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Olympic Hockey 2014: Scores and Latest Men's and Women's Standings After ...
The 2014 Winter Olympics have lived up to their lofty expectations, but few events have been as exciting as the men's and women's ice hockey tournaments. With so many competitive teams and talented players, there has been no shortage of intrigue.

Sochi Olympics: Final Men's Hockey Standings
The preliminary round of the Sochi Olympics Men's Hockey Tournament has finally concluded, and we now know the matchups for Tuesday's playoff qualification games as well as Wednesday quarterfinals. The top four seeds, which all receive an automatic ...

Olympic Ice Hockey Standings
Here are the Winter Olympics men's ice hockey standings at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. Each team plays every team in its pool once. The three group winners plus the second place team with the most points earn byes into the quarterfinals.

Men's Olympic Hockey Schedule: Analyzing Biggest Remaining Round-Robin ...
The preliminary round of men's hockey at the 2014 Winter Olympics is winding down, but there's still plenty of drama to be found on the ice. Team USA just scored a big victory over Russia to make the Group A standings a little clearer, but there's ...

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Possible trades before the deadline, and deals already finalized? by The Dynasty - Again, I must stress forechecking Q: Goligoski for Neal and Niskanen made sense. Im real big on Neal and Goligoski. Blues dealing Erik Johnson, Jay McClement and a 1st rnd pick to the Avs for Chris Stewart, Kevin Shattenkirk and a 2nd rnd pick was interesting, and although I like Erik Johnson a lot, I think the Blues got the better deal. Shattenkirk has a Norris in his distant future barring a meteorite obliterating his house while hes sleeping, and Chris Stewart has had a hot stick this season. I dont really care about Eric Brewer going to TBL, but Im curious...is Brock Beukeboom the younger brother of Jeff Beukeboom? I cant imagine there being some random unrelated Beukeboom that just happens to find his way into the NHL a half-generation behind Jeff. Boston made a good Cup Contender move to acquire the likes of Kaberle, while Toronto is clearly looking toward the future, as well they should. Theyve been in "rebuild mode" for the better part of 2 decades and its clear that they need to continue on down that path. Anderson for Elliott....ehhhh I think the Avs should have stuck with Anderson a bit longer, even if they didnt want to put him between the pipes. His play during the latter half of the season isnt characteristic of the norm in my always HUMBLE opinion. Joe Nieuwendyk wants Dubinsky Stepan and Staal for Brad Richards. It would appear that Mr. Nieuwendyk has been hitting the sauce before 9 a.m. again despite the best wishes of his friends, kinfolk, and the family physician.Questions: 1. What do you think of the trades already finalized? 2. What rumors have you heard regarding other possible deals before the deadline? Which are more than just rumors, substantiated by some sort of factual basis? 3. Are the Red Wings going to be in the market for another goaltender after the Isles (and probably another 20 teams would have) foiled their plans for world domination, knowing full well that Nabokov wouldnt want to come to a HORRENDOUS franchise? 4. Speaking of horrendous, the Ilses and Devils have been doing their best to climb out of the Eastern Conference basement...while neither are mathematically eliminated to date, do you think either will, realistically, make a push for the 7th or 8th spot? Montreal, NYR, and Carolina are pretty mediocre and havent been playing great hockey as of late. 5. The Columbus Blue Jackets are in danger of being eliminated from playoff contention as well. They are roughly $7.5 mil under the cap and may be buyers in the coming week. With that money Scott Howson could buy another Rick Nash to play with Rick Nash...God knows Slick Rick needs some help, dominant as he may be. Why dont teams like CBJ utilize all of their cap space? Would that money come out of John McConnell's pocket? BQ - How has everyone been in my recent absence? LITY - Perhaps I dont watch Brad Richards enough to realize his full value...nor do I watch enough Rangers hockey for that matter. As far as finding a way to acquire Nabokov...due to cap reasons, I believe, the Wings signed him to some minimal contract before he went through waivers...well under $1 mil if my memory serves me well ($0.570 mil?). Would he have a higher trade value if the Wings, Iles, and a 3rd party were to reach an agreement, or could the Wings get away with only having to deal some two-way contract, 4th liner, etc. to NJD or NYI and still obtain Nabokov in return? The whole process of clearing waivers is rather ambiguous to me as well. What happened to the 1 year contract that he signed with the Wings? Was it negated? Do the Ilses still own his rights? Do you think the Ilses will choose to suspend him for a whole season? Methinks that if a deal were to be made, the Wings would have to give up more to overcome Garth Snow's bitterness. You dont tell Garth Snow h

A: Brock's not the younger brother Jeff, he's the son of Jeff'. http://www.tampabay.com/sports/hockey/lightning/tampa-bay-lightning-drafts-brock-beukeboom-son-of-former-rangers/1105344 1) I think that the deals so far completed have been pretty good deals aside from the Anderson/Elliott deal. Why????????????? I heard about the Nieuwendyk requests for Richards, and after talking to a few other scouts and a couple of GMs, we all agree that he's worth it. Richards is Mr. Dependable, a former Conn Smythe winner, and a guy who was an alternate at the Torino Olympics and played for Canada at the 2004 World Cup. Stepan and Dubinsky aren't in the same class....and as good as Staal is/will be.....the combination of the three is worth it, although if truth be known, Ken Holland thinks that the Rangers should throw in a first round draft pick as well to make it even. 2) Can't answer this question for obvious reasons 3) Hard to say.................Howard leads the NHL in wins, and has a better won-loss record than Tim Thomas (30-14 vs 27-14). Teams in the past have certainly proven you can win a cup without stellar goaltending. I'm not so sure that they need a goaltender and I think they would be giving up too much at this point for what they would get in return. Personally I think the Islanders and Red Wings need to find a 3rd party willing to participate in a deal that would get Nabokov back to Detroit and get the Islanders a player that could help them in the future (New Jersey is the most logical choice but I doubt they would deal with the Islanders) 4) Considering that New Jersey has 1 loss in regulation in the last 49 days (16-1-2) and have closed to within 9 points, I think there's a good chance that they'll be in the fight. New Jersey has traditionally been a second half team, while teams like the Rangers, Atlanta, and Carolina have traditionally been 2nd half laggards. The IIslanders are too beat up and probably too inexperienced to make a run this year. 5) Columbus is in a similar situation to Calgary and Winnipeg. There's a certain price point that fans will pay and trying to charge above that price causes attendance to drop precipitously. Columbus is a money-losing franchise that is trying to hold sway. While it would make sense to take that money and spend it on players who would make Nash the superstar he really is, Columbus has opted not to do this. There is a school of thought that paying a player like a Kovalchuk would help Nash become all he could be and turn the Blue Jackets into winners (and draw more fans), the current management team is convinced that paying such a player would not be recouped regardless of how well they do in the standings. (Calgary and Carolina are proof that making the playoffs can make you profitable while missing them rarely does) Edit - The deal he signed with the Red Wings is the deal that he signed, and all teams have to abide by it. Because he signed the contract, he becomes the property of the NHL and the team that owns his contract....in this case the Islanders. The problem facing the Red Wings, is that by rule, a team claiming a player off of waivers, cannot trade him back to the team that put him on waivers....this is to prevent collusion (i.e the Red Wings knew that Nabokov wouldn't clear waivers so they make a deal with a low ranking team to claim him and then trade for him.......this is illegal in the NHL). So, the only way the Red Wings can re-obtain him is by hoping the Isles waive him and miraculously Nabby passes through to Detroit (won't happen), or the Isles reach a deal with a 3rd party who doesn't need Nabby and the 3rd party in turns ships him to Detroit. It's a complicated process. It was originally in place to punish players returning from the WHA 40 years ago (and Detroit got burned back then when they signed Vaclav Nedomansky from the WHA) and revived a few years ago. Unfortunately for Nabokov, the contract doesn't become live until he reports, so if Nabokov doesn't change his mind by Monday at 5pm..........the contract carries over to the 2011-12 season................with the Islanders still holding his rights. After both the Islanders and Red Wings are eliminated from the playoffs, the Islanders will be free to trade Nabokov to Detroit...............if the Red Wings still want him

