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Gold For Team USA

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Open Post- Gold Medal Game In Woman’s Hockey - USA/Canada

Late night game tonight, puck drops at 11:10pm ET.

Watch on NBCSN and CBC.

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Once Again, Canada vs, USA Tonight

from Rob Longley at the National Post,

How long can the pain of one crushing loss linger and how empowering can the result be for the winners of the greatest women’s hockey game ever played?

Four years after Canada ripped out the hearts of their archrival Americans in deliciously dramatic fashion, we’re about to find out.

Four years after that showdown in Sochi, the two superpowers of their sport will meet again for gold at the Gangneung Hockey Arena on Thursday afternoon (11:10 p.m. ET/8:10 p.m. PT on Wednesday in Canada).

Given a chance for full revenge only returns every 48 months in this sport, forgetting the robbery in Russia might be easier said than done for the Americans.

“They know how important it is to put that stuff in the past, to learn from experience and draw from it,” American coach Robb Stauber said of his players approach. “We’re not talking about it. We’re in South Korea and it’s 2018 and we want a different result.”

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USA Eliminated In Men’s Hockey At The Olympics

GANGNEUNG, South Korea — Ryan Donato (Scituate, Mass.) and Jim Slater (Lapeer, Mich.) scored, but the U.S. Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Team fell to the Czech Republic, 3-2, in a shootout here today in the quarterfinals of the 2018 Olympic Winter Games at the Gangneung Hockey Centre. 

“The one thing that we wanted to make sure of when we came into this tournament is that when it ended we’d be proud of how we represented our country,” said Tony Granato, head coach of the U.S. Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Team. “I’m very proud of how we competed and how we played and how we represented our country from the start of the tournament to the end of it."

For the complete game recap, click here.

OAR defeated Norway 6-1 and Canada/Finland Sweden/Germeny starts at 7:10am ET this morning.

added 8:01am, Remember the women go for gold tonight, Canada/USA at 11:10pm ET. 

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U.S. Olympic Woman’s Team Will Play For Gold

GANGNEUNG, South Korea  — Dani Cameranesi (Plymouth, Minn.) recorded two goals and an assist and Maddie Rooney (Andover, Minn.) made 14 saves as the U.S. Olympic Women's Ice Hockey Team shut out Finland, 5-0, in the semifinals of the 2018 Olympic Winter Games. The victory puts Team USA into the gold-medal game on Thursday (Feb. 22), when it will play either Canada or the Olympic Athletes from Russia.

“Tonight, we beat a very good goaltender and a very good hockey team” said U.S. Olympic Women's Team head coach Robb Stauber. "Our plan coming in was to repeat the good habits that we talked about earlier in the tournament and today we were rewarded."

Puck drop for the gold-medal game is set for 1:10 p.m. (local time Thursday in S. Korea)/11:10 p.m. ET (Wed. Feb. 21) and will be broadcast live on NBC Sports Network as well as streamed on NBCOlympics.com. The U.S. Olympic Women's Ice Hockey Team, which has medaled in all five Olympic appearances to date (gold-1998, silver-2002, 2010 and 2014 and bronze-2006), is competing in the gold-medal game of an Olympic Winter Games for the fifth time.

For the complete game recap, click here.

added 8:44am, Video highlights here.

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Team USA Falls To Team Slovenia In OT

GANGNEUNG, South Korea — Brian O'Neill (Yardley, Pa.) and Jordan Greenway (Canton, N.Y.) each netted goals but the U.S. Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Team fell to Slovenia in overtime, 3-2, here tonight in its opening game at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games at the Kwandong Hockey Centre.  

"I thought we played two great periods," said Tony Granato, head coach of the 2018 U.S. Olympic Men's Ice Hockey Team. “We were on our heels in the third at times and they took advantage. Give them credit. All-in-all, I liked the way we played. We’ve got a terrific group and we’ll be ready to play Slovakia."

The U.S. Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Team (0-0-1-0/W-OTW-OTL-L) continues preliminary round play against Slovakia on Friday (Feb. 16) at 12:10 p.m. local time, making it a 10:10 p.m. ET puck drop on Thursday (Feb. 15) in the U.S. That contest will be televised live on CNBC in addition to being streamed on NBCOlympics.com.

For the complete game recap, click here.

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Team USA Advances To The Semifinals Of The World Junior Championship

BUFFALO, N.Y. — Kieffer Bellows (Edina, Minn./Portland Winterhawks) scored twice and Joseph Woll (St. Louis, Mo./Boston College) made 27 saves to lead the U.S. National Junior Team past Russia, 4-2, tonight in its quarterfinal game of the 2018 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship here at KeyBank Center.

