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July 22, 2013 | By Lisa Dillman
The latest step(s) on the Olympic road to Sochi, Russia, came on Monday when various national hockey federations released their orientation camp rosters. There was significant Los Angeles-Anaheim representation, and a decided youth movement in terms of the makeup of Team USA. Of the 48 players invited to USA Hockey's camp at the end of August, only four were born before 1984 -- goalies Craig Anderson (Ottawa Senators) and Ryan Miller (Buffalo Sabres) and defensemen  Paul Martin  and Brooks Orpik (Pittsburgh Penguins)
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February 10, 2014 | Staff reports
SOCHI, Russia  - Team USA General Manager David Poile will not travel to Russia for the Olympic men's hockey tournament because of injuries he suffered last week when he was hit in the face by an errant puck. Poile underwent surgery for facial injuries shortly after the incident in St. Paul, Minn. Team USA officials said Monday that he has since returned to Nashville, where he is general manager of the Predators, and has been advised not to make the long trip to Sochi. Ray Shero , general manager of the Pittsburgh Penguins, will be Team USA's acting general manager in Russia though Poile will be available by phone.
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May 22, 1993 | MICHAEL KNISELY, SPORTING NEWS
For a few brief moments, the United States appeared to have an opportunity to make real progress in international hockey competition. Then the World Championships came around earlier this month in Munich. The U.S. finished in sixth place. Again. That seems to be something of a comfort level for USA Hockey, which hasn't been able to make much noise internationally since the Miracle on Ice team won the gold medal at the 1980 Olympics at Lake Placid. The U.S.
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February 7, 2014 | By Helene Elliott
SOCHI, Russia -- In a freak accident Thursday, David Poile, the general manager of the U.S. men's Olympic hockey team and the NHL's Nashville Predators, took a puck to the face Thursday in St. Paul, Minn., and was hospitalized with facial injuries. He reportedly will not accompany the team on its charter flight to Russia, which is scheduled to depart on Sunday, but might travel to Sochi sometime next week. Poile completed his main job of overseeing the team's selection, but he had planned to be here for the men's tournament, which begins Wednesday.
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February 25, 1998 | HELENE ELLIOTT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The butler did it. So far, that's the only logical solution to the mystery of which members of the U.S. Olympic men's hockey team were responsible for damaging three rooms in the Olympic Village in Nagano, Japan, last Thursday morning after the team's quarterfinal loss to the Czech Republic. Although NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman asked the culprits to come forward, no one has admitted involvement in the incident.
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January 6, 2014 | Helene Elliott
Times columnist Helene Elliott rates the pluses and minuses in the NHL from the previous week: + Good to see the late Ruslan Salei elected to the International Ice Hockey Hall of Fame. The former Ducks defenseman played internationally for Belarus; he was killed in the Yaroslavl Lokomotiv plane crash in 2011. Retired Detroit Red Wings Steve Yzerman and Nicklas Lidstrom also were chosen, with Soviet-era Olympic champions Viacheslav Bykov and Andrei Khumotov. + Ed Jovanovski returned to Florida's lineup on Saturday, eight months after undergoing a relatively new procedure called hip resurfacing surgery.
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April 1, 2013 | By Helene Elliott, Los Angeles Times
Wayne Gretzky is long gone from the Kings and long retired from the NHL, but the impact of his presence in Los Angeles is being felt more strongly than ever in the increasing success of youth hockey players who were born and trained in Southern California. The L.A. Junior Kings AAA team, composed of kids born in 1996 and 1997 - Gretzky was dealt by the Kings to the St. Louis Blues on Feb. 27, 1996 - will play for the USA Hockey national championship this week in Pittsburgh. The tournament will start Wednesday and runs through Sunday.
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July 4, 1991 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Bob Johnson, who coached Pittsburgh to the Stanley Cup in May, was named to coach the United States' Canada Cup team by USA Hockey.
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March 23, 1991 | STEVE SPRINGER
USA Hockey, governing body of the U.S. Olympic hockey program, announced Friday that the sport will not be included in the program of the U.S. Olympic Festival in Los Angeles July 12-21. Instead, a four-team Olympic tryout camp will be held in June at St. Cloud, Minn. This will be the first time hockey competition has been shifted from the site of the Olympic Festival.
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January 6, 2014 | Helene Elliott
Times columnist Helene Elliott rates the pluses and minuses in the NHL from the previous week: + Good to see the late Ruslan Salei elected to the International Ice Hockey Hall of Fame. The former Ducks defenseman played internationally for Belarus; he was killed in the Yaroslavl Lokomotiv plane crash in 2011. Retired Detroit Red Wings Steve Yzerman and Nicklas Lidstrom also were chosen, with Soviet-era Olympic champions Viacheslav Bykov and Andrei Khumotov. + Ed Jovanovski returned to Florida's lineup on Saturday, eight months after undergoing a relatively new procedure called hip resurfacing surgery.