Shouldn't MLS change its season schedule? by playmaker4747 Q: Who would tolerate that for a month in the middle of the NBA season all the best stars were taken off their teams and asked to play in a couple of other tournaments? So why does MLS do that? Whoever runs the show seems to treat MLS as though it were nothing more than a training camp for the National Team. It's hard to take the MLS standings seriously under these terms. Moreover, I'm sure this is part of the reason Bradley is sending his "second team" to Copa America, so Donovan, Hejduk, etc. don't miss a whole month of club games. It's a lose-lose situation. Why won't MLS adjust its season schedule to coincide with Europe?

A: You're absolutely right on every point you made. The problem is that the league doesn't want to go up against basketball, American Football and Hockey when the fan base is already limited at best. That competition would also make any future network contract more difficult. Who knows, progress is being made. Nearly all the teams now or will have football only stadiums soon. A few teams have been filling those stadiums. Maybe in a 10 years or so we will see a scheduling switch. The other solution would be to shut down the league like the NHL does during the Olympics. I don't see them doing that either.

What are some basics to understanding a soccer game? by Cooper Q: I'll admit it. I'm an American Football fan. I prefer to watch both college football & the NFL. With the Olympics starting, I think I'd like to watch some of the soccer games. I have watched a little bit of soccer. It doesn't seem much at all like football. I do see some similarities with basketball and hockey. Any tips you can offer to help me understand the concept of soccer?

A: It is more similar to lacrosse than any other sport that I can think of. The basic objective of most ball sports: get the ball (or object) into the opponent's "goal," whether that is a basket, end zone, uprights, or goal. How you do that is what makes each sport different. In soccer, all players, except for the goalkeeper (goalie) in his own penalty area (the larger rectangle surrounding the goal), are not allowed to use their arms or hands to control the ball. The goalkeeper can within his own penalty area, with a few exceptions. The main mode of controlling the ball is by kicking it, but you can use other parts of your body. A big difference that I know of: You do not attack the player. You always play the ball. This means that you cannot pull down, push, charge, or hold another player in order to gain control of the ball. Tackling refers to the act of kicking or pushing the ball away from another player, not bringing them down to the ground as in American football. A match is played for 90 minutes divided into 2 halves of 45. The clock does not stop for any reason, however the referee may add time at the end of each half to make up for lost time (i.e. multiple substitutions, injuries that stop play, players taking too long to restart play), so most matches the total time is actually a little bit longer than 90 minutes. The game's rules intend for continuous, non-stop play, and the restarts are in place to return the ball to the field quickly. Hmm, what else... A yellow card is like a final warning, and it is used for reckless fouls and also for some technical violations (improper substitution, delay of game, unsporting behavior). A red card is for excessive force fouls, obtaining a second yellow card in a match, or some other behavior that negatively affects the game (fouling to deny a goal, spitting at someone, etc.). A player receiving a red card is ejected from the match and his team must play with one less player for the rest of the match. Offside is easier to explain when you break it down into its two parts: the position and the offence. If you are closer to the goal line than both the ball and the second-to-last defender, you are in an offside position. You can be in this position at any time without fear. If, at the instant your teammate kicks the ball, you are in an offside position, and you go to play (touch) the ball from this position, this is the offside offence, and play is dead. Note the goalkeeper is considered a defender, but not always the last defender. Boy there sure is a lot to talk about. The game is officiated by a 4-man crew. The center referee is much like the referee in football, and has the final say on the field. His two assistant referees line up on the touchline. Their main duties is to watch for offside infractions, to call when the ball is out of play over the touchline or goal line (and goals), and to watch for fouls that the referee may not be able to see. The 4th official stays between the team benches, controlling the substitutes and team personnel, substitutions, and to step up in case one of the other three officials gets hurt. In this tournament, in the group stage, ties or draws are allowed, giving the teams 1 point each in the standings. 3 points go to the winner of each match, while the loser receives 0 points. The top 2 teams in each group from the men's tournament go to the knockout round, while the top 2 teams in each group and the next 2 best teams overall in the women's tournament move on. In the knockout round, if the score is tied after regulation, 2 15-minute periods are played in full (no golden goal). If after the extra 30 minutes, the score is still tied, kicks from the penalty mark occur to decide who moves on (much like a penalty shootout in hockey). I hope I didn't bore you to death. There was just a lot that I thought you should know about the game if you didn't know it already. There is plenty more to talk about, so if you want to learn more, you can go to the FIFA website, who is the governing body for the sport.

Calgary Basketball Rec League? by SpiderFrodo Q: I am looking for a Rec basketball league in Calgary, AB. I jammed two fingers on the first day of try outs(on my shooting hand too) so i was not able to make my team. I am looking for a semi competitive league(uniforms, refs, official standings, play offs) that is still open. To put my location to perspective, i live about 30 min(walking) from the Talisman Center. If anyone has any links to leagues, or any info watsoever, it is greatly appreciated.

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NHL questions ( very easy.... About the Maple leafs and the Ducks)? by Brandon FM Q: 1. What would you do if you were Brian Burke 2. Were do you think the leafs will finish in the standings come April 1. What would you do if you were Bob Murray 2. Would you have done different than what Murray did for tuning on the fly (I.e. Letting beauchamin go to Toronto, trading Kunitz, trading Pronger at the draft, or not trying to sign a Top 6 scorer) 3. How do you think the Ducks will finish come April This is the first of my 5 question series so stay tuned and research your Ducks and Maple Leafs

A: A- 1. Exactly what he is doing. The team is better than it's record. It is playing entertaining and inspired hockey. The players are working hard and will soon be rewarded for this work. A plan around Blake, Stempniak, and Finger will come out later in the season. Maybe after the Olympics. 2. Since we can all agree that this team is better than last years team if only because of Komisarek, Gustavson and Kessel I would say 20th is o not out of the question. B- 1. Stay the course. This can be a rebuilding year. There are three or four thirty somethings which will be very valuable at the trade deadline. Koivu, Selanne, Niedermayer, and Giguere will all return handsome trades with contenders. How do I say Fire Sale? 2. This was an attempt that didn't work. He had to let these guys go he couldn't afford to keep them all. This will work to his benefit. 3. After the fire sale they will drop to the bottom. Very likely the first draft pick.

Which sports are practiced by the most athletes in the US and around the world? by solanacea Q: I am looking for the total number of competitive/licensed practitioners. I suppose the most widely practiced sport in the world must be soccer. I'll appreciate a top 10 list or a link a comprehensive list.

