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Ice Hockey 2017 - 2018 Discussion Thread

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hckosice    1,456
3 minutes ago, Gianlu33 said:

Really you think that Slovakia can be relegated? :p 

 

Well, this year it was only about 1 single goal in the Overtime ;) But hopefully we will not suffer such disastrous tournament for a long time now...since, it looks our huge problems are slowly going to be solved..

 

And we are the hosts in 2019 so we can not be relegated next year, bad news for Austria I guess

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hckosice    1,456
On 7/25/2017 at 20:23, hckosice said:

Former Vancouver Canucks head coach Willie Desjardins named coach of men´s Canada team for the WOG 2018. Sean Burke will be the GM and Martin Brodeur will be also part of the staff.

 

Also USA Hockey officially presented their coaching staff for PyeongChang 2018. One of our preliminary group opponents will be coached by the former Colorado Avalanch head coach and currently University of Wisconsin coach Tony Granato.

 

Granato will be joined on the bench by assistant coaches Chris Chelios, Scott Young, Keith Allain and Ron Rolston.

Jim Johannson, assistant executive director of hockey operations for USA Hockey, will serve as the general manager of the Olympic team, while Ben Smith is the team’s director of player personnel.

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hckosice    1,456

Italian national team head coach Stephan Mair resigned despite two more years on his contract stating discrepancies with the Italian Ice Sports Federation.

The news came a few days after Mair had been behind the bench of the Italian national team in three exhibition games against the KHL clubs Avangard Omsk and Vityaz Podolsk that all ended with losses for the “Squadra Azzurra”.

Mair became Italy’s head coach three years ago after relegation from the top division and initiated a rejuvenation process focusing on Italian-trained players. In his second year Italy earned promotion and competed in the top division of the 2017 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship where Italy lost all seven games in Cologne including a 3-2 opening-day overtime defeat against Slovakia after a 2-1 third-period lead that eventually decided about relegation.

The Italian Ice Sports Federation announced that the program will be continued with the taken direction and the process of finding a new head coach will be launched.

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hckosice    1,456

The IIHF has released the schedule of the 2018 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship in Denmark. New ticket packages will go on sale 1st September at 10:00.

 

Host Denmark will compete in Group B at the 11,000-seat Jyske Bank Boxen in Herning and plays on the first night on 4th May at 20:15 in a neighbouring clash with Germany. A North American battle between Team USA and Canada awaits fans in Herning earlier that day at 16:15.

 

Group A at the 12,500-seat Royal Arena in the capital of Copenhagen will open with Russia vs. France at 16:15 before defending champions Sweden take on Belarus at 20:15. Tre Kronor will play in Copenhagen virtually with a home-ice advantage. The third-largest Swedish city of Malmo is located just across the Oresund strait, only a 26-minute train ride away from the Royal Arena.

 

The remainder of the 16 teams will start on the second day. Norway-Latvia, Finland-Korea and Denmark-USA will be the pairings on 5th May in Herning. The second day in Copenhagen will start with Switzerland-Austria and France-Belarus and end with the evening game between the Czech Republic and Slovakia

 

 

The Preliminary Round concludes on 15th May. After a day off, the quarter-finals will be played cross-over on 17th May with two games in Copenhagen (A1-B4, A2-B3) and two in Herning (B1-A4, B2-A3). If qualified, Denmark will play its quarter-final game at 20:15.

The two semi-finals on 19th May as well as the medal games on 20th May will all be played at the Royal Arena in Copenhagen.

Day packages to the preliminary round and Follow Your Team packages will go on sale on 1st September 10:00 on 2018.iihfworlds.com.

 

Spoiler

Team Slovakia Preliminary Round Schedule

  • Saturday May 5th: Czech Republic vs Slovakia (20.15 cest)
  • Sunday May 6th: Slovakia vs Switzerland (20.15)
  • Tuesday May 8th: Austria vs Slovakia (16.15)
  • Thursday May 10th: Slovakia vs France (16.15)
  • Saturday May 12th: Slovakia vs Sweden (12.15)
  • Monday May 14th: Russia vs Slovakia (16.15)
  • Tuesday May 15th: Belarus vs Slovakia (16.15)
 

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phelps    341
6 minutes ago, intoronto said:

Why did they schedule Denmark in the smaller venue?

 

I think because Herning is Denmark's Hockeytown (and they have great sport tradition in general), meanwhile in Copenhagen there's not a great tradition in this sport (but still it's the Nation's Capital and IIHF wanted in any case some matches -finals included- to be staged there)...

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hckosice    1,456

And it´s official the 66 years old Canadian Craig Ramsey is the new National Coach of Slovakia ! He signed a deal for 2 years until 2019 and the World Championships in Slovakia.

 

He is the second Canadian coaching Slovakia in history after Glen Hanlon (2010-2011)

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Agger    298
On 8/8/2017 at 20:50, intoronto said:

Why did they schedule Denmark in the smaller venue?

 

First of all, Jyske Bank Boxen has become a bit of a home field for indoor sports.

Second, Herning is the city with the most national championships (16) and Jutland is generally dominant (the Champions haven't been from outside Jutland since 2002 and usually the losing finalist is from Jutland as well)
Third, it's easier to pick another "home" team for Copenhagen than Herning, since Sweden is very close, which is a bit of help when it comes to selling tickets

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hckosice    1,456
15 hours ago, hckosice said:

And it´s official the 66 years old Canadian Craig Ramsey is the new National Coach of Slovakia ! He signed a deal for 2 years until 2019 and the World Championships in Slovakia.

 

He is the second Canadian coaching Slovakia in history after Glen Hanlon (2010-2011)

 

 

Craig Ramsay to coach Slovakia

Former NHL coach signs two-year deal

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The Slovak Ice Hockey Federation has hired Candian Craig Ramsay as new head coach of the Slovak men’s national team. New General Manager Miroslav Satan announced at a ceremony on Wednesday that the two parties agreed on a two-year deal.

