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from Jeff Z. Klein of the New York Times,
The N.H.L.’s main request is the right to use Olympic video on the NHL Network and NHL.com.
The N.H.L., like the N.B.A., the W.N.B.A., FIFA and other sports leagues, is currently not allowed to use such video. That means the clip of Sidney Crosby scoring Canada’s gold-medal-winning goal against the United States at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics has never been shown on an N.H.L. video player of any kind.
But if the I.O.C. grants an exception to the N.H.L., it may have to grant similar exceptions to other bodies. That is the sticking point.
“I would think other leagues would ask for the same thing,” said Ed Desser, president of the consulting firm Desser Sports Media and a former president of NBA Television and New Media Ventures. “It’s a very interesting conundrum.”
Desser added: “On the one hand, you have leagues that spend a huge amount of time and resources in creating the interest in the athletes and the sport, and the I.O.C., in essence, gets a free ride on that. It’s hardly surprising to me that the N.H.L. would seek to obtain some benefits.”
The judge surprised everyone by giving the B.C coach actual jail time for tripping an opposing player in the handshake line.
The Bridgeport Sound Tigers lost 5-2 to the Sprinfield Falcons, but won the penalty minutes battle 147 to 95 (boxscore).
Want highlights? The fighting starts at the 2:45 mark...
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from Henrik Manninen at IIHF.com,
A standout both on and off the ice in his native country, 19-year-old Yuto Osawa opted to travel west to Sweden to continue his development - a move set to pay dividends for Japanese hockey in the future.
When Ronald Sätterman scrutinised his roster ahead of this season, a kid from Hokkaido surprised the newly appointed head coach of Mora IK:s under-20 team.
"I must admit I didn't know enough about hockey in Japan and it was a deal that had been done before I arrived to the club," said Sätterman about the transfer of Osawa to Mora. "So when I saw that there was a Japanese player in our under-20's, I expected him to end up with our affiliate team, Orsa Hockey in division two, but when I then during our first practises I very quickly realised that this kid was good."
The story of how a teenage Asian prospect ended up in small town Sweden has its beginnings at the tail end of last season. The Oji Eagles had then approached Mora about the possibility of sending over one of their youngsters, a highly-rated young playmaker, overseas to develop his game in Europe. With the Japanese club taking care of all costs, the two teams shook hands on a gamble that has since benefited both parties.
The NHL is interested in allowing its stars to play at next year's Sochi Olympics but is demanding TV rights concessions and rule changes, the Russian Hockey Federation president and three-time gold medalist Vladislav Tretiak told R-Sport.
Negotiations between the NHL, the International Olympic Committee and hockey's global governing body, the IIHF, were held last week in New York, but the situation remains unresolved.
“In general, there is interest from the NHL,” Tretiak, who is involved on the IIHF side, told R-Sport.
“But they are laying down twerms that can be accepted only at the level of the International Olympic Committee. In the NHL, they want to get special TV rights and, for example, permits for the general manager to enter dressing room.”
Former goaltender Tretiak is part of a group debating the issue within the IIHF, he said.
“I’m a part of a special group that is engaged in this issue, but we haven’t met for some time already,” Tretiak said. “Only [IIHF president] Rene Fasel went to the United States this time and he will present a report on the NHL’s stance on February 25. I think then our group will gather again.”
from Arpon Basu at NHL.com,
Another survey conducted last November by Jedwab's Association for Canadian Studies asked respondents how important hockey was as a source of Canadian pride, and broke the responses down based on how often the respondents had attended an NHL game in the past five years. Not surprisingly, 88.5 percent of those who said they attended games regularly said it was very important or somewhat important. However, even among those who had never attended an NHL game, nearly 35 percent of respondents gave hockey some degree of importance as a source of national pride.
Yet, for some reason, having a Canadian team win the Stanley Cup does not appear to share the same status.
"There are strong unifying bonds about hockey, it is perceived to be Canada's sport more than any other sport," Jedwab said. "The only potential challenge to that status is soccer ... but I don't think soccer is a sport that unifies Canadians. It unifies people around the globe, whereas there is something that is quintessentially Canadian about hockey.
"But in terms of the NHL, we see hockey as a Canadian export. It may not be a fair way of looking at it, but I think that's the way it is widely perceived."
via the QMJHL,
The Director of Player Safety of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, Raymond Bolduc, today announced that player Ross Johnston of the Moncton Wildcats is suspended until further notice. The suspension was handed out following the clips sent by the Halifax Mooseheads on February 16. The incident will be studied further before a final decision is taken.
The Director of Player safety will be able to take his final decision once he has viewed the videos of the incident, taken into consideration the medical report, spoken to the players and organisations involved and after consulting the disciplinary committee as well as his senior advisor, Sebastien Bordeleau.
from John Saraceno of USA TODAY,
The hockey gods have bestowed upon Connor McDavid the sport's daunting "Next Big Thing" label, whether the 16-year-old desires such heavenly recognition or not.
While the sensational Ontario Hockey League 10th-grader is not eligible for the NHL Entry Draft until 2015, the kid with the dimples and mop of light-brown hair has the cognoscenti drooling over an on-ice portfolio that includes skating wizardry, deft passing and a keen eye for the game's finer offensive points.
McDavid's slick skills include what scouts call good old-fashioned "hockey sense" — or when "Wayne Gretzky said the game would slow down for him so he could (anticipate) and see a couple steps ahead," says the teen phenom. "It comes naturally to some people."
And, of course, there are the inevitable comparisons. In this instance, "The Kid" met "El Sid."
"He reminds me of me," the Pittsburgh Penguins' Sidney Crosby tells USA TODAY Sports.
from Tal Pinchevesky of NHL.com,
After separate deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan, Sgt. Michael Wichmann wasn't expecting to find too many traces of his favorite sport when he reported to Fort Benning in Georgia to serve as a motors instructor. With thousands of servicemen training and working at the famous base, the Michigan-born Wichmann didn't foresee many hockey opportunities in the heart of the south.
The 23-year-old previously was stationed at Fort Benning in 2006 and, except for the nearby Columbus Cottonmouths of the Southern Professional Hockey League, didn't recall much hockey being played. He was pleasantly surprised when he returned in 2011.
"They have two rinks here and one wasn't here in 2006," Wichmann told NHL.com. "So I really was surprised there was a lot of military members here who play hockey. It's not something that you run into on a military base. A lot of guys that you talk to don't even know what hockey is. There are about 35 of us on the Fort Benning team alone."
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