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from Martin Merk of IIHF.com,
Another topic for the media was the ongoing discussions between the IIHF and the NHL in particular for a continuation of the NHL’s Olympic participation for a sixth consecutive time since Nagano 1998 when the event goes to PyeongChang, Korea, in 2018.
“We are discussing about the World Cup of Hockey in 2016, and as soon as we have a decision we will discuss about the 2018 Olympics,” Fasel said. He admitted that being in Asia may be a challenge with the time difference for North Americans. But the growing Asian market offers important chances for hockey.
“We will also be in Asia in 2022 in China (Beijing) or Kazakhstan (Almaty), and I believe China is the favourite. I know the players want to go to the Olympics. I’m confident about that.”
The re-establishment of a World Cup of Hockey is planned for September 2016 with eight teams. It’s planned to form teams from Canada, United States, Sweden, Finland, Russia and the Czech Republic while two more teams are open.
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.
“Although there were many details to discuss with our partners at the NHL and NHLPA, there was never any doubt in my mind that we would not continue the tradition from Nagano, Salt Lake City, Turin and Vancouver.”
“The modern Olympic era is about sportive competition on the highest possible level. This is what fans around the world expect from a 100-metre race or downhill skiing and this is also what they are entitled to expect from our sport.”
“It is the obligation of the IIHF towards our fans that the biggest sports show on earth has the best players and towards our member associations that they are able to select the best players that their educational systems have developed. I would like to thank NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman and NHLPA Executive Director Don Fehr for their co-operation.”
-IIHF President and IOC Executive Committee Member René Fasel. More from the IIHF.
Both men sound as if they are on the same page, a good start if you want the NHL to participate in the Sochi Olympics.
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
On the stage, at the Air Canada Centre, Rene Fasel, the normally mild-manner dentist who doubles as the president of the International Ice Hockey Federation, essentially told the NHL to stay out of Europe with whatever expansion plans it may have in the future.
“I will fight like hell and not allow anybody to come from abroad,” said Fasel Tuesday, when asked about the much-rumoured, but never actually articulated idea that European expansion is the NHL’s next frontier.
It was an unusually strong position for Fasel, a man known for his mediating and negotiating skill and overshadowed the other small admission that he made during Day 2 of the World Hockey Summit regarding future NHL participation in the Olympics.
from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,
Fasel stopped short of dropping to his knees and pleading with Bettman to make sure NHL players are in Sochi, Russia, in 2014, but he didn’t stop short by a lot. He suggested the NHL can lose its All-Star break to create more time to send players to Sochi and said continuing to send players would enhance the game’s growth.
“The effort to shut down for two weeks and play here is worth it,” Fasel told reporters at a news conference while Bettman, sitting to his right, grew increasingly red-faced. “For our game, our fans, Gary, we need you.”
Bettman, the red spots in his cheeks fairly blazing by now, smiled. “It’s nice to be needed,” he said, though his tone didn’t match his words.
from Jeff Z. Klein of SlapShot at the NY Times,
I.I.H.F. President René Fasel managed to strike a delicate balance at his news conference in Moscow on Tuesday, praising Russian hockey-fan-in-chief Vladimir Putin and the K.H.L. while at the same time asserting that the league must honor player contracts, and expressing resistance to the N.H.L. while at the same time vowing cooperation with it.
“In general, I like the K.H.L., and I think that the idea of pan-European leagues is smart, but I still say that national federations and leagues have to live by the same rules,” Fasel said in describing a meeting he had with Putin, an outspoken advocate of K.H.L. expansion into Scandinavia and Central Europe.
“I will never allow the absorption of the weak by the strong,” Fasel said.
from Alan Adams of CBC,
The International Ice Hockey Federation is investigating allegations of IIHF president Rene Fasel accepting kickbacks involving the IIHF’s marketing partner and Fasel’s childhood friend.
The Zurich daily SonntagsZeitung reported Sunday that Fasel benefited financially from marketing contracts awarded to Infront, which handles the television and marketing rights to the world hockey championship until 2017.
The newspaper alleged that Infront paid 400,000 Swiss francs ($412,000 Cdn.) in fees to company run by a childhood friend of Fasel identified as “Y.S.”
The newspaper quoted “Y.S.” as saying the only reason his company was successful was because of his relationship with Fasel.