United States 2009 World Hockey Championships Roster Released

April 15th, 2009 | Posted by admin in International Hockey | 1 Comment

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The 2009 World Hockey Championships will be taking place this year in the host country of Switzerland in the summer of 2009 in the cities of Berne and Zurich. This year’s United States World Hockey Championships roster is composed of a very young but talented group of players, with a very young average age.

The 2009 United States World Hockey Championship roster was picked by USA Hockey and will be coached by Ron Wilson of the Toronto Maple Leafs. The US World Championships roster doesn’t have any superstars, but rather a young fast team with a little more leadership than last years United States World Hockey Championship roster. The World Hockey Championships begin on April 25th and the US team will be adding more players to the roster before the tournament begins. Also, take a look at the 2009 Team Canada World Hockey Championship roster.

United States (US) 2009 World Hockey Championships Roster

US Goaltender
Robert Esche
Al Montoya

US Defense
Keith Ballard
Zach Bogosian
Ron Hainsey
Jack Johnson
Matt Niskanen
Ryan Suter

US Forwards
Dustin Brown
Patrick O’Sullivan
Drew Stafford
Lee Stempniak
Jason Blake
Nick Foligno
Peter Harrold
Kyle Okposo
Ryan Shannon
Colin Stuart
Colin Wilson

US Coach
Ron Wilson

Craig McTavish Fired by Edmonton Oilers

April 15th, 2009 | Posted by admin in Edmonton Oilers | No Comments

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The Edmonton Oilers have just announced that they will be parting ways with head coach Craig McTavish. Craig McTavish is fired by the Edmonton Oilers after 8 seasons with the team, including a 3 year playoff drought. According the GM of the Oilers, Steve Tambellini, “We both agree that it is time for a change,”.

The Edmonton Oilers narrowly missed the playoffs for the second year in a row. They came into the season as one of the most promising young teams in the NHL, but were never able to put it together consistently this year. McTavish did lead the Oilers to the Stanley Cup Finals a few years ago, but the team hasn’t been the same since they lost Pronger. Now that the Edmonton Oilers fired Craig McTavish, the next questions is who will replace the Oilers head coach?

2009 NHL Draft Lottery Teams Announced

April 14th, 2009 | Posted by admin in NHL Draft | No Comments

The NHL 2009 Entry Draft Lottery continues for the bottom 14 teams in the NHL. The NHL entry draft lottery for 2009 will be held this Tuesday, April 14 at 8 pm eastern on TSN, Versus and the NHL Network. The 2009 NHL draft lottery allows the bottom 5 teams a shot at the top overall pick. The consensus number one pick this year is unclear with talented players John Tavares and Viktor Hedman battling for the top spot in the NHL draft this year.

The way the NHL 2009 draft lottery will work is it will give the bottom 5 teams (the Kings, Lightning, Thrashers, Avalanche and Islanders have clinched the bottom 5) a shot at winning the overall #1 pick. However, once the final positions are determined, each team can move up to #1 draft pick, but they cannot move down more 1 overall spot. The NHL draft lottery does protect the team’s positions for their awfulness during the regular season.

The New York Islanders won the Draft Lottery. It is thought that John Tavares will be the #1 overall pick in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft held this summer in Montreal.

NHL 2009 Entry Draft Lottery Winners

1. New York Islanders
2. Colorado Avalanche
3. Tampa Bay Lightning
4. Atlanta Thrashers
5. Los Angeles Kings
6. Phoenix Coyotes
7. Toronto Maple Leafs
8. Dallas Stars
9. Ottawa Senators
10. Edmonton Oilers
11. Nashville Predators
12. Minnesota Wild
13. Buffalo Sabers
14. Florida Panthers

Stay tuned for the rest of the draft order for teams 1-14. I will be updating this post with the finalized NHL draft orders as they are announced. You can easily bookmark this page by pressing Ctrl + D on your keyboard.

