Kukla's Korner

Kukla's Korner Hockey

Category: International-Hockey

Stan Bowman Steps Down As GM Of U.S. Hockey

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Stan Bowman informed USA Hockey late this afternoon that he is stepping down as general manager of the 2022 U.S. Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Team.

“In light of what’s happened today, I think it’s in the best interests of USA Hockey for me to step aside,” said Bowman. “I’m grateful to have been selected and wish our team the very best in Beijing.”

“We thank Stan for all his efforts,” said Pat Kelleher, executive director of USA Hockey. “He’s been a major contributor to American hockey for a long time.”

USA Hockey expects to announce a replacement for Bowman in the near future

Filed in: Non-NHL Hockey, International Hockey, | KK Hockey | Permalink
 

IIHF Wants Harsher Sanctions For Racist Incidents

from Gabrielle Tétrault-Farber of Reuters at the Toronto Sun,

The International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) will assess the need for harsher sanctions in response to a racist incident in Ukraine and plans to pressure leagues around the world to amend their rule books to define sanctions for racist behaviour, the new IIHF president said.

Luc Tardif took office as head of the IIHF a day before the hockey world was rattled by footage of Andriy Deniskin, a forward at HC Kremenchuk in the Ukrainian Hockey League (UHL), taunting HC Donbass defenceman Jalen Smereck, who is Black, by pretending to peel and eat a banana.

Smereck, 24, took a leave of absence after the incident. HC Donbass announced on Sunday it had reached a mutual agreement to terminate the American’s contract.

continued

Filed in: Non-NHL Hockey, International Hockey, | KK Hockey | Permalink
 

USA Hockey Names Three Players Their Olympic Team

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Patrick Kane (Buffalo, N.Y./Chicago Blackhawks), Auston Matthews (Scottsdale, Ariz./Toronto Maple Leafs) and Seth Jones (Plano, Texas/Chicago Blackhawks) have been named the first three players of the 2022 U.S. Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Team it was announced today by USA Hockey.

“It’s no secret we’re excited about the prospects of our team for the 2022 Games,” said Stan Bowman, general manager of the 2022 U.S. Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Team. “Patrick, Auston and Seth reflect the high level of talent that will make up our final roster as we strive to bring gold back home to the U.S.”

The remainder of the 25-player U.S. Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Team is expected to be unveiled in January. Team USA is scheduled to begin play in the Olympic tournament on Feb. 10 against host China. 

Continue Reading »

Filed in: Non-NHL Hockey, International Hockey, | KK Hockey | Permalink
 

Andri Denyskin Suspended 13 Games

Filed in: Non-NHL Hockey, International Hockey, | KK Hockey | Permalink
 

Andri Denyskin Should Pay For His Actions

 

Watch the incident below.

Continue Reading »

Filed in: Non-NHL Hockey, International Hockey, | KK Hockey | Permalink
 

Luc Tardif Is The New IIHF President

from Martin Merk of IIHF.com,

Luc Tardif has been elected as new IIHF President succeeding René Fasel, who held the position for 27 years and didn’t stand for re-election. He won the presidential election in the fourth and last round against Franz Reindl.

Tardif becomes the 14th IIHF President and the second from France after founding President Louis Magnus.

Petr Briza was elected as Senior Vice-President, and the Regional Vice-Presidents elected are Bob Nicholson (Americas), Aivaz Omorkanov (Asia & Oceania) and Henrik Bach Nielsen (Europe & Africa).

continued

Filed in: Non-NHL Hockey, International Hockey, | KK Hockey | Permalink
 

It Could Get Ugly On The Ice For China

from Patrick Blennerhasset of the South China Morning Post,

China’s men’s ice hockey team, ranked 32nd in the world by the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF), could find themselves as whipping boys in what will be a National Hockey League star-studded tournament come February at the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing.

How did we get here, with a team that has no business competing in this tournament? And why is China’s ice hockey team still so bad given it had as far back as 2015 to prepare for this eventuality after successfully lobbying the IIHF for a spot?

The IIHF bought into China’s push, as reported by China Sports Insider, because it has a “mandate to grow the game globally”, and China, the most populous country in the world with the second largest economy, catching hockey fever would be good for the sport.

When China was awarded the 2022 Winter Olympics eight years ago, it immediately set about pouring hundreds of millions of dollars into winter sports infrastructure and coaching with an eye on nabbing as many medals as possible on home soil. Reportedly, China has set a goal of having 300 million people actively participating in winter sports by 2022, which is part of a broader strategy by Xi Jinping to tackle the country’s growing obesity epidemic.

continued

Filed in: Non-NHL Hockey, International Hockey, | KK Hockey | Permalink
 

Video- The Decision On Going To The Olympics

via Sportsnet's YouTube page,

Jesse Fuchs & Elliotte Friedman discuss the agreement between the NHL, NHLPA & IIHF that will allow NHL players to participate at the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing, and how much the players themselves factored into the decision.

 

Filed in: Non-NHL Hockey, International Hockey, | KK Hockey | Permalink
 

Team USA Coaching Staff Finalized

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – John Hynes (Warwick, R.I.), David Quinn (Cranston, R.I.), Todd Reirden (Deerfield, Ill.) and Ryan Miller (East Lansing, Mich.) will serve as assistant coaches to head coach Mike Sullivan for the 2022 Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Team it was announced today by USA Hockey.

“We've got a great coaching staff in place,” said Stan Bowman, general manager of the 2022 U.S. Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Team. “It's a group that knows what it takes to be successful, and through their unique and varied backgrounds will help put our team in the best position to win the gold medal."

Continue Reading »

Filed in: Non-NHL Hockey, International Hockey, | KK Hockey | Permalink
 

The NHL/NHLPA Will Participate In The Winter Olympics

added 11:05am, via Adam Steiss of IIHF.com,

Continue Reading »

Filed in: Non-NHL Hockey, International Hockey, | KK Hockey | Permalink
 

 1 2 3 >  Last ›      Next »

About Kukla's Korner Hockey

Paul Kukla founded Kukla’s Korner in 2005 and the site has since become the must-read site on the ‘net for all the latest happenings around the NHL.

From breaking news to in-depth stories around the league, KK Hockey is updated with fresh stories all day long and will bring you the latest news as quickly as possible.

Email Paul anytime at pk@kuklaskorner.com

 

Feed

Most Recent Blog Posts