The World Anti-Doping Agency recently released a report on the doping allegations made against Russian athletes at the Sochi Olympics which stated more than a dozen hockey players’ doping tests were tampered with during the course of the tournament. Now the IIHF is seeking to identify and punish those players.
Russian outlet TASS reported Monday that IIHF president Rene Fasel is requesting the names of the 14 players whose samples were potentially altered and hopes to levy suspensions to those who would have tested positive.
“We will (ask for the names),” Fasel told TASS. “At least if we find out they tested positive we will of course suspend them.” Read more
BY DAVE HAZZAN
It’s Saturday evening in the Seoul suburb of Anyang, and life is proceeding apace. Couples are canoodling in the cafes, groups of older men are getting drunk at the barbecue restaurants and families are glued to that evening’s episode of I Have a Lover on Korean television.
Yet at Anyang Ice Arena, Goyang High1 have just upset Anyang Halla 4-2, finishing with a shorthanded empty-netter, six seconds before the end of the game. It’s High1’s first win in 10 games and Anyang’s first home loss in 18. It wasn’t supposed to happen his way, and the home fans are incandescent, screaming, booing and slagging off that cross-cultural punching bag, the referee.
So let’s say the SM Liiga in Finland, along with its players’ association, wanted to start a World Cup of Hockey of its own. And let’s say that in exchange for getting NHL and NHL Players’ Association approval and sanction, it was offering each of them $500,000 plus the ticket revenue from one pre-tournament game.
Suffice to say that after the negotiators from the NHL and NHLPA got back onto their chairs and recovered from their laughing fit, they’d probably walk out the door, never to be seen again.
But that’s exactly what’s happening, in reverse, in the 2016 World Cash Grab of Hockey™. The event is expected to generate about $130 million in revenues and $65 million in profits, which will be split 50/50 between the NHL and the players. The federations that have developed the players and will be allowing the World Cash Grab™ to use their logos and players, meanwhile, will be receiving a pittance.
The CHL Import Draft can bring some incredible talents to major junior teams, but some franchises can get stung when they shoot for the moon. Two franchises that appear to be in that situation are the OHL’s Oshawa Generals and WHL’s Kootenay Ice.
It’s the Fourth of July in the United States, which means hot dogs, fireworks and Uncle Sam costumes. But we’re The Hockey News, so we’re going to concentrate on hockey. USA Hockey may not have as many gold medals or international titles as Canada or Russia, but there have been some pretty dramatic championships in America’s history. Here’s a look at the true patriots of the sport:
The TV commercial promoting the 2016 World Cup of Hockey asks the question: Who owns hockey?
Russian Evgeni Malkin of the Stanley Cup champion says, “There’s no question, Russia.”
The Sedin twins, Henrik and Daniel of Sweden, counter, “That’s easy, Sweden.”
American hockey players argue, “Three words: Miracle on Ice.”
Boston Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask, a Finn, responds with, “Three names: Selanne, Kurri, Koivu.”
Finally, Canadians Jonathan Toews of the Blackhawks and Sidney Crosby of the Penguins conclude: “Canada didn’t just invent hockey, hockey invented Canada.”
That may be true Jon and Sid, but hockey no longer belongs to Canada, if it ever really did.
When Patrik Laine and Jesse Puljujarvi are drafted into the NHL a week from now, their teams in the Finnish Elite League will receive a one-time payment of about $240,000. Assuming each player earns $50 million over the course of his NHL career – which is probably being conservative – the amount their teams receive represents about one-half of one percent of their career earnings.
The teams that choose Laine and Puljujarvi – almost certainly the Winnipeg Jets and Columbus Blue Jackets – stand to make millions in merchandising and ticket sales, particularly if each of them is a central figure in some long playoff runs. Meanwhile, the organizations that have basically developed these players from the time they were children, Tappara and Karpat, are receiving a pittance. That $240,000 is what Karpat will receive for losing Laine’s and Puljujarvi’s World Junior linemate Sebastian Aho to the Carolina Hurricanes earlier this week.
SAN JOSE – One of the first things Lauri Marjamaki did when he began coaching Joonas Donskoi three years ago was take him to the grocery store. Some kids get it early, others take a little longer. You can put Donskoi firmly in the latter category. At the age of 21, he had no idea what it took to be a professional hockey player.
But Marjamaki, who could have passed for Donskoi’s older brother and not his coach, went to work. And more than anyone aside from Donskoi himself, Marjamaki is responsible for the final product we’re seeing today. The 24-year-old player who saved the San Jose Sharks season – at least until Game 4 Monday night – was the product of a progressive hockey system and a progressive coach in Marjamaki.