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European Teams Return to the Ice

To carry you over until the NHL returns, Europe offers two options available today. 

The contracted KHL kicked off it's 10th season earlier this week, with last year's finalists opening the schedule.


And the Champions Hockey League starts today.  The term champions is a misnomer, it is the new description for what was formerly knonw as the Eurpoean Trophy.

32 teams, some with long histories, from 12 different countries.

Both the KHL and CHL have multiple streaming options.

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Hockey is for Everyone

Support the Boycott!!!

Strengthen the Game.

The CP at TSN,

As sports organizations and notable hockey figures express support of the U.S. women's team, several players say they rejected overtures from USA Hockey to serve as replacements for the upcoming world championships.

Two players told The Associated Press on Friday that USA Hockey reached out to them to gauge their interest for the worlds, which begin next week in Plymouth, Michigan.

Brittany Ott, a goaltender for the Boston Pride of the National Women's Hockey League, and Annie Pankowski, a junior forward at the University of Wisconsin, said the email from USA Hockey was not an invitation but rather an inquiry about their availability.

"I responded to that email and I said I'm not willing," Pankowski said.


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Live Professional Hockey Available to Stream Today

The Champions Hockey Tournamnet opens today in multiple European cities. (fromerly known as the European Trophy, which was a fairer respesentation since all these teams are not champions)

48 teams, representing some of the oldest hockey clubs in the world, from 12 different leagues. With Liiga and the SHL accounting for 16 entrants.

There are a number of way to stream the events, The CHL gamecentre being the most official.


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Notre Dame to Join Big Ten For Men’s Hockey in 2017.  What Now?

Notre Dame announced on Wednesday that they have agreed to join the Big Ten conference for Mens Hockey in the 2017-18 season.

The FIghting Irish currently reside in Hockey East for men's hockey (where they joined after the dissolution of the CCHA), and as Chris Peters notes in the linked article on CBS Sports, travel has been an issue considering the Irish have to travel to New England for every conference road game.  Joining their midwestern neighbors in the Big Ten probably makes a lot more sense for them in that regard, and it gives the struggling conference another good team.  Peters also astutely notes that the presence of the Big Ten Network doesn't hurt either, both for exposure and revenue.

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Happy 60th Amerks

Last night's game vesus the Hershey Bears celebrated  60 years of AHL in Rochester.

 Kevin Oklobzija of the Democrat & Chronicle...

You can leave, but you can't forget. That's pretty much how it is for players who have worn the Rochester Americans sweater.

Not that they would want to let the memories fade, either.

Through 60 seasons of Amerks hockey, a multitude of special players have enjoyed truly special times.

Some came to town as first- or second-year pros and never left; Jim Hofford, Daryl Drader, Steve Langdon and Brian McKinnon still call the Rochester area home.

Others arrived later in their careers and kept signing contracts so they could stay, like Jody Gage and Chris Taylor.

The full story...

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Your father fires your coach - Do you walk out with your teammates in protest? An open forum.

As reported by The Malik Report and Puck Daddy there is a player revolt in Flint. The owner, apparently upset over his son's playing time, fired the entire the coaching staff immediately following an emotional come-from-behind victory. Included among the entire 24 player team roster who threw their jerseys on the floor of the front office symbolizing their united quitting of the the team was the owner's son.

Personally, I find the situation appalling, but apparently nepotism is fairly common in teenage sports and younger, as noted by KK members in the comments of the initial TMR report cited above. But what I find admirable is the owner's son is calling out his father's wish for special treatment by standing with his teammates. How many kids would have the courage to do that?

If you were in that same position, would you stand with your teammates and quit the team, or would you try to stay out of it and hope it all blew over quickly?

If you were on the team and your coach was just fired because of something like this, would you lead a revolt? Would you go along with the person or people who call for one?

What would you do? How would you handle a situation like this?

I'd like to think I would walk out with the team, regardless of potential consequences, that I'd have the courage to stand up for my coach(s). The person I am today would walk out with my team, that I can say for certain.

I yield the floor.

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My 2016 Team Canada

With less than  one year until puck drop for the 2016 World Cup of Hockey, I have decided to play every Canadian hockey fans favorite game: Creating Team Canada.

As per usual, the insane amount of depth in the Canadian system could assemble a “B” team that would contend for gold.
Therefore, I stuck to a formula:  Like handed defenceman, Like handed wingers when possible, and a solid mix of offense, speed, special teams and grit.On the backend, I prefer good puck moving d-men that can also hold down the fort.

Ideally, I would have kept wingers on the wing and centers at center, but let’s face it; Canada’s depth at center make that impossible.

So here you have it, Canada’s 2016 World Cup of Hockey Squad:

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European Teams Already on the Ice

While much of the North American hockey news discusses off ice stories, Europe is alive with action.

The KHL kicked off its eight season on Monday the 24th with the opening day tradition of last year's finalists, remeeting to kick off the new season.  CSKA took a 4 to 4 OT win over defending champion SKA.

There are four games on schedule today.   en.khl.ru is the English language KHL site.

You can probably stream most games via onhockey.tv

The rest of Europe is participating in the Champions Hockey League (the morphed version of the European Hockey Trophy)


Twelve different leagues/countries are represented, with plenty of games this weekend, and multiple ways to stream.


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Championships from Around the World - 2015

An annual post of Spring.  Championships from around the world 2015.

The KHL Champion, SKA


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Remembering Don “Smokey” McLeod

From an era where goaltenders seemed more fee spirited than the current versions.

Don McLeod passed away a week ago today at the age of 68.

It could be argued, he was the first of the stickhandling goalies, the Calgary Sun article  describes meoires of Smokey.

Don 'Smokey' McLeod remembered by former teammates

McLeod, who hailed from Trail, B.C., thus the nickname, won the Memorial Cup with the Edmonton Oil Kings in 1966, defeating Bobby Orr and the Oshawa Generals in the best-of-seven series.

He turned pro with the Detroit Red Wings organization, finally stepping into the NHL in 1970-71 before being claimed by the Philadelphia Flyers after that season and spending one year split between the big leagues and the minors.

He jumped to the WHA for its inaugural season, 1972-73, and the following year led the Houston Aeros, who featured Gordie Howe, to the Avco Cup championship, a year in which he was named the league’s top goalie and to the loop’s all-star team.

“One thing I know for sure is you don’t win a championship without a hot goalie, and he was darn good for our hockey club when we needed him,” said Mark Howe, Gordie’s son and a hall of famer who was part of the Aeros team as an 18-year-old rookie.

more from Randy Spartak

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