“What a terrific effort by our guys against a quality opponent,” said Bob Motzko, head coach of the 2018 U.S. National Junior Team. “We saw success in all facets of the game, from our special teams to our goaltending. We'll enjoy this tonight and tomorrow turn our attention to Sweden.”

Team USA (3-1-0-1/W-OTW-OTL-L) will face Sweden in the semifinals on Thursday (Jan. 4). The game is set for 4:00 p.m. ET at KeyBank Center with tickets available here. The contest will be broadcast live on NHL Network.

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Your Team USA Rosters For The 2018 Winter Olympic Games

from USA Hockey,

USA Hockey announced today the rosters for its 2018 U.S. Olympic Men’s and Women’s Ice Hockey Teams and 2018 U.S. Paralympic Sled Hockey Team during the second intermission of the NHL Winter Classic at Citi Field in New York City.

“We’re excited about all three of our teams and the chance to compete for gold,” said Pat Kelleher, executive director of USA Hockey. “There’s no bigger stage than the Olympics and Paralympics and I know our teams will represent our country extremely well in PyeongChang."

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Video- Recap Of Team USA Win Over Team Canada In The World Junior Championship

in case you missed it yesterday like me due to a touch of the flu...

from USA Hockey,

In front of a record crowd of 44,492, Brady Tkachuk (St. Louis, Mo./Boston University) and Kieffer Bellows (Edina, Minn./ Portland Winterhawks) scored in the shootout and Jake Oettinger (Lakeville, Minn./Boston University) didn’t allow a shootout goal as the U.S. National Junior Team overcame a two-goal deficit to defeat Canada, 4-3, here tonight in its third preliminary round game of the 2018 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship at New Era Field.

“What a tremendous atmosphere and a terrific bounce-back effort by our players,” said Bob Motzko, head coach of the 2018 U.S. National Junior Team. “This was just another moment in the U.S.-Canada rivalry and something our players and staff will enjoy for years to come. We’ll enjoy this win tonight but come tomorrow our focus turns to Finland.”

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Team USA Hockey Jersey For The 2018 Olympics

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – USA Hockey unveiled today the three Nike jerseys that its 2018 Olympic and Paralympic teams will wear during the upcoming Games in PyeongChang, South Korea, as part of the U.S. Olympic Committee’s 100 Days Out celebration in Times Square.

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Team USA Faces Team Russia In World Championship Preliminary Round Game

COLOGNE, Germany – The Group A title is on the line here this afternoon when the U.S. faces Russia in the seventh and final preliminary round game from the 2017 IIHF Men’s World Championship.

Opening faceoff is set for 4:15 p.m. local time (10:15 a.m. ET) and the game can be seen live in the U.S. on NBCSN (live stream on NBC Sports app and at NBCSports.com).

The United States and Russia meet for the 16th time in the world championship. The last meeting between the two teams came in last year’s bronze medal game in Moscow with Russia gaining a 7-2 victory. All-time, the U.S. is 5-1-0-8-1 (W-OTW-OTL-L-T) vs. Russia.

Team USA has won five straight games coming into play today. The U.S. record for most consecutive wins in a single world championship is six and it has happened just once, that in 1990.

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IIHF World Cup Play Starts Today For Team USA

via USA Hockey,

The U.S. and Germany meet tonight in the first game for both teams at the 2017 IIHF Men’s World Hockey Championship. Opening faceoff is set for 8:15 p.m. local time (2:15 p.m. ET) and can be seen live in the U.S. on NHL Network (also streamed live on NBC Sports app and on NBCSports.com).

The two teams have met 15 times previously in the world championship, with the U.S. holding an 8-0-1-3-3 (W-OTW-OTL-L-T) series advantage. Last year, Germany edged the U.S. by a 3-2 count in preliminary round play at the world championship.

The last time the tournament was held in Germany in 2010, the U.S. opened the tournament against Germany before a then world-record crowd of 77,803 at Veltins Arena in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, with the hosts taking a 2-1 overtime victory.

The U.S. has won its opening game of the men’s world championship in 10 of the past 12 years.

Jimmy Howard is expected to be the starter in goal tonight. He is playing in his second IIHF Men’s World Championship. In 2012, he went 5-2 with a 2.42 goals against average and .911 save percentage and was named one of Team USA’s best three players of the tournament.

The full tournament schedule is below...

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Team USA Begins To Take Shape For IIHF World Championship

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – USA Hockey announced today an initial roster of 15 players that will represent the U.S. Men’s National Team at the 2017 International Ice Hockey Federation Men’s World Championship May 5-21 in Cologne, Germany, and Paris, France.

The roster is highlighted by five players who helped guide Team USA to a bronze medal at the 2015 IIHF Men’s World Championship in Ostrava and Prague, Czech Republic, including Connor Hellebuyck (Winnipeg Jets), Dylan Larkin (Detroit Red Wings), Anders Lee (New York Islanders), Connor Murphy (Arizona Coyotes) and Brock Nelson (New York Islanders).

