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via Scott Lewis of Sportsnet,
Kingston Frontenacs forward Lawson Crouse is one of the top prospects heading into the 2015 NHL Entry Draft, but he might have to take a seat for a few games as the Ontario Hockey League season winds down.
The Eastern Conference leading Oshawa Generals handed the Frontenacs a 7-1 beating on Friday night and things turned ugly in the third period. Crouse picked up a two-minute penalty for a vicious two-handed slash on Generals captain Josh Brown early in the frame, which led to several fights and ejections.
A suspension for Crouse could be in order.
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
"Future Olympic participation is something we will need to focus on at an appropriate time, both with the IOC and with the Players' Association,” NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly told ESPN.com Wednesday. "There continues to be a lot of moving pieces, including the recently announced World Cup of Hockey scheduled for September of 2016. That tournament and its success may not be determinative with respect to the decision we ultimately make on the Olympics, but it certainly will play a part in the overall discussion."
Maybe I’m reading too much into things, but it seems like all the comments that have been generated of late from the deputy commissioner and the big man himself, Gary Bettman, open the door just a crack to the possibility of no Olympic participation, that perhaps the World Cup is the replacement vehicle for best on best hockey.
Then again, it’s also wise for the NHL to send out that type of message to the IOC, so they understand they need to step up if they want to keep NHLers in the fold.
Me, I want the players to go. I don't care about the time difference (+14 hours ET), the lack of hockey in South Korea or anything else.
If the players want to go, then all hands on deck.
from Lee Jenkins of Sports Illustrated,
To: Division I Hockey Prospect
From: Unauthorized Arizona State Recruiting Coordinator
I hope you are enjoying another lovely winter in Saskatchewan. I see the temperature has risen to –20º Celsius and the latest blizzard only dropped a foot of snow. Congratulations. It sounds like you may get to see the sun by Easter.
I understand you are receiving loads of letters like this from all the major college hockey programs in the U.S. You have probably visited their enchanting campuses in Grand Forks, N.D.; Mankato, Minn.; and Lowell, Mass. I’ve been meaning to take the family to Lowell for vacation.
Recruiters from the established powers will try to sell you on their rich traditions. All we have to offer, they claim, are these tiresome 75º February days and tedious spring-break-style pool parties. But before you sign up for four years in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, let me kick off my flip-flops and tell you a little about Arizona State hockey. I’ll keep this short. I know you’re going ice fishing today—catch that walleye!—and I have a tee time beckoning at TPC Scottsdale.
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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