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Bill Dineen, a two-time Stanley Cup winner with the Detroit Red Wings who later coached the Philadelphia Flyers and had three sons play in the NHL, died Saturday in Lake George, N.Y. He was 84.
Dineen also coached two Calder Cup-winning teams in the American Hockey League and is a member of the AHL Hall of Fame.
"During his time as a player and coach, and in the values he instilled in his family, Bill Dineen created a legacy of greatness in the American Hockey League that still resonates today," said David Andrews, AHL president and chief executive officer. "Our deepest condolences go out to the entire Dineen family at this time."
Dineen, born Sept. 18, 1932, in Arvida, Quebec, joined the Red Wings as a 21-year-old rookie in 1953-54 and had his best NHL season with 17 goals and 25 points, then played 12 games during Detroit's run to the Cup. He was part of Detroit's 1955 Cup-winning team, finishing the regular season with 10 goals and 19 points.
Below, watch AHL Hall of Fame Induction video for Bill Dineen in 2014.
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
When the game is played on NHL-sized ice, as was the case in Vancouver, rather than on an Olympic-sized rink, the game is more enthralling. It's as simple as that.
When we talk about the Olympics in terms of growing the game, what game are we talking about growing? The NHL game and the Olympic one are sometimes mutually exclusive. Forget the time difference and the difficulties of scheduling Olympic games during North American prime time. The more important question -- and ultimate incentive for owners -- is: Did the Olympic games in Japan, Italy and Russia do anything to promote the NHL game globally?
The answer is pretty simple: No.
Olympic games played on international-sized ice, which is 15 feet wider, are not NHL quality. It's not even close. To be blunt, it's often unwatchable.
Can you name memorable moments from those non-North American Olympic tournaments?
"I think it's fantastic for our sport. think it's great for our league that we go, and we're there. I think for all the players it's an honor to be part of the Olympics. I'm hopeful they can work it out. It's great for our league and great for the game."
-Steve Yzerman, GM of the Tampa Bay Lightning on the NHL players participating in the 2018 Winter Olympics. Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times has more on this topic.
from the CP at Sportsnet,
The NHL Players’ Association has formally rejected the league’s proposal to allow players to participate in the 2018 Olympics in exchange for an extension to the current collective bargaining agreement.
NHLPA executive director Don Fehr says that the players, primarily the executive board, showed no interest in the idea.
He says he hopes “we’ll still be able to conclude an agreement to go to the Olympics.”
Fehr tells The Canadian Press in an exclusive interview that “we still think it’s (playing in 2018) important and we’ll go from there.”
from Ken Campbell of The Hockey News,
So it turns out that regardless of what the final numbers are, the World Cup was not quite the cash cow that was originally predicted. A total profit of less than $40 million is significantly lower than was projected when the event was first conceived, perhaps as much as 50 percent lower. In fact, it doesn't look as though the 2016 World Cup will make much more money that it did when it was last played in 2004. Former NHL chief operating office John Collins said at the launch of the World Cup announcement at the 2015 All-Star Game in Columbus that the World Cup in 2004 made slightly less than $34 million. Does that mean there is room to grow for the World Cup or did both sides overestimate the revenues an event such as this one would produce? That’s probably the question that everyone on both sides are trying to figure out. From the league’s side, that total represents only a little more than $600,000 per team and that's only if the league distributes the money to the teams.
from Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet,
As an alphabet soup of stakeholders meet in New York City to discuss the future of Olympic hockey, sources indicate the NHL has made an offer to its players that could confirm their participation.
No one is willing to comment at this time, so it is difficult to pin down particulars. But, in exchange for the league’s blessing, the NHLPA would agree to extend the collective bargaining agreement. One source indicated, it could be for three more years, but I can’t pin that down to be 100 per cent accurate.
This move is not unprecedented. Prior to the NHL’s first foray into the Olympics (Nagano, 1998) both sides agreed to waive the right to re-open their CBA to ensure there would be no labour disruption at that time.