A: The following table is layed out like this: Sport * 2002 Estimates of Participants Worldwide * Number of Affiliated National Federations Volleyball * 998 Million * 218 Basketball * 400 Million * 211 Table Tennis * 300 Million * 186 Soccer *1002 Million * 264 Swimming * 1500 Million * 187 Badminton * 200 Million * 147 Tennis * 60 Million * 191 Baseball * 60 Million * 110 Dragon Boat Racing * 50 Million * 51 Team Handball * 18 Million * 147 Hockey * 3 million * 118 Judo * 2.5 Million * 187 Rugby * 2 Million * 97 Cycling * 600,000 * 160 Bocce * Pending * 72 Cricket * Pending * 74 Here is more input: Most popular team sports, including players at school level, univeristy level, club level, tv viewership globally, countries with a national squad etc. 1) Soccer 2) Rugby 3) Cricket. Over 41 countries have a national teams playing one day cricket, not 11. However, only 10 countries play Test Cricket (5 day), which is not one day cricket or limited overs cricket. Over 95 Countries, and counting, have a Rugby Union national team. Rugby Union was an olympic sport, but got too big for the olympics, hence it now has its own World Cup, like cricket. Strangely enough, the USA was the last team to win gold in Rugby Union at the Olympics. www.irb.com/WR Sevens Rugby (not Rugby Union which has 15 players a side, not seven) is said to be the fastest growing sport in the world, with over 33 countries taking part in the annual championships. http://www.irbsevens.com/Standings/ Soccer: 45 millon; vollyball: 39 million; hockey: 23 million Football, obviously. It's called "soccer" by the way in countries that imported the game from England as part of an expensive private education in the C19th: United States, Australia, Wales, Ireland etc. The term originates in Oxford University and is a slang abbreviation of "association"; Oxford also came up with "rugger" for rugby and "brekker" for breakfast. The "association" concerned is the "Football Association" - which, being the first in the world, didn't need to specify that it was the English FA. The term was invented to distinguish this "association football" from "rugby football" at the university. Rugby was a variant form of football developed at the private school in Rugby and was also imported by these same countries. Lacking an international movement, rugby football then developed differently around the world: American football, Aussie rules, Gaelic football etc. In some parts of the UK (Wales, north of England), "football" still refers to rugby. For the rest of the world, not influenced by the English education system, football was directly imported by working class English footballers travelling abroad. For example, British railway workers imported the game to South America when they worked on some of the great rail systems there in the late C19th. In most countries, the game is therefore called "football" or "futbol" or something similar. In Spain, they still call the coach "el mister". Soccer of cours When I compiled these stats I was surprised to find out how popular volleyball was. I guess it just took me by surprise since it is not very big where I live, or in North America for that matter. (In my opinion)

Need help figuring out how to calculate some NHL statistics.? by NHL FAN Q: THe first question is what exactly is the formula or how would i go about trying to figure out how many goals on average are scored in a game for this season or previous seasons? i cant seem to figure out how to work it. Secondly how would i figure how many points in one era are worth with the averages of another era. so for example. how would i figure out how much 199 points in an era where the goals average was 7.48 goals per game, would be worth in an era where the average of goals scored per game is 7.94? Please someone explain it to me as if i were a retarded 6 yr old. thank you

A: The best answer is to buy the book 'Total Hockey' (1998 or 2003 edition as the calculations are already done). Question #1 There are 1230 NHL games a year Add up all the goals scored by the players (not the teams) and divide 1230. The reason I say players is that teams are credited with a goal scored for a SO win, when no goal is actually swcored for statistical purposes. So, in the case of the New Jersey Devils, they scored 238 goals this year, but the NHL standings show 244 to account for their 6 SO wins. Question #2 This is actually quite complex if you want any degree of accuracy. In order to do year over year comparisons, you need an 'absolute' value for every year from 1917-18 onwards. Otherwise, your answers wiull be relative, and statistically meaningless (7.84 goals in 1984 is different than 7.84 goals in 2008) The NHL currently uses a method (developed by NHL statistician Ralph Dinger in the early 90s) which combines the arithmetical mean, the statistical variance, and the statistical standard deviation to compare different years from different eras (it can be done by hand, and would take a couple of days, or you can throw it on an IBM XT/AT and have it done in 2-3 minutes) In a nutshell Scenario #1, 1917-18 (these numbers are the only numbers which stand as absolute Scenario #2, 1917-18 + 1918-19, the mean is required, the variance from the mean for the 2 years is required, and the standard deviation is required Scenario #3, 1917-18 + 1918-19 + 1919-20 and repeat for a total of 91 scenarios Each scenario represents a unique point in time, and that point in time is what is valid. When you use just scenario #91 (1917-18 + 1918-19 + .....+ 2007-08 + 2008-09)...............the raw numbers from 1986-87 when compared to 2008-09 (or any other year) is skewed by the future data that happened between 1987-88 and 2008-09 (or any other year) The same statistical analysis is used by scientists and economists for publishing data and is part of the statistical package licensed to Hockey-Reference by Dan Diamond and Associates (publishers of the NHL Guide and Record Book, publishers of all 30 NHL Media Team Guides, and publishers of the Hockey Media Guide for the Winter Olympics). I realize that you asked to have it explained as a retarded 6 year old would need it, but I'm not sure I can. I've worked with the NHL stats department off and on for the last 20+ years, and I've used these formulas many many many times

What is wrong with the Flyers this season? by Jack Q: The Philadelphia Flyers with a loss today will have a 4 game losing streak. They're sinking in the standings and have been horrible on killing poweplays. What is wrong with this team.. if you were a hockey analyst what would you say

A: This season? Seems like every other season in their recent (and not so recent) past. They have had goaltending questions for years and they sign players like Carter and Richards to long term contracts only to change direction and see those guys win the Cup in LA. Once you sign players to those type of contract it is nearly impossible to get equal value in return. While the Flyers did get players like Voracek and B. Schenn it is Richards and Carter with the Cup and Richards has Olympic gold with Carter having a good chance to add one this year. I believe the Flyers would have been much further ahead if they had kept these core players instead of going into another rebuild.

Red Army Team..............? by (gone for a while) Q: Hey, anyone here remember the red army team when they were in their 'heyday'? What did you think of them. What was your reaction when you first watched them play? I knew next to nothing about hockey when I first saw them (I'm no expert now), but I was amazed at their team play. Always moving, pin-point passing, seemed like one mind controlling all six players. Anyway, what did you think? Bob - that they were together all the time had to be a huge advantage to them in Olymics and other international play, when most of the other teams were thrown together just a couple months before the competition. 2eighty8 - When (what years) did Canada withdraw from international competition, thats interesting. 2eighty8 no problem take your time. Maybe you can dig up your notes from Hockey History Class!

