With a brand new World Juniors the proverbial slate has been wiped clean for Team Canada. A fresh new coach and a squad full of under experienced teenagers join the ranks of former greats playing at this prestigious event.
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
Jaromir Jagr, Penguins’ blueliner Zbynek Michalek and their Czech Republic teammates captured the bronze medal at the IIHF World Championship today ushering in an off-season that may see Jagr put on a new hockey sweater. There has been some speculation recently that the 39-year old forward would make a return to the NHL, possibly to Pittsburgh where he [...]
Has one week really passed since the swift and stunning end to Canada’s quest to reclaim the World Junior Championship title in Buffalo? Seriously, you ask, how can someone still be stewing about that third period meltdown? Very easily. Hockey is in our blood; in our marrow, as Canadians. In that inimitable way that hockey behaves, [...]
Luggages have been unpacked; lozenges have been swallowed; loquacious razzing has ceased. Back across the border safely, the last twenty-four hours have been a short time of revelry and reflection on Canada’s convincing semifinal victory over the United States on Monday night in Buffalo. The score: 4-1 on the ice and likely 80%-20% in the HSBC Arena [...]
Starting today, ten countries will compete for the 2011 World Junior Championship crown over the next two weeks in Buffalo. German forward Tom Kuhnhackl and Canadian defenceman Simon Després are prospects participating in this year’s tournament who were drafted by the Pittsburgh Penguins. They played together in the autumn at the London, Ontario Rookie Tournament which brought together teams of prospects [...]
Tonight at the Air Canada Centre, Canada got a taste of the challenges that lie ahead when the national World Junior team eked out a 4-1 victory over Sweden in game 2 of the pre-tournament exhibition schedule, a contest that was closer than the score suggests. A relentless Swedish squad that was in penalty trouble all night [...]
The star of the night for Team Canada in its opening exhibition game of the 2011 World Junior Championship at General Motors Centre in Oshawa, Ontario was the youngest member of the roster. Highly-touted Sean Couturier, a star centre with Drummondville who won the QMJHL scoring title at 17 last season, played like a seasoned [...]
For the first time in six years, the word “dethrone” will be on the minds of the 22 players representing Canada at the World Junior Championship. From 2006 to 2010, “defence” was the name of the game, and not just in reference to the blue line. The country’s best under-20 players won five straight gold medals [...]
Today is Veterans Day in the United States and Remembrance Day in Canada. Our collective moment of silence at the eleventh hour of the morning in schools or workplaces to solemnly reflect, appreciate and honour those who served our nations in wartime will be brief. Yet in that brevity, we will remember – we must remember – the bravery [...]
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. [...]
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.
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.
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 [...]
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.
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.