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
“It got to the point where, because I wasn’t playing him in the last two or three minutes of a game, he would undo his skates, take off his helmet, put his gloves in his lap, lean his stick against the glass and just sit there,” King said. “But one night, we were up two goals, so I thought we were safe and I barked: ‘Roberts, Nieuwendyk, MAKAROV!’ I did it late, too, so the line that was on the ice was already coming to the bench and now Sergei’s in a panic.
“He flips on the helmet, doesn’t do up the chin strap. Puts on his gloves, grabs his stick, didn’t get his skates tied up properly, and over the boards he goes. Immediately, he gets the puck and goes in and rings a shot right off the crossbar. He does a quick turn, comes back to the bench, sits down and gives me the longest stare you’ve ever seen.
“That was Makarov. Sometimes, it would happen to the players too. If a guy just shot the puck in, Sergei would give him that same look – like the kiss of death, as if he were wondering, ‘Who am I playing with?’ What planet are they from?’ But he was really a great player – and a really interesting guy.”
more on Makarov...
Below, a fan-made video tribute to Makarov...
from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,
- Calgary did the right thing by proclaiming Matthew Tkachuk a full-time NHLer. The son of Keith Tkachuk made his 10th game count, scoring twice in Calgary’s 3-2 win over San Jose on Thursday. He was eligible to return to junior, but his days of playing boys’ hockey are over.
- Through 11 games, Dustin Byfuglien continues to prove he is the most impressive specimen in the league. Byfuglien was leading all players in ice time per game (29:02). Big Buff was averaging a shift length of 58 seconds, trailing only Aaron Ekblad (1:00). Opponents have marveled at how Byfuglien skates so smoothly while checking in north of 250 pounds.
- Eetu Selanne, son of legend Teemu Selanne, has committed to Northeastern. The 18-year-old, currently playing for Madison of the USHL, is likely to be a freshman on Huntington Avenue next fall. There must be something wrong, because the old man still looks like a college senior.
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from Ryan O'Leary at IIHF.com,
There are 2,246 miles that separate Winnipeg, Manitoba from Miami, Florida. Well, 2,246.3 miles to be exact.
A lot more than just distance divides the two cities, of course. The metropolises couldn't be anymore different in terms of weather, culture, people and sports.
Lying at the bottom of the Red River Valley, Winnipeg averages temperatures around freezing in the winter and it’s most definitely a hockey city.
Miami is America's gateway to the Caribbean – warm and vibrant year round. It's predominantly a three-sport city, and although the Florida Panthers play in nearby Sunrise, the area is a hotbed for football, baseball and basketball.
If you jump in a car and drive halfway between the two cities – traveling 1,150 miles in either direction – you'll find Plymouth, Michigan, and that's where our story takes place.
Plymouth is the new home of the United States National Team Development Program and where Randy Hernandez is currently in residency, playing right wing on the U18 team.
from Dave Stubbs of NHL.com,
Guy Lafleur was awake in his west suburban Montreal home at 3:30 a.m. on Friday, 15 minutes before the alarm he had set.
"My wife likes when I get up before the alarm," the Montreal Canadiens legend joked three hours later, sitting at a very quiet Gate 50 at Montreal's Trudeau Airport.
Lafleur is impeccably dressed in his crested Hockey Hall of Fame blazer, red patterned tie and a tan trench coat, two copies of a luxury-lifestyle magazine under his arm for in-flight reading that he wouldn't do should he doze off on the plane, which he said was likely.
We are headed to St. John's, Newfoundland, where the five-time 1970s Stanley Cup champion is scheduled to participate in the ceremonial faceoff at the home opener of the St. John's IceCaps, the Canadiens' American Hockey League affiliate.
It's the final season of the IceCaps in a hockey-mad city in Canada's easternmost province. In 2017-18, the IceCaps will relocate to Laval, north of Montreal, where they will be rebranded the Laval Rocket.
The IceCaps, seeking star quality for their final home opener, called their NHL parent about a month ago, which is when Canadiens alumni president Rejean Houle called Lafleur.
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