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The Friendly Games Between South Korea And Russia

from the Korea Times,

South Korea lost both of its two men's hockey friendly games against Russia over the weekend on home ice, but the team's strong efforts still surprised many.

That includes Alexei Zhamnov, former National Hockey League (NHL) All-Star now handling scouting for the Russian national team.

Russia beat South Korea 4-3 on Saturday and 5-2 on Sunday at Gangneung Hockey Centre in Gangneung, Gangwon Province, some 230 kilometers east of Seoul. The new rink will also be the venue for the hockey tournament at the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics.

Russia didn't have its top NHL players and assembled a team of mostly under-25 players in the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL). On Saturday, the world No. 2 had some late adventures against the 23rd-ranked South Korea on Saturday, as the host scored three times in the third period. On Sunday, Russia trailed 2-1 early in the second period but rallied with four unanswered goals....

"To be honest, I was kind of surprised (with the South Korean team)," Zhamnov told Yonhap News Agency after Sunday's game. "I know the coach (Paek). He has a lot of experience on the bench, and he did a tremendous job in these games. He made the right decisions. The Korean guys played consistently and stayed with their system."

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Cammi Granato On The Issue With USA Hockey

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

Separate and unequal.

It may be only now that the U.S. National Women’s Hockey Team’s righteous fight for equal opportunity has become part of the public’s consciousness, but the struggle to rectify these anachronistic conditions has been ongoing for a generation.

“I can’t say that I’m aware of the specific details of the talks here or of the timeline, but I know enough to say that they have been trying to settle this for a while before it became public,” the great Cammi Granato, a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame, the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame, the International Hockey Hall of Fame and the captain of the Yanks’ 1998 Olympic Gold Medal-winning team, told Slap Shots on Friday. “And this certainly isn’t something that’s new.

“The year leading up to the 2002 Olympics [at Salt Lake City], our group tried to sit down with [USA Hockey] about these same issues. We had no luck. During that time we had a summit with our soccer team, they had also won a gold, we spent a lot of time with each other, we really bonded and we were interested in the same issues.”

That soccer team, of course, became known as the “ ’99ers” — the women featuring Mia Hamm, Brandi Chastain and Julie Foudy who captured the country’s imagination and the World Cup while playing in front of nearly 79,000 fans at Giants Stadium and almost 100,000 at the Rose Bowl in the tournament that changed the course of women’s soccer in the United States.


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The Battle Between USA Hockey And The U.S. Women’s National Team

from Rachel Brady of the Globe and Mail,

Members of the U.S. women’s national hockey team didn’t flinch on Thursday when USA Hockey gave them a deadline to commit to playing in the coming world championship.

The women stood together as one and allowed USA Hockey’s 5 p.m. ET deadline to pass. The players, who are being represented pro bono by a Philadelphia law firm, say they won’t play, citing more than a year of stalled negotiations with USA Hockey to secure fair wages and support.

The biggest event of the year on the women’s hockey calendar is set for March 31 to April 7 in Plymouth, Mich., but the reigning champs say they won’t show unless there is progress in the discussions with the U.S. governing body. USA Hockey has said it still intends to assemble a competitive team for the tournament.

“We’ve communicated with all the groups who they might possibly get to replace us – women who play in the world university games, those from our U-18 team, the U-22 and the National Women’s Hockey League,” said U.S. star Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson, a two-time Olympic silver medalist with Team USA and a five-time champion. “They all have expressed a lot of support for us. I don’t think many young women are going to want to play for that team, not ones who dream of a future with Team USA. How do you think that would set up a young player to be accepted by the team?”


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Statement From USA Hockey

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (March 15, 2017) – USA Hockey understands the challenges elite athletes face in order to pursue their dreams of participating in international competition, including the Olympics. USA Hockey, along with the United States Olympic Committee, provides the Women’s National Team players financial support, as well as training opportunities, camps, and strength and conditioning programs, to help these athletes and give them the best chance to succeed.

“We acknowledge the players’ concerns and have proactively increased our level of direct support to the Women’s National Team as we prepare for the 2018 Winter Olympic Games,” said Dave Ogrean, executive director of USA Hockey. “We have communicated that increased level of support to the players’ representatives and look forward to continuing our discussions.”

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Rene Fasel On The NHL Participating In The 2018 Olympics

from Nick Butler of Inside The Games,

"There's still time, I'm still 50-50," Fasel told insidethegames here during the IOC Coordination Commission inspection to Pyeongchang 2018.

"The pressure from the side of the players is getting bigger and bigger, so I hope they will find a solution between the NHL and the NHLPA.