NHL 2009 1st Round Playoff Matchup Predictions

April 12th, 2009 | Posted by admin in nhl playoffs | 6 Comments

250px-stanleycupThe 2009 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs begin this Wednesday. I will offer my 1st round Stanley Cup hockey playoff predictions. I will be also offering  my 2nd round predictions and my 3rd round predictions as they come along. I will do 2009 Stanley Cup Playoff Predictions for each round and see how well my picks fare. Stay tuned to updates for the NHL Playoffs as well as NHL draft news by subscribing to the NHL Apparel Blog:

Western Conference NHL Playoff First Round MatchUps

1. San Jose Sharks (53-18-11)
8. Anaheim Ducks (42-30-10)

This matchup will be a great one. These teams know each other well and match up very evenly. I can easily see this one going 7. San Jose wins the playoffs series 4-3

2. Detroit Red Wings (51-20-10)
7. Columbus Blue Jackets (41-31-10)

The Detroit Red Wings are still one of the most dominant teams in the NHL. They are consistent and strong and they have not lost any pieces from their Stanley Cup team from a year ago. If the Jackets stand a chance, it will be up to rookie goalie Steve Mason to carry the team to victory. Detroit wins the playoffs series 4-1

3. Vancouver Canucks (45-27-10)
6. St. Louis Blues (41-31-10)

The Vancouver Canucks have a solid all-around lineup anchored by goalie Roberto Luongo. The St. Louis Blues caught fire the second half of the season to make the playoffs. This should be a very even matchup overall. St. Louis wins the playoffs series 4-3

4. Chicago Blackhawks (45-24-12)
5. Calgary Flames (46-30-6)

Youth goes up against experience in this great first round playoff matchup. The Chicago Blackhawks have been solid all year long with a good mix of offense and a strong defense anchored by a set of young defensemen. The Calgary Flames have a number of guys injured and faded a little towards the end, but they do have a lot of offensive weapons and a great goalie in Mikka Kiprusoff. Chicago wins the playoffs series 4-2

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Eastern Conference Hockey Playoff First Round MatchUps

1. Boston Bruins (52-19-10)
8.
Montreal Canadians(41-30-11)

The Montreal Canadiens barely made it into the playoffs after playing a great first half of the season and a horrible second half. The Boston Bruins have led the Eastern Conference all-year long and are a very balanced team. Can Montreal get their swagger back or are they in for a beating? Boston wins the playoffs series 4-1

2. Washington Capitals (50-24-8)
7. New York Rangers (42-30-9)

The Washington Capitals are a scoring machine, with Ovechkin, Semin and Mike Green leading the way. Their only real weak spot is in net, but they should be able to light up Lundqvist. The Rangers have a good defense, strong goaltending and no offensive firepower. They need Lundqvist to stand on his head. Washington wins the playoffs series 4-2

3. New Jersey Devils (51-27-4)
6. Carolina Hurricanes (45-30-7)

This is going to be a great first round NHL playoff series. Both teams have outstanding goaltending, high scoring players and strong defenders. I see this one going 7. Carolina wins the playoffs series 4-3

4. Pittsburgh Penguins (45-28-9)
5. Philadelphia Flyers (44-26-11)

The battle of Pennsylvania continues in this even matchup. Lots of stars on both sides, including Malkin, Crosby, Carter and Richards to name a few. Both teams are strong in both ends and have reliable goaltending. Flyers wins the playoffs series 4-2

Stay tuned to updates and predictions for the 2009 NHL Playoffs as well as NHL draft news by subscribing to the Cool Hockey Blog and also check out my 2008 Stanley Cup Playoff 2nd Round Predictions when they come out and feel free to comment below with your picks.

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Winter Classic 2010 in Boston at Fenway Park Just Announced

April 9th, 2009 | Posted by admin in NHL | No Comments

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The Winter Classic for 2010 has now been set. The 2010 Winter Classic will be played in Boston at Fenway Park with the Bruins matching up against a team to be decided upon later. The 2010 Winter Classic in Boston will be played on New Years Day and is expected to sell out as soon as tickets go on sale, regardless of the opponent. The last Winter Classic was played at Wrigley Field in Chicago and the year before that the game was played in Buffalo. Stay tuned for the Boston Bruins opponent in the 2010 Hockey Winter Classic.

