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USA Hockey Statement On NHL Olympic Decision

Dave Ogrean, Executive Director, USA Hockey

“We knew it was a very real possibility for many months and certainly respect the decision of the NHL. The good news is that because of our grassroots efforts over the course of many years, our player pool is as deep as it has ever been and we fully expect to field a team that will play for a medal.”

Jim Johannson, Assistant Executive Director of Hockey Operations, USA Hockey
 
“We respect the NHL’s decision and will examine our player pool options and plan accordingly. In the end, we’ll have 25 great stories on the ice in South Korea and will go to the Olympics with medal expectations.”

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NHL Statement On The Olympics

NEW YORK (April 3, 2017) -- The National Hockey League today released the following statement regarding the 2018 Olympic Winter Games:

“We have previously made clear that, while the overwhelming majority of our Clubs are adamantly opposed to disrupting the 2017-18 NHL season for purposes of accommodating Olympic participation by some NHL players, we were open to hearing from any of the other parties who might have an interest in the issue (e.g., the IOC, the IIHF, the NHLPA) as to reasons the Board of Governors might be interested in re-evaluating their strongly held views on the subject. A number of months have now passed and no meaningful dialogue has materialized. Instead, the IOC has now expressed the position that the NHL’s participation in Beijing in 2022 is conditioned on our participation in South Korea in 2018. And the NHLPA has now publicly confirmed that it has no interest or intention of engaging in any discussion that might make Olympic participation more attractive to the Clubs. As a result, and in an effort to create clarity among conflicting reports and erroneous speculation, this will confirm our intention to proceed with finalizing our 2017-18 Regular Season schedule without any
break to accommodate the Olympic Winter Games. We now consider the matter officially closed.”

added 3:54pm, from Dan Rosen of NHL.com,

The NHL announced Monday that it will not participate in the 2018 PyeongChang Olympics, ending a run of five consecutive Winter Olympics with NHL players....

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman has repeatedly said in the past several months that the owners were against Olympic participation for a variety of reasons. Chief among them was the 17-day break in the schedule required in February, a time when the National Football League's season has ended and Major League Baseball's season has yet to begin.

"I think the realities of Olympic participation are more apparent to our Board now and I think it just leads to less enthusiasm about the disruption," Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly said during NHL All-Star Weekend in Los Angeles in January. "Quite frankly we don't see what the benefit is from the game standpoint or the League standpoint with respect to Olympic participation."

The NHL conducted polls in both Canada and the United States to determine if fans were in favor of the League taking a break in February to allow players to compete in the Olympics. In the United States, 73 percent said they were not in favor. In Canada, it was 53 percent against the break.

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Video- Be Moved

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Wanted And Needed: A Few Good Men For Team USA World Cup

from Craig Custance of ESPN,

Something needs to change. USA Hockey uses a management group to recruit players and form the roster. Maybe it’s time to follow Hockey Canada’s lead and rotate an NHL GM or NHL assistant GM to be in charge. It adds more accountability.

This year, Ron Hextall is the leading candidate to build Team Canada. He’s not an easy guy to say no to when he calls. It’s become too easy for American players to turn down Jim Johannson and the USA Hockey crew.

It’s time to give a bigger management role to former players who aren’t so far removed from playing the game -- guys like Bill Guerin, Chris Drury, Craig Conroy and Doug Weight....

Just looking at likely non-playoff teams, there could be a Team USA Worlds roster consisting of Dustin Byfuglien, Blake Wheeler, Justin Faulk, Jaccob Slavin, Cory Schneider, Ben Bishop, Jimmy Howard, Dylan Larkin, Jack Eichel, Keith Yandle, Shayne Gostisbehere, Vincent Trocheck, Kyle Palmieri and Kyle Okposo.

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IIHF Women’s World Championship Starts On Friday In Plymouth MI

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The 2017 IIHF Women's World Championship begins Friday (March 31) at USA Hockey Arena in the Detroit suburb of Plymouth, Michigan, with athletes from the top eight nations in the world competing for the gold medal.

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The IOC On The NHL Participating In The Olympics

from Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet,

Last week, International Ice Hockey Federation president Rene Fasel said his organization needed to know by the end of April whether or not NHL players would be competing at the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea.

Afterwards, I reached out to the International Olympic Committee to see if its deadline was the same. Overnight Tuesday, IOC spokesman Mark Adams replied by email:

“We know that the players definitely want to play and the fans want to watch the best players in the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018. These Games give the greatest worldwide exposure to the sport of ice hockey. The offer for the two Olympic Winter Games 2018 and 2022 remains on the table and we are still hopeful there will be an agreement in the interests of all.

“Because of the interest of the Olympic Movement to see the NHL players in the Olympic Games, the IIHF has ensured that the travel and insurance cost of the NHL players will be fully covered, as was the case in previous Olympic Games.

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USA Hockey Reaches An Agreement With U.S. Women’s National Team

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – USA Hockey and the U.S. Women’s National Team announced today that they’ve reached an agreement that will result in groundbreaking support for the U.S. Women’s National Team program over the course of the next four years.

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Afternoon Line- Scott Burnside On Hockey In China

The NHL will have to commit resources to support that infrastructure in helping to coach the coaches and administrators who might oversee a fledgling hockey culture in China.

It's the kind of grandiose plan that will need the support of business leaders in North America and China to make a reality. It is the kind of plan with a million moving parts, a million things that could once again leave NHL powerbrokers wondering if it was all worth it.

But if it's done right, it does represent the kind of magic the NHL envisioned when it first sent its players to the Olympics in 1998 and which has, in many ways, eluded the league.

-Scott Burnside of ESPN where you can read more on this topic.

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Deal Close Between USA Hockey And U.S. Women’s National Team

from Frank Seravalli of TSN,

The United States’ women’s national team is close to ratifying an offer from USA Hockey which would put an end to 15 months of negotiation and their boycott of this week’s IIHF Women’s World Championship.

The 23 members of the women’s national team began procedures to vote on the latest offer from USA Hockey just before noon ET on Tuesday, according to sources.

The two sides left not a moment to spare, with the United States set to face Team Canada on Friday night in Plymouth, Mich., to open the tournament.

While details of the latest offer from USA Hockey remain unclear at the moment, the women’s national team program is believed to have won an increase in compensation, including in non-Olympic years, as well as other important working condition benefits for which they have been fighting.

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I will update this post as needed.

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Negotiations Continue Between USA Hockey And U.S. Women’s National Team

from A.J. Perez of USA TODAY,

An agreement between USA Hockey and the members of the U.S. women's national hockey team wasn't ratified on Monday, although there remains some hope a deal could be worked out before the IIHF Women's World Championships begin later this week.

Monday's emergency board meeting didn't yield a deal that would mark the end of the threatened boycott by the 23 players, and negotiations are expected to continue on Tuesday, two people with knowledge of the content of the meetings who are not authorized to speak publicly told USA TODAY Sports.

About 70 of the 90 members of USA Hockey's board of directors took part in the meeting held via teleconference, which lasted more than three hours.

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