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Does the WHC Even Matter?

Does the WHC Even Matter?

It’s been referred to as the garbage bowl, the runners-up cup, and many more uncanny names, but the World Championship of Hockey (WHC) is starting to show more significance in the sport of hockey.

Olympic gold in Vancouver: What a difference one year makes

Olympic gold in Vancouver: What a difference one year makes

One year ago today, the eyes of the world – at least those parts where snow and ice are found – were fixated on Vancouver for the final event of the 2010 Winter Olympics, the Men’s Gold Medal Hockey Game between the United States and host Canada.  The Americans surprised most experts in their run-up [...]

WJC 2011 Report w/ Doughty and Johnson

WJC 2011 Report w/ Doughty and Johnson

While nearly every top player in the NHL has participated in the World Junior Championships, the LA Kings have taken things to the extreme – with a number of highly skilled players on the rosters of several nations over the last few years. In this article Drew Doughty and Jack Johnson share their experiences from the WJC.

World Hockey Summit Day 4: PM session: Growing the Game

World Hockey Summit Day 4: PM session: Growing the Game

The World Hockey Summit in Toronto is officially over but delegates, panellists and the steering committee were in agreement that the hard work begins now. Maintaining or achieving excellence in national programs and encouraging youth to continue pursuing hockey in the face of competing sports and recreational interests will be vital in growing the game at the amateur and professional level.

World Hockey Summit Day 3: PM session, audio from KHL Pres. Medvedev

World Hockey Summit Day 3: PM session, audio from KHL Pres. Medvedev

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.

World Hockey Summit Day 3: AM session, audio from Jamie Langenbrunner

World Hockey Summit Day 3: AM session, audio from Jamie Langenbrunner

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.

NHL Summer School with Ambroz and Nieto

NHL Summer School with Ambroz and Nieto

Last week NHL VP Brendan Shanahan invited 33 of the top prospects for the 2011 NHL Draft to Toronto so they could participate in the NHL’s Research and Development camp. Basically, players were there to test out some propsed rule changes. Hear from two players that were on the ice, get their impressions and opinions on what they liked and disliked. Plus a few notes on who looked impressive.

World Hockey Summit Day 2: PM session, audio from USA Hockey’s Jim Johansson

World Hockey Summit Day 2: PM session, audio from USA Hockey’s Jim Johansson

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.

World Hockey Summit Day 2: AM session, audio from Shanahan, Dr. Mark Aubry

World Hockey Summit Day 2: AM session, audio from Shanahan, Dr. Mark Aubry

The World Hockey Summit Day 2 morning session has concluded. A summary of the discussion on Player Skill Development and audio clips from Dr. Mark Aubry and Brendan Shanahan.

Canada Wants A Stanley Cup! (but when will they get it?)

Canada Wants A Stanley Cup! (but when will they get it?)

The Stanley Cup hasn’t graced Canadian soil in 17 years, when will that drought end and will dollar-parity propel the NHL to increase the number of teams in Canada and their odds of bringing the Cup back North of 60?

Richards and Pronger return to Philly golden

Richards and Pronger return to Philly golden

It was one of, if not, the greatest hockey game ever played. The ultimate rematch between the ultimate hockey power Canada and the cinderella story United States of America. The game was what every hockey fan could ever dream about. Overtime to decide the Gold medal. Sudden death to decide which country takes control of [...]

Going for Gold

Going for Gold

As authors with considerable audiences, we try to keep ourselves from showing our allegiances. Whatever teams we may cheer for, and whatever teams we may cheer against, we attempt to keep our biases to a bare minimum. Everyone who reads my articles knows that I’m a fan of the Montreal Canadiens. They know that, as [...]

Qualifications in the Books; Great Day of Quarter-Finals Ahead

Qualifications in the Books; Great Day of Quarter-Finals Ahead

Going into yesterday’s set of games in Vancouver, not many people expected Norway, Belarus, Germany or Latvia to beat their opponents and advance to the quarterfinal round of the tournament. Canada, Switzerland, Slovakia and the Czech Republic are simply way too good for those other four growing hockey nations. Surely enough, we sit here on [...]

Olympic Day 5 Live Hockey Blog

Olympic Day 5 Live Hockey Blog

Hello Everybody!  The good Lord has given me a SNOW DAY today so I can stay home and watch Olympic hockey all day. (Hey who am I to question God’s will.)  I decided that while I was watching I would grace you with my thoughts.  So here is a (semi) Live blog of day 5 of the Vancouver [...]

Pacific division battles

Pacific division battles

Sharks vs Coyotes recap: The San Jose Sharks and Phoenix Coyotes played a playoff-type battle that was highlighted by a goaltending duel from two of Russia’s Olympic netminders. The Sharks would win the tilt in the shootout 3-2 (1-0). Evgeni Nabokov and Ilya Bryzgalov were at the top of their games in a Pacific division [...]