A: They were very good, but not great. People tend to forget that the Soviet National Team and the Central Red Army (CSKA Moskva) team were in fact two separate teams. Both teams were coached by Tikhonov and had 18 common players. Tretiak's backup (Vladimir Myshkin) played for Kryjla Sovetov (Soviet Wings) and a few others came from Dynamo Moskva. As for the Central Red Army team, they were 87% of the 1968 Olympic team, 84% of the 1972 Olympic team, 87% of the 1976 Olympic team, 90% of the 1980 Olympic team, etc The idea was that Tikhonov had access to the best players year round (Sergei Makarov, the greatest Russian scorer of them all, started out with Traktor Chelyabinsk, and in a league game in 1978, Makarov scored 4 goals against tretiak and Chelyabinsk beat CSKA forthe first time in 25 years - 2 weeks later - Makarov was a member of CSKA Moskva). One of the little known facts is that the Central Red Army had a losing record against Canadian National teams (as did the Soviet National team when playing Canada's top players). At those points, they were no longer special. One of the knocks against Soviet/Russian players is that they bloom too early. Every Soviet/Russian star of note has been a star by te time he was 18, and was burnt out by the time he was 30 (unless your name is Larionov). Over the last 20 years we have seen a reversal with New techniques being developed in North America (and brought over from the Soviet Union) which has allowed Canada to dominate at every level of the game. The Russians haven't won an Olympic Gold medal in hockey since 1994 (the Unified Team), a World Championship Gold Medal since 1993, and a major Professional tournament has eluded them since the 1981 Canada Cup (which Canada would have won had Gilbert Perreault not been injured). So 1) I thought they were very good, but not great and 1976 proved that 2) The first time I saw them play was at the Montreal Forum on December 31, 1975 (prior to that I had only seen the Soviet National Team play and as mentioned above, they were two separate teams) 3) What did I think? I thought we could beat them :) 2Eighty8 Canada withdrew from ingternational competition on September 1st, 1968 citing the use of professionaql hockey players by the Soviet Union, Czechoslovakia, Sweden, Finland, Germany, and Switzerland. Canada said they would return once a) the IIHF recognized that these countries used professionals b) the IIHF remove these countries professionals from the international competitions In 1975, Hockey Canada and the IIHF came to an agreement whereby the IIHF permitted all IIHF member countries to use NHL players at all IIHF sanctioned tournaments (except the Olympics) beginning with the 1976 Canada Cup (Sanctioned by the NHL and IIHF in accordance with NHL rules). Canada returned to the World Championships in Vienna in 1977 with a team sporting the likes of Marcel Dionne and Phil Esposito. 2008 marks the 100th anniversary of the World Ice Hockey Championships, and also marks the first time the tournament has ever been held in North America Looking at the NHL standings today, I fully expect Sidney Crosby to be helping Canada win a World Championship in his own backyard!

Are you Canadians worried? by Shock and Awe Q: last night during opening ceremonies it was stated the Canada has never won a gold (any event)when being the host country (i find that unbelievable) but if its is indeed true are you worried the mens hockey team will not win the gold?

A: It's true...in Montreal Canada won 5 silver and 6 bronze, and in Calgary we won 2 silver and 3 bronze.....but both medal totals were good. The 11 medals in Montreal were the most Canadian summer medals since they had won 15 in1932 (Los Angeles) and the 5 medals in Calgary were the most winter medals since they had 7 in 1932 (Lake Placid). Thankfully Canada has been fortunate to have the inclusion of several Canada friendly events at the Winter Olympics since then (curling, freestyle skiing, short tranck speedskating, REAL hockey, etc) that will greatly enhance Canada's chances at a gold. These Canada friendly events have moved Canada from 19th in the overall winter medal totals to 7th by finishing 4th in the medal table at SLC and 3rd in Torino. In 2003, a non-profit organization called 'Own The Podium' was formed to help Canada finish atop the medal standings in 2010 and in the top 10 in the medals in 2012. http://www.ownthepodium2010.com/Documents/Own%20the%20Podium%20Structure.pdf Own The Podium is NOT affiliated with the Canadian Olympic Association or the International Olympic Committee, but it's mandate is to better funnel government and private money towards athletes to improve their training. The largest contributers are Bell Canada Enterprises and the Royal Bank of Canada. There is some controversy at the moment because Marcel Aubut (the guy who sold the Nordiques to Denver) is set to become the head of the Canadian Olympic Association and one of the first things he wants to do is bring OTP under the umbrella of the COA, but there is resistance from the OTP executive at this time (as well as a 'report' that was supposed to come out in December that is now coming out AFTER the games). As for worrying about the men's hockey team......I am still saying any one of 7 teams could win this tournament and if Canada were to finish 7th, I would not be surprised (if they were to finish 8th I would be shocked because that would mean a team beat them that didn't have a chance at gold (Switzerland, Germany, Latvia, Belarus, and Norway!). I am very confident that Canada will win a gold medal on Canadian soil for once (and leave the former Yugoslavia as the only host country to not do it) and I'm very optimistic that Canada will finish top 3 in the medal standings - and I'm optimistic that Canada will win men's hockey gold.....but the idea of the Olympics is that the best of the best compete, and theoretically, anybody having their best day.....can win. Being an American citizen as well, I would like to wish the Americans all the best too.

i want facts about the winter olpmpics!? by lilwattie_911 Q:

A: Freestyle Skiing The word "mogul" comes from the Austrian word "mugel," which means "small hill" or "mound." Figure Skating Men's gold medal favorite Yevgeny Plushenko is the first and only skater in history to successfully land a quad-triple-triple jump combination in competition. Curling Curling is one of four winter Olympic sports contested indoors. The other three are hockey, figure skating, and speed skating. Luge German Luge master Georg Hackl will attempt to add to his legend and win a medal in his sixth straight games at Turin in 2006. Hackl is already the only athlete to medal in the same event in five straight games. Nordic Combined Nordic combined is one of three current Olympic Winter Games events in which the United States has never won a medal. (Biathlon and curling are the others.) Snowboarding According to the National Sporting Goods Association, U.S. consumers spent nearly than $270 million on snowboarding equipment in 2004. That's more than hockey and football equipment combined ($225 million). Skeleton American Jennison Heaton won the first skeleton gold medal in 1928, beating his brother John, who took the silver, by one second. A 39-year-old John Heaton would win the silver again in 1948, finishing second to Italy's Nino Bibbia. American Jim Shea, Jr., won the men's gold in the 2002 return of the sport to the Olympics. Ice Hockey Ice hockey made its Olympic debut at the 1920 Summer Olympics in Antwerp, Belgium. The first Winter Olympics didn't take place until 1924. Speed Skating American Shani Davis narrowly failed in his historic attempt to compete on both the long track and short track speed skating teams at the same Olympics but as the world record holder in the men's 1500 meters he will still be a favorite to medal in the long track events at Turin. Alpine Skiing American skier and Turin gold medal threat Lindsey Kildow was awarded a cow by some local dairy farmers for her World Cup win in Val D'Isere, France in 2005. She had a choice between the cow or an additional $1,200 in prize money. She went with the cow. Biathlon The first known biathlon competition took place between two Norwegian guard companies in 1767. Bobsled It's been 18 years since the Jamaican bobsled team made its debut at the Olympics. Ski Jumping The oldest man to receive a Winter Olympics medal is 83-year-old Anders Haugen. The Norwegian-American actually received his ski jump bronze medal 50 years after he competed in 1924 when a scoring error was discovered in 1974. Winter Olympics Through the Years The Shea Family of Lake Placid, New York, is the first to produce three generations of Olympians. Father Jack, 91, was a double-gold medalist in speed skating, son Jim, Sr., was a U.S. ski team member at the 1964 Innsbruck Games, and in 2002 grandson Jim, Jr., won a gold medal in skeleton. All-Time Medal Standings Only two countries south of the equator have ever won medals at the Olympic Winter Games—Australia and New Zealand. Wisconsin Legends Eric Heiden and Dan Jansen , as well as current stars Chris Witty and Casey FitzRandolph, are from the same U.S. state, Wisconsin. Norway Norway has won more gold medals at the Winter Games than any other country.

If a whole NHL team were to perish in some kind of bus or plane accident....? by froctix Q: How would the league handle standings and scheduling conflicts? The reason I ask is because I'm trying to unlock equipment for my Be A Pro player. Right now I'm doing Playoff Mode with an AHL team and a team from one of the European leagues. I'm trying to think of a scenario in my head that would allow them to compete in the NHL in the first place.

