One question that was repeatedly asked by many fans in the lead-up to last week’s World Hockey Summit was, “Will they or won’t they?” as in: will the NHL, NHLPA and IIHF come to an agreement during the four-day event in Toronto on further NHL participation in future Winter Olympics? The answer was neither ‘yes’ nor ‘no’. [...]
The World Hockey Summit in Toronto came to a close last Thursday evening with pledges from the steering committee to continue to “work together” to “grow the game”. The four-day conference brought together global hockey leaders and public stakeholders from North America and Europe to discuss pertinent issues currently challenging the growth of the game. [...]
Brian Burke’s legendary temper boiled over during contentious discussions on the hot-button issue of whether the NHL will send its players to Sochi, Russia for the 2014 Winter Olympics. The Toronto GM, who has also been involved with USA Hockey for many years, was adamant that all factors must be carefully considered instead of making an “emotional issue” out of the Winter Games.
Inside: coverage of events during the morning session of Day 3 of the World Hockey Summit at the Sheraton Centre in downtown Toronto. All the speakers and panellists were in agreement that after Vancouver 2010, the NHL should continue sending its players to the Olympics. Ten minutes of audio with New Jersey Devil Jamie Langenbrunner also featured.
Day 2 of the World Hockey Summit has finished. IIHF President Rene Fasel reiterated his desire to see NHL players at the 2014 Winter Olympics but indicated he would strongly resist any potential NHL efforts to expand into Europe. Slavomir Lener of the Czech Republic showed some grim statistics on the drain of many young, not-ready European players to the CHL. Audio clip of interview by this writer with Jim Johansson of USA Hockey also inside.
A summary of Day 1 of the World Hockey Summit in Toronto including brief audio clips from IIHF President Rene Fasel, Ottawa Senators’ captain Daniel Alfredsson and former Stanley Cup winning NHL defenceman and current German national team head coach Uwe Krupp.
The city of Toronto will welcome the world to a comprehensive four-day event starting tomorrow night that promises to generate attention, new ideas and debate on how to improve hockey at all levels and in every hockey-playing nation. The Molson Canadian World Hockey Summit will take place from Monday, August 23, 2010 until Thursday, August 26, 2010 at various [...]