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The American Hockey League is apparently looking to build on the hockey connections between Sweden and North America, and build a little rivalry in the process.
The league has announced that this year's AHL All-Star Classic in St. John's NL will feature an inter-league game between a team of AHL stars the SHL's Färjestad BK.
This is a really cool idea, and one that will probably get tongues wagging about increasing the integration between North American and European pro-leagues. No word on any reciprocation by the AHL - but one has to assume that something could be in the works that will see an AHL team head to Sweden at some point.
A continent away, Europe's season ending championship is taking place, with teams sourced by the 17th through 30th best teams from the NHL.
One player who is not from an NHL team is gathering some attention, this entry from the NYT Slap Shot Blog discusses John Gibson at the 2013 IIHF World Championships.
It is rare for the United States to use a teenage goalie at the International Ice Hockey Federation world championships, and John Gibson’s performance in his tournament debut was of rare quality.
Gibson, a 19-year-old from Pittsburgh, made 31 saves to backstop the Americans to a 4-1 win over Finland on Wednesday. The Finns are co-hosting the tournament with Sweden this year, but he was unfazed by the boisterous, flag-waving crowd of 12,484 at Helsinki’s Hartwall Arena.
At 19, it is hard to tell how much seasoning he will need before the Anahiem Ducks have a goaltending logjam.
While the NHL regualr season is about 1/3rd compete (so to speak), the KHL wrapped up its regular season Sunday.
The Gargarin Cup is set to start tomorrow.
The link below is in English language tracker, starting with quarter round games.
Just a couple of comments on the IIHF World Juniors so far.
Team USA has been very disappointing. After a good first game against Denmark (winning 11-3) it’s been pretty sparse for USA junior hockey. After loosing 4-1 to Finland, USA lost to the Czech Republic today and are done for the tournament. Not good.
Every time I watch the Juniors I wonder why the NHL doesn’t go to the modified icing rule they use.
Petr Mrazek (Detroit Red Wings) has looked pretty darn good. Even in the lose to Team Canada he looked decent. Hopefully the Wings have their goaltender for the future. Or at least a solid back-up (think Rask in Boston).
Canada is the cream of the crop again this year. Yea, that was obvious.
Brian Burke, Team USA’s GM, is planning on making the announcement of USA’s final roster on January 1st, 2010, during the Winter Classic. Burke will name his 23 man roster at Fenway Park, during the Flyers vs. Bruins game.
Below you will find the three groupings for the 2010 Olympic hockey tournament:
GROUP A: Canada, United States, Norway, Switzerland
GROUP B: Russia, Czech Republic, Latvia, Slovakia
GROUP C: Finland, Sweden, Germany, Belarus
The countries in bold are the four tournament favorites, without disrespect to the other eight countries.
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