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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: email@example.com
**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.