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Nashville, Tenn. (September 8, 2016) – Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced today that forward Mike Fisher has been named the seventh captain in franchise history.
“It is the right time for Mike to be the captain in our history,” Poile said. “In my mind, he could’ve easily been the captain many times in his career, but this is his time. It’s the perfect fit. You look for the characteristics you want in a captain in terms of the personal life, how he conducts himself, the role model part of it, and it’s A-plus with him.”
Fisher, 36 (6/5/80), was a full-time alternate captain for the previous four seasons. He has been the Predators nominee for the King Clancy Award in four of the last five seasons, which is given to the player who best exemplifies leadership qualities on and off the ice and has made a noteworthy contribution in the community. The Peterborough, Ont., native became the franchise’s second-ever NHL Award winner in 2012 when he was the recipient of the NHL Foundation Award, which recognizes a player who applies the core values of hockey -- commitment, perseverance and teamwork -- to enrich the lives of people in his community.
“It will be really special to wear the ‘C’,” Fisher said. “There’s no question it’s an honor, and I’m very grateful for the opportunity to wear it for a great organization, great people and a great team. I believe they’ve given it to me for a reason, and I want to continue to do what I’ve always done, but more because I want to help this team win a Stanley Cup.”
from Sean McIndoe of Sportsnet,
So today, let’s look at 15 of those people – players, fans, coaches and beyond – that you can count on crossing paths with at every major international hockey tournament.
1. The player from your favourite NHL team who plays for another country
This one’s always a bit tricky. You like this guy – heck, he might even be your favourite player – but for the next few weeks, you can’t cheer for him.
When it comes to international hockey, country comes first—even if only temporarily. You might have this guy’s jersey hanging in your closet, but for now, he’s the enemy.
But that raises a host of ethical questions. Are you still allowed to want him to do well? As long as he’s not playing against your country that night, then it should still be OK, right? After all, you don’t want him to come back to the NHL in the middle of a prolonged slump.
Then again, if he heats up he could end up knocking your country’s team out of the playoff round, so maybe not. Besides, maybe a bad tournament would give him something to prove for the season. Well, unless it wrecked his confidence…
from Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times,
Lightning wing J.T. Brown wants to make one thing clear.
"I have no ill will towards John Tortorella," he said.
That doesn't mean Brown, 26, agrees with everything the Team USA coach says. And Brown, 26, an African American, took to Twitter this week to let his voice be heard on Tortorella's statement that he'd bench any Team USA player who didn't stand for the national anthem, like 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick has famously done. Kaepernick has kneeled/sat during the anthem in protest of America's treatment of minorities.
"Wouldn't benching a black man for taking a stance only further prove Kap's point of oppression?" Brown tweeted...
Brown wanted to explain his perspective, which he did Thursday in a statement to the Tampa Bay Times.
“I’d like to make it clear that I have no ill will towards John Tortorella. I do not know him. I responded to a story on Twitter with my opinion and that was how I saw it. He sees the situation through his reality and I see it through mine, as a black athlete in the NHL. I know I’m not on the United States World Cup roster, but I have had a chance to represent my country on other occasions. My tweet was a hypothetical. What if I took a stance to promote awareness for one of the many injustices still occurring in our country and was punished despite there being no rule or law against it? My tweet was a response to that question....
read on for more from Brown...
TEAM EUROPE, TEAM NORTH AMERICA TO DEBUT IN QUEBEC CITY
The World Cup of Hockey 2016 pre-tournament schedule begins Thursday with three exhibition games, including the international debuts of Team Europe and Team North America, who face off at Videotron Centre in Quebec City.
* Team Europe is comprised of a pan-European roster from birth countries outside of the Czech Republic, Finland, Russia and Sweden and features players from eight different European nations. They are led by captain Anze Kopitar (Slovenia) and alternate captains Zdeno Chara (Slovakia) and Mark Streit (Switzerland).