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The U.S. Men’s National Team Advisory Group

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - With the 2017 IIHF Men’s World Championship less than a month away, USA Hockey announced today that its U.S. Men’s National Team Advisory Group, in addition to former U.S. Men’s National Team players Bill Guerin (Pittsburgh Penguins/Assistant General Manager) and Chris Drury (New York Rangers/Assistant General Manager), will lead efforts in selecting players and staff that will represent the United States in the event.

The U.S. Men’s National Team Advisory Group, led by Jim Johannson, assistant executive director of hockey operations for USA Hockey, includes NHL general managers Stan Bowman (Chicago Blackhawks), Dean Lombardi (L.A. Kings), David Poile (Nashville Predators), and Ray Shero (New Jersey Devils), along with Florida Panthers President of Hockey Operations Dale Tallon and Carolina Hurricanes President Don Waddell.

The U.S., which will face Italy in a pre-tournament game in Milan, Italy, on May 2, (8 p.m. local time) begins play in the 2017 IIHF Men’s World Championship on May 5 against host Germany at 8:15 p.m. (local time) in Cologne, Germany.

USA Hockey expects to name the initial players part of the roster later this week.

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Video- Team USA Wins Gold At Women’s World Championship

Hilary Knight wins it in OT.

 

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Team Canada and Team USA Go For Gold In Women’s World Championship Tonight

from the CP at TSN,

World championships scarce lately for the Canadian women's hockey team, they're getting another chance to end their drought.

Friday's final against the United States marks the 18th time in 18 championships the archrivals have clashed for gold.

Winner of three in a row, the American women intend to have their storybook ending on home ice with a fourth.

Canada has won 10 times and the U.S. seven. The Americans have beaten Canada in six of the last seven, including last year's 1-0 overtime victory in Kamloops, B.C.

Canada hasn't claimed gold since 2012 in Burlington, Vt. Over a third of the current team hasn't experienced victory in a world final.

"It's hard to put into words, but we really want it," forward Brianne Jenner said. "It would mean a lot to a lot of us here."

Canada blanked Finland 4-0 and the United States shut out surprise semifinalist Germany 11-0 on Thursday to advance.

The Canadians edged the Americans 3-2 in an overtime thriller to win Olympic gold in 2014.

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Puck drops at 7:30pm ET on TSN4, TSN5 and and the NHL Network in the US.

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Wanted And Needed: A Few Good Men For Team USA World Cup

from Craig Custance of ESPN,

Something needs to change. USA Hockey uses a management group to recruit players and form the roster. Maybe it’s time to follow Hockey Canada’s lead and rotate an NHL GM or NHL assistant GM to be in charge. It adds more accountability.

This year, Ron Hextall is the leading candidate to build Team Canada. He’s not an easy guy to say no to when he calls. It’s become too easy for American players to turn down Jim Johannson and the USA Hockey crew.

It’s time to give a bigger management role to former players who aren’t so far removed from playing the game -- guys like Bill Guerin, Chris Drury, Craig Conroy and Doug Weight....

Just looking at likely non-playoff teams, there could be a Team USA Worlds roster consisting of Dustin Byfuglien, Blake Wheeler, Justin Faulk, Jaccob Slavin, Cory Schneider, Ben Bishop, Jimmy Howard, Dylan Larkin, Jack Eichel, Keith Yandle, Shayne Gostisbehere, Vincent Trocheck, Kyle Palmieri and Kyle Okposo.

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USA Hockey Reaches An Agreement With U.S. Women’s National Team

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – USA Hockey and the U.S. Women’s National Team announced today that they’ve reached an agreement that will result in groundbreaking support for the U.S. Women’s National Team program over the course of the next four years.

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Deal Close Between USA Hockey And U.S. Women’s National Team

from Frank Seravalli of TSN,

The United States’ women’s national team is close to ratifying an offer from USA Hockey which would put an end to 15 months of negotiation and their boycott of this week’s IIHF Women’s World Championship.

The 23 members of the women’s national team began procedures to vote on the latest offer from USA Hockey just before noon ET on Tuesday, according to sources.

The two sides left not a moment to spare, with the United States set to face Team Canada on Friday night in Plymouth, Mich., to open the tournament.

While details of the latest offer from USA Hockey remain unclear at the moment, the women’s national team program is believed to have won an increase in compensation, including in non-Olympic years, as well as other important working condition benefits for which they have been fighting.

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Negotiations Continue Between USA Hockey And U.S. Women’s National Team

from A.J. Perez of USA TODAY,

An agreement between USA Hockey and the members of the U.S. women's national hockey team wasn't ratified on Monday, although there remains some hope a deal could be worked out before the IIHF Women's World Championships begin later this week.