Here are my NHL Playoff Team Predictions

March 26th, 2009 | Posted by admin in nhl playoffs | No Comments

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Update:  View my First Round NHL Playoff Predictions!

With less than 5 games left in the NHL’s regular season, it is time to look at who has the best chance of making the playoffs and my predicted order with matchups. I will be basing my 2009 NHL playoff team predictions on record and remaining schedule, including number of games and level of competition. Feel free to leave your NHL playoff team predictions in the comment below and we can see who comes closer as the regular season nears its completion.

In the Eastern Conference, my predictions on playoff teams and seeding are below:

1. Boston Bruins
2. Washington Capitals
3. New Jersey Devils
4. Philadelphia Flyers
5. Carolina Hurricanes
6. Pittsburgh Penguins
7. New York Rangers
8. Montreal Canadians
9. Florida Panthers

The Wastern Conference is a little trickier, with a lot of teams fighting for playoff spots and my predictions on playoff teams and seeding are below:

1. San Jose Sharks
2. Detroit Red Wings
3. Calgary Flames
4. Chicago Blackhawks
5. Vancouver Canucks
6. Columbus Blue Jackets
7. Anaheim Ducks
8. St. Louis Blues
9. Nashville Predators

These are my 2009 NHL Playoff Team Predictions, which I will update once teams have clinched or been eliminated. Feel free to give me your playoff predictions in the comments section.

2009 AHL All-Star Classic Team Rosters

January 24th, 2009 | Posted by admin in AHL | No Comments

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The rosters for the 2009 AHL All Star Classic have been released and will have the Canadian All Star team go head to head with the PlanetUSA All Star team with players from the U.S. and Europe. The 2009 AHL All Star game will be played on Monday January 26th and the skills competition will be played on Sunday January 25th. Without further adieu, here are the 2009 AHL All Star rosters:

2009 Canadian AHL All Star Team

Forwards
Steve Downie, Norfolk
x-Alexandre Giroux, Hershey
x-Claude Giroux, Philadelphia
Cody Franson, Milwaukee
Mike Iggulden, Bridgeport
Jason Krog, Manitoba
Corey Locke, Houston
Brett MacLean, San Antonio
Mark Mancari, Portland
x-Chris Minard, W-B/Scranton
Cal O’Reilly, Milwaukee
Teddy Purcell, Manchester
Martin St. Pierre, Providence
Mike Santorelli, Milwaukee

Defensemen
x-Johnny Boychuk, Providence
Kyle Cumiskey, Lake Erie
Bryan Helmer, Hershey (“C”)
x-Derek Joslin, Worcester
Andrew MacDonald, Bridgeport
Brett Palin, Quad City
Danny Syvret, Philadelphia

Goaltenders
Mike Brodeur, Rochester
Barry Brust, Houston
x-Brian Elliott, Binghamton

2009 PlanetUSA AHL All Star Team

Forwards
Keith Aucoin, Hershey
x-Chris Bourque, Hershey
x-Nikita Filatov, Syracuse
x-Nathan Gerbe, Portland
Martins Karsums, Providence
Tim Kennedy, Portland
Petri Kontiola, Rockford
Drew Miller, Iowa
Joe Motzko, Chicago
Michael Ryan, Albany
Ryan Potulny, Springfield
Jeff Taffe, W-B/Scranton
Ryan Vesce, Worcester

Defensemen
Rory Fitzpatrick, Rochester (“C”)
Jonas Junland, Peoria
Mattias Karlsson, Binghamton
x-Jakub Kindl, Grand Rapids
Ben Lovejoy, W-B/Scranton
Bobby Sanguinetti, Hartford
Jaime Sifers, Toronto
x-Yannick Weber, Hamilton

Goaltenders
Jeff Frazee, Lowell
Daniel Larsson, Grand Rapids
x-Cory Schneider, Manitoba

Note: “x” means the player is a starter

Peter Forsberg Hockey Rumors Gaining Steam

January 20th, 2009 | Posted by admin in Forsberg | No Comments

The Peter Forsberg hockey rumors are starting to get pretty heated. Peter Forsberg is skating again in Sweden and hopes to make a return to the NHL this season. Peter Forsberg returned to the Colorado Avalanche last year, but ended up missing a number of games due to injury.

