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New York/Toronto (January 24, 2015) – The World Cup of Hockey will return in September 2016 in Toronto, Canada when eight teams, comprised of the world’s best hockey players, compete for a best-on-best international hockey championship, the National Hockey League (NHL®) and National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA) announced today. The World Cup of Hockey is a joint effort of the NHLPA and the NHL, in cooperation with the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF). It is expected that more than 150 of the best players in the NHL will participate in this tournament in what should be the biggest celebration of the game.

The eight teams will be divided into two Groups of four, and each will compete in three tournament games within their assigned Group in a round-robin format. The top two finishers in each Group will advance to a single game semi-final against a team from the other Group. Winners of the semi-final games will advance to a best-of-three final round. All tournament games (round-robin, semi-final and final) will be played at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto from September 17 - October 1, 2016.

“We are thrilled to partner with the NHLPA in planning and producing what we expect will be the world’s best international hockey tournament,” NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said. “The 2016 World Cup of Hockey will highlight not only our global reach, but also the skill and passion of the world’s best athletes. We would like to thank our international partners – the IIHF and their members – for their cooperation in helping to make this event a reality.”

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Live Stream- Gary Bettman Press Conference From Columbus

Garry Bettman meets with the media follow the NHL owners meeting.

It is scheduled to begin at 1:00pm ET and can be watched below.

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Video- Max Domi Receives His Own Lob Pass

via Sportsnet,

You thought you saw the best of Max Domi at the world juniors? Think again as he stuns fans and commentators alike with this jaw-dropping display of short-handed puck brilliance.

 

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NHL Short Notes

SATURDAY’S SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
All Times Eastern
 
NHL Fan Fair
Greater Columbus Convention Center, Halls C & D
10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
 
Commissioner Gary Bettman Media Availability
Nationwide Arena – Concourse Level
1:00 p.m.
 
All-Star Player Red Carpet Arrivals
Nationwide Arena – OhioHealth Ice Haus
4:00 – 5:00 p.m.
 
2015 Honda NHL All-Star Skills Competition
Nationwide Arena
7:00 p.m.
(NBCSN, CBC, TVA)

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Agenda For NHL Owners Meeting Today

via Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

The NHL's 30 owners meet Saturday morning, which is customary at All-Star Weekend, with a number of things on the docket to discuss.

There will be an update on Las Vegas and the ticket drive, which will kick off next month, and an update on Seattle, the league having met with the city's mayor this past week. Mind you, the sense is there is still not much to report there.

The dropping Canadian dollar and potential impact on the hockey-related revenues and next year's salary cap will also be discussed. NHL commissioner Gary Bettman told owners at the Board of Governors meeting in early December that the expected cap number for next season would be around $73 million, but only if the Canadian dollar didn't plunge. Of course, it has, so it'll be interesting to see if the league has a different number in mind Saturday or if it feels it's premature to speculate on it.

Obviously, the World Cup of Hockey will be addressed with owners, as the league and NHL Players' Association are expected to unveil details for the September 2016 event.

Gary Bettman will address the media today at 1:00pm ET with a recap of the meeting.

Following, Commissioner Bettman will be joined by NHLPA Executive Director Don Fehr, to make a joint NHLPA/NHL announcement.

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NHL All-Stars Say Yes To The Olympics

from Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun,

Memo to the league: Shea Weber thinks NHLers should go to the 2018 Olympics -- even if they are being held halfway around the world.

Would you argue with Weber, one of the toughest hombres in the game and a two-time gold medal winner with Team Canada?

“The Olympic experience is incredible,” Weber said Friday. “When it comes to representing your country, what can top that?”

Weber’s sentiments were echoed by the likes of John Tavares and Steven Stamkos. But will their voices be heard by NHL owners?

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Saturday Morning Hockey Talk

from Bruce Garrioch o the Ottawa Sun,

- One team that could be interested in Ottawa winger Chris Neil is the Winnipeg Jets. They’ve been looking to add more grit up front before the deadline.

- With several teams looking for a young forward who can score, most have either Edmonton’s Taylor Hall or Jordan Eberle on their radar screen and all have inquired with GM Craig MacTavish about the possibility. What they’re being told? That the Oilers don’t want to do anything right now. “It’s surprising because you’d think they’d want to do something and there’s plenty of interest,” said a league executive. “With where they’re sitting and what’s been happening, it doesn’t sound like they even really want to discuss the possibility.” The Oilers are listening to offers but the sense is if they’re going to do something with either Hall or Eberle it will be in the off-season when their draft position is decided and they can weigh everything. All-star forward Ryan Nugent-Hopkins isn’t going anywhere.

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Playing In The All-Star Game

from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

Nick Foligno just smiled when told he wouldn’t be able to pick Sidney Crosby in the all-star draft.

“Yes, I heard that,” smiled Foligno, a Columbus Blue Jackets winger and captain of one of the two teams in Sunday’s NHL showcase.

The surprising news came out around suppertime Thursday that Crosby wouldn’t be appearing here due to injury, certainly a blow to a league that understands every event it holds is better and carries a higher profile when Crosby is involved.

He’s actually only appeared in the all-star game once, for a wide variety of reasons. And this time, sources suggest the mysterious “lower body” problem is actually a hip injury aggravated this week during hotly contested games in Philadelphia and at home against Chicago that’s has knocked Crosby out of the game as a precautionary measure.

Fair enough, and Crosby has a lifetime get-out-of-jail-free card for the service he’s done as an ambassador for the league and the sport. 

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A Lot Of Cup Lifting

from Aaron Portzline of Puck-Rakers,

Those plastic cups NHL players lifting and tipping backstage tonight at the NHL fantasy draft? They were filled with something special.

In a rollicking affair that lasted nearly 90 minutes, one team captained by Blue Jackets' Nick Foligno and another led by Chicago's Jonathan Toews divvied up 41 NHL All-Stars and set the rosters for Sunday's 60th NHL All-Star Game in Nationwide Arena.

Foligno won the puck-flip and had the first overall draft pick. He used it -- predictably, safely -- to select fellow Blue Jackets forward Ryan Johansen, keeping peace in the dressing room and giving local fans one team to cheer in Sunday's game.

There were plenty of giggles. One could say the best "rounds" took place before the draft started.

Asked what was in those cups, Toews smirked.

"I don't know. We were just hydrating, getting ready for the weekend," Toews said. "It's going to be a long one. A lot of ice time. I think we're short one guy, too, so we're going to have to have guys ready for extra ice time."

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Video- ASG Draft Night In Columbus

Basically you can tell what the night was all about by watching a five minute video of Alex Ovechkin during the ASG draft.

Pierre McGuire pops in here and there but the featured star is Alex Ovechkin.

Other than that, if you need to view how the teams drafted, you can see it here.

 

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