Monday's emergency board meeting didn't yield a deal that would mark the end of the threatened boycott by the 23 players, and negotiations are expected to continue on Tuesday, two people with knowledge of the content of the meetings who are not authorized to speak publicly told USA TODAY Sports.

About 70 of the 90 members of USA Hockey's board of directors took part in the meeting held via teleconference, which lasted more than three hours.

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Cammi Granato On The Issue With USA Hockey

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

Separate and unequal.

It may be only now that the U.S. National Women’s Hockey Team’s righteous fight for equal opportunity has become part of the public’s consciousness, but the struggle to rectify these anachronistic conditions has been ongoing for a generation.

“I can’t say that I’m aware of the specific details of the talks here or of the timeline, but I know enough to say that they have been trying to settle this for a while before it became public,” the great Cammi Granato, a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame, the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame, the International Hockey Hall of Fame and the captain of the Yanks’ 1998 Olympic Gold Medal-winning team, told Slap Shots on Friday. “And this certainly isn’t something that’s new.

“The year leading up to the 2002 Olympics [at Salt Lake City], our group tried to sit down with [USA Hockey] about these same issues. We had no luck. During that time we had a summit with our soccer team, they had also won a gold, we spent a lot of time with each other, we really bonded and we were interested in the same issues.”

That soccer team, of course, became known as the “ ’99ers” — the women featuring Mia Hamm, Brandi Chastain and Julie Foudy who captured the country’s imagination and the World Cup while playing in front of nearly 79,000 fans at Giants Stadium and almost 100,000 at the Rose Bowl in the tournament that changed the course of women’s soccer in the United States.

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The Battle Between USA Hockey And The U.S. Women’s National Team

from Rachel Brady of the Globe and Mail,

Members of the U.S. women’s national hockey team didn’t flinch on Thursday when USA Hockey gave them a deadline to commit to playing in the coming world championship.

The women stood together as one and allowed USA Hockey’s 5 p.m. ET deadline to pass. The players, who are being represented pro bono by a Philadelphia law firm, say they won’t play, citing more than a year of stalled negotiations with USA Hockey to secure fair wages and support.

The biggest event of the year on the women’s hockey calendar is set for March 31 to April 7 in Plymouth, Mich., but the reigning champs say they won’t show unless there is progress in the discussions with the U.S. governing body. USA Hockey has said it still intends to assemble a competitive team for the tournament.

“We’ve communicated with all the groups who they might possibly get to replace us – women who play in the world university games, those from our U-18 team, the U-22 and the National Women’s Hockey League,” said U.S. star Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson, a two-time Olympic silver medalist with Team USA and a five-time champion. “They all have expressed a lot of support for us. I don’t think many young women are going to want to play for that team, not ones who dream of a future with Team USA. How do you think that would set up a young player to be accepted by the team?”

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Statement From USA Hockey

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (March 15, 2017) – USA Hockey understands the challenges elite athletes face in order to pursue their dreams of participating in international competition, including the Olympics. USA Hockey, along with the United States Olympic Committee, provides the Women’s National Team players financial support, as well as training opportunities, camps, and strength and conditioning programs, to help these athletes and give them the best chance to succeed.

“We acknowledge the players’ concerns and have proactively increased our level of direct support to the Women’s National Team as we prepare for the 2018 Winter Olympic Games,” said Dave Ogrean, executive director of USA Hockey. “We have communicated that increased level of support to the players’ representatives and look forward to continuing our discussions.”

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Team USA Brings Home The Gold

from USA Hockey,

The U.S. rallied from a pair of two-goal deficits and Troy Terry (Highlands Ranch, Colo./University of Denver), for the second straight night, scored the game-winner in the shootout, as the U.S. National Junior Team beat Canada, 5-4, to win the gold medal at the 2017 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship.

Goaltender Tyler Parsons (Chesterfield, Mich.) made 46 saves and stopped all five Canadian shots in the shootout.

"What a terrific game between two fantastic hockey countries," said Bob Motzko, head coach of Team USA. "When we got together in Michigan for our camp this summer, there was something special with these guys. This team had great camaraderie, tremendous heart and always battled. This is a special group who will forever walk together."

The victory gives Team USA its fourth gold medal at the IIHF World Junior Championship, and tenth medal all time in the event. The U.S. is now 4-1 all-time in gold-medal games at the World Juniors.

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Team USA Wins Gold At The World Junior Champonship

Team USA wins the shootout and game.  Final score 5-4.

The last save of the tournament...

 

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Open Post- Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Washington Capitals And Team USA vs. Team Canada

First up is...