Peter Forsberg is returning from the nasty ankle injury that kept him out most of last year and part of the year before. Peter Forsberg wants to return to the NHL, and it is rumored that Peter Forsberg will return to the Avalanche. Forsberg has said that if he is unable to come back this year that he will probably have to retire from the sport of hockey. Please bookmark the site so that you will receive up to the minute Peter Forsberg Comeback news.

NHL All Star Game – 2009 Eastern Conference All Stars

January 20th, 2009 | Posted by admin in NHL All Star Game | No Comments

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The 2009 Eastern Conference NHL All Star team has been released and the amount of stars on the team is unbelievable. The 2009 NHL All Star Game will be played at the Bell Centre in Montreal on January 25th. There are a number of All Star veterans on the Eastern Conference All Star Roster, including Ovechkin, Heatley and Crosby. The first timers on the 2009 Eastern Conference All Star roster include, Henrik Lundqvist, Mark Streit and Jeff Carter. Here is the entire 2009 Eastern Conference All Star Roster. Also, NHL.com is having a sale on all jerseys and apparel, including NHL All Star Jerseys.

NHL 2009 Eastern Conference All Star Team

G: Henrik Lundqvist, Rangers
G: Tim Thomas, Bruins
G: Carry Price, Canadiens (starter)

D: Mark Streit, Islanders
D: Zdeno Chara, Bruins
D: Andrei Markov, Canadiens (starter)
D: Mike Komisarek, Canadiens (starter)
D: Tomas Kaberle, Maple Leafs
D: Jay Bouwmeester, Panthers

F: Marc Savard, Bruins
F: Dany Heatley, Senators
F: Tomas Vanek, Sabers
F: Eric Staal, Hurricanes
F: Zach Parise, Devils
F: Alex Ovechkin, Capitals
F: Vincent Lecavalier, Lightning
F: Ilya Kovalchuk, Thrashers
F: Jeff Carter, Flyers
F: Alex Kovalev, Canadiens (starter)
F: Evgeni Malkin, Penguins (starter)
F: Sidney Crosby, Penguins (starter)

Just Announced – NHL All Star Western Conference Roster Released

January 7th, 2009 | Posted by admin in NHL All Star Game | No Comments

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The Western Conference NHL All Star team has been announced and it contains a lot of firepower. The 2009 NHL All Star Game will be played at the Bell Centre in Montreal on January 25th. The starters were for the Eastern Conference Roster and Western Conference All Star roster were announced last week. There are a number of All Star veterans on the Western Conference All Star Roster, including Iginla, Thornton and Lidstrom. The first timers on the 2009 Western Conference All Star roster include, Dan Boyle, Dustin Brown, Shea Weber, and Niklas Backstrom. The 2009 Eastern Conference All Star team will be announced Thursday.

2009 NHL Western Conference All Star Team

G: Niklas Backstrom, Wild
G: Roberto Luongo, Canucks
G: J.S. Giguere, Ducks (starter)

D: Dan Boyle, Sharks
D: Niklas Lidstrom, Red Wings
D: Bryan Campbell, Blackhawks (starter)
D: Scott Niedermayer, Ducks (starter)
D: Shea Weber, Predators
D: Sheldon Souray, Oilers

F: Jarome Iginla, Flames
F: Joe Thornton, Sharks
F: Pavel Datsyuk, Red Wings
F: Dustin Brown, Kings
F: Milan Hejduk, Avalanche
F: Shane Doan, Coyotes
F: Rick Nash, Blue Jackets
F: Mike Modano, Stars
F: Keith Tkachuk, Blues
F: Jonathan Toews, Blackhawks (starter)
F: Patrick Kane, Blackhawks (starter)
F: Ryan Getzlaf, Ducks (starter)

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