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from Jeff Z. Klein of the New York Times,
Despite a series of rule changes and awareness campaigns aimed at eliminating spinal cord trauma, amateur hockey players continue to sustain paralyzing injuries from crashing into the boards. Tom Smith of Swampscott, Mass., had the extraordinary misfortune to incur two separate spinal injuries, in 2008 and 2009.
“Hockey was my life,” said Smith, 24, who walks with the aid of two canes. “I didn’t want anyone to have the game of hockey ripped away from them because of a head injury, a neck injury, any injury. So we came up with the Look-Up Line.”
The line is essentially a visual warning track, alerting players to their proximity to the unyielding boards. USA Hockey’s board of directors will vote on a proposal to adopt the Look-Up Line when it meets on June 6 in Colorado Springs.
If the measure is approved, every arena under USA Hockey’s jurisdiction will paint a 40-inch-wide bright orange band on the ice along the boards. The arenas will have to comply by 2017, but the board could also vote to expedite the change as a matter of safety.
continued including a picture of the proposed warning area...
from USA Hockey,
Peter Laviolette (Franklin, Mass.) has been named head coach of the U.S. Men’s National Team that will participate in the 2014 International Ice Hockey Federation Men’s World Championship it was announced today by USA Hockey. The event will take place in Minsk, Belarus, May 9-25. Team USA is the defending bronze medalist in the event.
Laviolette has previously represented the United States in international competition on numerous occasions in several different capacities. He most recently served as an assistant coach for the 2014 U.S. Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Team in Sochi, Russia, and was the head coach of the 2006 U.S. Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Team in Torino, Italy. Prior to that, Laviolette was head coach of the U.S. Men’s National Team at the IIHF Men's World Championship in back-to-back years (2004, 2005), leading the United States to the bronze medal in 2004.
from David Albright of ESPN,
His nickname is Ghost.
Without a doubt the Minnesota Golden Gophers and their fans will be seeing Shayne Gostisbehere in their nightmares for a long time to come, while the Philadelphia Flyers and their fans hope to be seeing a lot more of him in their future. (Is he available for Sunday's regular-season finale against Carolina?)
The junior defenseman from Margate, Fla., the lone NHL draft pick (third round, 2012) on the Union College (32-6-4) hockey roster, was everywhere on the ice on Saturday night at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia. He piloted a one-time laughingstock of college hockey to its first national championship after a decisive 7-4 win over Minnesota (28-7-6).
Below, watch John Buccigross and Barry Melrose of ESPN recap the game...
Here is a nice feature on Gaudreau...
Plus, the Calgary Flames just signed Johnny Gaudreau...
from Adam Kimelman of NHL.com,
After one of the more dramatic nights in NCAA hockey history, the Union College and University of Minnesota hockey teams were back at work Friday, trying to put the celebrations and memories behind them.
"I think when you wake up this morning, you realize that you're playing for a national title and you better get your mind ready to go," said Minnesota center Kyle Rau, a Florida Panthers prospect who assisted on both Gophers goals in their 2-1 win against the University of North Dakota on Thursday. "Because if you're not, you're going to lay an egg."
from Craig Bennett of USA TODAY,
A preview of the 2014 Frozen Four, at Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia
Schedule: Semifinals — Thursday, Boston College vs. Union, 5 p.m. ET (ESPN2) and Minnesota vs. North Dakota, 8:30 p.m. ET (ESPN2); Championship — Thursday's winners, 7:30 p.m. ET (ESPN).
A quick look at the teams:
TSN with information on their coverage of the Frozen Four.
Josh Ho-Sang is draft eligible and could be a high round pick.
He will serve the suspension at the start of the 2014-15 season.
from Mike Morreale of NHL.com,
In a year when projecting the best player eligible for the 2014 NHL Draft might be as stern a challenge as it's ever been, Kingston Frontenacs center Samuel Bennett was the desired choice from start to finish in the minds of the gurus at NHL Central Scouting.
Bennett, considered the top player by Central Scouting in its midterm ranking in January, again is No. 1 on the final list of the top draft-eligible skaters in North America. Central Scouting on Tuesday released its final rankings of the top North American and European skaters and goalies.
Rounding out the top five in North America are: No. 2 Aaron Ekblad of the Barrie Colts; No. 3 Sam Reinhart of the Kootenay Ice; No. 4 Leon Draisaitl of the Prince Albert Raiders; and No. 5 Michael Dal Colle of the Oshawa Generals.
Bob Nicholson, the longtime president and CEO of Hockey Canada is stepping down effective June 1.
Nicholson informed his staff and the Hockey Canada board of his decision today after several days of contemplating his future.
With long-term sponsorship and television agreements in place and Hockey Canada believed to be both structurally and financially strong, the timing of Nicholson's decision, following Olympic Gold in mens and womens hockey in Sochi, makes sense.
Nicholson is expected to maintain his position as vice president of the IIHF and his departure from Hockey Canada will also likely spark speculation of potential NHL interest.
It's believed Hockey Canada will conduct a search as part of the process to replace Nicholson, however, Hockey Canada C.O.O, Scott Smith is considered the frontrunner for the job.
from Stephen Whyno of the CP at CTV,
"I think that if more Canadian families were exposed to what college can do -- as parents for your kid socially, athletically and academically ... I think more people would be doing it," said University of Denver coach Jim Montgomery, a Montreal native who went to Maine and ended up playing 122 NHL games.
One opportunity for exposure is the NCAA tournament, which begins Friday and includes 109 Canadian players. There are 35 players from Ontario, 35 from British Columbia, 18 from Alberta and seven each from Quebec, Manitoba and Saskatchewan.
Many of those players are trying to follow in the footsteps of several successful Canadian NHLers who went to college, including four members of the gold-medal-winning Sochi Olympic team: Jonathan Toews (North Dakota), Martin St. Louis (Vermont), Patrick Sharp (Vermont) and Chris Kunitz (Ferris State).
Among the 945 players to see NHL action this season, 100 were Canadians who played at a U.S. college....
"There's no wrong path," Phoenix Coyotes assistant general manager Brad Treliving said. "I think as a Canadian guy you grew up and you're around major junior hockey more, so ... you're closer to it than you are U.S. colleges, but, jeez, there's no wrong answer. It's an individual choice and there's benefits to both."
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