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Team North America names assistant coaches for World Cup of Hockey 2016

Cooper, DeBoer, Tippett and Woodcroft appointed to coaching staff

Friday, 11.13.2015 / 11:00 AM / World Cup of Hockey 2016

NHL Public Relations

TORONTO/NEW YORK – The National Hockey League Players' Association (NHLPA) and the National Hockey League (NHL®) announced today the appointment of Team North America's Assistant Coaches: Jon Cooper (Tampa Bay Lightning), Peter DeBoer (San Jose Sharks), Dave Tippett (Arizona Coyotes) and Jay Woodcroft (Edmonton Oilers). The four assistant coaches will report to Team North America General Manager Peter Chiarelli (Edmonton Oilers), Associate General Manager Stan Bowman (Chicago Blackhawks) and Head Coach Todd McLellan (Edmonton Oilers).

"We are excited to announce Team North America's assistant coaches for the World Cup of Hockey 2016," said Chiarelli. "Jon, Peter, Dave and Jay are great additions to our staff and their tremendous experience will go a long way in helping our young players have a successful tournament."

Avalanche's Landeskog to have Player Safety hearing

Friday, 11.13.2015 / 10:51 AM / Department of Player Safety News

Colorado Avalanche forward Gabriel Landeskog will have a hearing Friday with the NHL Department of Player Safety for an illegal check to the head of Boston Bruins forward Brad Marchand during a 3-2 Colorado win Thursday at TD Garden in Boston.

Landeskog received a match penalty for an illegal hit to the head at 5:46 of the second period.

Marchand received a minor penalty for roughing on the play but otherwise remained in the game.

Ovechkin impresses former Capitals standout Bondra

Friday, 11.13.2015 / 3:00 AM / NHL Insider

David Satriano - Staff Writer

If there's anyone who knows what Alex Ovechkin is going through, it's Peter Bondra.

Ovechkin has been the face of the Washington Capitals for the past decade, a role he took over from Bondra, who scored 472 goals and had 825 points in 13-plus seasons in Washington, each a Capitals record until Ovechkin broke it last season.

"I see him all the time," Bondra said Wednesday, shortly after being named a scout for Team Europe for the 2016 World Cup of Hockey. "We talk. I congratulated him so many times because he passed a couple of my records, so I was in the locker room a couple times as well."

The No. 1 pick in the 2004 NHL Draft, Ovechkin has scored 50 or more goals in six of his first 10 seasons in the League. He will have a chance to score his 484th career goal and move past Hockey Hall of Fame member Sergei Fedorov for the most by a Russian-born player in NHL history when the Capitals host the Calgary Flames on Friday (7 p.m. ET; SNW, CSN-DC).

Super 16: Blackhawks could dominate Hall weekends

Friday, 11.13.2015 / 3:00 AM / Super 16: NHL Power Rankings

Dan Rosen - Senior Writer

The Detroit Red Wings have been front and center in Hockey Hall of Fame weekends for much of the past eight years because of what they accomplished in winning the Stanley Cup three times in a span of six years in the late 1990s and early 2000s.

The Chicago Blackhawks also have won the Stanley Cup three times in a span of six years and are heading down a similar path that could lead to their being the dominating presence at several Hall of Fame weekends to come.

Nicklas Lidstrom and Sergei Fedorov became the fourth and fifth players who played on all three of Detroit's Stanley Cup championship teams from 1997-2002 to be inducted into the Hall of Fame when they were enshrined Monday in Toronto. They were the eighth and ninth players from the 2002 team to be inducted. A 10th player from that team, Pavel Datsyuk, could get into the Hall eventually.

Jets' Maurice named to Team Europe staff

Thursday, 11.12.2015 / 4:54 PM / World Cup of Hockey 2016

Winnipeg Jets coach Paul Maurice enjoyed the conversations he had with Ralph Krueger when they both worked for the Carolina Hurricanes.

They'll have a chance to renew those talks when they work together at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.

Maurice was named an assistant coach on Krueger's staff for Team Europe at the event, which will be held Sept. 17-Oct. 1 at Air Canada Centre in Toronto.

"Very excited to work with Ralph," Maurice said from Dallas, where the Jets play at the Dallas Stars on Thursday. "He's a real interesting guy. He's been around hockey for an awfully long time but done a tremendous amount of work in leadership and building organizations and motivating them. So it'll be a great opportunity. A bunch of players I've never worked with before and a great challenge."