* Team North America was selected from a pool of the best players age 23 or younger (as of Oct. 1, 2016) from Canada and the United States. Their roster features 16 first round NHL Draft selections, including five of the past six No. 1 overall picks: Auston Matthews(2016), Connor McDavid (2015), Aaron Ekblad (2014), Nathan MacKinnon (2013) andRyan Nugent-Hopkins (2011).
Click here for a Twitter list of all teams participating in World Cup of Hockey 2016.
Sweden/Finland at 12:00pm ET on ESPN3 (Watch ESPN), Sportsnet and TVAS
Czech Republic/Russia at 12:30pm on ESPN3, Sportsnet 1 and TVAS 2
North America/Europe at 8:00pm on ESPN2, Sportsnet and TVAS
According to Yahoo Sports' Greg Wyshynski, the major stakeholders in the World Cup of Hockey--the NHL, the NHLPA and the IIHF--will be taking part in the decision-making processes regarding supplementary discipline, video replay and coaches' challenges, but to different extents. Supplementary disicipline is a tri-party issue:
NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly tells Yahoo Sports that suspensions and fines in the World Cup of Hockey tournament will be determined by a three-person panel. The first person is a representative from the NHL’s Department of Player Safety. The second is a representative from NHL’s Department of Hockey Operations. The third is a representative from the IIHF.
Those three are the judge and jury, but there will also be an NHLPA representative “in an observer’s role,” according to Daly.
Under IIHF rules, players that are suspended in one tournament can have those suspensions carry over to other tournaments. Please recalled the knee-on-knee hit from Swedish defenseman Alex Edler on Canada’s Eric Staal, which resulted in a four-game suspension that bridged between the 2013 IIHF world championships and the 2014 Sochi Olympics.
Would suspensions in the World Cup of Hockey carry over to other international tournaments?
“Absent extraordinary circumstances, discipline would be for the tournament only with no carryover,” said Daly, who added that “in extraordinary circumstances, each organization can treat as it sees fit.”
Wyshynski continues, explaining that the NHL's situation room will handle video review, and that a combination of NHL and IIHF referees will deal with penalties and coaches' challenges.
"I think it's good for hockey in many ways. Obviously, they reach a huge amount of households, and a lot of people watch it if you're a hockey fan or not. It may bring in more people, let them see how great the game is and get them addicted to hockey like the rest of us."
"When you walk into a bar, you walk into a restaurant, you walk into any place in the United States or basically the world, ESPN's on. We still have that over any other sports network in the world: the fact that we're on just about everywhere all the time."
-Barry Melrose of ESPN.
Stephen Whyno of the AP has much more about hockey on ESPN.
With his career in a tailspin, Devin Setoguchi turned to alcohol to ease his depression. He’s now fit and sober, hoping for another chance at the NHL dream he drank away.
(Editor's Note: This story appears in the upcoming season preview issue. On Wednesday, Setoguchi signed a PTO with the Los Angeles Kings.)
BY DAVID POLLAK
Glens Falls, N.Y., likes to consider itself “Hometown, USA,” a tag hung on it by Look magazine in 1944 for typifying post-WWII America. It has a long minor league hockey history, and for the 2014-15 season it served as temporary home of the Adirondack Flames, Calgary’s AHL affiliate. But after one year, Calgary moved the team to Stockton, Calif., a 90-minute drive from where Devin Setoguchi began his NHL career as a highly touted first-round pick of the San Jose Sharks nearly a decade ago.
Setoguchi spent most of that 2014-15 season in Glens Falls, but it never felt anything remotely like home. After Calgary demoted Setoguchi to the AHL in November 2014, an already serious drinking problem got worse. In fact, he said he can’t remember going more than a day without a drink during his entire time there.
continued at The Hockey News...
"It's a tremendous honor. 'm excited to be a part of this summit and conference that they're having at the Vatican on sports and faith and service for humanity. I think it's going to be a tremendous opportunity to sit down with all different faiths and delegations from different sports and talk about the impact that sports has and faith has.
"It's a once in a lifetime opportunity."
-Pat LaFontaine who will be traveling to Rome in early October for a sports global conference and will meet Pope Francis. John Vogl of the Buffalo News has more.
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