A: I don't know the specifics of how the US pro leagues would handle the loss of an entire team but the season would be played to completion. Regular season games involving the lost team would likely be canceled. I suspect that the way the NHL playoffs are determined would be sufficient to allow them to continue pretty much unchanged. Determining the Division winner with the missing team might require some negotiations but the remaining top teams in each conference probably would not change. Professional hockey is a business and those affected by potential loss of revenue would find a solution to continue the season and perhaps allowing even more teams into the playoffs (more revenue for the added teams). Off hand, I can think of a few situations where the pros had to adjust. The 1981 MLB baseball season, interrupted by a mid-season strike, became two seasons with two first place teams etc. The 1994 MLB baseball strike eliminated the postseason. In the 1987 NFL strike "replacement players" played for a week. Hurricane Katrina kicked the New Orleans Saints out of their stadium in 2005. The Olympics continued after the 1972 Munich massacre, as well as the 1980 and 1984 boycotts. In the amateur ranks, this scenario did happen though not for full season. The plane carrying the United States Figure Skating team to the 1961 World Championships in Prague, Czechoslovakia crashed killing the entire team. From Wikipedia: "All 18 athletes of the 1961 U.S. figure skating team and 16 family members, coaches, and officials died in the crash". The 1961 World Championships at Prague were canceled. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sabena_Flight_548 A personal note: From the same link: "The dead included, most notably, 9-time U.S. ladies' champion Maribel Vinson-Owen and her two daughters ..." In 1964, I started 5th grade at Vinson-Owen School - a brand new school built in Winchester MA, Maribel Vinson-Owen's home town. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maribel_Vinson

How many medals are given out in a team sport? by Anonymous Q: During the Olympic games, if an e.g. football team won the first place for a particular sport would that be considered only 1 gold medal for the country, or would they count the number of players and consider each of them as a gold medalist?

A: during the olympics all of the team members who placed will get a medal. It doesn't matter if they place gold silver or bronze. However it only counts in the official standings as one medal.For example the 2010 mens ice hockey team all got silver medals but in the medal count it counted as one medal.

Why is Canada choking so much at its own Olympics? by Matt Q: Canada hockey gets killed by USA hockey, Melissa Hollingsworth chokes, Chris Del Bosco chokes, Americans are killing Canada in the medals, Canada's 'Own the Podium' program a total joke. How come this winter country is choking so much at its own games?

A: Sure there's been some disappointments but there has also been some great triumphs. Jon Montgomery has the slide of his life to take gold; our Ice Dance couple skates a flawless routine to move into Gold Medal position; Alexandre Bilodeau is great; Maelle Ricker snowboards brilliantly and her giggle charms a nation; Christine Nesbitt guts out a gold; Kristina Groves has two medals; Canada sits atop the standings in both men's and women's curling; we were hardly 'killed' by USA hockey - Canada outplayed the US but Ryan Miller was the difference maker. So despite some near misses, we're doing quite fine, thank you very much. Dennis: learn some facts before insulting your fellow Americans. I recommend you do some research on where curling was invented.

About time for a mercy rule, eh? by The Hockey Guy© Q: Should the IIHF or whoever makes the rules for the Olympics institute a mercy rule? As I'm watching Woman's Hockey (Canada vs. Slovakia). It's now just getting to be a complete joke. (Oh look! Another Canadian foreward blew by a Slovak defenseman!) Should they institute a mercy rule in Men's and Woman's ice hockey in the Olympics? Or do goals actually mean something in the standings?

A: Yes! Bulgaria lost to Slovakia, yes the same team that was just spanked by Canada, 82-0!. In case your eyes didn't see that correctly, Slovakia's Woman's Hockey team beat Bulgaria's Women Hockey team 82-0 in the preliminary's to get to the Olympics in 2008! How much is too much is the answer, and there is also a level of respect you have to show 82-0 is definitely disrespectful and I am glad Canada kicked their butts.

this is extremely important question is toronto a hockey town or is just a leaf town? by glittergirl Q: huge debate... we are saying that if toronto isnt playing hockey would they just watch hockey any team because the love of the sport

A: The majority of the citizens of Toronto care primarily about the Toronto Maple Leafs and Team Canada at the Olympics or World Cup of Hockey. - there is little support for the Toronto Marlies, Mississauga St. Mikes Majors, Brampton Batallion & Oshawa Generals from Toronto fans in general - in 2004 when the Calgary Flames made the Stanley Cup finals, the Toronto television ratings were low unlike in most other parts of Canada - in 2006 when the Edmonton Oilers made the Stanley Cup finals, the Toronto television ratings were low unlike in most other parts of Canada - in 2007 when the Ottawa Senators made the Stanley Cup finals, the Toronto television ratings were low even though Ottawa is in the same province - the Toronto Maple Leafs fans are very loyal though, they have the highest ticket prices in the NHL but they have a full house every game - the Leafs can win, they can be dead last in the NHL standings, fans will still support their team regardless of on ice performance, the same cannot be said for other NHL cities like Phoenix or Nashville - organizers of the world junior hockey championship had worries about hosting the event in Toronto due to projected poor ticket sales yet cities in prairie Canada with just 20% of the population of the GTA are able to successfully host the event

got an email from college hockey coach? by katreflexes_3030 Q: ok so i've been trying to get on a college hockey team. im going to be in my second yr of college but i didnt take enough credits my 1st yr so im still at freshman status i guess. This coach emailed me 2day and said that i've been on their radar screen at the end of their season but did not contact me due to a full roster...they lost 2 players cuz they couldnt afford school...its a division 3 school in michigan...womens hockey. and i kno i have wat it takes to play at a hgher level. BUT should i try for this to get seasoned or keep trying for a D2 or D1 school?...any advice OH and also how does the eligibility thing work with NCAA rules and wat not. and my class standings and things..could i move on to a higher level...and how many seasons could i be eligible to play for??...hope i wasnt confusing...trying to put htis in the best of words that i can....THANKS

A: you are eligible to play four years from the time you start playing , and if your not on a team traveling now at least AAA level you probable will not be scouted, and at D1 level schools you have to have around 3.5 GPA also high SAT scores, If they give you a spot at D3 take it there is no D2 hockey for women only club , To be considered for D1 women s team they would have liked to see you at tournaments and gone to the national camps, if you are in ny/nj area we have clinics in July with olympic players email back if interested, you can move up or down but moving from D3 to D1 I believe you would get red shirted That means you can not play for one year why? because every player would be leaving schools to get to higher levels

