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Morning Line- Jari Kurri On The 2018 Winter Olympics

It’s definitely not the same tournament. It’s a sad story that the NHL players won’t be there and the best players won’t be there. I think, it will hurt hockey and it will hurt the fans because they would like to see the best players.

For the players who grew up playing hockey it was a dream to play in the Olympics, put their country’s flag on and to celebrate the Olympics with the whole family. The Olympics are not about hockey, they are about other sports. Cross-country skiers, ski jumpers are there, they are like a big family enjoying the Olympics. It’s a sad story.

There’s a lot of politics, money involved. I don’t want to still see it as a secondary tournament. I think, players who are going to be invited there should be proud of having the chance that other players enjoy.

-Jari Kurri at RT.com where you can read more or watch a 26 minute video of the interview.

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Selanne Passes Kurri In Total Points

Teemu Selanne recorded his 1,399th point tonight @ Colorado, becoming the NHL’s top all-time top scorer from Finland (Jari Kurri, 1,398). Selanne now ranks 19th in career scoring in NHL history, third among all European-born players. The only other European-born players with more points are Jaromir Jagr (born in Kladno, Czech Republic, 1,645 points) and Stan Mikita (born in Sokolce, Slovakia and raised in Canada, 1,467 points).

Below is a statement from NHL Hall-of-Famer Jari Kurri:

“I couldn’t be more proud that Teemu is the all-time top NHL scorer from Finland. Congratulations to a great player, a great friend and an even better person.”

-Jari Kurri

A native of Helsinki, Finland, Kurri scored 1,398 points in his NHL career with Edmonton, Los Angeles, the NY Rangers, Anaheim and Colorado. He won five Stanley Cups with the Oilers.

thanks to the Ducks PR department for the statement.

added 12:13am 3/13/12, watch the Selanne goal below…

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The NHL versus Russia

The NHL’s arrival in Europe last week coincided with two exhibition games between the leagues teams and their Russian rivals; the KHL. First up was an aggressive affair between the Carolina Hurricanes and SKA St. Petersburg. In a role reversal between leagues, SKA came out playing aggressively, so much so, in fact, that Hurricanes coach, Paul Maurice pulled his star players; Eric Staal and goaltender Cam Ward from the game as it deteriorated into a slugfest which resulted in a 5-3 victory for SKA. The other interleague game featured the Phoenix Coyotes gaining a measure of revenge for the NHL, by defeating Dynamo Riga 3-1. The interleague games were part of a longstanding tradition of play between the NHL and Russia. With that in mind, I thought I would take a look at some of the most famous and infamous matchups between the two rivals.

1. The Montreal Canadiens versus Central Red Army
    December 31st, 1975

This matchup featured the most successful franchises from the NHL and the former Soviet league as the Canadiens played host to the Red Army team. Montreal featured Guy Lafleur, Ken Dryden, Larry Robinson and Bob Gainey among others against Valeri Kharlamov, Vladislav Tretiak, Vladimir Petrov and Boris Mikhailov. The level of play was as high as the 72’ Summit Series as the star players from each team were entering their prime. Despite outshooting Red Army 38-13, the Canadiens were forced to settle with a 3-3 tie, due to the outstanding play of Tretiak. This game would cement Tretiak’s longstanding relationship withe the city of Montreal, as the team would go on to draft the goaltender 138th overall in the 1983 NHL Entry Draft, despite Soviet players not being allowed to compete in the NHL.

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