Columbus plays at the Washington Capitals on Thursday (7 p.m. ET; CSN-DC, FS-O, NHL.TV) with a 16-game winning streak, the second-longest in NHL history and one short of the record set by the 1992-93 Pittsburgh Penguins (March 9-April 10, 1993).

more at NHL.com

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The United States and Canada will play for the gold medal at the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship at Bell Centre on Thursday (8 p.m. ET).  Fans in the United States can watch live on NHL.com and NHL Network; Canadian-based viewers can tune in on TSN.

It will be the fourth time in the history of the tournament the countries will play against each other in the final.

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Team USA vs. Team Canada Tonight

from USA Hockey,

THE SERIES VS. CANADA

The United States and Canada are meeting for the 45th time in IIHF World Junior Championship play. All-time, the U.S. is 8-1-3-29-3 (W-OTW-OTL-L-T) against Canada.

Last Saturday (Dec. 31), Team USA defeated Canada, 3-1, behind a three-point performance from Jordan Greenway (Canton, N.Y./Boston University) and 25 save effort by Joseph Woll (St. Louis, Mo./Boston College). Ryan Lindgren (Minneapolis, Minn./University of Minnesota) was named the U.S. Player of the Game.

TEAM USA IN GOLD MEDAL GAMES

Tonight marks the fifth gold medal-game appearance for the U.S. and the fourth time its opponent will be Canada. All-time, the U.S. holds a 3-1 record in gold medal games with its last appearance being in 2013 when Team USA claimed a 3-1 victory over Sweden for its third ever gold medal in the World Junior Championship.

In its three meetings versus Canada, the U.S. is 2-1. After falling to Canada, 2-0, in the 1997 gold medal-game, the U.S. topped Canada in thrilling fashion both in 2004 (4-3 W) and 2010 (6-5 OTW).

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The game starts just after 8:00pm ET on the NHL Network and numerous TSN channels.

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Team USA Will Play For Gold In The WJC

Troy Terry scores in round 7 of the shootout to win it for the USA.

They will play the winner of Canada/Sweden (play later tonight) on Thursday night.

 

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Team USA Will Face Team Russia In Semi-Final Game At WJC

TORONTO  Jeremy Bracco (Freeport, N.Y./Kitchener Rangers) and Jordan Greenway (Canton, N.Y./Boston University) each tallied a goal and an assist to lead the U.S. National Junior Team defeated Switzerland, 3-2, in the quarterfinals of the 2017 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship.

“We were fortunate to get the win,” said Bob Motzko (St. Cloud, Minn./St. Cloud State University), head coach of the 2017 U.S. National Junior Team. "A tremendous credit to Switzerland for the heart and courage they showed here tonight. We weren't our best, we know that, but we found a way to make it through and we'll look to get back to our style of hockey here on Wednesday.”

Team USA (5-0-0-0) advances to the semifinals on Wednesday (Jan. 4) against Russia at the Bell Centre in Montreal. The game will be televised live on NHL Network and the official start time will be announced later tonight.

For the complete game recap, click here.

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Team USA Defeats Team Canada In WJC Preliminary Round

TORONTO – Jordan Greenway (Canton, N.Y./Boston University) notched a goal and two assists and Joseph Woll (St. Louis, Mo./Boston College) made 25 saves to lead the U.S. National Junior Team past Canada, 3-1, here today at Air Canada Centre in its final preliminary-round game of the 2017 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship.

“This was a tough road game to play and I’m proud of every one of these guys for the effort they gave to get the win,” said Bob Motzko (St. Cloud, Minn./St. Cloud State University), head coach of the 2017 U.S. National Junior Team. “We’ve been happy with our team for a while now, but tonight we overcame adversity and played with a lot of fire. We haven’t won anything yet, though. We’ll enjoy this tonight, but starting tomorrow it’s time to turn our attention to the playoff round.”

With the victory, Team USA (4-0-0-0) finishes atop its preliminary round group for the first time since 2011 and advances to the quarterfinal round on Monday (Jan. 2) against the fourth seed from Group A. The game will be televised live on NHL Network and the start time will be officially announced later tonight.

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Fixing Team USA

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

Team USA’s dead horse has been kicked often enough, but it is fair to say that no one has left, or will leave, this tournament with a more damaged reputation than John Tortorella, who was able to coax nothing at all from a flawed roster constructed with flawed ideology (into which the coach surely had significant input) and whose lineup decisions were inscrutable, even to the bitter end.

The hierarchy requires a complete overhaul, though that might be easier said than done given the political turf protection within USA Hockey. But the leading candidates to take control of the next best-on-best American squad should be New Jersey general manager Ray Shero, Rangers GM Jeff Gorton, Pittsburgh assistant GM Billy Guerin and New Jersey assistant GM Tom Fitzgerald.