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January 1, 2014 | By Helene Elliott
Some of the names read on Wednesday when the U.S. women's Olympic hockey roster was announced should sound familiar: Forward Alex Carpenter is the daughter of former NHL standout Bobby Carpenter, and forward Amanda Kessel is the sister of Toronto Maple Leafs winger Phil Kessel. Many other names will became more familiar in February, when the Americans pursue their fifth consecutive Olympic hockey medal but first gold since the inaugural women's Olympic tournament in 1998. The 21-player roster, announced during the second intermission of the NHL's Winter Classic game between the Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs at Michigan Stadium, includes 11 players who have played in previous Olympics and 21 who have played in women's world championship tournaments.
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December 30, 2013 | Helene Elliott
The men who will wear the red, white and blue of Team USA at the Sochi Olympics have been sporting a lot of black and blue this season. Injuries have clouded the medal prospects for the Americans, who will bring back the core of a team that won the silver medal at Vancouver in 2010. Those injuries have also made it difficult to predict whose names will be called when the 25-player roster is announced Wednesday, after the nationally televised Winter Classic game. Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick hasn't played since he sustained a groin injury Nov. 12, though he's expected back the first week of January.
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December 28, 2013 | By Helene Elliott
A shootout goal by Hilary Knight proved the difference Saturday as the U.S. women's hockey team defeated Canada, 3-2, in a Sochi Olympics warmup at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minn. Kelli Stack and Alex Carpenter - the latter the daughter of former NHL player Bobby Carpenter -  scored in regulation for Team USA, which has now beaten its toughest rival three straight times. Here's a link to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune's story on the game. The U.S. and Canada will play again Monday at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto.
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October 14, 2013 | By Helene Elliott
The rivalry between the Canadian and U.S. women's hockey teams is intense, since the two teams are the sport's top powers and have dominated the World Championships and Olympics. Canada won the gold medal at the Vancouver Olympics, but Team USA won the last world title. The tension between the two teams spilled over into a rare brawl Saturday at Burlington, Vt., in a pre-Sochi Olympics contest. U.S. forward Jocelyne Lamoureux clipped Canadian goaltender Shannon Szabados, prompting retaliation from Canada's Courtney Birchard and starting a full-out fight.
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August 27, 2013 | Lisa Dillman
Botched or beautiful? When it comes to the merits of team jerseys, it's all in the eye of the beholder, of course. Keeping that in mind, it was hard to muster even fake outrage -- or perhaps vacation had something to do with it -- when an ESPN blog recently ranked the Kings' jersey dead last in the NHL. That was simply hard to take seriously if you closely look at the competition. But anything connected with the upcoming Olympics in Sochi, Russia, is a different matter. Nonchalance is not an option.
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December 4, 1997 | HELENE ELLIOTT
What: USA Hockey: A Celebration of A Great Tradition. By Kevin Allen. Triumph Books, $35. Intended to commemorate the 60th anniversary of USA Hockey, the sport's national governing body, this glossy, oversized book is a year late. But with interest in hockey likely to pick up during the Olympics, its timing couldn't have been better.
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March 11, 1998 | HELENE ELLIOTT
Unable to coax confessions from players who vandalized three rooms at the Olympic Village on Feb. 19, the U.S. Olympic Committee is considering banning all 23 members of the U.S. men's Olympic hockey team from playing in the Olympics again and demanding apologies from each player or a team apology. Such a ban would be unprecedented.
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July 22, 2013 | By Lisa Dillman
The latest step(s) on the Olympic road to Sochi, Russia, came on Monday when various national hockey federations released their orientation camp rosters. There was significant Los Angeles-Anaheim representation, and a decided youth movement in terms of the makeup of Team USA. Of the 48 players invited to USA Hockey's camp at the end of August, only four were born before 1984 -- goalies Craig Anderson (Ottawa Senators) and Ryan Miller (Buffalo Sabres) and defensemen  Paul Martin  and Brooks Orpik (Pittsburgh Penguins)
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April 1, 2013 | By Helene Elliott, Los Angeles Times
Wayne Gretzky is long gone from the Kings and long retired from the NHL, but the impact of his presence in Los Angeles is being felt more strongly than ever in the increasing success of youth hockey players who were born and trained in Southern California. The L.A. Junior Kings AAA team, composed of kids born in 1996 and 1997 - Gretzky was dealt by the Kings to the St. Louis Blues on Feb. 27, 1996 - will play for the USA Hockey national championship this week in Pittsburgh. The tournament will start Wednesday and runs through Sunday.
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