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from Rory Boylen of The Hockey News,
We’re feeling the love for America this July 4 at THN. Editor in chief Jason Kay posted a top 10 ranking of the best American players of all-time and now we’ll recall some of the country’s top accomplishments.
Peak moments for USA Hockey are happening with greater frequency these days as the program expands and excels. But its accomplishments go back a long ways, with the defining moment happening in 1980. From 10, we countdown the best moments in American hockey history.
First American taken first overall in the NHL draft, Brian Lawton
Out of Mount St. Charles Academy, the Minnesota North Stars picked New Jersey’s Brian Lawton first overall in the 1983 draft. Lawton scored 112 goals and 266 points in only 483 career games with Minnesota, New York Rangers, Hartford, Quebec, Boston and San Jose, but his draft also included Pat LaFontaine going third overall and Tom Barrasso going fifth overall. This was the start of things to come.
1996 World Cup
If the 1980 miracle inspired a generation of American hockey players, the 1996 World Cup team inspired another. This group of all-stars wasn’t quite the underdogs the rag-tag collection of college kids was in 1980, but no one expected they’d come back from a one-game deficit to Canada. This tournament, formerly known as the Canada Cup, didn’t end with a single game, but a best-of-three series. Canada won Game 1, but the Americans won the next two in Montreal to claim the championship. Brett Hull and Mike Richter starred for the Americans, who stole a win from Canada on Canadian soil and set up the Red, White and Blue for success in the next decade.
from Jeff Z. Klein of the New York Times,
Despite a series of rule changes and awareness campaigns aimed at eliminating spinal cord trauma, amateur hockey players continue to sustain paralyzing injuries from crashing into the boards. Tom Smith of Swampscott, Mass., had the extraordinary misfortune to incur two separate spinal injuries, in 2008 and 2009.
“Hockey was my life,” said Smith, 24, who walks with the aid of two canes. “I didn’t want anyone to have the game of hockey ripped away from them because of a head injury, a neck injury, any injury. So we came up with the Look-Up Line.”
The line is essentially a visual warning track, alerting players to their proximity to the unyielding boards. USA Hockey’s board of directors will vote on a proposal to adopt the Look-Up Line when it meets on June 6 in Colorado Springs.
If the measure is approved, every arena under USA Hockey’s jurisdiction will paint a 40-inch-wide bright orange band on the ice along the boards. The arenas will have to comply by 2017, but the board could also vote to expedite the change as a matter of safety.
continued including a picture of the proposed warning area...
USA Hockey Announcement:
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The 2014 and 2015 CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game will be held at First Niagara Center in Buffalo, N.Y., home of the National Hockey League's Buffalo Sabres, USA Hockey announced today. The 2014 edition will be played Sept. 25. The date for the 2015 game will be announced next year.
from Jeff Z. Klein of the New York Times,
USA Hockey’s board of directors will consider a proposal next month to ban fighting from all levels of amateur hockey in the United States.
Junior A hockey, for 16- to 20-year-olds, is the last remaining level of the game under USA Hockey’s jurisdiction that still tolerates fighting. The push to outlaw fighting is being spurred by a recent spate of serious injuries resulting from fights and concern over the prospect of lawsuits.
“We need to take a firm stand to preserve our sport, prevent catastrophic injury and avoid financial repercussions,” said Dr. Michael J. Stuart, the chief medical officer for USA Hockey, who has been a leader in the effort to ban fighting.
The new rule would punish all fighters with automatic ejection from the game, and instigators with an automatic two-game suspension. It would also give referees more latitude in making decisions to eject players.
The measure will be presented at the organization’s winter meetings Jan. 16-19 in Orlando, Fla.
It was a night that honored the past and yet looked it the future last night in Detroit as the US Hockey Hall of Fame inducted the class of 2013 in Hockeytown.
Kicking off the ceremony was the presentation of the Lester Patrick Award to Kevin Allen; whom wrote himself (of course he did) about what the honor means to him.
Here we are in early December and the hockey world, at least the United States hockey world, is already looking to Detroit.
Just under a month away from the Greater Detroit area hosting the largest hockey event in history with the Winter Classic at Michigan Staduim and the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame is inducting the class of the 2013 right in the heart of Hockeytown.
“I’ve been a hockey fan since my mother turned on an 11-inch Zenith TV in 1951 and I got to watch the third period, (in) black and white, of the Detroit Red Wings playing the Montreal Canadiens. I’ve been fascinated by hockey ever since. When I got old enough to be able to develop hockey programs I did it without hesitation.
-Peter Karmanos Jr., owner of the Carolina Hurricanes, talking after being informed about his induction into the USA Hockey Hall of Fame. More from Chip Alexander of the News & Observer.
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Cindy Curley (Hudson, Mass.), Bill Guerin (Worcester, Mass.), Peter Karmanos, Jr. (Raleigh, N.C.), Ron Mason (East Lansing, Mich.) and Doug Weight (Warren, Mich.) have been selected to the United States Hockey Hall of Fame as the Class of 2013, USA Hockey announced today. The date and location of the induction event will be announced later this summer.
"This is a class that represents extraordinary contribution and success in many different areas of our sport," said Ron DeGregorio, president of USA Hockey. "It's a truly remarkable collection of individuals, all so very deserving of their place among immortals in the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame."
USA Hockey is on fire.