Coaching candidates would include New Jersey’s John Hynes, Pittsburgh’s Mike Sullivan, Nashville’s Peter Laviolette and, perhaps most intriguingly so, Tampa Bay’s Jon Cooper, who holds dual U.S.-Canadian citizenship.

The charismatic North American kids were a revelation, showcasing an elite level of speed, skill and creativity that created an enormous high, which unfortunately came crashing down in the wake of their elimination once everyone realized that brand of hockey would disappear either for forever or until the next time this tournament is held.

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Goodbye Team USA

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

With all due respect to T.S. Eliot, when it was finally over, it ended not with a bang but a whimper, a long, mournful whimper.

Of course, Team USA had been emotionally, if not technically, gone long before the final whistle blew on a 4-3 loss to a Czech Republic team most had considered the weakest in the eight-team World Cup of Hockey.

Thursday's loss, naturally, put that debate to bed as the Americans finished a desultory 0-3, putting the final piece of punctuation on this most lamentable of international tournaments.

Three games, no wins, five goals scored, two by defenseman Ryan McDonagh. Zero goals for defending NHL scoring champ and MVP Patrick Kane.

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Morning Line- Dean Lombardi

 

added 12:18pm, Video of the statement below...

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Team USA Responds To The Criticism

via Mark Masters tweets,

David Backes disappointed by Ryan, Kessel tweets: "Those comments don’t get lost in the fray. Those comments will be remembered."

Backes: "I understand there were hard feelings, but as a guy who stands by my teammates it’s a little distasteful & aggravating"

Zach Parise on Kessel: "Didn't Phil have surgery? I don't think he could even play anyway so his tweet didn't really make sense."

Parise: "Everyone can have their opinion. They can say what they want to say. We were here. We tried hard. We played hard. We came up short"

Palmieri: "It’s easy to pick us apart & take shots, but I don’t think there’s any guy in this room who’s going to lose sleep over a tweet"

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Read All About Team USA

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

The Americans, meanwhile, are 0-2 and out – the memories of their 1996 victory in this tournament growing ever faint.

It was considered something of a coup when ESPN, the U.S. cable and satellite giant, secured the rights to the World Cup, outbidding NBC, the NHL’s American national television partner. ESPN isn’t just the worldwide leader in sports; it is also the worldwide leader in promoting its own television product – and up until this point, it had shown little interest in hockey since losing the NHL contract.

This event was considered a significant opportunity – for the network and for the league – to showcase the changes and improvements in the NHL product, since ESPN last broadcast hockey.

Instead, you can comfortably predict how the American pratfall will diminish ratings for an event that still has up to 12 days to run.

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from Kevin Allen of USA TODAY,

Lombardi will accept some of the blame because he understands this is a results-oriented business. It's fair to question whether Tortorella was the right coach because he couldn't seem to pull the highest performance level out of this team. The Americans can play better than they showed against Team Europe and Canada.

After everyone sorts through whether it was the management's, coaches' or players' fault, there will be changes moving forward because a group of young, skilled players, led by Auston Matthews and Jack Eichel, will dramatically change the look of this team at the next Olympics or World Cup.

But in the rush to blame someone for the team’s failure, what might be overlooked is that this generation of American players might not have been dominant enough to win a major tournament. Compare the best players from every country, and see where the USA falls.

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from Bruce Arthur of the Toronto Star,

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Afternoon Lines- John Tortorella

 

 

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The Building Of Team USA

from Jared Clinton of The Hockey News,

While other nations prepping for the World Cup had designs on building the most talented roster possible, Team USA GM Dean Lombardi had something different in mind: a team that could topple Canada from their spot atop the podium.

Lombardi’s roster decisions have been questioned since the day the team’s preliminary roster were released. The obvious choices, such as Patrick Kane, Joe Pavelski, Zach Parise, T.J. Oshie and Blake Wheeler, were named to the club, but among all the other talented, smooth-skating and sharp-shooting talent Lombardi had to choose from, some were surprised to see Detroit Red Wings forward Justin Abdelkader on the preliminary roster. While not a knock against Abdelkader, a good player in his own right, he’s never been a top offensive star. But naming Abdelkader to the roster was just step one.

When the final rosters were announced, Lombardi added another skilled forward in James van Riemsdyk, but he was joined by power forward David Backes and in-your-face forwards Brandon Dubinsky and Ryan Callahan. Meanwhile, left off the roster were stars such as Phil Kessel and Kyle Okposo and Tyler Johnson and…well, you get the point.

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Lack Of Experience And Quality Hurting Team USA

from Kevin Allen of USA TODAY,

The United States hasn't won the senior world championships tournament since 1933. The Americans have been more competitive in recent years, but that's because they have had passionate players perform at their best.