 

The contract will include the 2018 Olympic Winter Games as the next big event for the team as well as the 2018 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship in Copenhagen and Herning, Denmark, and the 2019 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship on home ice in Bratislava and Kosice.

 

“I’m glad that such an expert who has worked in the NHL as a player and for many years as a coach in various roles will join us and help us lead our hockey into a new epoch with new methods,” Satan said according to the TASR news agency.

Ramsay will be the head coach of the men’s national team but is also expected to mentor younger coaches to create a unified game system within the program.

 

Ramsay will be the third foreign coach in history of the Slovak men’s national team after fellow countryman Glen Hanlon (2010-2011) and Czech veteran coach Vladimir Vujtek (2011-2015). He replaces Zdeno Ciger, who was coaching the team during the last two seasons.

But Slovak fans shouldn’t expect a typical Canadian coach as former national team player Boris Valabik, who had one common season with Ramsay at the Atlanta Thrashers in 2010/2011 but was sent to the farm team, told Dennik N.

 

“He preferred more skilled players, which was not ideal for me. He’s an expert. He didn’t like the defensive game. Shooting the puck along the boards is not his style. His favourite expression was ‘safe is dead’,” Valabik said and thinks Ramsay will be a good match for European hockey despite having neither played nor coached on the continent. “He’s not a typical Canadian coach. He will match to the skilled Slovak style. He will be able to excel with skilled Slovak forwards.”

 

As a player Ramsay spent his whole NHL career with the Buffalo Sabres, who named him a Hall of Fame member of the club in 1986, one year after retiring as a player. He played 1070 regular-season games (252 goals, 420 assists) and 89 playoff games (17 goals, 31 assists) for the Sabres and once appeared in 776 consecutive games without missing one, making his ironman streak the fifth-longest in NHL history. He’s also in the record book as last NHL player to play a full season without penalty minutes, during his 78 games in 1973/1974. In 1985 he won the Frank J. Selke Trophy for the best defensive forward of the league.

 

Ramsay turned into coaching immediately after his retirement as a player and continued with the Sabres for eight years as an assistant coach, as an interim head coach replacing Scotty Bowman, as director of player personnel and assistant GM.

 

He later had stints as a head coach with the Philadelphia Flyers and the Atlanta Thrashers and has a 66-71-19 all-time coaching record in the NHL but spent most years as an assistant coach with stints at the Florida Panthers, Ottawa Senators, Philadelphia Flyers, Tampa Bay Lightning, Boston Bruins and most recently in 2014/2015 with the Edmonton Oilers. Last season he served as a consultant for the Montreal Canadiens.

 

His biggest success as an assistant coach in the NHL was winning the Stanley Cup with John Tortorella and the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2004.

 

The 66-year-old is expected to arrive in Slovakia next week. On 23 & 24 August Slovakia will play back-to-back cross-border exhibition games against neighbour Czech Republic in Trinec and Zilina. During the November international break Slovakia will play at the Deutschland Cup in Augsburg, Germany.

 

At the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Korea, Slovakia will play in Group B with Russia, Team USA and Slovenia.

 

At the 2018 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship in Denmark the Slovaks are seeded in Group A in Copenhagen where they will have Russia, Sweden, the Czech Republic, Switzerland, Belarus, France and Austria as opponents.

 

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hckosice    1,456

Lauri Marjamaki has decided not to extend his contract as head coach of the Finnish national team after the 2017/2018.

 

The 40-year-old has been with the men’s national team since 2013 – since 2015 as head coach – and earlier also coached the U20 national team. During his first two years of the current three-year contract he led Finland to a silver medal at the 2016 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship in Russia and to a fourth-place at the last Worlds earlier this year in Germany and France.

 

Marjamaki will stay behind the bench for the upcoming season that includes the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Korea and the 2018 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship in Denmark before taking a new challenge.

 

“The ice hockey association was ready to continue the agreement but we respect Marjamaki’s decision,” FIHA President Harri Nummela said in a statement. “The search of the new head coach has started.”

 

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hckosice    1,456

Also the Women´s U18 Top Division World Championships venue and date are officially known.

 

The 2018 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 Women’s World Championship will take place in Dmitrov in the Moscow Region.

The 2018 IIHF Annual Congress in May assigned the event to Russia and now the venue and dates have become known. The eight-team event will take place 6-13 January 2018 in Dmitrov pending formal approval by the 2018 IIHF Semi-Annual Congress in late September.

The city of 67,000 inhabitants in the Moscow Region is about 80 kilometres north from downtown Moscow and 54 kilometres away from Moscow’s busiest airport Sheremetyevo.

Dmitrov is one of the centres of women’s hockey in the country. The local club Tornado Moscow Region won four European Women’s Champions Cups and nine national championships. Earlier this year it won its third consecutive title.

The Sport Complex Dmitrov opened in 2003 and includes a 2,500-seat ice rink, a second ice rink, a complex for figure skating and curling, an Olympic swimming pool and other sporting facilities.

The arena hosted European Women’s Champions Cup events and Four Nations tournaments before as well as the 2011 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 Women’s World Championship Division I where Russia earned promotion back to the top division. The U18 women’s national team has stayed there ever since and won bronze medals in 2015 and 2017.

Like recently the event will be played with two tiered groups. Team USA, Canada, Russia and Sweden will play in the “upper” Group A where the top-two teams will earn a bye to the semi-finals while the other two teams will play a quarter-final game against the best two teams from Group B (A3-B2, A4-B1), which includes Finland, the Czech Republic, Switzerland and Germany.

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