Well are all likely aware that the IIHF Men’s U20 and Women’s U18 World Junior Championship tournaments were cancelled this past December due to COVID-19. After some work behind the scenes, those two tournaments are going to be played this summer.
According to the IIHF in a statement on Thursday, the Women’s WJC will take place “in June in the north of the USA.” The tournament was initially to be played in Sweden, but they have agreed to host it in 2023 instead. The Men’s WJC, that was initially scheduled in Edmonton and Red Deer, Alberta, will take place “in the middle of August in Alberta,” according to the statement.
Programs like USA Hockey and Hockey Canada have a lot more funding for hockey, so it’s easier for them to fund and host a tournament with all the risks of it not having fans and any revenue, hence why Sweden isn’t trying again this year.
For those wondering, the Men’s WJC will start fresh in the summer, meaning none of the results from the group stages in December will carry over. Teams will also be able to change their rosters for both tournaments depending on availability and injuries.
Team USA beat Canada to win gold last summer in the Men’s WJC bubble in Edmonton. The Women’s WJC was cancelled last year and not restarted. It is happening this year in part due to the outcry for the IIHF and the national programs to give equal effort in replaying their tournaments. My next question is why the women don’t have a U20 tournament?
Here is a great profile by the AHL on Daniel Walcott of the Syracuse Crunch. In it, they talk about Walcott’s aspirations to play meaningfully in the NHL, beyond just the one game he’s had. He is also working hard to be an inspiration to young Black hockey fans who inevitably have to deal with racist taunts, like he has throughout his career as he describes.
As @WallyD19 continues to chase his @NHL dream, he also continues to be an inspiration young Black hockey fans.— American Hockey League (@TheAHL) February 17, 2022
: @irie_harris | https://t.co/1KhW7QZ23t | #BlackHistoryMonth pic.twitter.com/DxZfEvKPCc
Here is Geo’s Lightning Retro Profile on a name I haven’t heard in a long time: Simon Gagne! [Raw Charge]
“Before we even get to the draft though, Gagne was tangentially involved in a big Lightning trade. The Philadelphia Flyers signed Chris Gratton as a Group II free agent, which entitled the Lightning to the Flyers next four first round picks. Except the two teams had made an agreement before hand to trade back those picks for Mikael Renberg and Karl Dykhuis. The first of the four picks was used in the first round, 22nd overall by the Flyers in 1998 to select Simon Gagne.”
The Lightning have set up a watch party in Amalie Arena for the Feb 26th Stadium Series a couple states over in Nashville.
We're bringing Broadway to Channelside.— Tampa Bay Lightning (@TBLightning) February 17, 2022
Come watch the Stadium Series game at @AmalieArena!
Speaking of the Predators, their head coach, John Hynes, was fined $25,000 for telling off a referee. [On the Forecheck]
“The NHL unceremoniously announced that the Nashville Predators Head Coach had been fined $25,000 for “inappropriate behavior” at the conclusion of Tuesday night’s game against the Washington Capitals. No other information was released. Hockey fans combed the archives for footage and the best anyone could come up with was this”
John Hynes really got fined 25K for telling a ref he’s bad at his job pic.twitter.com/00xxdGxqor— Peter Andrianopoulos (@peterandri) February 17, 2022
Anything interesting in the window?