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Given that most every country but Russia's sent its "B Team" (or "C Team") to the World Championships in Minsk, perhaps due to Olympic fatigue, this part of the tournament (which will take place on May 25th) may be its most compelling, per the IIHF:
Brilliant performance under historic pressure as well as long-lasting excellence is recognized as the IIHF Hall of Fame inducts former players and a builder.
Vyacheslav Bykov, Andrei Khomutov, Nicklas Lidström, Ruslan Salei, Steve Yzerman as players and builder Murray Costello will be inducted in 2014.
Dr Mark Aubry will receive the Paul Loicq Award for his contributions to international hockey.
The IIHF Historical Committee and its chairman, IIHF President René Fasel, have announced the 18th class of the IIHF Hall of Fame to be ceremonially inducted during the 78th IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship in Minsk.
Click here for a complete list of all honoured members since the IIHF Hall of Fame was introduced in 1997. It now boasts 195 greats from 23 countries.
The IIHF's press release continues, profiling each inducteee, and having Ruslan Salei inducted into the IIHF HOF in Belarus's capital is going to be a very emotional event.
Buffalo Sabres GM Darcy Regier is at the World Hockey Summit and will be involved in a symposium on junior hockey development this afternoon at Toronto’s Air Canada Centre.
Much of the discussion is expected to revolve around the Canadian Hockey League and the impact of the influx of young players from European countries. The panel will be moderated by Hockey Night in Canada’s Jim Hughson and will include such heavy hitters as Regier, IIHF Vice President Murray Costello and USA Hockey’s Jim Johannson.
“It’s very important for the hockey community to share best practices, ideas, and concerns that everyone has regarding junior development,” Regier said this morning on Toronto’s FAN 590. “There are a lot of choices out there for kids and I think it’s critical that they choose hockey over all other sports.”
As Sabres fans are well aware, the value of player development for a budget conscious team like Buffalo is a big issue to Regier. “We don’t get heavily involved in the unrestricted market, and with players becoming unrestricted at the latest at age 27, it puts tremendous pressure on junior development, and we’re very dependent on it.”
Regier also admitted that the Olympics affected franchise goaltender Ryan Miller as the season wore on. “I think at the end we did see him maybe not as sharp as he was at the top of the season. When you have someone playing that many games and with very little rest time it’s going to impact him.”
The Sabres open training camp with “Puck Drop 2010” at HSBC Arena on September 18.