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One year after World Hockey Summit: Player transfer agreements - Part 2

One year after World Hockey Summit: Player transfer agreements – Part 2

Part 1 of this retrospective article on the one-year anniversary of the Molson Canadian World Hockey Summit quickly reviewed the nature of NHL – European league Player Transfer Agreements and the refusal of the Russian Hockey Federation to enter into such agreements.  The acrimony surrounding the movements of Evgeni Malkin from Russia to North America and [...]

One year after World Hockey Summit: Player transfer agreements - Part 1

One year after World Hockey Summit: Player transfer agreements – Part 1

The final notable topic that still resonates one year after the Molson Canadian World Hockey Summit was held in Toronto, is international player transfer agreements.  With the exception of Russia, most European nations have a formal legally-binding agreement in place with the NHL that stipulates the price to be paid by a North American club to [...]

One year after World Hockey Summit: Player safety

One year after World Hockey Summit: Player safety

We continue our retrospective this week on the first anniversary of the Molson Canadian World Hockey Summit by turning our attention to a topic that is of utmost concern to all hockey stakeholders: player safety.  At Air Canada Centre last year on Day 2 of the Summit, a panel of distinguished speakers reviewed threats to safety [...]

One year after World Hockey Summit: NHL players and the Olympics

One year after World Hockey Summit: NHL players and the Olympics

It was one year ago tonight that the Molson Canadian World Hockey Summit commenced in the historic Great Hall at the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto.  High-profile decision makers and players from Canada, the United States and Europe assembled for four days to discuss ways to improve and grow the game of hockey worldwide.  The [...]

ANALYSIS: Solid brainstorming, no firm commitments at World Hockey Summit

ANALYSIS: Solid brainstorming, no firm commitments at World Hockey Summit

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’. [...]

World Hockey Summit ends, steering committee hopeful for future

World Hockey Summit ends, steering committee hopeful for future

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.  [...]

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.

NHLPA's Ouellet denies Don Fehr has been confirmed as new leader

NHLPA’s Ouellet denies Don Fehr has been confirmed as new leader

Despite several reports indicating that former Major League Baseball Players’ Association leader Donald Fehr has been named executive director of the NHL Players’ Association (NHLPA), Mike Ouellet, chief of business affairs at the NHLPA, called the reports “a little premature given the process. No recommendation has been made to the executive board yet.” He also refused to comment on whether Fehr was the leading candidate for the union’s top job.

World Hockey Summit Day 4: AM session, audio from Wickenheiser, Ruggiero

World Hockey Summit Day 4: AM session, audio from Wickenheiser, Ruggiero

Under clouds of concern for the viability of international women’s hockey due to the huge competitive disparity between North America and the rest of the world, Canadian star and featured speaker Hayley Wickenheiser described the frustrating challenges in growing women’s hockey outside North America while American star and panellist Angela Ruggiero was more hopeful about the future [...]

World Hockey Summit Day 3: Gary Bettman media conference

World Hockey Summit Day 3: Gary Bettman media conference

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman did a public Q and A session on Day 3 of the World Hockey Summit hosted by TV broadcaster Pierre McGuire then took more questions from the media for an additional ten minutes, covering predictable topics such as NHL involvement in the 2014 Olympics, the Kovalchuk case and the potential for placing a franchise back in Quebec City. The full audio of the media conference is inside.

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.

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.

Blog Watch: Quick Hits for Your Thursday Reading

Blog Watch: Quick Hits for Your Thursday Reading

Welcome to another edition of “Quick Hits”, where I point out what hockey blogs are talking about whether it’s teams, players, coaches, news, rumors, ideas, etc. So, throughout the rest of the work day whether it’s on your lunch break, snack break, procrastinating break, or whatever else you do to get away from work, feel free to [...]