"The NHLPA should find a way to ensure they shut down the league.

"I think its a bargaining issue - Gary wants to have something, the only problem is that nobody knows what.

"They should sit together and find a way."


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Time To Sign The College Players

from Bob McKenzie of TSN,

If it’s time for the U.S. college hockey playoffs, then it's time for the NHL's college signing season.

The Chicago Blackhawks have been busy already – signing graduating senior forward John Hayden out of Yale on Sunday (he's on the NHL roster and will soon play games) and Miami University graduating forward Anthony Louis Monday (he's off to Rockford of their AHL) – and could get even busier.

The Hawks will also be talking to Northeastern junior defenceman Dylan Sikura and Omaha-Nebraska sophomore forward Fredrik Olofsson now that their respective college seasons are over. Chicago will gauge their interest in turning pro and then decide what tack to take with them....

The most pressing order of business right now, though, is NHL teams competing to sign the U.S. college unrestricted free agents whose seasons are over.

The top prize in that regard is Northeastern graduating senior Zachary Aston-Reese, a 6-foot, 204-pound forward who had 31 goals and 63 points for the Huskies in 38 games this season. Pittsburgh, Edmonton, Vancouver, San Jose, Los Angeles and Detroit are among a very large group of NHL teams pursuing him, with a decision expected in the next day or so.

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Video- A Mad Datsyuk

via BarDown,

Sunday, with the series tied 1-1 against HC Dynamo Moscow, Datsyuk did something you rarely ever see from him, destroy an opponent with a hit, and the hit actually led to a game misconduct.

Datsyuk racked up 25 minutes in penalties on the one play, and you can see why he was frustrated as he was hit pretty late before exacting his revenge for lack of a better term.

Obviously the game misconduct comes as a shock, especially considering Datsyuk has never had more than 35 total penalty minutes in one season in his career (NHL and KHL).


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The Man Behind HockeyDB

from David Ebner of the Globe and Mail,

One of Ralph Slate’s great scores arrived unexpectedly through an eBay dealer he often bought from.

The man behind HockeyDB, the statistics site originally known as the Internet Hockey Database, had paid $50, not knowing exactly what forgotten corner of hockey history he would find in a stack of envelopes. When the package finally arrived, he discovered a decade’s worth of game sheets half a century old from the Eastern Hockey League, whose tumultuous brand of hockey in part inspired the 1977 movie Slap Shot.

The granular detail, of referees under assault by coaches and players, was a bonanza.

“Just amazing. Most people don’t appreciate this the way that I do,” said Slate, who by day works as the principal data architect at New England’s electric power system operator. By night, he’s the brains behind one of hockey’s most popular online destinations for statistics and facts about the game’s most prominent and most obscure participants – past and present.


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A Look At The NHL Draft

from Kevin Allen of USA TODAY,

“Nolan Patrick is a good solid player and (Nico) Hischier is a good solid player but they are not in a class with those four – they are just not,” said TSN director of scouting Craig Button, a former NHL team executive with almost three decades of scouting experience.

This year’s non-playoff teams won’t find the star power or depth that has been available in the past two years in the draft.

“The top guys are going to be able to have an impact on their NHL clubs,” said Dan Marr, the NHL's director of central scouting. “But the list does get shallow pretty quick.”

Patrick, a 6-3 Western Hockey League center, is the consensus No. 1 pick. He was injured early this season, but has continued to strengthen his status. He has 14 goals and 33 points in 21 games for the Brandon Wheat Kings.

“He has impacted at every level he has played at so far,” Marr said. “He has the size, strength, power package. He has hockey sense, a good skill set. And he does all of the little things.”

Marr said Patrick is a two-way center who works at all facets, including being proficient in the face-off circle.


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Top Prospects

from Craig Button of TSN,

Who is the best hockey player currently not skating in the NHL?

Clayton Keller, the creative centre with Boston University, tops our list of the Top 50 NHL-affiliated prospects. Keller’s sleight of hand is matched by a creative mind that allows him to be dangerous every time he’s on the ice. The Arizona Coyotes prospect is an electrifying player who is highly productive.

Second on our list is Buffalo prospect winger Alex Nylander (Rochester, AHL), who reminds me so much of San Jose captain Joe Pavelski because of his ability to excel in any situation.

Ottawa defenceman Thomas Chabot (Saint John, QMJHL) is coming off a great performance at the World Junior Championship. No. 3 on our list, his progression this season has been impressive.

Our top five is rounded out by Arizona centre Dylan Strome (Erie, OHL) and Minnesota winger Kirill Kaprizov (Salavat Yulaev Ufa, KHL).

continued, includes Top 50 list...

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