What are your projected final standings and medals for men's and women's olympic hockey? Rate mine? by mjr2013 --- Tigers in 2013!! Q: Note... records go like (W-L-OTW-OTL) MEN'S -------------------- Preliminary Round 1. Sweden (3-0-0-0) 2. Canada (2-0-1-0) 3. Russia (2-0-0-1) 4. United States (2-1-0-0) 5. Czech Republic (2-1-0-0) 6. Finland (2-1-0-0) 7. Switzerland (1-1-0-1) 8. Slovakia (1-1-0-1) 9. Germany (1-2-0-0) 10. Latvia (0-3-0-0) 11. Belarus (0-3-0-0) 12. Norway (0-3-0-0) PLAYOFFS QUALIFYING ROUND 8. Slovakia: 3 vs. 9. Germany: 5... ADVANCES 5. Czech Republic: 8... ADVANCES vs. 12. Norway: 1 7. Switzerland: 2... ADVANCES vs. 10. Latvia: 0 6. Finland: 6... ADVANCES vs. 11. Belarus: 2 BYE: 1. Sweden -- 2. Canada -- 3. Russia -- 4. United States QUARTERFINALS 1. Sweden: 6... ADVANCES vs. 9. Germany: 3 4. United States: 5... ADVANCES vs. (OT) 5. Czech Republic: 4 2. Canada: 8... ADVANCES vs. 7. Switzerland: 2 3. Russia: 0 vs. (OT) 6. Finland: 2... ADVANCES SEMI-FINALS 1. Sweden: 3 vs. 4. United States: 4... ADVANCES 2. Canada: 6... ADVANCES vs. 6. Finland: 4 BRONZE MEDAL GAME 1. Sweden: 4.... BRONZE MEDAL vs. 6. Finland: 2 GOLD MEDAL GAME 2. Canada: 4.... SILVER MEDAL vs. 4. United States: 5.... GOLD MEDAL GOLD ~ UNITED STATES OF AMERICA SILVER ~ CANADA BRONZE ~ SWEDEN ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ WOMEN'S ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Preliminary Standings are already set, so i'll just put final standings and medals... GOLD ~ United States SILVER ~ Canada BRONZE ~ Finland ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4. Sweden 5. Switzerland 6. Russia 7. Slovakia 8. China Whatcha think and what are yours?

A: Mens 1. Canada 2. USA 3. Sweden 4. Czech Republic 5. Russia 6. Finland 7. Slovakia 8. Swiss 9. Belarus 10. Latvia 11. Germany 12. Norway

what are the top 5 European hockey teams and their standings for this seasons playoffs? by daisysrlazy Q: need this answered ASAP as it is for a school project due tomorrow (May 26th)

A: Hun, there is no such thing as Top 5 Euro teams. They all play in different leagues (each nation has its own league). However, the winner of the dominant "countries"/leagues get together and play, which nobody positively cares about, called: European Champions Cup. This year, the following 6 teams played for the cup: HC Davos (SUI) Dynamo Moscow (RUS) Frolunda HC Gothenburg (SWE) Karpat Oulu (FIN) HC Pardubice (CZE) Slovan Bratislava (SLO) Dynamo Moscow was the winner of the IIHF European Champions Cup 2006. If these are the best teams in Europe is debateable, as the Russian and Swedish leagues could very well have four or five teams that are better than the Champion of Slovakia... or vice versa. If you are looking for national teams in Europe: I'd say the current ranking would be: Sweden, Finland, Russia, Czech Republic, and Slovakia based on the recent results in the Olympics as well as the World Championships this spring.

What hockey tournament system do you like more? by Flyers Rule! Q: The one they used in the 2010 olympic games where the final standings were based on where you were eliminated or in the 2002 olympic games where there was a gold medal game for 1st, a bronze medal game for 3, a 5th place game for 5th and a 7th place game for 7th?

A: I'd prefer an actual medal game but I don't recall the 2010 Olympics not doing that. I could be wrong.

So, did you enjoy the Olympics? by It's That Guy Q: As of tonight, it's all over. Were you impressed with your country's overall performance at The Games? Any surprises or disappointments? Personally, I couldn't be happier with Canada's achievements. Winning that game against USA today and getting our 14th gold medal really made me happy.

A: i just bawled my eyes out. you know why? because i am so proud to be from this nation. we may not be number one in the medal standings, but hey, even nbc went pro canadian at the end of these olympics. i am so glad something finally gave us the chance to show how much we love our amazing nation, because i know that as american fans watched sidneys goal sail in, they couldn't help but smile, if not physically then in their hearts, because our country finally has something to be proud of. i am going to miss going to school and cheering for our athletes, because i dont know if any hockey game will EVER live up to that one in my heart. ever. so yes, i quite enjoyed them

Why don't more Americans like hockey? by Samantha B Q: I don't understand! It is exciting, fast-paced, physical and really fun to watch!

A: Chenisvonp***s brings up some great points. American's just aren't into the game of hockey - ice rinks are expensive to maintain in the south so many cities/towns don't have them and people aren't exposed - hockey is the most expensive sport of the big 4 team sports (my son played both football and hockey in high school and football was a lot cheaper) so it isn't as accessible to everybody - a lot of Americans I know...just don't care. They don't see it as a Canadian thing, or a non-American thing, they just don't care. One needs to read no further than Jeff Burton's comments last week regarding the foreign invasion of NASCAR. Here's a guy who's a driver who claims he knows people who will stop watching NASCAR because foreigners will be competing. http://www.theolympian.com/sports/story/261038.html And he could be right 1) The Indianapolis 500 has had viewership drop as the number of Americans competing has decreased 2) Men's tennis viewership has decreased 41% since 1980 as the number of top ranked Americans has decreased from 31 jn the top 100, to 6 3) Women's tennis viewership has decreased 29% since 1980 due to similar drops in top ranked Americans 4) Louden New Hampshire lost it's open wheel race several years ago due to lack of fans. Fans in the area cited lack of Americans as the reason they stopped watching. I spent many years crossing North America watching hockey, talking to players, talking to fans, etc. And the biggest obstacle was that people just didn't care. Yes the sport is fast, but that doesn't appeal to everybody. Yes the sport is physical, but that doesn't appeal to everybody. Why choose football over hockey? - skating is considered by some a hard skill to master...walking and running are not - you can play football on any field that is relatively flat, real hockey needs ice - touch/flag football needs only shoes, even road hockey requires a stick and some sort of object to designate as a net Why choose baseball over hockey - skating is considered by some a hard skill to master...walking and running are not - you can play football on any field that is relatively flat, real hockey needs ice - cheaper for a high school to have a baseball program than a hockey program Why choose basketball over hockey - skating is considered by some a hard skill to master...walking and running are not - building a basketball hoop on your garage is relatively cheap and painless....putting an ice rink in a modern North American backyard is next to impossible And, while people are quick to blame Gary Bettman, he has nothing to do with it's lack of popularity. The NFL has had more rule changes over the last 25 years (21) than the NHL has had (16) yet people still watch. Personally, there is nothing anybody can do to make somebody watch something. The success of the 1980 US Olympic team, and the US Women's team, and with places like Tampa, Carolina, Anaheim, Dallas, and Florida all having been to the Stanley Cup final in the last 15 years means that Americans have been exposed to it. I get USA Today everyday, and have for 25 years. Not once have they forgotten to put hockey scores in, or the standings, or a little paragraph about each game (which is pretty much all they do for baseball and basketball as well). The exposure is there....people get it. They just don't like it. Why is Soccer the #1 sport worldwide but not in North America? We're exposed. Why don't we support it? Why is NASCAR #1 in America, but nowhere else? Everybody knows about NASCAR, but just as a Canadian will say 'I don't understand how millions of people can watch grown men race cars for 3 hours around an oval track' a man in Charleston wonders why millions of people watch a bunch of grown men on ice skates with sticks chase a little black thing around. Similarly, people in India wonder why the world hasn't latched on to field hockey, or cricket, etc. It's all relative. Most American's are just not into hockey, and there is probably not a lot anybody can do to change that (it's been that way since 1961) Hockey does have one thing on it's side 1) Between 1980 and 2005, the average # of viewers watching the NFL decreased by 2.3% (not ratings - # of viewers) although viewership of the Super Bowl has increased. 2) Between 1980 and 2005, the average # of viewers watching baseball decreased 27% and the # of viewers watching the World Series has decreased 19% 3) Between 1980 and 2005, the average # of viewers watching hockey has increased 1.8% (ratings have decreased slightly) Keep in mind, the average American has 16 channels at his disposal in 1980 compared to 117 now.

