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Stamkos replaced by St. Louis

Tampa Bay Lightning captain Martin St. Louis has been selected to replace injured teammate Steven Stamkos on Canada's roster for the Winter Olympics in Sochi. St. Louis will cap off an impressive year by playing in his second Olympics, having played for Canada in 2006 in Turin, heading to Russia preparing to play his first international tournament since the 2009 IIHF World Championship.

Following the news from Tampa Bay that Stamkos has not been medically cleared to resume playing following his broken leg, the 23-year-old was forced to withdraw from the Olympic squad with his Lightning team-mate, St. Louis, replacing him on the Canadian roster.

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Why is hockey a violent game?

by  Kaz Andrew

People who don’t follow hockey closely or who are new to the sport often wonder why it’s so violent.

Of course, those who do understand the sport in greater depth can see exactly how this misconception arises – but it’s often difficult to explain to others – and we should all realise that it does our sport few favours in an international context. And with the Winter Olympics upon us – the international spotlight burns brighter than at any other time.

But first off – why does it appear so violent? In the prefect world, there would be no require...

Blackhawks lose to Wild 2-1 in regulation

The Blackhawks haven't lost many games in regulation this season, nor do they drop many games in the tail end of back-to-back games.

Tonight in Minnesota, they did both, losing 2-1 to the Wild in regulation after playing at Detroit last night.

Chicago looked lackluster in the first period - not surprising, as travel delays out of Detroit after a six-round shootout meant they didn't get to their St. Paul hotel until 3 a.m. Though they had some stretches of pressure in the Wild's end, they were outhit, outshot, and most importantly, outscored.

The Wild's first goal came from Jason Pominville, who continues to collect career points against the Blackhawk...

Where Are They Now? Tommy Salo

Today’s feature begins a series where we will focus on former Islanders goaltenders. The first one is Tommy Salo who spent 5 seasons as a member of the Islanders from 1994-1999.

Let the Debate Begin: Team Canada Final Edition

With the official announcement from Hockey Canada of the 25 players who will represent Canada at the 2014 Olympics in Sochi less than twelve hours away, here is my final edition of who I think will crack the squad.

Included with my final selections, are the players who I thought would be on the team back in July when Hockey Canada announced the 47-man summer orientation camp, that are now no longer a part of my final team.

Forwards (14):

Jamie Benn, Dallas Stars, LW (new)

Patrice Bergeron, Boston Bruins, C "A"

Logan Couture, San Jose Sharks, C/LW

Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins, C "C"

Ryan Getzlaf, Anaheim Ducks, C (new)

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A Special Moment for Doug Weight

On Monday, Islanders Assistant Coach and Special Assistant to the General Manager Doug Weight was inducted into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame. Weight was one of five new members placed in this great honor for United States hockey.

Selecting Team USA Series; Can Any Young Defenders Crack the Roster? A Deeper Look at Possible Pairings.

A strong defensive core is quite possibly the best asset any team can have going into the Olympics. It promotes continuity, kick starts the transition game, regulates the flow of play, and most importantly it protects the goaltender. For team USA’s defensive pairings the following must be considered.

-          Complementary styles of play: The ability to mesh with one’s partner quickly will lead to early success in Sochi.

-          Breadth of play: Despite some talented rookies and sophomores in the NHL today, it is important to have more veteran members taking the ice in bi...

Selecting Team USA Series; Is It Still Miller Time? Who should start for team USA in Net?

*It is important to understand that the selections to follow are based not on what I think will occur, but on what I believe should happen. This is an opinion editorial and is not a prediction.*

In deciding who will be the starters for team USA, one has to understand the multiple elements of play that will come into consideration. The coaching staff will have their favorites and will understandably select the players who they are most comfortable with. That comfort level typically is found in current teammates, divisional opponents, and current/former players. This will all be taken into consideration in the creation of the current Olympic roster for Team USA.

The Starter - Ry...

Team Canada 2014: July Edition

Yesterday, Team Canada announced the 47 players invited to attend their orientation camp in August, here is Calgary. With the announcement, the debate on who will represent Canada at the 2014 Sochi Olympics has begun across the country. Team Canada will look to defend their 2010 Gold medal on a different stage, playing on the bigger ice surface in Sochi. Here is my July edition of Team Canada.

Flyers 2013-14 Season Schedule Released

After a long process involving the NHL, NHLPA, and the International Olympic Committee, the NHL schedule was finally released on Friday.

The 47th season of Flyers hockey will begin as a member of the newly named Metropolitan Division as part of a new realignment venture. This division contains the New Jersey Devils, New York Rangers, New York Islanders, Pittsburgh Penguins, Columbus Blue Jackets, Washington Capitals and Carolina Hurricanes.