Team Europe adds Jets' Maurice, names five scouts

Thursday, 11.12.2015 / 2:06 PM / World Cup of Hockey 2016

Adam Kimelman and David Satriano - Staff Writers

Winnipeg Jets coach Paul Maurice was named an assistant coach for Team Europe for the 2016 World Cup of Hockey, the NHL and NHL Players' Association announced Thursday.

In addition, former NHL players Peter Bondra, Sean Burke, Lorne Henning and Vaclav Nedomansky, and executive Ricky Olczyk, were named as scouts.

Krueger's relationship with Maurice dates to 2008, when Maurice coached the Carolina Hurricanes and Krueger, who was coach of Switzerland's national team, was helping with European player recruitment. Krueger also helped Maurice make the decision to coach Magnitogorsk in the Kontinental Hockey League in 2012-13.

Fantasy top 30 goalies: Avalanche's Berra a bargain

Thursday, 11.12.2015 / 12:00 PM / Fantasy Hockey Draft Rankings, Advice and Analysis

David Satriano - Fantasy Staff Writer

Every Thursday during the season, fantasy hockey staff writer David Satriano provides in-depth goalie analysis. From updated weekly top-30 rankings to trending players and more, Satriano is your go-to guy for fantasy goalie advice all season long.

As of Thursday morning, the same goalie leads the NHL in goals-against average and save percentage. Any idea who it could be?

Carey Price, Henrik Lundqvist or Marc-Andre Fleury all are good guesses, but nope. The right answer is Reto Berra of the Colorado Avalanche.

Team Europe staff will take time building roster

Thursday, 11.12.2015 / 9:58 AM / World Cup of Hockey 2016

David Satriano - Staff Writer

Team Europe will have plenty of players to choose from when making its roster for the 2016 World Cup of Hockey. General manager Miroslav Satan wasn't ready to name specific players yet after he named his scouting staff Thursday, but did say that he expects almost all of the roster to be comprised of NHL players.

"I think what we are looking at now is 50-plus players in the NHL who have some kind of European passport and belong to our team, so I think that's a big enough group to find our players. But having said that, we are not excluding European players," Satan said. "You never know what might happen. Injuries might happen or someone might have an unbelievable season over in the KHL and we might consider him. But I would say our primary focus will be NHL players.

"I think it's too early to talk about names right now. Everybody probably has in their head some surprises and we will probably discuss that internally [in the future]. But it's too early to mention anything public yet."

Tufte's mix of size, skill make him intriguing prospect

Thursday, 11.12.2015 / 9:00 AM / Prospects

Joe Yerdon - Correspondent

Every Thursday, will look ahead to the 2016 NHL Draft with an in-depth profile on one of its top prospects.

If NHL teams are looking for a physically large forward with a skill set to match his size in the 2016 NHL Draft, then Riley Tufte will draw a lot of interest.

At 6-foot-5 and 190 pounds, the Minnesota high school standout is one of the tallest forwards eligible for the 2016 draft and he understands having that kind of size at his age is useful.

"It's awesome," Tufte said before the CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game in September. "I'm 6-5, and I know there's a couple other guys out here that are my size too, but it's just such an advantage to my reach. It's just an advantage to me."

Behind the Numbers: 35-and-older all-star team

Thursday, 11.12.2015 / 3:00 AM / Behind the Numbers

Rob Vollman - Correspondent

It is very hard to compete in today's NHL beyond age 35. Even if a player can contribute, most teams prefer to invest roster space in a young, developing, more affordable player. Only the very best players can continue to remain a factor into his late 30s.

There are 40 skaters and two goalies 35 or older (as of Nov. 11). There are 33 players age 20 or younger. Remaining in the League past age 35 is only slightly less difficult than breaking in as a teenager.

There are several players who manage to get his name on the score sheet past age 35, including three who are leading their team in scoring: Vancouver Canucks forward Daniel Sedin, Detroit Red Wings forward Henrik Zetterberg, and Florida Panthers forward Jaromir Jagr, who at 43 last February is more than four years older than the League's next oldest player, Dan Boyle of the New York Rangers, who turned 39 in July.

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