Category: The Hockey World

Oil Kings win WHL Championship

By , May 13, 2012 9:43 pm
Laurent Brossoit, the MVP of the WHL Playoffs

Laurent Brossoit, the MVP of the WHL Playoffs

Well it’s been forever since I last posted. Sorry, but while the Oilers hockey world has not been busy, I sure as heck have been! I haven’t had a lot of time to post, but this news from tonight deserves posting.

I got to witness some more history tonight at Rexall Place as the Edmonton Oil Kings won the Ed Chynoweth Cup (awarded to the winner of the WHL Playoffs), and will advanced to the 2012 Memorial Cup Final in Shawinigan. Rexall Place was crazy loud tonight. I had recorded a video of the final moments of the game, plus the trophy ceremonies but I goofed up. It didn’t save. Booo. However, this game was absolutely spectacular. The Oil Kings got the early lead and never really took the foot off the gas. I’m pretty proud of how they played.

They will head to Shawinigan for the Memorial Cup, which will feature the host team (Shawinigan Cataractes), the OHL Champion London Knights, and the QMJHL Champions, the Saint John Sea Dogs. The tournament goes from May 18-27th, and is a round-robin format tournament. Each team will play each other once. The 2nd and 3rd place teams will face each other in a semi-final (with the possibility of a tie breaker game before that if necessary). The winner of that semi-final will go on to face the round robin’s top team in the final on the 27th.

I know many of you probably skipped out on watching these Oil Kings games, but I can assure you it was the best hockey I’ve seen all year, even with all the excitement from the Nuge, Hall, and Eberle. Do yourself a favor and watch the Memorial Cup and cheer our junior team on!

Oilers 3, Blues 4 – Game 40 – 2012-01-05 @ 6:00 PM MST – SNET OILERS

By , January 5, 2012 11:55 am
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GDT - Edmonton Oilers at St. Loius Blues
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16-20-3 Record 22-12-5
Location: Scottrade Center
Date: January 5th, 2012 @ 6:00 MST
TV: SNET OILERS

PRE-GAME RANT

The Oilers tackle their 3rd game in a span of 4 days tonight at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis. It’s been a rough road trip for the team winning only 1 of 5 thus far, but with 2 games left they can still salvage it. They’ll be in tough against the Blues though who have responded well to the bench boss hiring of Ken Hitchcock.

The Oilers have looked much improved the last few games, but took a big hit with the loss of the Nuge for an undetermined amount of time 3-4 weeks with a left shoulder injury. Gilbert also got a rough ride from Carcillo, but being the tough bastard that he is, he took the morning skate but left early. He’s listed as day to day and will sit out for tonight’s game.

Also happening today is the World Juniors Gold Medal game!!! Continue reading 'Oilers 3, Blues 4 – Game 40 – 2012-01-05 @ 6:00 PM MST – SNET OILERS'»

Preliminary World Junior Championship rosters

By , December 15, 2011 9:01 am
World Junior Championships, baby!

World Junior Championships, baby!

The preliminary World Junior Championship rosters are available here.

I tried hunting through the prospects for Oilers players, and here is what I found:

Team SwedenTeam Sweden
Oscar Klefbom (D)

Team SlovakiaTeam Slovakia
Martin Gernat (D)
Martin Marincin (D)

Team LatviaTeam Latvia
Kristians Pelss (F)

Team Czech RepublicTeam Czech Republic
David Musil (D)

So, by my count, we have 5 Oilers prospects at the World Junior Championships this year… 4 of them on defense. Interesting.

Tragedy strikes the KHL

By , September 7, 2011 8:58 am

Yet another tragedy...

Another tragedy has struck, and this time it’s the KHL that suffers. A flight has crashed that was carrying the team for Lokomotiv Yaroslavl shortly after take-off. Various reports tally casualties at 36 and there is also word the entire team was on board. They were travelling for their first game of the season.

Familiar NHL names on the staff and roster include Karel Rachunek, Pavol Demitra, Ruslan Salei, Karlis Skrastins, Josef Vasicek, and Brad McCrimmon. Details are still coming in, but it sounds like a massive blow to the start of the KHL season.

Thoughts and prayers go out to the friends and family of Lokomotiv, along with any other staff and passengers that had the misfortune of being on board.

KHL / NHL – Memorandum of Understanding (aka.. Operation: Respect Each Other’s Contracts)

By , July 7, 2011 6:01 pm
KHL and NHL have come to an agreement of sorts..

KHL and NHL have come to an agreement of sorts..

The KHL and NHL met and discussed measures to help prevent poaching of the leagues’ under-contract players.

Here is the official KHL press release:

The Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) and National Hockey League (NHL) recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that regulates player transitions between the two bodies, respects the professional contracts of players from both leagues and forces both sides to complete a range of procedures to avoid hostility in the transitioning of players from one league to the other.

The MoU’s conclusion marks an important step forward in the relationship between the two most respected hockey leagues in the world. The nine points of the agreement will be effective for the next 12 months and can be reevaluated at the end of that period. Terms of the agreement include the exchanging of lists of contracted and free agent players, each league providing the other their standard contract templates and agreeing to appoint official representatives to conduct negotiations in person in Toronto or New York to resolve any player contract disputes.

Kuklas Korner goes into the agreement a bit deeper in this article here.

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