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Petri Kontioly of Finland after defeating Canada today...
Canada just lost to Finland 3-2 in the IIHF World Championship quarter finals and the USA did the same, going down to the Czech Republic 4-3 earlier today.
Plus the New York Islanders made their decision...
The New York Islanders announced today that they will retain their first round selection in the 2014 NHL Draft and transfer their first round selection in the 2015 NHL Draft to the Buffalo Sabres. The selection was packaged in the team’s deal for Thomas Vanek on October 27, 2013.
from Martin Merk of IIHF.com,
Some major proposals that will be individually discussed and voted on include:
- to standardize the dimensions of the ice surface
- to move the goal line closer to the end of the rink (from 4 to 3.3 metres)
- to move the blue line in order to standardize and also increase the offensive zones
- to remove the “cheater piece” of goalkeepers’ catching gloves
- to double the penalty for goalkeeper interference to 2+2 minutes
- to penalize any deliberate grabbing, twisting or holding of an opponent’s head with a major penalty
- to forbid base drums at ice rinks in addition to air horns and whistles already mentioned in the current rule book.
- that goalkeepers cannot freeze the puck if the shot originates from outside the blue line
There will also be controversial major rule proposals for discussions such as proposals to reinstate the red-line offside or to introduce touch icing.
a bit more...
from Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun,
As bad as the Maple Leafs have been most of the past decade, despite the 47 years of anguish on Bay St., the assumption remains: Toronto would never support another pro hockey team.
But 40 years ago this season, the battle was on for the hearts, minds — and wallets — of fans in the city. It would be fought in the confines of the same building, the Leafs’ ancestral home at the Gardens. The invaders wore blue and red, with a snorting bull on their sweaters, and had nicknames such as Shot Gun Tom, Leapin’ Lou and Big Ned.
They were the Toros, “second to none,” as their theme song boasted on their home network, Global TV. Between 1973-76, when they lured disgruntled blue and white fans and provided a high school demographic some Friday night fun, the Toros were goring Leaf Nation.
“For a while, Harold Ballard was pretty worried about us,” said former Toro forward Mark Napier. “Our attendance was going up.”
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A look at the Fan Village...
The U.S. Men's National Team, captained by Detroit Red Wings forward Justin Abdelkader, fell to the Latvian team 6-5 today in the preliminary round of the IIHF Federation Men's World Championship earlier today. In case you missed the game on NBCSN Nashville Predators Craig Smith was named Team USA's best player of the game.
Yesterday the NCAA released their latest Academic Progress Rate (APR) data and as you guessed men's hockey is number one in having student-athletes successfully progress towards completing their degree.
From College Hockey Inc.
The APR, created a decade ago to measure Division I schools and teams on their student-athletes' success in the classroom, awards points to teams based on students' grades, their progress toward their degree and for staying in school. Teams are also rewarded in the APR for students who return to school to complete their degrees.
from Stephen Whyno of the CP at the Globe and Mail,
Canadian fans are hard to come by at the world hockey championship, and some of those wearing paper hats with the red-and-white Maple Leaf are Belarusians who have picked a team to cheer for at the tournament.
Then there’s Chris Sebastian and Kevin Snowden, lifelong friends of Canadian captain Kevin Bieksa from Grimsby, Ont. After deciding last week to come to Minsk, they ran into some trouble along the way.
Sebastian and Snowden left Toronto in the second period of Team Canada’s opening game Friday against France and didn’t arrive until there was a minute left in Saturday’s game against Slovakia. It was a 32-hour journey with stops in five countries because they didn’t have the requisite visa to travel through Moscow.
Snowden pointed at Sebastian and said that he thought for 30 hours his friend was going to kill him because “we were flying all over Europe trying to get here and finally it came to the point where we had to make a decision: Are we going to go to Minsk tonight or not?” he said. “In order to do that we had to fly from Warsaw to Frankfurt, back to Minsk, spend an extra thousand (dollars) Canadian. It cost us a lot, but to get here and actually be here it’s just amazing.”
Day Five of the 2014 IIHF World Championship Tournament is about to start shortly and though the Russians beat the Americans 6-1 yesterday the big story out of Minsk, Belarus are the French.
The underdog French have managed to pull off some upsets that aren’t too far removed from the accomplishment of the U.S. college players who edged the mighty Soviet Union 4-3 at the 1980 Lake Placid Olympics. And they wouldn’t have shocked "Big Seven" nations like Russia last year (2-1) or Canada (3-2) and Slovakia (5-3) this year if they didn’t have the right mental outlook.
That is right the France started this years Worlds with edging out Canada with a 3-2 shootout win.
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