August 9th, 2016 In International Hockey, News, Olympics 0 comments

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman spoke with the media Tuesday at a Winter Classic promotional event in St. Louis. With the 2016 Rio Olympics in full swing, discussion of NHL involvement in the 2018 Winter Games in PyeongChang, South Korea was inevitable. However, the discussion was brief. Bettman told Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune that there...

July 27th, 2016 In International Hockey, News, Olympics 0 comments

The Russian doping scandal has hit the hockey world and at the Olympic level nonetheless. According to reports, the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) will be asking for the names of 14 players who were listed in a report by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) earlier in July. The report has already caused a major stir for Russian...

April 13th, 2016 In Editor's Choice, Hockey History, International Hockey, Long Read, Olympics, Top Stories 0 comments

Even before it was formalized, the honor getting into the Triple Gold Club was a rare achievement. Winning Olympic Gold, World Championship Gold and the Stanley Cup is a feat only 26 players have ever accomplished. It wasn't until 1994 that it was first accomplished. Sweden won the gold medal and the propelled Tomas Jonsson, Mats Naslund...

February 9th, 2016 In International Hockey, News, Olympics 0 comments

Former Soviet league defenseman Leonids Beresnevs has been named the coach of the Latvian national team for the 2016 World Championship. The coaching contract expires at the end of the tournament, but has an option for "automatic extension," according to the IIHF. Those extensions kick in through the Olympic Qualification games in September...

May 13th, 2015 In International Hockey, Montreal Canadiens, Olympics 0 comments

The Montreal Canadiens were eliminated from the playoffs last night, the last remaining Canadian-based team in this years' postseason. No doubt that when the Lightning scored to go-up 3-0, writers everywhere had their hand on the send button, ready to publish their stories about how the Habs were "Canada's last hope for a Cup", and "Canada's...

February 22nd, 2015 In Hockey History, Olympics 0 comments

The NHL and NBC missed a golden opportunity to celebrate not only the 35th anniversary of the 1980 "Miracle On Ice" team, but also the 55th anniversary of USA's 1st Olympic gold medal hockey team.  Saturday night's setting at Levi's Stadium would have been a fitting place to honor the 1960 USA team which won the hearts of America...

February 9th, 2015 In Hockey History, International Hockey, Olympics 0 comments

When I first heard about ESPN’s latest 30 for 30 documentary, “Of Miracles and Men,” I counted down the days until I would get to relive the Miracle on Ice. For me, it’s the single-greatest American sports story there is. I had already seen the HBO documentary “Do You Believe In Miracles?” and the movie “Miracle” starring...

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