World Hockey Ranking?? by tino67 Q: How Come China is Ranked 18th? didnt they win the Silver in the Recent Asian Games http://www.fihockey.org/vsite/vfile/page/fileurl/0,11040,1181-178327-195545-111904-0-file,00.pdf what are you guys talking about? , im talking about international hockey..

A: The simple reason could be the Asian Games are not a point qualifying tournie for the rankings or they are gearing up for the Olympics and only recently have had good results, so on a point based system it will take time for them to move up in the standings.There is an explanation of the ranking system (link below) but it isn't the best. Everyone else is talking ice hockey, as North Americans refer to ice hockey as hockey, and you are talking field hockey to North Americans.

How does the Olympic Ice Hockey Tournement work (Who advances to the next round, etc.,)? by Q:

A: Easy peasy... 12 teams are broken in to 3 groups of four teams each. Each team will play 3 preliminary games. AFTER that, the top four teams based on standings points (teams earn 3 points for a regulation win, 2 points OT/SO win, 1 point OT/SO loss, 0 points regulation loss- like the NHL there are no ties) will be ranked and given byes into the quarterfinals. The tiebreaker for tied teams is goal differential, which is used at all IIHF tournaments (FIFA also uses goal differential in major tournaments, the IRB uses bonus points for scoring tries, so this idea of rewarding offence is not unique to hockey), which is why you're seeing teams continue to try to score goals even with the game's outcome decided. The remaining 8 teams are ranked 5-12 and play each other...5 plays 12, 6 plays 11, 7 plays 10, 8 plays 9. The four teams that win play the four teams given byes in the quarterfinal round based on the following: #1 seed plays the 8/9 winner #2 seed plays the 7/10 winner #3 seed plays the 6/11 winner #4 seed plays the 5/12 winner As an example...after the first set of preliminary games, Canada would be seeded #1 overall because they have 3 points (tied first) but have a +8 goal differential. Russia would be seeded #2 with 3 points and a +6 goal differential, and Finland would be seeded #3 because of a +4 goal differential (there's a glut of teams on 3 points with a +2 goal differential).

Can someone tell me more about hockey? by David Q: i liked it as a sport for a while but i don't understand it very clearly...can someone tell me more about it? and if anyone can tell me more about the NHL since i'm living in Ottawa. thanks.

A: I don't have time right now, but I'll be back to give you the full scoop if you want. In the meantime, check out these links, and make an addition or drop me a note if you have any questions. Also, make an add to this question if you have any specific questions. There is a lot of hockey knowledge out here, so you'll get some good info from a lot of answerers! http://www.soyouwanna.com/site/syws/hockey/hockey2.html (follow the other links to see some of the basics) http://books.google.ca/books?hl=en&id=Evzw6xKoELYC&dq=understanding+hockey&printsec=frontcover&source=web&ots=F7tddID364&sig=DcIPXEv1ViVsXJFFEucNTVwVlWU&sa=X&oi=book_result&resnum=4&ct=result#PPP7,M1 (This is a book, literally, but has a table of contents so you can look at what you like! It may be kind of advanced right now, but keep it on file for reference as you learn the game.) http://proicehockey.about.com/od/learnthegame/A_Beginners_Guide_to_Hockey_and_the_NHL.htm http://www.nhl.com/ext/0708rules.pdf (full pdf version of the NHL Rule Book, with diagrams, etc) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ice_hockey http://nhl.com (this won't have the info you want in a broken-down fashion, but will prove invaluable.) http://bleacherreport.com/articles/48868-open-discussion-what-it-takes-in-sports-hockey-and-everday-life (what it takes to play hockey, for an insider's look at the subject) Also, watching games, sportscasts, reading the paper, and listening to local sports radio will help. You've got to watch it or play it to understand it, and even if some of it doesn't make sense now it will all come together soon. There are also a lot of rivalries and loyalties, so that influences the whole ball of wax...don't get too bogged down by that yet, even though it's a fun way of getting into the game. Find a team or teams you think you will want to follow, but remember it's not carved in stone...yet. In Canada, some people will know you by your hockey loyalties! In Ottawa (or anywhere else in Canada) you can watch CBC Hockey Night In Canada every Saturday night, two NHL games back to back (one from each conference usually), and great info and analysis. CBC should be available without cable/sat/dig. Listen to the experts and analysts, and watch the replays that will occur to catch the detail info. TSN, the NHL Network, SportsNet, RDS, etc, show regular hockey games, and Ottawa should have radio/tv broadcasts for all Senators games this year. There is also ample access to info on other teams, and every Canadian city has comprehensive access to information. Also, watch the World Juniors Boxing Day Week for some high quality international youth hockey...prepare yourself for the Olympics et al in December! There is more than just the NHL, so check out the other forms of local hockey...you'll hear about major-junior and other leagues when watching the NHL! Take care and good luck! ADD- Hockey and NHL Basics: There are three 20-minute periods, with 15-minute intermissions between periods. At this point in time, if the game is tied after 60 minutes it goes to sudden-death overtime (5 minutes, 4-on-4 [one less skater and the goalie], first goal wins it), and if still drawn then there is now a shootout to break the deadlock. A win is worth two points in the standings, a shootout or OT loss is worth one point, and a loss in regulation is worth nothing. Usually six players from each side on the ice at any given time (Goalie, 2 defensemen, 3 forwards [LW, C, RW], though coaches at all levels do mix up those combinations a bit to find chemistry among skaters), except in case of penalties (when the penalised player is taken off for the penalty time and his team plays short-handed) and in 4-on-4 overtime. The obvious intent is to score by putting the puck in the other team's net, and so the game revolves around scoring and preventing the other team from scoring. Hitting, fighting, and other forms of physicality are legal, but are surrounded by rules which are meant to keep things in check; therefore, some things that may seem to you now to be illegal will be permissible, while other things that don't seem much different will be a penalty. Rules have changed a lot in the last few years, so now there are more restrictions on what players can do to stop others with or without the puck. Watch for the penalty calls and the replays to see what I mean. Shifts are short (usually less than a minute), and so players/teams "change lines" as the play continues There are a lot of nuances, so drop a line if you have questions or want to know something specific. Look at this link for a diagram of a hockey rink: http://www.lifetimehockey.com/images/Full%20Chapters%20Images/Rink%20and%20Rules%20Chapter/RinkDiagram-2.jpg (Dashed red line-Centre line; bluelines-indicate boundaries of the neutral zone and offensive zones...the neutral zone is in the middle, the attacking zones are on either end; thin red lines at end of rink-Goal line; circles and dots-faceoff markers; blue shading near net-the crease, a "safe" place for goalies, outside of which they may play but can expect less protection..some rules have stated that if an opposing player is in the crease when the puck goes in the goal is disallowed... there is now also a trapezoid behind the net, and the goalie cannot handle the puck behind the net outside those lines) Icing- when a team "dumps" the puck past the other team's goal line (not on net, but to the back boards) from behind the centre line. Offside-when a player precedes the puck into the attacking zone (over the blue line) Penalties- Slashing, hooking, tripping, cross-checking, delay of game, and boarding are all like what they sound like. Follow the above links for more info or make an add.

