TORONTO - NHL participation in the 2018 Olympics is on the back burner until the league, Players Association and International I
TORONTO - NHL participation in the 2018 Olympics is on the back burner until the league, Players Association and International Iin Vorstellungen 13.01.2018 07:14
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TORONTO - NHL participation in the 2018 Olympics is on the back burner until the league, Players Association and International Ice Hockey Federation firm up plans for the return of the World Cup of Hockey in 2016. Cristiano Ronaldo Jersey .After a meeting during Hockey Hall of Fame weekend in November, the sides still have some things to iron out before this is a done deal.IIHF president Rene Fasel said one of the open questions had to do with the seventh and eighth teams that will take part. Beyond Canada, the United States, Russia, Sweden, Finland and the Czech Republic, the plan appears to be to have a European all-star team and another made up of North Americans— perhaps younger players.To be very honest, I like the idea, Fasel said. That can be really very, very interesting, for the hockey fans. That could be something. We dont know yet what were going to do, but personally I like it very much.Fasel said having the No. 7 and No. 8-ranked national teams (in 2014 it was Switzerland and Slovakia) would be deja vu because thats how it is at the Olympics and world championships. There were 12 teams at the Sochi Olympics: the so-called big six, and Switzerland, Slovakia, Latvia, Norway, Slovenia and Austria.There were 16 teams at the 2014 world championships: Canada, the United States, Russia, Sweden, Finland, the Czech Republic, Switzerland, Slovakia, host Belarus, Latvia, Germany, Norway, France, Italy, Denmark and Kazakhstan.The World Cup of Hockey would be an NHL production, held in Toronto in the fall of 2016. The tournament will reportedly have eight teams, but questions remain about how the seventh and eighth would be determined.Sportsnet.ca reported in November the notion of a European all-star team from those countries not involved and a young guns team from North America. At the NHLs board of governors meeting last month, commissioner Gary Bettman would neither confirm nor deny but encouraged reporters to wait until theres an announcement.If youre baking a pie, and you see one of the elements is something you dont like, but you happen to like the pie, youve got to look at the whole mix, Bettman said. So when we get to the point where we make an announcement people will either say this is outstanding, we love it, or theyll say we dont like this, we dont like that. Well see.The debate on the seventh and eighth teams pales in comparison to what discussions might be like in regard to the 2018 Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Bettman said last month there were still open issues as far as accommodations and arrangements from Sochi that are still an unknown for Pyeongchang.The NHL, International Olympic Committee, IIHF and NHLPA have different issues and priorities. Fasel brought up the time zone in South Korea, which is 14 hours ahead of the Eastern Time Zone in Canada and the U.S., as one problem.That issue extends to 2022, when the Winter Olympics will be either in Almaty, Kazakhstan or Beijing. Fasel tipped the IOCs hand Sunday.I think China is favoured there to win that race, so 22 will go to China, said Fasel, who is on the IOC executive board. So to be very honest, after five times participating in the Olympics, this one will be a bigger challenge.There are a total of 109 registered adult male hockey players, 38 indoor and four outdoor hockey rinks in South Korea, according to the IIHF. China has a total of 118 adult male players, 58 indoor and 43 outdoor rinks.Fasel and the IIHF are interested in growing the game. Having NHL players in those non-traditional countries couldnt hurt.(NHL) players want to go to the Olympics, Fasel said. We definitely need players there. They want to go to the Olympics.Bettman said last month that the board of governors did not have any meaningful discussion about the Olympics. Thats an issue for tomorrow because the World Cup is the issue for today.Were focused more from an international standpoint on getting final arrangements in place so we can announce a World Cup, Bettman said. Thats getting our attention right now.---Follow @SWhyno on Twitter Andre Gomes Jersey . Stevenson scored the first three goals of the game in the first period for Regina (35-22-6), which has won eight of its last 10 games. Patrick DAmico added two for the Pats, Braden Christoffer had a single and Morgan Klimchuk chipped in a goal and four assists. Renato Sanches Jersey . 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"We had a rough stretch, but now weve kind of picked it back up and were going in the right direction at the perfect time," Lillard said. "Now that were close to the post-season, we want to have that rhythm going into the playoffs — because thats what we play the regular season for." The Blazers fourth straight win, coupled with Houstons loss at Brooklyn, moved Portland within 1 1/2 games of the Rockets for fourth place in the Western Conference and home-court advantage in the opening round of the playoffs. The Rockets have three games in hand. The Blazers have six games left on their schedule, five of them at home. One more win will give them their 12th 50-win season in the franchises 44-year history. But the last four times the team won 50 or more games, they didnt make it past the first round of the post-season. "We dont have a lot of control over that. Right now, its about winning every game and gearing up for the playoffs," coach Terry Stotts said. "Its that mindset thats the most important thing. Whatever happens with the seedings and all that — I mean, we havent even clinched a playoff spot yet." Nick Young, the fifth and last player off the Los Angeles bench, made his first eight shots and finished 15 for 26 with a season-high 40 points. But it wasnt enough to prevent the Lakers 10th defeat in 14 games. They slipped to 25-49 — the most losses by the club since finishing 33-49 in 1993-94. The franchise hasnt lost 50 games in a season since 1974-75 (30-52). "I didnt know I made my first eight shots," Young said. "I just got into a zone. I got into a rhythm kind of fast." Youngs point total was the highest off the bench by any player in the league this season, surpassing the 37 Jamal Crawford had for the Clippers on Jan. Nani Jersey. . 25 at Toronto. Youngs high-point game in the NBA was 43, for the Washington Wizards against Sacramento on Jan. 11, 2011. "Nick Young had a lot of easy shots in the first half," Aldridge said. 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The Lakers were bolstered by the return of Xavier Henry and two-time MVP Steve Nash, who played in only his 13th game of the season and came off the bench for just the third time in his 18-year career. Nash, who turned 40 on Feb. 7, had 10 points and 10 assists in 22 minutes. The eight-time All-Star has been plagued most of the season by nerve root irritation following his comeback from a broken left leg, which led to issues with his back, hip and hamstrings. NOTES: Lillard became the first player in Trail Blazers history to make 200 3-pointers in a season when he connected with 8:07 left in the first quarter. Wesley Matthews is close behind him with 186. ... The Lakers played before their eighth non-sellout crowd. Before this season, they had sold out every home game since Dec. 6, 2006. ... Portland C Meyers Leonard was ejected after his flagrant 2 foul on Kendall Marshall with 39.9 seconds to play. ... Portland C Robin Lopez had 10 points and 10 rebounds on his 26th birthday. 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