Russians should play back home until they’re 28: Slava Fetisov

Vladimir Tarasenko (Bruce Kluckhohn/NHLI via Getty Images)

Relations between Russia and North America are a little frosty right now. Discipline is expected from the IIHF after the Russians took off during the Canadian national anthem at the World Championship, while the newest issue of Harper’s magazine reveals that 81 percent of Russians today have a negative view of the United States, compared with just 25 percent in 2013.

And now a hockey legend has waded into the fray.

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OT hero Nikita Kucherov proved himself early in North America

Nikita Kucherov (middle) celebrates his OT winner (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

As part of Tampa Bay’s deadly “Triplets” line with Tyler Johnson and Ondrej Palat, right winger Nikita Kucherov has enjoyed a breakout season. But some pretty impressive perseverance went into making the young Russian the player he is today, one capable of fooling Henrik Lundqvist on this game-winning shot:

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Union president undeterred by Washington bill making WHL players amateurs

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Jerry Dias  (David Cooper/Toronto Star via Getty Images)

The president of Canada’s largest public sector trade union, one that is attempting to get junior hockey players unionized, called the recent bill in Washington State rendering WHL players as amateur athletes and not employees “ridiculous,” and claimed it will not deter efforts to give major junior players collective bargaining rights in Canada.

“Obviously I can’t do anything in Canada, but I’m disappointed by it,” said Jerry Dias, president of Unifor. “But that’s not going to stop what it is we’re doing here in Canada. There’s no question the case here in Canada is significantly stronger. We think we’re in very good shape here in Canada.”

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Call them hockey players or amateurs, but don’t call them employees

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Gatineau Olympiques (Photo by Francois Laplante/FreestylePhoto/Getty Images)

So according to Senate Bill 5893, teenagers who play for the Everett Silvertips, Seattle Thunderbirds, Spokane Chiefs and Tri-City Americans are forever to be deemed amateur athletes, not employees.

And in what was effectively sticking up their middle finger to those who are trying to unionize players in the Canadian Hockey League, WHL president Ron Robison and representatives from the four Washington-based team in the league were on hand Monday afternoon, beaming with pride as Washington governor Jay Inlsee officially signed the bill into law.

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Rimouski wins the Quebec League title in Game 7, double overtime

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Rimouski's Michael Joly (Photo by Francois Laplante/FreestylePhoto/Getty Images)

Every hockey-loving kid dreams of scoring the overtime goal in Game 7 to win the championship and on Monday night, Rimouski’s Michael Joly achieved that dream.

The undrafted right winger, who was one of the Oceanic’s top scorers in the post-season, made the last point count the most by popping in the series winner past Remparts goalie Zach Fucale in double overtime to clinch the President Cup. The last time Rimouski hoisted the trophy was in 2004-05, when the Oceanic was led by a young phenom named Sidney Crosby.

But back to the here and now, take a look at Joly’s golden goal:

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Memorial Cup preview: How each team wins or loses

Leon Draisaitl (Melissa Baecker/Getty Images)

We know our four teams for the Memorial Cup now. Thanks to Oshawa’s ousting of Connor McDavid and the Erie Otters, the Generals will represent the OHL, joining Kelowna of the WHL, plus Quebec (the hosts) and Rimouski in the QMJHL. So who is favored to win it all? Ah, that’s a thorny question in a tournament that often surprises. But let’s take a look at what you should know about the four worthy squads in contention.

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Sioux Falls Stampede sweep Muskegon Lumberjacks to win USHL championship

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As Canadian junior championships begin to get decided — the Kelowna Rockets and Oshawa Generals have already won the WHL and OHL, respectively — the United States’ top junior league, the USHL, has named its champion.

With a 4-2 victory Friday night, the Sioux Falls Stampede completed a sweep of the five-game series against the Muskegon Lumberjacks. The best-of-five victory for Sioux Falls was far from a dominating sweep, with wins of 3-2 and 4-2 bookending a 6-1 Game 2 victory as the Stampede took home the Clark Cup as USHL champions. Read more