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Canada's Olympic hockey team unveiled in Vancouver
In a ceremony held at GM Place in Vancouver, British Columbia, the Canadian men's and women's Olympic teams were announced. The men's team includes many players from the 2002 Olympic Gold Medal winning team and the 2004 World Championship squad. The most significant player left off the team is the Penguins rookie sensation Sidney Crosby. The complete Canadian men's team is as follows:
U.S. mens Olympic hockey team announced
In a low key ceremony held in St. Paul, Minnessota, United States men's Olympic hockey general manager Don Waddel announced the team in a televised program. The roster includes a mix of youth and experience, though the American program is clearly going through a major transition. The team includes:
Larry Robinson steps down as Devils coach
The New Jersey Devils haven't been the dominating team that won 2 Stanley Cups over the last decade. Yesterday their head coach Larry Robinson stepped down and was replaced by current general manager Lou Lamoriello. Robinson resigned from his position on Monday because of stress and "horrible headaches," two days after his team lost for the seventh time in nine games. He is a Hall of Fame defenseman who lead the Devils to a Stanley Cup victory in 2000 and returned to the team this summer, when Pat Burns was unable to return due to his ongoing battle with Colon Cancer
Mario Lemieux has another heart scare
Mario Lemieux has been sidelined indefinitely after his irregular heartbeat problem returned during a game last week against the Buffalo Sabres. Earlier this month on December 7th, the 40 year old Lemieux was hospitalizedand diagnosed with atrial fibrillation, a heart condition that causes his pulse to dramatically increase at times. Lemieux has also ruled himself out of the Canadian national hockey team for the upcoming 2006 Turin Winter Olympics.
Penguins fire head coach Ed Olczyk
Ed Olczyk became the first coaching fatality of the 2005-06 season as the Pittsburgh Penguins fired him and his coaching staff. Assistant coaches Joe Mullen, Randy Hillier, Shane Clifford and strength and conditioning coach John Welday were also let go. Michel Therrien, who was coaching the Penguins' AHL affiliate team in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton has been promoted to the head coaching position with the big club. The move comes as the Penguins have floundered with a 8-17-4-2 record and are currently stand last in the Atlantic Division. They added several key free agents like Ziggy Palffy, Mark Recchi and John LeClair in the off season and also drafted rookie phenom Sidney Crosby
. Their inability to play defense and the lack of goaltending also played a role in their poor start.
Mario Lemieux hints a Penguins move
Its almost as if this happens once every couple of years, but Pittsburgh Penguins owner and superstar Mario Lemieux has once again
indicated that the Pens may be on the move. In this latest incarnation, Mario has expressed his disappointment at not being able to get a sweetheart deal for a new arena to replace the Mellon Arena in Pittsburgh. "I think we're running out of time," Lemieux said. "We probably ran out of time already. It's been unfortunate that the city and the county haven't been willing to work with us over the last two or three years."
Blockbuster NHL trade - Joe Thornton now a San Jose Shark
In what is surely the biggest trade of the 2005-06 NHL season, the Boston Bruins have traded franchise centre Joe Thornton to the San Jose Sharks for forwards Marco Sturm, Wayne Primeau and defenseman Brad Stuart. The Bruins have been in a tailspin this season, playing like an uninspired team with plenty of underachievers. Joe Thornton who was their first overall draft pick in 1997 and is their captain was having a banner season with 33 points in 26 games. The San Jose Sharks have also been struggling and hope to turn their fortunes around by adding this superstar.