2006 winter olympics in torino, italy? by --LEAFS 13-- Q: How many medals did Canada win at the 2006 Olympic Winter Games in Torino, Italy? In what position did Canada finish in the overall medal standings?

A: Canada's total medal count of 24 was the highest ever won by the nation in any Winter Olympics. Cindy Klassen bests the total Olympic medals collected in a single Games by a Canadian, with 5 and bests the total Olympic medal count of any Canadian (Winter and Summer) with 6. The previous record of 3 medals at a single Olympics was held by Gaetan Boucher for the 1984 Winter Olympics and Marc Gagnon at the 2002 Winter Olympics. Meanwhile, Clara Hughes ties the old mark of 5 career Olympic medals, held by Marc Gagnon and Phil Edwards. Sixteen of the 24 medals were won by female athletes. At age 50, Russ Howard became the oldest Canadian gold medallist in Olympic history. 7 Gold Medals: 1. Cross-country skiing, Women's sprint: Chandra Crawford 2. Curling, Men's curling: Brad Gushue, Jamie Korab, Russ Howard, Mark Nichols and Mike Adam (alternate) 3. Freestyle skiing, Women's moguls: Jennifer Heil 4. Ice hockey, Women's hockey: Canadian national women's hockey team; Meghan Agosta, Gillian Apps, Jennifer Botterill, Cassie Campbell, Gillian Ferrari, Danielle Goyette, Jayna Hefford, Becky Kellar, Gina Kingsbury, Charline Labonté, Carla MacLeod, Caroline Ouellette, Cherie Piper, Cheryl Pounder, Colleen Sostorics, Kim St-Pierre, Vicky Sunohara, Sarah Vaillancourt, Katie Weatherston, Hayley Wickenheiser 5. Skeleton, Men's skeleton: Duff Gibson 6. Speed skating, Women's 1500 m: Cindy Klassen 7. Speed skating, Women's 5000 m: Clara Hughes 10 Silver Medals: 1. Bobsleigh, Two-man bobsleigh: Pierre Lueders, Lascelles Brown 2. Cross-country skiing, Women's team sprint: Beckie Scott and Sara Renner 3. Short track speed skating, Men's 500 m: François-Louis Tremblay 4. Short track speed skating, Men's 5000 m relay: Eric Bedard, François-Louis Tremblay, Charles Hamelin, Mathieu Turcotte, Jonathan Guilmette 5. Short track speed skating, Women's 3000 m relay: Alanna Kraus, Anouk Leblanc-Boucher, Kalyna Roberge, Tania Vicent, Amanda Overland 6. Skeleton, Men's skeleton: Jeff Pain 7. Speed skating, Men's team pursuit: Arne Dankers, Steven Elm, Denny Morrison, Jason Parker and Justin Warsylewicz 8. Speed skating, Women's team pursuit: Kristina Groves, Clara Hughes, Cindy Klassen, Christine Nesbitt and Shannon Rempel 9. Speed skating, Women's 1000 m: Cindy Klassen 10. Speed skating, Women's 1500 m: Kristina Groves 7 Bronze Medals: 1. Curling, Women's curling: Shannon Kleibrink, Amy Nixon, Glenys Bakker, Christine Keshen and Sandra Jenkins (alternate) 2. Figure skating, Men's singles: Jeffrey Buttle 3. Short track speed skating, Women's 500 m: Anouk Leblanc-Boucher 4. Skeleton, Women's skeleton: Mellisa Hollingsworth-Richards 5. Snowboarding, Women's snowboard cross: Dominique Maltais 6. Speed skating, Women's 3000 m: Cindy Klassen 7. Speed skating, Women's 5000 m: Cindy Klassen

What is the formula for Olympic Hockey Medal Round Seeding? by Jeff S Q: The IOC seeds the teams 1-12 after the preliminary rounds. Is there a criteria or formula for the seeding? Any link would be appreciated.

A: It seems a horribly complicated system. From piecing bits together from various different official descriptions it seems like the group D seeding will be decided by: 1st) Position in group 2nd) Points from group stage 3rd) Goal difference 4th) Number of goals scored 5th) IHF world rankings So 1st place in groups make up 1D to 3D, 2nd make up 4D to 6D and so on. Position in groups A, B and C is by points then tie breakers based on the result between the two teams, there's further tie break means if 3 or more teams are tied on points in a group, but that's not come into play here. So, if I'm understanding it right, the standings should be: 1D: USA 2D: Russia 3D: Finland 4D: Sweden 5D: Czech Republic 6D: Canada 7D: Slovakia 8D: Switzerland 9D: Belarus 10D: Norway 11D: Germany 12D: Latvia Assuming that's correct that means the quarter finals are: 1) US vs Switzerland or Belarus 2) Russia vs Slovakia or Norway 3) Finland vs Canada or Germany 4) Sweden vs Czech Republic or Latvia Then semis are winner of 1 vs winner of 2, and 3 vs 4. Could set up for a US vs Canada final.

2010 Olympic hockey? by kirillka Q: which 3 nations will be in the medal standings in 2010? for me i cant pick between canada and russia becuase the russians will be there in force with good Goalies fine D and the best offence in the turny. Canada will be there with the best team game probably much better team then 2006. and 3rd place i would say would go to sweden Zetterburg and crew will have lundquist and a solid team. 1 and 2 canada/russia 3 sweden what are your picks for 2010?

A: Men's 1) Russia 2) Sweden 3) Canada Women's 1) USA 2) Canada 3) Sweden

is Olympic hockey mostly all NHL players for the most part? by tj m Q:

A: The best teams have either all NHL players, like Canada, or a mix of NHL'ers and pro hockey players from other leagues, like the KHL and the Swedish Elite League. Generally teams have as many NHL players as they can. It's the best league in the world and they are the best players. But not every country has enough players in the NHL at every spot. So they fill holes in their roster with players from other leagues. Some teams, like Latvia or Belarus, may have one or no players in the NHL. And it shows in the standings. But they don't take amateurs, like the other guy said. Nearly all of them play professional hockey somewhere.

How are the final Olympic standings determined? by Dump n Chase Q: Besides the medal games, the final Olympic standings have already been determined. 5. Sweden 6. Russia 7. Czech Republic 8. Switzerland 9. Belarus 10. Norway 11. Germany 12. Latvia Is it based on total points? I can't find any point standings that go past the preliminary round. It seems to follow goal differential, but I don't know if that's how they compile the standings. http://results.iihf.com/og2010/IHM400100_76B__14_0.pdf

A: First, they were put into pools based on pre tournament rankings. They were ranked by points with goal diff as a tie breaker in the prelims, then they played an elimination round robin and that ranked them again based on which game they got eliminated from and their preliminary round ranking highest to lowest. There is an explanation here: http://www.vancouver2010.com/olympic-hockey/schedule-and-results/men_ihm400000vm_playoff-dE.html .

Olympic Hockey Standings? by Q: Where can I find the hockey standings for the 2010 Olympics going on now?

A: 1. USA (advance to QF1) 2. SWEDEN (advance to QF2) 3. RUSSIA (advance to QF3) 4. FINLAND (advance to QF4) 5. CZECH REPUBLIC 6. CANADA 7. SLOVAKIA 8. SWITZERLAND 9. BELARUS 10. NORWAY 11. GERMANY 12. LATVIA In the elimination round, 5 will play 12, 6 will play 11 etc.

what is the womens olympic hockey team standings? by Mudzy Q:

A: Doesn't matter. 4-0 win over Finland for the Copper Medal.

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