The Americans would be more competitive if they had more veterans saying '‘yes" to invitations to play. With the way the youngsters played in Moscow, if USA would have had one veteran defenseman, a scorer and one of its accomplished goalies, it could have competed for a gold medal.

Some players have legitimate reasons for not playing, especially those with expiring contracts or those with injuries. But too many decline because the world championships isn’t as important to them as the Olympics or World Cup.

Maybe it would help if USA Hockey asked members of American hockey’s greatest generation to recruit players.  Chris Chelios, Bill Guerin, Mike Modano and Brian Leetch, among others, all had overwhelming pride in wearing a USA jersey.

But maybe the best chance USA Hockey has of receiving a higher participation rate from veteran will come from the pride the next generation of Americans seem to have.

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Team Canada Defeats Team USA In World Championship Semi-Final Game

from Andrew Podnicks of IIHF.com,

Just as was the case in 2007, the last time Moscow hosted the World Championship, Canada will face Finland for the gold. The speedy and impressive Americans will play Russia for bronze.

Tonight's game was no classic, but the difference between the winners and losers was marginal. Nervous and tentative play often produced icings and more whistles than what one would have liked, but the tension was palatable as the U.S. tried to get to a game for a medal it hasn't won since 1933.

Canada, last year's champions, now have a chance to repeat while Finland is trying to make history as the first country to win U18 gold, U20 gold, and World Championship gold in the same season.

A nervous first period produced two goals at one end, a nice save at the other, and not much else. Canada drew first blood at 8:59 after an extended period of puck possession in the U.S. end, culminating with a poor-angle shot by Boone Jenner.

Keith Kinkaid made the save but the puck came out the back side to Brendan Gallagher, who swatted it in while being checked.

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Team USA Advances To The Semi-Finals Of The World Championship

MOSCOW — Auston Matthews (Scottsdale, Ariz.) scored twice, including the shootout winner, and Keith Kinkaid (Farmingville, N.Y.) made 31 saves, including all three Czech Republic shootout attempts, to lead the U.S. to a 2-1 victory here today in the quarterfinals of the 2016 IIHF Men's World Championship. With the win, Team USA advances to Saturday's (May 21) semifinals against the winner of tonight's Canada-Sweden quarterfinal.

For a complete game recap, post-game comments and video highlights, click here.

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Roster Additions To Team USA For The World Cup Championship

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – USA Hockey announced today 12 players have been added to the U.S. Men's National Team that will compete in the 2016 International Ice Hockey Fedeartion Men's World Championship May 6-22 in Moscow and St. Petersburg, Russia. The group joins Auston Matthews (Zurich Lions), a 2016 NHL draft eligible prospect, who was named to the U.S. Men's National Team on March 24.

Matt Hendricks (Edmonton Oilers), who captained the U.S. Men's National Team to a bronze medal at the 2015 IIHF Men's World Championship in Ostrava and Prague, Czech Republic, highlights the 12 players named today. Other players that have competed on a U.S. Men's National team previously include Nick Foligno (Columbus Blue Jackets/2010, 2009), Jake McCabe (Buffalo Sabres/2014) andConnor Murphy (Arizona Coyotes/2015, 2014).

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Your Team USA Assistant Coaches For The World Cup Of Hockey

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Mike Sullivan (Duxbury, Mass.), John Hynes (Warwick, R.I.), PhilHousley (South St. Paul, Minn.), Jack Capuano (Cranston, R.I.) and Scott Gordon (Easton, Mass.) will serve as assistant coaches under Head Coach John Tortorella (Boston, Mass.) for Team USA in the upcoming World Cup of Hockey 2016 it was announced today by USA Hockey.

Set for Sept. 17-Oct. 1 in Toronto, the World Cup of Hockey 2016 will feature eight teams including the U.S., Canada, Czech Republic, Europe, Finland, North America, Russia and Sweden.

“We’re extremely pleased with the coaching staff we’ve assembled,” said Dean Lombardi, general manager of Team USA and also the GM of the NHL’s Los Angeles Kings. “It’s a group that not only brings great experience on multiple levels, but is in lock step with where we’re going and how we’re going to get there.”

“I’m looking forward to working with our coaching staff in guiding the group of players that are ultimately selected to represent our country in the World Cup,” said Tortorella, who is also the head coach of the NHL’s Columbus Blue Jackets. “We have a group of coaches assembled that all bring something different to the table and that is a real positive as we move toward our ultimate goal of winning the tournament.”

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Afternoon Lines- Jack Todd And Mike Harrington

 

 

 

Team USA defeated Team Canda 4-2 today.

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Video- Preview Of USA/Canada World Junior Championship Game Today

Bob McKenzie and James Duthie of TSN with a preview of USA/Canada WJC game.

