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Sergei Fedorov

Fedorov, Bondra highlight ’16 IIHF Hall of Fame class

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A pair of dynamic 90s forwards are among the six entrants in this year’s International Ice Hockey Federation’s Hall of Fame class.

Sergei Fedorov and Peter Bondra highlight a class that also includes Valeri Kamensky and Ville Peltonen, along with builders Pat Quinn and Ben Smith.

Fedorov won three Stanley Cups and three World Championships during his stellar NHL career, finishing with 483 goals and 1,179 points. He was one of the inductees into this year’s Hockey Hall of Fame.

Bondra, a 500 goal scorer, notched one of the most iconic goals in Slovakian hockey history — the game-winner against Russia to capture gold at the 2002 Worlds.

Kamensky is a member of the “Triple Gold” club, having won a World Championship (three times, actually), Olympic gold in ’88 and a Stanley Cup with Colorado in ’96.

Peltonen, who appeared in nearly 400 NHL contests with the Sharks, Predators and Panthers, is an incredibly decorated international competitor. He’s played in four Olympics, 13 Worlds and a pair of World Cups.

Quinn, who passed away in November of last year, captured titles as a head coach at the U-18, World Junior, World Cup and — most famously — the Olympic level, guiding Canada to victory in 2002 at Salt Lake.

Smith began his coaching career at the men’s collegiate level before taking over the U.S. women’s national team. He won gold at the ’98 Olympics in Nagano, and the Worlds in 2005.

 

Sophomore slump: Lowry ‘hasn’t been as good’ as Jets hoped, so he’s off to the minors

Adam Lowry, Justin Schultz

Winnipeg’s Adam Lowry burst onto the scene last year, notching 11 goals and 23 points to lead all Jets rookies in scoring.

This year, though, he’s failed to find similar success — which is why the club demoted him to AHL Manitoba on Wednesday.

“He hasn’t been as good in the first part of the year as we’d hoped he would be,” head coach Paul Maurice said, per the Sun. “We want to get him to a place down there where he’s feeling good about his game.”

A third-round pick in 2011, Lowry appeared in 80 of 82 games last year and was a factor in the club’s opening-round playoff loss to Anaheim, scoring three points in four games.

But this season, he has just one goal in 31 games — eight points total — and had been dropped from his third-line center position to a fourth-line winger role.

It’s unclear who the Jets will recall to take Lowry’s spot in the lineup. Maurice said the 22-year-old’s stay in the AHL would extend at least until next week.

Frolik injured, will miss final three games of Flames’ trip

Michael Frolik, Chris Bigras

Calgary’s current four-game road swing started promisingly last night with a 2-1 OT win in Nashville, but took a decided downturn today.

The Flames announced that versatile forward Michael Frolik suffered an injury, one that will force him to miss the remainder of the trip. The club also confirmed Frolik had been sent back to Calgary for further evaluation.

Losing the 27-year-old’s services will hurt. Frolik is having a pretty solid offensive campaign — seven goals and 16 points in 30 games — and averages over 15 minutes a night, playing in a variety of situations.

Signed to a five-year, $21.5 million deal in free agency this summer, Frolik’s in his first season with Calgary after spending last year with the Jets.

With Frolik out, Josh Jooris will draw back into the lineup for Thursday’s game in Dallas.

Video: O’Reilly, Eberle, Neal, Kuznetsov star in Goals of the Week

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Not three, but four — yes, four — goals in this week’s highlight package, featuring outstanding individual efforts from Ryan O'Reilly, Jordan Eberle, James Neal and Evgeny Kuznetsov.

Enjoy.

 

’16 World Cup: Montreal, Ottawa, Columbus to host training camps; exhibition schedule set

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Plenty of news today regarding lead-up events to the 2016 World Cup of Hockey, so let’s dive right in.

TRAINING CAMPS

Three NHL rinks will host: Ottawa’s Canadian Tire Centre (Team Canada), Montreal’s Bell Centre (Team Europe, North America “Youngstars”) and Columbus’ Nationwide Area (Team USA).

The Czechs will conduct camp at the O2 Arena in Prague, the Finns at Hartwall Arena in Helsinki, and the Swedes at the Scandinavium in Gothenburg.

Notes: 1) Russia’s camp location is still to be determined. 2) Montreal is co-hosting Team Europe and Team North America with the Videotron Centre in Quebec City.

EXHIBITION GAMES

There’ll be 12 of them, over a six-day span prior to the start of the tournament. Host cities will be Columbus, Pittsburgh, Washington, Montreal, Ottawa, Quebec City, Prague, Gothenburg, Helsinki, and St. Petersburg.

Schedule:

Thursday, September 8
Team Czech Republic vs. Team Russia – Ice Palace; St. Petersburg (Start time TBD)

Team Sweden vs. Team Finland – Hartwall Arena; Helsinki (Noon ET/7 p.m. local)

Team Europe vs. Team North America – Videotron Centre; Quebec City (8 p.m. ET)

Friday, September 9
Team Canada vs. Team USA – Nationwide Arena; Columbus (7 p.m. ET)

Saturday, September 10
Team Russia vs. Team Czech Republic – O2 Arena; Prague (10:30 a.m. ET/4:30 p.m. local)

Team Finland vs. Team Sweden – Scandinavium; Gothenburg (Noon ET/6 p.m. local)

Team USA vs. Team Canada – Canadian Tire Centre; Ottawa (7 p.m. ET)

Sunday, September 11
Team Europe vs. Team North America – Bell Centre; Montreal (6 p.m. ET)

Tuesday, September 13
Team Finland vs. Team USA – Verizon Center; Washington, DC (7 p.m. ET)

Wednesday, September 14
Team Czech Republic vs. Team North America – CONSOL Energy Center; Pittsburgh (3:30 p.m. ET)

Team Sweden vs. Team Europe – Verizon Center; Washington, DC (7 p.m. ET)

The Preliminary Round begins on Saturday, Sept. 17 with Group play at the Air Canada Centre.

Team Canada vs. Team Russia – CONSOL Energy Center, Pittsburgh (7:30 p.m. ET)

GROUPS

Group A: Canada, Czech Republic, Europe, USA

Group B: Finland, North America, Russia, Sweden

World Cup preliminary round play begins on Saturday, Sept. 17 at the ACC. The top two teams in each group will advance to the semifinals — played on Sept. 24-25 — and the winners of each semifinal will compete in a best-of-three final on Sept. 27, 29 and, if necessary, Oct. 1.