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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.
As the eyes of the hockey world rivet themselves to the SC playoffs, a void in the world of amateur coaching has occurred. Two weeks after Yale captured the NCAA D-1 title, former long time Yale coach Tim Taylor lost his battle with cancer. While not an NHL coach, the name should be familiar to anyone who is a part of USA Hockey, particularly those who live in and follow the sport in North Eastern USA.
More on Taylor with additional links.
Although not a major league hockey city, Houston has supported a professional team since the 60's. It appears that this year's Calder Cup Playoff will end that run.
The story further describes the situation, and within that story is a link recounting hockey memories in the U.S.'s fourth most populated city.
A continent away, International championships are well on their way to being determined.
Most notable is the conclusion of the KHL, who yesterday crowned Dynamo Moscow champions for the second year in a row.
Story (in English) and 14 minutes of video highlights (in Russian) found here.
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.
In this season of a no-season, a 5 minute escape from reality. Jokerit fans travel to Turku for an SM-Liiga game.
This is why I love the Finns!
And 81 is a popular jersey number for Jokerit fans.
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.
After years of speculation, and the recent announcement of Penn State adding Division 1 hockey for both men and women, it seems the inevitable is now all but official:
The Big Ten would boast powers from two of the premier D1 men\‘s hockey conferences—Wisconsin and Minnesota from the WCHA, and Michigan, Michigan St., and Ohio St. from the CCHA. Penn St., who has not committed to a conference yet, would be the sixth team.
While the WCHA has not responded yet, the CCHA has an official response in which they state that the announcement is not a surprise and that they have been talking to the Big Ten for some time.
I’ve got tickets to all games played in Buffalo for the WJC. I’m looking to trade my usa tickets for someones Canada tickets.
1. That all team members are required to bunk in dorms that are built into each
arena, prior to a game the next day. Ideally, this allows players to focus on the task at hand, rather than any domestic or social outlet. This isn’t quite as stringent as the Soviet era, where Central Red Army players were required to live and train together in a secluded facility for eleven months of the year.
2. That legendary National Team Coach; Viktor Tikhonov started his career as a defenceman for the Air Force team. His coach; Vasily Stalin; son of Joseph Stalin.
3. That many Soviet-era teams were made up of players from the army, KGB and trade unions. Moscow Dynamo was comprised of KGB agents, Spartak was made of of trade union members and Central Red Army was comprised of…you guessed it…army members.
4. That the emergence and strength of the KHL is partly due to the fledgling oil
and steel industries in Russia. Many oil and steel tycoons invest in or own a KHL franchise.
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