Chris Kreider scores twice, leads USA to bronze medal at World Junior Championships

All right so it wasn’t the gold medal, but it was still a stellar comeback performance for the United States in beating Sweden 4-2 in the bronze medal game at the World Junior Championships in Buffalo. Chris Kreider scored two goals to lead the way for the Americans while Jack Campbell held strong in goal.

For the United States, they finish the tournament with just one loss and it was a stink bomb of a game against a very motivated Team Canada in the semifinals. Having the United States come out fired up for what was a tough game against Sweden was a good change of pace as the Americans looked timid, passive, and sloppy against Canada.

With Campbell playing as strong as he did, and having to feel bad about not winning gold in Buffalo, he’s excited and hopeful he can come back next year to help the  United States get back on top of the podium.

Later tonight, Canada plays Russia for the gold medal.

Avs unveil new third jerseys

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The Avalanche will be throwing a bunch of different looks at us this season.

Having already released specialized “Mile High” jerseys for February’s Stadium Series game, the Avs unveiled new third sweaters on Friday — less than 24 hours after a bitter 5-4 home loss to Minnesota in their season opener.

(Guess Colorado wanted to send out some good vibes after blowing a 4-1 third-period lead.)

While undoubtedly exciting for the organization, the release of these new thirds isn’t taking anybody by surprise. Last month, several websites published leaked images of Colorado’s and Anaheim’s third jerseys, so the design has been in the public eye for several weeks.

The Avs will debut these new thirds on Oct. 24, in a Saturday night tilt against Columbus.

Related: Roy explains why he didn’t call time out

Report: Escrow set at 16 percent

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Hey, remember in June when the NHLPA voted to keep the five-percent growth factor in spite of increasing worries about escrow?

Well, here’s why that decision was a significant one, via TSN’s Frank Seravalli:

With early revenue projections in place, the NHL and NHLPA set the escrow withholding rate for players at 16 per cent for the first quarter of the season on Thursday.

That means every player will have 16 per cent of earnings deducted from their paycheque and put aside until after all of this season’s hockey-related revenue is counted to ensure a perfect 50-50 revenue split with owners.

Now, this doesn’t mean that the players will definitely lose 16 percent of their salaries. Typically, they receive refunds when all the accounting is done.

Still, 16 percent is a good-sized chunk to withhold. They won’t be thrilled about it.

Related: To understand escrow, consider Duncan Keith