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Yzerman, Babcock reflect upon Hockey Canada’s progress, Hasek’s HOF-er status and Olympic experience
I hadn't seen a North American write-up of yesterday's Hockey Canada fundraiser and awards gala in Vancouver, but IIHF.com's Lukas Aykroyd penned an article about Team Canada's reflections upon its Gold Medal-winning performances in Men's and Women's ice hockey, including comments from Steve Yzerman (who's stepping down as Team Canada's Olympic GM) about the year in review...
“I started playing hockey at the age of five in Cranbrook, British Columbia,” Yzerman told a media gathering at a downtown Vancouver hotel. “I’ve remained in the game, involved in hockey, 44 years later. I’ve followed Canadian hockey at every level, watching Canada’s men and women play. Compared to our first Olympics in 1998, the level for both the men’s and women’s game has grown. For a lifetime in hockey, it’s been a thrill to be a part of it.”
And Yzerman also spoke about Dominik Hasek's selection to the Hockey Hall of Fame's 2014 induction class:
Updated 6x at 2:54 PM: Amongst today's Red Wings-related stories...
"talked to him; we're gonna talk again before Monday," general manager Ken Holland said. "Basically his message to me was he feels good. He's not 100 percent. He'd like to feel a little bit better but he feels good. He's not ready to make a decision right now that he's gonna retire. He wanted (to) just kind of pass that news on to me and get my thoughts."
Updated 5x at 1:27 AM: I'm not sure where the journey's going to take me, but I've got an overnight report's worth of "stuff'--some of it related to the mid-day report, most of it related to the announcement that Dominik Hasek and Mike Modano will be part of the Hockey Hall of Fame's 2014 induction class, and a little bit about the Alfredsson entry, too--so let's see where the "stuff" leads us.
At present, as ESPN's Pierre LeBrun noted, Steve Yzerman has received the Order of Hockey in Canada, and he and Mike Babcock are taking part in Hockey Canada's awards gala dinner in Vancouver (celebrating the Olympic championships, etc.):
Updated 5x at 9:18 PM:
Update: Here's St. James' article:
General manager Ken Holland told the Free Press that a phone conversation Monday with Alfredsson revealed "he wants to play again."
The Wings were tremendously pleased with what Alfredsson delivered last season, when he came to Detroit after 17 seasons with the Ottawa Senators. Alfredsson produced 18 goals and 31 assists in 68 games, and provided leadership made all the more invaluable during a year that saw each of Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk miss half a season. Alfredsson was a hit in the locker room, where his sense of humor and easy-going style, along with consummate professionalism, earned him many admirers among Wings old and young.
Steve Yzerman, general manager of the Tampa Bay Lightning, was one of three people invested into the Order of Hockey in Canada by Hockey Canada.
Yzerman was honored for a 22-year playing career with the Detroit Red Wings that earned him enshrinement in the Hockey Hall of Fame, but also for his role as general manager of Canada's men's hockey gold medalists from the 2010 Vancouver Olympics and 2014 Sochi Olympics.
In a playing career spent entirely in Detroit, Yzerman totaled 692 goals and 1,755 points, both in the top 10 in NHL history, and captained the Red Wings to three Stanley Cup championships. He also won a gold medal at the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics.
Joining Yzerman in the Order of Hockey in Canada are Clare Drake and France St. Louis.
The trio will be honored at a dinner Monday at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, home of the Vancouver Canucks.
Also on hand are members of Canada's men's and women's Olympic teams and the women's national under-18 team, who will receive their championship rings.
Wings coach Mike Babcock is in attendance today--this is a fundraiser for Hockey Canada--and he'll likely speak about Drake's legacy. Babcock will head to the NHL Awards tomorrow as he's a finalist for the Jack Adams Award.
The Hockey Hall of Fame's posted bios and such on their new 2014 Induction Showcase page,
Why no Fedorov [edit/update: there seems to be a lack of clarity as to whether Sergei's one-game performance at the Spengler Cup qualifies as a professional "league" game!]?
I'm still trying to digest, never mind offer a summary of Tomas Jurco's massive interview with Hokej.sk (I love the fact that Jurco recongnizes that it's a "big deal" to be able to afford a car to drive around in the summer in Slovakia and a car to drive in the U.S., and that he feels that shouldn't go to his head), but I suppose I ought to post this now...
And there are times that I really want to bop Tomas Tatar on the head. The Red Wings will re-sign their restricted free agents-to-be (Danny DeKeyser, Riley Sheahan and Tatar) with little fanfare, and there are far more attractive RFA's on the marketplace this summer (please see: PK Subban, a chunk of the Bruins' roster and a chunk of the Rangers' roster), but Tatar talked a little too tough while speaking with Sport.sme.sk's Tomas Prokop.
What follows is a rough translation of Prokop's conversation with Tatar, and it's preceded by Tatar discussing his World Cup loyalties (Germany and also Germany):
Presented with a, "This is actually well thought-out" comment, from Yahoo Sports' Greg Wyshynski:
Unfortunately for Chris Osgood, his first year of Hall of Fame eligibility comes in the same season as Dominik Hasek’s.
It’s pretty much the starkest comparison that can be drawn between two winning goalies from the same era: One was a steady success with little individual glory in the regular season, with spectacular postseason credentials in three Stanley Cup wins; and the other was a human highlight reel who captured Vezinas and Harts and, eventually in his latter years, Stanley Cups.
One was a winner. The other was a legend. One satisfies the “hockey” of the building’s title, and the other one better fulfills the “fame” component.
Osgood’s name won’t be announced when the 2014 Hall of Fame class is revealed on Monday. He’s not a first-ballot guy; hell, he might not be a second or third either. He’s a player whose candidacy depends very much on the peers he’s matched up against and the criteria that the illustrious panel of voters decides to apply.
Continued at length, with the following conclusion:
Updated 5x at 4:39 PM: Amongst this morning's Red Wings-related stories:
Dominik Hasek is certain to receive a call from the Hockey Hall of Fame's selection committee today, and the Windsor Star's Bob Duff spoke with Jiri Fischer and Kris Draper about Hasek's legacy...
Jiri Fischer doesn’t mince words when he discusses Dominik Hasek’s presence in their homeland of the Czech Republic.
“He’s an absolute icon in the country,” Fischer said. “Dominik and Jaromir Jagr are the two most recognized celebrities in the Czech Republic and that’s including anyone else from sports, soccer, movie stars.
“People in my generation, my parent’s generation, everybody knows Dominik Hasek and people knows what he looks like. He’s the best goalie to ever come out of the Czech Republic.”
As well as his famously competitive nature...
From Sarah Lindenau of the Left Wing Lock:
A fax ticket sale for tickets to the 2014 NHL Prospect Tournament and Detroit Red Wings training camp will begin on July 8, 2014 at 12:00 pm and continue until all tickets are sold. An in person sale is also scheduled on July 7, 2014 from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm. This year’s NHL Prospect Tournament is scheduled for September 12th through the 16th. Red Wings training camp runs from September 19th through the 23rd.
Tickets for the NHL Prospect Tournament are priced at $10 per day. Detroit Red Wings training camp ticket prices range from $10 – $30 per event. Ticket prices for practice sessions are $10 for standing-room only, $15 for reserved seating and $20 for the mezzanine. Tickets for the Red and White Game and Training Camp Alumni and Celebrity Game will start at $20 for standing-room only, $25 for reserved seating and $30 for the mezzanine.
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