Puck drops at 1:00pm ET on NHL Network and TSN.

 

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World Cup Of Hockey Information

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – USA Hockey has selected Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio, and the Columbus Blue Jackets as host of its training camp in advance of the 2016 World Cup of Hockey it was announced today.

The camp, which will begin Monday, Sept. 5, will culminate on Friday, Sept. 9, with a game against Canada at Nationwide Arena.

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John Tortorella Will Be Named Head Coach For Team USA World Cup Of Hockey Team

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USA Hockey Announces Management Team For World Cup Of Hockey

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Dean Lombardi (Ludlow, Mass.), president and general manager of the NHL’s Los Angeles Kings, has been named general manager of Team USA for the 2016 World Cup of Hockey it was announced today by USA Hockey. Lombardi has guided the Kings to a pair of Stanley Cup titles in the last four seasons and has served as part of the U.S. Men’s National Advisory Group since 2009.

In addition, Paul Holmgren (St. Paul, Minn.), president of Philadelphia Flyers, has been named assistant general manager; Brian Burke (Edina, Minn.), president of hockey operations for the Calgary Flames, senior advisor; and Jim Johannson (Colorado Springs, Colo.), assistant executive director of USA Hockey, director of hockey operations.

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NBCSN Coverage Of IIHF World Championship Begins At 10:00am ET Today

STAMFORD, Conn. – April 27, 2015 – NBC Sports Group will present exclusive, comprehensive coverage of the 2015 IIHF World Hockey Championship from Prague and Ostrava, Czech Republic – NBC Sports Group’s fifth consecutive year covering international hockey’s premier annual tournament – totaling more than 40 hours of coverage across NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra.

“As the U.S. television home of hockey, we’re thrilled to present comprehensive coverage for the fifth consecutive year of IIHF World Hockey Championship, the sport’s premier annual international tournament,” said Jon Miller, President, Programming, NBC Sports and NBCSN. “The World Championship is another example of our commitment to hockey, from our near-200 games of regular-season and Stanley Cup Playoff coverage, to our presentations of international hockey at the Olympic, Paralympic and Championship levels.” 

Live coverage begins on NBCSN on Friday, May 1, at 10 a.m. ET, when Team USA faces Finland, the 2014 silver medalist, in the first of seven preliminary-round games, which will all air on NBCSN. Team USA’s preliminary-round matchups also feature a showdown with 2014 IIHF gold medalist Russia, on Monday, May 4, at 10 a.m. ET on NBCSN. Last year, Team USA finished second in preliminary-round play before losing 4-3 to the Czech Republic in the quarterfinal round.

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Poor Team USA

from Ken Campbell of The Hockey News,

The good news is Team USA at this year’s World Championship has an NHL 50-goal scorer among its forwards. The bad news is it’s a committee of seven guys. Of the 12 forwards named to this year’s team, there are just 59 goals at the NHL level this season. That’s six fewer than Sidney Crosby and Tyler Seguin have between them.

It’s strange how good the United States is at almost every level of hockey. It has owned the under-18 World Championship, recently picking up its sixth gold medal in the event in the past seven years. The Americans are a force at the World Junior and women’s level, but have been a bust on the international scene with their NHL players.

The Americans have yet to win an Olympic tournament with Olympic participation and their results in the World Championship have been downright dismal. USA has not won a true World Championship gold medal since 1933 – it was given World Champion designation in 1960 by virtue of winning the Olympic gold medal – and has a paltry three bronze medals to show for the past 20 years.

Perhaps that’s because they treat the World Championship as though it’s the Podunk Regional Silver Stick. Whether it’s by design or due to the fact that their top players don’t seem terribly interested in going, the tournament has been something of a petry dish for the Americans where they can watch their young players germinate in an international tournament.

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15 Players Named To Team USA For World Championship

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – USA Hockey announced today the first 15 players of the 2015 U.S. Men's National Team that will compete in the 2015 International Ice Hockey Federation Men’s World Championship May 1-17 in Ostrava and Prague, Czech Republic. The initial group of players includes one goaltender, six defensemen and eight forwards.

The group is highlighted by defenseman Justin Faulk (Carolina Hurricanes), a member of the 2014 U.S. Olympic Men's Ice Hockey Team. In five previous IIHF-sanctioned events, Faulk has helped the U.S. to three medals (2013 men's worlds-bronze; 2011 world juniors-bronze; 2010 U18 men's worlds-gold). The U.S. roster will also include 2010 IIHF World Junior Championship gold medalists Jake Gardiner (Toronto Maple Leafs) and Jeremy Morin (Columbus Blues Jackets), and 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship gold medalistsConnor Murphy (Arizona Coyotes) and Mike Reilly (University of Minnesota).

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