced the results of a review of an incident which took place in a playoff game played in Owen Sound on the 30th of March, 2016 involving the Attack and the visiting London Knights Hockey Club.
The incident reviewed was a checking to the head infraction involving player Max Jones of the London Knights Hockey Club and Owen Sound player Justin Brack.
Based on such review, it is the position of the League that player Max Jones shall be suspended for twelve (12) games effective immediately.
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The Hobey Baker Memorial Award is pleased to announce the three Hobey Hat Trick finalists for the 2016 Hobey Baker Memorial Award, honoring college hockey’s top player. Alphabetically, they are: Kyle Connor, freshman forward from the University of Michigan, Thatcher Demko, junior goalie from Boston College and Jimmy Vesey, senior forward from Harvard University.
The three finalists were selected from the initial list of Top Ten candidates by the 27-member Selection Committee and an additional round of online fan balloting to determine this year’s Hobey Baker winner. Criteria for the award includes: displaying outstanding skills in all phases of the game, strength of character on and off the ice, sportsmanship and scholastic achievements.
This year’s Hobey Baker Award winner will be announced Friday, April 8, 2016 from the Tampa Theatre in Tampa, Flor. during the NCAA Frozen Four. Built in 1926 the theatre was known as one of America’s finest movie palaces of its era. The 36th annual announcement will be televised live on the NHL Network at 6 p.m. ET, and at the Hobey website, www.hobeybakeraward.com. Here is more on this year’s three finalists:
As an American player from Michigan, Mike Modano knew nothing about Prince Albert, yet he fell in love with the city as soon as he got there to start his junior career with the Raiders. From hockey, to school, to his part-time job at a lumberyard, his time in Prince Albert helped shape the player and person he became.
All times are p.m. ET
Saturday, March 26
3 on ESPNEWS: Ferris State vs. St. Cloud State (West Regional semifinal 1)
4 on ESPNU: RIT vs. Quinnipiac (East Regional semifinal 1)
6 on ESPN2: Midwest Regional final: North Dakota vs. Michigan
6:30 on ESPNU: Boston University vs. Denver (West Regional semifinal 2)
7:30 on ESPN3: Yale vs. Umass- Lowell (East Regional semifinal 2)
9 on ESPNU: Northeast Regional final: Minnesota-Duluth vs. Boston College
Sunday, March 27
5 on ESPNU: West Regional final
7:30 on ESPNU: East Regional final
All times are p.m. ET
Friday, March 25
2 on ESPNU: Northeastern vs. North Dakota (Midwest Regional semifinal 1)
4:30 on ESPN3: Minnesota-Duluth vs. Providence (Northeast Regional semifinal 1)
5:30 on ESPNU: Notre Dame vs. Michigan (Midwest Regional semifinal 2)
8 on ESPNU: Harvard vs. Boston College (Northeast Regional semifinal 2)
the rest of the schedule at ESPN...
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Forward Auston Matthews (Scottsdale, Ariz.), who spent the 2015-16 campaign as a member of the Zurich Lions in the National League A, Switzerland's top professional league, has been named to the 2016 U.S. Men's National Team that will compete at the International Ice Hockey Federation Men's World Championship May 6-22 in Moscow and St. Petersburg, Russia.
Matthews is the first player named to the team. Additional players, as well as the coaching and support staff, will be named in the coming weeks.
Last year, Matthews skated in an exhibition game with the U.S. Men's National Team prior to the 2015 IIHF Men's World Championship, becoming the first player to play at that level before entering their draft-eligible season.
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