And while victory is complex and multi-faceted in the game of hockey, there’s strong evidence that program’s secret sauce involves technology originally used to teach Israeli fighter pilots about aerial combat.
from USA Hockey,
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Lou Lamoriello, Mike Modano and Eddie Olczyk will be enshrined as the United States Hockey Hall of Fame Class of 2012 it was announced today by USA Hockey. The three-member class will be formally installed into the Hall this fall, with a date and location to be announced in the near future.
continue for a look at each inductee…
Well, I’ve clearly been noticing the amount of heat JR has been getting lately, after this week’s earlier announcement that he would be included as a “Legend” in NHL 12. “Outraged” would be the best term to describe most fan’s reactions to this announcement. I will admit, that I too was a bit surprised at this news, considering I put a lot of time and thought into my own short list of candidates who I felt would be worthy of such an honor. Of that list of mine, 7 of the 9 players I named ended up finding their way onto the NHL 12 Legends list. The two exceptions were Roenick and Salming.
from USA Hockey,
Chris Chelios, Mike Emrick, Ed Snider, Gary Suter and Keith Tkachuk will be enshrined as the United States Hockey Hall of Fame Class of 2011 it was announced today by USA Hockey. The five-member class will be formally installed into the Hall in Chicago this fall, with a date to be announced in the near future.
“It’s an extraordinary class,” said Ron DeGregorio, president of USA Hockey. “The varied contributions to the landscape of hockey in our country is truly amazing and, collectively, this class has positively impacted every level of hockey.”
From Brian Compton at NHL.com:
Weight is calling it quits after a brilliant career that saw him tally 1,033 points in 1,238 NHL games. One of the finest American centers to ever play the game, Weight’s retirement all but means a changing of the guard for U.S. hockey, as only Detroit Red Wings center Mike Modano remains from an era that produced some of the greatest American hockey players (Chris Chelios, Brett Hull and Jeremy Roenick, just to name a few) in history. And there’s a good chance Modano may retire this offseason, too.
“I think we saw with that with (last year’s) Olympics,” Weight told NHL.com when asked if a new day has dawned on U.S. hockey. “Mike was really the only one that had a chance to make the team and didn’t. I’m proud of them. They played great. That’s a fun thing and they should really embrace that. Maybe since ‘95, ‘96 when we won the World Cup, that was an unbelievable ride. You always penciled in that next big tournament and you knew probably 15 of the 20 players that were always going to be on those teams, and that was a cool thing. It was just a great experience and something I’ll never forget.
“It is a changing (of the guard). I look forward to staying a fan. I mean, (Zach) Parise and (Ryan) Kesler … the list goes on and the players that we have that can play the game. They made us proud in Vancouver and I’m sure they will in the future.”
from Chris Peters at USA Hockey,
There are a lot of famous people roaming the streets of Burbank, Calif., but when it comes to adult hockey, no one is better known than Paul LaGloire. The 82-year-old organizes one of the longest running adult pick-up hockey games around. To the guys he plays with, Paul LaGloire is a local hockey hero.
“There are few things in this world that are perfect,” said Mark DeCarlo, one of LaGloire’s regulars, “TiVo is perfect and Burbank morning pick-up with Paul LaGloire is perfect.”
Since 1981, LaGloire, a transplant from Bromont, Quebec, has been putting together pick-up games three times a week. Even at age 82, LaGloire is out there every session.
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
USA Hockey is considering a proposal that would make bodychecking illegal for all players under 13, an initiative sure to ignite the growing debate over the proper time to introduce contact at the grassroots level.
The proposed measure was raised at USA Hockey’s annual winter meeting in Colorado Springs, Colo., and according to the association’s senior director of hockey development, Kevin McLaughlin, it was not designed primarily to address safety issues.
“It is a skill development initiative first,” said McLaughlin, who explained that his organization’s research found that bodychecking at the peewee level was significantly distracting players from improving their skills at a critical time in their development. Too often, he said, players of that age were either too focused on hitting or trying to avoid a hit.
from Alex Clark of USA Hockey,
The 2009 USA Hockey National Junior Evaluation Camp is packed with teenagers from traditional hockey hotbeds. Of the 43 camp invitees, 17 hailed from either Michigan or Minnesota.
As hockey continues to spread in popularity across the United States, however, elite players are emerging on USA Hockey’s radar from areas of the country not known for their hockey devotion.
USA Hockey Executive Director Dave Ogrean will be the guest on today’s edition of NHL Hour with Gary Bettman. From NHL.com:
Ogrean will discuss the second annual Hockey Weekend Across America, which begins Friday, Feb. 13 and runs through Sunday, Feb. 15. Hockey Weekend Across America celebrates hockey and those involved in the game at all levels and also seeks to expose the game to additional audiences to attract more players, coaches, officials, volunteers and fans to the sport.
Ogrean’s booking on the NHL Hour With Commissioner Gary Bettman also coincides with the one-year countdown to the start of the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver. The Games represent the 30th anniversary of the U.S. ‘Miracle On Ice’ at Lake Placid and the 50th anniversary of the U.S. capturing the Olympic gold at Squaw Valley.
The show is on from 4-5 p.m. ET on XM Satellite Radio (204) and Sirius (208). You can also listen live online at the NHL Network Online once the show starts.
* While on the air, listeners can call into the show at 1-877-645-6696, or send questions/comments to this email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
**Archived shows available for download via podcast on NHL.com.
Hockey Weekend Across America begins tomorrow. Information can be found at the following links:
- USA Hockey explains “Daily Themes” for this weekend, and also lists some of the more than 500 hockey events happening around the country.
- PJ at Sharkspage has taken a look at the growth of US hockey and provides more information, including a link to USA Today where there’s an interview with USA Hockey Exec.Dir. Dave Ogrean.
One of many complaints that casual sports fans have about hockey is that there are too many “foreigners” in our league. Which, by the way, is utter bunk because they support the NBA’s European and Asian outreach, and the Major Leagues are now making Hispanic players the norm.
But, they do have a point. The NFL, a league with 99.9999999% Americans in it, is the man in the United States right now. The NHL needs some new and talented red, white and blue blood.