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Team USA Names Jack Capuano As Head Coach For The World Championship

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Jack Capuano (Cranston, R.I.), associate coach of the NHL’s Ottawa Senators, has been named head coach of the 2021 U.S. Men’s National Team that will compete in the upcoming International Ice Hockey Federation Men’s World Championship May 21-June 6 in Riga, Latvia.

Capuano will be joined by assistant coaches Nate Leaman (Providence, R.I./Providence College) and Adam Nightingale (Cheboygan, Mich./NTDP). In addition Kevin Reiter (Pittsburgh, Penn./NTDP) will serve as goaltending coach and Mike King (Center Conway, N.H./Ottawa Senators) as video coach.

“We’re extremely fortunate to have an outstanding coaching staff, led by Jack Capuano,” said Chris Drury, general manager of the U.S. Men’s National Team. “Their involvement with USA Hockey in various ways over the course of time and combined international experience will be of great benefit as we head into the tournament.”

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Canada Defeated Russia To Win Gold In the U-18 WC And Connor Bedard Puts On A Show

from the CP at TSN,

Canada is golden at the under-18 men's hockey championship after another strong performance from two of the youngest players at the tournament.

Led by 17-year-old captain Shane Wright and 15-year-old Connor Bedard, the Canadians beat Russia 5-3 on Thursday in the championship game, going undefeated along the way.

Wright had two goals and an assist while Bedard added a goal and a helper.

Brennan Othmann scored a highlight-reel between-the-legs goal for Canada, which got another from Logan Stankoven.

Benjamin Gaudreau made 31 saves and was named top goaltender at the 10-nation event.

Wright and Bedard — two of only seven players in Canadian Hockey League history to be granted exceptional player status to join major junior a year early — finished 2-3 in tournament scoring behind Russia's Matvei Michkov.

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Below, watch the goals from Connor Bedard during the tournament, note the video may be taken down due to IIHF restrictions.

Bedard is 15 years old, eligible for the 2023 NHL Draft and is 5' 9", 185 lbs.

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Team USA Faces Russia In Prelim Game At Under-18 Men’s World Championship

FRISCO, Texas - Team USA kicks off the official start of the 2021 Under-18 Men's World Championship with a preliminary-round matchup against Russia. Puck drop is slated for 8pm CT / 9pm ET from Comerica Center in Frisco. Tonight's game, as well as every game throughout the tournament, can be streamed live on HockeyTV.com

The U.S. enters the tournament on a three-game preliminary round win streak against Russia, including a 6-3 win in the 2019 tournament that saw Alex Turcotte (Island Lake, Ill.) be named U.S. the player of the game. Team USA and the Russians met again in the tournament semifinals when Russia got the edge with a 3-2 shootout victory before the U.S. went on to win the bronze-medal game over Canada. 

In 20 all-time meetings between the two teams at the U18 Worlds, Team USA has outscored Russia by a 71-65 margin. 

 

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TSN Insiders Tonight

TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger and TSN Senior Hockey Reporter Frank Seravalli joined host James Duthie to discuss the latest on the Women’s Worlds, the NHL at the 2022 Olympics and possibilities for this year’s NHL playoffs if the border between the United States and Canada remains closed.

Watch and read the transcript from the segment at TSN.

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Roster Announced For Team USA Under 18 Men’s National Team

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – USA Hockey announced today the 25-player roster for the U.S. Under-18 Men's National Team that will compete at the upcoming 2021 International Ice Hockey Federation Under-18 Men's World Championship from April 26-May 6 in Frisco and Plano, Texas. 

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Would It Bother You If The US Boycotted The 2022 Winter OIympics In

from Amanda Macias of CNBC,

The State Department denied Tuesday evening that it was considering a joint boycott alongside allies of the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing.

“Our position on the 2022 Olympics has not changed. We have not discussed and are not discussing any joint boycott with allies and partners,” a senior State Department official wrote in an emailed statement to CNBC.

Department spokesman Ned Price had initially suggested during a press briefing earlier on Tuesday that a boycott of the Olympic Games was among the possibilities for addressing China’s human rights abuses.

The Olympic Games are due to take place between Feb. 4 and Feb. 20.

Any discussion of a diplomatic boycott of the Olympic Games would come as the Biden administration works to rally allies to mount international pushback on China. While there is broad bipartisan support for taking a tougher policy stance against China, there is hardly unanimous agreement that a boycott would be the most productive path to pursue.

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Talking Olympic Hockey

from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

If the NHL, IOC, and IIHF don’t all get on the same page in the next few months, the 2022 Winter Games will be the second straight without NHL players. If so, both Bowman and Guerin likely will shift to support roles, with USA Hockey charged to shape a roster of amateurs and minor pros.

In part, the unresolved issues is why Bowman said Wednesday that naming a coaching staff is not imminent. The Yanks want to have a staff headed by an NHL coach, likely with NHL assistants, and none of those coaches would be available if the top pros aren’t going to Beijing.

The USA roster, with NHLers aboard, stands to be its best in history, with first-timers aboard such as Auston Matthews, Jack Eichel, and Charlie McAvoy. Then the issue, reminded Guerin, becomes some elite players having to adjust to lesser roles, often with lesser ice time. All for the cause.

“There definitely has to be a buy-in factor,” he said. “The one tricky thing is, everyone that’s going to be on this team is going to be a star on their current NHL team. And you have to assume roles, and it’s our job and the coaches’ job to keep everyone happy and make sure there is great buy-in.”

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Your Team USA Management Team

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – USA Hockey announced today the first two members of the 2022 U.S. Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Team in general manager Stan Bowman (Buffalo, N.Y./Chicago Blackhawks) and assistant general manager Bill Guerin (Wilbraham, Mass./Minnesota Wild).

“We could not be happier to have the combination of Stan and Bill, with the support of John Vanbiesbrouck, guiding our men’s Olympic team,” said Pat Kelleher, executive director of USA Hockey. “We have a deep talent pool thanks to so many people, including volunteers at the grassroots level across the country, and it’s great to have the leadership and expertise that Stan and Bill bring in building our team.”

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Schedule Set For The IIHF Under-18 Men’s World Championship

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – USA Hockey, in conjunction with the International Ice Hockey Federation and the host Dallas Stars, announced today the 28-game schedule for the 2021 IIHF U18 Men’s World Championship, set to take place April 26-May 6 in Frisco and Plano, Texas.

The 10-team championship is divided into two five-team groups for preliminary round play. Group B, consisting of the U.S., Czech Republic, Finland, Germany and Russia, will play its preliminary round games at Comerica Center in Frisco, while Group A, which features Sweden, Canada, Belarus, Latvia and Switzerland will utilize the Children’s Health StarCenter in Plano, Texas.

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