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from last night...
BOSTON – Ron DeGregorio (Salem, N.H.), Chris Drury (Trumbull, Conn.), Angela Ruggiero (Simi Valley, Calif.) and Mathieu Schneider (New York, N.Y.) were formally enshrined into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame this evening during a sold-out ceremony at the Renaissance Boston Waterfront Hotel.
In addition to the induction of the Class of 2015, Jeremy Jacobs (Buffalo, N.Y.) and Bob Crocker (East Boston, Mass.) both received the National Hockey League's Lester Patrick Trophy and Emile Francis was presented with the Wayne Gretzky International Award.
"It was an extraordinary evening honoring some of the best in our sport, all of whom have made a tremendous impact on hockey in the United States and around the globe," said Jim Smith (Mount Prospect, Ill.), president of USA Hockey.
from Andrew Podnieks of IIHF.com,
Former players Peter Bondra, Sergei Fyodorov (Fedorov), Valeri Kamenski, Ville Peltonen, and builders Pat Quinn and Ben Smith form the 2016 induction class.
Hungarian forward Gabor Ocskay is the recipient of the Richard “Bibi” Torriani Award, and Nikolai Ozerov has been given the Paul Loicq Award.
The 2016 IIHF Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will take place in Moscow on 22 May, the final day of the 2016 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship. The venue will be the brand new Russian and Soviet Ice Hockey Hall of Fame.
Two releases, the second one is below...
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – USA Hockey has selected Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio, and the Columbus Blue Jackets as host of its training camp in advance of the 2016 World Cup of Hockey it was announced today.
The camp, which will begin Monday, Sept. 5, will culminate on Friday, Sept. 9, with a game against Canada at Nationwide Arena.
Holiday roster freeze in effect: December 19-27
For all players on an NHL active roster, injured reserve, or with non-roster and injured non-roster status as of midnight (local time) Dec. 19, a roster freeze shall apply through midnight (local time) Dec. 27, with respect to waivers, trades and loans, subject to the exceptions provided for in CBA Article 16.5 (d).
Holiday break: December 23-25
(no scheduled practices – dressing rooms closed)
IIHF World Junior Championship (Helsinki, Finland): December 26-January 5
The development of ice hockey in China with Russia’s assistance is supported at the top state level, First Vice-President of the Russian Ice Hockey Federation Roman Rotenberg said at a TASS press conference on Russia-China strategic partnership on Monday.
Soviet ice hockey legend and member of the board of directors of Russia’s Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) Vyacheslav Fetisov said earlier the issue of including one or two Chinese ice hockey clubs into KHL had been a decided matter after talks between the leaders of Russia and China.
"I was in Beijing recently together with Chairman of the KHL Board of Directors Gennady Timchenko and we held a lot of meetings at the state level. The focus is on infrastructure and the number of ice hockey players. This is the foundation. So far, there are not many persons in China playing ice hockey. There is support for that. Serious work is under way in this direction," Rotenberg said.
"The task is to build a hockey vertical: a KHL team, a second team playing in the Chinese league, a team in the youth league and mass involvement so that all who wish can play ice hockey and there should be more ice rinks that are public and open for all. This is a priority task," Rotenberg said.
from Dan Rosen of NHL.com,
Strange as it sounds considering how the Columbus Blue Jackets have struggled this season, NBC analyst Jeremy Roenick uses them as his model for how the United States will have to play in order to win the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.
"We're not going to beat Canada on talent; we're going to beat Canada on determination and grit and will," said Roenick, who played for the U.S. national team four times, including twice in the Olympics. "It's similar to the way Columbus plays right now. They're not going to win on talent; they're going to win on sheer determination to try to beat you down."
When it was immediately pointed out to Roenick that Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella also is the coach of the U.S. World Cup team, he said he didn't even make that connection when he made the comparison.
"I didn't, but it speaks volumes," Roenick said. "It's exactly what I mean."
Roenick, however, worries the U.S. might have the same problem as the Blue Jackets.
Do they have enough players who can win playing that style?
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – USA Hockey announced today it has selected the Buffalo Sabres, along with First Niagara Center, HARBORCENTER and Ralph Wilson Stadium as host for the 2018 International Ice Hockey Federation World Under-20 Championship (commonly referred to as the IIHF World Junior Championship). The 10-nation tournament features the world's best men’s players under 20 years of age and is a 31-game event that takes place over the course of 10 days.
via USA Hockey,
WHAT: A major announcement from USA Hockey
WHEN: Friday, December 4, 2015, 3 p.m. ET
WHERE: Ralph Wilson Stadium, 18-Yard Line, Orchard Park, New York
WATCH LIVE: The press conference will be aired live on NHL Network and also streamed live atNHL.com and USAHockey.com
AMONG THE SPEAKERS:
Dave Ogrean, executive director, USA Hockey
Terry Pegula, owner, Buffalo Sabres/Buffalo Bills
Mike Bertsch, assistant executive director, USA Hockey
Russ Brandon, president, Buffalo Sabres/Buffalo Bills
Jim Smith, president, USA Hockey
The press conference will be aired live on NHL Network and also streamed live at NHL.com and USAHockey.com ... During the question and answer portion of the press conference, fans may ask questions by tweeting to @USAHockey and using the hashtag #AskUSAH. Select questions might be asked live on air.
from Mick Kern of SiriusXM,
For the penalty shot represents the ultimate hockey mano-a-mano. Goalie vs. Shooter. Offence vs. Defence. The unstoppable force meeting the unmovable object. And so on.
Yes, the shootout is practically the same thing, but it’s Penalty Shot Light. You get another chance, or two. The shootout does have its moments where it matches the intensity of a penalty shot. When a game comes down to the final shot, or that great 2010 shootout where the Flyers edged the Rangers not only for the game, but for the final Eastern Conference playoff spot. Those are exceptions. There’s a reason the hockey world has gone to 3-on-3 regular season overtime. Less shootouts.
There was a time in this fair land where the penalty shot was seen with less regularity than an Asian Crested Ibis, or the bus you’re waiting for when you’re already 15 minutes late for an appointment.
Officials were loath to raise their arm and present a team with a clear cut scoring opportunity, even when a clear cut scoring opportunity had just been clearly cut down.
“Let the players decide things” was no doubt the sentiment that ruled the day, completing disregarding that someone just decided the game by breaking the rules.
TORONTO (December 1, 2015) – Lanny McDonald, Chairman of the Board of the Hockey Hall of Fame, announced today the appointment of three new members to the Selection Committee to take effect in 2016. The appointments were approved at the Board of Directors meeting held November 10, 2015 and subsequently confirmed by the enrolment of the new members.
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